As you know, I’m not exactly sanguine about the future of mankind. As a matter of fact, I’m personally prepping for a total collapse of Western Civilization.
There is a very real chance, if not a likelihood, that any one of a number of factors could light the fuse that detonates society. We are all anchored, for the time being at least, to a globalist Ship of Fools. One blunder by a single bureaucrat or financial engineer could cause a chain of events that would lead to breaching the hull. Once it starts, we’re gonna find that there’s not enough oakum in the world for our genius technocrats to repair their mistakes.
So today, I’m going to give you one man’s advice on how to survive, no matter the scenario. Or more precisely, if every scenario happens at once.
Let me preface this article by explaining my philosophy on prepping.
This is not a doom porn site. I am not one of those who believes in leading a life steeped in fear. A man should not withdraw himself from normalcy any more than he should wish to remain blissfully ignorant.
As in every aspect of life, balance is key – and perspective even more so. Plant both feet in this world, but know where the escape hatch is located.
I liken prepping to waiting for the next big earthquake. It will assuredly come. But we will never know when exactly, or even if it will come in our short time on these mortal coils.
But if you feel any precursors or if your pooch is acting loopy, you’d be stupid to ignore it. Think with your head first, but don’t ignore your gut instincts either.
No one, no matter how prepped or clued in to what is destroying civilized life, should seek to run away from the human circus we call life. Even if clowns are involved. Know that there is beauty worth fighting for, even in the worst of times.
Have a sense for time and place when broaching such weighty subjects as this with your friends and family. Cassandras are as welcome at parties as turds are in punch bowls.
PREPPING FOR A TOTAL COLLAPSE
This first section will be generic prepping advice that applies no matter the specific scenario involved.
This ties into our foreword. Do not attempt to prep all at once. If you are of ample financial means and don’t mind paying full price for supplies and tossing out expired food, feel free to ignore that last sentence. But don’t completely sacrifice today for a tomorrow that may never come.
But if you are like most people your prepping budget is dependent on your paycheck and discretionary income. If you’re new to this, start your preps by picking up an extra few items on your weekly shopping trip. Hopefully something on sale. You’d be shocked at how quickly your larter will fill up. Before long you’ll be bitching about running out of space to stow your goods.
If anyone tells you that the sky is going to fall on this or that exact day, ignore them. This is Chicken Little Syndrome. I am as savvy as they come with regards to how politics, the economy and financial markets work, and I will never be able to pick the exact date that the collapse rears its ugly head. There are just periods of heightened possibilities. During those times, I’ll take out a little extra cash at the ATM or maybe triple my weekly prepping purchases, but since I know I have a decent stash already – from consistent small steps – I know I don’t have to panic when others are doing just that.
Know what you can afford and when. Slow and steady wins the prepping race. If the nightmare situations never arise, think of your prepping supplies as a hedge against inflation.
This is a new site and as such, I’ll be adding a lot of in depth lists, documents, links and original articles on this subject in the weeks and months to come. I’m going to try to order this by importance.
When things go bad, you’ll want these items already stocked, for these are the items for which people will kill. Store shelves will be emptied within hours of a full-scale panic. Have them in sufficient supply so that you won’t have to wade through hordes of desperate people to get them; greed and fear are the most primal of instincts, with fear being the stronger emotion in most. Read up on crowd psychology. It brings out the worst in all and makes dangerous the normally good, decent folks in your community, never mind the troublemakers who will also be on the prowl. You want to be safely indoors while others are fighting for the basics of life.
- Weapons/Personal Protection
Since it is by far the most important item on our list, the rest of this post will be about water.
How much do you need? Lots of it. More than you think. As much of it as possible, especially if you live in an arid region because you might not get a chance to collect and boil rainwater. Also, depending on the collapse scenario, the water supplies we take for granted might become tainted or get shut off entirely. The CDC recommends one gallon per day for drinking at a minimum per person in your household. You’ll need more, obviously, if you live in humid and/or hot areas, have pets or if your wife is expecting. You’ll also need it for personal hygiene, cleaning dishes, preparing dried foods, etc. This is the most important item on your preparedness list. Do not neglect any aspect of it: accumulation, purification, storage. What you are reading is but the tip of the iceberg in what you need to know about water for survival. At the end of this section, I’ve included links to start you on your way.
- Bottled water: Start your stash by purchasing an extra few gallons of bottled water and a multi-pack of individual bottles every shopping trip. This will act as your initial supply, which will allow you to bunker down indoors during the initial panic. As with all perishable goods, mark the expiration date clearly so that you can rotate your supply. First in, first out. Water bottles only last a certain amount of time before the plastic degrades, which could leach into the water. That is if it hasn’t caused the bottle to spring a leak already. Trust me, I’ve learned the hard way. Store in a cool, dark place as UV will degrade it even faster.
- Backup water supplies: There is only so much room most of us have for bottled water, especially if you live in an apartment. One great method for an extra immediate supply is the Water Bob. It is a single-use plastic bladder that you would place in a bathtub and hook to your water supply. It holds about 100 gallons per unit. It would be wise to deploy it at the first sign of trouble, in case of a contamination or imminent shut off of your local water supply. Stackable units like the Water Brick can help you store and save space as well. Have some canteens, small water coolers on hand for portability and a something larger like an Aquatainer (7 gallons, so it is HEAVY when filled) for the bed of your truck in case your residence is threatened.
- Water purification and filtering: You can purify water by many methods. Heating to a rolling boil for about 10 minutes is the safest. But if your power is cut off and you don’t have means to boil it at hand, you would be wise to keep some bleach on hand to purify any water that is not already treated. Important note: make sure it is regular, unscented household bleach. Other ways to purify water is with water purification tablets and filters. A Life Straw makes sense to keep in a “bug-out bag” in case you need to leave your home for unfamiliar surroundings. A water filter attached to your kitchen faucet is a good idea as well, but they are quite a bit more expensive than the other methods listed and won’t be of any use if the municipal spigots have been choked off.
- Longer-term sources: Everything listed above should see you through for your water needs in the near and intermediate term. But if we see a grand scale collapse, we should all give thought to our family’s long-term water needs. Rainwater collected in barrels will need to be treated, but if you live where Mother Nature showers in abundance, it can help meet your intermediate to long term needs. Here is an excellent article on rainwater collection. If you have the property and funds, you can build an underground cistern. Note: Any container you use should be specifically rated for water or food-grade. As a rule of thumb, such containers are typically blue.
Useful Emergency/Prepping Informational Websites:
- Food and Water in an Emergency
- Drought Map
- Supply List
- Wikipedia Water Purification
- Detailed, Regularly Updated Prepping Site
Next in the series will be articles on food and bodily protection. Stay tuned.