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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Best Place for a Survival Retreat

By Joseph Parish

I am often asked what my opinion is for a successful retreat location. In all honesty I could not really take a guess at a specific location. I can however provide you with a few clues as to what you should look for when making this important decision.

Each location usually has their advantages as well as their downside. Some areas may have an abundance of meaningless regulations and un-necessary red tape then others which could greatly hinder your retreat building and ultimate survival plans. Other areas under consideration may be a bit more remote then what you possibly would like. Perhaps you are not particularly fond of wintertime weather and its accompanying cold spells. Myself, I generally would try to avoid the more extreme climates. I see no sense in placing myself at any sort of seasonal disadvantage as that would merely be inviting additional problems. This type of decision would have to be entirely up to you. If you are willing to make the necessary sacrifices then possibly the weather could work to your advantage such as with extremes in temperatures will come the advantages of smaller population levels which are good in a way. You would also find less people moving into those areas in a time of crisis.

Some locations around the country have natural phenomenon that must be taken into consideration such as tornados, hurricanes or earthquakes. Once again I personally would avoid these types of areas.

What about fertile soil? If you plan to be self sufficient you should be able to produce your own supply of food. Ask yourself if the wildlife is readily accessible within the area that you are thinking about? This thought also reverts back to being able to feed your family in an emergency.

Above all, I would recommend that you use your “gut instinct” when making your evaluations. You have to remember that you will need to base your decision upon all of the information above concerning your selected area which you are considering such as future projections towards both the severity and the various type of crisis’s which could occur there.

There are several no-no’s that are especially important. During times of unrest you should avoid being in the city. Try not to create your retreat near high profile locations like military bases, military silos or airports. You would not want to leave yourself open for NBC attacks should they occur near by. In times of enemy attack these are very vulnerable points graphically. If your concern is raising flood waters you may wish to build on mountain tops or at the higher elevations.

Try to look at those areas which would make for a good homestead location for which you could grow your family and be safe. It is firmly my belief that in the long run you will have to produce your own food if things get really bad so you should plan accordingly.

In addition another important point well worth considering that you may wish to locate close to family and friends. A reliable support network would be extremely useful in these hard times. Security is very important and along with reliable group members you may wish to consider the associated gun and property laws in the area.

Being a home school family I would also add that the location should have reasonable home schooling laws as well. Be sure that you check these out carefully as there are some states which have some outdated and archaic concepts involving home schooling.

In conclusion I would personally seek out an area with a mild kind of climate that did not experience huge seasonal changes, one which provides good farm land, little or no government intervention and an area with a low population level.

Copyright @ 2009 Joseph Parish


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GPS Horror

By Joseph Parish

As survivalists and preppers it is important for each of us to fully comprehend the various safety factors which come into play and are crucial functions of our well being. These functions of management are just as valuable as being properly prepared. Often times we are so intent and focused upon the mechanics involved in the preparations that we completely overlook any aspects that may concern the safety of our family and those of our friends who rely upon us.

I recently become aware of a situation which quickly snapped me back to the reality of life. I further felt that it was so important of a thought that I needed to address the issue to all of you as well.

According to the information that I had received a young couple were avid football fans and had been attending a local game held at a nearby football stadium. While the couple was busy enjoying the game they were unaware that some thugs were actively breaking into the vehicle.

They thought there would be no problem concerning the safety of their car since it was parked with other fans vehicles adjacent to the football stadium and the location was specifically reserved for the game fans use only. Upon examination it was discovered that the things which were stolen from the couple’s car consisted of their garage door remote control, a small amount of money and their vehicle GPS which they had unfortunately left prominently displayed on their dashboard.

Later when the game was over and the couple arrived at their home they were shocked to discover that their home had been broken into and was totally ransacked. Any valuable items within the house had been removed and were now gone.

It appeared that the thieves had employed the couples stolen GPS to guide them to their home. Once at the house the criminals used the remote control for the garage door to obtain entry into the home. Since the thieves knew for certain that the owners were enjoying the football game at the stadium they could safely estimate what time they would arrive back at their house. This in turn let them know about how much time they had to finish clean out the couples house of all its valuables.

It appeared that the crooks brought a moving truck with them in order to empty the home of all its contents. This is merely something that we all should take heed of if we own a GPS. It would seem to be prudent not to put your home address in your GPS system. instead place a nearby location in its memory such as a gas station or store close to you. You would naturally know where you live but no one else would know in the event that your personal GPS were to be stolen.

Copyright @2009 Joseph Parish


How To Reinforce An Entry Door

Author: MathiasJ
Website: Kentucky Preppers Network

Your home is something that needs to be secure and safe. One of the most important factors in the security of your home is the strength of the entry doors. Burglars who break into homes look for the quickest and easiest way. Most doors can be kicked down with 3 kicks, and in 3 - 5 minutes the criminal is in and out. If a criminal is unable to take down the door with 3 kicks they will usually move onto the next house. With the average police response time at 20 minutes, it's important to make sure your doors are secure.

Whether in a bug in situation or just wanting to keep criminals out it's important to secure your doors. For starters, entry doors need to be solid wood or metal doors with little to no glass and feature a quality deadbolt. Glass might be pretty and decorative but it does nothing for your security. Glass is easily broken and can allow a criminal to get right in. The door frame itself is something that needs to be closely inspected. Most contractors skimp when it comes to securing the door frame to the wall and this can be a critical weak point in the door. The deadbolt might hold but if the frame doesn't hold it comes down just as easy. If you don't think the contractor used enough screws, get some 3 inch wood screws and add them all around the frame.

A beefed up striker plate should also be added along with 3 inch wood screws. Most stock hardware comes with weak 1 inch screws. Replace these with 3 inch wood screws that go all the way into the wall framing. Do the same for the hinges. Replace all the stock screws on the hinges with 3 inch wood screws for added strength. Additionally a door lock guard and striker plate guard can also be purchased to further reinforce the lock from coming out of the door itself and keeping the deadbolt inside the door frame.

A reinforced entry door isn't going to hold up to a battering ram, but could buy you some time and allow you and your family to get to a safe room and get yourself armed. These are some simple and cheap tips that can be used on any door at all entry points of the house. Protecting your home and family should be the number one priority and making sure the doors are secure is the first step in securing their safety.

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