here's a link to a site that teaches you how to make and use various simple weapons, as well as other survival techniques:
The bolo is an effective weapon that gives you the option of killing or stopping; several can be carried at once. For close personal defense use a
straight-blade knife: they don't jam and don't need reloads, but be careful: don't play around, stick 'em once and kill 'em quick if you have to
and throw up later. If facing them from the front, throat, heart, groin (aiming for the femoral artery, about four inches from the jewels to either
side, holding the blade up and slicing up as you pull back); if facing the back aim for the kidneys, twisting the knife on the return stroke,
alternatively a spinal cut will render them not worth worrying about. Preferably avoid conflict.
The best preparation is mental: use GoogleEarth to map out several routes from where you are if where you are is going to be untenable to where you
need to get to. Think it through and map out at least three routes from here to there via car, bike, foot...each has different optimum route, a
secondary route and an if all else fails route. If there are more than one of you set waypoints to meet if you get seperated. Never stay at a waypoint
for more than a few hours at most: that's why you set multiple waypoints if you miss one, catch up at the next or the one after.
I live in socal and fortunately my home is a rally point: I'll make my stand here come what may; I've enough space and am remote enough for this
place to be both defensible and self-supporting if things go extreme.
I'm a pretty pragmatic guy, a combat veteran, and not given to either over-optimism or pessismism, but I pay attention to what's happening around us
and I don't like what I see. Extremely hard, difficult and dangerous times are upon us, not in some misty future, but now, within a few weeks or
months, at the very most. I cannot possibly overstress the importance of preparing while you can, there isn't much time left.
Another tip: always make sure you can make fire.
[edit on 17-1-2009 by apacheman]