posted on Sep, 12 2009 @ 03:11 PM
first off Id like to say there are some great threads here for survival so kudos to you all.
One drawback Ive found with survival is most folks plan and pack for short-term survival mode. It comes down to being able to pack light and get out
of town quickly. this makes sense of course.
however what if things dont return to normal after a few weeks ? what if we cant go home anytime soon ?
I began to look hard at my bug-out bags. I realized that long-term survival would be at the very least uncomfortable and likely impossible. The main
issue being the limitation of sheer amounts of supplies i can carry.
My solution is to bury the supplies i need tomorrow today.
I have own a piece of land in a remote part of the country that i can reach in less than a day's drive. it has the basics, running stream and some
edible huckleberry bushes growing.
I decided to build basically a waterproof cement bunker underground and stock it with essential supplies. Nothing huge, just a way to keep supplies
from rotting or being dug up by a bear.
I built a 8x6x4 cement storage container underground. Its not hard or expensive and you dont need construction knowledge to do this.
I used 6 bags of cement premixed with sand already. I poured the cement into a hole I dug, 8 feet wide and 6 feet across. i poured the cement 4 inches
thick. i rough smoothed it with a hand trowel.
I let the cement set for 24 hrs and then returned. this time i had my truck loaded with cinder blocks and more cement. Put the blocks down using
cement as a glue to stick to floor and each other. let this set for another 24 hrs
next step, sheet metal for the roof bolted down with a hinge to open of course. and then waterproof the heck out of it roofing tar (3 - 5 gal bucket).
I put a waterproof 1x4 on one side of the bunker before i put the sheet metal down so it was sloped slightly.
make sure the sheet metal is larger than the opening and bend the extra downward.
did some touch-up cement stucco work under the roof where blocks met to ensure no gaps and cracking.
last step, take some river rocks and pour at the base of the bunker all the way around each side. This allows for drainage so water doesnt build up
and potentially seep in. even the best waterproofing wears off after years of water exposure.
i cover the roof with a tarp and cover with dirt so its hidden. i only put 4-6 inches of soil over the roof.
As a test I put in 6 cans of Harvest of the West food (10-15 yr survival food) i bought from walmart. i went back and checked on the cans after 5ish
weeks and they were perfectly fine. not a single drop of moisture got inside the bunker
Ive slowly filled the bunker with basics that I wouldnt be able to carry in my bug-out bag. Things like toilet paper, clothing, blankets, air matress
(2), a tent, books, board games, and plenty of food. I even put in a cheap television i bought from a garage sale. For power I put in a foldable solar
power panel and a battery but i can plug things directly into the panel (if i had the money i'd buy a solar power generator)
I plan on building another bunker next spring and filling it with sugar, flour, cooking oil, honey, etc basically things that dont rot and would
probably make good trading / bartering items (assuming i ever see another person again). More food, cooking supplies, and a woodfire cooking stove.
Ive also started to plant edibles on the property. I have 6 cherry trees, 3 apricot trees, 3 pear trees, and 2 apple trees. all self-pollinating.
Next spring I will add 3 white walnut trees. I might try pecan trees too but I cant find any self-pollinating varieties yet.
Im also going to plant a few of the perennial vegetables like rhubarb and asparagus as they come back yr after yr.
heck I might even stock some building supplies eventually. I dont want to sleep in a tent in the wintertime.
You might not own a piece of land but this shouldnt stop you from stocking supplies somewhere. everyone can probably find a small area like a park or
small wooded empty lot someplace nearby.
A buddy of mine has put in a cement bunker like mine in a national park land. Nobody will ever find it. And he has begun to plant a few edibles out
there as well. apple trees are especially easy to grow in the area without needing to intervene.
Anyway, thats my two cents on survival. I know some might want to stockpile weapons and ammo and seeds but those are no guarantees of getting food.
With a decent bunker you could stock enough food and comforts to last a year easily.
and with edibles growing and some cheap snares, you could easily stretch your food supplies maybe 2+ yrs without any effort.
Thats my goal anyway. survive comfortably for 2 yrs and hopefully by then the world has fixed whats ailing it
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