Monday, July 30, 2012

Post Survival Scenarios and Tactics

We've received some Great Info recently re: Post Survival Scenarios, Planning, and Tactics.  Featuring Guest Posts via good ol' FB.  Thanks for the Great Info Guys!
A couple of Sites to definitely check out:

Alive After.comSurvivalist Social Network - A Community dedicated to survivalists, preppers, and beginners... Learn, share knowledge, and help teach preparedeness for survival.
Prepperlinks on FB - Prepperlinks is a website that brings preppers and information together we host many links to different websites as well as many free to download ebooks and PDFs

Yeah, I know its misspelled, the point is Accurate.

The First 30 Days: Survival After the Fact (Guest Post)

Posted: 28 Jul 2012 10:30 PM PDT
It has happened, the Doomsday scenario has happened and you find yourself holed up in your home, shelter, apartment.. etc. You need Water and Food. If you have been planning for this day you will probably have them stored and ready, if not you need to get them.


Water is one of the most important items in your check list for survival. But what if you don't have any stored?

Get a garden hose and attach it to the tank output spigot of your hot water heater. Open the spigot and fill a pan with the water, try to pass the water through a strainer with coffee filters lining it. this will filter out most of the big crap that has settled at the bottom of your hot water tank over time.

If you have the ability to make fire, boil the water to kill any nasty bugs that might be in it, or better yet, if you have a pressure cooker distill the water.

You now have some source of water, you can do this to water from a stream, river, or to snow if need be. Also, as gross as it may sound the water tank on the back of your toilet will have anywhere from 2 to 5 gallons of water in it also. Do the same treatment as the water from the hot water tank.



Anything in a can that you can open, if it is a small can like 15.x oz size, eat it all and eat 3 cans a day. Doesn't matter what it is as long as you get food into your gut!

If it is the 60oz Size, #10 size can, get some resealable freezer bags and dump the leftover from the can into the freezer bag and eat it over the next day and a half. It will be boring to eat and even bland, and selection will be lacking, but that is not the issue right now. You need to survive so you need to eat.

Don't be afraid to eat the cat or dog you see running around, most of us live in a city where deer and other like animals are not around. Learn to Field dress each animal beforehand.

Also you will have very little time between seasons to gather and store food for the winter months. Make the most of your food gathering time and plan well into the future.

Make a garden and plant lots of different vegetables and fruits. Potatoes and onions last awhile but most of your stuff will need to be canned to last through a winter.

City Life:

People will leave the Cities in droves, try to search empty homes for food to eat, just watch out for the gangs that will eventually start coming out also. Do a lot of your work at night via cover of darkness, shutoff your flashlight, get a flashlight that has a red lens so you are not spotted 7 miles away.

In the city you will have to deal with roving gangs out to either kill you and then steal your food, or steal your food and leave you for dead.

GET A WEAPON if you do not already have one.

Most people will die in the first 30 days of starvation, this will leave the groups of people that banded together and planned or that raided others to get their food. If you Prep and stored food, enough for 30 days, try to lay as low as possible, or better yet get your stuff together and move out after dark to better locations, like out to the country side, BEYOND the suburbs.

Find a high vantage point and a pair of Bino's and search around the neighborhood during the day, and look for flash lights at night.

Be Prepared to move around as you make your way out of the city, plan where you will go next as you make your way to the country side.

Be mindful of the season, if it is End of winter, beginning of spring you will have some time to plan and gather food for the next winter. If it is summer, fall you may have to stay put and collect food for the winter in the city. Just keep in mind in winter you will need warm cloths and a source of heat to keep you warm during the cold days and nights.

Country Life:

Lay low; if anyone comes to your door tell them to go away. Board up your home as much as possible on the lower levels. Barricade your doors on the inside and add in as much security as you can. Build yourself an underground bunker, Root cellar, and storage locations on your property. Houses can be burnt down, you need to make something underground to keep you and your loved ones safe.

A great portion of people will be heading your way form the cities and you will want to be able to defend your home and supplies.

Like in the Cities there will be roving gangs, not as many but just as tough and ruthless.

DO NOT FALL FOR ANY SOB STORIES... they can get you killed.

Band together with your surviving neighbors, you lived next door to them, so you know them, but don't trust them completely, and they have the same agenda, keep their families alive also.

It comes down to surviving the first 30 days and planning ahead. Start now putting food aside for when you need it most, like when it is not available to buy and eat.


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Four points to think of in your survival planning:

Guest Post 11:55pm Jul29
1) Do not become a obvious target for those who can and will want to hurt you. Either be inconspicuous and stay out of sight, or find a good cover story for what you do, (maybe hiding in plain sight) (such as a hobby like Paint Ball, Civil War or other Reenacting, Camping club, like I am a member of your State's Self Defense Force etc. to draw attention away from your prepping) or be and make it known to potential bad guys that you are strong enough to seriously hurt them so that they are afraid of messing with you.

2) Be aware that a regular well armed military force can destroy any target with its air power and precision guided munitions and heavy weapons, survival against such a foe requires being hidden. A good idea in this event is to copy the Viet Cong and the current Taliban, and go "underground" in hides.

3) Don't ever allow yourself to become a refugee. Always retain control over your destiny. Stake out your turf, make your plans and make sure that you never allow yourself to become panicked into mindless flight or obedience to the whim of a government official.

4) Never give up the ability to or the desire to resist. A very important psychological element in survival and personal and retreat protection is to make sure a "Bad Guy" who messes with you knows that even if he wins he looses. Make sure that a fight with you is a bad idea. That is the best way to ensure that you don't have to fight very often.

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Basic EDC
An EDC, or Every Day Carry, is a kit that you take with you everywhere. It is smaller than a bug out bag and a bit more than most people usually carry.

Guest Post 8:55pm Jul29

A touch of tactical training:

Danger Areas are any places where movement will expose the unit to enemy observation, fire or both. Units moving should try and avoid danger areas. If a danger area must be crossed do so with great caution and as quickly as possible.

Before crossing a danger area designate near and far side rally points for your unit. Secure the near side both flanks ...and rear. Send a small team across to scout and secure the far side and clear it (both as far as the flanks and the depth) .


Your unit will halt when your lead element signals "Danger Area"

The unit leader will confirm it is a danger area, selects the leader of near and far side security teams.
Near side security posts to secure and over-watch the crossing,
The far side security team crosses the danger area fans out and secures the far side.
Once the far side is cleared the main body moves quickly and quietly across the danger area. (a small unit may cross one at a time, in pairs or in a single rush. A large unit normally crosses all its elements one at a time.)
As each element crosses it moves to a over-watch position or to the far side rally point.
the near side security element then crosses and resumes its place in the formation as the unit continues its mission.


Of all expenses people can control, perhaps the one with the biggest variation (percentage-wise) is food budgets. If you eat out all the time, these costs can be enormous. Or, at home, they can be modest – and with some gardening they can be very low.

The problem with budgeting, though, is it is no fun whatsoever. You get so many dollars set aside for eating, and that’s it.

So instead of such a dreary approach to food budgeting, George has been noodling some more interesting ways to make ends meet. How about eight simple budgeting strategies?

Zero dollar days

This idea occurred to me because on our recent adventuring around the country I was keeping track of our expenses every single day. As a result, I looked at our bank card and checking accounts every day online. What quickly became apparent was the fact that we had a fair number of “zero dollar days” – that is, days when nothing came out of checking or went on the credit card.

Extending the concept a bit, I figured that one way to really stretch the food bill would be to buy everything in containers that are as economical as possible – without having things spoil, of course – but stocking up for 10 days to 2 weeks at a time.

Sure, you might have to resort to frozen veggies for the second half of the period, and maybe toss in a $5-dollar jug of milk, but mainly you’d be able to go longer and longer periods of time between trips to the grocery store.

We did this a fair bit back when Elaine and I were living on the boat, but for some reason it didn’t occur to me to make this an ongoing protocol. Sure, Gaye covers a lot of this on the Backdoor Survival site, but I hadn’t seen it written up as a budgeting plan: Pretend your home is a sea-going ship and you’re stocking up for a two-week voyage and that’s it. It changes how you spend money, that's for sure.

Zero garbage days

This is another weird one, but it follows along from the same kind of thinking. Pretend that instead of a ship going somewhere, you’re in a spacecraft and all the stuff you take has to be hauled back home with you. What this immediately does is get you into the idea of cooking in batches and then storing frozen or refrigerated containers of this, that, or the other thing.

The more garbage you’re creating, the more packaging you’re throwing out; and packaging isn’t free, and usually (but not always) big sizes of everything pay off over time. If, that is, you can store the portions and that means some small investment in Tupperware or similar plastic containers.

Zero cooking days

This fits right into the same mindset: If you are going to have “zero garbage” days, you might also want to have “no cooking” days. Easy enough to do: Simply build huge batches of several meals you like and freeze them. When hungry, pop in the microwave and you’re good.

I make a mental distinction between “cooking” and “zapping.” Cooking means prep time. Zapping is my kind of eating.

$5 days

If you’re a single person, is it possible to eat well on $5 a day? No hints from us but…

For $5 you can get a can of tuna fish, a can of mushroom soup (concentrate) and some kind of pasta. A huge order or tuna fish and noodles for right around $5.

Even some foods like Kraft Mac & Cheese are available inexpensively. When Elaine’s not looking, I’ve been known to take a kettle of Mac & Cheese and toss in a can of (Spam, tuna, shrimp, or whatever is lying around) and mix it up. Say all you want about how this kind of product is “bad” for you, but, hey, in my distant past I had to live on $5 a day for food and work three jobs for a while. It’s no fun, but it can be done for several months.

Besides, hunger is something that sharpens the mind – how do you think Man became an effective (thinking) hunter?

What’s on sale days

This involves getting those free “shopper” newspapers that seem to exist everywhere – we’ll probably find them on Mars if we ever get off this silly rock.

Go through and circle the items that might be $5 meal components, meats that are inexpensive, and so forth. Pot roast goes on sale fairly often and there’s a high art to it. But since people work so much, and no one seems to take the time to really cook, slow-cooked delights like pot roast have become passé.

Trust us when we tell you this is a high art and go for it. Works with chicken, too, by the way.

Meatless days

We’ve been ragging on you long enough to get some kind of a garden, so if you haven’t heard us by now, you maybe never will. Still, veggies are one of the few things in life that is “best when cheapest” so this time of year you should be loading up like crazy on fresh veggies and if you have spare time have you considered making your own frozen veggies? Ha! Not serious about saving money, are you?

Fasting days

Back on this “hunger sharpens the mind” concept: Lots of religions put fasting into their rituals on a regular basis. Clears the thinking. Also clears the guts, let’s the body get an occasional day off and so on.

It is also the easiest way to make any day a “Zero Dollar Day.”


Share Days

One final idea to toss in: See if you can set up “share days” with a few friends. The core concept is actually making it a “mooch day” since your friends may not be as conscientious about their meal planning and budgeting as you are. But Share days (a/k/a Mooch Days) will encourage you to be more social and there’s nothing that is quite as satisfying as a good meal with good conversation going on.

Plus: There’s someone to help with dishes!

Summing It All Up

We’re in a very hard economic climate right now and another turn downward could happen at any time. What separates the winners from the losers is the same thing that has separated successful hunters from those who starved in caveman times: Thinking and attitude.

Double up on your time devoted to either one and you will have a much better than “average” life. Double up on both and even the worst of times won’t be so bad, after all.

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