TEOTWAWKI Reality Check Test
Posted 18 May 2006 - 11:14 AM
!!!The world has gone crazy or at least your part of the world. For some time the rising oil prices have caused all transportation and heating costs to be almost unattainable for most people. (Does this sound familiar?) The stock market had been climbing by leaps and bounds but suddenly has cashed due to rumors of economic unrest and war around the globe.( Does this resemble what we've been hearing lately?) Even if you don't have interests in the stock market, you suddenly find your bank closed and your funds are unattainable. Businesses are folding daily and people out of work, perhaps even yourself or a loved one. The prices of gas, food, supplies, medicine and almost all goods have gone out of sight and what you can afford is now in scarce supply. On top of that, now the threat of avian Influenza has become a reality. People are falling ill by huge numbers, hospitals are overflowing, schools are closed, hungry rioters are starting to amass in the streets and now the electricity has gone off and you have just heard that it will not be on for many months to come, if at all. The National Guard has been called out but there are not enough of them to handle the chaos; Society, as we know it, has totally broken down!!!
Now that you've had a chance to reflect on some of the possibilities, what specific information would you want to see in a manual of this sort if you find yourself in this situation?
Posted 18 May 2006 - 04:46 PM
Posted 19 May 2006 - 09:02 AM
The storage space issue is bad enough, but I'm really worried about security. I bought a stun gun, but it really scares me. I'm always afraid it is going to go off accidentally.
But here's where I really need some help...I have two apartment doors. One leads to the fire escape and the other leads to the inner apartment building hallway. The one that leads to the outside I have one of those sticks that you prop up under the doorknob to keep the door from opening. But...on the door out to the hallway my door opens outward into the hall. I don't know what to do to make it safe. All someone who really wanted in would have to do is to remove the two bolt-thingies that hold the door in. Any suggestions? The angry, hungry mob thing really scares me!
Posted 20 May 2006 - 08:45 AM
Posted 22 May 2006 - 12:50 PM
And then there is the touchy subject of.... are you physically FIT enough to survive tough months? Can you carry 30-80 pounds? Can you slug along for a few miles with a full backpack?
Can you control your temper under foul conditions?
Posted 20 July 2006 - 10:43 AM
Remember me with smiles and laughter, for that is how I will remember you all. If you can only remember me with tears, then don't remember me at all. -Laura I. Wilder
Posted 27 July 2006 - 11:50 PM
Posted 02 August 2006 - 05:20 AM
Above Kritter brings up the points of dental problems, storing vegies, how to make jerkey with no elec, her comment on buckskins not only how to tan it but how to sew it, how to make cloths with out the fabric shops being available. Do you know how do just basic old skills. Mentally turn off your elec for a week and see where you are in your preps. You cant use your stove, heater, coffee pots, alarm clocks, refrigerators, freezers.....the list goes on. What if it dissappeared for ever then what??? Where will you be and what will you be doing???
I guess what my point is here, I have said I live in AK and there is alternatives to a lot of things. I have the fortune to work with a lot of natives of ak. They have told me how they use to store meat before refrigeration, how their elders in barrow used whale blubber for not only eating, cooking, but also to heat their homes cause there are no trees around barrow, they used the whale rib bones to make the cross beams for the roofs of their underground homes. They are both easier to heat and second with the wind they are more protected underground. What we need is a revival of the old skills and have them in writing to asist those that may need them in the future. We need lists of alternative ways and present day resourses to be able to sustain our self sufficient life after the years storage is gone. Our ansestors knew how to live off the land and how to fell a tree and what to do with it after that. Do you?
Posted 04 August 2006 - 11:21 AM
I agree with needing to know how to live simplistically, at the basic level. Many will need to do just that. The problem with this is that now, unlike in the past, there are SO many people. The population alone will cause tremendous problems in living that lifestyle. There is no way for an apartment dweller to sustain a cow or to have fields of grains. To have all of those city dwellers going into the countryside to make carve out an existance will certainly cause a huge shortage of land, most of which will have to be fought for just to keep if that happened.
When a breakdown comes I'm sure we will lose a lot of people but eventually a semblance of society will be sought and found. One of my suggestions is that each of us find a skill, a service, or a knowledge that we can utilize to be a useful part of society as it might be found. Certainly learn how to sustain yourself and family but also think ahead to what your place might be in the "new" society if you make it through the transition. In our scene, there is no electricity, no communication, all is kaos. What skills do you have or will you need to be able to use to obtain what you can't manufacture or grow yourself? If you aren't able to grow wheat, what do you have to barter with? Can you sew, fix equipment, handle security, nurse, teach, or cook for those who don't have those skills? We only have to look to the past to see the future. During the gold rush days, people earned goodly sums of money doing the menial tasks, like laundry, cooking, sewing and such. What can you do to survive without harming others?
If you have a skill or knowledge but don't have the means to carry it out, perhaps now would be the time to add those items to your preps; treadle sewing machines for those who sew, large pots and pans for those hoping to cook for the masses, books for those wanting to teach, tools for those needing them. The list is endless and I'm sure each of you will come up with different skills and means. The suggestion here is to do it NOW, not after TSHTF.
Posted 04 August 2006 - 06:05 PM
Posted 25 December 2006 - 10:05 AM
How about a dog that is trained to hunt some food down and bring it back to cook on said wood stove
By the way if we're all serious about this doomsday stuff, then what we currently percieve as gross and unedible in our minds will have to be modified. Example: T-Bone Raccoon dinner.
Posted 25 December 2006 - 11:35 AM
Look! Something shiny!
Posted 03 January 2007 - 09:39 PM
Posted 06 January 2007 - 08:04 PM
Posted 28 March 2008 - 02:22 AM
Washkeeton you are right on the money. Recently my family and I did a dry run of this exact thing. We spent the whole weekend off grid. No electricity, no heater, no running water. We used only what we had on hand. Wow! What an eye opener that was, things came into play that I would never have anticipated.
We will do this again this summer, and two or three times a year from now on. Nothing tests your readyness like a live drill. (Except a real emergency or other disaster.)
Posted 02 April 2008 - 06:31 PM
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