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Many people don’t even know where Belize is, so look here:
(hint: it borders Mexico and Guatemala, and the Maya live there)
So, why would you want to live there? Well, if you are happy with your current life, family and employment – and you have faith in your country remaining safe and free, I can’t see it as much of an improvement.
However, if you are a little bit paranoid (as many of my readers are), disillusioned with your current lot, have some cash and feel like a fresh start – it is a top choice. I think Australia would be better, but it costs a lot more to live here.
Some qualities Belize has:
it is never in the news – which means that not many bad things happen there
glorious tropical climate and pace of life
choose from the coast. mountains, forest or farm land
they speak English!
not far from the USA if you wish …
As if the End Of The World (and associated hullabaloo) wasn’t stressful enough, we are moving out of the city, to spend a couple of years (at least) at our safe spot. Just a few days from now. Yep, while juggling media appearances I was packing boxes. I wonder how this past week would rate on a stress meter?
The timing is more to do with school years and family visits than the doomsday we just dodged – in case you were wondering why we would move after Dec 21 and not before. Plus, the house was only officially finished a few days ago. Oh yeah, I’ve been dealing with banks and builders as well.
So I won’t be posting much in the next week. But then I’ll get cracking on the backlog of things I figure are 2012-relevant but I have yet to write about.
As I have been saying, I consider …
It has just crossed my mind that the ultimate worth of a 2012 prophet is their preparation efforts. Or where they will be hiding on Dec 21 2o12.
I will be at my safe spot, one hour’s drive inland, 550 meters above sea level, food and water in place. It is near Ballarat (Australia). I suspect that not a single other 2012 author is even planning on being somewhere safe. Let me know (comments below) if I am wrong.
We’ve had a decade of being told to be afraid, being told how to cope, being told elaborate scenarios. But who has told you their personal preparations??
I won’t give away my specific spot, but will provide enough evidence to anyone who asks. Try and ask your guru for the same…
I love the thoroughness of Holly Deyo. Her Dare To Prepare book is a must have, and I think the dry, functional attitude helps it – a survivalist Bible for sure.
In a recent article Holly points out the positives of staying put. Here’s my summary of her ideas:
Obviously the quickest and easiest safe spot is the place you are already at
No additional property costs. No journeys.
You’ll need 6 to 8 adults in the best case scenario to defend an average-sized residence. Most houses have roughly 4 directions to guard.
I dispute the last point. Either via modern technology (infrared door sensors and modern alarm systems), or old school (stringed cans), warning systems can be implemented. Your home will be just one more house to raid, rather than a particular target – they will not expect warning systems.
The idea of many adults is very valid. But if you defeat a gang of intruders, …
It’s about time I started sharing information from my book (Survive 2012, available at Amazon). Something that makes it unique is the listings of safe spots around the world. While it is quite easy to nominate places that have substantial height, and are away from volcanoes and earthquakes and nuclear facilities, there are many other aspects that I took into consideration:
ease of access from major cities
off the beaten track
locals who would understand prepping
good soil and rain, no extremes of weather
So for all the major population centers in the USA I provided escape routes and safe destinations. The USA is not a great place to be if a global cataclysm was to occur, but the best place for most people is somewhere they can get to. So while it is easy to tell my USA readers that Australia is the safest place in the world, what people really want is a …
Prepping is a deadly serious occupation. If nothing terrible happens (probably the most likely scenario), then it can be joked about, it can be a humorous anecdote. But if the SHTF, then everything you have done until that point can become deadly serious:
Did you forget to pack identity documents (or copies) in your B.O.B?
You encounter a collapsed bridge and didn’t formulate a Plan B escape route?
You get to your safe spot and somebody else, armed to the teeth, is already there?
All those years of preparing and one mistake could ruin it all, and could genuinely be the difference between your family making it or not. My safe spot is a critical part of my preparations, and it is essential that I manage to get my family there, and that no strangers know of its existence.
I’ve had the privilege of being approached to present my thoughts on “doomsdays” to the general …
In my book Survive 2012 there is a lot of advice about where people should have a safe spot, or in which direction they should escape from major cities around the world. But where would non-survivalists flee to? In general I’ve just assumed they’d head for the major arterial roads and leave cities the quickest way they can. One of the few specific guesses I have made is that Los Angeles folk will head for Las Vegas. But for other cities I have no idea. Where would people from London flee to?
Well, there’s been a study done on this very topic, and the answer makes sense – people head for somewhere familiar:
where they grew up
where they have relatives
where they take vacations
So, lots of British folk will head to
Devon and Cornwall
the Lake District
(according to travel writers from the Sunday Times at this website. I couldn’t find any official figures.)
Getting back to …
Tomorrow marks a self-imposed deadline – I decided that all my SHTF preparations needed to be in place by June 21, 2012, which is the winter solstice in Australia.
My reasoning is that Dec 21, 2012 is the darkest day in the Northern Hemisphere (and more noticeable the further north you are), and so it might have been chosen by the Maya for its symbolic meaning. A day of doom. And that would mean it represents the six months before and after the solstice – otherwise they would have chosen another year.
Well, I am prepared enough, ready to keep my family safe. But there’s always more than can be done, things like:
buy a second car – something tougher than a Kia!
get a generator for our home (already covered at the safe spot)
get a bigger bolt cutter for the car
buy m0re seeds
buy more tools
Anyway, without further ado, here’s about half of our …
The creator of this video is Fernando “Ferfal” Aguirre who wrote the very interesting survivalist book Surviving The Economic Collapse. While his writing style is unusual, his hardcore attitude makes it a must read – it’ll force you to think about many SHTF aspects that might be beyond your comfort zone.
In this video he discusses his decision process as he works out where to live – he’s leaving his Argentinian home because he no longer feels safe in that country.
I have spent many hundreds of hours determing the safest places to be, worldwide, if we have a global cataclysm. My findings will be released soon. Owen Davies, of Forecasting International, has determined the most unsafe place to be in the USA to be St Louis. The city faces threats from a number of directions:
Earthquakes (New Madrid fault)
Highest Crime Rate in the USA
Being 100 miles from the nearest nuclear power plant means it could be safe from radiation, except the prevailing wind is from the West/Northwest
The original article was in The Futurist magazine, Sept-Oct 2011 – but a copy is online.
Note that these features are not for a bunker, but rather a “safe house”. The full article is over at one of those sites that exist to promote ebooks that cost more, yet have less substance, than most printed books. That’s not to say the material is invalid – here are some of the 38 “essential features” listed:
At least 1000 feet above sea level & at least 50 miles from the coast
500 miles from a super-volcano
At least two hour’s drive from a city or large town & within a day’s hike of a local farming town
Within 20 minutes hike of a small river or stream, but well above its banks
The property should be remote and hidden. Regarding the house itself, basically it needs to be solidly built, and incorporate features that would protect it from fierce weather, like shutters.
For an elaboration of such ideas, visit the 2012 forum, or wait …
As the above video shows, it sometimes isn’t enough that you keep to yourself and harm no one. It is important that planning of your safe spot / survival retreat includes an understanding of all the local and federal laws. Officials who have no understanding of what you are trying to achieve might decide to throw the book at you. Consider how the law regards:
Old machinery lying about
Private Property signage
Length of your grass
Plants that could be classified as weeds
Are you allowed to have that chicken/goat/horse in your zone?
Do you have to have connections to utilities?
Is your house legally habitable?
Is your portable toilet sufficient?
Do you have business license for anything you produce
Are your guns legal and stored safely?
And so on… you really need to look at every aspect of your place that appears different to your neighbors. However, all of these problems are less likely to affect you the further …
My two jobs collided today, in Kentucky.
In my day job, one of the things I do is buy/sell domain names. I noticed some community websites from Bowling Green, KY for sale, going really cheap. The sites belonged to the local government, church etc, so it didn’t ring true. So I spent some time contacting the different parties to alert them that a domain account had been hacked… Not worth mentioning on its own.
Then I was reviewing stories from SOTT, going back through those daily newsletters I hadn’t yet read, and I saw this story from July 27:
Suicide spikes among middle-aged women
Rises in suicide are one of the many things I look out for, so I read the article, which includes:
After watching her mom, Gail Boledovich, battle schizophrenia for three years and suffer from hallucinations and delusions, Julie resolved to take an engineering job in Bowling Green, Ky., and buy a …