I have received an email from a reader of this blog, who will be referred to as Michelle moving forward, and decided to post it here to share with everybody. Everybody has a unique/different situation when it comes to prepping, as you will see in Michelle’s email:
“I ran across your blog site and found it VERY helpful. I’ve recently taken up prepping and have been reading every book I can get my hands on. Because I have a family with 2 small kids and 2 big dogs, I’m having a hard time with the BOB and walking to a retreat location. I have BOB for each family member, appropriately sized for the little ones, but I just can’t see them walking very far. Is it absolutely crazy to have a vehicle as our only way out? I also can’t fathom them ‘surviving off the land’ for any extended amount of time. Also, because we live in a suburb of (deleted for security reasons), I am having a hard time trying to locate a retreat location. We have 2 separate family member locations, one 40 miles away, one 500 miles away, but they are in suburbs too. We are not in a financial position to purchase a real “retreat property” so what do you suggest we look into? Do we leave the dogs to fend for themselves in a yellow or red event? What type of bug out vehicle do you recommend?” Continue reading “Survival Awareness – Email From A Reader”
Sanitation is going to be an issue in a green, yellow or red event. Of course the longer a disaster event the more serious and better prepared you should plan being in regards to sanitation. Why is sanitation so important? Because people right now are used to being able to turn the knob at the kitchen sink or in the bathroom and get plenty of water to wash dishes and take showers. People are used to being able to do their laundry either at home or at a local dry-cleaners. Right now you collect your garbage a few times a week and put it out near the curb so the garbage man can pick it up and haul it away. Right now when you flush the toilet your waste gets pumped away and you don’t have to give it another thought after the fact.
So if you don’t know how to keep proper sanitation when major disaster strikes, especially during a yellow or red event, the chances of you getting sick and dying increase tenfold. Disease/sickness will run rampant if you do not know how Continue reading “Surival and Disaster Planning – Don’t Forget Sanitation When The Grid Goes Down”
In part one I wrote about why it is a good idea to have a survival retreat, especially for those living near or around cities. Part two was about things to take into consideration when looking for a retreat location. Part three is going to be about stocking up your survival retreat for yellow and red events.
The fact is that if you are facing a yellow or red event than you can almost certainly expect the power grids to be down and then eventually everything else. You retreat will need to be ready for the kind of living our forefathers experienced before electricity and motorized equipment. You need to be ready to get back to the basics such as growing your food in a garden, using an outhouse, digging a well, patching threadbare clothing, making your own soap, Continue reading “Survival Retreat Planning – Part Three”
In part one of this topic I wrote about why you would want to have a survival retreat, especially if you live near a city when a yellow or red event crisis unfolds. Some people will look for real estate such as a cabin on a lake or a secluded hunting cabin in the woods, others will look to purchase property in farm country and perhaps buy a small hobby farm, others may think to load up their camping gear and head into the backwoods for an extended period of time. And there are others that will look for an in-town retreat, meaning a small community of less than a few thousand people. All are viable options, and some may be better suited for certain regions of the country.
Of the few options I mentioned above lets take a look at the two defining differences: Secluded survival retreats and in-town survival retreats. Both have their own pros and khans. Continue reading “Survival Retreat Planning – Part Two”
Luckily large scale disaster events are few and far between. Most survival situations run for a short duration and last less than ten days, and are referred to as a green event. Most green events can be tackled by hunkering down at home with an ample supply of survival food along with survival water storage and some alternative cooking means such as a camp-stove. Throw in some other basic survival gear, some common sense thinking regarding prepping and you are set to face a green event. However, larger disaster threats are out there, and such events that fall into the yellow and red category typically spell bad news for entire regions and sometimes entire countries. Worse case scenarios are world wide events, which is typically referred to as ‘the end of the world as we know it’ (TEOTWAWKI), or even the apocalypse.
You can pretty much count on a yellow (10-90 days) or red (90+ days) event having a complete breakdown of society. Continue reading “Survival Retreat Planning – Part One”