I’m Teri Rehkopf, and this is Survival Prepper Supply Kits. I’m originally from Jacksonville, FL, now living on 5 acres in Keystone Heights, FL.
I got interested in survival prepping and being a survivalist at 13 years old when I started reading science fiction novels about ‘The Bomb’, and apocalypse and dystopian novels.
Initially, I started gathering
I have always been interested in the survival lifestyle partly from living in the country. I’m currently reading several Kindle Unlimited books on surviving EMP blasts (multi-series books), disasters caused by sunspots and sun tornadoes, underground earthquakes and massive explosions at oil fields in Alaska, and more. I’ve been reading survival prepper type books since I was 13, so I really feel the urge to give my ‘disaster support’ in providing survival gear, food and medical supply kits!
30 Acres and Self-Sufficient
Our 30 acres were designed to be self-sufficient and made for survivalists and emergency disaster situations. We had an artesian well to feed the house, property, and our man-made swimming pool. We had a 200-gallon natural gas tank. Early on, my parents had chickens, a cow, a goat, and a horse. We were pretty comfortable during the Florida hurricanes.
Build a Log Cabin by Hand!
Do you want to build a log cabin, pool, and workshop by hand? You should have talked to my father, Roger Mussells. He built our log cabin house by hand. He also built our huge workshop that later became my horses’ Rocki and Khan’s home. My father was in construction and had an AA in building design (he had the nicest writing).
Our log cabin was built from the pine trees my father felled on our 30 acres. My father devised a hand-made log hauler or “skidder“. It was a 4×4 timber on two iron wheels attached to an iron base. It had an attached chain on his makeshift skidder for him to pull the logs up one by one to where he was building. He used geometry and trigonometry to hoist the logs up. My mother, Faith Mussells, went to the Chicago Art Institute for two years, so she sketched the blueprints for the house.
He built the log cabin part of the house when I was a baby around 1950. It was about 1000 square feet. It had a 20×20 living room, one bathroom, a utility room, a crawl-space attic, and a big kitchen. We all slept at one end of the living room until a few months later when he added on a large cement-based porch with scoring on the cement floor. It had big ceilings and hand-hewn rafter beams stretching the length of the 10-tall-foot ceiling. He screened the porch so my brother and I could sleep there in the summer. He added on another 1250 sq. ft. in the 1950s.
Of course, it had a large fireplace — this was our heat until he installed an oil heater on the porch, feeding the house via floor registers and wall vents. I loved standing over the registers in the winter to get warm quickly!
In the 1950s, he built an addition of another 1250+ square feet for three bedrooms, one a huge master bedroom and bath. When we moved to Keystone Heights in 2007, I kept the door to the master bedroom — 4-inch thick, beautiful tongue and groove cut design and finish. This end of the house was a board and batten design to complement the log cabin. It also had a tilted flat roof.
He also built a huge 100×100 or more workshop. It had a cantilevered roof made with railroad telephone poles covered in creosote (rotting control), a cement floor, an attached carport, long workbench, and lumber storage built with lumber 2×4, 4×4, etc. It was big enough to have a pit for working on your car.
Our Natural Pool
When I was three, my father built a man-made 65×45 pool, fed by artesian spring water constantly filling through a 2-inch pipe (it was fizzy when you drank from the pipe!). The water was powered by a water wheel he built using pecky cypress wood.
I was a swimming nerd since I was 3 when my father finished building our large natural pool. He built the pool using roofing paper he gathered from construction jobs where he worked. My mom taught swimming lessons in the pool to Brownie Scouts and other children in the area. I was our high school’s swim team’s backstroke swimmer; I also swam relays, medleys, fly, breast, and crawl – these terms date me).
I hope I can find more pictures of it close up, but below is a picture of my horse, Sunny, next to the water wheel and the huge bamboo we had planted. I brought some of the bamboo to my new place in Keystone Heights, and it’s also huge!
He would work on the buildings after he came home from work. I remember he would get home at about 5-5:30, get a beer and a shot of vodka (sometimes), then go outside and work until 10. He was so well organized to finish all this stuff even after working construction all day. In his later years, he became project manager/leader/superintendent, so he wasn’t physically doing so much hard labor. But, even in his golden years, he loved driving pilings for his long walkway and deck where he lived after divorced from my mother.
When I was a baby, my mom had a horse, Glassy, who was so gentle that she allowed me to crawl under her legs. I also had a baby goat friend! And always, we had three dogs that could run free since we lived way out in the country/woods (except for college and 6 months in a duplex, I’ve always lived in the country).
How Can I Help You?
I created SurvivalPrepperSupply.com as an adjunct to AHorseBlog.com. Along with It being my personal blog, it is a companion and potential replacement for HorsesintheSouth.com. AHorseBlog.com is more appropriate for monetizing content about horsemanship and horse stuff. I also included
Pictures of Our Place
(All of images below were taken after we had moved to Keystone Heights.)
The purpose of this website is to provide you with all of the information you require, in one location, to assist you in beginning a get prepared for emergencies, such as earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, fires, tornados, tsunamis, nuclear attack, pandemic, economic collapse, and so on.
This is a little about myself and what I wish for you. I know you want to start; therefore let’s get going!
If you have any questions or need any help, don’t hesitate to contact me. I will be happy to assist. In addition, if you want to learn more about how I created this site and how to create your own passive revenue website, contact me at teri at survivalpreppersupply dot com.
I’ve covered a lot of information in this About Teri page. If you want to read more and read stuff about my horses, see AHorseBlog.com
I’m the daughter of 2 original survivalists who moved from the north to sunny Florida. My mother, along with her parents, bought 30 mostly uncleared acres in 1938. The first home was made of pecky-cypress and built by a house-raising. My mother raised 10,000 chickens.
My divorced mother met and married my father in 1948. From pine trees on our property, he hand-built a log cabin. He also built a tarpaper-lined 65’x45′ pool with duck pond overflow. We had an artesian well for our water and powering our hand-built waterwheel for the pool. He built a substantial cantilevered roof workshop with a car pit in the massive cement floor.
Since my early teens, I have read a ton of books about survival, prepping, the bomb, an apocalypse, homestead living, and SHTF situations. As an adult, I continue to read sci-fi, survival prepping, and science. I practice a prepper lifestyle albeit a bit modified, read a lot, buy a lot, pack/store a lot of anything survival related.
Read my About Me post for more details on our self-sufficient living. I lived there until I went to college in 1968.
My SurvivalPrepperSupply.com blog strives to educate individuals on coping with natural and human-caused disasters using article posts about preparing for emergencies.