This Week’s Show 13th September 2018

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A Sign of the Times and What To Do, Prepping Requires Preparation, It’s a Habit, Surviving post SHTF.

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Are You Ready

That’s a great question, as it should be followed with another, “Ready for What”

Well let’s see what could affect us

State-sponsored Russian hackers appear far more interested this year in demonstrating that they can disrupt the American electric utility grid than the midterm elections, according to United States intelligence officials and technology company executives.

The Department of Homeland Security reported that over the last year, Russia’s military intelligence agency had infiltrated the control rooms of power plants across the United States. In theory, that could enable it to take control of parts of the grid by remote control.

While the department cited “hundreds of victims” of the attacks, far more than they had previously acknowledged, there is no evidence that the hackers tried to take over the plants, as Russian actors did in Ukraine in 2015 and 2016.

Ireland’s national cyber security centre confirmed it was investigating attacks on the country’s electricity supply board that could have seen hackers knock out grid in Northern Ireland

These RUSSIAN hackers have attacked energy networks operating in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland in an attempt to gain control of the system.

Nuclear war

While only two nuclear weapons have been used in war so far – at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II – and nuclear stockpiles are down from their the peak they reached in the Cold War, it is a mistake to think that nuclear war is impossible. In fact, it might not be improbable.

The Cuban Missile crisis was very close to turning nuclear. If we assume one such event every 69 years and a one in three chance that it might go all the way to being nuclear war, the chance of such a catastrophe increases to about one in 200 per year.

Worse still, the Cuban Missile crisis was only the most well-known case. The history of Soviet-US nuclear deterrence is full of close calls and dangerous mistakes.

The actual probability has changed depending on international tensions, but it seems implausible that the chances would be much lower than one in 1000 per year.

A full-scale nuclear war between major powers would kill hundreds of millions of people directly or through the near aftermath – an unimaginable disaster. But that is not enough to make it an existential risk.

Bioengineered pandemic

Natural pandemics have killed more people than wars. However, natural pandemics are unlikely to be existential threats: there are usually some people resistant to the pathogen, and the offspring of survivors would be more resistant.

Evolution also does not favour parasites that wipe out their hosts, which is why syphilis went from a virulent killer to a chronic disease as it spread in Europe.

Unfortunately we can now make diseases nastier. One of the more famous examples is how the introduction of an extra gene in mousepox – the mouse version of smallpox – made it far more lethal and able to infect vaccinated individuals.

Recent work on bird flu has demonstrated that the contagiousness of a disease can be deliberately boosted.

Right now the risk of somebody deliberately releasing something devastating is low. But as biotechnology gets better and cheaper, more groups will be able to make diseases worse.

Most work on bioweapons have been done by governments looking for something controllable, because wiping out humanity is not militarily useful.

But there are always some people who might want to do things because they can. Others have higher purposes.

For instance, the Aum Shinrikyo cult tried to hasten the apocalypse using bioweapons beside their more successful nerve gas attack. Some people think the Earth would be better off without humans, and so on.

Superintelligence

Intelligence is very powerful. A tiny increment in problem-solving ability and group coordination is why we left the other apes in the dust.

Now their continued existence depends on human decisions, not what they do. Being smart is a real advantage for people and organisations, so there is much effort in figuring out ways of improving our individual and collective intelligence: from cognition-enhancing drugs to artificial-intelligence software.

The problem is that intelligent entities are good at achieving their goals, but if the goals are badly set they can use their power to cleverly achieve disastrous ends.

Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology is the control over matter with atomic or molecular precision.

That is in itself not dangerous – instead, it would be very good news for most applications. The problem is that, like biotechnology, increasing power also increases the potential for abuses that are hard to defend against.

The big problem is not the infamous “grey goo” of self-replicating nanomachines eating everything. That would require clever design for this very purpose.

It is tough to make a machine replicate: biology is much better at it, by default. Maybe some maniac would eventually succeed, but there are plenty of more low-hanging fruits on the destructive technology tree.

The most obvious risk is that atomically precise manufacturing looks ideal for rapid, cheap manufacturing of things like weapons. In a world where any government could “print” large amounts of autonomous or semi-autonomous weapons (including facilities to make even more) arms races could become very fast – and hence unstable, since doing a first strike before the enemy gets a too large an advantage might be tempting.

Weapons can also be small, precision things: a “smart poison” that acts like a nerve gas but seeks out victims, or ubiquitous “gnatbot” surveillance systems for keeping populations obedient seems entirely possible.

Also, there might be ways of getting nuclear proliferation and climate engineering into the hands of anybody who wants it.

I cannot judge the likelihood of existential risk from future nanotechnology, but it looks like it could be potentially disruptive just because it can give us whatever we wish for.

Unknown unknowns

The most unsettling possibility is that there is something out there that is very deadly, and we have no clue about it.

The silence in the sky might be evidence for this. Is the absence of aliens due to that life or intelligence is extremely rare, or that intelligent life tends to get wiped out.

If there is a future Great Filter, it must have been noticed by other civilisations too, and even that didn’t help.

Whatever the threat is, it would have to be something that is nearly unavoidable even when you know it is there, no matter who and what you are. We do not know about any such threats (none of the others on this list work like this), but they might exist.

UK GOV, Threatens it’s OWN People with Military Force.

The traitors in Westminster who are the root cause of any protests or civil unrest, are now using Brexit as an excuse to impose martial law and take away liberties from England’s indigenous population.

The UK has already cracked down on its citizens by becoming the world’s foremost surveillance state allowing its police and intelligence agencies to spy on its own people to a degree that is unprecedented for a democracy.

The UN’s privacy chief has called the situation “worse than scary.”

Now the land of George Orwell has the possibility of martial law to accompany the extreme surveillance.

Britain has always been a testing ground for the New World Order, and the elites are taking huge strides towards imprisoning the population forever.

As far as I am concerned the gov are anticipating civil unrest, because it’s part of their plan..

In fact it is what they want.

This gov has totally screwed up the country, and they needed someone, or something else to blame it on.

They got their scape goat on a plate, Brexit was perfect for this purpose, and a convenient excuse to get boots on the street.

They have planned the 20,000 less police on our streets, knowing those left cannot cope, giving them the reason to put troops on our streets,

They have engineered the country into two opposing camps, remain and brexiteers, so we would fight against each other, and then use this as an excuse to implement martial law.

Divide and conquer has been used many times to take control of a people.
The population are too busy sitting on a couch drinking cheap lager watching curry nation street.

Article 11 is closely linked to freedom of expression as it applies to protests, marches and demonstrations, counter-demonstrations, press conferences, public and private meetings and more – but it does not protect intentionally violent protest.

People turn to Article 11 when public authorities stop a demonstration going ahead, take steps in advance to disrupt a demonstration or store personal information on those taking part.

The State can’t interfere with your right to protest just because it disagrees with protesters’ views, because it’s likely to be inconvenient and cause a nuisance or because there might be tension and heated exchange between opposing groups.

Instead it must take reasonable steps to enable you to protest and to protect participants in peaceful demonstrations from disruption by others.

Let’s pretend that the UK has been placed under MARTIAL LAW; that is, the “suspension” of the legal process. Curfews, rationing of basic goods, enforced relocations, confiscation of firearms and supplies, and summary arrest/execution by soldiers, paramilitary police and other jack booted types wielding military weapons.

Never take the government’s word at face value-except when they tell you that they’ll kill you.

Government and its components of career politicians, bureaucratic vermin, and their agents of enforcement, the SS ninja wannabes, have survived on illusion and lies, and for a lot longer than you’d think.

It’s the very nature of the job; being part of an empire wrapped in the cloak of British political traditions of Freedom, that corrupts. all that power, attracting the most venal along with the most patriotic to defend Britain.

All that license under ever mutable law written by money whores to lie, steal, embezzle, blackmail, extort, poison, torture, enslave, murder.

Is it any wonder then, that such human scum would get together and work “the system” to set themselves up as kings, dispensing with the pretty coverings of Constitutional limitations.

They take as much as they can, while keeping YOU ASLEEP, AS YOU LET YOURSELF BE SEDUCED AND PUT ASLEEP BY THEIR FELLOW TRAVELERS IN THE MEDIA AND CORPORATE BOARDROOMS.

Do NOT tell anyone anything that could get you in trouble.

Assume anything can get you in trouble, because it probably will.

Especially with any government official, but anyone looking to gaining a favour with the state can and will snitch on you.

The rat who would sell you out for his thirty pieces could be: A small businessman looking for an in with the state so he can make money a little easier.

A former friend who’s looking to get some revenge.

Someone desperate for even some food.

Times are tough and will get tougher. Again, KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT!

Review the remaining rules of surviving MARTIAL LAW with this in mind.

Because some rat on two legs you say the wrong thing to, WILL snitch to the “authorities” in exchange for favours or even brownie points, and then you get to find out how ironclad KEEP YOUR BIG MOUTH SHUT is.

ANY AUTHORITY FIGURE IS THE ENEMY!

Unless you are waging a war of liberation-gathering intelligence or spreading disinformation or infiltrating-have no relation with nor voluntary contact with any soldier, police officer, bureaucrat, or anyone in authority in private life cooperating with MARTIAL LAW.

Assume they’re all liars, con artists, hustlers, thieves, and sellouts.

Same goes to any fellow travellers in big business; they and government have been in the same bed for centuries.

Stay away from them as much as possible. Tell them lies. Don’t do any business with them. Unless they’re sticking a gun in your face don’t even acknowledge that they exist. Shun them, their family and any sycophants that fawn over them for a few favours.

PERSONAL SURVIVAL IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN OBEYING ANY DICTATE!

If you’re prohibited from having an item that helps you survive, get the item, review AND KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT.

If you’re prohibited from having extra food, medicine, guns (no brainer) then you will CACHE your prohibited items in a place where they won’t easily be found.

Use your imagination. One idea is to store “whatever” in sealtight waterproof containers in remote wooded areas, known ONLY TO YOU!

Firearms are metallic; they can be detected by metal detectors unless you store them deep underground or in a place they won’t think of looking right away, like sealed in wider metallic tubes, away from your property.

HELP OUT THOSE WHO ARE RESISTING!

They, unlike you, have decided that there’s nothing to lose and therefore deserve anyone’s help who’s willing to risk their lives.

Do you think MARTIAL LAW is going away on it’s own?

Those bastards in black will have a sudden change of heart and do something worthwhile for a change and not oppress you?

At The VERY LEAST: have extra food, water for resistance fighters, basic medical supplies, ammo caches (hint, these should be concealed).

Those who fight will need to keep hidden, yet be able to communicate with fellow fighters.

You can be a intermediary. If you have skills, like welding, machine tools, chemistry, you can make weapons, ammo, other things the resistance needs.

If you have inside information, share it. If you have videography experience, tools,

Make how-to videos on resisting the theft of your freedoms. If You have medical training, Set up an underground hospital.

With the utmost care develop a SURVIVAL NETWORK.

This is a group of people with skills and/or resources who can help each other in areas they would be lacking on their own.

It could be anything from extra food, medicine, repair parts, fuel, transportation-whatever.

In any given neighbourhood you can have machinists (weapon makers), medical personnel, drivers (good knowledge of local roads), gardeners (agriculture knowledge base).

Petty bureaucrats secretly opposing martial law are prime candidates to spy, steal, or commit sabotage.

Computer technicians can hack government systems and create surveillance systems.

Construction workers can build secret rooms to hide anything from a arms cache to a secret factory. People in the media can smuggle cameras and work with computer techs to bug enemy meetings, and produce freedom media that documents successful means of resisting.

Salesmen can “borrow” merchandise from their stores for use, anything and everything is useful.

Especially useful will be disgruntled cops and military who can provide everything from intel on raids to weapons to training.

Keep the numbers of your group “small”: smaller cells are more difficult to penetrate by enemy agents and professional snitches.

Keeping that in mind, a means of communication independent from wiretapped phones and audible eavesdropping devices must be developed amongst you.

Runners can be an athlete or a kid on a bike.

They can carry small packages, or notes.

A mail drop can be a home, a hollowed out tree trunk, a hole in the ground, an open fence pole, anything. Just be sure it’s discreetly out of sight of surveillance.

Get contacts with Patriots and be the most reliable source of intelligence you can be. Every bit of drag on the government beast helps, perhaps in botching that paperwork, breaking that surveillance camera in disguise, or misdirecting that bureaucrat or soldier cop.

That act might be the beginning of a butterfly effect of bringing down the state of MARTIAL LAW and restoring Freedom to our country.

Always keep that in mind. You must find your own way, but find it you must, if you want what was stolen from you back!

Red Like Reagan

Now I’m very excited indeed to have permission from a country artist who tells it like it is and has his head switched on.

Besides which he can sing the birds off the branches and play his guitar like a serenading romeo.

Remember when the snowflakes and the hollywood legends in their own lunch time said” If Trump gets in we will leave the States. It never happened, as they know which side their butter is on.

Here is a song about just that, by the one and only Buddy Brown.

https://www.google.com/search?q=red+like+reagan+song+by+buddy&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-b

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A Sign of the Times and What To Do

Over the past four years, there has been a significant rise in acid attacks across the UK.

In 2016, there were 454 attacks compared to 216 in 2015 and 162 in 2012, according to the BBC.

While full figures haven’t been made available for this year, there has been several high-profile instances reported over the past couple of months alone. Last month, the Evening Standard reported that six people had acid thrown over them in London in just 24 hours.

The instances have become so prevalent that senior doctors have now waded in to warn bystanders that they can make a real difference to the victim if they act fast.

The first step, consultant emergency physician Johann Grundlingh and colleagues write, is to remove the victim from further exposure as soon as possible.

“Irrigation of the affected area with copious amounts of water is vital to remove the chemical and should be performed as soon as possible to minimise the long term effects of scarring and need for surgical reconstruction,”.

Even when the victim is in the emergency department, it is important to continue washing off all the acid with water “starting at the area of contamination or the face or eyes”.

Here is further advice if you or someone you witness has suffered a chemical burn.

Remove the chemical while protecting yourself. Wear gloves or use a towel.

Remove contaminated clothing or jewellery to prevent further burning.

Rinse the burn immediately with a gentle steady stream of cool tap water for 10 minutes or more.

A shower can be used as can mild soap on skin.

You must protect your eyes when washing acid off your skin.

Loosely apply a dry bandage, gauze or clean cotton clothing.

You should seek emergency care if:

The person is showing signs of shock (fainting, pale or shallow breathing).

The chemical has burnt through the first layer of skin and blisters have formed

The burn covers an area more than three inches in diameter and if the burn goes all the way round a limb or involves the eyes, hands, feet, face, groin, buttocks or a major joint like the knee or elbow.

Helping or getting help as soon as possible is essential because acid burns can cause physical and mental distress to people for the rest of their lives.

Prepping Requires Preparation

Perhaps you are asking, “what is prepping,” or are just perhaps beginning your prepping journey.

Either way, let me introduce it to you now to, self-insure you and your family against life.

Prepping is better than insurance.

With normal insurance, you pay and pay. You must pay, even if you never use it. That’s just how insurance works.

With prepping, you self-insure against things you believe will happen. The things you prepare for could be as minor as a burst water main or as major as an N.B.C. event.

Some preppers are even preparing for the end of the world – prepping offers something for everybody.

The best part is, many of the preparations (preps for short) you put into place will add value to your life – even if the reason you put those preparations into place never happens.

Try saying that about insurance!

Prepping is Learning About Threats to Your Family’s Safety

Before you can prepare for something in a quality way, you need to understand it. The best way to do that is to study the thing you are preparing for.

It’s really that simple, OK?

There are some basic preparations that everyone will want to put in place, but there are even more that only some people will adopt. Preparing for the end of the world falls into that last category.

Few people have unlimited resources, so learn which events are likely to happen to you and your family.

I suggest that you start with your home and slowly broaden your scope. How broad of a focus you expand to is up to you, but you should eventually expand your focus to include – at least – your county or region.

Home

Neighborhood

City or Town

County

Region

Country?

If you ever consider preparing for a pandemic, you may even expand your focus to the world at large.

That way, you have advanced notice for when to start staying home and avoiding people.

Make sure you consider time when you’re preparing too.

Otherwise, you may just be really prepared for one thing for a long time.

As a rule of thumb, start at a 3-day minimum and increase the time you’re prepared for to a week.

Then, just keep adding time – one week at a time.

If you win the lotto – or are just well off – you might add a month at a time or more.

The important thing here is that you’re prepared for the scope you have chosen to focus on and can survive for the time that you have chosen to prepare for. Balance it out.

Prepping is Planning and Prioritizing to Minimize Risks

Once you’ve identified the things you feel you should prepare for, it’s important to put together a plan.

Unless you’re far more gifted than most people, your plan will become involved enough that you need to write it down.

Write down your plan.

This will help you remember the events you wanted to prepare for and the order you decided to prepare for each event. In other words, writing down your plan will help you take the quickest, least expensive path from where you are to where you want to be.

You should also factor time into your plan.

enough basic preparations in place to last you and your family a week is better than making sure you can survive anything for a day. Start simple and slowly build to increase the time and events you are prepared for.

Gas masks are sexier than adding to your water and food storage, but having stored water and food will be useful more frequently than the gas mask.

Don’t design your plan for sexy. Design your plan for practical everyday needs – factoring in the events you know are going to happen.

Prepping Requires Actual Preparation

You can study and plan to the end of time, but until you start putting your plan into place you are not prepared.

It can be fun to surf YouTube and watch all the nifty little hacks that people have come up with to turn empty soda cans into a solar heater, but doing this will not heat your home.

It can be fun to imagine how you might follow these videos to do the same – to imagine how cool it would be to do the same. You can feel somewhat fulfilled by seeing the results they achieved, but that’s a false feeling.

How do you know you can do the same thing unless you try? How do you know you can do something unless you first practice that skill?

Maybe there was a critical step not included in the video and you only think you have a full set of instructions.

Until you practice that new skill or test the preparations you have bought or created, you have no idea if you are prepared.

It’s a Habit

Hopefully you have read many books on prepping and what to prep for, and you should have practiced it several times at home, and that is good.

Learning the basic skills to be prepared and to survive is a necessity and gives us the power of self-reliance.

But knowledge is far different from habit, which is more important. Brushing your teeth is a habit.

So is smoking. These actions come on autopilot and do not require you to stop and analyze it first.

Whatever habit you may have, it is formed to free our brains for more complicated issues. It helps us save mental energy and prevents stress.

Disaster preparedness is one habit that you certainly should have.

Though most of these habits can be inherent or instinctual, some of them can be acquired or learned. Look at these habits of a prepper that you might discover you already have, or want to acquire.

Organized People Do Better

Being organized is one of the basic and common characteristics of a prepper. This habit is usually instinctual or engrained over the course of an individual’s life.

Chances are you are already an organized person. Regularly cleaning up your desk and making sure every item is on its right place, sorting your rubbish, folding your clothes and putting them away, these are signs of being organized. Having this habit alone can increase your chance of survival when disaster strikes.

Question Everything

It’s not about being skeptic or being a pessimist. It’s about knowing the facts and understanding the logic before accepting the truth or making decisions. Questioning everything is a habit that highly effective preppers have.

They question skills (Is it useful? Is it the most efficient way to achieve the goal?), products or goods (Will it last? Is it a good product?), and knowledge (Is it true? Is it proven?). Knowing what is true and logical helps people make good decisions.

Learning Is Breathing

Effective preppers always look for an addition to their skillset and knowledge base. They want to learn more useful and efficient skills and put them into practice, and want to be the person who knows what to do.

These people know what to do in emergency situations, they know what survival tools are and have them ready, and are very flexible. They focus on learning how to be self-reliant and to make use of what is readily available.

If you do not know what skills are necessary, try to take courses online, attend night school or ask your friends who share the same interest.

There Is Always Another Way

I would say that one of the most common survivor traits is the ability to improvise. Survivalists seek for another way to do things in case the usual path is not an option. These people usually have a higher chance of survival when SHTF.

Most preppers prepare not only for the actual disaster but for the aftermath, and when that time comes, your improvisational skills will be very useful.

Always Have A Plan

If the truth where known, most families are aware of the importance of emergency preparedness but roughly half of all Americans and even less Brits have discussed or developed an emergency plan with their family. We like to think we are prepared when in fact, we only know about being prepared but haven’t put it into action.

People who have good survival habits always have a plan and can execute it. You can practice this habit with your daily, weekly or even monthly activities and at the same time, plan for emergency situations. Also, make sure you plan food stocks wisely. 

Stay Physically and Mentally Fit

When disaster strikes, it’s hard to maintain focus and think properly. If that happens, all your planning will go to waste.

That’s why preppers always stay fit mentally and physically.

They are ready to make rational decisions quickly under the most adverse of circumstances. Also, they are prepared to walk long distances, carry heavy objects and to do other physically demanding tasks necessary for survival—looking for a survival food for example.

Action Beats Preparation

It really pays to be prepared. Having your emergency food supply ready, knowing the bug-out-plan, and knowing what to do in disastrous situations is vital.

Survivors are those who perform and not those who know what to do. They are not people who are fearless, but they are ready to face their fears to do what needs to be done.

They Keep Their Heads Out of The Sand

People who know what’s happening around them always have an advantage in terms of survival over those who are just going with the flow.

These people don’t allow themselves to be caught off guard. They keep themselves aware of the news, current events, and weather forecasts to be able to respond appropriately. While not all situations are predictable, it pays to be ready as early as possible. Aside from depending on the news, observe your surroundings and be mindful of what can happen.

Being prepared is not a one-time thing. Having your survival food kits or emergency tools such as flashlights, matches or whistles are simply not enough.

You need to make it a habit.

If you don’t, your knowledge might be useless in situations that might cause panic. Building a habit that can benefit you when disasters strike is not that hard, but you need to put in time and effort.

And the best way to practice is with your family members or with other members of the community.

Engage them in activities that can help them be aware of what to do in such situations and practice it. Make your family a team, and make your team your family.

Basic knowledge is not going to help you and thinking might come second when your instincts prevail.

As mentioned, habits come on autopilot and do not need analysis thus saving you time, energy, and probably your life.

Surviving post SHTF

So, you will not have to scavenge post SHTF because you already have everything you need, you have prepped, you are OK, Well maybe, maybe not.

Even if you’ve been prepping for years, it’s still possible you forgot a few things. But even if you didn’t, you could still end up in a situation where you need something you never thought you’d need.

What if one of your group becomes pregnant or a parent with a small child joins your group? You may have to go looking for baby food, nappies etc.

What if your prescription medications are lost or destroyed? You may have to go looking for replacement meds. What if vital equipment is damaged? What if you need parts for your shelter or vehicle?

These are just a few possibilities off the top of my head. There are dozens more situations you won’t think of until you’re in them.

The point is, you may have no other choice but to scavenge for supplies after the SHTF. If someone’s life is on the line, you’ll have no choice.

Send a Scout

If you know the area you want to search, it’s a good idea to send a scout with binoculars, a radio, and a gun.

Scouts should watch the area for a few hours to make sure no one is living there and that there is no one lying in wait.

You might think I am going over the top here, but some people become very dangerous when there are no police to keep them in check. The last thing you want is to get robbed or possibly killed while scavenging for supplies.

The radio is so your scout can stay in touch. If the area is compromised or not worth the trouble,
the group’s leader can instruct the scout to return or to check another area.

This is another good reason why you should have a CB radio as part of your preps.

If you lose contact with your scout, you’ll know something is wrong and can send reinforcements.

But the reinforcements need to be careful not to wander into a trap. The purpose of the scout’s gun should be obvious.

When surveying the area, the scout needs to note any obstacles that might make the area more
trouble than it’s worth.

Examples include barbed wire fences, high walls, ditches, streams, and so forth. All these things might make it too difficult or dangerous to lug back supplies.

check for vehicle access as this would speed the operation up.

The scout should also note whether any buildings in question have been damaged by things such as
bombs and or looters etc. You don’t want the stairs you’re climbing to collapse or a ceiling to fall on your head while you’re digging through rubble.

You and your group will have to weigh the costs versus the benefits and the risks versus then rewards before searching an area.

Make a Plan

Once you’ve decided where to go and what to look for, you’ll have to decide who to send. Never send
someone alone. He or she could twist an ankle or something and need help returning to camp.

Also, there could be heavy obstacles or supplies that require at least two people to move. And remember, one person is far more likely to be robbed or killed than a group of people.

Of course, you should send several people, but that depends on how many you can spare. You don’t want to leave children alone at your camp.

Everyone who goes should bring a sturdy backpack along with several empty bags (cloth, mesh, or
even rubbish bags for light stuff), work gloves, a multitool, a good knife, a flashlight, a gun, a face mask, and goggles.

Those last two are in case the location’s air is full of dust, smoke, or toxic chemicals. At least one person in the group should also have a crowbar.

And if you need fuel, don’t forget to bring a siphon and a fuel container

If you have several areas to search, you’ll have to decide the order in which to search them.

It’s better to start farther out and work your way back toward camp so you don’t waste energy carrying
supplies farther than necessary.

But if you know the heaviest items are going to be in a place, you might want to go there last.

If scavenging your area is going to take several days or weeks, you should get a map and mark the
locations you search so you don’t accidentally visit the same place twice.

Where to Look

You should look everywhere! Here are some possible places to search and what you
may find within them.

Car repair garages– You have a better chance of finding the part you need here than in a department store. It’s true now, and it will be true after the SHTF, too.

Cars – You’ll want to check the glove box, under the seats, and in the boot for snacks, tools, and other useful items.

Parts of the car itself might prove useful, too. The mirrors could be used for signalling, the wiring for cordage, the upholstery for bedding and insulation, the battery for power (if someone in your group is mechanically inclined), and of course the engine parts if you need them for your own vehicle.

Food warehouses – Most people will aim for the shops first, so it will be a little longer before the warehouses are picked clean. Even then, there may be a few things that were overlooked. Also check the lorry trailers.

You may find non-perishable foods and other supplies.
Industrial rubbish bins – It won’t be fun, but you might find some hidden treasures in them.

Fire stations
– You may find food, supplies, and clothing. Plus, the fire engine has a tanwith hundreds of gallons of water. It will need to be filtered, though.

Petrol Stations – These will probably be picked clean, but you never know.

Shops – These will probably be picked clean, too, but you may find food in less obvious places such as under shelves and behind displays. Also check the bathrooms, the offices, the stock room, and the loading bay.

Hospitals –
Obviously these should have lots of clothes and medical supplies.

Houses –
Check everywhere–rooms, garage, basement, attic, back garden, sheds, the garden if there is one, etc.

The water heater has up to 70 gallons of drinking water. Better yet, look for houses with swimming
pools. Also keep an eye out for metal mailboxes which can be converted into woodstoves.

Manufacturing Facilities – They may have fuel, batteries, tools, and first aid supplies.

Marinas –
Check abandoned boats. They usually have supplies like emergency rations, communication equipment, fishing equipment, ropes, fuel and possibly guns.

Office Buildings – Check break rooms for vending machines and check desks for snacks and small tools. There should be fire extinguishers in most rooms and cleaning supplies in the care takers room.

Pawn Shops If you’re lucky you’ll find weapons, ammo, and other miscellaneous gear.

Pet Stores If your pets are still okay, a pet store might make it possible for you to keep feeding them without giving up any of your own food. You could also eat it yourself, but I wouldn’t recommend that unless you’re desperate.

Restaurants –
These will probably be empty, but check anyway. There may be a few tins or bags of food that were overlooked. Anything that was in the freezer will have gone bad, though. But there may still be pots, pans etc.

Retail Stores
– Consider grabbing some non-electric entertainment such as books, cards, board games, sports equipment, clothing etc.

Schools –
There’s a lot to be found in schools–tools, fire extinguishers, first aid kits, cleaning supplies, and possibly food in the cafeteria.

Self-storage Facilities – If you have time to pry open all of them, it might be worth it. You probably won’t find any food or perishable items, but there’s a chance you’ll find some clothes or useful gear and equipment.

Hopefully you’ll never have to go digging through any of these places, but you should prepare for the possibility. Good luck.

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