Originally posted by spurge
I still think the best bartering items of value will be Tobacco and Alcohol.
When people are down, they tend to want one of the above and do anything for them.
Tobacco maybe... But it won't be on the top of the list.
People do have habits and addictions, but the need for food and water will rise above all.
Its these people you should fear as they will do anything to get what they need.
So when the time comes, keep a close eye on every movement they make, and don't take your hand away from your gun.
The only way to ensure your safety is to ensure they believe theirs is in jeopardy.
Its the way the Governments have operated for years and it has worked out pretty well for them.
When the SHTF, the best thing you can do to ensure your own survival is to form a group of people you can trust!
Safety in numbers.
And arm yourself to the teeth. I'm not just talking guns. I am also talking explosives, armour, electronic counter measures (radio jammers) etc
When the enemy comes a knocking, ensure he cannot call for backup and ensure you get them all.
Misdirection is always a good form of defense. Have a nice "open" door to make them believe you are an easy target, tho not too open to make them
think it is a trap.
Likely to be over confident in their assault, ensure your counter-measures are in place and that you have some people covering the entrance.
Once the provocateurs enter your range, close the loop and spring the trap.
This will all take vigilance, training and dedication.
If you don't have the skills to pull this off... Learn now while you can.
Download all the information while you can.
Print out hard copies of the most vital information and save the rest in a portable digital format. PDF, DOC, TXT etc and ensure you either have a
laptop or smartphone to read them. As these can be easily powered by replacement batteries or via Solar chargers. Smartphones are a better choice as
they are easier to carry.
As to the aforementioned tactic of staying mobile. I whole heartedly disagree as this puts you at a great disadvantage when it comes to long term
Constantly on the move without knowledge of where your next meal or drink will come from. And this can lead to your own death if you don't come
across a viable water source in 3 days of having none.
At least if you have property and the skills. You can defend it to your last breathe. Hopefully you won't have to and if you don't, you will have
safe shelter, warmth, food and water.
From here, with local communities around you, should be able to build a resource network and start again.
With that, the only thing I have to say to those who are in doubt.
Don't hold the belief that the Government is on your side when they come knocking. The first goal they will try and attain is the survivability of
their infrastructure. And that survival has greater precedence over your survival.
This is not the Government you are looking for.