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Surviving the Apocalypse 101 – The Event – Part 10

Surviving the Apocalypse 101 – The Event – Part 10

A realistic discussion of the realities of surviving an apocalyptic event.

We are assuming the “Event” to be a massive solar flare EMP that wipes out the world electric grid.

Please remember this is only one man’s opinion. So where does this leave us? It is a conversation about a hypothetical future and how people might, or might not, behave. The bottom line to all this is, it’s better to be prepared than to not be. It’s better to have something and not need it than to need something and not have it. And the truth of the matter is that very few are ready. It’s not going to be like most stories (Mine included) depict it. It’s going to be worse than anyone can imagine. Yes, there are going to be groups of people that band together for the common good, help each other, support each other. IMNSHO (In My Not So Humble Opinion), those groups are going to have a terrible time. If you’re not already growing food, you have to wait for the growing season to start before you can plant. Which means you have to have stockpiled enough food to support however many people you have in your group for up to a year. Or, add to that, you have to scavenge for supplemental food if you don’t have enough. And, if you accept new people into the group, your already thinly stretched food supplies stretch even farther. Which means more scavenging. And scavenging will lead to encounters between groups, most of which will not end with everyone sharing what is found.

Remember, we tend to not care about others that are not a “part” of our group. Whether that group is immediate family or a small community, humans have always feared “others”. We tend to fear the unknown and a strange group of people, especially when competing for a limited amount of resources, is definitely the unknown. When it comes down to providing for your family, most will not “share” with other they don’t know. That’s sad but true.

How can you alleviate this issue? Notwithstanding the need for security and defense to prevent others from taking your resources away from you, you need to prepare now as waiting till the apocalypse happens, if it happens, will be too late. What do you need?

Water
Food
Shelter
Medical Supplies

In a nutshell, those are the basics needed to sustain life. Problem is that there have been a thousand websites that have sprung up in recent years to cater to the weekend prepper and they’ll sell you just about anything you think you might need, and horrendous prices. For example, on Amazon, you can find the Shelf Reliance – “The Plenty 72” Food Rotation System. A very good way of storing canned goods and rotating your stock so things get used before they expire. Here’s the rub though. That item is sold for over $900.00 new and $780.00 used and, as of this writing, is currently out of stock. And there were people buying them right and left. Why? You can go to canracks.com and purchase the plans to build your own Can Storage Racks for $14.95 plus postage. And then build your own (Watch for a post in a few months as I build mine). My point here is that the weekend preppers think they are going to be warm and cozy and I don’t think that thousands of dollars of equipment and supplies will do that.

Over the next few weeks I’m going to share what I feel is needed for the main resources needed to survive the apocalypse.

Please feel free to leave your comments below.

 

Steven Sheeley

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