Survival 203: Prolonged Economic Collapse

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Survival 202: Surviving Temporary Anarchy

If civilization falls apart, expect the worst

Don’t expect society to come back together

  • Some insurrections can last decades, so make the best of what you have instead of waiting

Stockpile intentionally for the long-term

  • Seeds for any crops that can grow where you are or where you’re going
  • Paper handbooks on farming techniques

Prepare to survive in the wild

A city can’t sustain a population without technology and civilization

Depending on how dire the situation becomes, you may have a higher chance of surviving away from the rest of society

Navigate without tools

To see without glasses or a far distance, squint through a tiny hole in your fingers

Make a compass with a watch

  1. Point the hour hand of a watch at the sun
  2. Place a line through the center of the watch between the hour hand and 12
  3. The side of the line farthest from the 12 and hour hand is north in the northern hemisphere and south in the southern hemisphere

If you’re walking a long distance in shoes unfit for hiking, stuff fern leaves inside your shoes as insoles

During twilight, find the north star under the Big Dipper constellation

Be mindful and slowly approach uneasy terrain

Avoid getting wet to prevent hypothermia

Improvise tools

Your ability to improvise increases your survival chances more than any other skill

Use whatever you have on hand

Hammer rocks together to form tools

  • Create a hammer with rope, a rock, and a strong piece of wood
  • Make a mortar and pestle from rocks

Heat a smooth stone over a fire as a frying pan

Meet your need for food in the wild

Insects are convenient sources of protein

  • You can find bugs under rocks and in the soil, on and in trees, and around bushes
  • Avoid three types of insects
    • Brightly colored
    • Smells bad
    • Strolling along as if they aren’t afraid of anyone

Improvise tools to get meat

  • Convert a broken-off soda can top, paperclip or small piece of bent metal into a fish hook
  • Make a bow with a tightly curved piece of solid wood with a string
    • Fletch arrows by carving long shafts out of branches with a sharpened stone at the tip for aerodynamic weight
  • Grind anything made of metal or glass against rocks into a blade

Never make your fire any closer than a meter to your shelter to keep it from catching fire

If you’re making a fire inside a shelter, make a hole large enough to let smoke escape without igniting the edge of the hole

Catch wild game

  • Make traps to catch small game like rabbits, squirrels, and rodents
    • Make traps with branches and stones
    • Bait the traps with leftovers of your food or other animals’ trash food
    • Experiment with various traps with your resources at your disposal
  • Hunt with large game
    • Research beforehand
    • Practice sneaking as quietly as possible through your terrain
    • Practice with targets before attempting since you often only get one shot

You can’t eat large game all in one sitting and must preserve it

  1. Trim the good meat off of the rest of the animal
  2. Salt the meat
    • You can optionally cure the meat in a waterproof pouch by turning it over once a day for at least a week
  3. Rinse the meat and dry it overnight
  4. Smoke the meat over a fire and tripod
    • A. Cut it into strips
    • Lay it on a rack over coals
    • Drape an animal skin over the tripod and add damp wood chips to create smoke

Pick up gardening to make a consistent addition to your diet

Learn how to find safe drinking water

When wandering, only settle where you have convenient access to water

  • Though you may want to stay somewhere safer and far from water, water satisfies far too many needs

If you don’t have much water and are thirsty, rinse your mouth for thirty seconds before swallowing to feel hydrated

Rainwater isn’t always safe to drink, so purify it if you can

You can purify water through several methods

  • Add a drop of bleach in for every ten ounces of water and then let it sit for half an hour
  • Boil water for at least a minute or up to five minutes if it’s highly contaminated

If you’re far from water in the desert

  1. Dig up plant roots
  2. Cut them into thick shavings
  3. Squeeze or press a little water out
  4. Some desert plants are hallucinogenic, so only use in a life-or-death situation

Create a shelter for yourself

You need shelter to protect yourself from losing heat at night

  • 60-80% of the body’s energy works to create heat
  • Wrap up in layers to prevent any immediate heat loss
    • Layers work well because air is an excellent insulator
  • Eat food to increase your metabolism to stay warm
    • The most effective foods are hot drinks, whole grains, ginger, cinnamon, cumin, coriander, paprika, and pepper
  • Stay hydrated to store more heat
  • Even with all of the techniques, weather and moisture in the air can still sap your heat

The quickest shelter is a tarp, waterproof cover or tree bark tightly woven together

  • Cover it directly over you
  • Make an A-frame for a small tent by propping up two flat surfaces
  • Create a lean-to (a one-sided tent) by tying it to two live tree branches angled to protect against the wind

If you’re in a rush and need a quick solution, use the Tipi method

  1. Sharpen poles, sticks or tree branches that are at least 22 feet long and 3 inches in diameter
  2. Stab three poles into the ground in a tripod formation, then tie the top together where they meet
  3. Place all the other poles in the open spaces to form a cone-shaped structure
  4. Tie everything together with another rope or cloth, then cover with a blanket or other sturdy material

Make a more permanent shelter with the Rammed Earth technique

  1. Find a soil mixture of about 70% sand/gravel and 30% clay
  2. Trace a square outline on the ground
  3. Gather tree branches that can stretch across the length of the structure
  4. Stand sticks up along the traced outline
  5. Moisten the soil and smooth it along the sticks to about two feet high, then wait for it to dry
  6. Repeat the process with mud layers until the walls are at your preferred height
    • A dried wall can be as hard as sandstone from the clay and water
  7. Place the tree branches from end to end on the top to cover the walls
  8. Smooth mud over the branches to meld the branches with the wall
  9. Wait for it to dry and harden, then fill in gaps with more layers of leaves, twigs, sticks, and other debris

Find ways to improve your shelter

  • Mix clay dirt and water, then shape it around long grass to make adobe
    • You can make adobe into bricks or as a protective outer layer
  • Make plastic bottles into dirt bricks with a hybrid of the Rammed Earth technique or concrete
  • If you have any screens for vents, use them to repel bugs
  • Making or acquiring paint can protect wood from rotting
  • Either bury your valuables or create hidden storage compartments inside your shelter to prevent theft
  • Make a root cellar or smokehouse to store food more easily
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