Chad Person Builds Backyard Bunker, Makes Himself a Target and Targets Others

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 worsehe 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.

– Ranger Man

27 comments… add one
  • sput September 7, 2010, 8:12 am

    Chad targets the elderly; clearly he is one to take out early, for their and everyones else’s safety. Probably will kidnap teen age girls to keep in his bunker.

  • Anonymous September 7, 2010, 9:41 am

    Hahahaha ,hi Rangerman,

    Chad is dangerous and a fool,if I lived near him I would have a posse ready now for when TSHTF , and would be targeting Chad for instant liquidation,he`s already declared himself a dangerous predator and told me where to find him.

  • Mayberry September 7, 2010, 9:45 am

    This guy ain’t firing on all 8 cylinders. Seriously, who videos themselves taking a dump?! Nut job…

  • Prepared N.D. September 7, 2010, 10:36 am

    I took a similar approach. I mapped and obtained coordinates for almost any resource I would need – but with the intent to BARTER with those people and analyze the overall sustainability of my area. And I sure as heck wouldn’t publish something that sensitive on the internet.

    • JC51 September 9, 2010, 3:53 pm

      Prepared N.D. – yeah, nice map, I can do that on street view.
      And it looks like this yahoo is following your lead. That new or is this guy just f****n with us? BH liberal crap if you ask me. Nice concept, but you really going to share and barter? You won’t see me giving my last drop of anythign to save the guy with the barking dogs down the block.

  • Spook45 September 7, 2010, 3:10 pm

    It appears that CHAD is an idiot. The first thing I see is something I point out to lazy wanna be preppers that wont put out any effort. They always regail us with “Im just gonna knock off somebody else and take thier stuff” err go Tigerwalking. This is all well and good if everyone else is dead and gone and leaves you to the landscape, otherwise it is likely that the HUnter will become the HUNTED and CHAD will not last long. This guy is one of those people that apperantly has more money than sense or he wouldnt tell anyone anything about where he was or what he had. Then, you have to wonder if he has spent any of that money on TRAINING? You know, medical training, field craft, combat training or weapons training, martial arts you know in case you have to fight and have no weapon? When I see people like this, I just mark them on my map so I know where to go to pick over thier bones after they have killed THEMSELVES with IDIOCY and lack of PROPER preparation. So uhhh, good luck that there BUCKET chad…..

  • No ME Preppy September 7, 2010, 6:45 pm

    WTF? I agree with the concept of this tiger walk stuff, but to scope out where the deer bed down, where there is a good spot of fiddleheads, or where there is a spring. If I were in his neighborhood, I’d move. thousands of miles away. As far as the “crappy” video, I wonder if it was taken in his bunker or in his basement? If that’s his bunker, he’s screwed having a window in it.

    • No ME Preppy September 7, 2010, 7:12 pm

      I just checked his site. It’s fluorescent tubes, not a window. He has some good ideas, but he’s still an idiot. He complains about needing the money for a mossberg 12ga, but then he uses shredded money as a tinder, to show you that it can be used. Also, his bulletproof entry door opens into the bunker. He claims that it is to prevent from being trapped inside accidentally. I’d say that, if I were in his area and wanted to get into that bunker, I’d get a few other people, cut down a large tree (2′ diameter maple or oak comes to mind) and then bash his door in. I don’t think his rubber band shotgun will stop too many people before he’s taken down himself.

      I’m not totally advocating it personally, I’m just showing some holes in his methods. I like the idea of the shotgun, but I’d use a steel spring. Granted, this type of expedient weapon (or one very similar to it) was used in the Philippines during WW2…to help local people to obtain real guns. They’d hide in the bushes off of the trail, and when a Japanese patrol walked by, then they’d ambush, take the rifles, and really let the Japanese have it.

    • Odd Questioner May 12, 2011, 10:34 am

      re: “I’d get a few other people, cut down a large tree (2′ diameter maple or oak comes to mind) and then bash his door in.”

      Maybe a better idea would be to get a few neighbors, shove a couple of refrigerators side-wise across the door frame, then pile up a ton of rubble to hold the whole shebang across the door… enough so that one person can’t move it. Perhaps do the same with the windows if he has any.

      That way, he can sit in his bunker all he wants post-SHTF, and won’t be raiding the neighbors. You also won’t have to worry about risking yourselves in a firefight.

  • Melinda September 7, 2010, 9:30 pm

    Well Ranger Man it’s cool to know somebody is reading my blog besides my buddy The Apartment Prepper. I admit I posted my link to Chad before I read too far into his site, now I’m a bit sorry I did. Now sure how I missed that he practically gives out his address, etc. Then again….you never know…maybe that’s all a ruse, and everything he says about his location is BS. I wonder…..?

  • Angry Mike September 7, 2010, 9:38 pm

    Well since Chad just put his house on a map it looks like the jackass will be a target himself. Fear not neighbors of Chad. Hopefully they will distribute his stuff to the neighborhood. A 3 minute google seach turned up all you would need to know and how to find Chad and his secret lair….STUIPED!

  • Rushman September 8, 2010, 1:09 am

    What a freaking idiot. The homemade shotgun really? What good is a bunker if you got the ATF coming down on you for making illegal firearms on top of how stupid are you for putting a video about it. Think he has spent to much time at the shallow end of the gene pool…….

  • Angry Mike September 8, 2010, 12:55 pm

    The other mistake Chad makes is by targeting his neighbors. He scoped out what they have and own and plans on taking it. He should knock on the door and ask if they own guns since he states he lives in one of the most heavily armed areas of the country. It appears he may not have a gun of his own. Im wondering how he plans on over running them?

    And if you are going to scope out your neighbors…dont try to take their stuff. Instead try and work WITH them. Safety in numbers, additional man power, extra hunter gathers, pooled resources (no pun intended), 20 pairs of eyes and ears are better than one…you know, the usuall. His mentality of smash and grab tells me he would most certainly get his ass kicked in a fist fight and would loose a gun fight even faster. When the SHTF im laying low. Im not running through yards and back doors. I will also be looking for other people to work with for the above mentioned reasons. If there is a threat it will be neutralized. If there is no threat I wont try be one. Piss people off and they come back in numbers. It doesnt matter how good of a fighter or shooter you are, if you have 20 people running you down and even just 3 have fire arms chances are you are dead. Thats reality folks. Make friends, not foes.

  • Rourke September 9, 2010, 9:33 pm

    I am sure he is well meaning – but nevertheless screwed.

    I really can’t comprehend what in the world he was thinking. If it is attention he was looking for – well, I guess he found it.


  • jay September 9, 2010, 10:33 pm

    some people just make life easy for the bad folk. This potty thing, well, this guy has other issues way beyond survival of the human race!

  • Grill Sgt. September 9, 2010, 11:36 pm

    Tigerwalking? Someone just might end up with a “tiger” skin on their den wall.

  • MtnGrl September 10, 2010, 12:43 am

    I’ve watched videos on home canning, rabbit skinning, bridge making, bread making, building stone ovens, sharpening tools, and I could go on forever. THIS is one video I’m not going to watch. I don’t imagine going potty in a bucket is so much different than what we’re used to that we need and instructional vid. Boy, there’s just too many nuts out there.

  • Blackheart Actual September 10, 2010, 2:05 am

    Here’s a video of his RV “raid”.

    Doesn’t specify if it was the RV he has plotted on his resource map but I’ll tell you what – this guy is going to get shot trying that when the SHTF. Not sure how they do things there in New Mexico but here in Texas theft during the night can be met with deadly force.

    If I lived in his neck of the woods I would make it a point to inform everyone on his target list of this guy and his intentions to steal from them in the event of SHTF. Hell it hasn’t hit the fan yet and he’s already stealing things from an RV to test the waters wtf!!!

    • Anonymous September 11, 2010, 9:47 am

      That can’t be real! This guy would be locked up by now, or worse. Him and Bear Grylls should do a show together. Hahahaha.

  • Chiron September 10, 2010, 3:14 am

    This guy is an Artist. Look at his blog.
    Its not serious. He is already announcing a limited book run at a gallery. He is stirring up controversy to pad his book sales.
    This is what is called a performance project, he has done others. One of which is an inflated dead whale he places around landscapes.
    He has no concept of proper planning, OPSEC, or proper preparation for emergency. Ignore his site, it has nothing to do with survial, or preparedness.

    • jc51 September 10, 2010, 11:21 am

      Dude, you are so right. I feel so duped. I gotta research more.

  • Jeroen September 10, 2010, 5:24 am

    – illegal firearms
    – preparation to attack / rob neighours
    – invading privacy of neighours by placing details online
    – local building codes for the bunker?
    – destruction or defacement of U.S. currency

    “Whoever mutilates, cuts, defaces, disfigures, or perforates, or unites
    or cements together, or does any other thing to any bank bill, draft,
    note, or other evidence of debt issued by any national banking
    association, or Federal Reserve bank, or the Federal Reserve System,
    with intent to render such bank bill, draft, note, or other evidence
    of debt unfit to be reissued, shall be fined under this title or
    imprisoned not more than six months, or both.”

    Man, this guy painted so many targets on his face, all recorded on youtube, it is becomming sad. He seriously needs help…

  • Jeanne S September 14, 2010, 12:16 am

    This is why I don’t blog about prepping…well, hardly ever. And I don’t talk about my preps to anyone I wouldn’t want showing up on my doorstep when it all goes south. On a more general note, I just found your blog today and am loving it — thank you!!

  • TimeSmack October 27, 2010, 6:36 am

    Jeez- we can’t even go ‘tigerwalk’ Chad’s place once the general public hauls him off to the oak tree… he made himself a rockstar.

  • Michael January 21, 2011, 4:20 pm

    It’s foolish to attempt to “hoard” all the resources you and your family will require in a life-threatening scarcity… aka PREPARING. 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…..aka STEALING.

  • Anonymous February 12, 2011, 8:58 am

    I guess I’ve always thought of my SHTF plan as being a bit less “out-in-the-open” than CP — found exact address using Google maps. I call it Tigersurfing.

  • Austin May 12, 2011, 5:15 pm

    I’m in love with CHAD.

    Seriously though….funniest survival post I’ve ever read.


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