posted on Apr, 7 2011 @ 09:26 AM
First of all, the discussion is a National/Global Level of a SHTF scenario. The mother of all disasters either natural or man-made like total economic
collapse. In other words, the things that bring out the feeling of every man for himself. Katrina all but obliterated New Orleans physically and
there have been some towns that have destroyed by F5 tornadoes (like Xenia, Ohio in 1974). But the rest of the country did fine and said "Those poor
people, while continuing to dine on Big Macs and Whoppers.
The likelihood of a Natural Disaster is low. Asteroids and comets don't take out large chucks of the Earth on regular basis on the human timeline.
But if they have happened before. Look at Meteor Crater or even the pot marks all over the moon for example. For the US, the two biggest fears should
be a major war being fought in the US and economic collapse. And even the economy is far more dependent on masses of people panicking or other
countries flat out refusing the dollar. The rich will not purposefully let their riches become worthless, just like none of us would let our treasured
items go to waste such as a gun or knife.
Two things to consider about The Hills/The Deep Woods. Your best chance of survival other than being physically fit enough is to know some common to
your area edible plants and how to harvest and prepare them. You can count on the deer population being reduced by 50%-75% within the first 90 days.
Rabbits and squirrels will soon follow as deer become harder to find. Well live deer, I have no doubt that the woods will be full of rotten deer
carcasses and their hides going to waste for the first three months. The soloing Rambos will try to take one a week if they can for as long as they
Fishing is a good option, except there will no longer be the stocking of lakes and streams. Over fishing will reduce that quite a bit as people will
figure that fish are easier and they must still have their three hot meals a day lifestyle that they are used to having.
Shelter will be the most interesting of the aspects to consider. How many trees will be cut down trying to make large log cabins? For a single person,
if your log cabin is more than 7 foot by 8 foot it is way too large. Even a family of four should be comfortable in a 8 foot by 10 foot one for many
years. But still I wonder how many of the soloist will try to get by with a debris lean to as their permanent shelter? The smarter ones will go with a
spider shelter design, but those are pretty easy to spot and take a lot of leaves and ground cover to build and maintain.
Even fires will be a deadly consideration. How many forest fires will happen? Mostly from catching shelters on fire. But as people become desperate
for food, they may consider using fire as a hunting tool.
And as was touched upon earlier. Everyone is heading to the hills. The ones that prey off of society now are going to follow their meal tickets as
well. They will smell that rabbit roasting over your fire. Your distraction of cooking and staring into the fire is a much easier target for hunting
than that rabbit was to the desperate and criminally minded. Think of the role that religion plays in people's moral compasses today versus the
pioneers of the 1800's.
And we have not even really spoke about the dangers of fall, winter and spring yet. In this part of Ohio, you better have enough food gathered up for
winter to last you from November to May in addition to all the firewood you will use over the winter to keep warm. And that is a very long time with a
lot of future planning.
For those that intend to garden in you new home in the hills. Are you going to make your Spring planting in time this year in your spot? That is
assuming you have your spot picked out and a better equipped force has not taken it by the time you get there.