3 Days

Our just-in-time delivery of everything is very dangerous.  Grocers only have about 3 days of food on hand, and if that supply is disrupted, you will see food riots on an unprecedented scale.  Preppers always talk abut the ‘three B’s’ of Beans, Bullets, and Band-aids.  A year or so ago I added a 4th ‘B’ and recommended batteries.  Particularly rechargeables with a solar charger.

But the sudden loss of available, affordable food is the most likely to create civil unrest.  If you can raise your own and preserve it (canning, dehydrating) you are way ahead of most of ‘Murica.  And remember, it takes at least 3 years to get a decent garden going.  If you look at the survival food hawkers, you will see exorbitant prices.  But you can buy bags of beans and rice along with some seasonings for a few dollars, just a little at a time, every time you go to the store, and you will soon have at least somewhat of a stock of survival food.  Even in an apartment with limited storage space.

If the economy fails and barter becomes the only way of doing business, only things of real value will be worth anything.  Gold and silver?  Maybe, but you can’t eat them.  And if you own futures and don’t have it in your physical possession, you have nothing.  Ammunition will probably be worth a lot more than metals.  Certain skills will have some value, but accounting isn’t one of them.  Think EMT, combat surgery, herbal medicine, etc.  Some skills of fabrication or construction might be of value, but don’t count on it unless you are around at least a little civilization.  Food will always be valuable.

I read an article a few years ago in which a young millennial was asked how she would survive a grid down scenario.  She replied that she would ‘screw’ for food.  Yeah, right.  Her and 50 million other women.  And if a bad guy has guns or even physical superiority what makes her think he will pay for it?  She will end up abused, raped, and murdered in short order.

So, the smart word is Be Prepared.  Have a plan.  A workable plan, not selling sex or another commodity that people will just take from you.  Know how to care for yourself and others.  Basic survival skills will save your life.

Anyway, stepping down off my soapbox and getting back to the food issue, here is my buddy Ray’s latest:



3 comments on “3 Days

  1. Brittius says:

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  2. Notwende says:

    I believe that the best chances of survival in such a case are out on the country side. If you already live there and go along well with your neighbors the better for you.
    Think of hurricane Katrina.
    I recall a picture taken then which really said it all:
    It seemed like a small rural town with a roadblock and a barricade plus a sign that told strangers that looters will be shot. As far as I know these people made it well through the crisis.
    My suggestion is to get out of the cities because they turn into giant mousetraps as soon SHTF.
    The most difficult scenario it seems to me would be trying to survive in some big city apartment where you’re stuck with all that food and water…

    • I agree that the optimal survival scenario would be in the country, however, not all have that option. I think Selco at SHTF School has lots of good info on surviving in the city. Also, though not intended as a survival manual the book “The Cellist of Sarajevo” gives great insight into living in a city in the midst of a war. When I was a bit younger my plan was to bug out to a farm area. However, after careful and prayerful consideration, I realize that in a grid down situation I may be called upon to stay in the suburbs and do what I can to help those in need. And so, I have prepared for both eventualities. I have the skills and equipment to bug out, but I also have the necessary gear to shelter in place. Neither scenario is as comfortable as the status quo, but I will go where God sends me and do what He has prepared for me to do.

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