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The Realities of Choosing Your Survival Retreat Location

Posted on Jun 08, 2012 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Alt Market by Brandon Smith – Highly Recommended, check them out!

Unfortunately, having a ‘Plan B’ just isn’t the modern American way.  The great and diabolical misfortune of having two to three solid generations of assumed prosperity in one’s culture is the side-effect it has of lulling the populace into comfortable apathy.  “Prepping” becomes a kind of novelty; a lifestyle that people joke about while planning out their next vacation or their next suburban home purchase.  It’s something that others consider in that fleeting moment in front of the television while witnessing the news of a catastrophe on the other side of the world, only to be forgotten minutes after changing the channel.  Such things do not happen here.  Not in the United States…

I am a child of an age laden with illusory wealth, and have benefitted (for a short time at least) from the financial fakery of our economic system, as have many Americans.  Most of us have not had to suffer through the unmitigated poverty, hopelessness, and relentless fear that are pervasive in harsher days. ...

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Discovered a Local Artesian Spring Near My New Location

Posted on May 29, 2012 in Blog, Editorials, & Thoughts, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

I found this natural artesian spring not far from where I just moved to.  While I am not living at the homestead yet, it is still a work in progress over at  Instead, my job has taken me about 180 miles north to a very rural area but I am discovering endless adventures and things to photograph, write about, and learn from.  Progress will resume at the Elysian Fields soon! Promise!

Do YOU have a local water source?  Or the ability to filter it?  Do you have a well on your property or know where natural springs are located?


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The Case for Saving Your Nickels, Literally: Inflation and Metal Debasement

Posted on May 10, 2012 in Economic News, Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Kevin Hayden –

Source: SurvivalBlog

I’ve often mused about how fun it would be to have a time machine and travel back to the early 1960s, and go on a pre-inflation shopping spree. In that era, most used cars were less than $800, and a new-in-the box Colt .45 Automatic sold for $60. In particular, it would be great to go back and get a huge pile of rolls of then-circulating US silver dimes, quarters, and half dollars at face value. (With silver presently around $30 per ounce, the US 90% silver (1964 and earlier) coinage is selling wholesale at 22 times face value–that is $22,000 for a $1,000 face value bag.)

The disappearance of 90% silver coins from circulation in the US in the mid-1960s beautifully illustrated Gresham’s Law: “Bad Money Drives Out Good.” People quickly realized that the debased copper sandwich coins were bogus, so anyone with half a brain saved every pre-’65 (90% silver) coin that they could find. (This resulted in a coin shortage from 1965 to 1967, while the mint frantically played catch up, producing millions of cupronickel “clad” coins....

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ITS Tactical: Attack Recognition and the Art of the Ambush

Posted on May 10, 2012 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Police, Military, & War

Kevin Hayden –

Source: ITS TacticalReally great resource, listed in sidebar ->

Now that you have your routes planned out and have a basic knowledge of surveillance detection its time to talk about attack recognition and the ambush.

We are going to continue to focus on your route from home to work and attacks to your vehicle. I want to focus on your vehicle and travels and not worry about avoiding a sucker punch on the street.

Attack recognition is a whole other animal when you talk about self defense (Tony Blauer has excellent information on physical attack recognition and response).

What’s an Ambush?

An ambush is a surprise attack, from a concealed position. It’s used on a moving or temporarily halted enemy to destroy or capture him and his equipment. This definition is taken right from Infantry 101.

Ambushes have been around since the beginning of ancient warfare and are still in use today in modern combat. So long as there’s war, there will be the art of the ambush.

Attack Recognition

When you can recognize an attack you can use your pre-planned tactics to escape the assault....

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The Barter Value of Skills

Posted on Apr 27, 2012 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Ready Nutrition by Tess Pennington

Recently, we talked about the necessity of learning skills to aid us in a survival situation.  Don’t underestimate the value of those skills for barter.  If the grid goes down, people may be left with no access to medical care, serious gaps in their knowledge or the inability to repair vital items.  If you possess those abilities, your skills will be in high demand.

In the situation of economic collapse, there will be a revival of the barter system.  To barter means to exchange your goods or services for someone else’s goods or services.  To complete a satisfactory barter transaction, each person must desire something from the other party.  Despite the potential of desperation, it’s morally imperative to be fair to the party that is most in need. Remember that one day, that person who is most in need may be you.

Right now, if something breaks, the replacement is only as far away as the closest Wal-Mart.  However, in the event of an economic collapse or a disaster that causes the trucks to stop running, it won’t be easy to replace broken items....

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Red Cross on Standby for Chicago Evacuation Due to Civil Unrest, “National Security Incident”

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 in Alphabet Agencies & Operations, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Global & National News

Kevin Hayden –

Source: CBS

Is there a secret plan to evacuate some residents of Chicago in the event of major trouble during the NATO summit next month? CBS 2 has uncovered some evidence that there is. It comes from the Milwaukee area branch of the American Red Cross.

CBS 2 News has obtained a copy of a Red Cross e-mail sent to volunteers in the Milwaukee area.

It said the NATO summit “may create unrest or another national security incident. The American Red Cross in southeastern Wisconsin has been asked to place a number of shelters on standby in the event of evacuation of Chicago.”

According to a chapter spokesperson, “Our direction has come from the City of Chicago and the Secret Service.”

Hayden’s Note:

Perhaps they are merely covering their bases should something bad occur, but I find it awfully peculiar given the Fed’s dismal track record of preparedness, disaster response, and contingency planning.


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Feds and Utilities Argue Over Electromagnetic Pulse Threat Coming in 2014

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 in - NASA / Space Exploration, Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Business Insider

As scientists warn of an impending solar storm between now and 2014 that could collapse the national power grid, thrusting millions into darkness instantly, a debate has flared up between utilities and the government on the severity of such an event.

NASA and the National Academy of Sciences previously confirmed that an electromagnetic pulse event from an intense solar storm could occur any time between now and 2014.

They say it could have the effect of frying electronics and knocking out transformers in the national electric grid system.

But in February, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, which represents the power industry, issued a stunning report asserting that a worst-case geomagnetic “super storm” like the 1859 Carrington event likely wouldn’t damage most power grid transformers. Instead, it would cause voltage instability and possibly result in blackouts lasting only a few hours or days, but not months and years.

Hayden’s Note:

Hah!  Riiiiight.  Keep thinking that.  And good luck.

I strongly believe that our government is aware of an imminent threat coming in the next 24 months and is preparing for it.  


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Biological Warfare and Its Effects

Posted on Apr 22, 2012 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Kevin Hayden –

Hayden’s Note:

Dr. Bones, of Doom and, has graciously contributed this article regarding biological warfare and its repercussions.  I consider Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy to be pioneers in the post-SHTF medical arena, bringing a full spectrum of in-depth and advanced medical knowledge to the average person. Their new book, the Doom and Bloom Survival Medicine Handbookwill be reviewed here shortly.

We have spent some time discussing traumatic wounds, thermal burns, and even radiation sickness, all of which are injuries sustained in disaster and doomsday scenarios.  Civil unrest, wildfires, nuclear bombs, and meltdowns are all catastrophes that the preparedness community is concerned about, but let’s talk about about something few consider as a possible cause of SHTF situations: biological warfare.

Biological warfare is the term given to the use of infectious agents such as bacteria, viruses, fungi or their by-products to wreak death and havoc among a specific population.  As a result, the user achieves control over an area or a segment of the population by weakening the ability to resist.  Biological weapons don’t necessarily have to kill humans: unleashing a horde of locusts to destroy crops or agents that kill livestock can be just as effective....

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Sign Cutting and Tracking Methods Employed by the US Border Patrol

Posted on Apr 21, 2012 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Police, Military, & War

Kevin Hayden –

Source: ITS Tactical (lots of pictures in the article below)

“There’s always sign.”

Sign is the physical evidence of any disturbance of the environment left behind by animals, humans or objects. The detection of this sign is called sign cutting. A person (or animal) cannot traverse ground without leaving some sort of telltale sign. This sign is what we’re trying to find and track.

When most people think of tracking, they usually think of following footprints. But a trained tracker looks for more. He looks for kicked-over rocks, soil depressions, clothing fibers, changes in vegetation, changes in the environment, ambient noise or lack thereof, etc. Basically, the tracker looks for the disturbance — the sign — left behind by the person or persons being tracked.


Sign cutting and tracking has been around for millennia. It is a natural extension of hunting, both animals and people. On our continent, Native Americans perfected the art of sign cutting tracking both men and animals. To this day, there are special units of Native American law enforcement trackers protecting this nation....

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Malissa’s 170 Square Foot Tiny Tack House

Posted on Apr 21, 2012 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Tiny House Blog and Tiny Tack House

I have been wanting to cover Malissa’s tiny house story for a while now and have had her on my list to contact. However, Apartment Therapy has invited Malissa to participate in their Small Cool Contest and I wanted to get the word out to you before it was to late to vote. I hope to still get Malissa to tell us her story, but in the mean time, here are a couple of her thoughts about the house: “It’s cozy and comfortable, a great space to do my creative art, while also serving as my perfect retreat.”

tiny kitchen

Photos Credits Christopher Tack/Apartment Therapy

Biggest Challenge: “One of the most challenging part of living in a small space with two people and two cats was finding your own place. My house is only 170 square feet, and in a space that small, it’s important that you feel you can go to your own place and do your own thing.”

view of living area from loft

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DIY on the Farm: How to Build Chicken Nesting Boxes with Buckets

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 in DIY Projects, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Stealth Survival

Here’s a great little DIY project if you have chickens.  This is a simple, no-frills … but no-hassle way of building some nesting boxes for those birds.

Front View of Nesting Buckets
In the above picture, you can see the buckets with fresh hay ready for the little ladies. The raised nesting boxes will make it easier to harvest the eggs.

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US Army Domestic Quick Reaction Force – More Riot Control Training

Posted on Apr 10, 2012 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Police, Military, & War, Political Issues

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Intel Hub

For years, the alternative media has warned about the US military being used against the American people in a time of economic collapse or any sort of martial law scenario.

Drills such as Vigilant Guard 2010 have brought widespread attention to the fact that portions of our own military are training to take on crowds of American citizens demanding food and Constitutional rights in a time of crisis.

Now, a new release by the website Public Intelligence, once again confirms that as recently as February and March of 2012, US troops at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington were conducting training scenarios for a civil disturbance domestic quick reaction force.

A series of photos of the drills shows US troops with crowd control riot shields on the opposite side of actors portraying what can only be described as American citizens.

“The following photos are from March and February of this year and were taken at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.  The first four photos from March depict riot control training for a “domestic quick reaction force” that would aid in civil disturbances....

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Peak Civilization: MIT & Club of Rome Predict Global Economic Collapse and Precipitous Population Decline

Posted on Apr 05, 2012 in Blog, Editorials, & Thoughts

Kevin Hayden –

Source: SHTF Plan by Mac Slavo

See also: The Georgia Guidestones, global elite, and population levels

Researchers at one of the world’s leading think tanks have developed a computing model that predicts serious implications for our way of life as a result of our incessant need to consume resources like oil, food, and fresh water. According to a team of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the breaking point will come no later than 2030, and when it does, we can expect a paradigm shift unlike any we have seen before in human history – one that will not only collapse the economies of the world, but will cause food and energy production to decrease so significantly that it will lead to the deaths of  hundreds of millions of people in the process.


The recent study, completed on behalf of The Club of Rome, an organization which issued it’s own findings on ‘peak everything’ back in the 1970′s in a controversial environmental report dubbed The Limits to Growth (video), takes into account the relations between various global developments and produces computer simulations for alternative scenarios....

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TruthTV: DIY Ceramic Water Filters from Homespun Environmental

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

Produced by Kevin Hayden –

for TruthisTreason.TV

Featuring Russ Michaud, owner of, a Sponsor (only because I love their products!)

DIY, ceramic water filters for emergency preparedness and everyday use. Compare to the expensive Berkey systems, but much cheaper!

Also available are standard “candlestick-style” filters for Berkey systems, but the 4″ dome filter shown in the video will work just fine.

Also available are individual water bottles that can filter 60 gallons for ~$20. Many others cost 10x that amount.  One of my favorite products from Homespun is the Hanging Bag Filter that can churn out over 100 gallons per day. This could provide you with ample bartering material!

Filmed at a semi-annual camping event for serious preppers....

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2012 Spring Preparedness Expo, Oklahoma City

Posted on Mar 29, 2012 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Southern Plains Consulting <- more information here.

The Spring Preparedness Expo will be held Saturday, March 31st, 2012 at the American Legion Hall in Del City, Oklahoma.  It is located at 5000 SE 24th St.  This is the same location as the Fall Expo for those that were able to join us. The show will be from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. and parking is free.  The cost for entry will be $5 a person or $8 per couple, and well worth it!

Workshop topics will include How to Prepare on a Budget, Building a First Aid Kit, Preparedness Pet Care, and much more.  See below for the complete workshop listing, map, vendor list, and the new brochure!

Hayden’s Note:

I’m excited to be a part of this again, and there will be lots of new vendors and tables, including the producers and directors of the new documentary, A Noble Lie, along with one of my main sponsors, Homespun Environmental (ceramic water filters), Patriot Seed Store, Organics OKC, and many more!  I’ll be there handing out bumper stickers and conducting interviews, so stop by and say hello!


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