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7/24/12

Long-Term Post-Collapse Survival

Let's face it--for an end of the world blog, we here at TEOTWAWKI Blog spend a lot of time talking about practical stuff--everyday carry and typically shorter term survival scenarios. Practical is good and it's useful--the world has not ended in the 5 years since T-Blog launched, but there have been plenty of localized disasters, a massive global recession, and lots of stuff in between. 

But, let's face it, all-out Mad Max level end of the world stuff is compelling stuff, and while any single scenario might be extremely low probability, you add them all together and things get more frightening. If you're a T-Blog reader, surviving a long term, world wide collapse is something you're probably interested in, and we're going to try to focus on it more on it over the coming months. Don't worry, we'll keep the practical stuff going too--nothing is going away.

Now to frame our discussion, by long term, we mean surviving beyond 6 months after a global-level collapse. Governments collapsed, economies functioning only at the very local level, if at all. Grids are down, supply chains are broken and travel is limited. Rule of law is not in effect on a wide scale. 

This level of collapse will be associated with a major die-off--potentially in the initial event (nuclear war, Yellowstone caldera), or more gradual (pandemic, starvation). Survivors will band together into groups--good, bad and in between, formal and informal. If there's a measure of stability post-collapse, you'll see some consolidation of groups--alliances, mergers and takeovers--and hopefully eventual rebuilding. 

I don't personally subscribe to any kind of single philosophy as a "best" way to survive this scope of collapse. For example, a retreat in the middle o' nowhere is not the magic solution, though it can be a pretty good one given the right circumstances. Being a part of a larger resilient (mostly self sufficient) community is another, in many ways, better solution--especially if you can back that community up with some military hardware. We'll talk through a variety of options.

There's the obvious survivalist problems of hordes of cannibals/zombies/raiders, but there's also the problems of sustaining life a year, two years and on-wards after a worldwide collapse. Stuff will run out, wear out and break and there's no more mega-mart to drop by. Lots of associated problems.

We'll also talk through some of the rebuilding process--ideas on how to organize a community defense force, restart and participate in a local barter-based economy, community leadership and so on.

A lot of this will be theoretical, idea-based, though we'll try to look back at history when we can. We may even delve into some of the ideas presented in some of the better post-apocalypse fiction out there--some smart writers with smart ideas to pull from.

Anyways, should be some fun stuff. I'm going to try to get one post per week out along these discussion lines--so stay tuned!

10 comments :

  1. AnonymousJuly 25, 2012

    Sounds very interesting. One doesn't realize how trying to be practical can exclude some of the more important, although unlikely, survival scenarios.

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  2. AnonymousJuly 25, 2012

    UGLY ROOSTER

    I have a suggestion as to HOW to approach this big topic. It would be in keeping with your style and be user friendly.

    First, we collaborate and the T-Blog community (or you) presents a list or virtual 10x10 room. In this room there are are the basic essentials that one must arguably have on hand to handle disasters, generally.

    Second, and from that base of supplies, we evaluate specific "events"-one post at a time. By doing so, the general supply room would be evaluated for its performance. Also, a list of extra supplies or planning could be attached for those who are more exposed. For example, I live in East TN. "John" lives on the Cali fault line. I care nothing about earthquakes. He does. But both of us would need the general supplies.

    I hope that makes sense.

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    1. But Anonymous, with alot of activity lately around New Madrid fault you should start to worry about earthquakes.

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    2. AnonymousJuly 25, 2012

      Gee goslow I live about 20 miles from the new madrid fault zone and have not heard anything about any activity or felt any shocks. Where you getting your info??

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    3. AnonymousJuly 25, 2012

      Ugly rooster

      I am in East TN. Really, I am not making preps for earthquakes. However, you do make a good point that I might one day encounter one.

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  3. It would be interesting to read an article about what people have bought for a SHTF scenerio and now regret. Like that wicked looking knife that is totally useless for anything other than hanging on the wall, etc.

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    1. AnonymousJuly 28, 2012

      Lee, that's a great point. How much time, money and energy have people spent on things that didn't have actual real world use? I forget the name of the book, I've seen it referenced on this site even, about the guy in Argentina who went through their economic collapse. There's someone with real world experience with what works and what didn't. Probably something great to review.

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    2. Good idea for a post...there are a lot of potential money dumps, though part of it is based on personal prefence. Stuff I think is a waste someone else is probably going to love. But certainly some areas where it's easy to go off the deep end.

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    3. And I agree FerFAL has some great insights...I read a bunch of his stuff back in the day when he frequented many of the forums. BUT, his situation is different from what we are looking at here... Long term economic troubles, high crime, instability, but not the end of the world apocalypse. We are going to take a little trip down into the worst case scenarios...the Road , Mad Max, Book of Eli. Walking Dead level stuff...

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  4. I am one of the visitors of your site. I hope you will show more such material or data to put in our use.

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