Ten Ways to Survive TEOTWAWKI

This outline is explained below

1. Make a Plan A:

If it's a: Grid down; dollar collapse; pandemic; martial law; disaster; EMP; nuke

Where will you go?

How will you get there?

Who will your team be?

What will you take?

Make a Plan B

2. Stock up on:

Food

Medical supplies

Warm clothes and blankets

Water

Ammo

Survival and How-to Books

Barter Goods

Alternative Power supplies

3. Have a BOB (bug out backpack) ready to go for each family/team member

4. Get out of debt

5. Reduce your expenses - live more simply

6. Spread your savings:

Emergency fund

Gold and silver

Cash/coins at home

7. Start a second income stream

8. Get out of big cities, find a rural community.

9. Learn skills:

How to grow and dry/preserve food

First aid, CPR

How to sew and make clothes

How to use and maintain firearms

How to forage for edible plants

How to build simple shelters

10. Keep your prepping to yourself

Discussion

1. Make a Plan A: - Based on everything you know and your observations, if you want to survive, you have to make some decisions about what you will do and how you will do it. Some of those choices are below. But regardless of the 'flavor' or type of crisis that manifests - and there are several that could - wouldn't it be better for you and your family to bug out early, like as soon as you can manage it? It's not going to get better, it's going to get much worse, even if we consider only the debt we all have on our heads, thanks to our corrupt politicians and greedy corporate gangs. That bubble will burst, and we will all be in deep shit. see also What is Bug Out and What Do I Need?

If it's a: Grid down; dollar collapse; pandemic; martial law; disaster - The type of crisis may influence some of your decisions, but if your Plan A calls for a bug out to a retreat, it may not matter so much, because most crises will be worse in cities than in rural areas. You have to get out of the city, and the sooner you do the better. What are you waiting for, a sign that it's time to leave? Look around, there are signs everywhere that cities are not safe places to live, or in any way conducive to human life. Why wait? Cities will be hit hard because they produce none of their basic necessities, like food, water and power - it comes from outside. They are totally unsustainable. That makes them disasters waiting to happen.

Where will you go? - Probably your most important decision. Choose a place carefully - you may be there a long time. Think 'remote' and make sure you are not near main roads leading out of a city or town. see also Where Can I Bug Out? and Why Avoid Cities

How will you get there? - Transport in a crisis could be a problem. Have more than one mode of travel. If you wait until everyone panics and tries to leave, you may get stuck. You already know it's better to live outside of cities, so leave asap. See also BOV You can also make your 'strategic relocation' in stages, first to the suburbs or a rural community, later to your retreat.

Who will your team be? - Choose bugout buddies carefully. If you have friends whom you know well, who are aware of what's going on and are agreeable to the idea of a 'survival team', you will probably find far more benefits from teaming up with others than trying to go it alone. Spend as much time with these trusted 'extended family' members as possible, discuss strategies, make plans, cooperate, get to know their strengths and weaknesses, cross train, go camping together, and pretend that these friends are all you have. One day, they might be.

What will you take? - If you have prepared and stocked a retreat, you may not have to carry much on your way there. In fact, better would be to live at your retreat, so you don't have to go anywhere.

Make a Plan B - Plan A is based on the best guess you can make about the future, but it's still a guess, so have a backup. Even if your Plan A is to live at your retreat, have a backup in case armed looters force you out. Bury extra food and supplies where you can find them later, and take your retreat back. more Plan B

Get yourself in top physical condition and in good health. Surviving hardship will demand more from you physically and mentally than you might be accustomed to. Get in shape now. more

Learn Skills - you may have to do things in a survival situation that you never learned, so learn them now. Do you know first aid? Can you find food? Can you build a shelter from natural materials? Can you defend yourself and others from attack by wild animals? Study, learn, practice. Living in a city does not teach one survival skills that will be useful in 'the bush'. Make efforts to learn skills that will keep you alive when there are no grocery stores, hospitals or car mechanics.

2. Stock up on: - this is the 'beans, bullets and band-aids' section.

Food - Make food choices carefully. Bugging out will probably place heavy demands on you physically and emotionally, so your diet should be up to the task of helping you perform at your best. MREs and canned food are what you might eat if you had nothing else and you were starving. You can do much better with natural foods, like dates, figs, sunflower seeds, nuts and such. Most survival and crisis management books and web sites make horrible recommendations on food, because they simply repeat what others say and write.

Medical supplies - no matter how careful you are, eventually you will have cuts and scrapes that require attention, and you may have more serious accidents or get shot or stabbed. Your medical kit and your first aid skills will be tested. Don't wait until you need your medical kit to think about supplies, get it together now.

Warm clothes and blankets - unless you are in the tropics, expect to face weather that requires warm clothes and good sleeping material. Thrift stores are often great places to get a lot of stuff for very little money, especially sale days.

Water - You can survive for days without water, but eventually you will need it. Your retreat must have a dependable supply, at least a gallon per person per day for drinking, cooking and washing.

Ammo - the reality of crisis situations is that there are parasites and predators in our society who may not be social problems until the crisis manifests and law and order decline. Some of them are harmless, others are dangerous, so you will probably want to have some form of defense, at least a handgun and a rifle, sufficient ammunition for them and some training on how and when to use them.

Barter Goods - things you normally use and are critical to survival, or things that everyone would trade their goods for, when the supplies of most or all things is dramatically reduced or stopped. When there are no more stores stocked with stuff, how do you do simple things like make a fire without a lighter or matches? Stock up on things everyone will neeed, so you can trade these things for goods you need later.

Books - especially survival and how-to books. Make a library of books and magazines that show and tell how to do things critical to survival, shelter building, finding food, making shoes, purifying water, first aid, crafts, carpentry and so on.

Alternative Power supplies - like folding or rigid solar panels, rechargeable batteries and chargers, inverters (to convert 12V or 24V DC to 110V AC), for powering household appliances, if you have any. Keep your radios, flashlights, night vision and other critical electronic equipment operating.

Water Purification supplies - Even if you have a rainwater collection and storage system, you may have to travel away from your base camp, or your system may become compromised. Have ways to purify water, with filters, chlorine, iodine or whatever.

3. Have a BOB (bug out backpack) ready to go for each family/team member - If you are planning to bug out before it's too late to leave, a BOB will help you get to your bugout location. If you live at your retreat, you won't really need a BOB, but I believe it is still a good idea to have a survival pack. BOB in detail here

4. Get out of debt - period

5. Reduce your expenses - live more simply. Gradually phase some things out of your life that cost more money than they bring benefit. Simplify your diet, so you are adjusted with simpler meals and fewer items at each meal. Salad, rice and beans, for example. Stop eating out and going to movie theaters - rent a DVD instead. Put saved money into prepping.

6. Spread your savings:

Emergency fund

Gold and silver

Cash/coins at home

7. Start a second income stream - Your job may not be secure, so expect to lose it. Have a backup source of income, a side business, passive income.

8. Get out of big cities, find a rural community. I know, there's a lot of repetition on this. There's a reason: cities are major disasters waiting to happen. The sooner you move out the better. more

9. Learn skills: -

How to grow and dry/preserve food - Stock some heirloom seeds

First aid, CPR - get trained, practice, teach others

How to sew and make clothes

How to find and purify water

How to use and maintain firearms - Learn how and when to use a gun to protect yourself

How to forage for edible plants - People have died of starvation while surrounded by edible plants.

How to build simple shelters - If you can take natural materials and fashion a usable shelter from them, you will have a much better chance of survival, if you have nothing else to build with.

How to manifest love even during hardship. Learn to see the positive in people and situations, and love them in spite of imperfections. See that there is a greater intelligence behind all that happens, and that love is the force that connects us all. Manifest your love, and you will witness its power.

10. Keep your prepping to yourself - Only tell those who are close to you and only those who need to know. Those you tell could be banging on your door, when they have nothing and nowhere to go.

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