reply to post by Insurrection
regarding the other things on the list...
Eating Catfood or dog food during a SHTF?
NO PROBLEM ---Already done that! Add in dog bones, soft dog food, cat chew and even meow mix
I've eaten them ALL --- if it was good enough for me, its good enough for YOU!!!
Cannibalism? NO PROBLEM!!! In a SHTF scenario...one of the first places I'm going
are near gyms and other workout places where the body builders and fit people
WILL LIKELY congregate....to me...they WILL be DINNER!!!!
5 or ten on ice will feed me a month till the gangs and everyone else
kills themselves off and then get out of the major metro areas.
(and YES you can make your own ice and keep it solid with simple sawdust
and an old fridge --- just like my grandparents did in their hard farm lives)
To survive in the city...you hunker down low until everyone gets killed off
then you bug out at night on a mountain bike WITH night vision (which I've DONE!)
and head for a pre-set rural locale. High deserts are best (normal people
won't go there!) near NATURAL oasis-like areas where there is water
and some semblance of natural vegetation (i.e. parts of Dakotas/Utah/Wyoming)
AND extreme environment that is harsh enough to kill off the unwary and unprepared
(of which I am not UNprepared!) Then you go up North into Alberta and British Columbia
Canada and wait out for the Biting Winter to kill off the rest of the unprepared hordes!
Once they're all frozen by a brutal winter...head back down on south and make sure you
travel at night ONLY and OBSERVE your surroundings and ANY suburban or urban environs
for a while before you try and make contact...i.e. observe if possible contacts are unruly
pillaging gangs or are skilled banded-together survivor groups...the 2 or 3 days of hidden
observation allows you to make a choice as to contact or move on to the next area!
The keys are to OBSERVE and EVADE when needed!
And for long term travel and food...the best places to go are the NON obvious places.
Walk on abandoned or little used rail lines ....stay at city works yards camping in
large drainage pipes used for sewer construction or another one is going to libraries
for information such as city maps, road maps, then use their newspapers and books
for fire kindling. Get a yellow pages from a library and find auction houses where
older vehicles, bicycles, tools and other material is stored that very few will know are there!
Goto a taxi cab company office or large trucking warehouse where walkie talkies,
radios and batteries would still be left behind. Their trucker's or drivers meeting room will
likely have a cafeteria with snack machines, some canned food and probably coffee
and tea still there. Some of the trailers or abandoned truck cabs MIGHT have food in them.
auto mechanic shops tend to have a lot of cars in shop with FUEL in them.
Drain the tanks and take a just repaired car (usually is a sticker on them!)
and fill the tank with fuel from all the rest of the non-working cars.
Small jeeps or suzuki sidekick-like vehicles are best and then travel
ON the railroad tracks INSTEAD of using the roads!!! You'll avoid roadblocks!
Take as much gas as your vehicle can carry and take all the coffee and milk powder
that are usually in such auto repair shops...they have high energy and fat content.
They tend to have a few large water bottles in their storage areas --- take those too!!!
And take any mechanics overalls and gloves you can find and fit in --- they will keep you warm.
Since it is likely that all the gas stations and major hardware stores will be looted,
take that pilfered yellow pages and find a welding ship or two that will have a spare
filled tank or three of propane and their torch attachments hanging about. That's your
cooking and fire starting fuel! Take the welding gloves, leather aprons and worker boots
for warmth and protection and any basic tools such as pliers, knives, hammers, duct tape, rope, etc.
Take Anything that can be used to pry something open, hold something together, or used as a weapon.
Take any tarpaulins (i.e. sheet plastic) they have left around as weather protection or as a makeshift tent.
Then Find a Work Out Gym and take and/or cut up their thick foam mats to be used as bedding!
Take the small weights off the their bars and keep the bars as weapons and as pry tools!
They also tend to have towels and branded gym clothes which can be used for yourself.
Take all their soap and hygiene products stored in storage closets...There is usually a small
staff room that tends to have buckets of edible protein powder and high protein bars
so take those too!!! Almost every major city will have a SMALL electronics store that
is considered a "Spy Store" that sell tiny cameras AND NIGHT VISION gear which is
what you want to find and keep! Remember to take all the 9-volt or 1.5 volt batteries
you can find in that store that will fit the night vision gear...!!!! And also in a big city
there tends to be small-time security companies that usually guard warehouses or patrol
industrial districts...THEY ALSO have batteries for their radios, extra walkie talkies
AND LIKELY SMALL ARMS and ammo in sealed storage lockers which you can break into and take!
The point of the above is to point out even in a looted city, MANY areas FULL of useful
materiel will go unnoticedvand IGNORED by the roving and raging crowds who just don't
know any better.
BUT SINCE YOU NOW HAVE KNOWLEDGE...you can take advantage of that and go where
other don't or won't go!!!!