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Tornado Talk

Well, most of our readers will probably remember that I live in NW Iowa.  We’ve been dodging more than our fair share of bad weather the past week.  In fact, this post is being typed up in Word, because we haven’t had internet since Monday. Storm after storm, floods on top of floods, and of… Read More

Making a Living on the Doomstead

As many of you probably know, I'm not a big fan of the whole "Bugging Out" thing, or remote emergency bunker locations. Most people espousing this strategy are trying to have their cake and eat it too. They live somewhere that they know isn't going to to do well in a SHTF situation. Usually they… Read More

PSA – Tornadoes

I've lived the majority of my life in Tornado Alley. Tornadoes are high on the list of Things Calamity Preps For.  Because of this I have certain rules, I only live in places with underground shelter. Food stores are kept at least half in that shelter. Water stores are kept entirely in that shelter. Tornado… Read More

More Insulating Concrete Form

I had lots of questions from my post on Tuesday, so I thought I'd answer them in a post so others can find the answers quicker. irishdutchuncle what material is used to hold back the concrete for the ceiling itself? steel? foam? could you do the job with “pre stressed” concrete precast panels? when you… Read More

Insulated Concrete Forms

Wow, what a Monday. QE3. 3 people! I rarely bother see movies when they get to 3's. I always figure they've worn what ever premise started the enterprise a little thin by the time they get past 2. I'll be the first to admit economics was not a subject I took many classes in. If… Read More

SHTF Housing Solution – Multigenerational

One of my favorite writers is fond of saying that SHTF will more likely take the form of your brother-in-law sleeping on the couch than raving zombie mobs stealing your food.  In many countries multigenerational housing is the norm as citizens try to combat poverty and lack of infrastructure.  Three or more generations living together… Read More

Perimeter Options

If you start talking about weathering an upheaval, with a group of people in a particular location, you'll eventually have to have a conversation about The Perimeter.  If one of your members has determined that barbed wire  security fence and cougars are the best option, you may have to have more than one conversation on… Read More

SHTF Lifestyles of the Super Rich

None of us want to living in a cave when the SHTF.  I've got nothing against caves, I love a good spelunking, but give me a proper kitchen and I can get you through anything.  Some preppers  like to cover their bases and build nifty little Bug Out shelters.  Usually buried, often not lived in… Read More

Surviving a Tornado

I spent a good part of my childhood growing up in Oklahoma, square in the middle of tornado alley.   My neighbor was a storm chasing photographer for the local newspaper, and I wanted to be a storm chaser, "when I grow up" for at least 5 or 6 years. The season started early this year… Read More

How to Get Slaughtered in Your Own SHTF Bunker

I may have mentioned it before, but I'm originally from parts much more Southern than my current NW Iowa.  I spent a large part of my formative years in Oklahoma. My mother's family is from Texas.  I've spent some time examining that branch of the family tree, and it's facinating.  It reads like a history… Read More

How to Organize and Govern a Retreat

Thanks Jarhead, for the post idea! Today I'll be talking about my personal experience organizing a group of people in a doomstead.  This is one of those subjects, where I think there are as many ways to organize as there are people on this earth.  Use my experience as a guide, but do understand that… Read More

The Different Kinds of Crazy.

So, you're  setting up a lifeboat community. You've got a group of "like-minded" people, a handful of acres, maybe a house or two, and plans to ride out TEOTWAWKI.  But, do you really know who you've signed on with?   I'll be talking today about my personal group, and I'll change names to protect the innocent… Read More

Twilight Zone Bunker Shelter Episode – OPSEC

This is a follow-up on my last, What Would You Do?, post where I asked readers what they'd do under a specific SHTF scenario where a friend shows up looking for help. The video I'm posting today poses a similar "what if" scenario. Most long-term preppers have seen this Twilight Zone episode at some point… Read More