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Good and Bad States to Relocate and/or Retreat To

Good and Bad States to Relocate and/or Retreat To

Where should your retreat be based? There are lots of issues to consider in answering that question, and depending on the respective importance people give to the different factors to be considered, you will see a group of people, all given the same raw facts, come to completely different decisions with no two people reaching the same conclusion. One factor to consider is the economic health of the state you are choosing to live in […]

A Better Way to Get to Your Remote Retreat in an Emergency

A Better Way to Get to Your Remote Retreat in an Emergency

One of the big challenges we must consider and confront is how we would manage to get from our normal residences to our retreats if/when a major disaster is about to occur (or has already occurred). The ideal choice is, of course, to simply hop into the family car and drive there normally.  But doing this would only be possible if you were able to anticipate any such disasters and get all the way to […]

More on Preppers and Guns

More on Preppers and Guns

We received an interesting response from a reader on the subject of how many guns a prepper should own, and when does it become excessive. Here it is, slightly edited for form. Thanks for your article on why preppers usually include firearms in their preparations. I guess I’m a prepper of sorts myself (is there any definition of who/what a prepper is?) and wanted to share with you why I have more guns than you […]

The Difference Between Preppers and Criminal Extremists

The Difference Between Preppers and Criminal Extremists

There was a time when preppers used to call themselves survivalists. But the main stream media took over this term and used it so overwhelmingly negatively, that to call oneself a survivalist immediately branded one as an anti-social, Aryan-nation, racist, government hating, tax-evading, fundamentalist, dangerous extremist who was plotting to overthrow our country’s government by force.  (Did we leave any negative adjectives out?) Here’s the latest example – a man allegedly killed his wife and […]

Why Do Preppers Have Guns?  Why Do They Have So Many?

Why Do Preppers Have Guns? Why Do They Have So Many?

Being a prepper often attracts unfair negative media attention. Perhaps one of the reasons that the concept of preparing for disasters attracts so much automatic negativity is because non-preppers feel a semi-conscious mix of guilt and envy at seeing other people prudently preparing for emergencies. But rather than admit this truth, non-preppers seek ways to sneer at and denigrate their more prudent fellow citizens, and one thing which they love to attack is the fact […]

Two Major Potential Threats to the US in One Week

Two Major Potential Threats to the US in One Week

Neither threat is new, but both have been uttered again this week, and with more vehemence than before. Threat 1 :  Iran Our good friends the Iranians (not!) are reputed to be preparing an army to launch against the US, waging war against the country’s infrastructure such as our power grid, water supplies, and other public infrastructure components. But this ‘war’ would not be fought on American soil, and wouldn’t see combat between our troops […]

Fire in Obscure Small German Company Threatens World Auto Production

Fire in Obscure Small German Company Threatens World Auto Production

There was a fire in a factory in the tiny German town of Marl, in a factory belonging to Evonik Industries, on 31 March 2012. This is hardly earth shattering news – on the same day, there were probably fires in your own home town too, and countless others elsewhere in the world. But, as uninteresting as this fire in a far away place may seem, today we live in a global village.  Nowhere is […]

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