City Preppers

As you’ve noticed, things are getting bad, especially in the cities.

Will there be blackouts? Hyperinflation? A collapse of the economy? Food shortages? Gas shortages? Will we have killer-ice-storms like Texas experienced a few months ago? 

If you’re looking to get-out of the city, this small-college-town urban-house may be a great investment in your future (and your survival.)  Why?

First of all, in this small college-town which is a 40-minute drive to the nearest city, we’re unlikely to have massive-rioting.

If things get bad, the university will shut-down and send the students home (as they did over a year-ago with the beginning of the lock-down.)  Nobody wants another “Kent State” disaster here. So the ugly looting-and-burning taking place in the bigger-cities is unlikely to extend here.

If there are gasoline-shortages, this house is within a 15-minute walking-distance to the places you’ll need to go: uptown, schools, the hospital, grocery store, campus, Miller’s Chicken, Little Fish micro-brewery, the bike-path, a city park, community gardens, and so forth. 

If you have a bicycle (I’m selling mine at the auction) then, by staying mostly on the bike-path, within 20-minutes you can be on the far-side of town where the big grocery-stores, big-box stores, the farmers market, the city pool, and community-center are located. Or, you can head out-of-town and be in Eclipse (20-minutes) or The Plains (30 minutes) or Nelsonville (a bit longer.)

FOOD SECURITY?  The house already has a hidden fruit-cellar and a coal-chute storage-area (accessed from the basement) where you can store more food, your gun-collection, precious metals, or whatever.

It has a sunny-backyard with a 400-SF fenced-in garden-area to frustrate and annoy the urban-deer. 

Additionally, it has a detached-garage for storage and for keeping your vehicle safely out-of-sight and off-the-street.

Under the garage, and build into a bank, it has a large-shed (with a concrete floor) where you can build a false-wall to create a secret-room.

The 2-story house is also built partially into the side of a bank so the lower-floor is partially earth-bermed which keeps it warmer in the winter. That not only saves money on the utility-bills but may be helpful during an extended power-outage.

It has a natural gas water-heater, furnace, and stove. So even when the electricity is out, you can probably cook and have hot-water. The furnace will still need electricity but a small back-up generator could be used to power the furnace and refrigerator for a few hours a day.

There’s a small garden-pond which is a great way to “disguise” your water-storage. 

Many years, I’ve had gold-fish. But you could also raise some other type fish for food. 

And, for additional water, if you add rain-barrels, with each downpour, the new metal-roof will be collecting rainwater which will be much safer to drink than water coming off an asphalt-shingled roof. 

A few months ago, before I knew I was going to sell the house, I had an estimate for installing solar-panels with back-up batteries. (NOTE: There’s still a 26% federal tax-rebate available.) And now, with a nice, new metal roof, it may make sense for you to consider adding solar. Click here for THIRD SUN SOLAR.

Even during a black-out and gasoline-shortages, with solar-panels you could charge-up your electric-vehicle.

The bike-path (which extends to nearby towns) is just a few blocks away. In good times, it’s great for getting away for a recreational ride along with some fresh-air and stress-reducing scenery. In bad times, it may be indispensable for simply getting-away, with your bug-out bag.

We have several state-parks nearby. Using survival-skills he learned in the Macedonian army, a friend from the former Yugoslavia (who spoke virtually no English at the time and had no income) lived for several-months in the winter out in the wild — creating the tools he needed to fish, hunt and cook small-game.

With a fenced-in garden (to protect it from the family of deer who sometimes live in the backyard) you can grow and store quite-a-bit of food in a growing-season. And, if things get really bad, you can harvest the deer right outside the back door. These 4th or 5th generation urban-deer are fearless — they’re like pets, a good reason not to eat them (until you have to.)

Fenced-in 400-SF garden with 2 portable greenhouses. The tall one is about 6-feet and includes shelving on each side. So you can step inside it to work. Zip-it-closed — and you can control the ventilation and heat with the zippered door.

Since I’m moving, I didn’t plant anything in the garden this year. So it doesn’t look great right now (this pic was taken 5/22/21)
The lower one also has a zip-up front to adjust ventilation, sunlight, and heat.

Along with 2 portable greenhouses, I’ve used an indoor grow-tent with 2 powerful LED grow-lights to get an early-start on the season. You can also use the grow-tent to grow leafy-greens throughout the winter. Or even cannabis (which has been decriminalized for personal-use in Athens — if that interests you, check the limits on quantity, etc. HERE)

The indoor grow-tent, lights, and small greenhouses will be available at the auction along with a few dozen, brand-new (shrink-wrapped) Mason Jars.

FOOD SECURITY: At the auction, I’ll be selling a 20-week supply (for one person) of survival-food (with a 25-year life span.) Just add water and heat (or not.)

Small refrigerator (cools and also heats.) AC/DC
Plug-it-in to your car or RV for road-trips or use it at home when the blackouts arrive.
Never used small AC/DC refrigerator that cools food but also will heat it up (but not cook it.) Only plugged it in to test it.

Above is the brand-new small AC/DC refrigerator (which both cools and warms food.) It can plug into the cigarette-lighter in your car or RV for camping. It could also run off your solar-panel system, or you could power it from the regular AC outlets in the house (if there’s not a blackout.)

ALSO, I’m auctioning off a BRAND-NEW 18 AMP Battery that can be recharged with regular AC house-hold electricity (when that’s working) or DC (from your car/van/truck.) And, with it is a portable SOLAR PANEL and long extension cord so you can charge it with the sun for extended blackouts. We lost electricity (which is unusual) for over 12-hours in the winter the same week this arrived so I got to try it out. it worked great. I charged it back up with AC when the lights came back on.

Look, when the lights go out in the winter, you want to stay warm, have lights, refrigeration, clean-and-safe water, and to be able to cook.

That’s the reason I bought this back-up “generator.” I will be auctioning off a brand-new (unopened) DC Electric Blanket (which puts out no detectable RF radiation.) So, using the 18-amp power pack, you could stay warm under the blanket. You could also use it for an hour or so a day to run a large refrigerator. And, you could use it to run the house’s forced-air gas-furnace for an hour or so each day (which needs electricity to warm the house.)

And, you could power the small refrigerator (up above) being auctioned which will cool or warm-up food.

Because you need to boil water (for your pantry items, soups, and survival food) I will be auctioning off a high-tech infrared, energy-efficient electric Hot Plate which you could use to boil water for your Survival Food packs.

You need clean water, right? During power-outages, the city tap-water can be unsafe to drink. It may be contaminated and needs to be boiled.
Instead, create your own, pure, DISTILLED WATER.
This countertop heavy-duty electric Pure Water Distiller will produce over a half-gallon of water in about 3 hours. It will be auctioned off with 8 nice glass gallon-jugs with rubber stoppers. I use about a gallon of distilled water a day (for drinking/cooking) and keep about 16-days worth of distilled water available.
If there are blackouts, you can operate the water-distiller with the solar-powered rechargeable 18-amp Power Generator I’m auctioning off. See the video below

When the 18-amp power unit runs down, you can use the solar-collector panel to charge it back up during the day (there’s an extra-long extension cord included so you can place the solar-collector outside in the sun while keeping your portable power-unit inside where no one can see it — or steal it.)

One nice thing about this 18 amp battery storage batter is that it makes no noise. Yes, you could also buy a diesel-powered generator but they’re noisy and signal the neighbors you have electricity (and possibly other survival items.)

Also available at the auction will be a solar cooker, solar lantern, solar rechargeable batteries, and other items, as described in the video above (starting at 8:00 minutes.) OR, GO TO THIS PAGE to see all the details about the generator and the bonus items.

I paid the full price to buy this just a few months ago. It was a great purchase. Now, you can buy it at auction probably for much less than I paid.

Hand Guns are becoming increasingly expensive and difficult to buy. If you want one, I’m selling a brand-new, never-used, still-in-the-box SCCY 9mm Red-Dot hand-gun along with 125 rounds of hard-to-find ammo.

For additional security, the house has ornate grill-work over the windows of both the front and back doors.

This house could be an ideal “prepper” house “in disguise.” No one needs to know you have 20-weeks worth of survival food and plenty of water. No one needs to know your garden is partly for survival and that you’re stocking-up the pantry and the fruit-cellar (and maybe the coal-cellar) or that you have a secret-room inside the large shed under the garage.

There are plenty of great hiding-places inside this century-old house. (I hid some interesting audio-tapes in the walls for over 30-years.)

So, what if things do NOT turn really bad? What if there are no blackouts, riots, food-shortages and gasoline shortages?

That’s OK. It’s still great to be living in an energy-efficient house on a (mostly) quiet, one-way street that’s close to everything. And it’s nice to know that you are prepared — “just in case.”

Of course, you’re going to want to keep yourself safe. If you need a hand-gun, I have a brand new one still in the box, with 3 boxes of ammunition. See the GUN PAGE.

Also, I’ll be auctioning-off some pepper spray-gel and other self-defense items.