I read the blog, and he's spot on. I've been thinking and doing this stuff all my life. Two people are a bare minimum. Heck, if nothing else, you need someone to check your back for ticks. Lime disease could do you in as much as anything. Even if you know how to do everything needed, there's not enough hours in the day to do them.
Facts or facts...thanks, Bubba.
Shoot it. Field dress it. Haul it back to your tent. Start a fire. Cook it. Eat it. *repeat*Forever. It will not be a week long camp out, returning home when the 6 cans of beans, hotdogs and Smores run out.I'm old. My husband's old. Even in two's, one is going to go down from physical illness, injury, or diabetes (to name 3 out of hundreds of possibilities).With my Berkey water purifier, 2,000 gallons of water, ECOZOOM survival stove, canned food and stockpiled insulin and medications, we're ready for a very limited "one week of anything" - except for Obama.Past that, take a moment to remember me dear brother.
We'll rescue you....fire a flare.
I'd like to think you wouldn't let us poor fogies die in screaming agony...especially when we have ammo and fire power. And water. And the Berkey. And the survival stove. And 6 cans of spam.
Just think how that scenario plays into the average American, they are really screwed. We are all screwed really, but hopefully less than the average person. Between what we are doing as a family, what our MAG and Team is doing.... as always, here is to hope. I have no illusions of life being like a lot of the books, where everything somehow works out. That's why we make sure to get a lot of enjoyment and vacations in. When my life flashes before my eyes, I want it to be awesome.
I've actually read, Max, where some 'preppers' want and wish for Armageddon. They're idiots. Two days without power and cold beer they'd be on their knees screaming for momma.
Well....actually, on the 571 mostly wooded acres (maybe 200 acres of pasture) that I live in the center of, I have everything listed in the article. The real fear is that it will be very hard to manage without help to protect what we have. This is where close friends come in handy. And of course those protective devices and the ammunition stockpiled for them.
You have it under control, Muddy. Form a group of like minded individuals and practice.
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Excellent post. I would only add the old saying: No plan survives contact with the enemy. Still... you do what you can and hope for the best.
It's hard to really analyze your chances, but I agree with Paladin, you have to do your best and then see what happens. I know I am vulnerable in the growing food area because I just can't seem to do it. Others do around here though, so I have to apply myself harder.
One word, containers. Huge clay pots....seeds equals food. You have the raw material for compost. Thanks, Bubba.
Thanks for the shout out Stephen.Did you ever get any sleep last night?
No, sadly I did not...and still awake. You're most welcome. It was too good a post to ignore.
Stephen- Excellent link and on the money. If you're not set up with a 'group' you're screwed. And even then maybe your anyway. Health being the biggest driver, when that goes, you're toast.
My friend - nail on the head...and thanks.
I agree 98% of us will not survive a total grid down situation. I once left a comment on a hard-core survival blog with my opinion that all the Rambo types would be in Heaven for the first week of grid down, but in a few weeks after eating MRE's and constantly guarding their stash by themselves they would be standing in line at the Super Dome begging for government help. THey would soon realize it will take a fairly large, diverse group to have all the skills needed to survive. The owner of the blog took great offense at my remarks and banned me from his site!
I do think that as you add people to a group you exponentially multiple your problems. There are plenty of examples of individual families living isolated lives and doing quite well. From the American frontier to the Boers in South Africa, folks have done just fine living in family units. That's not to say that larger groups don't offer advantages, but they have their own set of issues.
Sounds like a Squirrel....double.Harry, you're correct. The group must have a set limit and each must bring a talent/skill to the group. More importantly they must have a nimble mind and friendly attitudes.
I think a group would also need a strong leader who was acknowledged by all the members. Democracy is not a good system for "Dark Age" situations.
I agree, Harry....it's simple, give members an equal vote, but when it gets right down to brass tacks - it's the leaders way or the highway.