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May 302012
 
Planes Falling From the Skies?  More About Cyber-Vulnerabilities

In our recent article about the implications of a war with Iran, we mentioned the potential of Iran to mount a bloodless cyber-attack against us, with their hackers attacking our infrastructure’s computers from the comfort of their homes and offices in Iran, rather than soldiers attacking us more directly. It is our feeling that few people appreciate the dangers and risks of a cyber-attack, and in the last couple of days there have been a […]

May 282012
 
Ticks and Other Bio-Hazards

In a Level 2/3 situation, the omnipresence of modern medical care that we have come to rely upon will be much less available.  We will be well advised to plan our lives so there will be less need to seek medical help. One issue to consider when choosing the location for our retreat is the presence of any insect-borne diseases, any particularly dangerous animals, and other such issues.  This involves not just looking at challenges […]

May 272012
 
The Implications of a War with Iran

The war drums are beating ever louder in prelude to a possible war with Iran.  What will this mean for us back in the US? Although it might seem at odds with our current President’s world-view and values, it is hard to overlook the increasing amount of news stories that are being released or strategically leaked, all of which seem to indicate that we may be initiating war with Iran shortly. For our part, we […]

May 262012
 
The Essential Role of Water When Choosing Your Retreat Location

Finding the ideal retreat location is a bit like finding the ideal spouse.  Almost impossible. There are many different factors to consider in evaluating different retreat locations, including for most of us the key issue of affordability (although when it comes to Level 3 scenarios, it could be argued that a bad retreat location is only slightly better than no retreat location at all). How to juggle the many different factors for a ‘perfect’ retreat […]

May 232012
 
Two Things Your Retreat Exterior Must Be

There are two distinctive things about your retreat that sets it aside from most normal houses. Firstly, it is possible it may be uninhabited for months at a time when life is proceeding happily as normal.  It may also be in an out-of-the-way location.  A very tempting target for burglars. Secondly, when things do all go to hell in a handbasket, and you are living there during a Level 2 or 3 situation, you’ll need […]

May 232012
 
Is It Realistic to Expect Your Retreat Will Not Be Found

Some preppers base the security of their retreat on hiding it so that it won’t be found. They glow with pride about how carefully they’ve chosen their retreat location, and its remoteness from main roads and likely off-road flows of people too.  They mutter about ‘OPSEC’ meaningfully, and talk about keeping an ultra-low profile, and won’t even tell you what state it is located in. This is all good stuff and great to talk about, […]

May 222012
 
What Will Non-Prepped People Do In An Emergency?

As preppers, we have to prepare for two sets of possible future adverse circumstances.  The first is to prepare for some sort of event that interferes with LAWKI (life as we know it), and which diminishes our quality of life to a greater or not quite so great extent, for a short or long time period. While we all responsibly prepare for the short-term minor events (what we term Level 1 events) the really big […]

May 222012
 
Help!  The Sky is Falling!  Well, Sort of....

NASA announced this week that it has recalculated the number of PHAs – ‘Potentially Hazardous Asteroids’ for those of us who aren’t rocket scientists (your humble writer included!).  Its earlier estimate of 2350 objects has been doubled, and now NASA says there are probably 4700 PHAs out there. A PHA is an object larger than 110 yards/330 ft across, and which come dangerously close to the Earth from time to time.  This size means that […]

May 202012
 
An Introduction to Septic Tank Systems

Some people have made elaborate preparations for a Level 2/3 event.  They have bought their retreat.  They have their food, their fuel, their guns, their water supply, and their generator. They’ve planned the typical one gallon of water per person per day, and hopefully allowed more than that for all the other uses one needs water for too.  And their food stores are more than sufficient. But ask them about what happens to the food […]

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