This Week’s Show 5th January 2018

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SHOW NOTES

Starting with the Blizzard Survival 20% discount offer, the Water-to-Go 15% discount offer, then the Wilderness121 10% discount offer, I move on to the Wilderness Gathering, the Preppers New Year, Wake Up America, Prepping Requires Preparation, it’s a Habit, Bartering, Surviving Post SHTF.



THE NUCLEAR SURVIVAL COURSE

The Nuclear Survival Course will be run over a weekend, Fri 18th, Sat 19th and Sunday 20th May 2018. The venue is The Hawkhills http://www.thehawkhills.com/ (see it’s History). Accommodation will be tarps, hammocks, tents etc. in the woods near by. (LEAVE NO TRACE) must be observed.
Cost of the two day Nuclear Survival course and arrival details.
Arrival is Friday the 18th or Early Saturday 19th.
Friday arrivals to set up in the woods.
Course begins Saturday 10.00 in the classroom, t…here will be a mid/day break finishing, 1700 to 1800
Saturday night in the woods Bar-B-Q and then individual sleep systems.
Sunday the course continues and begins at 0930 in the classroom, there will be a mid/day break finishing 1600 to 1700
All times are flexible and allow for late comers and early leavers.
Tea/Coffee will be available upon arrival and in the afternoon from the coffee lounge
All attendees will receive a certificate and a paper back copy of my Complete Nuclear Survival Guide.
The cost is £65 p.p. for the weekend.

Details HERE https://www.facebook.com/nuclearsurvivalcourse/

Blizzard Survival 20% Discount Offer

Blizzard Survival .com have a fantastic offer for you the listener they are offering a 20% discount on all goods bought from them at www.blizzardsurvival.com

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Life-saving technology has never been so affordable. All you must do to get a 20% discount is enter the code “PREPPER” at the checkout, it is that simple. Thank you Blizzard Survival.coml 20% Discount Offer www.blizzardsurvival.com

Water-to-Go Filter Bottle 15% Discount Offer

This is another fantastic offer for you dear listener. I am proud to announce that I have teamed up with the guys at Water-to-Go to bring you this special deal.

Now you can drink safely from any water source with the water-to-go filter bottle. It removes fluoride, chlorine and heavy metals from tap water.

It removes Viruses, Bacteria, Protozoa, Cysts, bad taste and odour from dirty water sources.

In fact if you drink water then get yourself a Water-to-Go filter bottle as it’s cheaper than drinking bottled water and it’s cleaner too. Get 15% discount at the checkout, code word premprep https://www.watertogo.eu/ukpreppersradionetwork

The Wilderness121 10% Discount Offer

Wilderness 1-2-1 was founded in January 2000 by Rob and Mel – to promote the outdoors through learning by providing courses in Field Archery, Bushcraft, Survival, Nature Awareness, Outoor / Expedition Medicine and Tracking, as well as supplying quality outdoor products.

Over the years Wilderness 1-2-1 has continued to grow and develop, but has not lost it’s core values.

After nearly 10 years, we took the decision to completely re-publish our online shop – and here are the results.

They are offering 10% discount simply by using the code UKPREP10

For more information about Wilderness 1-2-1, please visit www.wilderness121.co.uk.

And to shop at their online shop

https://www.wilderness121store.uk/en/

The Wilderness Gathering

If you’ve never been to the Gathering before and you love nature and the outdoors, then this is the family show for you – Wilderness Gathering, a unique Bushcraft event, is the longest running and still the original festival of bushcraft, survival and primitive living skills.

The Gathering has become a social event and brings together families and friends, all those interested in Bushcraft and Wilderness living skills to enjoy a weekend of knowledge sharing in a relaxed and family friendly atmosphere

Live Music

Not only is the Gathering the place you to come to – to learn new skills, brush up on your old ones and meet some of the best bushcraft experts in the country but it has also become, over the past fifteen years, the place you come to – to gather and socialise round the campfire with friends, old and new.

Children’s Bushcraft

The Coyote Clubs were introduced in 2005 and host a comprehensive range of events and activities specifically tailored for children from 5 to 15-year-old.

The Masterclass

The Masterclasses were introduced in 2005 and are your opportunity to study your favourite Bushcraft subject in depth with a leading Bushcraft instructors.

Where is it?

Located on a South Wiltshire farm with lakes and 30 acres of old oak woodlands. You get access to woodlands and fields to erect whatever shelter you want.

Add to this, great food, local cider, mead, evening entertainment. great people and it’s now over 5 days it has to time to get booked http://www.wildernessgathering.co.uk/tickets.htm.

The Preppers New Year

It doesn’t matter if you are new to prepping or have been prepping for years. or a more experienced prepper, it’s a great time to get back to prepping basics.

Organize Your Preparations

Firstly, do a stock take, check all equipment, check torches and their batteries, (are they sweating) check all food for BBD, check water, if a year-old, plan to replace it.

Check all blades, do they need sharpening and cleaning, is your footwear cleaned and laces checked.

Have you checked the stitching on all your bags, check trousers and jackets for stitching and holes in pockets?

Set A Monthly Budget

List any items you need to replace due to this check, then list items you want and or need in the new year.

Then plan to achieve this financially.

Prepping can be expensive, which is why it’s important that you don’t spend money you don’t have.

You should allocate a monthly budget for your personal finances. Your goal with your budget is to be just that budget so stick to it.

Write A Bug Out Plan/Plans

While bugging in is usually safer than bugging out, there are certain kinds of disasters where bugging out may be your only option (ex. natural disasters, nuclear power plant accidents, terrorist attacks/enemy invasions, etc.).

It’s vitally important that you have Bug Out Plan written out, so you know where to go and how to get there.

Have a pre-determined bug out location or rendezvous point selected and have back up routes for getting there marked out as well.

Spend 30 Minutes Exercising Everyday

Your chances of survival will always increase if you’re in good shape.

Besides, exercising every day is good for you anyway. Set a resolution to spend at least thirty minutes exercising every single day, even if all you can manage is a 30-minute walk. That is way better than nothing.

Wake up America

On December 14, 2017, in complete defiance of protocol and in violation of U.S. sovereignty, County Cook Commissioner Richard Boykin told CBS Chicago that “we’re headed to the United Nations to meet with the Assistant Secretary General” to ask that the UN “help out” by dispatching troops (“peacekeepers”) to Chicago to quell its gun violence.

Commissioner Suggests U.N. Send Troops to Fight ‘Quiet Genocide’ Of Gun Violence in Chicago

On September 4, 2017, more than three months before Commissioner Boykin’s interview with CBS Chicago, Alistair Williams of Stock Board Asset uploaded to YouTube a video taken by a drone of “a convoy of UN armored vehicles” at “an undisclosed location” in Hagerstown, MD.

There is no legitimate reason for United Nations vehicles to be in Maryland or anywhere in the United States.

On December 18, four days after CBS Chicago’s interview with Richard Boykin intellihub’s Shepard Ambellas identified the exact location of the UN vehicles. Ambellas writes:

Over 50 heavily armored United Nations vehicles and various pieces of equipment (generators, etc.) sufficient enough to support a small company of ‘peacekeeper’ troops” are sitting on the deck in the rear parking lot of “a U.S. government-owned warehouse” located at 11841 Newgate Blvd., Hagerstown, Maryland.

“The vehicles are all painted white and bear the letters “U.N.” and appear to be ready for some type of rapid domestic deployment.”

It’s so bad in Chicago, the murder rate is 1 murder every 3 hours.

The victims are mostly African American’s and the perps are mostly African Americans too.

The Commissioner equated this death toll to a “quiet Genocide” and said that as it was only one minority community that was affected the UN who are used to protecting vulnerable groups should be called in.

Not being an American, I cannot say for sure, but I think it’s against the American Constitution for foreign troops to be deployed on U.S. soil.

In fact, it would be nothing less than an armed invasion, at act of war.

How will this make the law enforcement teams feel, that they cannot do their job? What roll will they play and under whose command?

Is the grand plan to start a riot, or situation of mass unrest? As a catalyst for deploying UK troops onto the streets?

Will this in turn bring in Martial Law and gun confiscation?

And if this works in Chicago which city will be next?

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.

Having 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.

Bartering

Seeds

When the SHTF and the shelves are empty, the unprepared (also known walking dead) will think to themselves, “I should start a garden to grow my own food!” Great idea!

But by then it will be too late. The local sources of gardening seeds, fertilizer, and equipment will be sold out. Online sources too. Suddenly a packet of seeds costing a few pence will be much more valuable.

So, if you have enough seeds for your own survival garden, you could barter some stored seeds to your unprepped neighbors. You can also save seeds from each garden harvest, dry them, and barter those seeds as well.

As a barter item, seeds keep well, take up little space, and will be widely sought after. They should represent a good return on investment, in that they are cheap now, and they will be worth much more later.

Instant Coffee

Buy the kind with caffeine, freeze-dried, any major brand. Even if you don’t care for the stuff, coffee is going to be in short supply and high demand. Certain crops are easy to grow in the UK, such as corn, wheat, soy, veg etc.

But coffee plants will not grow well here not for that matter Tea plants.

So, the availability is always teetering on the edge of a cliff. Demand for coffee never goes down, even when people have little money, it’s one of the last things that people will give up.

So, price can easily skyrocket.

Coffee keeps well, takes up little space, and is very popular.

You can’t go wrong storing some freeze-dried coffee for bartering purposes.

Vegetable Oil

Preppers tend to favor certain foods for storage: grains, dried beans and other legumes, canned goods, a few other things.

But I think vegetable oil tends to get over-looked or under-valued. You need more dietary fat than you realize.

Now, you are getting a lot of fat from foods like cheese, meat, junk food, restaurant food. But when you are eating from stored foods, most of those things are low in fat.

So, you will be using more veggie oil then, than you do now.

Vegetable oil is easy to store, but you must keep an eye on the expiration dates.

When the SHTF, it might be a good bartering item. Veggie oil makes your stored food much more palatable. You can use stored flour and some yeast to make fried dough.

You can take rice, which can be tedious to eat frequently, and fry it up with a few veggies from the garden and a generous amount of oil, and make fried rice.

Yes, you will want plenty of veggie oil, when the SHTF, and so will your neighbors.

So, it’s a good bartering item.

Books

When the SHTF, the internet is probably going to get broke really quickly.

No power, means no internet, of course. But other stuff can happen. Suppose there is a major war somewhere. Well, currently, hacking is a weapon of war.

The enemy will try to cause harm to our society by hacking or by taking down the internet. So, loss of the internet, for some period, or intermittent outages, may become a fact of life.

After a few days of being without the internet, people are going to remember that you can also get information from things called “books”. And those books are going to suddenly rise in value.

Which topics will be most in demand? I think the useful subjects, like: gardening, home repair, car repair, self-defense, first aid and other medical books.

But it might also be the case that works of fiction will be in demand as electronic forms of entertainment generally depend on power, internet, and cable services — which may not be up and running.

Supplements

Disruptions to the food supply during a major disaster are highly likely. But stored food is always limited in variety and some nutrients.

So, I think it’s prudent to store a multivitamin or a few different supplements, for use when the SHTF. I like the One-A-Day Health multivitamin. But certain other supplements are also good: vitamin D, zinc, lycopene, etc.

A long-term disaster might also affect the healthcare system. So, using a supplement will be important to reduce risk of illness in the first place. That’s a big advantage.

Will a multivitamin be suitable for bartering? I’m not sure. Some people will understand the usefulness of a supplement. But others will be so focused on necessities, that the importance of preventative health measures may be lost on them.

Purified Water

Now here’s an idea for an unusual bartering item: purified water. If you have water purification equipment, during a time when there is no power (for boiling water) and the tap water supply is contaminated, your purified water is valuable. You could trade a 2 liter bottle of purified water for whatever items your neighbors might offer. You could trade work in your garden for food and water. Yes, a combination of food plus purified water is probably the most enticing bartering item.

Questionable Bartering Items

This next list of items for bartering is questionable. I have some reservations about each one, for various reasons. I personally would think twice before bartering these things. But it’s worth discussing, and you can use your own judgment.

Guns and Ammo

First, obey all UK laws on firearms and ammunition. I don’t know whether bartering these items is legal in your jurisdiction. So that is the first concern.

The other concern, which should be obvious, is that after you have bartered a gun and ammo for some food, the person can rob you at gunpoint of that food. Rookie mistake, am I right?

In some cases, though, it might be a reasonable trade. If you and your neighbor know each other well, and you both are well-armed anyway, you might trade some ammo that you have, for ammo that you need. They are no better armed before or after the deal. Just be very careful as desperate times can change people for the worse.

Most of the time, you are just better off keeping your guns and ammo off the bartering market.

Prescription Meds

It is, of course, not legal to barter with prescription medications of any kind. But law and order might fall apart at some point. And then, if you need meds, what can you do? I don’t have any advice in that situation.

Antibiotics are perhaps a special case. You can buy antibiotics on the grey market, offered as fish antibiotics. They are the same antibiotics made and sold for human use.

I had a minor medical issue a few years ago. No physician would prescribe an antibiotic for me, though I was convinced that is what I needed. I eventually put myself on a fish antibiotic — type, dosage, and length of time as stated in online medical resources. And that cured the disorder completely. So, I’m sold on the idea. But it is not without its risks.

Cigarettes

The legality of bartering for cigarettes is questionable. But maybe you could fly under the radar if you are doing some low volume bartering. And once law and order break down, no one will care.

But if you don’t smoke yourself, I’m not sure how much money and space you want to devote to cigarettes for bartering. I prefer items that I can also use, which will be bartered if I find I have more than I need.

Alcohol

When times are difficult, alcohol is in high demand. Spirits are worth more, so it takes up less room in storage. It is flammable, and prone to pilfering by pesky teenagers, so storage is tricky.

I would think that hard liquor in medium sized bottles, would be best. Your bartering customer might not have anything of sufficient value to trade for a large bottle of high-quality spirits.

Again, the legality of bartering alcohol is questionable. You don’t have a liquor license, so I would keep this type of bartering for closer friends and family members. You don’t want people banging on your door at all hours, demanding a drink.

My personal preference is to barter with stored items that I will use myself, also. That strategy makes the most of limited money and storage space. I would shy away from bartering stuff that is in a legal grey (or not-so-grey) area, but maybe that’s just me.

You can also barter with your work or your knowledge, to help a neighbor start a garden, for example. So, there are many options.

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.

Also 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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