I first learned about Chad Person over at Prepper’s Home Journal. “I like this guy” was my first thought. We’re in the same age bracket, act like survival samurai and we think creatively. Chad rips out an inground pool to make a sweet bunker, he stocks food and makes PVC bows. He’s kinda cool …. kinda.
The problem is Chad makes himself a target, but worse – he identifies other targets!
Chad calls his survival approach “RECESS” for Resource, Exhaustion, Crisis, Evacuation, Safety, Shelter. This is how he describes it on his site:
RECESS began 2 years ago when I made my home in the southwest United States. Like much of the West, our reliance on the continuous import of vital resources (food, water, medical supplies) is unsustainable and untenable. Crisis preparedness is vital, and RECESS is my answer. It is a re-model, an insurance policy, an experiment, a test of personal mettle, and an obsession. Survival is everything.
There are a number of things we can learn from this guy, but the most valuable lesson is – DON’T FOLLOW CHAD’S LEAD!
Specifically, if you’re building a backyard bunker and you think “survival is everything” – don’t post location details on the web. Chad gives away his name, location, preps and plans! He should have replaced “safety” with “stealth” in R.E.C.E.S.S. He posts detailed images on his site, YouTube videos and interactive maps. Then he writes page titles like “hiding the bunker in plain sight” with a picture of the concrete truck sitting outside his house.
News flash, Chad – your bunker is NOT hidden. You advertised it to the world and made yourself a target. A reader told Chad this (of course), but apparently Chad isn’t concerned, responding to the reader “you are not gonna get here from Sacramento” in his YouTube video. He suggests the reader “be logical about it.” Chad said he even wants to see a website that lists every place people have built bunkers.
I’d leave my criticism there, but he also targets others! Chad employs a survival strategy he calls “tigerwalking” that he describes:
It’s foolish to attempt to hoard all the resources you and your family will require in a life-threatening scarcity. The smarter survivor will have ample knowledge of their surroundings. Learn from the tiger: stake out your territory and take stock. I call this Tigerwalking.
It’s one thing to think about which neighbors have what, but it’s quite another to start mapping all of your neighbors’ resources so you can raid them when the shit goes down – or worse – take photographs of your neighbors’ vehicles, potential “ambush locations” and map them online for the whole world to see – as Chad has done. See his map.
I wonder how his neighbors feel about having their RVs and trucks photographed and mapped out on a survivalist’s “tigerwalking” map for the whole world to see.