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Potential Threats.

Discussion in 'Scenarios' started by lonewolf, Jan 24, 2017.

  1. lonewolf

    lonewolf Site Manager Staff Member

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    this is a cut down version of a longer piece written a couple of years ago.

    Many people nowadays are quite aware that the world they live in is going to the toilet.
    aside from the geophysical part that seems to be going haywire but could be nothing more than the planet's natural cycles, there are plenty of manmade catastrophes that loom on the horizon, never has the planet had so many people as now and the more people there are the more competition for resources there are. many countries seek nuclear devices than ever before and with advancements in technology this is a much easier process than at any time before. biological and chemical weapons are also much easier to manufacture because of leaps in technology in regards to computers. oil markets are much tighter because of countries like China and India and their increasing need to fuel their booming economies, and new finds of oil fields cannot keep up with the demand.
    the debacle of the world economies needs no introduction , in short bad times, really bad times could and probably will be coming to a neighbourhood near you, unless people take the threat seriously they could end up being one of the large number of statistics.
    The following are just a few of the survival skills that will likely be needed after a nightmare has hit human civilisation with a vengeance.
    PREPARE FOR THE WORST: individuals can still hope for the best, but something still lacking with some people is that they still cannot even think about something really bad happening, too many of those who do ready themselves for disasters still cannot even discuss it with their families and friends, this denial leads to a failure of preparing enough beyond usually a week or so, to them there is still the belief that the government or other agency is waiting for them when their preparations run out.
    LEARN TO LIVE MEAGRE: this is practicing for when times become lean for everyone, if a person wants to avoid the shock of living under a rationed way of life, now is the time to get used to it.
    FIND PERSONAL MOTIVATORS TO CARRY ON: when it looks hopeless after a mega SHTF episode, having some concrete reason to fight and continue on is an absolute necessity to avoid giving up. many people will feel "what's the point?" and just simply stop trying to survive. someone's child, sibling, spouse, parent, a friend , sitting next to them may give them the inspiration to carry on.
    UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD(and potential disasters that await): when you can better expect what could happen, you are less likely to be caught off guard. the old adage about knowledge is power is very true.
    UNDERSTAND THE PSYCHOLOGY OF DESPERATE PEOPLE: after a SHTF people are going to, simply put, go crazy, unexpected times brings out the worst in people and we should all prepare for this possibility, you always hope that disasters will bring out the best in people but this is not always the case.
    LEARN HOW TO HIDE: there will almost certainly come a time after a bad disaster that you will want to avoid being noticed at all. remaining inconspicuous to others("grey man")can be difficult in some cases but it can be done.
    MAINTAIN PERSONAL HYGIENE: this is a top priority and can take down the toughest soldier or fighter. after SHTF mains water may not be available and keeping clean and avoiding disease will be a priority, more people post collapse will die from disease than will ever be victims of violence.

    this is just a small portion-there is much more, I will add to this later if there is enough interest.
     
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  2. Keith

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    Good post & all good advice.
    Keith.
     
  3. lonewolf

    lonewolf Site Manager Staff Member

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    More things to consider:
    LEARN HOW TO FORECAST THE WEATHER: without knowledge of what to look out for before a storm hits, someone could be trapped and die when they are buried under snow or washed away in a flash flood. weather is still one of the deadliest killers in the modern age, it will become magnitudes worst when people cannot get weather warnings over a radio or off the internet, people will have to forecast it for themselves.( I know by personal experience, on Dartmoor you can have 4 seasons in one day).
    LEARN FIRST AID: treating yourself and others will probably be the only thing someone can do as medical professionals are going to be few and far between and they probably wont have the equipment or facilities to treat you. many places(e.g. St Johns Ambulance) offer free classes on first aid, a good first aid book and a comprehensive first aid kit is something every household should have before, during and after a catastrophe.
    LEARN TO KEEP BODY TEMPERATURE UNIFORM: the Goldilocks analogy applies here-not too hot, not too cold, but just right.your physical body should remain as near to what your body is used to as possible, its not only uncomfortable to be freezing cold or roasting to death it also puts a lot of stress on the body which will make someone more susceptible to becoming sick.
    LEARN HOW TO START-AND MAINTAIN-A FIRE: this is for anyone, having a fire and keeping it going when you need to has been the essence to the very first humans on the planet surviving. fire cooks, heats water, keeps you warm, sterilizes items and gives light. having a lighter, matches, spark strikes, flint and steel, and knowing how to use them is one thing but actually keeping the fire going is another.
    making sure the fire does not damage your home or shelter is not something everyone thinks about, keeping a fire so that it is not too noticeable to others is something everyone should think about, a fire means FOOD to a hungry person, while almost everyone thinks that using a fire is rudimentary there is much more to it.
    OBTAIN WATER AND PURIFY IT: this is probably the most important one, humans can live for 3 weeks without food but only 3 DAYS or so without water. most people just assume that the taps will continue to flow and water will always be there, but this isn't necessarily the case. people often forget how heavy water is(1 litre weighs 1Kilo or thereabouts or in old money 1 pint weighs 1LB)and the hauling of water back and forth from some source will be very tiring. all water unless from a tap should be classed as suspicious and treated in the appropriate manner, using a water filter or at the very least boiling before use.
    LEARN HOW TO GROW FOOD AND/OR FIND IT: supplies wont last long and eventually self sufficiency will be the norm. a stock of heirloom or heritage seeds will be required as most commercial seed is infertile after the initial sowing. learning how to grow your own food and some animal husbandry-if meat is to be part of your diet- will be necessary skills. pest problems will arise, as pesticides especially the chemical kind wont be readily available.
    one of the things to contemplate is actually guarding your crop-you may only be able to have as much land as you can actually protect from outsiders, hungry people will see food growing and take it-24 hours a day, so some security measures will be required.
    some foraging will probably be needed to supplement your food supplies, a knowledge of what is available naturally in your location is advisable.

    These(and the previous suggestions listed) are some of the things that people need to address now, not wait until some catastrophe actually occurs that sends the normalcy that everyone has become accustomed to down the drain for an extended period of time-maybe forever. people have to realise that when civilisation stops functioning, as it has many times in human history, so does everything that most of us depend on, there may never be that "safety net" there for us to fall back on WHEN all the supplies run dry.
     
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  4. Keith

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    Black ants here build walls around their entrance in the ground, the size of the wall is some indication of how much rain is coming. Fairy wrens have a particular call here when rain is coming.
    Keith.