First off, let me explain my reasons for writing this and tell you a bit about my experiences. That way you will know what I say is the truth. I served for 15 years in the British Army, serving during the 1990’s in Yugoslavia, Bosnia, and Kosovo and saw firsthand what happens to human nature and society when everything goes to hell. As for my reasons, I’m somewhat tired of people painting a rosy picture of what they expect might happen in the event of a major terrorist attack, civil emergencies or severe natural disasters.
Don’t get me wrong. They have been planning for SHTF with impeccable plans for food, shelter, and similar but seem to think everyone will still remain fairly well behaved and keep observing rules of “polite society”. So in a way, this is a thesis of human nature. Will it offend? I hope not. Will it shock? I hope so if what I write makes one person revise a plan and as a result, saves a life or the lives of a family. Then it will have been well worth the time taken to type this.
Now, in the event of ANY situation where the Emergency Broadcasting System goes into action for real, the accepted policy of both law enforcement and the military is a policy of containment, not suppression. In other words, if a specific area has something bad happen, the National Guard and police will cordon off the area with roadblocks and road closures, thereby putting a crimp in any plans some may have of “bugging out” unless they have alternative routes laid out that avoid major bridges and roads leading out of the affected area. Also on this topic, don’t be too surprised to see police and military helicopters used to patrol areas of ground too rough to drive over to watch for people heading out of the affected area on foot. These helicopters carry FLIR (Forward Looking Infra-Red) imaging systems and can pick out body heat or see, even in total darkness.
One was praised as the great depression “food miracle”. The people that knew about it banished hunger for good…while the rest where starving and tightening their belts! Not only that you will learn the exact process of making it the right way, but you’ll use it to preserve meat in it and create one of the most finger-licking, mouth-watering tastiest foods you’ll ever eat. And the best part? It lasts up to two whole years without refrigeration.
The other food was also long-lasting. Invented by one of the most vicious samurais in history, it was born out of war and necessity. So don’t expect a gourmet meal here – but do expect this “samurai superfood” to be so nutrient rich and probiotic-packed that you and your entire family won’t need anything else for months on end.
Most major road arteries will be closed and patrolled by law enforcement and National Guard elements will have orders to stop, search and detain or turn back anyone they find. So, plan your routes well, have at least 3 routes out, and make sure you go for a drive and check them out on a regular basis.
This brings me to the part I saved for last as it brings back some very unpleasant memories of seeing it firsthand and the after effects. If everything goes south and SHTF how would a pillager or looter choose or find targets?
- They will listen for sounds of hand tools or engines were used.
- They’ll smell things like wood smoke or cooking.
- At night, they’ll look for lights because this usually means life.
- They’ll have a scanner to listen for insecure radio traffic from things like walkie-talkies.
- They will use optical devices day and night to look for movement, especially near water sources or woods.
Once a group like this finds you, expect to be scouted. This might take the form of an observation post or a probe if the group is big enough. They would look for things like:
- How many people are in the home or community?
- How many weapons do they have and what type?
- How many defenders are there?
- Who seems to be in charge
- Does the target have any patrols or regular movements that can be expected?
- Do they have any defensive emplacements or dogs?
When it is deemed time, an attack will first target any leader or owners of any heavier weapons. If they can get close enough, any defensive structures will get a petrol bomb, grenade or CS gas canister was thrown into it. (Yeah you can buy CS gas grenades online for general sale.) Any lone defenders will be isolated and eliminated. However, if things are not going well, any first group will draw off and wait and watch how the defenders respond. A large number of injured take up much more resources and will lower morale. If numbers are in their favor, the attacker will encircle the position and try and eliminate a few defenders any chance they get.
A good counter plan, if you have a defensive position setup is to make sure you have a trench or something similar with a grenade sump and make sure every person in your group has a gas mask on them at all times. Also, make sure any building has firefighting equipment for flammable liquids. If worst comes to the worst and a fighting retreat is needed to avoid losing everything you own except what you have on you, pre-pack a backpack of equipment with something like this:
- Personal first aid kit
- Spare magazines, ammo, and cleaning kit
- Personal survival equipment
- Full change of clothes
- Food and water
This gives you the basics to survive if you were to be driven out of your shelter or structure. The list is by no means comprehensive but gives you a general idea.
I can’t stress this enough, but in the event of any major SHTF event, an awful lot of people won’t make it simply because they are unable to think outside the comfort zone of the “rules of civilized society”. A large percentage of people will suddenly find themselves without the protection of society and will no longer be at the top of the food chain. There will be people out there who will prey upon them without remorse for what they feel they need to survive. I hope to hell I’m wrong, but I’ve seen and heard this happening before and it isn’t pretty.
In the event that starving looters come to your neighborhood, you cannot count on getting any warning in advance. Many of these protests are ongoing and are being coordinated to intentionally surprise residents in typically calm and tranquil areas.
Many groups have openly expressed their intentions to “bring things to a halt” until fill-in-the-blank demands are met. In other words, they’re willing to hold you and other ordinary citizens hostage in order to get what they want.
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