If large aspects of social, commercial, and government infrastructures collapsed today, how prepared would you be? If things like power utilities and telephone services were rendered redundant and ceased to function, and commercial trucking/transport discontinued services for whatever reason, thus stopping the supply lines to grocery stores, food markets and a whole slew of other commercial outlets. How long would you be able to last in those cut off conditions? With the loss of most, if not all emergency services there wouldn’t be much in the form of help from others. In all likelihood, there would be no one to call upon for any problem you should have, except of course for yourself. Have you done anything to prepare for a short-or-long term self-reliant existence? I don’t expect these terrible failures above to happen, they are in the extreme remote, yet they are not impossible either, as we all witnessed with Katrina. Look at the events surrounding the Katrina Hurricane and use that as a references for the immediacy on the help you can expect to see to a cataclysmic scenario involving a massive city and several smaller ones. Now imagine something similiar but doubled or tripled. Weather is changing and it is getting very extreme in some cases and all the forecasts say it's only going to get worse, you need only watch the news to know that. They say with a gun, it is better to have one and not need it, then to need one and not have it. That’s a good idea for defense from a similiar attack or dealing with a situation of similar aggressors, but what about a situation where the attack is the lack of sustenance or warmth or in the event of extreme heat adequate air-conditioning? What about an attack on your ability to survive? It wouldnt hurt anyone to have on hand quantities of none-perishable foods, water, gasoline, and medical supplies, along with sorted quantities of blankets, clothing, footgear/socks, candles, matches, generators/batteries, flashlights, and for those who own weapons, adequate ammunition. Is it a wasted paranoid effort? Yes for tommorrow, and no for next year. The financial loss of such an effort would be the least of anyones worries in the event such supplies are needed. Some food for thought.
Go CCF military outdoor training. I can live outdoors with all the correct food, first aid kit, sleeping arrangements, tent and the like for 42 hours (3 meals a day) just with the contents of my room and draw. If there is a serious problem, lets go and live in the wilderness. Sadly in England, we can't have guns, so BBs will have to do. But yeah. If I was removed from my house, and told to just live, I reckon I could survive for a week or so easily. If I had 15 mins to prepare. So what is your plan for when this happens?
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I’m not necessarily planning on living off the land or anything, but for my home I’m planning on a mid range generator to run necessities and several hundred gallons of both gas and water, and misc other supplies, much like the one’s I’ve listed above.
I hope to never need the stuff, but should I need it it’ll be there. Provided of course, the disaster doesn’t level my home.
I like your approach though, I really do, I think survival skills outside of typical ‘shopping’ at the local store are excellent skills to have. We’re much to reliant on versatile modern day living solutions. We’ve forgotten a lot about ‘tuffing it out’.
If ever we go on an ex. I keep some of the rat-pack food. It lasts for 10 years before it goes off, and needs to be boiled for 10 mins before it is fine. That sort of thing is really useful if you have to camp out. Also having the knowledge enough to build shelters is fantastic. A lot of it is logic and you can normally get by on common sense, but some things can be learned. It might be quite difficult for some people to acclimatise, especially if they live in a town. I like the look of your generator. It looks good. One Q. What happens if you run out of gas? Very good idea though. I bet you would be one of the only people prepared in this way, should the oil/gas prices get out of hand/get cut off. Then you would be everyone's best friend...
Sedistix;3516777 [SIZE=2]Is it a wasted paranoid effort? Yes for tommorrow, and no for next year. The financial loss of such an effort would be the least of anyones worries in the event such supplies are needed. Some food for thought.
I don't think cost-effectiveness really works out in this case. Chances of some catastrpohe happening within my lifetime at my location are so remote that I'd rather invest the money into something else - a good insurance for my car, house or life, for example.
If you're living in an area that is known to be risky (because of floods, hurricanes or whatever) it might be a good idea to be prepared though.
Years of stealing of fruit and vegetables in the fields, I can live outside preatty easily (I slept for a week in an automatic laundry), I can adapt pretty well to situations, skilled with hand to hand, they called me McGyver for all the things I fixed/created, I know everyone and everyone owns me a favor... do I need to say more?
Well, first I would like to point out that I actually do trust our authorities to act well enough in case of a major emergency situation. Other than that every building with enough inhabitants has to have an emergency plan, someone in charge of it and the equipment necessary to carry it out, so living in an appartment that part (at least the bomb shelter, air filtering, water and first aid) should be taken care of without my input. I don't have the resources or wish to have all I could possibly need myself, but some basics such as a gas mask, helmet, camo uniform, combat boots and enough warm clothes are there if I need them. I also try to keep a storage of basic food for at least a week, possibly two if I just have filled it up. I don't quite have that much first aid stuff though, except plaster and a package of bandage I still have left. A few flashlights and a minimum of two sets of batteries for each are also available. An obvious thing I need to do something about is the lack of a tent or even a proper sleeping bag. I don't have any guns either.
As for training, meh, I'm neither a sissi nor a bear, but I think I should know enough if the situation allowed me to stay in the shelter or even my appartment, and have a fair chance to survive if staying somewhere in the forests or in the archipelago even in the winter, but I sure don't want to find out if it is enough for the tundra (it probably isn't, I am and have always been a southerner)...
You don't really need a gun (unless the terrorists are out to get you...). It seems a bit pointless, unless you want to hunt, but even then it is a little stupid. How will you get the ammo? A shotgun would rip a small animal to shreads, rendering it inedible, and most animals are fast therefore hard to shoot with other sorts.
Depends, is it because of zombies? if it is zombies..... Id need a Makarov which i have, with a single round, or more depending on whois with me, because lets face it zombies are relentless.
If it's not zombies, well I'm not prepared at all, If it came down to it, I suppose it would not be sudden, it would happen slowly, I'd buy surivival tools, fishing rod, axe, shovel, tent, flint and merely head off into the woods and live off the land, I suppose I could live that was for awhile, not to say I'm any expert, but I could do it for awhile, I'd likely go stir crazy, since I'd have to spend nearly all day trying to feed myself.