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Aug 212012
 
Underground Survival Bunkers - Good Idea or Bad?

Many people associate prepping with building a ‘Doomsday Bunker’ – some sort of reinforced concrete or steel bunker, and buried underground.  These are sometimes primarily intended as nuclear and fallout shelters, but the companies building them come up with many other reasons and benefits to their underground bunkers, including tornado and storm shelters – but probably not flood shelters. In reality, such devices are a very small part – and often play no part at […]

Jul 012012
 
Lessons From the June 29 DC Area Derecho Windstorm

Struggling to bump the Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes split-up off the front page has been the unusual ‘derecho’ storm that hit the nation’s capital and nearby states on Friday evening, resulting in at least 22 deaths, widespread damage, and over 4 million residences losing power.  MD, OH, VA, WV and DC have all declared states of emergency. At the time of writing this – Sunday morning, some 36+ hours later, things have stopped getting worse and […]

Jun 062012
 
Comfortably Surviving a Level 1/2 Event at Your Primary Residence

So something has gone wrong in part or all of your city or region, but you’re reasonably confident it will be resolved some time in the next few days; a week or two at the most. In other words, you don’t need to bug-out and move to your retreat location, so this is by definition a Level 1 situation. However, while you’re not forced to bug-out, you do want to enjoy as comfortable an experience […]

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 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 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 […]

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