reply to post by Sergiana
What survival strategies can you suggest to a beginner that will be aces in the whole to a begginner in terms of rapid preparations that even
the poorest in American can achieve with limited resources and traditional survival techniques in mind from the colonial Americas.
Have a BOB (Bug Out Bag)...and have it with you wherever you go (like in your car).
1) It should be small enough to easily carry (like a school backpack or smaller)
2) It should have everything you need to survive for at least 3 days
3) Minimum, you should have: food, water, a knife in it
4) More supplies are helpful, and all depends...think of what is important to you (like if you have meds, for example, etc.)
The purpose of a BOB is not to survive indefinitely with it, but to get you to your "safe place"...which leads to...
Have a PLAN. You need to know WHERE you are going to go for a given disaster (home, a friend or relatives, etc.) and HOW you will get there. If you
can't prep yourself, maybe try and find out if a family member or friend is a closet prepper, and convince them of your added value to the team.
Teamwork will be key for surviving a SHTF situation.
Both of these things are minimal cost. You could assemble a good BOB over time, using things you get at Walmart. However, do NOT skimp on the knife,
get a good knife.
While it's great to be able to stockpile food/water, etc., it isn't always cost effective, or practical. Water is the main concern, your safe place
(your house or another's) will need a replenish-able water source (like a well, or pond/lake, stream, etc.). Food is key also, whether hunting,
fishing, or foraging (looting), or growing your own. Keep in mind, if looting, it's highly possible others will be there to defend such targets, and
without modern medicine, fights are to be avoided at all costs. Keep your looting to abandoned targets.
Honestly, I doubt any real event will ever occur that wouldn't have us back to normal inside of 3 months, 6 months tops...but even still, those
months will be a nightmare (or doom) those who aren't at least somewhat prepared.