Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Signs of the times?

My husband came home with a Nickel's Worth newspaper a couple weeks ago (in some places it's called the Penny Saver or some other variation -- y'know, the free weekly newspapers of advertisements).

He glanced through the usual spots of interest (generally livestock-related) but then came upon a couple of ads that surprised him.

One ad called for preppers.

The other ad wanted a caretaker for what sounds like a remote bug-out property.

I dunno... signs of the times?


  1. I would be afraid to advertise like that, hard to tell who would show up. Undesirable types like criminals and homeland security.

    1. I would never answer something like that for the exact same reasons.

  2. The "Nickel's Worth" is also available on line.


  3. That isn't much pay for that kind of work. My wife and I did a gig like that for a remote ranch/retreat. Wealthy well known people who were also peppers. They had been through 7 others despite thorough background checks. The hardest part was being so isolated from parts, supplies, repair people. Not only did we get a free NICE cabin, we were paid, given a gas card and a food stipend plus all the meat we could eat.

  4. Yeah... Maybe it's the interest in history (Soviet & Nazi in particular), but I can't help but be extremely suspicious of ads like that.

  5. LOL I agree with Sunnybrook.

    These days I'd also be afraid to answer such and ad, for the very same reason.

    A. McSp

  6. "Beans, bullets and band-aids"? Ha-ha-ha. Sorry, but I don't trust this ZachPrepper any further than I can spit! "Signs of the times"? Maybe. More likely Feds looking to make a list of the most serious preppers they want to target first when TSHTF! --Fred in AZ

  7. Patrice,

    There is an article in the current Atlantic Monthly concerning an eerily similar ad. The article is titled Murder by Craigslist.


    I know there are legitimate employers out there looking for reliable people but the world we live in is so scary.

    One thing I have struggled with is building a community of like minded people. I am in suburbia adjacent to a large metro area. We will not move. My husband is not a prepper and I have a disabled child that can only receive benefits if we stay in the county we currently reside in. Also, I am responsible for aging parents. Obviously, we are never going to survive a grid down type of situation. However, with a gradual decline I think we have a chance if we are plugged into a close knit group of like minded people. The question is - how do we find them without opening ourselves to a potentially dangerous situation? Would love some input from other readers.

  8. Anon,
    I am not an expert on this subject, but I would begin with people I trust. It would be easier to convert trustworthy and capable people to being preppers than it would to search for people who say they are preppers and then find they are not trustworthy. Or, they might have 30 close friends and family members they would expect you to take in at the last minute.

    Look at the people who have the same ideologies in other areas of life. Look and listen closely. Then, slowly feel them out with ideas about commonplace ideas--canning, raising a bit of food, sewing.

    Don't start with bullets and an arsenal. But, you might mention you don't know what to look for in a gun that you need to buy for some reason.(even if you have plenty of guns) If they are full of advice, you might have found that trusted people who are secretly prepping are people you already know.

    I would never look for a prepper I can trust, because that person might not be a prepper, just someone who sees that you are in need of a partner and he sees someone he can overpower.

  9. If these are genuine (and that’s a big if) they are horribly endangering their OPSEC. Every person they turn down can tell people about their situation / location. The people they do employ as caretakers may not be OPSEC conscious. They may make great caretakers before SHTF but when SHTF suddenly either they flee or a whole horde of caretaker friends and family show up.
    However it's a balance between the risks of leaving their properly empty and the risks the caretakers bring.