Are you really prepared for anything that comes your way? Here are some survival scenarios which you probably haven’t put much thought into.
Let’s face it, just because you think you are prepared doesn’t always mean you are.
Have you considered the wide range of threats you may have to face in any given situation? Probably not, even if you think you’ve prepared for everything that could come your way.
When preparing for a disaster you need to consider everything, even things which may not seem likely. Even the most obscure situations are worth thinking about, even if just briefly.
Many people typically focus on problems most relative to their location and situation, which is always a good thing and our recommended starting point for everyone.
But because of this, small scale and even wide scale catastrophes can be easily overlooked or pushed aside as “not gonna happen”.
Here we’ve listed out three situations you may have overlooked. By keeping in mind even the most obscure circumstances, you’ll finally be equipped to face anything.
With terrorist attacks stepping up, a biological or biochemical attack is more a possibility now than it was a decade ago. And if you live in a large city you’re chances of an attack go up a great deal.
Lethal biochemical substances exist and can be procured by the willing, and may be more readily available to those who shouldn’t have them more so than you may think.
And what about a government attack? Following World War I, chemical and biological weapons were banned from warfare, but that hardly means you are safe from this devastating method of destruction. Just because most countries have agreed that biological weapons should be outlawed, does that mean everyone is going to play fair? Ask Syria.
As science and technology continues to advance year in and year out, biochemical threats become easier and easier to access at both a small and large scale.
Why They Are So Dangerous
What puts biological weapons on a whole new level is the fact that they can infiltrate an environment in many discrete and different methods. They can be airborne or injected into a host agent which spreads the weapon unknowingly, or through food and water contamination.
These weapons usually take the form of a bacteria, virus, or a toxin. Because there are many different forms and methods of contamination, just because the use of a biological weapon is apparent, finding the actual source of it can be difficult.
Additionally, in a situation of a biochemical outbreak, your air, food, and water can become your biggest enemies. Not only are you at risk of the killing agent, but you can now no longer trust your food or water or even the air you breath.
How To Prepare For An Outbreak
Due to the fact that a biochemical attack can happen under countless situations and environments, specifically preparing for an outbreak can be difficult. Despite this, some steps can still be taken.
When a biological agent is taking over a region, your safest option is to distance yourself – from everybody. Be prepared to flee as quickly as possible, especially if you are in a populated area. If the biological threat is attacking people or food sources through contamination, it’s safe to say you don’t want to be around anybody.
Set up routes to leave a location quickly and establish waypoints that are remote or at least away from heavy residency. Even if you cannot stay for an extended time at a safe house distanced from population, a couple hours of solitude will allow you to collect yourself and develop a more detailed plan depending on the situation.
Additionally, have easy access to air and water purification devices at all time. An airborne biochemical agent can travel miles in just minutes, quickly overtaking regions. With proper air purification masks, it could very well save your life, or give you enough time to get to a safer location.
If you have a safe room or bunker and have decided to stay put, invest some money in lab quality air filtration that can remove viruses, bacteria, and even radioactive particles.
Most people are prepared for a loss of power, lack of internet, and perhaps no computers. But are you truly prepared for the full effects of an outright EMP blast?
The detonation of an EMP blast will destroy, or render most electronical equipment useless for an extended amount of time. While it depends on how close you are to the detonation and the strength of the EMP, it’s safe to say most cars will be unsafe to drive, power grids will shut down, cell phone networks will fail, and radio equipment and radio stations will be rendered useless.
What Exactly Is An EMP?
In the simplest explanation, an EMP blast consists of a burst of electromagnetic energy. Due to this, an EMP blast can actually be naturally occurring, like from the Sun, but it could also come from a man-made device.
EMP blasts can be deployed over a region, in the air, to destroy electronic processes. Because they can be triggered from the ground, this makes the ability of detonating an EMP blast high.
How To Prepare For An EMP
If you are prepared to live off power and off the grid: good – you are a step in the right direction. However, specifically with an EMP blast there are other things you need to be thinking of.
Firstly, any cell phones or radio equipment will likely be useless. Because of this, most forms of short and long distance communication will be offline. You need to be prepared to not be in contact with anyone for a significant amount of time.
Additionally, it is important to think about the affect an EMP blast will have on others. Without an adequate supply of power, society will go into full SHTF mode.
However, if you construct a Faraday Cage, which is a specially made metal box (a microwave works too), it has the ability to protect contents from most electromagnetic pulses, you will be able to save a few vital items. Thinks like cell phones will likely still bow down however, as the towers will be fried.
Many people don’t take into consideration what happens when even the most reliable people cannot be trusted. From law enforcement to even your neighbor, can they be trusted when their kids are about to starve to death and you’re the last guy with a little food?
I think Eric E. Borton said it best in our article, Surviving Haiti – What I Learned About Prepping And Urban Survival,
“I’ve always believed the most dangerous animals on the planet are parents protecting their children. In Port-au-Prince, most live in squalor and struggle to survive and provide for their families every day.
“The combined dollar amount of the items I carried in my pack was more than what most families make in a year. I’m sure on more than one occasion a kind and gentle father thought about bashing my head in with a rock to take what I had.
“Not because he was evil, but because he was desperate.”
How To Protect Yourself
Once some sort of survival event happens that devolves into true SHTF, be prepared for all sense of order to be abolished and for chaos to start in populated areas.
Don’t rely on police. They are vastly outnumbered now and rely on 99% of the population to obey the laws at any given time. If a large scale event happens law enforcement will be overwhelmed in a matter of days, hours in big cities. And they are normal people just like you and me too with children and wives to care for. Many will stick it out and give the ultimate sacrifice, and many will choose to get their families out of danger if they know there’s no longer any hope of law and order because the SHTF event is so extreme.
Have a bug out location, know where to go, and how it takes to get there. Typically, the lower the population, the easier it will be to avoid being caught up in the riots and chaos of total societal collapse. However, just because there aren’t many people in your vicinity doesn’t mean anyone can be trusted. Stay out of the public, and if you are approached find a way to quickly leave.
While your location or environment is a great place to keep in mind when you start prepping, don’t stop there when you’re done Consider what else is out there.
Biochemical weapons have the ability to travel miles in a very short amount of time and cause gruesome circumstances to anything in its way. An EMP blast has the ability to render everything that us modern humans depend on completely useless in the blink of an eye. If society collapsed and the food/water/gas/power/etc grids fell apart, are you prepared to make it alone and trust no one if necessary?
No situation will happen exactly as you planned it. Through preparing for a wide range of situations which could happen, your ability to adapt to anything will rise along with your flexibility.