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May 192012
The Need to Create or Join a Prepper Community To Survive a Level 2 Event

Many preppers are individualists, and their initial assumption – that society will collapse in some form or another – is extended perhaps too far. Yes, they rightly assume they need to plan for a future with no help from normal external support services, and there’s an unspoken element of ‘It will be every man for himself’ WTSHTF.  This is probably even true, to at least some extent. But this sensible focus on self-reliance blinds some […]

May 182012
The Prepper's Code of Politeness

One of the problems in today’s society is that we have isolated ourselves much more than ever before from people different to ourselves. We spend more time in homogenous communities, and so it becomes easier to vilify people who disagree with us, because we don’t see them as ‘people like us’ but rather as ‘strangers unlike us, with strange ideas unlike ours’. This is unfortunate, because as theoretically right as our views may seem to […]

May 172012
The Energy Cost of Pumping Water from a Well

If you have a well, you need a pump to do two things for you – one obvious, the other perhaps not quite so obvious. First, you need to pump the water from whatever level the water table is underground up to the surface.  Second, you need to then pressurize the water for ongoing distribution from the well-head. Considering the second point first, home water pressures are typically in the range of 30 – 80 […]

May 162012
How Much Rainwater Can You/Should You Store

Storing rainwater of course has cost associated with it. You’ll want to store enough to make sense, but not too much.  There’s another issue too – in some drier areas, the amount of water you need for the dry months exceeds the amount of water you can collect and store in the wet months, so you need to calculate both the amount of water to store and then to confirm you’ll actually be able to […]

May 152012
How Much Rainwater Can You Collect From Your Roof

We started off an earlier article about rainwater (see ‘An Overlooked Source of Water‘) by suggesting that a few 55 gallon drums of water taken from your downspouts would be a great source of emergency water in a Level 1 type, at-home, emergency. If you’re planning for a short duration Level 1 situation, then you don’t need a lot of water, and even a single 55 gallon drum of rainwater would probably be enough – […]

May 152012
The Danger of Cloud Based Computing

Do you even know what cloud-based computing is, and do you know how much of the things you do on your computer rely on cloud computing?  More to the point, do you appreciate the potential downside to using cloud resources? If you use a computer for anything (and you’d not be reading this if you didn’t) you need to understand the downsides and risks associated with cloud based computing.  We’ve written this in reasonably non-technical […]

May 142012
An Overlooked Source of Water

A person can survive on much less than a gallon of water a day in an emergency (the actual amount depends on things like the type of food you might be eating, the work you are doing, the temperature and humidity of your environment, and your height, weight and age). But a common rule of thumb is that in an adverse situation, you should plan on about 1 gallon of water, per person, per day.  […]

May 142012
Bio-risks and Pandemics

Two things make our society massively more vulnerable to what we term bio-risks – anything from deliberately introduced lethal diseases to the results of random mutation of regular viruses and bacteria already in our environments. But to start with, here’s an interesting fact.  Most diseases don’t like to kill too many people too fast, because they rely on living people for their own survival – as a host to live in, and as a means […]

May 132012
Why Cities Will Unavoidably Become Lawless Within a Week or Two of a Level 2/3 Event

We came across an interesting article on a survivalist blog.  The writer said he believed that too many people are being too negative in terms of their projections about what will happen after TEOTWAWKI. This writer spoke about his belief in the basic goodness of the American people, and offered up various high-minded platitudes to this effect.  As well as platitudes, he also described in some detail a scenario that he believed would apply. Basically, […]

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