Skip to comments.10 Disturbing SHTF Threats that most Preppers Havenít Prepared For
Posted on 06/23/2012 7:47:45 AM PDT by Kartographer
1. No Law Enforcement 2. Fake Law Enforcement 3. Law Enforcement and the Military Will Try to Take Your Guns. 4. Gangs & Raiders 5. You need to be able to Defend Yourself. 6. Garbage will become a Killer. 7. You have to Stock up on Sanitation Items 8. Maintaining a Positive Mental Attitude during a Survival Situation 9. You must be prepared to face a number of physical and mental challenges. 10. You will be cut off from the outside World.
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Secondly while everyone is worried about 1,2,3,4 and 5 the one that's most likely to 'steal your life like a thief in the night' is 6 and 7. If you look at early American history Cholera, Dysentery, Typhoid killed far more than bandits, raiders even war.
11. Lots of Thorazine
12. Tons of tinfoil
(just having fun, don’t get angry)
If the premise of the articke was "10 Disturbing SHTF Threats that most People Havent Prepared For" then I would agree, but most preppers I talk with have given defense considerations a great deal of thought.
I lived on a subsistence farm without any electricity until I was around 5. It is not as hard as many would believe but we did have the advantage of a well (also a free flowing spring not too far away) and lots of land.
Garbage is no problem, we simply dug a large pit far from the house and burned it regularly. An outhouse is not as bad as one would think either. The main problem is it is located a distance from the house.
Right now the main problem I would have is my house was constructed after central AC became common and would get really hot during the Summer.
The writer has ignored those that have prepared for Y2K and those that already live off the grid. City people will die off in the thousands. Rural people will fare better an not have the same problems. One size does not fit all.
Exactly. In fact, I’d say many preppers have thought too much about defense, or rather, put too much emphasis on peripheral defense issues. They collect tons of tactical gadgets and camouflage outfits and prepare plans for tactical patrols through their backyard, and yet don’t think much about things like garbage disposal.
Most preppers are already armed and dangerous. That pretty much negates about half of these points. The author is full of sh**.
You’re no fun. :)
Another thing people do is misjudge there own “safe” location. You may be outside a bigger city, let’s say Atlanta, and think you are rural or suburban “enough”.
But if a city melts down, what do you think is going to happen? Several thousand at least, and maybe a LOT more are going to try and get out of there. So what seems like fairly rural Georgia could turn into a completely different scene in short order. Especially if you are within a few gallons of gas.
Ammo and food would be the new currency. I put them in that order because if you don’t have ammo, you can’t protect yourself or your food. If it ever happens, I expect to be able to barter ammo for food.
That first poster isn’t fair, because Bill Murray is that guy.
Yes, garbage can kill.
You need a burn barrel. Even in town where it may be regulated out, you can still keep a burn barrel so you have one just in case. No Law Enforcement means you could then use it.
If you have no burn barrel, dig a pit.
Almost everything will burn. What won’t burn, you can bury or re-use.
Out in the boonies where I live we deal with it all the time.
Ammo and food, certainly, but also other things like toilet paper, gasoline, off-the-grid supplies and equiptment...Pretty much anything and everything that people take for granted now that will not be available easily or at all when the SHTF.
Well he did survive the initial Zombie Apocalypse, it was his horse play that got him killed.
Very well put. Sometimes it takes pictures to deliver what words cannot.
You just know many are thinking they’ll just put their trash in their neighbor’s garbage cans.
[but also other things like toilet paper,]
You can wipe with a damp rag. It is re-usable. Water will be VERY important.
In that order. Not JMHO.
If I need that suit, I’ll probably use one of my bullets on myself.
I’ll be glad to trade you a box of 30-06 for a 50 pound bag of rice if that ever becomes necessary. Rice goes well with game. Perhaps I’ll stock up on condiments as well. Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco may be quite valuable as well. I suspect everybody will have salt and pepper.
I did. I got four 55 gallon drums to burn my trash in if it becomes necessary. And I live in the city.
NEVER TRADE YOUR AMMO AWAY.
The bullet you trade in the morning will be shot back at you before sunset. You are doing nothing more than arming your future attackers.
And how/when will you resupply? The gummint won't trade you ammo. Will you survive the trek to the nearest WallyWorld to get more? And fight off the zombie hordes who are sacking the place because they didn't prep?
The ultimate trading/bartering item during SHTF will not be ammo; nor will it be "precious" metals; not even food. It will be WATER. Those of us with a well, or with a cache or a rain catchment system, will be far better off than the zombies who will drink the land dry in a matter of days.
How many people will be willing to show up on the bridge, begging "relief workers" for Evian bottles, with the MSM cameras rolling?
And have it used back on you? Not a good idea.
If 1,2,3,4 and 5 are properly taken care of, 6 and 7 become a significant issue in that: What do you do with the bodies?
Stock up on bleach... For treating water, cuts, etc.
You could wrap it up as something else and then put it somewhere for someone to steal. ;-)
Shhhh... My wealth building plan is making and selling condiments to fellow SHTF survivors. Mustards, ketchup, pickles, sauces, etc.
My grand kids will be richer than the Heinz family when New America rises from the ashes.
I have 3 labs that need feeding. Bodies will do when the dogfood runs out.
Bleach is very, very useful but remember it goes bad fairly quickly. I mean in a year or so, not weeks or months.
Better yet stock up on Calcium Hypochlorite. You can treat your water and make gallons of clean solution from just a pound of it!
I make my own ammo. I can make more. If ammo is still scarce when I run out of primers and powder, I will have led a long life.
Water? Perhaps in urban environments where you only have to transport it short distances. If you are the only one with water in your area, it won’t matter how much ammo you have.
The survivors will not be in urban areas. They will be in rural areas with water, land and game. Urban dwellers will simply be using up the few months of supplies they have stored. They will probably be the first ones killed in any case.
Water is an absolute requirement, but a lousy commodity to hoard or transport when fuel and spare parts for vehicles are not available. Live near your water supply.
Is your primary home “prepped”?
Do you have a backup location?
Do you have multiple routes to that location?
Do you have designated “bug-out” supplies to take with you?
Have you figured out what fits in your vehicle and prioritized properly?
#10 is also critical
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I have to respectfully disagree.
While water is important, I believe that trade items will be what have been trade items historically.
Booze and tobacco.
You left out something older johnny, but then this is a family forum. ;-)
The advantage we have over the pre-WWII Jews is that we have the advantage of hindsight of the Statist horrors of the 20th Century, and as Americans are generally well armed as a people, such that we would heed Solzeneitzn’s warning. See his quote on my FR profile page for that.
Meh, I'll just build a trebuchet in the backyard and rotate it a few degrees every couple of days... ;-)
Yes, separation from urban areas is the most important safety action one can take. I did it 3 years ago with all this in mind. It’s already proven to be the best move I ever made.
I was really surprised to see companies like William Sonoma selling things like chicken coops and bee keeper kits.. Sign of the times..
When I was growing up, my grandparents lived out in the country but Grandpa worked in town. Always had that 55 gallon drum burn barrel out back. Kitchen organic waste went into the chicken coop (they did keep chickens and grew a large garden). Almost everything else went into the burn barrel.
That works until your neighbors do the same. ;-)
When life gets down to the lowest common denominator in simplicity, garbage SHOULD tend to also diminish. - Much of our garbage now is elaborate packaging, and for many newspapers and magazines - which should also diminish. (We take our old newspaper stacks to a local auction house for people to use for packing material for their purchases.)
When I was a kid, garbage was real sparse. Meat packages were either simple or just plain burnable butcher’s paper. We used few tin cans and glass jars. Daddy burned our trash in a big old metal barrel. We didn’t get newspapers much. Fast food was limited to a local Dairy Queen ice cream cone every now and then. Didn’t have paper towels or paper napkins and toilet paper (used Sears & Roebuck’s catalogs).
I’m still reading to see if anyone yet has figured out a barter item that is worth more than its weight in gold, and that many of us have on hand. Hint; it’s under lock and key in pharmacies and doctor’s offices.
My wife has pain killers beta-blockers, and tranquilizers that she uses in less than prescribed doses. We reorder when we calculate that the stuff wound be gone if used to maximum dosage. We stay ahead.
Takes up very little space, light weight, and I’ll bet it’s literally more valuable than gold in SHTF.
Bleach has a relatively short shelf life. Read up on storing pool shock sodium hypochlorite to make bleach.
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