When the SHTF are you ready?
A prudent man seeth the evil, and hideth himself; But the simple pass on, and suffer for it. --Proverbs 22:3
The only thing necessary for the triumph of EVIL is for good men to do nothing, Edmund Burke
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As an instructor and combat veteran working in survival and prepping I get a lot of different questions about what to get and in what order, priorities. The answer varies from person to person because of their many different experiences. For instance if a Force Recon Marine was caught in a bad situation but managed to have a 22. rifle, he'd probably do just fine for awhile. However most folks aren't Recon Marines. It comes down to what you have, what your background is, who your with and their background(s) and whether you have a plan or not. Lastly have you practiced your plan. Doomsday preppers and the survivalist will do quite well. Combat veterans who have prepared will do well. Outdoors people who get out of the cities and gangs of bad people will thrive. Groups of well armed good people who are prepared for whatever comes their way will get by as well. There are no boundaries for bands of thugs. Whereas good people should and do have boundaries. I have been preparing for a financial collapse or whatever comes first for quite some time. However I have children too and I hope for the best.
Unfortunately, I see a whole bunch of trouble coming our way in short order. I am not alone either, our government has been taking our taxes, printing money and turning our country into a Police State. They have also been preparing for a Shooting Revolution. You don't build 2,700 up-armored military trucks and order up 1.6 Billion with a “B” hollow-point rounds to collect the rent. That many rounds would last for a twenty five year war. This also keeps the populace from getting any ammunition. While they continue to dismantle our military, they build up, train, equip and arm the Department of Homeland Security and a slew of other Law Enforcement agencies. They have been practicing and are ready to deploy at any given time within the United States of America. While building a Police State our Constitution is being destroyed. Not in some back room somewhere, right in front of our eyes. Make no mistake about it, our government is corrupt to the BONE! Some states within the union have already completely destroyed our Constitution with no repercussions or consequences. Some people still believe that the voting system works. I beg to differ as only a wealthy person can even run for office. Even when they do, they don't have a chance against the two party machine (Ross Perot / Donald Trump). I don't believe passive resistance would even get their attention, let alone change anything. The Veterans went and took down the barricades to their outdoor Memorial today. The government just sent more Law Enforcement and considers mobilizing the National Guard. It's my opinion that we should all be prepared for what is coming sooner or later.
The ideas, issues and other things described below are just my opinion.
What do I need?
This is a complicated question and depends on what your plan is. I recommend getting out of the cities as soon as possible. Then be prepared to get off the power grid. I like solar panels, water wheels and wind power. Get as much food as possible. Get weapons and get good with them. Get together with like-minded people that you can trust with your life. If a couple pick-up load of thugs shows up in your drive way with intentions of taking everything you have, can you defend you and yours? Be prepared to leave your place and have other caches of what you'll need or defend what's yours until the end. Some people will not leave their place no matter what the circumstances. I understand this way of thinking, just be prepared for everything to come your way. Get all the training you can get your hands on. If you don't have the time to train at least get the books on what you will need to know; emergency medical, food preservation, canning, home defense, tactics, water storage and so forth. I also pick up magazines by the bundle every month. A large variety such as; weapons, tactics, survival, homesteading, living off the grid, trapping & tanning, Mountain Man and others. These are all chalked full of good information. Usable reading material and manuals will come in handy when the lights go out.
- Beans, Bullets, Band-aids and a Bible
- Trauma kit with sutures
- Hand Tools
- Stay in or get in Shape
- Make a surplus of medicine you require
- Bartering material (Silver)
- Walkies-Talkies (Communications)
- A Practiced Plan
- Be Prepared for anything
How much food?
After I had a ton of beans and a ton of rice and enough vitamins to last twenty years. Then I'll start wondering if I have enough. Keep in mind all of this food has to be placed in resealable buckets or drums with anti-oxygen and anti-moister packets. Better yet inside a Mylar bag, then a resealable bucket. I use the Gamma bucket lids with a threaded cap so they can be reused.
- Chickens / Rabbits
- Canned Heirloom Seeds
- A couple cases of Multivitamins
- Pet food
What kinds of guns?
This question will get different answers from different folks, from different backgrounds. I come from a military and hunting background and these are the weapons that I use.
- AR-15, 5.56 caliber, They can be set up multiple ways for any environment
- A Remington Model 700, 308 caliber w/ a 3x9x50 Leupold Scope
- A 12 gauge Tactical Shot-gun w/ a 20 round bandoleer and 00 Buck Ammo
- A 40 caliber pistol
- Any over and under combination is good to have
- A 22 Magnum rifle bolt action with scope
- A Ruger 22. caliber Model 10/22 rifle
- A 338 or 50 for long shooting
- Any weapon with bullets is a game changer
- A weapon with no ammo is useless!
What kinds training?
- E.M.T. / CPR / First Aid
- Fire-arms classes
- Concealed Weapon Permit
- Fire-arm home defense tactics
- Martial Arts / MMA training
- Survivalist courses
- Target Practice
- Paint balling
- Physical Training
Is a Bunker or Shelter necessary?
If you have the property and the money a shipping container would be a good idea. I can think of several scenarios where these would come in very handy; a tornado, nuclear attack, a cache, or solar flare just to name a few.
What will the Police and Military do?
Do you really believe the cops and military would fire on average Joe citizens? You bet I do! It's already been done in the USA several times and will only get worse. The military killed World War I veterans who were protesting in D.C. to get their bonus pay. They lit up college kids in the sixties. Look up Ruby Ridge, Idaho - Randy Weaver or Branch Davidians-David Koresh, Waco Texas. When people are killed by their government in broad daylight a Police State is what you are living in. Over twenty Vets kill themselves a day while the V.A. gets more unionized and bigger bonuses. Do you know the difference between a Patriot, Freedom Fighter and a Domestic Terrorist?
Can I survive with just my family?
Could your family hold off a band of twenty thugs? The only way a Lone wolf survives is completely cut off from everything that has to do with society. I Like Alaska for Lone wolves...
Where can I buy Ammunition?
- The Sportmans Warehouse
- The Grange Co-op
- Sporting Goods Stores
- Hardware Stores
Online stores that I use
- Midway USA
- Cheaper Than Dirt
- Graf & Sons
What Odds & Ends should I buy?
- Small comforts
- Re-loader and dies for your weapon of choice
- 550 Cord, duct Tape, Bailing wire
- Livestock antibiotics
In the end, you should ask yourself a question. If your kids were starving, hurting and crying and asking for something to eat, what would you do? The answer is what everyone who doesn't prepare will be asking themselves, then they'll do it.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook, Google Plus, & Twitter. You can also get Freedom Outpost delivered to your Amazon Kindle device here.