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When planning for a SHTF scenario, there’s really only one thing that we can be sure of; Survival will be a bigger challenge than you ever believed possible. While you can defiantly take measures to prepare yourself for what’s to come, when you’re talking about a SHTF scenario, all bets are really off. Here are 10 things that you may have never considered when planning for a SHTF survival situation.
Originally posted by AlreadyGone
While all of these are important aspects to a survival situation, the variables are just too many... especially when you throw in people. When people panic, feel threatened, or hopeless... they become unpredictable.
That is why soldiers are relentlessly drilled, so that when there abilities shut down... their reflexes take over... even in a stressed situation, they act on repetative reflexes and training. Imagine untrained, undisciplined civilians... your average JoeBlow citizen... in a social, cultural, economic meltdown mixed with paramilitary street warfare... it will be very ugly.
Sanitation is a big deal... even for those that survived the battlefield, the bulk of casualties in past wars prior to WWII was disease, infection, and sickness... all preventable with the most basic of sanitation practices. Something as simple as washing hands and wounds with soap and water would have done wonders back in the Civil War.
That is why in my stash is a goodly amount of soap, alcohol, anti-bacterial agents, antigermicidal gels, etc...
Beyond these, the best weapon a person has is their mind... knowledge, common sense, and practice... it amazes me how many people don't even read maps, know the sun sets in the W and rises in the E, where to find the North Star... and it is North... boil water before use, heck... even wash your hands after using the toilet... not just good manners but an essential basic to sanitation.
I suggest reading and actually practicing some of the stories and skills descibed in old time primers for cowboys, tales of mountain people and homesteaders, etc. I remember reading about how in the Civil War the small cabins/huts had a chimney with a poor draft and the cabin would fill quickly with smoke. While living in a real cabin and heating and cooking with wood, a wind caught my smoke stack just right and my little cabin turned into a smoke house... as cold as it was, I had to open all the doors and windows to get the smoke out at 2am... You learn why you always look down before sitting in an outhouse.... or why, when taking a bath from a basin, you start with the head and work your way down...
I suggest a simple exercise... take a weekend, cut off the breaker box, and isolate yourself from Friday night to Sunday night... see how you do. No cell phone, no computer, no trips to town or neighbors... just try living like yourgreat grand parents for a couple of days... see how you do. No hot showers, no stove or microwave, no electric lights...
Can you build a fire... have wood for a fire... have pots that will cook well over a fire? Water... where is your water... wash your hands... is it "icky" to take a dump outside? Can you walk around your yard in the dark... or do you need to light up everything and make yourself a shinning target? Do you get stir crazy or can you entertain yourself?
If any of this is difficult... how will you do it with people trying to rob you.. shoot at you... military trying to "rescue" you?
Originally posted by Asktheanimals
Pfft. Rookie article. That's the simple stuff.
Some of the harder stuff will be:
Friends, neighbors and family who know you may have supplies and are willing to kill you to get them.
Biological outbreaks - epizootics, plague, cholera, typhus, mutated viruses.
Chemical contamination of air and water.
Surviving while on the move.