Survival after a Societal Collapse is focused on 5 core needs.
1) Self Defense - dying ppl may not be kind to you
2) Shelter - making shelter and carrying it with you
3) Water - clean drinkable water and how to produce it forever for free
4) Food - how to grow it, how to trap it, and how to forage it
5) Knowledge of the prior 4 in depth...
1) You will need some way to defend yourself in anarchy, and the most common
way at initial outset is likely firearms. Even if you are prior military like myself
go talk to ppl that are deep off into this world, read all you can and then go out
and do proof of concept. Body armor with ballistic plates and trauma pads behind
them may be a good idea if you are near a urban hotbed or just want the edge.
First aid training is damn good idea as well.
The VERY best defense is likely not being seen, learn what a ghillie is
and how to make one and then go do it and have a friend try to spot you.
2) Some call them a Bivvy, you can make them out of 55 gallon drum liners,
it basically gives you water proofing to give you a place to rest and keep you
dry in precipitation, snow, rain, sleet, etc etc.
When you are wet you lose body heat MUCH faster, and onset Hypothermia.
You can learn to make lean-tos, or go long term and build a Cob house/hut,
there are several different shelter types and most are listed in the SAS survival guide.
In a likely extreme cold situation consider LOTS of insulating material
such as leaves, grass, etc etc.
In a fallout event as others have mentioned you need 3 feet of dirt between you
and the xmitting particles. Its based on density so it takes less if it is lead,
steel or something similar.
3) Water - you can go near a body of fresh water and dig a shallow well about
100 feet away and then let it clear out. To assure no bacteria or virus bring
the water to a boil for a few minutes.
Another method is to make solar still and put the water in it that needs purifying
and to add reflectors with aluminum foil to increase the evaporation rate.
Good example here:
For a mobile use you can use a few drops of pure bleach, the ratio is listed
in survival manuals and websites.
Also for mobile use but slightly dangerous is using USP resublimated iodine
crystals in a 1 oz bottle til it is dark purple then pour the water only into 32 oz
container of water you need to treat. How long you let is stand after that is
based on the temperature, warmer = less time, cooler = more time.
If you allergic to shellfish do not use iodine.
A makeshift mobile method for strain out large scale matter is an active charcoal
filter made from coals of your camp fire, a rag or towel, some sand and
a 2 liter bottle.
Wildernessoutfitters channel on youtube had a video of it, but I can't seem to
find it anymore or they took it down for potential lawsuit issues.
To kill any pathogens in the water you can also use the SODIS method:
But I'd try to use glass jars instead of PET plastic as it might release BPA.
4) Have 1 or more organic seed packs in cache tubes stored in a cool place such
as underground, have an illustrated wild edible food guide, and a medicinal one as well.
Have a few hundred feet of snare wire as it catches food while you are doing something else.
Watch survival videos that show how to set wire snares and know these are illegal
to use except in a survival situation. Its illegal because it works REAL well.
During the great depression ppl used to use crank telephones to shock fish to
the surface, in the modern day the closest thing to this is a crank megger insulation
tester. You could also use the high voltage section from a TV tube monitor or
coil off a car.
Hunting tends to draw attention to you, gunfire can be heard for miles.
Snaring usually gets smaller animals and they are choking and make a lot less noise
than a gun.
Fish traps and hoop nets also work well, as does jug fishing.
It works while you do something else.
5) knowledge ...
I cannot really list all the survival knowledge here, and good odds I'd forget something.
I'd say watch all the videos you can by Ray Mears and Hoods Woods, I do not say
Bear Grylls because he often takes risks I consider more adventurism than survival.
An insect from a bat cave is not safe to eat raw, its best to clean it and cook it.
The youtube channel Wildernessoutfitters has a lot of good information as well.
Get a copy of the SAS survival guide and put it in a double ziplock bag
in your bugout bag, there are other books and some ppl like the other ones
better and to each his own I say.
Bugout bags are also tuned to the person, and to each his own on some items.
I offer mine here, some of my items are at my rally point, aka RZ, some are cached
there and along the way.
*** Did I over do it ??? probably, but I'd rather be over prepared than under prepared.
Caching is a technique used by special forces and it works REALLY well.
01) water purification USP sublimated iodine 1 oz bottles (2) *** done ***
also for ppl allergic to shellfish 4 oz of bleach in small carry tube, and eyedropper *** done***
10 drops of bleach per gallon per online site for water purification.
SODIS water purification plans *** done***
plans for a small solar still using the solar oven method *** done ***
02) multi-tool pocket knife , stainless steel so it wont rust *** done ***
03) camo mosquito/ insect netting suit *** done ***
04) Backpack with lots of pouches and 2 water bottles.
05) 8' x 12' tarp with brass eyelets *** done ***
06) Weapons: 30-06 with Mil Dot scope *** done ***
(bought a laser boresight for 30-06 and boresighted )
.22 LR 10/22 Ruger, .45 ACP ( .45 will be in holster .22 LR in hands )
.30-06 will be near RZ site along with most of the ammo.
07) crank insulation tester, aka megger *** done ***
08) lensatic compass & water proof directions *** done ***
09) fishing line, hooks, and bobbers *** done ***
10) backpack *** done ***
11) crank LED flashlight/AM/FM radio/cell charger *** done ***
12) water proof insulated boots, durable wool socks *** done ***
13) gerber folding hand saw *** done ***
14) 12volt dc power inverter - 400 watt - bought from friend *** done ***
may upgrade this to higher wattage
15) waterproof container - full of matches & 3 fire steel striker rods
*** done *** bread bag compressed with 8 oz. dryer lint.
indian wood bow method works well too ...
NOTE - making a fire in the rain is tough, pack some Vaseline for assist.*** done ***
16) strong binoculars 16x or better *** done ***
17) food - cheap , long shelf life - *** done ***
Will store long term shelf life rice, cached near RZ.
18) Desiccant for ammo cans - *** done *** will be at RZ site
19) pocket microscope - *** done *** will be at RZ site
20) 500 ft. - 28 ga. galv. steel snare wire - *** done ***
21) Texsport® Folding Pick/Shovel/saw - bass pro *** done ***
22) snake/poison kit - bass pro *** done ***
23) knife sharpeners *** done ***
24) israeli gas mask with airtight drinking ability *** done ***
$20 at maine military supply ( not the best mask there is )
25) victorinox swiss stainless steel bayonet(no rust knife) *** done ***
26) US army M7 bayonet (ferrous can use as striker) *** done ***
27) full CDV -777 geiger counter set *** done *** will be at RZ site
28) several 1 gallon ziplock bags - storage & mini evap. water collection devices - *** done ***
29) wiki books, survival info, wikipedia backup on DVD-r - *** done *** will be at RZ site and SD card copies carried.
30) aluminum foil for: - solar oven - solatubes - weak EMP shielding if done right *** done ***
31) non Genetic modified seed packs, getseeds.net pk plus
8,000 carrot seeds & amaranth *** done ***
32) battery hydrometer - for 12 volt systems we plan to setup
*** done ***
33) Hard copy pocket survival guide in water proof container *** done ***
34) speedy all, easy all - sewing tools for leather *** done***
35) wind belt - 12 vdc and volt regulator *** done*** will be at RZ site
36) natural remedy - anti fungal *** done***
37) p-38/p-51 or real can opener *** done***
38) battery recharger - triple a's for pocket microscope - D's for geiger and ionization meter *** done*** at RZ site
39) 300 yards of 550 para cord *** done ***
40) 100 ft. of nylon rope *** done ***
41) Gun cleaning kits - will be at RZ *** done ***
42) Sextant - and instructions *** done***
43) Spherical Trigonometry instructions *** done ***
plans for an Armillary Sphere as well
44) Trash bags, heavy duty thick mil, work as water proofing or poncho, seal in heat *** done***
45) stainless steel cooking gear *** done ***
46) common edible/medicinal plant list laminated for this region *** done***
47) 1 set of rugged clothes in backpack, 2 at RZ. *** done ***
48) 2 packs of playing cards *** done ***
49) backup pair of eyeglasses *** done ***
50) Wool blanket(warm when wet), foam sleeping mat *** done ***
51) Sleeping bag, 0 degrees F rated *** done ***
52) fishnet style hammock *** done *** ( double as a ghillie )
53) Body armor - Torso carrier and class III plates and pads ( in vehicle only using if it gets ugly )
*** done ***
(Class IV plates can be had on Ebay for $99 a plate, got my level 3's damn near for free.)
*** As I said above, your bugout bag may be better, to each his own and that is great.
As one poster said, hope we never need all this stuff, but the past has shown
humans can be quite a violent lot and it is not a matter of if but when.
Good Luck to all the good ppl !!!
edit on 7-10-2010 by Ex_MislTech because: context
edit on 7-10-2010 by Ex_MislTech because: context