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36 DIY Survival Projects

Posted on Sep 08, 2010 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Source: Survival Spot

by Chrystle, aka Survival Girl

One of the most rewarding things in life is the ability create things. As a Prepper, I really enjoy “Do It Yourself” projects that help me to discover new ways for my family to become more self sufficient. One of my favorite things to do on a Saturday is scour through my folder of “How To” articles and pick out a family project to get involved in.

Here I’ve compiled this list with some of my favorite guides to get you started:



Beef Jerky

Survival Food Bars






Sports Drink





Hygiene Products

Dental Products



Lip Gloss

Shaving Cream

But Repellant

Organic Baby Wipes

Feminine Hygiene Pads

Health and Nutrition


Apple Cider Vinegar


Nut Milk


Survival Gear

Survival Gear

Glow Sticks

Fishing Bait

Turkey Calls

Solar Energy

Log Splitter


Bow and Arrow


Household Items


Floor Cleaner

Carpet Cleaner

Air Conditioner


Laundry Detergent

Thermal Shades

Bottle Cutter

Please let me know if you have any good resources I might have missed!

This article was contributed by Chrystle Poss a.k.a....

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How to: Proper Cast Iron Care

Posted on Sep 03, 2010 in - Food & Recipes, Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Source: Cordite Country

Cast iron has a porous surface. The seasoning process serves to fill and smooth the surface of the pan. It’s true that the more you use and season a cast iron skillet, the more nonstick the surface becomes.

Here is how you season a new or used cast iron utensil:

If the pan is new, be sure any adhesive label is completely removed.

  • Wash with very hot water, rinse and dry the utensil.
  • Grease the inside surface with Crisco or other solid shortening. A medium-light coating, as you would grease a cake pan, is sufficient.
  • Put your greased utensil in a preheated 300°F oven for 1 hour.
  • Remove, cool and store the pan.

A skillet or other utensil can be seasoned as often as necessary to maintain a good surface.

For example, after making tortillas and, after all that heat, the surface of your skillet looks dry, just season it again before you put it away.

You should wait until the pan is very well seasoned, either by many uses or repeated seasonings, do not attempt to cook foods with a high acid content (tomatoes, for instance)....

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Livestock Breeds for Self-Sufficiency, Part 1: Navajo-Churro Sheep

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Source: Survival Blog

Unknown Writer/Contributor

Livestock Breeds for Self-Sufficiency, Part 1: Navajo-Churro Sheep and the Spanish Goat

If you have some land for livestock, then give thought to raising animals that will need as little care as possible, and are survivalists themselves. In a TEOTWAWKI situation, you want animals that will need little if any veterinarian care that you cannot provide, that can live and flourish on almost any kind of vegetable matter for food, and will give you multiple benefits for having them around. Our sheep have cleaned the bark off of Juniper trees as well as ate the berries and leaves. They also like the leaves of yucca and have turned some into very small puffballs.

Two animals that I am familiar with are the Navajo-Churro sheep and the Spanish goat. Both have survived as feral animals and have developed the instincts and genetics needed to get by just about anywhere on anything. Animals that are relatively small sized can be an important factor if you are handling them all by yourself.

Hayden’s Note:

Although goats and sheep make great livestock and even pets, I can’t help but think some of them are ugly. ...

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FEMA, the Video Game

Posted on Jun 21, 2010 in Movies, TV, & Video Games


Legacy Interactive has announced plans to create a web-based game designed to teach kids how to prepare for hazards and emergencies.

Disaster Hero is being developed in conjunction with the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), with funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and, in turn, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), under which FEMA operates. Due out sometime in 2011, the game promises to “focus on what to do before, during and after a disaster,” with an emphasis on “getting an emergency kit, having an emergency plan and being informed.”

ACEP President Dr. Angela Gardner added, “This project to develop an educational program for children using a game platform will be a unique approach to teaching kids to have an active role in home disaster planning.”

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Investment Banker: Buy Land, Barbed Wire And Guns

Posted on Jun 08, 2010 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Featured Articles

Source: CNBC Money

Hayden’s Note:

I’m no investor, I’m just a regular guy that watches world events.  I lived through Hurricane Katrina on the ground level as a police officer and in that small bubble, it was as if the world had ended.  I do not plan to go through that again, regardless of the catalyst.  I have recently purchased land with a well and septic.  I’m building a home from shipping containers while not allowing myself to go into debt.  I am proficient with firearms and own plenty.  I consider myself “prepared” and try to maintain a 3-6 month food supply, along with alternative forms of energy and sustainability.  I have done all of this on a public servant’s paycheck.  I’m a lower middle class guy just trying to make it through the nonsense that is surrounding us.  I suggest you do the same to any extent possible. 

Even if things were to suddenly correct themselves and we all woke up tomorrow with great credit and the BP oil cleaned up; if we found ourselves in a flourishing economy and our leaders followed the Constitution; if we arise tomorrow and see that the price of gasoline is back to $0.89 a gallon… there will still be disasters, emergencies and hard times. ...

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The Prepper Movement – a Growing Network Preparing for the World’s End (or just hard times)

Posted on May 28, 2010 in Blog, Editorials, & Thoughts, Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Source: Asylum

Hayden’s Note Attached

Also be sure to check out Alpha Rubicon for Emergency Preparedness and Prepping information.

If the proverbial you-know-what hit the global fan, would you be prepared? The answer to that question is most likely a big, fat no.

After all, it’s hard to develop life skills (e.g., growing/storing your own food, filtering water) while playing myriad video games or scrounging the Internet for funny videos to post on Facebook.

Turns out, though, that while you may not be concerned about mass chaos and world destruction, a growing number of people are.

Meet the Preppers
Asylum readers, there is a posse of self-sufficient men and women out there who make it their goal to be prepared when disaster strikes. They call themselves “preppers.”

From natural catastrophes to economic meltdowns to nuclear blowouts, the preppers’ collective goal is quite simple: to carry on as usual, even when catastrophe strikes. Think backyard fallout shelters of the 1950s or Y2K shenanigans — only circa 2010.

The whole prepper movement may seem pretty zany pretty smart. So zany smart, in fact, that you’d think only a miniscule amount of people would actually be partaking in it....

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PopSci Archive: Double Deck Gazebo – I Call it a Zombie Defense Tower!

Posted on May 03, 2010 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Source: PopSci

Hayden’s Note:

Another great backyard DIY-project!  This could be utilized and slightly modified for a watch-tower… should the need arise.  Or, oh…I dunno, the Zombie Apocalypse occurs and you need a quality recon & resupply tower (defense tower?), all in one attractive, non-conspicuous package!

Click here to get the plans and read the archived article.

While our DIY articles tend to hew closer to electronics today, PopSci has a long history of featuring more lumber-and-nails type projects throughout the decades. This gazebo project comes from a package entitled “Improve Your Home & Yard” that also features pieces on “Best Buys in Plywood” and “The Newest Caulks.” Fascinating!

Michael’s story, however, proves that such practical info certainly had a dedicated following. He writes:

In the late 1960s/early 1970s, my Dad, Richard, used to get every Popular Science magazine and the October 1969 issue, page 178 is one that he used to build a gazebo in our backyard in Houston, Texas. My father work as a Superintendant at the Port of Houston, and he would bring home everyday, leftover dunnage from the ships that had docked at the Port of Houston....

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Homesteading with a Shipping Container House, Part I

Posted on Apr 26, 2010 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, Blog, Editorials, & Thoughts

Kevin Hayden –

Cross-posted at my dedicated blog,

Years ago, I saw a picture of a shipping container house.  I knew right then that I wanted to build one myself.  Shipping containers are roughly 40 feet long and 8 feet wide, with the smaller conex being 20 feet long.  They are wind-proof, fire-resistant, water tight, and provide a perfect “shell” in which to start with.  I have some minor construction and heavy equipment experience, along with a basic understanding of electrical systems, so I thought it would be easy to accomplish.

Here I am, years later, and I am just now starting my project.  I looked at dozens of different properties for the project.  Never could I find one that was within my price range or offered easy financing options.  If it did, it had heavy restrictions and covenants attached to the land deed, preventing me from building what I wanted.  I discovered very quickly that even in America, home of the free, we are not free to build the size of house we want and can afford. ...

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How to: Build Your Own Root Cellar… with Pallets.

Posted on Apr 19, 2010 in DIY Projects, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Source: Cordite Country

High on the list of survival items is of course, food and water. To find a ways to help us safely store our food all we need to do is look back to the American Indian and early Pioneers, who overcame the very problems we face today: how to store our food with lack of refrigeration.

The urgency these days is more focused on the amount required due to circumstances other than natural disaster. Since we live as we do (under the computer processed bottom line), happily on the trail of increased profits, the inventory of “ready-to-eat/ready to sell” food in the pipeline has been reduced to the barest minimum possible.

As a result, grocery stores no longer have a stockpile of goods in the “back room.” We notice that every few days the supermarket is stacked up and down the aisles with boxes of goods waiting to be stocked directly onto the shelves. Given this information, the fact that we must all face is that throughout the whole country there is less than a few days food supply readily available....

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How to Live on Wheat

Posted on Mar 22, 2010 in - Food & Recipes, Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Book Review – (Not a paid advertisement)

How to Live on Wheat by John Hill

Update: The revised and expanded Third (2011) edition provides more information on other grains and legumes and addresses questions, suggestions and critique from readers of the previous edition.  It can be found below at the Amazon link.

This is a cookbook, preparedness resource and survival manual all wrapped into one concise and thorough reference. It covers the acquisition and storage of wheat and other grains and legumes, the preparation of all of the basic foods from the whole grain to the finished product in the simplest and most fool-proof manner possible. It includes Essene Bread, Pan Bread, Fry Bread, Sprouting, Sourdough, Food Combination, Baking, Bread Making, Gluten Meat Substitute, Pasta, Improvised Bread Making, Dumplings, Cast Iron Cookery, Salads, Biscuits and Pancakes.  How to Live on Wheat is an essential resource for anyone who cooks with grains, anyone who wishes to prepare for natural disasters or other unexpected events and anyone who just wants to save a lot of money on their food bills.

I have personally been in situations and places where the infrastructure that supplies the necessities of life broke down....

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Snooze Button Junkies – Are You Paying Attention?

Posted on Mar 02, 2010 in Blog, Editorials, & Thoughts, Emergency Preparedness & Survival


Ah. The snooze button. I’ll admit I’m not much of a morning person.  I am usually up late writing, researching or just reading the news.  When I set the alarm for the next day, I usually do so with the utmost of optimism.  “Yeah, I can get up at 9:45.  I’ll just DO it.”  But then 9:45 a.m. hits and my body says “Are you crazy? We still have several hours before we need to get out of bed!”  I then swing my arm in the direction of the beep, trying several times to find the snooze button in my hazy, mid-sleep fog.  I’ve been known to make use of that snooze button for as long as an hour!  Yup. I’m a snooze button junkie.  It’s mind over mattress during these occasions, and my mattress is the reigning champion during such battles.

So my question for you today is: are we snooze button junkies in response to the circumstances around us, or are we more committed to self-reliance, peace of mind and safety?  Being committed as such means that we pay attention to what’s occurring around us and plan accordingly. ...

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Easy to Make, No-Knead Bread

Posted on Feb 22, 2010 in - Food & Recipes

Easy to Make, No-Knead Bread

Time: About 1½ hours plus 14 to 20 hours’ rising

3 cups all-purpose or bread flour, more for dusting
¼ teaspoon instant yeast
1¼ teaspoons salt
Cornmeal or wheat bran as needed.

1. In a large bowl combine flour, yeast and salt. Add 1 5/8 cups water, and stir until blended; dough will be shaggy and sticky. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rest at least 12 hours, preferably about 18, at warm room temperature, about 70 degrees.

2. Dough is ready when its surface is dotted with bubbles. Lightly flour a work surface and place dough on it; sprinkle it with a little more flour and fold it over on itself once or twice. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rest about 15 minutes.

3. Using just enough flour to keep dough from sticking to work surface or to your fingers, gently and quickly shape dough into a ball. Generously coat a cotton towel (not terry cloth) with flour, wheat bran or cornmeal; put dough seam side down on towel and dust with more flour, bran or cornmeal....

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Inevitable Global Debt Bomb Explosion on the Horizon – Get Ready

Posted on Feb 10, 2010 in Economic News, Featured Articles

Source: Market Watch, Paul B. Farrell

Wake up investors. Are you prepared for the economic anarchy coming after a global-debt time bomb explodes? Are you thinking outside the box? Investing differently? Act now — tomorrow will be too late.

Start by looking past the endless cable skirmishes between Rush, Glenn, Bill and Shawn versus Harry, Nancy, Ben and Barack. Look way past the insurgency bonding Sarah and her diehard Tea Party revolutionaries with Ron Paul’s Neo-Reaganite ideologues, Fat-Cat Bankers and the Party of No, all planning a massive frontal assault on the 2010 elections, hell-bent on destroying the presidency. All that’s the sideshow. [ Hayden’s Note: Sarah Palin and HER die-hard tea partiers?  Oh, please.  Give me a break.  When did she become the mascot for the Tea Party?  It has become so convoluted and corrupt, I stopped attending them!  I know who the REAL patriots are and it certainly isn’t Sarah Palin or Glenn Beck.  They are two of the biggest shills out there.]

The Big One is coming soon, bigger than the 2000 dot-com crash and the 2008 subprime credit meltdown combined....

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How To: Make a Rain Water Barrel

Posted on Dec 14, 2009 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Source: HomeGrown Evolution

Make a Rain Barrel

Hayden’s Note:

Keep in mind, this is only ONE way to make a rain water barrel.  Your imagination is the limit and there are many more designs on the internet.  At the end of the article, I’ve added two examples of a “pre-flush diverter” so that the leaves and dirt from your rooftop will not go into the barrel.  Using only a simple screen will allow dirt, sediment and possibly chemicals into your water, so a diverter is a cheap, effective way to keep your water relatively clean! 

There’s a lot of advice floating around the internets about how to make a rain barrel. Most barrel pundits suggest drilling a hole in the bottom of a barrel and installing a faucet, a kind of connection called a “bulkhead fitting”. Unfortunately such improvised fittings have a tendency to leak. My favorite way to make a rain barrel is to take a 55 gallon drum, use the preexisting fittings on the top and turn it upside down, a process explained nicely here (complete with a list of parts), by B....

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The Beginnings of Preparedness

Posted on Oct 27, 2009 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival – Kevin Hayden

The Beginning of Preparedness – Mark Smith

Ever had the lights go out suddenly due to a bad storm?  Remember fumbling through the darkened house looking for candles or a flashlight?  Do you recall cursing yourself when the flashlight was so dim it barely lit the hallway due to dead batteries? 

Are you prepared for potential disasters?  Ice storms?  Hurricanes?  Natural or man made events?

Let’s talk some about where to begin. You’ve decided that it’s a good idea to be better prepared for potential disasters and emergencies; good for you!  Might not have been an easy decision but the main thing is that you are here now. 
So you want to be better prepared and could be wondering how to go about that.  I have one piece of proven advice for you –  inventory.  Until you KNOW what you have you won’t KNOW what you need.  Doing a written inventory (use a computer, crayons, a pad and a pen, doesn’t matter – just write it down) does several things for you. 

1. Let’s you physically see what you have and what condition it’s in. ...

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