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People are not used to living in a third world standard, from public health and sanitation perspectives, and between lack of food, and the elements we could see a loss of life up to 90% according to Rawles.
There are any number of things that could bring down all 3 grids and the number one question will be how long?
This threat is very real and becoming informed and knowing your options as well as staying current with reminders such as this video will imho help you to relax, do what you can to be prepared and then deal with whatever may come in a more self empowered way.
The real point here is to "Help Folks get better Prepared" as Rawles in this video presentation :
Rawles usually has some relevant information to impart and this is no exception. He gives great information on gun calibers and ammunition. Bugging out has it's own host of problems but this centers on those bugging in who will try to ride out an emergency situation at home. From my studies the biggest problems people will encounter aside from security and protecting one's own from marauders or government hirelings.
In no order of importance they are:
Water - purification, collection, transport and conservation. Rainwater will be the most readily available source for most. Gutters must be diverted to rain barrels so you will need to have materials for that on hand before the SHTF. Walking to a water source such as a creek or pond increases one's odds of negative encounters. This would be true of any activity that one must leave home to acquire vital needs.
Food - What one doesn't have stocked must be found. Game will be scarce if not entirely depleted even down to squirrels and rabbits. Song birds, insects and rodents will be the most readily available sources of protein. Lawn weeds are often edible and medicinal and should be utilized. The idea of going out and shooting a deer is not going to be a viable option after the first few weeks of a disaster.
Sanitation/Health - Medicines one needs must be stockpiled if possible. This is often impossible for many types of medicine and the only option is veterinary medicines which should be a last resort. There are many medicinal plants and if one has certain issues then there may be a common plant available to help. Do your research on this.
Keeping your body wastes properly disposed is critical. Humanure composting should be everyone's concern and taught to neighbors to keep disease and contamination at a minimum.
Water is important to cleaning many things including clothing. It doesn't need be pure enough to drink but does use considerable amounts. Substitute cleaners can be made with vinegar being among the most useful. It can be stocked or made if one has the right materials on hand. Bleach is another chemical that should be stocked for water purification and cleaning.
Mental health - Staying inside a powerless home with few activities will be very distressing to most people. Keeping a positive attitude with all hell breaking loose or the tedium of doing nothing are equally important.
Of course there are many more facets worthy of discussion concerning survival but it would cover pages simply listing them all and making a short description of each
Rawles is knowledgeable and worth a listen.
reply to post by Philippines
Please dont take the OP wrong. I know that 3rd world countries have something to teach many Americans who now face the loss of creature comforts and expected norms.
It would be great to hear more about what you have to share on this subject. I lived in a home that was built about 1,200 years ago when I was younger, the walls and floors were still the same as the day they were put in and cleaner than one could imagine. We did have electricity but not like most modern homes and even though we had a stove I chose to cook in the Kiva stove most of the time.
I have also lived in the outbacks of the Arizona deserts and had an oasis imo.
I have endured many times when in dangerous weather and sub zero freezing temps my life went on as usual although we did go to bed a bit earlier.
So, I would be the last one to think that life would end if the power goes off or food is disrupted. But there are far more people who would freak without modern comforts.