Be ReadyPosted: January 7, 2014
recently, SSM ran a post that made my boy hamster run like mad. the post is about preparing for emergencies and withdrawing for modern worthless entrapments.
i wouldn’t consider myself a prepper by any means. preppers are waiting for a end-all-be all event- economic collapse, pandemic, war, terrorist attack, zombies, etc. well, being from southern louisiana, i was raised with self reliance in my blood. the minute i knew a hurricane was coming and we were going to ride it out, i knew my job: clean the tubs, start making extra ice, help mom with making room for us to sleep, check the batteries. Paw-Paw and Maw-Maw handled the food. about 2 hours before the storm would make land fall, Paw-Paw would fill the tubs with water and ice, then he’d place his beer in the ice water (smart fucker).
once the power went down the fun began. there were usually about 8-9 of us in the tiny 3 bedroom house (MEXICANS!!!!!) we lived by flaslight and candles and ate out of cans (no sterno back then) and what was in the fridge that was ready to eat. after the power went out, eventually the water would stop coming from the tap. me and sis played cards, i’d play with my action figures; TBH, it was like a mini-camping trip. it was FUN. i looked forward to riding out a storm. longest run we did was 5 days and it was a BLAST.
then there was my dad’s side of the family who’s father was Houma tribe and taught me wilderness survival basics. i used to LOVE going into the woods for 2-3 days. i could trap, hunt, forage, make a fire, and could build a mini cmap for 2-3 days worth of shelter. to me it wasn’t roughing it, it was FUN.
i watch a lot of the “apocalypse” type shows on discovery and the like and most of them make me laugh. as God is my witness, shit could go down tomorrow and i wouldn’t need to leave the house for 4-5 months. i could set up a perimeter (fishing line and small bells), defend my shit, eat, hydrate, illuminate, and have basic sanitation for the entire time. while each person should plan according to their own specifics (family vs. single person), i’ll give you the basics.
most people in survival mode immediately think of food first- WRONG. water is the most important thing you could have. you can go 2-3 weeks without eating. after 2-3 days without water dehydration sets in and you will be circling the drain. procure a water source, have a filtration system (check-amazon), have purification tablets (potassium iodide) and a means to boil water.
currently, i have about 40 gallons of bottled water. if i knew i was going to need more, i’d clean my bath tubs with bleach (BLEACH ONLY), rinse, and fill it with water, then duct tape garbage bags over it.
some experts recommend 2 gallons per person, but the reality is a quart or two per person should be a minimum, obviously more during the summer.
this one is quite easy. i have well over 150 cans of food. one can for me per day. do the math. i have 3 cases of MRE’s (1/2 per day), and at least 15 sterno’s and a sterno oven to cook the cans on (again amazon, it’s cheap too). platsic ware and paper plates are tits for this sort of thing as well. i’ve pointed out more then once there’s a complete bounty of food close by that most people NEVER consider: squirrels. they’re plentiful and pretty easy to snare or shoot with a pellet gun or .22. rabbits as well if you’re in a country’ish environment. and PLEASE, if you have the means to fish, have the equipment to do so.
and PLEASE, buy a non-electric can opener.
the above two mean jack shit if you can’t protect it. mob mentality WILL be the law of the land when shit hits the fan (SHTF). not much i can do for you if you live in an urban environment, you’re just gonna have to fight. i live in the burbs and we’re a pretty tight knit group. 80% of my neighbors are armed. as far as i’m concerned the best home defense weapon is a shotgun. easy to use, accurate at short distance, cheap, and effective. simply racking it is a powerful deterrent. my go-to bug out gun though is the Ruger 22/45. i carry a lot of ammo, and it’s effective at dropping small game. we all know i have other “girls”, but these are the only 2 worth mentioning.
these items require bullets, have plenty. the shot gun is good for defense and SHOOTING BIRDS to eat. but bird shot will still make a good owie if you shoot someone with it. i’d also recommend guys learn to shoot a bow. it’s effective, it’s quiet and it been a staple weapon since man developed them. plus, it’s GREAT stress relief. i had a brief chat with Keoni about bowhunting, hopefully this will be a proper nudge to get him shooting again.
you might find yourself without power for an extended amount of time. if you do, eventually your toilet is going to stop flushing. when that happens, yer in some deep shit. wokka wokka. guys have it easy; women, not so much. Paw-Paw used to put a up a make-shift toilet for the ladies to “go business”. it was outside of course, but here’s a few rules of thumb regarding outside toilets i learned from the good’ol Corps.
your field latrine should be about 150 yards from your base camp and MUST be on the bottom end of a down-grade in the topography. dig a trench 2 feet deep, by two feet wide. make a deposit. add saw dust or crushed leaves when it get’s ripe. when finished with it, fill it back up. personally, i have a camp toilet with numerous biodegradable bags. i can piss on any tree, but i wanna poop in SOME luxury.
and toilet paper, have PLENTY of toilet paper. i predict TP will even become a tradable item.
hey, just because SHTF doesn’t mean you need to TOTALLY revert to savagery. so here’s a few items that are useful to have around: wet-naps, sterno’s, tea candles and regular candles (they burn about 4 hours and i have about 200 in my house right now- you’re gonna need them at night too…..HELLO), solar outdoor shower, solar charger (put it the sun, use it to charge an MP3 player), books, games, cards, batteries, a few flash lights, non power tools (shovel, ax, machette, hammer/nails, tool set), do-it yourself book, dust tape, light bulbs, hand crank radio/light (solar charged btw- it even has a USB outlet to charge small items), fuses, bleach, vinegar, battery operated fan (you thank me if it’s summer), and shit to make fire.
i also have a solar powered heated shower- it’s heavy duty plastic and zip seals up-top. fill it with 5 gallons of water and place the black side to the sun, wait a few hours. once the water is warm, undue the clasp to start the shower. wet yourself, close water. soap up and rinse, turn off water. dry up. a hot shower is a GREAT mood lifter after you’ve gone a few days without a shower.
one day, you may find you can’t access your ATM. then, currency may become irrellevant. i have a VERY good supply of junk silver (dimes, quarters and half dollars). look it up. i also make it a habit to pick up small silver trinkets at flea markets and vintage stores. also….BOOZE. people will always want to dull the senses. i make a VERY strong hooch from everclear, fresh berries or cherries, and sugar. if there’s any interest i’ll do a food porn post on making this. it’s actually pretty easy.
and trust me, TP and bullets WILL become valuable trade items.
of all the possible “could be” scenario’s, this is one i’m VERY quilifed to talk about. in the event of some sort of viral pandemic, STAY INDOORS. DO NOT try and go to the hospital, it will be over-run and once they start turning people away, the looting will begin. i’ve been in NUMEROUS mass casualty drills and it’s awlays the same assessment: “good training, defintately see some room for improvement, but over all it went well.” this is military speak for CLUSTER.FUCK.
if you haven’t done any of the above, and a pandemic hits- welcome to fuckedville, population you.
this is the part where i tell you to invest in a good first aid kit, have a good supply of OTC cold meds, aspirin, naprosyn (advil, alleve), nyquil/dayquil type meds. don’t even think about antibiotics. go to Jack’s site, hit his amazon link and grab some “quick clot”, this is a means for stopping severe bleeding. some are made from shrimp, so if you have an allergy to shellfish… andy/c of my training, i’m a mini clinic. i have access to supplies you civilians don’t. sorry. you MIGHT want to look into getting gloves and masks to protect you from respiratory/droplet borne infection. i can perform minor surgeries, suture, treat 90% of the illnesses i come in contact with. i know quite a few HM’s that have been invited to be the “doctor” for a few prep per communities. my medical knowledge is a VERY highly sought skill set.
i was giggling and shaking my head during most of this one.
take a few first aid courses at your local community college. learn CPR. these 2 could save you, or someone you loves life.
if you experience a cut that requires stitching fear not. wash the wound thoroughly, then approximate the cut (lightly push the edges together to close it) and add superglue. seriously. i’ve had more than one drunk friend come over with a cut and no heath insurance. i cleaned it and glued it. it burns, but it works.
did i get EVERYTHING, probably not. but this is meant more for guys that have never thought about this before. and i’ve had a few inquiries, so i figured i’d write about it. if you want more you can check out this guys site, his advice is gold. also, most of the items i listed can be found on amazon (the outdoor heated shower is about $15).
here’s a few video’s for you guys.
i think Doc will enjoy this one.
this one is more recent and VERY good, kind grim though, but that makes it all the more authentic.
hope this helps.