Survival 202: Surviving Temporary Anarchy

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Survival 201: Preparedness For Government Over-Reach

Society collapses when five conditions occur

  1. The environment shows a human impact that changes the surrounding ecosystem to society’s disadvantage
  2. The weather shifts to society’s disadvantage
  3. The society pulls away from other mutually beneficial friendly societies
  4. Relationships with other hostile societies worsen from respective military strengths
  5. The society solves its problems through deconstructive or short-term solutions

Prepare, even if you can’t predict

Stock up on a few essentials beyond base survival needs

  • Maps of anywhere you could travel to beyond the local area
  • Many paper copies of any potentially useful handbooks
  • Seeds and gardening supplies

Don’t stockpile gold, since you can’t break apart denominations for staples

  • Gold, silver, and any other precious metals aren’t necessary for survival and therefore become low-demand
  • Stockpile hard liquor instead
    • Liquor is readily tradable and is always in demand
    • Unlike gold, liquor also has medical uses like antiseptic and herbal medicine (especially vodka)
  • Consider stockpiling cigarettes
  • Canned goods are still tradable, though not as valuable as alcohol

Some supplies in disasters become impossible to find from panic-driven hoarding

Even if you don’t use something, take it for bartering later

People take food or anything related to food as quickly as possible

  1. Bottled water will always disappear first
  2. Liquor, especially hard liquor
  3. Canning supplies like jars, lids, pressure cookers, and pectin (disappears rapidly from a low supply of it)
  4. Canned foods, without any discrimination
  5. Jerky and other long-lasting meats, though roadkill has more nutritional value than a packaged beef stick
  6. Any staples like rice, beans, wheat, flour, yeast, and powdered or condensed milk
  7. Any grains marked for human or animal consumption
  8. Gardening supplies like seeds, gardening books, and tools
  9. General gardening tools like brooms, shovels, rakes, pitchforks, pickaxes, and hoes
  10. Grain grinders
  11. Salt that can preserve meat
  12. People will quickly hide, hoard, steal, slaughter, and trade chickens, goats, cows, pigs, and any other livestock
  13. People will rapidly catch and remove the local wild game from the surrounding area
    • If people don’t cull an animal population, inexperienced hunters will scare them away with noise
  14. Convenience drinks like teas, coffee, Gatorade and powdered drinks or anything else instant, ground or bagged

Water materials also become difficult to acquire

  • Water filters, purifiers, and bleach disappear within a few days

People will scavenge anything to make fire or a light source

  • Lighters, matches (especially waterproof), flint and steel fire starters, fire pistons (a handheld device that starts a fire with air)
  • People stockpile charcoal in areas without ready access to firewood
  • Cooking oils as fuel for oil lamps
  • Candles, especially unscented
  • Cast-iron frying pans, portable ovens or any other cookware usable over an open flame
  • Hunting or foraging books

Health and personal care items also become scarce

  • First aid kits disappear immediately
  • General paper hygiene items like toilet paper, tissue paper, and paper towels
  • Over-the-counter medications like headache pills and cough syrup
    • People will suffer caffeine and sugar withdrawals in the first few weeks
  • Vitamins and herbal supplements that can prevent nutrient deficiency diseases like scurvy
  • Personal hygiene supplies like shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, mouthwash, and floss
  • Baby and toddler supplies like formula, cloth diapers, washcloths, and cheap toys

Camping supplies disappear as rapidly as most other survival gear

  • Sleeping bags, blankets, pillows, and mats
  • Inflatable mattresses and hand pumps
  • Guns, cleaning kits, and ammo
  • All “travel” version of a home item
  • Flashlights, lanterns, and glowsticks
  • Batteries and fuel
  • Hunting knives and multi-tools
  • Fishing supplies and fishing tools since fishing is more accessible than wild game
  • Camouflage and hunting clothes
  • Bug traps and sprays

Many other common household supplies disappear from public consumption

  • Plastic wrap, wax paper, and aluminum foil
  • Anything that can improvise a shelter or fasten anything
  • Washing and drying supplies like clothespins, line, hangers, washboards, plungers, and mop buckets
  • Any types of gloves which can protect hands
  • Mice traps
  • Cleaning or disinfecting supplies of any kind
  • Paper, pads, pens, pencils, sharpeners, and solar calculators
  • Any non-gun weapons like pepper spray, knives, clubs, bats, tasers, slingshots, and pellet rifles
  • Hand pumps and siphons for gas, water, and oil

Hardware stores will clear out most of their goods

  • Most non-power tools like bow saws, axes, hatches, wedges, machetes, and hammers
  • Tarps, plastic rolls, stakes, duct tape, electrical tape, twine, nails, rope, spikes, glue, nuts, bolts, and screws
  • Sharpening stones and honing oil
  • Lumber, sheet metal, insulation, and any other building supplies
  • Car batteries, solar/gas/diesel/propane/kerosene generators, solar powered systems
  • Motor oil

Once hospitals, urgent care, and veterinary clinics shut down, more advanced medical and surgical equipment becomes scarce

Any other “survival” supplies like gas masks or body armor

  • Survival-related and medical literature, especially by people who don’t understand survival
  • Portable toilets or toilet lids to use with five-gallon buckets

Convenient things to carry and hold other items

  • Wagons, wheelbarrows, carts, and shopping carts
  • Any containers to hold gasoline or water
  • Insulated ice chests as baskets and frost protection
  • Backpacks and duffel bags (backpacks first, since duffel bags are more difficult to walk with)
  • Large trash bags (especially thick 55-gallon size) usable for storage, moving things or collecting water
  • Every possible size and shape of bucket

Clothes disappear quickly

  • Cold weather clothing, wool, and polyester clothing
  • Work boots, belts, blue jeans, and thick socks
  • Any extreme weather clothing like raincoats or wide-brimmed hats

Bibles, assuming you’re in the USA, where 80% of people identify as Christian

Animal control items like cage traps and dog collars

Bicycles and tires, tubes, repair kits, pumps, and chains since they’ll be the most efficient form of transportation

Motorcycles will become high-demand from their fuel economy

Learn unconventional ways to meet your needs

Learn how to can food to preserve it longer

  • The container must be airtight to work, so use mason jars
  • You need extreme heat to seal jars
  • A conventional oven is difficult because you can’t determine how long or how hot the cans become
  • Get or make a pressure canner or boil the cans in water

Salt any meats you can’t refrigerate

Get or make a spinning wheel

Change your impulses to mistreat others

Even with extreme scarcity, you shouldn’t behave like a wild animal

  • Contrary to stories, a person’s ability to persuade is more important than their ability to defend
  • The best fight is the one that didn’t happen

In 1889, hobos settled on a code anyone in a prolonged survival state should live by

  1. Decide your own life; don’t let another person run or rule you
  2. When in town, always respect the local law and officials, and try to be a gentleman at all times
  3. Don’t take advantage of someone who is in a vulnerable situation, locals or other hobos
  4. Always try to find work, even if temporary, and always seek out jobs nobody wants. By doing so, you not only help a business along but ensure employment should you return to that town again
  5. When you can’t find employment, create work by using your added talents at crafts
  6. Don’t allow yourself to become a stupid drunk and set a bad example for locals’ treatment of other hobos
  7. When camping in town, respect handouts, do not wear them out, another hobo will be coming along who will need them as much, if not worse than you
  8. Always respect nature, do not leave garbage where you are camping
  9. If in a community camp, always pitch in and help
  10. Try to stay clean, and wash up wherever possible
  11. When traveling, ride your train respectfully, take no personal risks, cause no problems with the operating crew or host railroad, act like an extra crew member
  12. Don’t cause problems in a train yard; another hobo will be coming along who will need passage through that yard
  13. Don’t allow other hobos to molest children; expose all molesters to authorities. They are the worst garbage to infest any society
  14. Help all runaway children, and try to inspire them to return home
  15. Help your fellow hobos whenever and wherever needed, you may need their help someday
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