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Feb 192013
 
The Danger of Planning for the Future, Based on Present Day Assumptions

I was reading an article on the comprehensive Survivalblog website – an impressive site that should be on your ‘must visit’ list.  It has a huge compilation of content, albeit some of it user-contributed and occasionally overlapping and repetitive in nature. This particular article was about using radio controlled planes/helicopters (ie what are commonly now being termed ‘drones’) for reconnaissance and security purposes at one’s retreat. The author of the article was talking about how […]

Sep 012012
 
A Positive Approach to Publicizing Your Prepping

It is easy for us preppers to feel isolated; indeed, a key part of choosing an ideal retreat location is to seek out a measure of isolation and remoteness. Even though the concept of prepping is becoming more widely understood, the unfortunate fact is that by far the majority of the people around us have no interest in prepping, and view it as a cross between something slightly strange and something threatening, almost as something […]

Aug 272012
 
Language as a Consideration When Choosing an International Bug Out Location

In thinking about possible international bug-out locations, an obvious variable is the degree to which a foreign location is filled with English speakers (or not!), and the degree to which we might already be or could become proficient at the language of the destination we are considering. We in the US are either blessed or cursed by being born speaking English.  English is not the most common mother tongue in the world – it is […]

Aug 242012
 
Bugging Out - To Another Country

When we are considering a retreat location, we are typically looking for somewhere that isn’t too impossibly distant from where we normally live. There are obvious reasons why this makes sense, but there’s also one obvious drawback :  Whatever the event was that caused a collapse of society at our normal residence will probably be affecting our retreat as well. So while our retreat gets us away from a dangerous and unlivable urban environment, and […]

Aug 232012
 
Becoming Part of the Solution, Not Part of the Problem, Post TEOTWAWKI

In our article about the most dangerous ‘fourth wave’ of threats against your retreat and its members after a societal collapse, we talk about the risk and problems you’ll encounter from regional ‘power groupings’ and gangs; some of which may be true lawless gangs, others of which may be groups of people cloaking themselves in the mantle of semi/pseudo legitimate authority. Yes, you can resist such power groups, but we make the point that 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 […]

Aug 232012
 
Preparing for the Fourth - and Deadliest - Wave of Refugees, Bandits, and other Problem Groups

No-one really knows what to expect after TSHTF in an extended Level 2 or 3 situation, but it seems universally agreed that the starving masses will be forced to flee their city dwellings and do whatever it takes to survive, wherever they can find the opportunity and ability to do so. It is helpful to look at the types of people who will come out from the cities as a series of different waves, each […]

Aug 032012
 
Should You Accept Additional People Into Your Community After TSHTF?

Let’s say that TSHTF and we find ourselves deep into not just the brown stuff but an extended Level 2, possibly a Level 3 situation.  Fortunately, you have the supplies and the skills necessary to ensure the probable survival of you and the other members of your group. So far, so good. But what about the other people, everyone and everywhere else in the country?  They have neither the supplies nor the skills, and they […]

Jul 162012
 
Will the Internet Survive a Level 2/3 Event?

We rely on the internet for so much these days.  Some aspects of the internet will almost surely cease to be functional in a major societal breakdown that creates a Level 2/3 event – for example, it is very unlikely that Amazon will continue to offer free two-day delivery to its Prime members of anything they might wish to order. But what about the most basic aspects of the internet – web browsing and email.  […]

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