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Survival by Steve Mattoon

Survival by Steve Mattoon

Author:Steve Mattoon
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Published: 2016-02-10T05:00:00+00:00

Events like those that took place in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina reveal just how unprepared our population is when disaster strikes. (sandoclr, courtesy of iStock)

That may sound paranoid, but there are a lot of people in this country who cannot be trusted in good times, so they will not be better people in bad times. In this instance, if a group of armed people comes in to barter, the chance of a fight breaking out is diminished. If the barterers are bad people, they will wait for a group or individual they can handle. I also believe if they are bad the word will be out. A lot of barter societies consider the barter site neutral ground that benefits all, and that should be the main rule for starting a barter society. Barter societies have worked in places such as Bosnia, Somalia, Afghanistan, Russia, China, Rwanda, and many others around the world. They will work here if disaster strikes.

While preparing for disaster, many individuals and groups make unrealistic plans for moving to a survival location. I am comfortable with going to a remote location that will allow me to get there on a single tank of fuel, and I can do that where I live. I have friends who cannot do this, and I suspect there are many others planning to go to a place in the country. I have a friend who is looking at a seven-hundred-mile trip to his property of choice. With his current vehicles, he would have to refuel two or three times if he wanted a near-full tank when he arrived.

If he just loads his guns, ammunition, and tools he plans on taking, his vehicles will be full. No water, food, or other survival gear will fit. When I pointed this out to him, a kind of panic set in, and for the first time he started thinking properly on what he needed to do. I questioned him on the land he had bought at a good price—and it is a good piece of land with game on it, and it will be defendable with a little work. The biggest problem is that the nearest water source is two miles away and not on his property. This is no big deal, but once disaster strikes he is looking at a four-mile round trip to haul water at more than eight pounds a gallon. Currently there is no road to the water source. This is going to tie people up every day, summer or winter, and take away from other work that may be important to the survival of the group.

The bottom line is that he focused on some land he wanted but not enough on what he might require on it. When looking for land in a rural or remote setting, do not buy land that is going to increase what will already be a staggering workload just to survive. There are a lot of questions that come up about how to fund preparation.


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