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Jul 222012
 
Off the Grid Internet

It seems a contradiction in terms, doesn’t it – living ‘off the grid’ but still wishing to be connected to the biggest grid of them all – the internet. But, contradiction or not, for many of us an internet connection is close to essential, and is the best way of keeping in touch with the rest of the world – for business, for personal, and for security reasons.  The problem comes when we find ourselves […]

Jul 112012
 
What Sort of Weather to Hope For at a Retreat Location

In an earlier part of this article series – Weather Considerations When Choosing a Retreat – we explained how weather is probably the most important issue to consider and optimize when selecting a favorable location for your retreat.  Hopefully you’re now persuaded of that fact. So, given that choosing a ‘good weather’ location is vitally important, perhaps now we need to consider what exactly ‘good’ weather is. This might seem simplistic.  We know good weather […]

Jul 092012
 
Are You Living Close to a Nuclear Target?

The good news is that we have had nuclear weapons for almost 70 years.  The ‘other side’ has had them for about 60 years, although only in militarily significant quantities for the last 45 or so years. And, excepting of course Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in all that time, there’s not been a single nuclear weapon exploded other than for ‘peaceful’ testing purposes. Does that mean we can look forward to another 45+ years of peace […]

Jul 052012
 
Community Mutual Defense Pacts - Always Essential; But Only Sometimes Feasible

We consistently urge you to become part of a community of fellow preppers for mutual support in all respects (or to form one if you can’t find a suitable community already out there). Being part of a community gives you access to extra manpower when you need help with construction projects.  It represents people to buy/sell/trade with.  It offers you access to a wider range of supplies, skills and expertise.  Equally importantly, but intangibly, it […]

Jul 042012
 
Weather Considerations When Choosing a Retreat

We all know about weather, right?  Warm and sunny with a clear blue sky and a gentle breeze is nice.  Cold, windy, rainy or snowy – all that is nasty. Perhaps weather has even had a moderate impact on your choice of where you live at present.  And/or maybe it is something you like to complain about. Well, whatever you formerly felt about weather, and however important weather was to you in your choice of […]

Jul 042012
 
The Security/Lawlessness Cycle of any Level 2/3 Event

Conventional wisdom paints an apocalyptic but not very detailed picture of social breakdown in a Level 2 or 3 situation (note – it might be helpful to refresh your understanding of what we define as Level 1, 2 and 3 events). In the past, we’ve suggested there wouldn’t be an instant collapse of social order and there wouldn’t be an instant mass exodus out of the cities.  That’s not to say the collapse won’t happen (we’re […]

Jun 262012
 
Wood - the Wonder Material of any Level 3 Scenario

A level 3 situation is a long-term scenario stretching beyond anything we could live through on the basis of stockpiled resources.  We’ll run out of whatever energy we have stored, we’ll run out of whatever food we have stored, and we need to become self-sustaining. To be sure, we’ll enter a level 3 scenario with hopefully some advantages.  We’ll have a year or more of time to live on our reserves, and to transition to […]

Jun 062012
 
Choosing an Ideal Retreat - The Huge Assumption Few People Question

So you’ve decided to take your prepping to the next level.  You’re graduating from merely having lots of dried food in the basement to deciding to now invest in a retreat; somewhere you’ll relocate to if/when society crashes and crumbles. Congratulations. Now let’s guess what it is you’re doing.  Our crystal ball suggests you’re doing two things. You’re looking at a map, with your current residence more or less centered, and you’re trying to work […]

May 282012
 
Ticks and Other Bio-Hazards

In a Level 2/3 situation, the omnipresence of modern medical care that we have come to rely upon will be much less available.  We will be well advised to plan our lives so there will be less need to seek medical help. One issue to consider when choosing the location for our retreat is the presence of any insect-borne diseases, any particularly dangerous animals, and other such issues.  This involves not just looking at challenges […]

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