SPG 018: Prepper Shelter Assessment

prepper shelter assessment


You can only survive 3 weeks without food.  In this episode, we will be continuing the series of assessments inspired by The Strategic Prepper eBook.  This assessment will be on the emergency food that you have supplied.  I also give tips on how to quickly build up a supply on a budget.

Show Notes

What kind of climate do you live in?

  • do you live in an extreme cold, cool, temperate or hot climate
  • ideally, you will want to live in a temperate climate
  • climate plays a significant factor on other needs
  • if your climate is extremely cold like somewhere in Alaska then you face many threats including frost bite, the lack of natural resources
  • In Alaska, it is almost impossible to develop a renewable food resource like a garden
  • The extreme cold will also affect your ability to hunt and gather food
  • For example, there are certain times in the year that you are able to go fishing or hunting
  • the same is true if you live in a hot climate like in the middle of the desert
  • in a desert, it is also impossible to grow food
  • It is impossible to find lakes to go fishing because the water is dried up
  • the temperate zones lie between the tropics and polar regions
  • these regions have more variety in temperature over the course of the year and more distinct changes between seasons
  • now I live in Florida where we are considered in the subtropic zone
  • the sub tropic zone in the United States extends from South Carolina all the way west to south Carolina
  • I will live a link to the map in the show notes at www.smartpreppergear.com/spg18
  • so this is important to consider in your strategic preparedness plan
  • to boost your survivability then you may want to consider strategically relocating to the more temperate zones
  • again, for most of us, this isn’t an option to just pick up and leave
  • but you should consider making it a plan to one day relocate
  • like I said, I live in Florida but plan to eventually relocate to the temperate zone

How densely populated is your location?

  • lower density locations keep you away from mass disruption
  • however, it also requires you to be more self-sufficient
  • typically urban preppers are dependent upon the local stores for food and supplies
  • however, if you live in the country or backwoods the nearest store could be 10+ miles away
  • Population density also affects the safety of resources like food, water, and security
  • urbanized areas lack many resources
  • this is why in a collapse scenario urban survivors will dependent upon scavenging for supplies to survive
  • however, if you live in the country you are able to develop your own renewable resource supply which we discussed in the previous episode
  • also, there will be less competition for your resources as compared to the big city
  • you have a lower threat of people over taking your shelter to take your supplies
  • now, this is still a threat but it is just a lower threat
  • I understand many preppers preach about the golden herd that will invade the countryside during a collapse
  • I would disagree but that is more for another podcast episode
  • even in a non-collapse scenario cities are a lot more violent than the rural areas
  • so on an everyday basis, it is much safer to live in a rural area

Do you have a bunker or safe room?

  • regardless if you live in the city or country you are still going to be susceptible to the threat of disaster and invaders/looters
  • having a bunker or safe room will keep you safe for a certain amount of time
  • typically the looters or invaders are not going to wait it out until you can come out
  • now they might if they are really desperate
  • but most likely they are going to be dying of dehydration and starvation
  • they will move on to the next target
  • If you have a bunker then it should have a hidden air supply
  • that way invaders can not plug it up
  • the safe room or bunker should be stored with your long term survival supply

Do you have a means to generate electricity? (not bug out location)

  • Ideally, we should all strive to be self-sufficient and not dependent upon the grid
  • there is a lot of threats to the grid that we face
  • also, it doesn’t make sense to pay money to multi-million dollar companies for power that we can provide for ourselves
  • in a collapse scenario, the grid will be down
  • having power will make survival easier
  • electricity isn’t essential to survival but it will multiply your survivability
  • at the same time, it will make you a target if you are enjoying the luxuries while others are struggling
  • some off-grid power options include: gas, solar, hydro and wind power

Do you have means to heat/cool your location? (not bug out location)

  • you most likely won’t be able to produce enough electricity to be running a heater all day
  • instead, you will want another renewable resource
  • such heating options include wood, propane, solar and geothermal

Do you have an off-grid means to cook food at your location?

  • some off-grid options to cooking would be a wood stove, propane stove, and solar stove
  • in a less extreme scenario, this options will be ok
  • however, if you are in a collapse scenario you really don’t want to catch anyone’s attention with smoke coming from your location
  • so having a wood stove would be the absolute last option
  • propane stoves are a good option but could become a fire hazard inside of the house
  • in a collapse scenario, you really wouldn’t want to be spending a lot of time outdoors cooking
  • however, a solar stove would be a great option but would take longer to cook

Do you have a bug out location?

  • bugging out should never be plan A
  • this is why it is last few questions that you will want to ask
  • your aim should be more prepared in the previous questions so that you are never forced to bug out
  • However, there is no guarantee that you will never be forced to bug out
  • so bugging out will be the absolute last option
  • this is because there is a lot of danger associated with bugging out
  • Altogether your bug out location should be self-sufficient, easily defended and generally located in a lightly populated rural area
  • we are not really going to go into depth in this episode but it should be something that you have prepared
  • your survival items should already be stashed at the location
  • you don’t want to bug out to the middle of nowhere and start with nothing


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