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Holiday Gift Ideas for the Prepper in Your Life

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

Still wondering what to get that hard-to-shop-for prepper in your life?  Here are a few ideas that work for the holidays, as well as the rest of the year! And remember, you can help support by conducting all of your shopping through the Amazon Link in the right-hand sidebar! The website earns a small commission on each sale!

Eccotemp Portable Tankless Water Heater and Outdoor Shower

or the slightly better version:

Click here for a great article and video demonstrating some of the uses for an on-demand, portable hot water heater!
DIY: Portable, Propane Water Heater for Camping, Showers, Off-Grid






Mark Smith’s latest book, Preparedness: The Basics and Beyond

Here’s a recent article about the book –

Preparedness: The Basics and Beyond, a New eBook by Mark A. Smith

Smith covers the basics — food storage, water purification, health, and housing — with tips that beginners and even seasoned preppers will find useful. He also addresses more advanced levels of preparedness, including a discussion of bug-out-vehicles and defensive firearms. In addition, he offers a detailed questionnaire to help readers intent on improving home security....

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Collection of Tiny Homes, Off-Grid Cabins, and Shipping Container Houses

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, Blog, Editorials, & Thoughts, Featured Articles, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

One of my biggest passions is alternative architecture and radical self-reliance.  I try to showcase it regularly here on, but it’s been awhile since I have posted a good collection of projects.  So, without further ado, here are a few abodes that have caught my eye recently!

Bootjack Cabin

The story of a young couple building a modern cabin off the grid in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

We are Caleb and Marci Larsen. We met in art school and got married in 2003. In the past eight years we’ve lived in Kalamazoo, MI, Portland, ME, Seattle, WA, Providence, RI, Tulum, Mexico, Hancock, MI, and now, Calumet, MI. This nomadic lifestyle has mostly been for fun, to experience different cities and parts of the world.

We’ve decided to build a cabin (‘camp’ in local parlance) and will be blogging about the experience. From our inspirations, plans, triumphs, to our failures, frustrations, and utter devastations – this is our return to Bootjack.

Read about their adventures here -> Bootjack Cabin

Orcas Island Cabin

Design by Vandervort Architects

Hayden’s Note: 

I couldn’t find much information regarding this particular cabin, other than basic dimensions and such from Vandervort Architects.  ...

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Post-SHTF Tactics: Urban Anti-Armor Ambush

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 in Constitutional & Liberty Issues, DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Police, Military, & War

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Max Velocity Tactical – Truth Contributor

As I have been immersed in writing ‘Patriot Dawn’, it occurred to me that I have not posted recently, so I pulled this excerpt out of Rapid Fire!: Tactics for High Threat, Protection and Combat Operations.  I was writing about an urban defense/battle scenario as part of the storyline, and this came to mind.

This is merely a way of pulling off a dismounted, anti-armor ambush. The described technique assumes that you have some form of anti-armor weapons system, such as a rocket.

Urban Anti-Armor Ambush

The aim of the anti-armor ambush is to destroy some or at minimum one advancing enemy armored vehicle and escape, not take on the whole enemy column, thus slowing them down and causing harassment and attrition.
The urban anti-armor (anti-tank) ambush is a specialist technique designed for an urban environment. Such an environment has, by design, streets, buildings, side streets and alleyways. These side streets or alleyways create natural defilade. They also create multiple decision points for the approaching enemy armor. The elements of an urban anti-armor ambush are the early warning, kill team, and cover group....

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Holiday Gift Idea: DIY Ceramic Water Filters

Posted on Dec 07, 2012 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Homespun EnvironmentalRuss Michaud

Everyone agrees that water is a must have essential at the top of the list for survival preparations. Consequently, there are a lot of products on the market for cleaning up contaminated water to make it fit for human consumption. This paper takes a quick look at the advantages of ceramic cartridges versus other filter types and discusses a few key issues.

Hayden’s Note:

These make great holiday gifts for your friends and family that already have Berkey systems or can’t get one due to their price! Homespun filters can be used as replacements for half the price, or build your own two-chamber, gravity fed water filter system for a fraction of those other, fancy systems!  

SPECIAL: Use coupon code ‘Truth‘ during checkout and receive a special discount!

What is a ceramic water filter?

The ceramic filter consists of a porous ceramic shell and usually is sold as a sealed cartridge that contains some additional water purification media. A picture of a dome shaped filter is shown below but they can be manufactured in various shapes and sizes....

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Panic Buying Grips the East Coast: Mad Rush for Supplies Ahead of Mega-Storm

Posted on Oct 29, 2012 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Kevin Hayden –

Source: SHTF Plan by Mac Slavo

While many people are still trying to make up their minds about the potential severity of the storm threatening the U.S. northeast, it’s not stopping millions of concerned residents from racing to to grocery stores, gas stations and hardware depots in droves.

Hayden’s Note:

As a total sidenote, my fiance and I were sitting around discussing what this storm should be called since it was slated to collide with a snowstorm.  We officially consider the storm to be Hurrizzardous.  ::hey oh!::

If you’ve ever wanted to know what it looks like when the 99% of Americans who have failed to prepare for a disaster wake up and realize they are facing a major crisis take a look at what’s happening on the east coast ahead of Hurricane Sandy:

Good luck buying lanterns, generators, propane, or – if you are really unprepared – rain boots and batteries in areas in the path of Hurricane Sandy as it bears down on the U.S. East Coast.

The approach of the gigantic storm, which is expected to come ashore on Monday night set off a weekend scramble for supplies from Virginia to New England, causing long lines at gas stations, bare shelves at hardware and home-supply shops, and a run on bread, bottled water and canned foods.


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Disaster Response Robot: DARPA Releases New Video of PetMan Navigating Obstacles

Posted on Oct 29, 2012 in Police, Military, & War, Science & Technology

Kevin Hayden –

In this recently released video, Boston Dynamics – funded by DARPA – shows off more of the abilities of the PetMan robot.  The prototype seen in the video is the predecessor to the Atlas robot, who will be competing autonomously in an upcoming robotics obstacle challenge.

Notice when he steps up, he begins to lose his balance but quickly regains it, exhibiting eerily-human reflexes and motions.

The soon-to-be SkyNet is supposedly being developed to assist in disaster response, although with the rate of unmanned aerial vehicles, drone boats, and autonomous scout vehicles, rest assured these robots will one day see combat.

See also:

Boston Dynamics Killer DARPA Robot #3,721 Climbs Stairs – No Where is Safe!

Robots: Boston Dynamics’ Cheetah Can Chase You Down at 18mph, Aims for 50mph

From Boston Dynamics and DARPA:

To maneuver over and around the obstacles, the robot exercises capabilities including autonomous decision-making, dismounted mobility and dexterity. The DARPA Robotics Challenge will test these and other capabilities in a series of tasks that will simulate conditions in a dangerous, degraded, human-engineered environment....

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HR 6566: Mass Fatalities and FEMA – What Are We Not Being Told?

Posted on Oct 08, 2012 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Political Issues

Kevin Hayden –

The United States Congress has just passed a bill instructing FEMA to better prepare for “mass fatalities” in the event of a natural disaster or man-made event.  While this seems prudent for any emergency preparedness organization, the specific wording of the bill gives pause for concern.

In it, Congress amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002, and requires the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency liaise with “representatives from different communities, private sector businesses, non-profit organizations, and religious organizations,…” in order to prepare for “funeral homes, cemeteries, and mortuaries [to] be overwhelmed…”

Do we really need a Congressional bill for this? What do they know that they are not warning us of?  Over the last few years, we’ve seen several laws passed and orders made that should make us question what is going on:

FEMA Requests Info on Availability of 140 Million Meals, Blankets and Body Bags for New Madrid Fault Zone

Martial Law, Economic Meltdown & Executive Orders

Doomsday Executive Order or Govt Preparedness? Either Way, It’s Tyrannical

DHS Purchases 200 Million More Rounds of Ammunition

“This is just one of those things that makes the stomach turn: the people who brought us the National Defense Authorization Act (authorizing the detention of US citizens on US soil) now deem it prudent to prepare for mass fatalities on US soil,” writes Simon Black.


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Group of Economic Experts Warn of Catastrophic Pattern, “Everything Will Collapse”

Posted on Oct 04, 2012 in Economic News, Federal Reserve & Bankers

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Money Morning

Famed economist Marc Faber appeared on Bloomberg TV with a harsh, direct warning to investors.

“U.S. monetary policies will destroy the world,” he said, referring to the new round of stimulus – QE3, or “QE Forever” – the Fed plans to launch this year.

So it wasn’t surprising to hear him speak out against Bernanke’s most recent stimulus plan, quantitative easing or QE3.

What was surprising – and frightening – was the level of wealth-destruction he believes will occur.

According to Faber, “eventually we will have a systematic crisis and everything will collapse.”

Faber’s not alone.

A group of his economic peers agree that with more central bank action like QE3, global economic collapse is imminent.

In a newly released documentary that went viral last month, a team of influential economic experts say they have discovered a “frightening pattern” they believe points to a massive economic catastrophe unlike anything ever seen.

And according to these experts – who have presented their findings to the United Nations, the UK Parliament and a long list of world governments – the catastrophe may happen well before Americans hit the polls in November....

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Prepping Tactics: Moving by Vehicle in High Threat Environments

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Featured Articles

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Max Velocity Tactical – Truth Contributor

The intent of this article is to act as an introduction with some thoughts and primers for moving your family or group in high threat environments. It is not intended to give all the answers and that would be beyond the scope of this short piece. The type of environment envisioned is a post-collapse situation where there has been a breakdown in law and order. To clarify, this article is not concerned with the sort of ‘bug-out’ movement that families may conduct in response to a localized natural disaster, where you have to get in your car with some basic equipment and move out of the impacted area. Rather, this is directed at those who find they have to move locations after a significant societal collapse has happened.

Hayden’s Note:

This is a lengthy article, but contains some really great information you might not have thought of. This is certainly one of those articles you’ll want to print out, re-read, train on, and file. Full disclosure: I am currently reviewing Max’s new book, Contact!: A Tactical Manual for Post Collapse Survival.  


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The Post-Collapse Realities of Your Survival Location

Posted on Sep 17, 2012 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

Source: American Preppers Network by Max Velocity

I wanted to put a few thoughts out there about the realities of your survival location. To read what is out there in terms of opinion and advice, it appears that to survive any coming apocalypse you need to be in a fortified self-sustaining retreat somewhere out in the boonies, with three years of food in the basement and the ability to grow food plus animals.

Good stuff; you will be really well positioned if that is where you are with your preparations. The reality for many is that they simply do not have that. For whatever reason, they may be in an urban or suburban environment. They may have nowhere else to realistically ‘bug out’ to. They may have a goal to achieve the retreat, but are not there yet, or have bug out land that is fairly basic and requires them to move to it following a collapse.Let me first say that this post is not so concerned with the kind of short-term natural disaster that would involve you bugging out with little choice — perhaps a wildfire or earthquake or similar....

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Education After the Collapse: Free eBook

Posted on Sep 04, 2012 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Backdoor Survival, by Gaye Levy

Todd Sepulveda, the chief editor of Prepper Website, has released a free eBook, titled, “Education After the Collapse”.  In it, Todd describes a fictional community surviving in the aftermath of an economic collapse. It is not a pretty picture and most certainly it will make you want to sit back and think (as well as ratchet up the preps more than just a little bit.)

But his intent is not to scare and create panic. Rather, with this brief introduction, the intent is to set you on a track for thinking about an aspect of prepping you rarely hear about: the education of our children and the leaders of the next generation.

School When There is No Classroom

Using his background and passion as an educator, Todd writes about teaching and puts it in the context of the old days – not unlike Laura Ingalls in her series of books titled Little House on the Prairie. Back then traditional schoolhouses were few and far between. They were predominately in the cities and towns and only randomly scattered in rural communities....

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Just in Case: State of Alaska to Stockpile Mass Amounts of Food and Supplies in Giant Warehouses

Posted on Sep 03, 2012 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Kevin Hayden –

Source: SHTF Plan by Mac Slavo

With its remote location and dependence on the uninterrupted flow of supplies from the lower 48 states, the Governor of Alaska has made disaster readiness a hallmark of his administration.

Gov. Sean Parnell worries a major earthquake or volcanic eruption could leave the state’s 720,000 residents stranded and cut off from food and supply lines. His answer: Build giant warehouses full of emergency food and supplies, just in case.

For some in the lower 48, it may seem like an extreme step. But Parnell says this is just Alaska.

“We have a different motivation to do this, because help is a long ways away,” said John Madden, Alaska’s emergency management director.

The state plans two food stockpiles in or near Fairbanks and Anchorage, two cities that also have military bases. Construction on the two storage facilities will begin this fall, and the first food deliveries are targeted for December. The goal is to have enough food to feed 40,000 people for up to a week, including three days of ready-to-eat meals and four days of bulk food that can be prepared and cooked for large groups.


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Peter Schiff on Precious Metals: The Time to Buy Cheap Will Soon Be Gone

Posted on Aug 26, 2012 in Economic News, Federal Reserve & Bankers

Kevin Hayden –

Source: SHTF Plan by Mac Slavo

With the Congressional Budget Office reporting that the United States will soon fall off the fiscal cliff unless the government takes immediate action, the Federal Reserve weighing another round of heavy-hitting monetary expansion, and the Republican Party now apparently jumping on board the gold standard train, the stars for precious metals seem to be in alignment. So says Peter Schiff, CEO of Europacific Precious Metals.

Having been ahead of gold’s massive upward move years before the bursting of the real estate bubble and crash of 2008, Schiff says there has been a “major development in precious metals,” and if you don’t have any gold or silver yet, this may be your last chance before they head to new record highs.

All summer long I have been forecasting that the prices of both gold and silver would break out. I have been urging clients not to wait until the breakout occurred, but to buy in anticipation of that breakout while prices were lower.

I think that opportunity has now passed. But we still have an opportunity to buy now, while the breakout is still early in its process.


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Congressman Bartlett: “Every Citizen Should Develop an Individual Emergency Plan to Prepare for the Absence of Government Assistance for Extended Periods”

Posted on Aug 25, 2012 in Alphabet Agencies & Operations, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Political Issues, Science & Technology, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

Source: SHTF Plan by Mac Slavo

In the documentary Urban Danger, Maryland’s Congressional Representative Roscoe Bartlett warned those who can to move their families out of major cities.

Outspoken in his belief that each individual American should prepare for a crisis where the government would be unable to provide for the basic needs of the national population, Bartlett has himself created a hideaway deep in the West Virginia forest. His cabin runs on independent power, he has put away food and canning equipment, stockpiled supplies for the long-term, and is ready for a worst-case scenario should it ever come to pass.

“We don’t really think of those today, because it’s so convenient to go to the supermarket,” he cautions. “But you know, you’re planning because the supermarket may not always be there.”

The electrical grid could fail tomorrow, he frequently warns. Food would disappear from the shelves. Water would no longer flow from the pipes. Money might become worthless. People could turn on each other, and millions would die.

Bartlett’s biggest concern, the vulnerability of our national power grid, is justified through extensive research by private organizations and the US government alike....

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Nukes and Fallout: How to Survive When Others Won’t

Posted on Aug 14, 2012 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Ready Nutrition by Tess Pennington, via

Since the dawn of nuclear weapons, we have always been weary of a trigger happy world leader hastily pushing a nuke detonator. However, according to history the two worst nuclear events that have occurred were accidental. Chernobyl, being the first event, had a fire and explosion that released large quantities of radioactive contamination into the atmosphere, and spread over much of Western USSR and Europe. The second largest nuclear event is the infamous Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster that occurred in 2011.

Each day we are exposed to nuclear radiation, some naturally and some through un-natural means. Those of us who live close to nuclear power plants are exposed more than others.

Are You Ready Series: Nuclear Disaster Preparedness

Those that live near nuclear power plants should be especially concerned with nuclear disaster preparedness; especially individuals who live in areas where natural disasters (hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes) could damage the nuclear facilities. The map below shows all of the nuclear power plants in the U.S.  Many states are areas where natural disasters could quite possibly take out or damage a power plant....

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