posted on Jul, 28 2013 @ 06:28 PM
Is this an episode of that dumb American show called Jackass? This guy wouldn't last half-a-day!
If this is something you really think about, believe could happen, then you need to get certain items now, so you don't get caught out. Here's what
I would suggest if you are single and living in Britain. Those with a family will struggle and may have to expose themselves to dangers whilst trying
to survive. Some of the advice will be practical, some of it won't be. The point is simply to get you thinking on how to survive.
First Aid Kit (with Potassium Iodide Tabs as optional)
A 10" Fish Knife with a looped strap on the handle and holster.
A small all-purpose Swiss Knife with belt loop attachment
Small Hatchet with a looped strap and holster
Archery Bow String (optional)
Small folding Spade
Multi-Pack Disposable Lighters
Torches, with batteries and replacement bulbs to last at least 6 month. Include red filters
Box of candles
Camping Stove and butane gas cans to last 6 months
Bowl and cup
Spoon, knife and fork
2 berth Dark-coloured Tent with built in ground sheet. Or learn how to build lean-to's.
Foam mats to sleep on
Binoculars (with night vision if possible and a good supply of batteries)
A good map of the country and compass.
A radio that doesn't require batteries, and small headphones.
Large rucksack to fit your body frame
This kit (most of which you can buy from Go Outdoor outlets) is something that can be put together now and stored in the rucksack, make sure you audit
it every 2 months and replace perishable items or items that have short life. You should already have appropriate clothing and boots, but plastic
sheets to wear in bad weather would help to keep dry.
Obviously, it all depends on the type of disaster that befalls the country or the world. A slow disaster is easier to survive than one that delivers a
'kill shot' at speed. Both the severity and range of the disaster will determine if aid might eventually find its way to you, or if you can find a
way to reach it. If nuclear war, no aid will be coming, to you. Period.
Your main concerns are supplies of drinking water and food, staying dry and warm, and the necessary avoidance of other people and possible detection
by them. Firstly, however, you need to understand what type of disaster has occurred and how wide-ranging it is. A nuclear war or a viral outbreak
necessitates staying in one sheltered location for at least a month. You simply cannot go outside. Eat and sleep in one room, toilet in another.
Don't bother washing use antiseptic clean wipes, and double-bag all waste and place in a far off room.
The first thing you don't want to do is move about during the day. Night gives you cover for scavenging and helps to conceal you from other grouped
survivors, whom you should avoid at all cost, unless of course, you are confident in your fighting skills. You cannot help others, it's harsh and
it's selfish, but necessary for your own survival. Groups will use up your supplies and hamper the search for replenishment. You might be able to
give aid to another lone survivor, but you have to be dominant, and you don't want to take them back to where you are holed up. They may eventually
give your position away to others through some moral sense of acting like a Samaritan. When using a torch at night, place a red filter over the
You don't want to burn anything that can give off smoke and signal your presence, butane gas is cleaner for heat and cooking, try to hide the glow of
the flame as best you can.
You won't be able to stay holed up forever in one place, circumstance and possibly worsening conditions may force you to move...so where do you go?
For people in the UK I would suggest an off-shore island, one that never had a tourist industry or a very sparse one. The Western Isles of Scotland
would probably be good choices, not too far from the mainland, but still provide enough isolation. Don't think of driving there, because you will
draw attention to yourself, you'll have to walk, and the route you take will have to conceal you from others.
If you have to move during daylight hours, use woods and forests when you can, 10 metres in from the tree line, avoid rivers and large streams and
lakes. If you feel you must drink the water from a stream, get to high elevation, near to where the stream begins and drink from there. Avoid cities,
towns, and large villages, there will be plenty of isolated houses you can search for supplies. Now might be a good time to learn how to set up traps
for wildlife such as rabbits and hares, and how to skin and cook them for your consumption.
There are advantages and disadvantages in trying to survive on your own. If you get sick, you'll have a hard time. If you encounter a group, again
you'll have a hard time if they are hostile. You'll have to judge situations and those you meet on their own merit.