posted on Sep, 3 2012 @ 03:27 AM
Okay so I've been reading the threads on survival here on ATS for the last couple of years and have seen some great ideas and thoughts on prepping.
Today I sat down and watched all the Doomsday Prepped programs I have recorded and decided to write this thread after seeing some of the good ideas of
the Preppers as well as some of the absolutely horrible plans the Preppers had.
Before I list my suggestions I will provide some background on myself and some of my experience in survival training. I was in Naval Special Warfare
during my time in the service and went through extensive survival training during my service. I went through Level B SERE training at Camp Gonsalves,
Okinawa Japan Level C SERE training at Warner Springs, California, and Level D SERE at Fairchil AFB, Washington. I attended Jungle Environment
Survival Training at Subic Naval Base, Bundok Philippines and attended Arctic Light Individual training at Black Rapids Alaska. In addition to my
military training I have received numerous commercial survival courses during my work in the offshore oil industry although much of it was sea
I realize that everyone's situation and circumstances are different given different strengths and weaknesses in each individual scenario. Some people
are prepping only for themselves while others have families with small children, the elderly, or disabilities. However this doesn't change the core
principles of survival, which is being able to procure the necessities required to continue living for another day. Your individual situation and
circumstances will only dictate what you need to do in order to procure the resources needed.
While watching Doomsday Preppers I was amazed at the number of people that live in urban areas that were stockpiling large amounts of food and
supplies. In my opinion that is setting yourself up for disaster, in a SHTF scenario you will want to get out of urban areas ASAP and start procuring
the items you will need for survival. I could see it being a good idea to have caches placed in predetermined areas outside of urban areas for pickup
during the exodus but trying to sit it out in a survival scenario is impossible since you will be in the epicenter of chaos if its a SHTF scenario.
Proof of this is the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, it took 3 days for things to descend into chaos and looting to start.
My first item on my survival list will always be the Basic Survival Kit. This kit should contain the absolute bare items that you MUST have to
survive. In my opinion you BSK should be kept small and compact and should be accessible to pick up and go at any given time. This is your "don't
leave home without" emergency item, mine is always kept in the center pocket of my ALICE Pack.
Your BSK should contain a number if necessary items regardless of your skills. It should include 3 forms of fire starters, mine contains a magnifying
glass, magnesium fire starter, and fully waxed strike anywhere matches. I have also added firesticks made from dryer lint mixed with melted wax, I
have six that are 6" long and about 1/2" diameter, it only requires a piece about 1" long to start a fire. The next item, and most important by far
is 2 knifes. I chose a SOG Seal Pup fixed blade and a SOG locking folder for my BSK but it is purely a matter of choice. The next item is condoms, i
keep 6 in my BSK for water containers. You should have a small LED penlight and a small compass as well as 10' of twine. I use 30lb test braided
fishing line, it works great for setting triggers on snares and is strong and durable. I also suggest a poncho, the military style is great as it can
be used to make a decent shelter in a pinch. This should be the extent of your BSK, when you have it complete it should be small enough to carry in
your hand or a large jacket pocket
The next item is your BOB which should be big enough to carry the items you must have but not so big that you can't carry it. I use a medium ALICE
Pack with frame for my BOB, they are cheap and durable and with some work can handle a sizable load rather comfortabky. Remember, when faced with a
SHTF survival mobility is your best asset and you will eventually have to accept the fact that you will have to go without many of the items you are
Your BOB should contain the items that are important to survival but not absolute necessary to survive. My BOB contains 8 MRE's which is enough food
to sustain me until I get settled at an intermediate or final(?) survival area and can then procure plants and critters for food. Next is a hand held
wind up radio-light combo so that I may be able to gather Intel on what's going on in the SHTF scenario. Other items are as follows, tube tent,
kirku, 2 pairs of socks and underwear, another basic knife and firestarter, spool of 30lb test braided fishing line, parachord (100'), good first aid
kit as well as small supply of aspirin and antibacterial cream. I also have in my BOB roll of duct tape, 3 mouse traps and 3 rat traps, small
10'x10' tarp, 2 space blankets, 2 hand towels, and 2 metal canteens, iodine water tablets and 3 forks. These items will give you a good start on
survival and make life somewhat comfortable while surviving.
As I already stated I don't adhere to the stockpiling mentality for survival, all too often survival depends on mobility and that's difficult when
you have 5,000lbs of food stored at the house. I recommend instead of stockpiling, begin to learn to live off of what nature can provide you with. The
native Americans lived this way for thousands of years and did so very successfully. Even in a suburban environment we are surrounded by food sources
if you only know where to look. Familiarize yourself with the trees and plants that are native to hour region and you will find that there is a
plethora of resources available to you. If you are serious about prepping then start preparing yourself mentally now for the changes you will have to
acclimated to. Start vowing 2-3 days when able without electricity, turn off all your breakers except your fridge and get used to cooking by
alternative means. Spend 1 weekend a month doing some "roughing it" camping and if possible do it somewhere you are able to fish or hunt if it's
hunting season. If you can do this and learn to catch fish and cook it or trap or hunt small game and dress and cook it then you will be ahead if the
game. The mouse and rat traps from your BOB make great traps for trapping small game such as squirrels, rabbits, and even birds and you can even
sharpen your skills with these in your own backyard.
You will need some means of hunting food and protecting yourself in a SHTF scenario and IMO you can't beat a trusty firearm. Some people choose a bow
for the ease of making arrows plus the stealth but my thinking is that when someone hears a gunshot when you are hunting it will be a deterrent to
most. If you use your ammo wisely 70 rounds will last you a long time, plus you will eventually find more and if not well it served you well for a
while. You also have to remeber that a goid deal of your food wilk come from trapoing and snaring so your ammo should last quite some time. Whether
you like guns or not there will come a time in a SHTF scenario that you will be glad you have one.
I will add to this thread tomorrow with more information on survival/prepping, I am out of characters on this post and its getting late for me.