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The Eye in the Sky is Watching You, Ever More Closely

The Eye in the Sky is Watching You, Ever More Closely

Today marked a watershed moment in our privacy.  A new commercial satellite was launched with four times better than before imaging capabilities, further reducing our privacy. There was a time when getting privacy in our retreat was an easy and simple concept.  Choose a location away from the main roads, and you knew that as long as the parts of your retreat that you wished to keep private were not visible from any other property […]

Does Your Retreat Need Two - or Even Three - Root Cellars?

Does Your Retreat Need Two – or Even Three – Root Cellars?

Many people add a root cellar to their retreat.  This is good, but if you are not careful with what you store in your root cellar, the gases (notably ethylene) given off by some stored fruit and vegetables may interfere with the longevity of other stored fruit and vegetable items. In addition, some items give off strong odors which could contaminate other stored produce.  And some produce prefers warmer or cooler temperatures, and greater or […]

Five Prepper Lessons from the St Louis Rioting and Looting

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 […]

This Free Web Service Scooped the World on Ebola by 9 Days

This Free Web Service Scooped the World on Ebola by 9 Days

As realistic preppers, we know that we don’t always get unfiltered ‘real’ news and sometimes there are ‘policy issues’ that intrude on how news is shaped and reported. This is particularly true of enormous potentially world-changing events.  While your local newspaper can be relied upon to be first to break the story if a local cat gets stuck up a tree, and also to give prominence to news that furthers their own ideological agenda, other […]

How Much Water Do You Need to Store for a Level 1 Situation

How Much Water Do You Need to Store for a Level 1 Situation

Water is the third of the survival essentials.  Air is first, shelter is second, and food is fourth, and you’re probably familiar with sayings like ‘you can go without air for three minutes, shelter for three hours, water for three days and food for three weeks’. Actually, we’d not like to have to prove any of those four claims!  But you get the general point that they try to make. So, having acknowledged the essential […]

Safe Room?  Or Trap?  Design Considerations for Retreats.

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 […]

An Escape Tunnel For Your Retreat

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 […]

Should We Worry About Ebola?  Perhaps Not (Yet)!

Should We Worry About Ebola? Perhaps Not (Yet)!

The news seems filled with stories about Ebola currently.  On Thursday the CDC issued its highest level alert, something it has only done twice before.  Today, WHO did the same, declaring it an international health emergency. Newspaper articles tell horrifying stories about Ebola being ‘out of control’ and overwhelming the national health systems of countries like Sierra Leone, and of victims being dragged into the streets and being left there to rot in Liberia. On […]

Bugging Out on a Bike

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 […]

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