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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 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 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, […]

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 […]

Apr 302012
 
Flash Mobs and Social Media - a 21st Century Threat

There’s nothing new about rioting and civil/social disruption. Indeed, it is currently the 20th anniversary of what are known as the ‘Rodney King Riots’ in Los Angeles – a five-day period of mayhem that erupted with no notice, and which saw looting, destruction, arson and murder across substantial parts of South Central Los Angeles. It is helpful to quickly review lessons from this before moving on to a look at future vulnerabilities. The Rodney King/South […]

Apr 292012
 
More on Preppers and Guns

We received an interesting response from a reader on the subject of how many guns a prepper should own, and when does it become excessive. Here it is, slightly edited for form. Thanks for your article on why preppers usually include firearms in their preparations. I guess I’m a prepper of sorts myself (is there any definition of who/what a prepper is?) and wanted to share with you why I have more guns than you […]

Apr 202012
 
Why Do Preppers Have Guns?  Why Do They Have So Many?

Being a prepper often attracts unfair negative media attention. Perhaps one of the reasons that the concept of preparing for disasters attracts so much automatic negativity is because non-preppers feel a semi-conscious mix of guilt and envy at seeing other people prudently preparing for emergencies. But rather than admit this truth, non-preppers seek ways to sneer at and denigrate their more prudent fellow citizens, and one thing which they love to attack is the fact […]

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