Individual ability is probably the number one priority any person should possess in an emergency event, short, or long-term. Can you think in a panic, when those around you are screaming or hungry and salivating over your cat? There are lists of products that anyone could use, types of foods, water, weapons, ect.. And while boobus domesticus survivalist is held up in his upside down abode in Suburbaville, Maple Street, U.S.A. firing his bazooka at the neighbors birds nest, you can be quietly, calmly, accessing your situation. Some will bug out, most of those will attempt to leave the city too late and become easy sniping targets for their 6 foot BOB sacks full of survival needs. Most will load the car or mini van with the family, 500 pounds of water, and an alternative route sure to put them all in harm’s way.
The real survivors will be those with skills applicable to the given situation. Gunsmiths, triage care providers, gardeners, canners, bakers, butchers, candlestick makers, farmers, and even re-loaders, and mulchers. Mechanics, doctors, dentists, chemists, pharmacists, will all have skills in demand which will aid in their survival. What to avoid, or be watchful for, is the unemployed real estate broker with a rifle roaming about looking for water, the online gamers who think “gun and run” is the best, only needed, skill set. The accountants holed up in their basements living on infamil and sewer water, hunting stray cats with other desperadoes, by night.
Know how to leave and when to leave, an area. Know how to make yeast, gather edible plants, filter and sterilize water. Know how to fire, load, care for, a fair variety of weapons…don’t just buy twenty pistols. If its Shit hits the fan time, there should be plenty of weapons and ammo to pluck off the dead and wounded (but still dangerous).
Fido is a dog now, but if the grocery stores are empty, he’s Kerbogi Stew. Felix the cat is warm and snuggly now, but when its forty below and there’s no heat, his fur would sure feel good around your blue/frozen ears. I’m not advocating the butchering of all pets, I’m just saying, a resource, is a resource, and necessity levels can change. Adapt and adjust.
A machinist, metalsmith, welder, can fashion parts. A junk dealer, scavenger, can find his materials. A farmer will use those parts to sow crop to feed your hungry ass. What can you trade or add to the mix? Can you sew clothes no longer available because department stores are gone? Can you dig a well, fashion a manual hand pump well? Provide security overnite? Can you dress a squirrel, or groundhog? Can you chop and split wood without fuel? How much wood can you haul? Can you build a stove? Can you winterize a house? Can you fashion eyeglasses, make glass, pickle fish? Can you repair a tire? Can you rebuild a starter? Can you net fish? Can you dig a dirt cellar?
It’s the trading tit for tat of these skills, in an environment short of fuel, electrical power, and rule of law, that can keep people alive. So if all you know is a cash register, a payroll account, a regulation to enforce…..then you need , above hoarding supplies, to LEARN A SET OF BASIC SKILLS. Get a needle and thread. Get a smokehouse. Dress your own game from start to finish. Open up useless lawn for a garden. Pickle. Can. Dehyradate. Smoke. vacuum seal. Fish, build, repair, basic items. Learn common law, ham radio operation, radio repair,, building fire pits, wiring, ect…
Some may already know many of these things, and still get caught in downtown LA when the food shortages/riots begin. Some may be up at the lake cabin, in a safe zone with family, with a refrigerator full of spoiling food, no fuel, no power, and no ability or know how to make fire to sterilize water. Cholera could kill the entire flock after drinking too much unsanitized lake water.
Learn by watching and asking others, and thru trial and error NOW. Do not wait until you’re behind the eight ball. The older generations could tell you a lot about basic survival. What was done during the LAST great depression? How can you make soap with stove ashes and animal fat? How can you start a fire without a lighter or matches? How can candles be fashioned? How can a field be grown to feed a hundred men over a long harsh winter? What is edible that grows in nature? If you own animals…where are the local butchers? If you have no electricity, what can you do with the meat? Sharpen a knife, axe, hatchet?
Make a list of things you know how to do.
Make a list of those things, you will need to know if there no electricity all winter long.
If that second list is short, or has nothing listed at all. Start learning today. Thats the best place to start, when wanting to survive the coming, deep, hyperinflation crisis.