Seeker's Survival Prep
The Basics
How Do I decide what to do?

Let's look at some of the factors that should be weighed when laying out a survival preparation plan; To start with, examine the area you live in, is it in a city, the suburbs, or country; is it feasible to shelter in place by making preps or am I better served by starting and setting up a survival retreat in a more remote location? Any city is not a good choice due to the number of people, limited availability of supplies, and depending on the scenario, may experience immense damage or destruction, not to mention hungry, crazy people that will take what you have.

The suburbs aren't much better, since the common trend in most subdivisions is to cram as many houses as possible into too small an area; there isn't much you can do with a quarter acre lot that is mostly house and concrete driveway, and very difficult to defend or convert into a decent shelter; again, it depends on what you are planning for; the three key elements will always be water, food, and shelter, plus the ability to protect what you have.

I know several family groups that have made what they think are adequate preparations; a weeks worth of food, and a lot of firearms and ammo; their idea is to take what they need; not a good plan if you are intent on living as more than a marauding savage. More on this aspect later.

Ideally, a nice quiet little farm, secluded out in the country with a source of running water would be a good start for a survival homestead; being able to grow your food in a long term event is a definite must; there is only so much you can store, and hunting, fishing, and foraging are not steady supplies of food.

Again, a lot of your preps will depend on what you are preparing for; a line from the movie Tremors comes to mind : " and water for five years, gasoline, radiation equipment, fire power and extra ammo...Goddamn underground monsters." So, do we prepare for common events such as floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, wild fires? All well and good; preps for these scenarios will also be very useful in a SHTF end of society event also. The smartest and easiest defense against flooding is to not live anywhere close to a flood plain; areas are rated by event years; my local area experienced a 500 year flood event several years back, and it made a very big mess of things for a lot of people, including closing the interstates plus taking out numerous roads and bridges; I lived on the side of a mountain at the time and had few issues other than having to carefully pick my route when driving to avoid closed roads.

For major destruction capable storms such as tornadoes and hurricanes, underground or earth-sheltered is the best choice, and these also fit the bill for several other scenarios such as nuclear, biological, or chemical events with minor additions or modifications. These concepts range from the common underground root cellar/ family storm shelter that is basically a buried concrete box big enough for a family to hunker down in while the storm rages, to underground bases and in some places, underground cities; it depends on the number of people in your family or group and should be designed accordingly, Many families have the mindset to go it alone, focusing on the needs for themselves, yet in any survival scenario that is long term, a group of 30 people will have a better chance of making it than a family of 4-6, especially if the aftermath is such that society in general is gone, simply due to the increased number of hands available for work and defense if needed.

Traditional methods for building underground or earth sheltered involve massive pours of concrete, large amounts of rebar and concrete wire, are very labor intensive, and are expensive, especially if the chosen location is remote; this also leads to the fact that numerous people not in your group will know the location. In the last 40 years more non-traditional methods of building have been developed that are just as strong, (actually stronger,) than the traditional methods and at greatly reduced costs, both in time, materials, and labor.

If you are considering building an underground shelter and/or home, examine all the options available plus what will be the best option for your site and for your budget; research will lead you to many different types,prices, and styles, from the simple do it yourself to the elaborate and exotic.

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