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Aug 272012
 
The Ugly Flip-Sides of 'Op-sec'

Many preppers love to boast about their Opsec. Sometimes they capitalize the term to give it (and them) even more (self)importance.  They particularly love to boast about how no-one for many miles around knows of their retreat location and their presence there. Some people simultaneously boast of the resilience of their retreat and then turn around and refuse to disclose even the state it is located within.  Why?  What are they scared of, with such […]

Aug 232012
 
Four Waves of Food and Shelter Seekers

Shortly after some type of disaster that disrupts the normal flow of food and energy into your nearby towns, people will be forced to leave their residences and fan out into the countryside, foraging for food (and subsequently shelter too).  That is obvious – if there is no food in the town/city, people can either stay where they are and die of thirst or starvation, or they can pro-actively start looking for food. People will […]

Jul 142012
 
Gangs - Possibly Your Biggest Security Threat

You know about gangs from the movies, television, and sometimes from the newspapers, right? You probably understand them to be disaffected lawless groups of underclass urban youth, often from ethnic minorities, and while a problem for sure in the inner cities, not something you’re likely to encounter, either hopefully in your normal daily lives, or – and more to the point – if you ever need to bug out to the safety of your rural […]

Jul 112012
 
Using a Defense Model to Calculate Minimum Community Size

As we’ve several times detailed, to create a secure retreat, you need some sort of community defense program – either in the form of a suitable sized group sharing your retreat with you, or by forming a local ‘neighborhood watch’ program, albeit on steroids and armed for bear. If we calculate the minimum size of security force we need, we can extrapolate from that to get an ideal of the minimum size that a group […]

Jul 112012
 
Why People Will Steal Your Food - And Everything Else - in a Level 2/3 Situation

(Note – it might be helpful to refresh your understanding of what we define as Level 1, 2 and 3 events.) The main challenge you will have in a Level 2 situation is security.  While you probably will have food and energy supplies for a year or two (or three….), most ‘normal’ unprepared people have no energy stockpiles and little food.  Within a week, most people will be increasingly forced to ‘forage’ for their food – and we […]

Jul 092012
 
What Calibers of Guns and Ammo Should You Own?

One of the more polarizing aspects of prepping is that of firearms and their use, not just for hunting game but potentially for self-defense as well. Some avid preppers prefer to have no involvement with firearms at all, and concentrate more on eco-sensitive sustainable living.  Others seem to devote most of their attentions to weapons and little to anything else.  We suspect, and gently suggest, that the best approach lies somewhere in the middle between […]

Jul 052012
 
Community Mutual Defense Pacts - Always Essential; But Only Sometimes Feasible

We consistently urge you to become part of a community of fellow preppers for mutual support in all respects (or to form one if you can’t find a suitable community already out there). Being part of a community gives you access to extra manpower when you need help with construction projects.  It represents people to buy/sell/trade with.  It offers you access to a wider range of supplies, skills and expertise.  Equally importantly, but intangibly, it […]

Jul 042012
 
The Security/Lawlessness Cycle of any Level 2/3 Event

Conventional wisdom paints an apocalyptic but not very detailed picture of social breakdown in a Level 2 or 3 situation (note – it might be helpful to refresh your understanding of what we define as Level 1, 2 and 3 events). In the past, we’ve suggested there wouldn’t be an instant collapse of social order and there wouldn’t be an instant mass exodus out of the cities.  That’s not to say the collapse won’t happen (we’re […]

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 […]

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