As I begin writing this post on September 26, all signs currently point to the next few days being (to borrow yet another term from the fine linguistics folks at halfpasthuman.com) a real mindfuck. Not in a good way either. Hopefully (probably?:)) this is just a case of paranoia induced by social suggestion and the current lack of THC in my system but it is certainly a reminder that it never hurts to be prepared. And, as such, my topic for this post will be to give some worst case scenario survival tips. Unlike most posts that do this however, I won’t be talking about expensive generators, massive arsenals, converted silos or anything else that costs a good deal of money. These will be a few tips and ideas for people with little to no disposable income.
It can be a little depressing to read up on survival skills only to find that surviving apparently costs (at least) thousands of dollars. With a little planning and gumption, however, even the destitute can be survivors.
Before I get into the meat of this article I would like to clarify something that I also touched on in my previous post. It is my opinion that our beliefs as to what these coming times will manifest as will dictate the direction that we, as a species, will take in this future. Consequently, by focusing on disaster, that may be exactly what we bring upon ourselves. A positive outlook on the future and possible ascension is the most important thing. That said, bad things can happen and the PTB ass clowns are doing everything in their power to cause them…a little knowledge and preparedness never hurts and will also help inspire confidence and, in turn, that positive outlook.
Other things can help make life better, but all you need for basic survival is food, water, fire and shelter (Some people include first aid and communication as well. I will touch on these but will focus mainly on food, water and shelter). We will begin with shelter.
Chances are that if you have a limited budget, you probably rent (this may also apply if you own a home as being unable to make a mortgage payment would have the same result as not paying rent). Most worst case scenario ideas I come across assume you have land or the money to buy it. While this may be the ideal situation, it is not only feasible option.
A renter must have two plans in a worst case scenario event. The first would be hunkering down (assuming your situation will not deteriorate(like an end-of-days type scenario), this is the most prudent decision). We will get into what you need for this when we cover the food, water and fire imperatives. The next option is, if worst comes to worst, to get the F outa’ Dodge. The question is where to go and how to go about it.
So let’s imagine the worst has happened and the feds are out rounding folks up for the FEMA camps while the rest of society is out murdering each other in the wake of some apocalypse. First, get packed (or better yet, have a go bag ready, I will provide a list later on some things the bag should have). At this point you should already have at least a vague destination in mind; a nearby recreational area perhaps, somewhere easy to get to but relatively uninhabited. You may be able to get out-of-town by car but if things deteriorate to this point you probably won’t.
Walking to your safe place could be pretty risky in this type of scenario. There are free maps available at the library (or possibly online) of both the railway lines and, better yet (if a little stinky) the city sewer system. Either one could be a viable route. Once safely out-of-town it is time to get your shelter together.
This could be as easy as pitching a tent (more expensive ones are lighter to carry but even the cheapest ($20-40)will work for our purpose here). You could also make something either dug into the ground or put together from whatever you find around (a little forethought should make it so you don’t have to use this option) like branches etc. Watch an episode or two of a show like Man vs Wild and you will learn some easy and effective ways to do this. There is also a third, slightly more dangerous and illegal option as well.
Squatting is something usually done here in the States by homeless people in urban areas however it could make for a comfortable end of days stay as well. In a scenario like this I’m sure there would end up being plenty of empty cabins and vacation homes if one knew where to look (I’m NOT saying to go off looking for a place to hijack beforehand, just to keep an eye out if one happened to already be in this situation). The down side to this of course, is having the property owner show up and possibly shoot you.
Regardless of your living situation, you will also have to eat. If you had to flee, you would obviously live off of what you could carry and be forced to maintain health by hunting, fishing, or foraging. Success at this comes down to your supplies and ingenuity (building traps, etc.). Researching these things online or at the library beforehand will help to give a head start to success if this is what things come to (having hard copy books to take with you is best as well, just in case one’s memory decides to fail). If you are hunkering down at home however, another strategy would apply.
In this situation, it is obviously pertinent to have some stored food on hand. The most cost-effective way for doing this is to buy a few extra cans of food every time you go shopping. You can do this even more cheaply and food banks and stores that sell dented items. Rice is another good investment. A large bag can go for $20.00 but the last a long time and don’t get weevils like flour products do. Growing your own food is also good although, if you don’t have an outdoor space for this, it would require an investment in indoor growing equipment.
As far as storage goes, non refrigerated foods are best due to the fact that there may be no power to keep the fridge going. There is a way to make a primitive, non-electric refrigerator, however.
To prevent nutritional deficiencies if the eating variety gets slim it would be good to have a stock of vitamins on hand as well. There are plenty of places on-line that will tell you appropriate amounts of food to store so I won’t get to specific here. You know how much you and your family eat and it varies for everyone. With a little forethought, the food (or lack thereof) problem can be solved before it begins.
The body can go a few weeks without food if necessary, but only a few days without water. It is good to have a water filter on hand. Personal ones w/ replaceable filters are relatively inexpensive. Larger filters w/ lifetime warranties are expensive but you will never need to worry about replacing the filter. You can make your own filter as well for next to nothing. Rainwater collectors store water to water plants, etc. that can be filtered to drink in an emergency (Note: These suggestions all assume that any public water supply would be cut off).
Filters will clean up water but what if there is no water source? It may not be much but you can get enough water to survive right from the ground.
In addition to considering the things mentioned above, you will also need a fire source. I like the idea of a flint in that it is indefinitely reusable. If all else fails you can always use the old-fashioned way to start a fire with nothing but what nature provides you.
It would also be recommended to have a first aid kit and a nice sharp cutting tool (actually, the cutting tool is a must). That said, with the techniques above, someone should be able to survive in relative comfort a variety of perilous scenarios. What follows is a list, in no particular order, of things to have in your go bag (check out other sources for this info as well since there may something I forget to mention):
Fire starting device, blanket, tent, plastic sheeting, water filter, fishing pole/line/hook, cup, knife, rope, first aid kit, Vaseline & cotton balls(for igniting wet tinder, you can also use tree sap), change of clothes, solar-powered shortwave radio (to hear what is going on if communications go down, sure it may be a load of BS from the PTB assholes but at least you will be somewhat informed) – these(radios) can be found for under $20. If you have kids a toy of other comforting item would be nice as well.
As I mentioned earlier, we should not be focusing on disaster as the thoughts we have now are creating the world we will inhabit in the future. Personally, I don’t think I will need my go-bag (although I still have one). There can be growing pains however, and I hope what I provide here will inspire confidence in anyone that they can survive anything, regardless of whether or not they have money. All we really need is a positive and confident spirit and there is nothing wrong with confidence born of knowledge. The road to ascension may be rough at times but it should be a grand and exciting adventure all the same.