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Jul 112012
 
Using a Defense Model to Calculate Minimum Community Size

As we’ve several times detailed, to create a secure retreat, you need some sort of community defense program – either in the form of a suitable sized group sharing your retreat with you, or by forming a local ‘neighborhood watch’ program, albeit on steroids and armed for bear. If we calculate the minimum size of security force we need, we can extrapolate from that to get an ideal of the minimum size that a group […]

Jul 092012
 
What Calibers of Guns and Ammo Should You Own?

One of the more polarizing aspects of prepping is that of firearms and their use, not just for hunting game but potentially for self-defense as well. Some avid preppers prefer to have no involvement with firearms at all, and concentrate more on eco-sensitive sustainable living.  Others seem to devote most of their attentions to weapons and little to anything else.  We suspect, and gently suggest, that the best approach lies somewhere in the middle between […]

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
 
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 012012
 
$1 million Kansas Retreat Bunker Missile Silos Sell Out

A converted former Atlas missile silo in Kansas, now revived as a series of one and two million dollar survival retreats, has quickly sold out, and the developer has taken out options on several more. This article tells more about the concept, and the developer’s own website seems to confirm the project to be fully sold. The good news, as the developer’s site says, is that people who buy into the project are already getting […]

May 232012
 
Two Things Your Retreat Exterior Must Be

There are two distinctive things about your retreat that sets it aside from most normal houses. Firstly, it is possible it may be uninhabited for months at a time when life is proceeding happily as normal.  It may also be in an out-of-the-way location.  A very tempting target for burglars. Secondly, when things do all go to hell in a handbasket, and you are living there during a Level 2 or 3 situation, you’ll need […]

May 232012
 
Is It Realistic to Expect Your Retreat Will Not Be Found

Some preppers base the security of their retreat on hiding it so that it won’t be found. They glow with pride about how carefully they’ve chosen their retreat location, and its remoteness from main roads and likely off-road flows of people too.  They mutter about ‘OPSEC’ meaningfully, and talk about keeping an ultra-low profile, and won’t even tell you what state it is located in. This is all good stuff and great to talk about, […]

May 222012
 
What Will Non-Prepped People Do In An Emergency?

As preppers, we have to prepare for two sets of possible future adverse circumstances.  The first is to prepare for some sort of event that interferes with LAWKI (life as we know it), and which diminishes our quality of life to a greater or not quite so great extent, for a short or long time period. While we all responsibly prepare for the short-term minor events (what we term Level 1 events) the really big […]

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 […]

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