The popular television series "Jericho" has prompted a lot of speculation about what a person might need to do in such a far-reaching catastrophic
situation. Should you sit tight and defend your home? Should you be prepared to move?
Those of us who lived through the first Cold War can recall what it was like to entertain the notion of nuclear preparedness. You can find some of
this discussion in another ATS thread.
It's altogether possible to make your home "ready" for almost any disaster you can think of. As long as your structure remains standing, you ahve
a place to 'live.' Trouble is, food and shelter are only two of your long-term problems.
Plastic sheeting, plywood, hammer, and nails. These are commonly discussed items here in the ATS Survivalist forum. For just $200.00, you too can
lay in enough basic building materials to fortify or make repairs. As good as that sounds, there are afew harsh realities that few are discussing.
Anyone who lives in an urban environment is surrounded by people who will have the same wants and needs in a catastrophe situation. Trouble is, most
will not be so forward thinking as you could be, if you bothered to take time out to make your lists and shop for supplies. It's a well known truth
among real survivalists that anything you do to prepare for this contingency should be kept secret. Sad to say, most people don't keep those
Even if you can be quiet about the guns, food, and fuel you have in your garage or basement, the fact that your home is boarded up will...draw
attention. That fact alone will tell your neighbors that YOU have "stuff" that they don't. Some of those people may ask you for help. Others may
want to tade openly and fairly. Most...will not choose either of these 'civilized' options.
Even if you can overcome the locals because you have a year's supply of food and enough guns and bullets to slaughter an army...you're still in
trouble. In a crisis where mass starvation becomes a factor, anything worth defending will be worth killing to posess.
Mothers wh need food for their babies will do whatever is necessary to get it. Even if that means betraying your life-ling friendship to get it.
Becuae so few of you will have the foresight to plan for these "what if" nightmares, you'll have to accept the fact that in any fortified
situation...your days of living in that boarded up house will be numbered.
Assuming that you don't get burned out, sniped, or betrayed from within by somebody whom you thought was a friend...you've still got other problems.
Inevitably, there will be something you need that somebody else has. That will involve trading that could be hazardous to your health. If you
become a trusted and reliable trader, "somebody" is going to get curious about your stash. Once they realize that you're operating out of a
The obvious solution here is to encourage a neighborhood defense. In some parts of the country, this may be easily done. In most well-to-do suburbs,
for example; those who "have" can be pursuaded to make some investment in their own security. In other areas, those who "have not" will be more
interested in looting when the time comes.
Even with a neighborhood defense plan, you've still got one more long-term problem to consider. It's only a matter of time 'til the local, State,
or Federal authorities begin to re-assert control over your area. This may sound good, but it comes with a catch that most are not aware of. If you
check out the disaster planning for State and Federal agencies, you will find that they've laid in a few regs on what to do about...hoarders.
The basic battle plan for most State and Federal disaster relief efforts involves re-distribution of resources. Anyone who has read the older FEMA
manuals that accounted for nuclear war can tell you just how this works. At some point in the passification program, there will be house-to-house
searches conducted. Becuae hoarding will be against the law under these crisis conditions...those who "have" will be forced to guve up their hoard
so that others who "have not" can benefit.
You should expect this household search to be conducted thoroughly. They'll look for all the usual hiding places, and even a few of the more
unlikely hiding places. Cnaces are that you will have been notified beforehand that hoarding is a crime. What they can't get by appealing to your
civic virtue will be taken only after they've issued their official threat.
Let's be clear about one thing. The FEMA troops will have been tasked with looking out for the greater good. That means taking care of the vast
majority who failed to make any of the preperations that you did. The needs of the many will certainly outweigh the neds of the few, or the one. If
the society is going to survive, some of its members will be forced in to making sacrifices that they'd rather not.
The only way to increase your survival odds under these conditions will be to plan for the eventual siezure of whatever State or Federal authorities
manage to find on your property...if you are still there when they come. Survivalists have long held the notion that food and guns will have one
thing in common when catastrophe strikes. As long as you've left something for "them" to find, they won't look too hard for the rest of what
you've got tucked away...somewhere else.
The need to have an off-site cache is real. Eventually, you may have to relocate. Your house could burn, or you could be forced to leave for any
number of other reasons. In this age of terrorism, nothing is impossible. Having atleast one stockpile located somewhere else can do more than save
your life. It can give you a reason to live because it'll take some effort to reach it.
If as in the case of "Jericho," you face having to survive a winter...you should expect to be visited by a lot of hungry people. You may have
enough manpower and bullets to drive them off, but that won't last forever. Eventually, your need to forage for supplies can and will force you from
your barricaded home. If you've really just got to stay there...