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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Prepper Alert :  The Return and Resurgence of the 9mm Caliber Pistols

Prepper Alert : The Return and Resurgence of the 9mm Caliber Pistols

This week saw a watershed event in the never-ending debate about pistol calibers. But first, let’s put this week’s development into historical context and perspective.  Until the 1980s, most police departments were issued with six round revolvers, usually chambered in .38 Spl or possibly .357 magnum.  A few police departments were cautiously – indeed, hesitantly […]

Making Your Retreat Energy Efficient - Awnings, Brise Soleils, Shades and Verandas

Making Your Retreat Energy Efficient – Awnings, Brise Soleils, Shades and Verandas

Many of the preferred locations for prepper retreats are in areas that have substantial swings in temperatures between hot summers (daytime temperatures often in the 90s and sometimes exceeding 100) and cold winters (where temperatures seldom rise above freezing, even in the middle of the day). That’s no big deal when you have unlimited utility […]

A Prepper's Buying Guide to Binoculars

A Prepper’s Buying Guide to Binoculars

One of the most useful pieces of ‘force multiplying’ equipment in your prepper kit is a good pair of binoculars. Unfortunately, many people have little idea of what makes a pair of binoculars good or not so good, and with mass marketed binoculars usually being low quality, few people appreciate how helpful a good pair […]

Using a Supplementary Illumination Device with your Night Vision Gear

Using a Supplementary Illumination Device with your Night Vision Gear

In theory, a good night vision device will be operated in passive mode, and is able to brighten up very dimly lit scenes to a point where you can usefully understand what it is showing you. In reality, many times this is not possible, either because there is too little light, or because the light, […]

The Undetectable Computer Virus that Might Already Be Lurking On Your Computer

The Undetectable Computer Virus that Might Already Be Lurking On Your Computer

As preppers, we anticipate, plan, and prepare for a strategic failure in some part of our national critical infrastructure, no matter what the cause or what the specific failure may be. Some risks are obvious.  But as prudent preppers, we also look to find and consider all risks, including those thought to be remote and […]