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Jun 252013
 
Using Wind Data to Estimate Fallout Risk

This is the first part of a three-part article that looks at how to calculate the potential impact on your retreat location of the release of radioactive material somewhere else.  In other words, if a nuclear explosion goes off, or a nuclear power plant has an accident, some distance from you, how will that affect you at your retreat? After you’ve read this first part, please follow the links on to parts two and three, […]

Jun 252013
 
The Two Types of Wind Effects to Consider

This is the second part of a three-part article series on using wind data to evaluate the risk of nuclear fallout at your retreat location. If you arrived here directly from a search engine or link, you should probably go to the first part of the series that discusses the different types of fallout patterns and read that first before reading this second part (and of course, then following the link at the bottom on […]

Jun 252013
 
Available Wind Data Sources And How to Use Them

This is the third part of a three-part article series on using wind data to evaluate the risk of nuclear fallout at your retreat location. If you arrived here directly from a search engine or link, you should probably go to the first part of the series – Using Wind Data to Estimate Fallout Risk – and read that first, then continue on to the second part – The Two Types of Wind Effects to […]

Jun 242013
 
Transportation Rankings by State

What would life be like without cars and other forms of motorized transportation?  That’s a question we’ll almost surely find the answer to in a future Level 2/3 situation, but until such time, having convenient transportation is an essential part of our lifestyle. Actually, convenient transportation will become even more vital in a Level 2/3 situation in the future, in a scenario where you might be more reliant on horse or other animal power rather […]

Jun 172013
 
The Local Cost of Living as a Factor in Choosing a Retreat Location

Whether you’re looking at a retreat in a nearby state, or a far-away country, one of the issues to consider is how much the cost of living will be. For sure, WTSHTF, there will be a massive rewrite of the cost of living equation, with unpredictable and uncertain results into a Level 2 and/or 3 situation.  But if you’re considering spending time at your retreat prior to a Level 2 or 3 situation, then the […]

Jun 122013
 
How Safe is it to Live Close to a Nuclear Power Plant?

Even the most stubborn of non-prepper types might be worried about living too close to a nuclear power plant. Indeed, the concerns about safety are not just at a personal level (some people attempt to keep their distance from nuclear power plants) but also at a national level – many countries forbid their construction, and more recently, some countries which have been reliant on nuclear power for a substantial part of their total electricity needs […]

Jun 102013
 
Population Trends 2000 - 2010

We’ve written regularly about the importance of population density when choosing a retreat location. But there’s more to population density than just looking at the density of an area at a given instant in time.  Is the population increasing or decreasing?  That may impact on the future population density that you can anticipate to evolve.  And there is a very different dynamic in a region with rapidly growing population than a region which is steadily […]

Jun 092013
 
How Rural Is Your Retreat's Region?

One of the most essential tenets of prepping is that you need a retreat that is in a rural area, away from population concentrations and big cities. It is fairly obvious when a region has too dense a population; when it is too ‘citified’.  But how can one measure the degree of rurality (is that actually a word?) or ruralness (another word the spell checker doesn’t like) of the region you are considering for your […]

Jun 092013
 
Three Examples of Identifying Rural Regions

This is the second part of a two-part article about determining the rural character of any given region and therefore, its derivative suitability as a retreat location for prepper purposes. If you arrived here direct from another site’s link or search engine, we’d recommend you first read the first part – How Rural is Your Retreat’s Region – and then come back here to read this second part. The Index of Relative Rurality In 2006, […]

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