Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Post-Collapse Realities of Your Survival Location

Max Velocity, Contributor

I wanted to put a few thoughts out there about the realities of your survival location. To read what is out there in terms of opinion and advice, it appears that to survive any coming apocalypse you need to be in a fortified self-sustaining retreat somewhere out in the boonies, with three years of food in the basement and the ability to grow food plus animals.

Good stuff; you will be really well positioned if that is where you are with your preparations. The reality for many is that they simply do not have that. For whatever reason, they may be in an urban or suburban environment. They may have nowhere else to realistically ‘bug out’ to. They may have a goal to achieve the retreat, but are not there yet, or have bug out land that is fairly basic and requires them to move to it following a collapse.

Let me first say that this post is not so concerned with the kind of short-term natural disaster that would involve you bugging out with little choice -- perhaps a wildfire or earthquake or similar. What I am really concerned about here is a collapse of society, the veritable TEOTWAWKI, where it all goes to chaos, the SHTF, and we are all in a big mess surviving together. 

For most of us who are not ‘super-preppers’, we will be left to survive where we are, in our suburban homes or whatever applies to you. Now, it is true that some will be better set up than others. Reasons include location, such as inner city, one-bedroom apartment versus big house on several acres in a sub-division. Or amount of preps that you have, food supplies etc.

Everything depends on the situation and the threat that emerges, including your own personal and family situation and preparations. One key thing is not to make assumptions now, but to remain flexible. My advice is not to ‘head for the hills’ by reflex, because unless you have somewhere to go you will be out there with the rest of the refugees in the chaos. If you even have a minimal amount of preparations at home you should shelter in place and make do the best you can. This should be a low-profile shelter in a place where you set yourself up to draw minimum attention to yourself as the waves of chaos pass. You may be sheltering in a basement with your family, for example.

Of course, if the threat changes, then you will need to adapt to it. An organized gang of well-armed marauders going house to house in your neighborhood would be an example of when to make the decision to bug out. Be flexible and don’t go the opposite of the ‘head for the hills’ mentality and die in your basement simply because you did not want to pack up and go. However, I think that it is a given that for anyone sheltering with supplies in this way there will at some point come one or more challenges such as home invasion from outside groups. This will also probably apply to those in rural retreats at some point as the horde fans out looking to survive. Be ready to defend yourself against these challenges as necessary. Think of how it will likely be after the event, not how things are right now. Those in the rural retreats will probably have a rude awakening when they realize that the horde has reached them and the demographics have changed!

I think that there are two main things that you have to achieve, phases if you like, in order to survive in the long term:

1) Have enough stores, firearms, tactical ability and numbers if possible, as well as a covert location in order to survive the event and the initial chaos and disorder. This is a short- to medium-term goal.

2) Long term, you will need to be able to live in a protected sustainable community. All prepper stores will run out in the end, and the only solution to survive and thrive is to be able to produce food and protect your people and your resources.

So, unless you started in a sustainable protected retreat, you will have to survive where you are until such time arrives when you can safely get to one. Remember that in a full TEOTWAWKI scenario there will be mass panic and chaos as people try to find food and survive. There will be a huge population die-off, and there will likely be a delay of a year or two before food can be produced. 

You have to survive from the one to the other. Even after the die-off there will still be good and bad guys out there. Good guys probably living in those sustainable retreats or locations, bad guys marauding and living off what they can loot and pillage. There may be other complicating factors, such as civil war or foreign invasion. I use the TV series Jericho as an example of this.

So, if you survived the event and were not already in that ideal retreat, you then have to move. Did you hide and protect your bug out vehicle with a supply of stored gas? Are you going to have to walk, or use other modes of transport? The key thing is that your group will have to make it to somewhere where they can be accepted by a current sustainable community, or move onto land where they can create one. This will involve travel of some sort and also the ability to defend yourselves while moving from point A to B. If it is true TEOTWAWKI, then it could go on for years and you may have to travel to establish a farm somewhere. If you are going to be taken in by a community or small town that is sustaining itself, then you have to show your worth in some way. So, regardless of your level of preparation, it is never too late to learn the skills necessary for a post-collapse world.

This article first appeared at American Preppers Network

Max Velocity is an author, trainer, and operator of the website Max Velocity Tactical, providing tactical training and consultancy services for those preparing for disaster survival and high threat, protection and combat operations. His book Contact! A Tactical Manual for Post Collapse Survival covers the subject matter in the article above, which Max derived from years of experience gained from service with special operations forces.

For those who are fully squared away on the prepping side, his book: Rapid Fire! Tactics for High Threat, Protection and Combat Operations omits mention of prepping, and expands on tactics.


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Anonymous said...

*The supercomputers and satellites are dependent on mm microwave laser entry into left cerebellum lobe and trying to overide your left cerebrum and left neocortex transmissions(right-side body controls). This left cerebellum laser sends the forwarding information to the nervous system and thought voice with various options for your control.The lasers which enter thru the top right of skull to right cerebrum and right neocortex are thus the main controller of higher thought processing. Therefore locking you in the creative and dreamy side of the mind. While the logical and reasoning side is limited and the computer sends the artificial cognitive model(thought voice and options). In short, the laser to left cerebellum must be blocked by silk, vcr tape, tin foil, buttons, magnets, copper,copper screen or all. Perps usually stiffen neck on entry to prevent side to side movement. If no blockers are available, the tilting of head to the right messes up all laser entries and controls of right neocortex. Tilting head to the left or right will disable laser in the crown of head for visual cortex entry and imaging and left cerebellum lobe entry. You can hear all I have described by a pop or a skish, usually in the left ear. The other primary key is the access to the hypothalamus which creates all likes and dislikes and therefore controlling effort and quitting points. This is how they control your use of tv remote, buying decisions, driving decisions and work efforts. The nose must be covered and top of skull with metal, tin foil, silk or vcr tape or something to block access to this vital organ.

Anonymous said...

"Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer..." Rev.2:10 Repent! the end is near.

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous #1

.... and you're why MJ is still classified as a danger to all! Silk doesn't work you dope!

Anonymous said...

The purpose of your life on Earth is not to preserve your life. It is for spiritual lessons, which often occur fastest under stressful conditions. These are environments where the soul leaps to high ends, to help others even at risk of putting the self in danger. These are environments where the selfish clarify their aims, realizing they are out only for themselves, despite their words, when push comes to shove.

Anonymous said...

Contempt prior to investigation leave a man in everlasting ignorance...

Anonymous said...

Anonymous #4 is quite incorrect. Life for those with divine energy and those who have looked to try and live their lives in true universal love (not emotional/sexual love), peace and harmony has been about spiritual survival against tremendous energy loss ultimately resulting in spiritual death by evil beings who use this energy to maintain and expand the physical dimension and its associated dimensions.

The spiritual classroom analogy is quite wrong because in the physical body, beings cannot recall past lives and lessons learnt and their history of activities. If applied to the current education system then no one would know what lessons were learnt, what their grades were and would NEVER graduate!

Suggest reading two of the many good essays by Dr Joseph Chiappalone as a starting point and make up your own mind about the nature of reality:

Anonymous said...

Well, had people paid attention to Chief Seattle and the others they wouldna set up the macho cargo cult that practically guarantees failure. They would turn to their mother and say, I accept your blessings in the form of healthy soils, full aquifers, bounteous hemp, teeming seas and free people. We would recognize the gross malinvestment in a phony unsustainable paradigm. The spirituality learned in the end will be hard to accept as a poor substitute for simply following what common sense told everyone was the right way to live. Sometimes lessons are harsh. I do not think that anyone living without a food production source nearby will be very happy picking over the ruins of the big boxes once the roofs cave in.

Anonymous said...

Working on it for the past 12 years...the final thing that I have to do is to get my Land Patent in another 21 days....."To be ready is not"... Ponce

Anonymous said...

Jesus loves you- go to the church of your choice, and WAIT! (while I go and find some comments worth reading).

Anonymous said...

Number One rule:



see rule Number 2

Anonymous said...

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