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8 Things That Are Worth More than Anything in a Disaster

8 Things That Are Worth More than Anything in a Disaster


If you’re looking to stockpile, you’ve probably taken into account several factors in order to decide what should be on your survival shopping list. By looking at recent events across the globe or even the ones in the US (remember Katrina), it’s easy to notice which items people would have given all their money and possessions for in exchange for hydrating themselves, feeding their children or… Continue reading 8 Things That Are Worth More than Anything in a Disaster

How to build YOUR ultimate Bug out Bag… Aka “the BOB”

How to build YOUR Ultimate Bug out Bag aka “The BOB”


Most of us are aware of what the BOB or Bug out Bag is and some of us are aware of what we need to put into this bag, but most of us follow any one or combination of lists out there to help us decide on what to put in a bug out bag. Continue reading How to build YOUR ultimate Bug out Bag… Aka “the BOB”

What R ya gonna Do???

I mean really, What are you gonna do??

I’m on facebook and other social media sites like most and all I can see is Paris and Cat videos.  On the news I watched as the events in Paris unfolded live, just like they did on 9/11.  We all sit mouths agape and in shock at the horrific things we see.  Seriously?  Are you really that surprised? Continue reading What R ya gonna Do???

Clean water could be Liquid Gold!

Clean water could be Liquid Gold!

11-11-15 homespunThis week on Surviving Dystopia radio show I was pleased to welcome Russ Michaud from Homespun Environmental as a guest to talk to us about some of the icky things that can be found in the water you and your family uses and what we can do about them. Whether you’re at home or out on that family outing here’s a cost effective solution to keep the thirst away without the worries of making yourself sick… or worse. Continue reading Clean water could be Liquid Gold!

Saving with Co-ops and buying clubs

Saving with Co-ops and buying clubs

11-3-15 buy-in-bulkLast week on Surviving Dystopia we talked about pinching pennies and ways to save with projects aimed at reducing the costs of some of the things we need.  Another way to save money and make those pennies last is to buy in bulk.  If in the long run you can reduce the expenses of your household wouldn’t this be something you would choose to do?

11-3-15 foosdBuying items in bulk can be a fantastic way to save a few pennies but we also need to remember these things must be stored.  When buying in bulk a few things need some special care, for example; Perishible items.  Taking care to establish safe methods of storage for such items is critical, so you can be sure you are saving those extra pennies. Continue reading Saving with Co-ops and buying clubs

Surviving Dystopia, What the heck does that mean?

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Surviving Dystopia, What the heck does that mean?

In it’s most basic sense? “The art of Getting By”

In 1516 Sir Thomas Moore coined the word Utopia… In his book of the same name, he is describing a society possessing near perfect qualities…. Dystopia is described as the opposite of that, often characterized by dehumanization, totalitarian governments, disasters or some other cataclysmic decline in society.

31twj9hz1kL__SX278_BO1,204,203,200_George Orwell’s Dystopian novel 1984 was a classic example of such a society. Continue reading Surviving Dystopia, What the heck does that mean?

Lessons of Generations Past on Prepper Broadcasting

Lessons of generations past!
DJ Cooper “Surviving Dystopia

Lessons of generations past!This week we take a journey into the past, an exploration of how things were done in “The Old Days.” For some of us, when we consider things the way they were.  Sometimes it is with nostalgia or with a whimsical smile it brings warm fuzzy thoughts. For others of us it may make us cringe at the thought of chopping wood or hanging the laundry outside on a cold winter’s day. No matter the feelings we get when thoughts of these days are running through our mind. There is much to be said for “the way we used to do it.” Continue reading Lessons of Generations Past on Prepper Broadcasting

The Self Sufficient home on Prepper Broadcasting Network

The self sufficient home.
DJ Cooper “Surviving Dystopia

The self sufficient homeThis week on Surviving Dystopia I discussed the art of self sufficiency!

What exactly is it to be self sufficient? Personally I think there are many “degrees” of self sufficiency. While to one person it might simply mean that they do not need assistance to live. They can do it all by themselves, not needing to rely on outside assistance. Whereas to another it could be a completely off grid existence. Continue reading The Self Sufficient home on Prepper Broadcasting Network

Prepper Broadcasting Network

Well, I have managed to successfully ignore my blog for a number of months now but there is some really good things happening and Prepper Broadcasting Network is one of them.  DJ Cooper hosts the show Surviving Dystopia, which now broadcasts on Wednesday nights LIVE at 9p est. Continue reading Prepper Broadcasting Network

What is a Cache?


Excerpt from Dystopia:The Long Road

Scheduled for release October 2015


John knew deep down, that coming soon would be something that was nothing short of disastrous. He scolded himself as he did often,
“I’m not ready for this!”
Checking things off in his mind, he began his mental list of things he wanted to address. “Cache” he thought, he had wanted to get that done this summer and had been putting it off. The thought struck him like a truck when it crossed his mind, ‘Matt’s parents, I have to go over and see them. I need to see what their situation is.’
John and Matt had been friends since middle school and he was close to his parents. Often just strolling in around lunch time and helping himself to snacks while chatting with them. He decided he would go over this afternoon, coincidentally right around lunch time. He giggled to himself thinking how he would be going to check on them yet helping himself to lunch.
Heading to the barn he got out the fifty-five gallon drums he had collected earlier in the summer that he planned to use for his cache. Behind the barn was the chicken pen, he planned to bury them in the far corner of it. With the chickens constantly scratching the ground there was no grass anymore he figured no one would be able to tell something was buried there.
In one of the three drums he planned to put fuel, he had wanted a diesel truck but Amy insisted she wanted him to get “normal” gas. She said that she hated the smell of the diesel and said she would not ride in it if he did. Thinking about it he felt it was a good choice as he would now be able to fuel all the vehicles without the need of different drums. He buried all three of the drums without backfilling until he was done adding the contents. The fuel drum he filled full which took a few trips to different gas stations with his five gas cans that each held 5 gallons.
He then began to decide what he should place in the others. He knew that a time might come when his guns could be confiscated so that was one thing he was going to consider for the non-food drum. The other was a food cache, he lined the drum with a large Mylar bag and placed 2 cases of freeze dried meals inside with coffee, sugar, powdered milk and chocolate. He also added canned meats of various kinds and fifteen pounds of beans. There was still room in the drum so he added salt and other spices and ten pounds of rice, topping it off with some flour and powdered eggs and a few jars of canned butter and peanut butter. Not wanting to waste any space he poured a large bag of various packets of things he had collected from all his take-out food to fill the voids. He sealed the bag and closed the lid taking care to make certain it was closed properly.
The final drum was non-food items he placed another Mylar bag inside but only to make sure there would be no damage in case of leakage.
He decided on fishing equipment, a net and some snares. He added zip lock baggies full of matches and lighters along with a whole box of heavy duty trash can liners.
He opted for two of his Glock 19’s both chambered in 9mm and five hundred rounds for them. He also had a 12ga that he had picked up at the flea market and two hundred-fifty rounds of bird shot and another hundred of double ought buck. Finally adding his .22 that he had gotten when he was nine from his grandfather along with five hundred rounds for it.
Standing back looking at it, he knew he could get still more into this one, so he decided on a hatchet and camp saw. Not knowing what else he could add he began to walk about just looking at different things when it hit him, “Water” he said out loud.
Searching through his closet he found what he was looking for, he had purchased some time back a Katadyn portable water filter, it even had two replacement filters for it. As he was headed back to the drums he remembered his other med kit and decided to add it as well. Feeling fairly content with his caches he added random smaller items. Which included some silver coins, five bottles of varied liquor and a few flashlights along with spare batteries.
Once filled and all were sealed he completely covered the drums and spread the rest of the leftover dirt around the chicken pen. He rolled it with a large heavy roller he used to mash out the mole trails in the yard, I worked well to pack it down. Afterwards he spread some chicken scratch around to get the chickens moving about so it would look like it usually did

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