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Aug 122014
 
Five Prepper Lessons from the St Louis Rioting and Looting

A white police officer in Ferguson, MO (a suburb of St Louis) shot a black youth on Saturday 9 August.  On Sunday, during the day, there were some protests by members of the local community and a vigil. What happened next was unfortunate, but also educational to us as preppers, and it behooves us to learn the lessons inherent in the events that followed. (Note :  The riots initially filled Sunday night, Monday night was […]

Aug 092014
 
Safe Room?  Or Trap?  Design Considerations for Retreats.

We sometimes amuse ourselves reading properties for sale advertisements that describe themselves as being prepper properties.  We particularly like looking at the dwelling structures – what they proudly term the prepper retreat – on such properties. Nine times out of ten (maybe even 99 times out of 100), the ‘retreat’ is nothing more than a generic house with nothing at all that would enhance its role as a sturdy building, reliably protecting the people inside […]

Aug 092014
 
An Escape Tunnel For Your Retreat

We’ve seen very little written about adding an escape tunnel to your retreat, and what has been written has not necessarily been practical or prudent. First, of course, do you need an escape tunnel for your retreat?  That’s something you have to decide for yourself, and probably also something you have to do a cost/benefit calculation on.  Most of us have our retreat designs limited first and foremost by our budget, and we have to […]

Aug 052014
 
Bugging Out on a Bike

Your retreat absolutely must have bicycles. There’s no better, low-tech, energy-efficient means of transportation than a bicycle, for when the grid goes down and gas for your regular vehicles becomes scarce or unobtainable.  We’re not saying rely solely on bicycles, but we are saying be sure to have at least once each (if you have additional ones left over, the chances are they’ll make great trade goods). There’s another potential use for a bicycle, in […]

Aug 032014
 
Making Your Retreat Energy Efficient - Awnings, Brise Soleils, Shades and Verandas

Many of the preferred locations for prepper retreats are in areas that have substantial swings in temperatures between hot summers (daytime temperatures often in the 90s and sometimes exceeding 100) and cold winters (where temperatures seldom rise above freezing, even in the middle of the day). That’s no big deal when you have unlimited utility power for heating and cooling, limited only by your ability to pay the electricity or gas bill each month.  But […]

Jul 222014
 
Nuclear Winter Projection Probably Flawed, But Valuable Prepper Lessons Still Present

An interesting new study predicts that a limited nuclear exchange between warring powers would result in a ‘nuclear winter’ scenario. The study says this would create global famine, cooling, drought and massive increases in UV radiation (due to damage to the ozone layer), lasting some 20 years, and with between hundreds of millions and billions of people dying (the total population on the planet is about 7 billion). The full study is available here, and […]

Jul 192014
 
Earthquake Risk :  New Revised Data from USGS

The US Geological Survey organization – a government department that few of us think about, but which employs over 10,000 people in over 400 locations – has now revised its earlier 2008 earthquake risk projections. The new projection shows heightened risk in some of the American Redoubt states, but some parts of the country have their risk downgraded, so overall, there is probably no significant change in national overall earthquake risk. The areas of changed […]

Jul 152014
 
Possibly the Biggest Risk to Your Retreat

You know that when you design and build your retreat structure(s) you want to ‘overbuild’ and build it (them) way above minimum code requirements, right? Although building codes sometimes seem unnecessary and adding extra layers of cost to what should be a simple process that you are free to do as you wish, there are two parts to the reality of building codes that people seldom appreciate. The first is that most of the code […]

Jul 062014
 
Gallup Releases its 2013 State of the States Survey Results

The latest set of results from Gallup’s annual survey of the states are  now available on their website.  Almost 30 different factors are reported on, ranging from political persuasion to religious belief, from employment to medical insurance, from general wellbeing to optimism about your city’s future. As is common with all such surveys that only look at data on a state level rather than on a county or zip code level, the information is very […]

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