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May 062014
 
Why You Should Welcome Strangers Wishing to Settle On Your Retreat Land

If you are fortunate, you have managed to secure a reasonably large lot for your retreat, and if you are very fortunate, the chances are your lot will be larger than what you could work yourself in terms of cultivating crops, grazing livestock, and so on, particularly in a future scenario where mechanical productivity aids like tractors are no longer available to help you in your work. There are plenty of good reasons why you […]

May 042014
 
A Test/Troubleshooting Multimeter for Preppers

As we imagine and plan for a difficult life in the future, we realize that we will need to learn more skills than we currently have, because when things go wrong, we can’t simply go out and buy a replacement, and might not be able to find anyone conveniently nearby to fix the problem, either. Hopefully you’ll continue to have at least some electricity at your retreat, and will be able to enjoy the extraordinary […]

Jan 262014
 
Banks in Britain Reluctant to Give Depositors Their Money

Here’s an interesting story, and don’t automatically say ‘That could never happen here’.  But first, the story. A BBC report tells how customers of the HSBC bank in Britain (HSBC operates in the US and elsewhere in the world too) have had difficulties making cash withdrawals from their accounts.  The customers have had the money in their accounts, so that wasn’t the problem, and in most cases, have been good customers of the bank and […]

Aug 252013
 
Coordinating a Community Bug-Out Event Part 4 - Managing the Bug-Out

This is the fourth part of a series on coordinating a bug-out action among a group of people who hope to all travel together to a retreat location. If you arrived here direct from another link or search engine, you might wish to start reading at the first article (‘The Group Dynamic‘) and then work your way in sequence through the rest of the series. As we’ve commented before in this series, the more people […]

Aug 202013
 
Coordinating a Community Bug-Out Event Part 3 - Communicating the Bug-Out Decision

This is the third part of a series on coordinating a bug-out action among a group of people who hope to all travel together to a retreat location. If you arrived here direct from another link or search engine, you might wish to start reading at the first article (‘The Group Dynamic‘) and then work your way in sequence through the rest of the series. A key part of making a bug-out decision and then […]

Aug 182013
 
Coordinating a Community Bug-Out Event Part 2 - Initiating a Bug-Out

This is the second part of a series on coordinating a bug-out action among a group of people who hope to all travel together to a retreat location. If you arrived here direct from another link or search engine, you might wish to start reading at the first article (‘The Group Dynamic‘) and then work your way in sequence through the rest of the series. Making a Bug-Out Decision Clearly, the first part of any […]

Aug 152013
 
Factoring Alcohol Policies Into Your Retreat Location Choice

Maybe you enjoy the occasional drink, and maybe you’re a teetotaler.  Either way, you might agree that a state’s policies towards drinking provides another insight into its general moral and interventionist approach to how the state feels it should regulate the lives of its citizens. Perhaps the point that we are most sensitive to is whether the state feels it should reach into a person’s private house, family customs and religious practices and forbid any […]

Aug 082013
 
Coordinating a Community Bug-Out Event Part 1 - The Group Dynamic

This multi-part article series follows on from our series about a group using a bus as a bug-out vehicle.  We have written this article series so it applies both to a group traveling together in a bus, or to a group traveling together, in a convoy, but in separate vehicles, individually. If you are planning to bug-out as a group with other people, – maybe all in a bus, or maybe all in private cars, […]

Jul 312013
 
The Ten Cent Modification You Can Do to Double Your Radio's Range

Some things in life you can never have too much of.  But for this article, we’ll concentrate just on radio range/efficiency! There are many ways to boost the range of your two-way radios.  We write about this topic regularly (please see our complete section on communication related topics to access these articles) and basically, the suggestions we offer fall into one of two categories – either getting a more powerful radio transmitter and more sensitive […]

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