- 'Survival' post
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I'm sending this old picture of me for the editor to use, but don't look for me on the streets of Van Buren because you won't see that guy the way I was then, and that's important. I'll tell you why later. Call me Cap. I'm going to be sending in fairly regular blogs about Survival. How to prepare for what I think is a good possibility of happening, when we'll have to take care of ourselves the best we can with what we've planned.
Now, listen up. This country of ours is headed for big troubles. One of them is the very real possibility of war. Not the kind that we've had before, with what they call "boots on the ground" because I don't think there's any other country that will want to risk that well-known schoolyard bully in the White House who has his thumb on the red button if they send off a missile or nuke, which would be suicide for themselves. What's more likely to happen is a massive cyberwar , , , power grid taken down, no internet, no municipal services, transportation nonfunctional including our own cars that rely on computers to run, nothing that we're dependent on in a modern life. It wouldn't take long for total chaos, and it might take a good long time before the powers that be could restore much of that stuff.
So whether you're an alarmist expecting it to happen any day now, or just someone who admits there's a reasonable possibility, you'd better start getting ready to survive by your own means. The better part of caution. That's what I'm doing, and I'll blog the steps I'm taking to share with you, and I'll listen to any sharing you may be taking, too.
The scary part is, not everybody is paying attention, and lots of folks aren't going to be able to take care of their families. They'll wait until it's too late. That's why I don't want to be recognized, because when disaster hits their loved ones they'll be coming after us who do have the means to survive, wanting us to help them when it's too late. I recommend if you're preparing to survive you keep your mouth shut about it. Otherwise you'll end up a target for when people get desperate.
Now, here's the first step you need to take. Make up your mind what you are going to do when someone waits too long then wants your help because he's not prepared. OK, picture ths realistic scene if you will: a young man in distress knocks on your door one cold, snowy night, pulling a sled with his wife and crying baby bundled up on it, desperate, begging, maybe threatening. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO???? You aren't prepared to take care of everybody, and giving help to them means sacrificing your own. Do you turn them away, like a cold-hearted SOB, against all your civilized tendencies? Or do you accept that are they not your responsibility, and their condition is the result of his own irresponsibility and poor judgement? You'd better prepare yourself with an answer now, before you even get started, because then is no time to make up your mind. Think about it. Think hard. What you decide now makes a big difference in what comes next.
I'll get back to you later, with other specifics, and hope you'll share your ideas too.
[Welcome, Cap. This should be interesting.]
Well, I've searched my soul and made one of the most difficult decisions of my long life: if the worst happens and I have to turn away people who need help in an extended emergency, I'll do it. It won't be easy. I think of my friends and family, and wonder how I could actually turn them away . . . but I know I couldn't possibly provide for all who need help and where do you draw the line? Without a doubt sharing what I've prepared will put myself in jeopardy, while others' irresponsibility is what created their own desperation. So I've decided: I take care of myself, period. And I'm prepared to protect myself from desperate people if I have to. Devastating decisions!
I have now pretty much prepared to take care of myself without outside contact for six months. I have enough food accumulated, made plans for shelter and basic comfort needs, assembled what will be required for sustainable basics, etc. [The one thing still inadequate is pet supplies; but I'm working on that.] It's important to keep your mouth SHUT about your preparations. The fewer people who know your survival capabilities the better; that's why I'm keeping my identity safe on these blogs.
Frozen food will last only for a week or so at most; by planning the day's needs and opening the freezer only once a day to quickly remove that day's provisions, particularly if it's not the peak of summer, you can probably access frozen goods safely for that long. After that, it's 'iffy' and you'd better have dried, shelf-stable or canned goods to last. And don't forget a hand-operated can opener or two.
You can't possibly stockpile enough bottled water to last for more than a few weeks, so find a way to set up a system for collecting rain water or snow -- under almost all conditions fresh snow and rain are OK to drink, and even after a few days' storage would be acceptable for washing up. You can double-up benefit too by keeping your freezer full, which is more efficient and helps keep it cold over extended periods, by storing containers of fresh water in all empty spaces.
I'm going to get back to you with more practical advice, but if you haven't taken your first step yet: it's time to get going!!