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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 […]

Jul 042012
Variety and the Spices of Life (Appetite Fatigue and How to Fight It)

As a youngster, I used to live in city with a chocolate factory.  We all envied the workers enormously, because they were allowed to eat all the chocolate they wanted.  No limit.  They couldn’t take any home, but they could eat as much as they could cram in each day during their shift.  Truly, a child’s dream come true. But the chocolate factory managers were smarter than we children gave them credit.  After a possible […]

Jul 022012
Designing and Building a Retreat - The Bigger, the Better

In considering a retreat structure – a place to live securely, comfortably and sustainably, a place to store and protect yourselves and your resources, we encourage you to think beyond the obvious. The obvious is to build a single family dwelling, perhaps slightly altered in design and construction to make it more resilient, but, nonetheless, a single family dwelling all the same. You doubtless already realize and accept that your dwelling structure will be one […]

Jun 212012
Bugging Out Very Early - A Lifestyle Choice

Most preppers seek to cling to their current lifestyles as long as possible.  This is as true of the surgeon with his $500,000+ income as it is an office or blue-collar worker with a $50,000- income. So people prepare for an alternate life and alternate world that would greet them if/when they ever needed to respond to a Level 2/3 scenario and evacuate to their carefully prepared retreat, while maintaining their current vulnerable lifestyle.  Their […]

Jun 042012
A Strategy to Protect and Enhance Your Assets and Wealth in a Level 2+ Situation

We’ve discussed before the certainty that in Level 3 situations, current forms of money will become irrelevant and close to worthless. We’ve also indicated that gold will become less valuable in an extended period of massive social and economic disruption – this being quite the opposite of what many preppers anticipate.  Everything we write below applies equally to Level 3 situations, but our comments start from looking at responses, in this article, to a less […]

Jun 042012
Why Neither US Currency (Cash) Nor Gold Will Be of Any Value WTSHTF

Most preppers already have some sort of acceptance that US currency may become less universally accepted subsequent to a Level 2 or 3 event occurring.  We’ve discussed some aspects of the problems with US currency in a post WTSHTF world before. Interestingly, one of the reasons that US currency won’t be widely used is simply because most people don’t have much real cash these days.  Sure, we might have large deposits in our banks, we […]

May 262012
The Essential Role of Water When Choosing Your Retreat Location

Finding the ideal retreat location is a bit like finding the ideal spouse.  Almost impossible. There are many different factors to consider in evaluating different retreat locations, including for most of us the key issue of affordability (although when it comes to Level 3 scenarios, it could be argued that a bad retreat location is only slightly better than no retreat location at all). How to juggle the many different factors for a ‘perfect’ retreat […]

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 […]

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