Become More Self-Sufficient; Do It Yourself (DIY)

A lot of emphasis is put on survival products and building a storehouse of stuff for an emergency. But, what happens when our funds are used up and the storehouse is bare? What's left?

This posting is focused on what you can't get in the store - Experience! When skills are learned, self-reliance is the byproduct. Instead of picking up the phone and pay someone else to fix that leaky faucet, get some tools and a book and learn how to do it yourself. Instead of buying food, learn how to grow it at home. Instead of doing what we all take for granted, begin to realize that you can do it yourself. Little by little, self-sufficiency will emerge and expand to every area of life.

Being prepared for an emergency is more than a gathering of stuff sitting in a duffle bag on a shelf in a closet. It's a mindset that must be fed by everything we do; a habit that must be developed so it's second nature. Don't fear and don't act like a whack job, just visualize everthing, everyday as an opportunity to be ready for anything.

Qualities of a Prepared People are expressed in the way they spend their time before an emergency; the real keys to survival. It is something that no amount of money can buy; the small daily habits that become an innate part of their everyday lives – habits that may not even be noticeable to someone outside the lifestyle. Skills become more than just knowledge, they become instinctual. Live everyday as if it is "the day before" by developing Habits like:
  • Thinking beyond "Plan A" to accept an unexpected setback and adapt another plan to it on the fly.
  • Reacting calmly in a crisis. The ability to calmly accept the event, make a speedy plan and act on that plan. Panic kills.
  • Thinking critically to assess information provided to them and distinguish the difference between facts and manipulations.
  • Carrying a basic emergency kit with them everywhere, everyday, knowing that disasters don't usually give warnings.
  • MacGyver ingenuity. The ability to be inventive, resourceful and imaginative. Thinking outside the box.
  • Living a skills-based lifestyle that focuses on productive hobbies and skills that is closely related to their SHTF plan.
  • Being physically active; working some kind of fitness into their day-to-day lives to stay in good physical shape.
  • Purchases must be multi-purpose to avoid unnecessary stuff. Duct Tape, Vinegar, Baking Soda serve many purposes.
  • Not wasteful by stretching leftovers and supplies, reuse of things that others simply throw away.
  • Always practicing situational awareness where they are to react quickly to a potential threat they have already noticed.
Qualities Of A Real Survivalist
Live Everyday Like a Prepper

10 Commandments of Survival
The world is still scary. At best, all we can do is to continue to learn to be self-reliant and independent to keep our sanity and ability to think rationally under stress. These 10 commandments of survival were set down to help cope with the anxiety and sense of uncertainty about our future as citizens of the world.
  • #1: Have the will to live, no matter what.
  • #2: Be self-sufficient and self-reliant, without wanting or needing excessive government assistance.
  • #3: Seek knowledge (research) as a tool for solving problems.
  • #4: Adapt to the surroundings, wherever they may be. Embracing change as an adventure will reduce stress.
  • #5: Embrace decisiveness as a core value. Doing nothing, or procrastinating, is simply not acceptable.
  • #6: Channel fear into positive actions. Fear translates into submission which results in being controlled.
  • #7: Defend your right to freedom and the tenets of the US Constitution.
  • #8: Respect others and their right to privacy. The time will come when you will want them to respect yours.
  • #9: Pursue love and laughter on a daily basis. Embrace survival as essential, not consuming.
  • #10: Be authentic and real to yourself and to those around you. Don't be spoiled by life, deceit and lies.

Everybody has a plan 'till they get punched in the face. -Mike Tyson-
Complacency leads to the death of planning. Reinforcing Prepping Habits increases awareness.
  • When you think you have enough, stockpile more
  • When you think you know it all, learn more
  • When you think you're ready for anything, plan more
  • When you think you have a backup plan, plan another backup
  • When you think your plan is perfect, practice more
  • When you think you're ready, think again
  • When you believe someone will help you when things get really bad, you better reconsider
  • When you think all is well with the world, complacency is setting in

Having bad habits that stand in your way could be just as detrimental to your survival as not arming yourself with the proper skills and equipment. Habits are not limited to addictions but the things we do to waste money and stifle self sufficiency. ALL habits can be overcome starting with and admission and then a determination to win the battle to overcome. Determine to overcome these bad habits:
  • Addictions: Seek professional help but you must admit the addiciton and determine to overcome it.
  • Consumption of unhealthy foods
  • Trash vs Recycling: Reconsider what is "trash" and what is "recycle". We throw out things can can be reused or repurposed.
  • Idle Time can best be used to learn a new skill or improve others. Get off the computer, TV, game console, smart phone and get out and learn.
  • Dependency on Grocery Stores is a waste of money and time that can be used to plant a garden or raise livestock.
  • Hiring "Professionals" instead of using your intelligence to DIY (Do It Yourself) wastes money and stifles your creativity. Learn to DIY!
  • Relying on Medical Aid (doctor or hospital) for every ache, pain and sore ignores our personal understanding of our body. Find natural healing options.
  • Relying on Technology (see the next section on technology)
  • Trusting Too Many People: Choose carefully who you will help and who you will trust to help you to use or obtain resources wisely.
  • Being out of Shape will put a significant strain on your body in a crisis if you have to walk long distances, lift heavy loads, do without food and water.
  • Being sloppy/ unorganized can mean the difference of grabbing the necessary supplies, in a hurry, for survival or doing without in a crisis.
Bad Habits that WILL NOT Help You During an Emergency
Bad Habits That Will Kill You

Never Stop Learning New Survival Skills:

Must Know Skills: Just because the children are in school, doesn't mean you're off the hook! Whether you consider yourself a prepper or not, it's a good time to review some skills, learn some new ones, stock-up on supplies, get prepared and help your children learn the need to prepare for emergencies.

Survival Hacks And Skills for Adults and Children: So what can be the most useful survival hacks and skills that can get you out of any hitch? There just isn't one, not two but a lot of them. We will never know what nature, or humans, can throw at us on any given day wherever we are and whatever we may be doing. That's why we should learn to be skillful in so many things and pass them on to our children for their safety. 365 Skills to Learn.

Skills Every Homesteader Must Be Equipped With. To be an ultimate homesteader requires a set of homesteading skills essential for success. Homestead living, off-grid living, or self-sufficient-living is flat-out challenging. But getting to know these practical homesteading skills will save you from half the trouble of this amazing journey.

How did the Native Americans survive? How were they so deftly able to sustain themselves in the unforgiving North American wilderness? Learn here.

[Aquatic Survival Skills]    [Survive The Open Ocean]
When thinking survival, igniting fires, building shelters, and hiking miles of wilderness may come to mind. While these skill are important, many people don't think about the importance of aquatic survival skills people need to know in order to survive places like rivers, oceans, and other larger bodies of water which covers 2/3 of the planet.

Massive power outages and data systems failures are a result of an aged grid in the US. Additionally, it is very susceptible to terrorism. Unfortunately, most citizens are too reliant on technology. Getting back to basics once in a while will help prepare for the inevitable. Use a map and compass instead of GPS. Start, and reference, a personal library of resources on various topics.
Online Book: When Technology Fails

Learn to be self-reliant; the alternative is being one of the hoards of victims/users/takers that will exist, and may be knocking on your door, when an emergency happens. If you are browsing this and similar blogs, you have the potential and interest to be self-reliant BEFORE that day comes. Here are some suggestions to start the journey:

[46] Things to Stop Buying and Start Making to Save Money
Ultimate DIY List Of Survival Hacks, Projects and Recipes

Survival Tools Crafted From Ordinary Items:
With every emergency or natural disaster that comes, the know-how and tactics of survival are improved, based upon ideas and knowledge handed down from survivors. Anyone can find themselves in a sticky situation without all of the gear they'd like to have. But just because you aren't prepared doesn’t mean you can't save the day. Don't let MacGyver have all the fun. Consider these projects to become more self-sufficient in a survival situation; thinking outside the box. Imagination is your best tool. Here are some examples:

[Craft Safety Videos]    [Video of Survival Tools Crafted From Ordinary Items]

[Prepper Tools]    [Everyday Items You Can Repurpose in a Survival Scenario]
[Making Improvised Survival Gear]
[Homemade Survival Gear Projects That Could Save a Life]
[Search for DIY Survival Gear Projects]
[Make Primitive Survival Hunting Weapons]    [Article 2]

Make Wilderness Bow and Arrows from Scratch:    [Survival Bow Video]    [Survival Bow & Arrows Video]
Creative Re-Uses of Wooden Pallets:
From sheds to furniture, the re-use of the simple Wooden Pallet is limited only by one's imagination. Generally, they are free and come with the nails needed to reshape its next life. Pick your project then search the web for designs or come up with your. The possibilities are endless.

DIY Environmentally Safer Weed Killer:
Vinegar & Salt As a Weed Killer
- 1 gallon of white vinegar (acidic to plants)
- 1 cup of table, Epsom or rock salt (dissolved completely in the vinegar)
- 1 tablespoon of liquid dishwashing soap (acts as a surfactant to adhere the vinegar/salt solution to the weeds)
P.S.: Salt alone will kill most plants.
[Video]    [Concentrated Salt Water to Kill Plants]

Self-Sufficiency Standard:
The Self-Sufficiency Standard determines the amount of income required for working families to meet basic needs (including taxes) without public subsidies (e.g., public housing, food stamps, Medicaid or child care) and without private/informal assistance (e.g., free babysitting by a relative or friend, food provided by churches or local food banks, or shared housing) at a minimally adequate level, taking into account family composition, ages of children, and geographic differences in costs. Most U.S. states have designated resources to help its citizens reach a level of self-sufficiency.

Suggested Readings:
Your Road Map To Self Sufficiency
41 Ways to Become More Self-Sufficient
5 Myths About Being Self-Sufficient
25 Native American Survival skills
31 Survival Skills for the True Outdoorsman