Guide to Veterinary Drugs for Human Consumption

Have you ever tried going to the Doctor and explaining that you would like several prescriptions to stockpile away, just in case?    Well, Don't!   :-p

It's obvious why doctors are not inclined to accommodate such requests.  But what should you do if you sincerely want to plan ahead and stockpile prescription-only medication for purposes of a just in case scenario?

Well look no further because The Answer Lies with Veterinary Drugs!

In the following article, Keith Hayden from explains how the two medications  (for humans / for animals) are identical with the exception of their names and markings.   Hayden lists equivalents, where to order from, and recommendations on how much to take of each.


[Lessons Learned] Livng in a Remote Primitive Cabin

Lessons Learned: Primitive Cabin Living

 The Remote Primitive Cabin I Stayed in for a week sans electricity or plumbing

The Remote Primitive Cabin I Stayed in for a week sans electricity or plumbing

My two childhood friends and I ventured out to the “U.P.” in Michigan to spend a week at a very remote lake side cabin in the middle of the Hiawatha National Forest.   This proved to be an ideal excuse to grab my bug out bag (B.o.B.) and test my equipment.   I learned some valuable lessons while living in the middle of the wilderness with no cell phone reception, electricity, or plumbing.   To my dissatisfaction, I found out that I was not as prepared as I originally thought.  Hopefully you can also learn from my mistakes.

 I would have paid a lot of money for one of these!

I would have paid a lot of money for one of these!

The idea was to survive off the land and eat what we caught and foraged.  However, my forward thinking buddy (and food lover) decided to bring some supplemental canned food items.   We soon discovered that no one possessed a can opener.   As we stood around our potential dinner entombed in its metal safe, our stomach rumbled.   We scratched our heads until one of us brought out our multi-tool which included a can opener that resembled more of a beer bottle top opener.   Within seconds the bottle opener tool snapped in two and broke.   Next we tried a knife which worked, but not efficiently or safely.   I must have reminded my buddy to “be careful” several hundred times as I realized how far away we were from a hospital.  Lesson one: Can openers are gold and would make for valuable barter items for those desperately in need.    Buy several and buy quality.

 Water Pitcher and Wash Basin for Off-Grid Cleanliness

Water Pitcher and Wash Basin for Off-Grid Cleanliness

Next item of concern was washing solutions and sanitation.  Thankfully, we were next to a lake that we took advantage of by swimming/bathing in.  All of us are environmentally conscious and refuse to use man-made cleansing agents that could potentially poison the fish and plant life within the lake.  We did have access to a hand pump.  However, the forest service had signs pleading users not to do any washing or cleaning near the pump due to the fact that the well can be easily contaminated.   This made sense to us and is a good point to remember if your bug out location also has a well (and it should).    Lesson two:  The lake is cold! Buy an old-fashioned pitcher/basin for washing and stock up on all natural soaps.  Better yet, learn how to make your own all natural soaps.  

We were lucky enough to have a surprisingly clean outhouse fully stocked with toilet paper.   I remembered a great online document I had read about how Human waste disposal will prove to be a major cause of sickness, disease, and death when SHTF.  The document even instructed the reader how to build a latrine.  However, it dawned on me that I was not able to access this online document as we were unable to get cellphone reception.   In a SHTF situation, any online documents will be useless.  Lesson three:  Immediately print out any and all documents that you find of value and keep them protected from the elements…and learn how to dig a latrine. 

Due to the changes to our normal eating patterns, our bowel movements also became disrupted.   It became obvious to everyone how quickly we went through the stocked TP and it made me ponder what I would do if it were to ever run out.   One solution that I utilize at home already is something called “family cloths.”   They are dedicated pieces of fabric used in place of TP that are washable.  Each family member is issued a different pattern and/or color to lessen the gross factor.   We had hand sanitizer, but no sink with running water.   Lesson four: Buy/Make several sets of “family  cloths” for my bug out location, research the best leaves in my area that could make for a good TP substitute,

 Off Grid Laundry Washing  Solution

Off Grid Laundry Washing  Solution

Another sanitation issue we came across was cleaning our food utensils and cookware.  Our solution was to use the lake sand/water to scrub/wash our dishes.    We then rinsed them with well water from the onsite pump.  Additionally, by the end of the week we had no more clean clothes left.   We had not brought with us a viable washing solution.   Lesson five:  Build a 5-gallon bucket / plunger system for washing clothes, procure a commercial mop bucket with ringer, or buy an off the grid hand operated washing machine.

My two buddies and I often went our separate ways to explore the expansive isolated forest preserve.  One would go off for a run, the other mountain biking, while another found a secluded spot to hang a hammock and read a good book.  Without cellphone service, we would not have been able to get a hold of each other.   Lesson six:  Always bring portable walkie-talkies and always keep a whistle on your person in case of an emergency.

As previously mentioned the area we were in was quite remote and took a long drive on dirt/gravel roads to reach our destination.  If our motorized vehicles were affected by a SHTF scenario such as an EMP, traveling those kinds of distances would prove to be difficult.   Lesson seven:  Mountain bikes would serve as a valuable mode of transportation in the event that motorized vehicles are inoperable.  Also, learning how to ride a horse would be beneficial.

 The All American SUN OVEN - Preparedness Package

The All American SUN OVEN - Preparedness Package

We had the luxury of using a large propane stove and tank for cooking.  However, we all know that propane is a finite resource and is not sustainable in the long term.   Also, boiling water seemed to waste a great deal of that finite fuel.  We had a nightly campfire; however we lacked the proper cookware to efficiently cook using it.   Lesson eight:  If you haven’t already invested in cast iron cookware, do so!   Learn how to build a rocket stove out of common objects such as cinderblocks and aluminum cans.   Also make a smart investment in a Solar Oven which amazingly cooks/bakes/dehydrates/rehydrates food, pasteurizes/boils water, and even sterilizes medical equipment ALL with just the free power of the Sun!

Our main staple of food was the fish we caught.  We tried both fishing from the shore in waders as well as in a kayak and a canoe.  Our success was exponentially greater using the kayak/canoe where we were able to gain access to fishing spots not reachable on foot.  So therefore -  Lesson nine is: If planning on fishing, or traveling on water ways, a kayak/canoe is quiet stealthy solution.

The last lesson I learned was that mosquitoes out in the middle of nowhere are bigger and fiercer than their urban dwelling cousins!   They were relentless!  A can of “OFF” won’t last forever. And in our case only lasted a single day!  Lesson ten:  Learn alternative methods to keep mosquitoes at bay!  Such as plants that repel mosquitoes like lavender/ marigolds/ catnip/ lemon balm/rosemary, and If you have a hammock, invest in a mosquito net.   It can serve multiple purposes. 

The Ultimate Survival Food: Pemmican

 This survival food known as Pemmican was utilized by Native Americans scouts and early western explorers who were on the go for a great length of time.  Pemmican is known for being highly portable, energy packed, nutrient dense, and filling.  Best of all,would last for long periods of time!  How long?   Well, recently a 50 year old piece of pemmican was discovered and was deemed edible for consumption.   I'm not so sure I'd be willing to taste--test that particular pemmican, but in a survival situation. it might start to look very tempting!

Pemmican is light, compact, high in protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, and if done properly can last anywhere from a few years (decades) up to a lifetime without refrigeration!

Pemmican consists of lean, dried meat which is crushed to a powder and mixed with powdered dry berries and then with hot, rendered fat.

Complete sustenance could be obtained from pemmican, drawing on the fat for energy, the protein for strength and vitamins for health. There are a few cases in history of people living for months only from pemmican alone.

Want to know how to make your own?  CLICK HERE


Lessons Learned:  There was a reality based TV show called "The Colony" on the Discovery Channel.  The show is basically a controlled experiment where a group individuals are placed in an isolated urban setting, where a hypothetical global catastrophe has occurred and the group has to try to rebuild with whatever they can find. They have basically an entire city to themselves and they can take over any property or resources they wish, but there are hired actors who act as thugs and looters to threaten and terrorize the members of the group to test their boundaries.

They were placed in situations where less fortunate survivors (actors) would beg the cast for some of their food stores.  The group was divided in their hospitality and it actually caused major turmoil within the group itself. Half of the group understood that their current rations did not permit for any instances of charity.  However, other members of the group had sympathy for beggars such as children or the elderly.

One thing was clear.  Once beggars knew food was available, they kept coming back again and again.  The major mistake that was made that the group leaked the location of their food storage which lead to it getting looted. 

The solution would had been to have given the beggars a map to a single cache  of pemmican far away from the colony. 

Cook An Entire Meal With Just Twigs

Cook An Entire Meal With Just Twigs

A rocket stove is an efficient cooking stove using small diameter wood fuel which is burned in a simple high-temperature combustion chamber containing a vertical chimney and a secondary air supply, which ensures almost complete combustion prior to the flames reaching the cooking surface.

This could be the cleanest and most sustainable way to heat a conventional home. Some people have reported that they heat their home with nothing more than the dead branches that fall off the trees in their yard. And they burn so clean, that a lot of sneaky people are using them illegally, in cities, without detection.


One of my favorite websites dedicated to all things concering rocket stoves:   Rocket Stove Mass Heater

Learn how to build your own portable rocket stove from tin cans that allows you to cook an entire meal with a handful of twigs!:  Rocket Stove Tutorial




How to Build a Rotating Can Rack


FIFO stands for first-in, first-out, meaning that the oldest inventory items are used up first.   This is important in your food stores because, well what good is expired food?

Check out this super easy project on how to build a rotating can rack for your canned foods.  This tutorial shows construction with cardboard so you can even include the kiddos in on fun.

I plan on constructing one or two out of wood using the same dimensions (I'll take any excuse I can find to play with the woodshop!)

Check out the detailed instructions below:

How to Build a Rotating Can Rack!

5 Gallon Bucket Emergency Water Filtration System - Bucket Project #1

With all the fancy water filtration systems out there comes a lot of fancy prices!

Here is a low-tech and cost effective approach to making your own 5 gallon filtration system by just using two 5-gallon buckets.

The ceramic drip filter in this kit (you supply the buckets) removes 99.999% bacteria, reduces / removes virus, also reduces/removes fluoride, and reduces/removes arsenic (confirmed by Ceutical Lab, a FDA registered laboratory)

This 0.2 micron filter, filled with a carbon based media, removes water-borne bacterium with an efficiency which exceeds NSF standards. The ceramic filter can be cleaned with a soft brush at least 100 times, and it produces 12-15 gallons of drinking water per day. This system includes a ceramic filter, filter sock, and spigot.


This  inexpensive gravity drip system can be used with water from a lake, rain, tap, river or stream and in an hour you will have bacteria free water to drink in the bottom bucket.

You can buy these kits on   Shop around for the best price!



Remember, Good planets are hard to find!



Build a Solar Still 

A solar still is one of the best methods for obtaining water in apparently dry areas.  In a low, unshaded area, dig a hole 1 1/2 feet deep and 3 feet in diameter.  Place a can or jar in the center of the hole and cover the hole with a large sheet of plastic, sealing the edges with dirt and rocks. Put a rock in the center of the plastic directly above the container.  Moisture is drawn from the earth beneath the plastic and condenses on the underside of the sheet.  The water then runs down and drips into your container.  Greenery, such as chunks of cactus, lining the hole will increase production.  Depending on conditions, you might produce one pint to one quart of water daily.

Rig a Snare

In a survival situation, snares are a good way to catch some food.  They can be made from wire, fishing line, twine, strips of leather or cloth, rope or even shoelaces. 

Step One: When using wire or other stiff material, bend the tip over and twist several times to form an eye.  Then run the wire's other end through the eye to form the noose.  When using more plant materials, make a slipknot.  Step Two:  Suspend the noose in a game trail, den hole entrance, or other spot where animals are likely to pass.  The noose should be large enough for the animal's head to pass through, but not its shoulders, so i will draw tight and hold the forward-moving animal Step 3: Attach by tree or a stake driven into the ground. Check them frequently.


Get Your Bearings

One way to determine direction without the aid of a compass is to drive a straight 3 foot long stick into the ground in a  sunny location and set a stone where the tip of its shadow falls on the ground.  Wait 20 minutes and then place another rock in the spot where the tip of the shadow has moved.  The first marker indicates the was end of  a line running between west end of a line running between two rocks; the second marks, the east.


Directions by Watch

You can use a watch that has hour and minute hands to get an accurate indication of north and south (depending on which hemisphere you are in).  The technique is most reliable on a clear day when you can see the sun,  but if it's cloudy simply look for the brightest area of the sky.  Northern Hemisphere:  Point the hour hand of your watch at the sun.  South will be  halfway between the hour hand and the 12 o'clock mark.  Southern Hemisphere: Point the 12'oclock mark of your watch at the sun.  North lies halfway between 12 and the hour hand.


Build a Bivouac

Bivouacs reflect a fire's warmth, serve as a windbreak and provide overhead shelter in emergency situations.  They can be erected without tools in an hour if you are in the area with downed timber - less if you find a makeshift ridgepole such as a leaning or partly fallen tree to support the boughs.  Step One:  Wedge a ridgepole into the lower forks of two closely growing trees ( one end can rest on the ground, if necessary), or support each end of the ridgepole with a tripod of upright poles lashed together near the top.  Step Two: Tilt branches or lies against the ridgepole to make a frame.  To strengthen it, interlace boughs through the poles a right angles.  Step three:  Thatch the lean-to with slabs of bark and/or leafy or pine needle branches.  Chink with sod moss or snow to further insulate.

How to attain Navy SEAL Situational Awareness

One of my favorite Robert DeNiro movies is a flick called "RONIN."  DeNiro's character is a former intelligent agency figure whose situational awareness is amazing.  One of his  personal rules was "Never walk into a place that you don't know how to walk out of."   His character also had an uncanny ability to spot ambushes. 

Another great movie that illuminates the importance of situational awareness is The Book of Eli.  There is a scene where Denzel Washington's character is walking through a the apocalyptic landscape and stumbles upon a busty woman in need of help.  He correctly identifies it as an attempted ambush scenario. 

Situational Awareness Checklist

  1. Try to guess what individuals around you are thinking or doing.
  2. Look for odd behavior or things that seem out of place.
  3. Determine where you’d go if you had to seek immediate cover from an explosion or gunshots.
  4. Find the two closest exits.
  5. Determine whether someone is following you or taking an unusual interest in you.


Mentally preparing oneself for a disaster is one of the most important aspects of being prepared. Like any aspect of preparedness, practice makes perfect. Using the checklist above, regularly simulate practice drills to get your mind into the habit of using situational awareness. So many people walk around completely unaware of their surroundings; and at times, walk into dangerous situations. Remember to stay alert and be aware of your surroundings – it could save your life!


Make a Wool Blanket Shirt

How and Why you need to make yourself a 100% Wool Blanket Shirt

What's So Great About Wool?


The quality that distinguishes wool fibers from hair or fur is the presence of a hard, water-repellent outer layer that surrounds each hollow fiber, overlapping like shingles on a roof. The fiber's core absorbs up to 30% of its weight in moisture vapor without becoming damp or clammy, while the hard outer layer protects against outside liquid moisture. Water is repelled, but humidity is absorbed, and that helps with thermal regulation.


Besides keeping outside moisture away from the skin, wool also wicks away perspiration. When you sweat, that sweat cools your skin-which is not what you want when it's cold outside. Wool fibers absorb perspiration and wick it away from your body, thus keeping you warm and dry.


The crimp of the wool produces insulating air spaces that retain body heat. These warm air pockets next to the skin are kept dry while the hollow wool fibers absorb moisture vapors and the hard outer surface moves liquid moisture away from the body.


Wool has a very wide comfort range, essential for adapting to changing weather conditions. This unique property makes wool the perfect fiber to be used in the production of outerwear, because it has the versatile ability to warm in colder conditions and cool in warmer conditions.


Wool can be blended with many different natural and synthetic fibers to create a multitude of fabric options.

Learn how to take a super warm shirt from a 100% Wool Blanket below


How to Predict the Weather

Long before technology was developed to predict the weather, people relied on observation, patterns and folk lore to avoid being caught off-guard by the elements. Once you practice these methods and become attuned to the sky, the air, and animal behaviors, it's possible to predict the weather quite reliably.

50 Things You Should Stock Up On, But Probably Haven’t

When the shit hits the fan, Wal-Mart’s low prices will be a thing of the past.  Make sure you don’t go without.


1. Duct Tape
2. WD-40
3. Sunscreen
4. Deodorant
5. Razor blades
6. Toothpaste and Toothbrushes
7. Spray paint
8. Motor oil
9. Garbage bags
10. Sewing Supplies
11. Locks and Chains
12. Bolts, Nails Screws
13. Superglue
14. Saw blades
15. Manuel Air/Tire pump
16. Fire extinguishers
17. Coolers
18. Buckets
19. Cooking Oil
20. Gun Cleaning Supplies
21. Mouse Traps
22. Lamp Wicks – for Oil and Alcohol Lamps
23. Lice Shampoo
24. Broken window fix/replacement/cover (plywood or plastic panes)
25. Bleach
26. Household Cleaning Supplies
27. Sponges
28. Towels and Wash clothes
29. Wire
30. Q-tips
31. Cotton balls
32. Corn Starch
33. Thermal Wear
34. Alcohol Wipes
35. Eyedrops
36. Pet Food
37. Fertilizer
38. Games
39. Paper and Pencils
40. Spare Parts for any and all gear
41. Musical Instruments
42. Lantern Mantles
43. Gold Bond or Baby Power
44. Baby Supplies – diapers etc
45. Aloe
46. Laundry Detergent
47. Charcoal/lighter fluid
48. Birth control
49. Vitamins
50. Hand Tools

50 Things You Should Stock Up On But Probably Haven't

Simple Sanitary Wash Station

Hey Science, you're great and all.... But 4 sticks, a candle, nail, bar of soap, rope, and a bucket solve this problem better than you!

Here is a great wash station for third world countries or in a SHTF scenario!

Investing in Precious Metals

Survival Silver


If you are new to precious metals, it all can be a little over whelming.  Lots of questions arise: Should I buy Gold, Silver, or both?  What does "Spot" mean?   What type of coins or bars should I buy?  From whom should I buy?  ...etc.

First and foremost precious metals are an investment no matter how you look at it and more so in this unstable economy.  Most people fail to understand that paper money is just a paper representation of real actual gold stored in a vault somewhere,  If SHTF, our paper money would be just paper.

Should I buy Gold or Silver?   Both have their own benefits.  Gold has always possessed a magical lure which has been desired by civilizations throughout time.  In fact, the creation story for the Sumerians, the oldest known civilization, alleges that Earth was once mined for gold by an ancient human-like alien race called the Annunaki.  But I digress...  

Since you are reading this blog, you probably have the foresight to consider emergency preparedness for possible disasters.  There are many scenarios that could arise that would leave paper money useless.  In such scenarios, bartering is King.  And unless you're going for a yacht for gold bartering transaction, silver is the easy choice to buy.  So always buy silver, then gold..

What Does Spot Mean?   Spot is the current value of the metal.  If you are buying a precious metal, stores with charge you more than what the "spot (current)  value" is so that they can make money on the transaction.

Do I buy bars, American Eagles,, foreign coins, blanks? (...too many options!!!!) There seems to be good rationale for the different options depending on your motives, but I personally like to buy US Coins as they would be easily recognizable in a barter situation.

From whom should I buy?   There are many reputable sites, but also some not so reputable ones. Do research before buying.  I personally go through APMEX and have not had a problem yet. 

What is the cheapest way to buy precious metals?    The most bang for your buck is buying what is known as "Junk Silver."  The name can be deceiving.  Junk silver is simply US coinage dated before 1965.  You can save lots of money this way.


Rule #1:  If you are going to invest in precious metals, you should buy physical coins or bars that you can hold in your hand. 

Rule #2:  Do not keep your precious metals stored at a bank!  Store them securely at your home or in another hidden location.  When all else fails (including banks as we saw in Cyprus) you can rest assured that you have access to your wealth anytime you need it,

The following article has more great advice on buying silver/gold as it relates to a SHTF situation:


How To Build A Solar-Powered Still That Purifies Water

How To Build A Solar-Powered Still That Purifies Water


Water is our lifeblood.    All we have to do currently is walk over to the sink and turn on the faucet to get clean drinking water.   If SHTF, such conveniences won't continue to be around. Being able to consistently purify water for drinking is a priority in any disaster situation.  This solar powered still only uses the sun's free energy to distill water.   This is a far more efficient use of resources rather than having to burn wood or gas in order to boil water over a fire.  


Hydraulic Ram Pump


Learn how to build a water pump that needs no energy input other than water flowing from a higher point to a lower point. If SHTF and the power goes this will still work and pump water with no electricity.  A build such as this can be priced to about $100.  Check out websites such as Craigslist for potentially free parts!


"Hidden Storage" Books


Being that I have a police/private security background I have written many theft reports in my time.  It peeves me that so many people either leave their valuables in plain sight or try to hide them in cliche places (like under the mattress). 

One of my all time favorite but under rated shows on TV was "It Takes a Thief."   In the show a former criminal gone good who was skilled in house burglaries would break into and ransack houses outfitted with hidden cameras.  The family would come home to devastation.  Shortly after, the burglar and TV show host would bring back all the stolen possessions, give the family security tips, and pay for security renovations such as security alarms, safes., etc. They also informed the audience how they could also improve their home security.

Below is a neat idea to hide either valuables or unsightly objects such as a router or air freshener.