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May 202012
An Introduction to Septic Tank Systems

Some people have made elaborate preparations for a Level 2/3 event.  They have bought their retreat.  They have their food, their fuel, their guns, their water supply, and their generator. They’ve planned the typical one gallon of water per person per day, and hopefully allowed more than that for all the other uses one needs water for too.  And their food stores are more than sufficient. But ask them about what happens to the food […]

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 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 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 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 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 […]

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