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Should You Build a Bunker?


So many people ask us to talk about bunkers and how to set up a bunker. So we've decided to give our opinions about setting up a bunker.

This is my personal opinion about bunkers. They aren't bad, but they need to be looked at logically and seriously before even considering one.

When we had land, we'd talk a lot about buying an old train car and burying it next to the house and making an underground tunnel from the house to the bunker. And obviously we'd fill the bunker with a bunch of food, water, weapons, etc.

Sounds awesome, right?

The only reason we were even able to consider it, was because we had 13 acres of land. We had the space to accommodate such an idea.

However, we live in suburbia now and we do not have the space for a bunker.

So, basically, at this point, a bunker is out. Because we're certainly not going to spend the time and money to go out and bury a bunker on someone else's property or in general, on property that we don't own. That's a lot of risk for us.

But let's say that we still had our land and we also lived in suburbia.

Let's say that our land was about an hour away from our home. We decide to bury a train car on our land.

Now let's say that a disaster or emergency has happened and we need to bug out immediately.

But...we can't get to our land. The amount of variables keeping us from getting to our land could be numerous;

We could be out of gas
The roads could be covered with large debris that we can't get around
The roads could even be covered with other people who are trying to get away from the same disaster that you are.
The land could be compromised because of a disaster.

This isn't to say that you shouldn't have a bunker, but the best time to have a bunker would be on a piece of land that you not only own, but that you live on as well.

You should probably ask yourself WHY you want a bunker in the first place. Is it just to sit there when a disaster comes? What kind of disaster are you preparing for? Is it the danger of harmful gas? Is it nuclear? Once you find out which type of disasters and emergencies that you're wanting to build a bunker for, then that can better prepare you to HOW to go about building it. There may be additional pre-cautions that need to be put into place in order for the bunker to stand up against a specific emergency or disaster.

It's not just about having a bunker, either, there's a lot of maintenance involved with having a bunker. You need to make sure that the air quality in the bunker is not only breathable, but dry to keep your weapons/tools, food and water good and usable. You need to make sure that the entrance to your bunker is easily available, that may require that you have to dig it out every now and then.

Of course, a train car is not the only type of bunker available. There are lots of different types, sizes, etc. So really do your research.

There's just a lot to consider when considering a bunker. It can get expensive and time consuming. And if you're not careful, it could even be compromised by people or nature.

We're not trying to discourage you, just to keep you more well informed about what all is involved in getting a bunker together.

Really think about it and consider all options for going full steam ahead with a bunker.


5 Fire Starter Reviews

If you know anything about us, you know that we are big advocates of making survival as easy a transition as possible.

There's no need to make life harder than it has to be. In a survival situation, seconds mean live or death so why waste precious seconds when you could just prepare now to make life easier during a disaster or emergency?

One of the main things that you're going to have to know is how to make a fire. Making a fire offers security, warmth, cooking food and even sanitizing water.

Fire is awesome!

So in addition to carrying a bunch of matches and a bunch of lighters, you may not always be able to find dry tinder to work with, so you might need a little bit of help getting the fire started as quickly as possible.

In the video below, we review 5 different fire starters, two are home made and 3 are store bought. We review: cotton ball + petroleum jelly, dryer lint, wet fire, zippo wax sticks and fire sticks.

Watch the video below to learn what might be best for you!


What's Your Plan B?


Like most of you, Sunday nights in October mean I’ll be watching AMC’s The Walking Dead. With the new season starting soon, it seemed like a good time for a recap. Hopefully, enough time has passed that I don’t have to scream, “Spoiler Alert” (especially since all of the ads showed that Rick and his gang lost their hold on the prison) but just in case….Spoiler Alert!

If I haven’t scared you off, then you’re aware that the prison was under attack. In the midst of the chaos, a beheading, and walker attacks, everyone scattered. Well, those who survived, subsequently, scattered but you catch my meaning. The group was forced to split up and, later, no one knew where to find their companions. If you’re a member, or even a regular follower of the ZRT, then you were probably wondering why they didn’t have an evacuation plan. Why wasn’t there a rendezvous point (or several) established ahead of time? If you’re really like me, you were probably screaming all of this at the television during the chaos…but I digress.

Other than the obvious reason: it was a pivotal plot point which the writers used in order to explore each character’s emotional depth; I’d like to think there was another reason for this catastrophic oversight. There is a greater message to take away from this seemingly simple plot device. The fact is, when people get comfortable they grow complacent. Essentially, that’s just a fancy way of saying we allow ourselves to fall under the illusion that nothing bad could happen and, unfortunately, laziness strikes. The daily grind lulls us into a false sense of security. Either way, it could be the difference between life and death.

Now, you might be thinking, “Hey, they had a multitude of flesh-eating walkers roaming around, unchecked. How could they be expected to hold evacuation drills every month?” If you’re legitimately surrounded and completely outnumbered by zombies, then it is probably more dangerous to hold regular evacuation drills than not; however, there were enough members of their group that left the confines of the prison on a regular basis. They had knowledge of the surrounding area and could easily have drawn up maps. As guardians of young children, it was their obligation to arrange a “buddy system” to ensure the safety of those little ones. My point is, regardless of the circumstances, it is never an excuse not to have a plan!

First and foremost, you'll need to establish where you're going in the event of an emergency. If disaster strikes, you must have an evacuation plan in place. You'll need to map out more than one route to get there. Please do not assume highways will be cleared for public use. Make sure you have a route that consists entirely of secondary roads, if the main routes are shut down. Lastly, if vehicles are not an option do you know how to get there on foot or with a bicycle? Can you read maps without the help of a SatNav or can you plot a course with a compass? Now that you've put those plans into place...what if that plan is no longer an option? A backup safe house, all new routes, and evacuation plans need to be established. If not, you can't expect to weather the storm any better that your favorite The Walking Dead character. Those pesky zombies have a bad habit of disrupting everyone's plans.

The same holds true right now, today. No, we don’t have hordes of reanimated corpses shuffling around our neighborhoods in a diabolical search for human flesh. (Yet) Still, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take the time to map out an evacuation plan. Do you have rendezvous points established for your family, in the event of a disaster? Would your children know where to go if they couldn’t get home? If the route to your base camp is cut off, do you already have an alternate avenue mapped out? Does the rest of your family/friends/group? I cannot stress this enough; planning ahead saves lives. Make sure you have a plan, and a PLAN B.

[PODCAST] What are the most likely disaster scenarios?

Noel, Josh and Morgan discuss the what the most likely disaster scenarios could be. EMP? Ice age? Mass flood? Zombie Apocalypse? Hear about them all! Then let us know what YOU think would be the most likely disaster scenarios.