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May 132012
 
The Different Role of Money After TEOTWAWKI

It is very unlikely that in any Level 3 scenario, regular currency such as we currently have in our pockets today, will be honored or accepted by anyone, anywhere. Even in Level 2 scenarios, while US currency may retain its notional abstract value, and people would be foolish if they burned it as fuel for their fire, it is likely that people may have difficulty using it to buy things with.  It will only be […]

May 122012
 
More on Planes as Bug-Out Vehicles

We received several emails from readers – and pilots – commenting on and asking questions about our earlier article recommending a floatplane as a bug-out vehicle. It was not and is not our intention to fully explain all issues of owning and flying a plane to non-pilots as part of what was a 1600 word article – there’s just way too much complexity.  Our intention was/is to point out the key issues and to encourage […]

May 122012
 
The Three Levels of Preparing

It is easy to think of prepping as being one single set of actions, designed to prepare for any and all future challenges as/when/if they occur, and of the differences between types of situations and necessary responses as being on a smooth continuum, from trivial and minor to life changing/threatening and major. This is only partially true, and masks the very different types of situations and preparations required.  There are very different sets of responses […]

May 112012
 
Urban Drift :  A Worrying Trend

The chances are you live in a city.  Indeed, the chances are 4:1 or more that you live in or close to a city/urban center. This wasn’t always the case.  If we go back a couple of hundred years, in 1800, it is thought that only about 3% of the world’s population lived in urban areas. Skip forward to 1900, and the number had risen to 14%, although most cities were small rather than big.  […]

May 102012
 
Liquid Fuels - Which Ones to Store, How to Maximize their Storage Life

Some preppers have truly impressive fuel dumps, with literally thousands of gallons of gasoline stored at their retreat, representing a multi-year supply, assuming they are using it regularly. Ooops – that may be an incorrect assumption to make.  If they’re not living in their retreat full-time, their stored fuel is probably just sitting there from one month and year to the next. What’s more, if they do occasionally take some fuel out for general consumption, […]

May 092012
 
Why You Should Get a Ham Radio Operator License

(Note – this article is a mix of ‘easy to understand’ material and some material which requires some knowledge of radio technologies.  You can read and learn from it either as a currently non-expert or as a more knowledgeable person, and so other than this comment, we make no apologies for some of the more complex content herein.) A key part of any disaster scenario will be keeping in touch with other prepped people. It […]

May 082012
 
Legal Issues In An Emergency Part 1

(This is an enormous – and essential – topic, we’ll come back to it repeatedly in future articles.) None of us really know what to expect after TEOTWAWKI.  It is prudent to imagine a range of ‘worst case’ scenarios and to prepare for them to varying degrees. The whole concept of TEOTWAWKI involves vague perceptions of lawlessness, of the break-down of government and law and order; with post-apocalyptic images of roving bands of marauders looting […]

May 072012
 
Shelf Life Issues, and Temperature in Particular

Nothing lasts forever – least of all, alas, ourselves.  But, if we can ignore that most relevant of all issues (at least for now), let’s instead look at how long any food item will last, and how can we give it maximum longevity. In a very simplified form, the life of any food item varies depending on a number of different factors.  Some types of food are more sensitive to some storage issues, others are […]

May 062012
 
TEOTWAWKI - By Solar Storm?

Here’s an interesting story from the LA Times about increased activity on/from the sun and the dangers such things pose to our comfortable life as we currently know and enjoy it. Stated simply – solar storms can disrupt and/or destroy electrical power distribution systems, power lines, transformers, and the devices connected to them.  In today’s electricity-dependent world, none of this is good. One point we’d disagree with – the story says : Much of the […]

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