Godfather Prepper Talks About DIY Projects and the Preparedness Mindset – Part 1

If you’re into do it yourself projects, you’ll enjoy the conversation with my DestinySurvival Radio guest this week. On YouTube he’s Godfather Prepper. His real name is Dennis Evers, and I’ll share part one of my two part conversation with him.

Dennis was on the show with me two or three times in the past, but that was years ago. It seemed like a good idea to have him back. We’ve kept in touch from time to time, and I enjoy viewing his videos on his do-it-yourself projects.

It was fun talking with him again, and I think you’ll enjoy our visit.

Dennis has an impressive set of credentials. Let me tell you a little about who he is.

Getting to Know Godfather Prepper

Dennis Evers has a degree in criminology and has served as an EMT, volunteer firefighter, and has been a small town police chief. He’s been an academy instructor in officer survival, professionalism and ethics. He’s also been a college instructor of public safety. He’s trained in counter-terrorism, hostage negotiations, explosives, civil defense, and officer survival. He’s been an advanced instructor for CERT and FEMA.

Dennis is also the author of an International Best Seller on Emergency Protocols (with almost 250,000 sold) which is used by all military branches, the FBI, Secret Service, Fortune 500 companies and tens of thousands of police and fire departments worldwide. Dennis says that book just went out of print.

He has also written papers on situational awareness, terrorism, emergency protocols, active shooters and emergency Preparedness.

Dennis has 35 years experience in emergency planning. Another book of his is How to Handle a Crisis. It was created for businesses and individuals who lack emergency training, yet wish to be prepared to properly react to any event when help may not be immediately available. It’s for those who want protocols covering multiple threats in a single, easy to use guide.

Not only does Dennis have 35 years experience in emergency preparedness, but he’s a father and grandfather, married 38 years. He has also been featured on National Geographic’s “Doomsday Preppers.” (View a post with a few of Dennis’s thoughts regarding his appearance on that show here.)

With all of that said, we didn’t talk about law enforcement issues or anything related to that. I invited him to be on DestinySurvival Radio because he does what I think are fascinating DIY projects as part of his everyday preparedness. Plus, he writes blog posts and does videos about those projects on YouTube.

Getting a Glimpse of Godfather Prepper’s DIY Projects

One of the first things Dennis and I talked about is why he calls himself Godfather Prepper on his YouTube videos. He didn’t take that name to show off a big ego. Listen to our chat to hear the rest of the story.

As for his projects, I admire anyone who has the ability to be as resourceful as Dennis because I’m by no means a handyman. He’s been tinkering since he was a kid. He has raised the bar for scroungers and builders everywhere.

With an audio only conversation, I can’t show you Dennis’s DIY projects. But here’s a sample list of what he has posted on his blog and on YouTube. I’ll put an asterisk by the ones we talked about during our conversation.

  • Inexpensive electronics for listening and communications *
  • Temperature controlled seed starting box
  • Solar powered garden tiller for raised beds *
  • Solar powered compost tumbler *
  • Solar power generator *
  • Trip wire security alarm *
  • Rocket stove efficiency
  • LED lighting *
  • Small welder *

Recycling and repurposing is a big part of what Dennis does. He describes himself as a gadget guy.

And, in case you haven’t guessed, he loves renewable energy, such as solar power. A wind generator is another of his projects.

He also ranks lighting as essential–behind having shelter. It gives comfort and takes away fear.

Below I’ve put a couple of YouTube videos so you can get a taste of what Dennis does. I’ve also included a resource list featuring some of the companies where he gets supplies.

Getting With the Program

Hear my conversation with Godfather Prepper, Dennis Evers, by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for September 3, 2015. (Right click to download. Be sure to check out his blog at https://proficientprepping.wordpress.com/.

When Dennis and I recorded our visit, we were on a roll, and I didn’t want to cut it short. That’s why today’s show is part one. In part two we’ll talk about the kind of mindset you and I should have if we’re really going to be prepared.




Additional Resources

While Dennis finds batteries and other supplies from local sources, including the big box stores, here are a few other suppliers for your consideration.

Neither Dennis or I earn anything from the above resources. They’re presented here for your benefit. We didn’t do today’s DestinySurvival Radio to give you a sales pitch.

However, if you buy something from any of DestinySurvival’s affiliate sponsors, you help keep this site going. That’s because I earn a small commission from purchases you make with companies I’m affiliated with. For example, check out the Alternative Energy Solutions page in the Prep Mart.

Click here for Part Two.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.