This weeks show has 3 preppers, two prepping for Total Economic Collapse and one for a Terrorist Attack.
First up is John and Kelly Taylor. Both are firefighter/paramedics from Florida that moved to 41 Acres in Virginia. Both feel that a total economic collapse is coming, so much so that they cashed out their pension, bought the house with acreage and bought a solar power system. They end up at this point with no income at all and not much in savings. If they want to eat, they are growing it, if they want to buy something, they trade for it or sell something. It seems that the only monthly bill they have is their cell phones.
They have started Honey Bees on the property, have goats and chickens for food, compost and pollination. For defense they have radio for com’s and have put cache’s in the hills around the property and run drills for defense. They have no plans for bug out, they will make their stand where they are.
I can only say that I have to admire these folks, for their faith and can do attitude. They are not expecting anyone to protect them but themselves. They are not expecting anyone to feed them, but themselves. Now spending ALL of their cash at one shot, that would have me concerned. I can only drive a parallel to our moving from CA to NV. We are putting together our food sources and water storage but spend ALL the cash, no thanks. But this is their choice and I really wish them all the best.
The Good and the Bad;
- Paid for House and Property. They hold the title.
- Paid for Cars and Toys. Love it.
- Solid water source, the spring.
- Growing and raising their own food.
- Defense Drills.
- Solar power. They are off the grid, no bills.
- The determination and attitude to live their way. Attitude determines altitude!
- No bug out. I believe that the bug out is unrealistic unless you have a fortified location, they have put everything in this location and that is fine by me.
- Water Storage. They need to store water for short term interrruptions in the spring.
- Food Storage. They are growing a lot but they need to have several months to a year on the shelves. I would have spent some on this.
- Animal traps for defense. Be careful, this could be a legal problem such as a trap gun. I also wonder what happens once you catch one?
- The coolers they are using for cache containers, please paint them. White does not work in a green environment even if you cover them. If you move with them or while your accessing them, they are seen easily.
- Property has taxes due. How do we pay for them?
- Solar systems and such break down, how do we pay for those?
- The 99 thousand dollars spent on the solar system. 20 panels at $5,000, add in wiring and components for a grid tie system and you don’t get to 99k. Could have been spent better?
Quick note on an economic collapse. I believe this is possible, not probable. If and only IF this should happen in the USA, it would be more of a currency change rather than total collapse. There would be a revaluation of $$, change in currency and back on to the debt based economy. So I do think money in precious metals will hedge the loss. I think having $$ for property taxes and such is a good idea, if it does totally collapse, who is going to come around to collect?
Next up is Brian Brawdy. Brian calls himself “The Prepper Road Warrior”. He is preparing for a terrorist attack and believes that being mobile is the only way to avoid the terror. He has a ford truck with a Lance cab-over camper and believes that like the birds that fly south for the winter for a reason, to avoid the danger and he follows their lead. A former military weapons specialist and police investigator, he uses those experiences for his vision of survival. His thoughts on moving away from trouble rather than having it consume you is the only way to go.
Brian does a radio/podcast show each week on a topic of prepping and often talks to folks on the road about the why and how to prep. He tries to get others to be ready. His use of what he calls “Mind Ups” to mentally prepare envisions the worst case scenarios and uses them to work out solutions and prepares the mind for the events to come. His belief that “Defending a Piece of Land is No Life”. I have to say, I just don’t understand that at all. His belief is that everyone should be mobile and not stay in one place.
The camper that he uses is in my opinion, IS the best made in the world. That said, it does hold a finite amount of water, fuel and storage space. According to Brian, he has a years worth of dried food (Wise Foods-the sponsor of the DDP), along with a fresh water tank that holds 30 gallons of fresh water along with about 10lbs of propane. In a photo I found online, he had a travel trailer along with the truck and camper. Satellite dishes on the roofs of each to both broadcast and receive from remote locations.
The camper is modified with a wind generator, additional solar panels and his “Custom Security System”. It is custom in the components used together with thermal cameras to a monitor with a motion sensor on the exterior of the camper with an audible alarm. The motion sensor triggers the cameras to come online and activate the audible alert, so that he can make his “quick escape”. They did a simulation that I though was a joke to say the least. The system worked as described but the escape, is not realistic at all.
The Good and the Bad;
- Being mobile in the early stages of an event can be helpful getting to a place of preparedness.
- Food supply is good.
- Energy replenishment via solar is a great source.
- Being mobile makes you a target to more people by driving to them.
- Water supply needs to be replenished at least every 2 weeks from a good source.
- Motor Fuel. He has had to learn how to steal fuel.
- Propane. 10lbs does not go far and would need to replace frequently.
- Security nightmare. There is no cover inside, only concealment.
- Vehicle breakdowns. What then?
- Food replenishment. No land, no food grown.
- I did not see any firearms outside of a crossbow, don’t think that will work out well for Brian, maybe he will mind up em!
I have never concealed the fact that I think being mobile is a crap shoot at best. You make yourself more venerable and loose the abiltiy to store more, grow food, set defenses and party up. The OPSEC for being mobile is special and required more people to be adequate. In the scenario of escape, the bad guys come out of the woods, the motion sensor picks the motion up 15′ from the camper….and he makes his escape. No way in the world this works. The bad guys open fire and he dies, its just that simple.
My advice? Get a place to make your stand and prepare it and yourselves or prepare a bug out location that you WILL make your stand. Being mobile is the trip getting from your LZ to the bug out site, that’s it for moving around. I think the yearning for the open road and the freedom it provides, I get that, I get that big time. I love the IDEA, it just doesn’t work when you are trying to stay alive.
Last up is Frank Woodworth and his wife Elaine. Frank has a construction company in Maine, he and his wife both participate in MMA to keep in shape and for self defense. Frank is a private pilot with his own airplane and property in a wilderness area next to a river. He has built and installed a round steel 140 sq ft, $24,000 bunker in this remote location that is outfitted with a bed, toilet, shower and kitchen. It does store some water and waste with two exits, one exit concealed.
The bunker is about an hours flight with floats on the plane where they land in the river. They have been stocking it with…your guessed it Wise Foods under the floor. It was unclear as to how much water and waste can be stored and I saw no way to dispose of waste or replenish water.
Feeling that maybe they would not be able to reach their bunker in the wilderness, they put another bunker in closer to home. He also wanted to see if it could be blown up so they put dinamite under the bunker before it was buried. Yep, it did ok for what that proved. His feeling is that “More Bunkers is Good”.
The Good and the Bad;
- They have a hole to climb into.
- The have some food.
- They are in shape.
- Not enough food stored.
- Not enough water stored.
- No security.
- No defense.
- No communications.
- No plan that makes any sense at all.
I am not going to waste a lot of pixels on this one. Bad idea, badly done and will not work or do much. My suggestion is to Not do what they did. Think you plan through, what they have is not a plan but “We did some stuff”.