Surviving in the City
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While we all want to do our best to prepare for a coming
crisis, and many of us realize the city is perhaps the worst place to live, very few people are really prepared to pack up
the old Winnebago and head for the hills. Most Americans, whether they're aware or not, are going to stay in the cities.
This is not a hasty decision for most people. Most of us
depend on the city for our livelihood, and we can be better prepared by continuing to live in the city, earn a good income,
and make preparations for exiting the city at the appropriate time or by staying in the city and living off existing supplies.
This special report explains some of the most critical dangers
of living in a city and presents some solutions to surviving them. If you are one of the people who has decided to stay in
the city, you'll benefit greatly from this information.
Cities are artificial
Every city is an artificial construct.
Cities formed as people came together to conduct business, participate in social interaction, and benefit from efficiencies
in public services (such as schools, sewers, water, etc.) and a common defense. Yet cities cannot survive alone. They need
resources from the country; most notably, food, water and electricity. While electricity and water can sometimes be created
or found within city limits, the acreage requirements of food dictate that no city could possibly feed its own people.
that last phrase carefully: No city can feed its own people. Not one. Cities are, by their very nature, dependent on the importation
of food. The advent of just-in-time delivery systems to our grocery stores means that most cities would run out of food within
a week if supplies were for some reason disrupted.
Remember, cities are not self-sufficient. Although they may seem
to be in 2005, they have for a long time been entirely dependent on the American farmer for their support, something almost
all Americans take for granted (except the farmer, of course.)
Risks in the City
The city presents some serious
risks during a crisis. The four most serious ones are:
1. the collapse of social order (riots),
2. the failure of
the water treatment and delivery systems,
3. the depletion of food supplies and
4. the failure of the power grid.
While not every situation will appear in every city, every situation
will most certainly appear in some cities. Will that include yours? We’ll tackle these one at a time:
Collapse of Social Order
"Social order" is a delicate thing, and it exists as a psychological barrier that could easily
collapse under the right conditions. We all saw this during the L. A. Riots following the Rodney King trial verdict as citizens
of L. A. set fire to their own town, yanked people from vehicles and beat them literally to death, and even fired guns at
firemen attempting to save their buildings! More recently we were all witness to the looting, violence and total breakdown
of society following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
What allowed this to happen? Simple: the simultaneous melting
away of the psychological barrier of "order." Once people realized 911 couldn’t handle the load, or was offline, that
the local police were helpless or had simply abandoned their posts, "Law and Order" ceased to exist in their minds. They then
conducted their lives in the way they always wanted to, but couldn’t because of the police. That is, they ran out to
the local stores and just took whatever they wanted (looting). They took our their racial frustration on innocent victims
who happened to be driving through the area, and they let loose on a path of destruction that only stopped when men with rifles
(the National Guard) were called in to settle things down. In other words, only the threat of immediate death stopped the
looting and violence. Rifles work wonders.
Imagine store owners lying prone on the roofs of their stores with AK-47's,
firing at anyone who approached. This is exactly what happened in Los Angeles. But worse, imagine the lawless horde firing
at the rescue copters trying to bring in supplies to the desperate masses.
The National Guard eventually got things under control. This
event was isolated, however, to one city. Imagine a hundred cities experiencing the same thing. Will the National Guard be
able to handle the load? Not likely. What about local police? They aren’t fools; if things look bad enough, they’ll
grab their families and head for the hills, just like they did in New Orleans. No pension is worth getting killed for. A few
U. S. cities could be transformed into literal war zones overnight. It would require all-out martial law and military force
to have any chance whatsoever of bringing order to these streets. And the reality is that there are not enough military in
the USA to secure all of the cities if this happens.
This collapse of social order is perhaps the greatest risk of
staying in the city during a crisis. What, exactly, would cause this collapse of social order? Lack of three things: food,
water, and money. When people run out of food, some will begin ransacking their neighborhood, searching for something to eat.
(Remember that in a city, a "neighbor" does not mean the same thing as a "neighbor" in the country. They are not necessarily
your friends.) It won’t take long, then, for violence to take over in some cities. While certain regions will certainly
manage to keep things under control and people will form lines at the local (depleted) Red Cross shelter, other cities will
see an explosion of violence. Imagine the gang-infested regions of L. A., Chicago, New York, St. Louis & New Orleans.
Do you think those people are going to stand in line and wait? They already have guns; now they finally get to use them. Pent-up
racial tensions & hostilities will simply serve as justification for shooting people of the same or other color in order
to get their food.
Even if the food somehow gets into the cities, lack of money
(due to the government not sending out checks) could cause the same thing. Eventually, lack of money results in looting and
mass theft. As the stealing balloons, it also results in a collapse of social order. Water; the same thing (but faster). The
collapse of social order is also very dangerous because it doesn’t require any "actual" collapse of the power grid,
telecommunications, transportation or banking. Social order is a psychological artifact. It is a frame of mind, and any global
panic can quickly remove the mental barrier that right now keeps people basically "lawful."
The Failure of Water Treatment
and Delivery Systems
Will the water treatment facilities fail during a crisis? Many will. Some won’t. The problem
lies in figuring out whether yours will. Certainly, they depend on electricity, and testing conducted on some plants has already
revealed weaknesses in the system.
In one such test, the water treatment plant released a fatal dose of fluoride into
the water system when tested. The computers thought they were 99 years behind in releasing minute doses of fluoride, so they
made up the difference. If you happened to be downstream, drinking that water, you were dead. Fluoride, no matter what misinformed
dentists tell you, is actually a fatal poison. A major crisis likely to demonstrate this fact in more than one city.
most important question here, though, is about what will happen when the water stops flowing (or if it is flowing, but it’s
not drinkable). As you are probably aware, while people can live without food for long periods of time (2-3 weeks), water
is needed on a daily basis. You can go 2-3 days without it, at most, but beyond that, you'll quickly turn to dust. [See www.EndTimesReport.com/water.html ]
That means people will do anything to get water, because to not have
it means death. And guess where it’s going to be the most difficult to actually get water? You guessed it: in the cities.
During the first day of the water crisis, many people still won't figure out what's going on. They’ll figure it’s
a temporary breakage of a water main and the government will get it fixed within hours. As those hours stretch into the next
day, these people will get very worried.
By the second day, more and more people will realize the water isn't coming.
At that point, you could easily see a breakdown of social order, as described in the previous section (as you can see, these
things all tend to cause each other.). People will begin their "search for water," and the first place they’re likely
to go is where they always go for liquids: the grocery store, the local Wal-Mart, the 7-11. The shelves will be cleaned out
Beyond that (because those liquids aren’t going to last long), you're going to see people engaged
in a mass-exodus from the cities. They’ll take the gas they have left in their tanks and they'll leave the city in search
of water. Some will go to "Grandma’s house" out in the country where they might at least find a pond or stream to drink
from. Others will simply go on an expanded looting mission, stopping at any house they see and asking the residents (with
a gun in their face, likely) if they have any water to "donate."
As a result of all this, if water stops flowing, here
are the events you can expect to see in some of the worse-off cities:
* Looting of all the grocery stores by the second
or third day (remember New Orleans?)
* Minor outbreaks of violence during the looting. Shop owners, for example, may attempt
to defend their shops with firearms (ala L. A. Riots)
* Mass exodus of residents from the city in search of water
Ransacking of any houses or farms within a gas-tank radius of the city, presumably by desperate people with guns
traffic jams on the outbound highways as people run out of gas and abandon their vehicles (if bad enough, this could actually
block the highways and trap people in the cities) (Remember Hurricane Rita?)
* Mass outbreak of water-borne diseases as
people use streams and rivers as both a water fountain and a bathroom. People crapping upstream are going to infect the people
drinking downstream. Very few have any kind of water filtration device. That last point is really critical. Once the water
flow stops, disease is going to strike.
The Depletion of Food Supplies
The food supplies will likely dwindle quickly
as we approach a possible crisis due to people stocking up just in case. Once the crisis actually hits, expect to see breakdowns
in the transportation sector that will result in major delays in food delivery. This means food may arrive in sporadic fashion
in some cities (if at all).
Once this happens, food suddenly becomes really valuable to people (even though they take
it for granted today). And that means any small shipment of food that arrives will be quickly grabbed and eaten or stored.
It only takes one week without food to remind people how much they actually need it, so expect the atmosphere to be that of
a "near panic" if food is delayed by as little as three days. The level of panic will vary from city to city. Some cities
or towns may experience very little difficulty receiving food. Others may face near-starvation circumstances.
the cities depend entirely on food shipped in from the farms and food processing companies. Also, note that if there’s
a water problem as mentioned in the previous section, and the mass exodus begins, the highways may be jammed up at critical
locations, causing gridlock for the trucking industry. If we're lucky, some trucks will continue to roll. If we’re not,
assume that nothing gets through. [See www.EndTimesReport.com/food.html ]
A shortage of food ultimately results in the same behavior as a shortage
of water. First, people eat what’s in the pantry, then they loot the grocery stores. After that, with all local supplies
depleted and no hope on the horizon, they leave the city and start ransacking nearby homes. Some will hunt in nearby forests,
but most city-dwellers don’t know how to hunt. In any case, anyone with the means to leave the city will likely do so
soon after their food shortage begins.
The Failure of the Power Grid
Nothing is as suddenly obvious nor has such
a gigantic psychological impact as the failure of the power grid. When the electricity stops, almost everybody knows it at
the same instant (unless it happens at night).
Naturally, during the first few hours of the power failure, if it occurs,
people will assume it’s a temporary situation. Maybe a tree fell on some power lines, or perhaps a transformer blew
up somewhere nearby. They'll sit tight and wait for the power to come back on.
What if it doesn’t? Then the city
faces a severe problem. Without power, obviously, everything shuts down. Within hours, the looting begins in the more crime-ridden
cities (we saw this in New York a few decades ago.). The longer the power stays off, the worse the social disorder.
loss of power will bring the entire city to a halt. While vehicles may get around for a few more days (using whatever fuel
they have left), businesses obviously won't be operating. Houses that depend on electricity for heat will quickly reach Winter
temperatures, freezing many occupants to death. [See www.EndTimesReport.com/kerosene.html ] While those that depend on electricity for Air Conditioning will just as quickly
reach Summer temperatures, resulting in death from heat stroke. Hospitals and police stations may have generators on hand,
with a few days worth of fuel, but in short order, that will be depleted, too.
But the water treatment plant will
almost certainly be off-line without power, causing all the events mentioned in the water section, above. Let's face it, the
power is the worst thing to be without in the city. If you have power, you can survive a food shortage, perhaps even a short
water shortage. But without power, all bets are off. If you have a "bug-out" vehicle stocked and ready to go (see below),
this might be the time to bail.
Solutions in the City
Okay, so you're stuck in the city. You’ve made the
decision to stay. You’ve read the problems above, you believe they make sense, and you’re intelligently frightened.
What now? You really have two strategies. You can:
* Stay and defend your house
* Bug out (leave the city and head
for the hills)
Important! This is not an either/or situation. You can begin by staying in your house and assessing
the situation. You'll want to have a "bug-out" vehicle stocked and ready, just in case, if you can afford one, but you may
never actually choose to bug out. You’ll have to be the ultimate judge of this. Just remember that when you bug out,
you face major risks and disadvantages. Among these:
1. You're severely limited in how much you can carry -
have limited range due to fuel -
3. You expose yourself to social chaos, roadblocks, random violence, etc. -
house will certainly be looted while you're gone -
5. You run the risk of mechanical breakdowns of your vehicle -
You must have a place to go that you know is in better shape than where you currently are.
In general, unless you
have a specific, known safe place as your final destination, I don't advise people to bug out. Just "heading for the hills"
is a very poor plan. You might not make it. But heading for Grandma’s house or some known, safe place could be a very
good plan indeed, depending on whether Grandma is ready, willing and able to accept you! [This subject is covered in depth
in my booklet, "Evacuation and Relocation." ]
For these reasons (and more), staying and defending your house is sometimes
the only reasonable course of action, even if it seems dangerous. For the most part, looters and people looking for food are
going to have plenty of easy victims, so if you show a little willingness to use force to defend your property, you’ll
likely send people on to the next house. [See www.EndTimesReport.com/homedefense.html ]
That is, until the next house is already empty and you appear to be
the last house on the block with any food and water left. If you're in a bad enough area, your neighbors may "gang up" on
you and demand your supplies or your life. This is truly a worst-case scenario, and unless you literally have a house full
of battle rifles and people trained to use them (and the willingness to shoot your neighbors), you’re sunk. This is
why the best situation by far is to keep your neighbors informed and help them get prepared. Then you (both your member and
non-member neighbors) can act as a group, defending your neighborhood and sharing the supplies you have with anyone willing
to help defend you.
When you have this kind of situation going, your neighbors realize you are their lifeline. You
supply them with food and water, and they will help support you because they are, in effect, supporting their own lives. The
best situation is when your neighbors and other ward members have their own food and water supplies. That way, they aren’t
depleting yours, and they have a strong motivation for getting together with you defend your neighborhood. (More on this below.)
(and Hiding) Your Food
Storing food is just as important in the city as in the country, but hiding it is far more important.
That’s because in the worst areas, marauders will be going from house to house, demanding your food or your life. If
you're dumb enough to put everything you own in the obvious places, you might as well not buy it in the first place. They
will find it. To count on having any amount of food left over after the marauders break in, you'll need to hide your food.
One alternative is to plan on defending your home with
force. If you have enough gun-wise people in the house, and enough firearms and ammo, you can probably pull this off. But
most of us aren’t nearly as experience with firearms as the gang members. A better alternative might be to plan on bringing
you supplies to your ward/stake building where all of the Saints can both pool and defend their resources. This of course
will depend greatly on your local Bishop and Stake President.
Back to hiding: the best way to hide your food is to
bury it. You’ll need airtight containers, long-term food that won't rot and you’ll need to plan ahead. Bury your
food at night so nobody will notice, and make sure you don’t leave the map on the refrigerator door! (Better to memorize
it!) Try to get the ground to look normal after you're all finished. You’ll want to bury your food as early as possible
because it gives the grass time to regroup over the spot. If you’re in an area that snows, you’ll have a great
concealment blanket! Most food marauders won't go to the trouble to dig up food, especially if you insist you don't have any.
plan: Have some smaller amount of food stashed around the house, letting them find something. Better to give them something
and send them on their way. The art of hiding your food is an ancient one. You've got to get creative. Use the walls, the
floors, and the structure of the house.
If hiding your food is simply not an available alternative, then try not to
advertise it. Keep it put away in your house or garage in as discreet a manner as possible. Don’t make a point of telling
people that you have a years supply (or more). Word gets around fast that Bro. Jones has a ton of food in his garage. Boxes
of food fit nicely under beds, behind furniture, in the attic, etc.. Be Creative!!
To sum up the food storage, you
really have three strategies here:
* Store it all in your house and plan on defending it by force.
* Bury it in your
yard in case you get overrun by looters.
* Store part of it in your house, and hide the bulk of it.
* Relocate all
of it as soon as you recognize a major disaster is in progress
One of the best ways to store food for burying, although
it will only last 2-3 years in high-humidity areas, is to purchase 55-gallon good-grade steel drums. You can get them from:
Memphis Drum Service, 3299 Tulane, Memphis, Tennessee 38116 (901) 396-6484; (800) 960-3786) The drums are only $16.50, but
shipping them is around $30 each. Once you obtain the drums, dump in your grains or other food items. If you purchase bags
of food from Walton Feed, this is the perfect way to store it. Don't leave it in the bags unless you're actively eating it.
[Note: Plastic barrels do not rust.]
Then sprinkle some diatomaceous earth into the drum. You'll need about two cups
to treat a 55-gallon drum, and it must be mixed in well. Diatomaceous earth is made from ground up sea shells, and it kills
bugs by getting into their joints. You can get some from: Perma-Guard, Inc. 115 Rio Bravo S. E. Albuquerque, New Mexico 87105
This diatomaceous earth is food grade, and on the bag it says, "Fossil Shell Flour." Their prices are
one pound, $4.90; 2 lb., $8.05; 5 lb., 14.70, 10 lb., $18.00; 50 lb., $24.95.
Once you get these drums filled and sealed,
you can then bury them in your yard. This is actually a HUGE UNDERTAKING and is a LOT more difficult than it sounds, since
you’ll need to dig to a depth of around 5 or 6 feet in order to sufficiently bury these drums. You’re likely to
attract a lot of attention unless you do it at night, and you’ll definitely be removing a lot of dirt that you’ll
need to find some use for. Because the drums are steel, they will also deteriorate unless you line the outside with plastic
(a good idea) and treat the drums with some kind of protectant or oil. (Don't use WD-40.) Even Vaseline would work well, although
you would definitely need a lot to coat a 55-gallon drum.
When you’re all done, you should have your protected
grains in 55-gallon drums, buried in your yard and protected against the humidity of the surrounding earth. It’s a big
effort, but then again, the food inside may save your life. You’ll find it much more efficient to bury several barrels
at once; side by side.
In reality it would be faster and easier to simply build a false wall in your garage and seal
up your food behind the false wall. Sure, you might loose 2-3 feet of useable space in your garage, but the tradeoff is knowing
everything is safe and sound.
Storing Extra Water
Water can be stored in exactly the same way, although you might
want to bury the barrel before you actually fill it with water. Make sure you treat your storage water, rotate it or have
filters on hand when you get ready to use it.
If you don’t have a yard, or it's not practical to bury your water,
you’ll have to store water inside your house. This can get very tricky because water takes up a lot of space and it's
very difficult to conceal. It’s best to get containers made for long-term storage, but in a pinch, you can use almost
any container: soda bottles, milk jugs (although it's very difficult to rinse the milk out), and even rinsed bleach bottles
(in that case, you won’t need to add bleach). But a lot of these containers will deteriorate quickly, and they may break
easily. Also, consider what happens if your water may be subjected to freezing. Will your containers survive? Be sure to leave
enough air space to handle the expansion. [See www.EndTimesReport.com/water.html ]
In order to prepare yourself for the water shortage, assuming you’re
going to stay in the city, stock at least six months of water at a minimum two gallons a day per person. That’s nearly
400 gallons of water if you have two people.
Of course, even with the best in-house preparations, you may find yourself
depleted of water supplies. In this situation, one of your best defenses is to have a really good water filter (like the Katadyn
filter) that can remove parasites and bacteria from the water. You can also treat your water in other ways (iodine, distillation,
silver solution, bleach, etc.). Armed with these items, you can safely use stream or river water (or even pond water) for
By far, the best solution for obtaining long-term
water supplies is to drill a well. Buy the best-quality hand-pump available (cast-iron pumps available from Lehman’s)
and a good cylinder. They will last a lifetime if installed properly. With this setup, you'll have a near-unlimited supply
The total cost of doing this, depending on where you live, ranges from about $4000 - $6000. Is it worth it?
If you’ve got the money, I think so. However, many cities simply don’t allow the drilling of wells, so you may
not be able to get one drilled even if you want to.
The deeper your well, the more expensive it gets. Most well drilling
companies charge by the foot. When water is deeper, you also need a bigger pump and a more powerful cylinder, so the costs
tend to really grow the deeper you go. If you can find water at 20', you’re very lucky and it might not cost you even
$2000. If you have to go down to 200', it might cost you $7500, and you’re at the depth limit of hand-powered pumps
Defending Your Life and Property
Let’s talk about force. No doubt, there are plenty of nice people
in this country, and I think that in small towns and rural areas, people are going to find ways to cooperate and get along.
I also think, however, that some cities will suffer complete social breakdown and violence will rule. If you happen to be
stuck in one of these cities, you’re going to need to use force to defend your house. The section that follows discusses
what I consider to be extreme responses to violence in the most dire situations. Hopefully, you won't find yourself in these
circumstances, but if you do, the information below may be valuable.
Important: Do not use your lights at night. If
you are stocking propane-powered lanterns, solar-powered flashlights, or other unusual supplies, using them at night will
announce to everyone within line of sight that you have more than the "usual" supplies. Expect them to come knocking in your
door. [See www.EndTimesReport.com/lighting.html At most, let a fire burn in the fireplace, but in general, avoid drawing attention
to your house.
Defending your house is a crucial element on your stay-in-the-city plan. Make your house your fortress,
and hold drills to help other family members practice some of the more common activities such as hiding, defending, evacuating,
etc. Some useful items for home defense include:
* A guard dog
* Pepper spray
* Smoke bombs (military-grade)
* Trip wires
Let's go over these: The guard dog is certainly a welcome addition to any family trying to defend
their house. Although he probably eats a lot of food, the investment is worth if. Dogs also tend to sleep light, so let them
sleep right next to the food storage areas, and make sure you sleep within earshot. If the dog barks, don't consider it an
annoyance, consider it an INTRUSION.
Pepper spray is a great alternative to the firearm. It will incapacitate people
and certainly give them a painful experience to remember. On the downside (potentially), it might just remind them that next
time they come back for food, they better kill you first. So understand the limitations of pepper spray.
useful for obvious reasons. In the worst-case scenario, when looting is rampant, you may have to actually shoot someone to
protect yourself or your family. If you’re squeamish about pulling the trigger under these circumstances, don't plan
to stay in the city. Use the "bug out" plan instead.
Smoke bombs can be useful for covering a planned escape from your
house. You can purchase high-volume smoke bombs that will quickly fill up any house with an unbreathable cloud of military-grade
Trip wires are great perimeter defenses. You can buy them from Cheaper Than Dirt (they run a few hundred
dollars). They will give you early warning if someone is approaching. You can connect the tripwires to flares, shotgun shells,
light sticks or other warning devices. This way, you can have an audible or visible alert, your choice.
to these devices, you can make significant fortification-style improvements to your home. While none of these are very affordable,
they certainly help defend your home:
* Replace glass windows with non-breakable Plexiglas
* Add steel bars to the
* Replace all outside door locks with heavy-duty deadbolts
* Replace all outside doors with steel doors, preferably
* Remove bushes and other shrubs where people might hide
* Black out the windows entirely to avoid
light escaping at night (similar to what residents of London did during the WWII bombing raids)
* Build secret hiding
places for food, coins, or even people
* Create escape hatches or passageways
* Rig pepper-spray booby traps
aren’t as absurd as they might at first sound. Many people living in rough cities already have steel bars covering their
windows, and removing extra bushes and shrubs is a well-known tactic for making your home a safer place.
light your home when there’s no electricity, try the following:
* Use LED flashlights and rechargeable solar-charged
batteries. You can buy all these items from the Real Goods catalog [Also see www.EndTimesReport.com/survival_shop.html ]
* Use propane-powered lanterns. You can find these in the camping section
of your local Wal-Mart. Be sure to purchase extra mantles and store lots of propane.
* Purchase quality oil lamps from
Lehman’s and stock up on oil. You can also purchase cheap kerosene lamps from the Sportsman's Guide or Wal-Mart, then
simply purchase and store extra kerosene.
* Buy extra candles.
* Purchase lots of olive oil. Not only can you cook
with it (and besides, it’s a lot healthier than corn or vegetable oil), olive oil also burns as a clean candle fuel.
You can float a wick in a jar half-full of olive oil and light the wick. Viola, a home-made candle. Olive oil is a fantastic
item for your storage anyway because even if you purchase all the grains in the world, you’ll still need cooking oil,
and you obviously can’t buy powdered cooking oil. Well-stored olive oil can last for thousands of years.
Did you know that people won't steal giant logs? Although they may easily steal wood you've already chopped, most
people won't have any way of stealing logs. They’re too heavy, and the vehicles won't have any gas left. For this reason,
your best bet in regards to stocking fuel for your house is to stock up on UNCUT wood logs.
It takes a lot of extra
research to find out how to get them (took me a few weeks of asking around), but you can find a source if you look hard enough.
Or you can usually get a permit to go out and cut your own. The effort is worth it, because this will give you a ready-to-go
source of heat and fuel that cannot be easily stolen.
The catch, of course, is that you'll need equipment to cut and
chop the wood. A chainsaw is REALLY nice in this way, but it requires fuel. Fortunately, chain saws don’t use much fuel,
so if you have a way to store as little as 50 gallons or so, you've got enough to power your chainsaw for a few years (at
least!). You'll need fuel stabilizers, too, which you can buy at your local Wal-Mart. (Be sure to buy extra chains for your
You’ll also need splitting hardware. You can buy log splitters or just buy an axe, a wedge, and
a sledgehammer. [This is too simplistic: See www.EndTimesReport.com/woodcutting.html ] Better yet, buy all four so you have a choice of what to use. And remember,
wood splits much better when it’s frozen, too, so you might just wait until the cold hits in Winter to start splitting
your wood. Only split a little at a time, because you don’t want to end up with a big pile of nicely-split wood sitting
out in your yard. It will invite theft from people who don't have any. If you already have trees on your property, you're
all set. Cut down about 4-5 cords right now, so they can start drying out, then chop them as you need them.
of wood, by the way, is a volume measurement. It’s 8' x 4' x 4', or 128 cubic feet of wood (stacked). Some people that
sell wood will try to rip you off, so make sure you know what you're buying. If you purchase logs, it’s better to get
a price per linear foot, based on the diameter of the log. For example, you might ask for logs that are an average of 10"
in diameter, and you’ll ask how much the charge per linear foot would be. Something in the range of $1 - $2 would be
great. [See www.EndTimesReport.com/storing_firewood.html ]
Relations With Neighbors
I’ve already mentioned the importance
of getting along with your neighbors. It really is crucial to your city-based survival plan. The best situation to be in,
as mentioned before, is to have neighbors & other church members who are aware of the issue and who are getting ready
for it by stocking their own food, water, and other supplies. Every neighbor & member that becomes self-reliant is one
less neighbor or member you’ll have to support.
The range of neighbor situations, from best to worst, is as follows:
* Best case: your neighbor is current Recommend holder, is aware of and both temporally & Spiritually prepared for
an emergency with their own supplies and training.
* Good case: your neighbor is aware of a potential crisis, and even
though they don't have their own supplies, they’re willing to help defend yours as long as you share
* Bad case:
your neighbor is a non-member that didn’t prepare for it, figuring they would just steal from you if things got bad.
They are aware of YOUR supplies but don’t have their own.
* Worst case: your neighbor isn’t aware of anything,
he is anti-mormon and he’s a violent, angry neighbor just released from prison. He is going to be caught off guard by
the ensuing events and will likely attempt to use violence to get what he needs or wants.
Your decision on whether
to stay in the city may depend greatly on the quality and quantity of your neighbors. If you do live in a bad neighborhood,
do what you can to relocate. If you live in a good neighborhood, do the best you can to educate and inform your neighbors.
This might well be the most important missionary work you ever do for your own temporal salvation!
Gun Control in the
No matter how you felt or thought about gun control in the past, it’s time to face disaster-induced reality.
The gun-control politicians (and the people who supported them) have placed Americans in a situation where not only can the
police not protect us in a timely manner, but we cannot lawfully defend ourselves. Criminals unlawfully have firearms; citizens
lawfully don't. Intentionally or otherwise, gun-control supporters have created a situation where an unfortunate number of
innocent men, women and children are going to be in danger during a crisis simply because they could not obtain the tools
It also happens that the cities where the rioting will likely be the worst are precisely the cities
where firearms are most likely to be banned from lawful ownership (and where criminals may wield near-absolute power for a
while.). Perhaps when society recovers from it, we can review the fallacy in the cause / effect logic that keeps people voting
for gun-control laws, but in the mean time, millions of people are going to have to resort to breaking the law in order to
protect their families. And yes, you too will have to resort to breaking the law if you are to acquire a firearm in an area
where guns are entirely banned from private citizens (like New York, Los Angeles, etc.).
After the disaster hits, if
the rioting gets really bad, we're going to see local police begging law-abiding citizens for help. Your firearm will be a
welcome addition to the force of law and order, believe me. No local cop is going to mind you having a handgun if you're manning
a roadblock protecting a neighborhood of families with children. Act responsibly, tell them what you're doing, and they'll
probably give you a big thanks. But if you're carrying a gun while you smash a window of the Wal-Mart and walk off with a
stereo; well that's a different story. Be prepare to get shot.
See, cops don't mind private ownership nearly as much
as we've all been led to believe. I know, I work with law enforcement officers in a small town, and I ask them about topics
like this. When the crisis hits, they'll be more than happy to have your cooperation. We're all going to need as many law-abiding
gun-toting citizens as possible in order to fend off the criminals and establish some degree of order.
One More Reason
To Move Out
If you really feel you need a firearm to protect yourself and your family, your best bet may be to move to
a city or state where people are a lot more accepting of firearms. You'd be surprised what a difference the locale makes.
Check the gun laws in any state you're considering moving to. Obviously, "cowboy" states like Arizona, Texas and Wyoming will
have fewer restrictions on firearms (and, interestingly, they have less of a problem with gun violence). States where the
population is more dense (like California & New York) tend to have much greater restrictions on private ownership of firearms.
Suppose it’s July 14, 2006, and you’ve changed your mind about this city thing. You happened to be right
smack in the middle of one of the worst-hit cities in the country. The looting is getting worse, the power has been out for
two weeks, and your water supplies are running low. You still have enough gas in your truck to make it out of town if you
can get past the gangs, that is. You’ve decided to BUG OUT!
Some basic pointers:
* Don’t try to bug
out in a Chevy Geo. You will likely need a big heavy 4x4 truck in order to go off-road and around stalled vehicles
something that can carry at least 1000 pounds of supplies. A big 4x4 pickup will do nicely! Yes, it requires more fuel, but
you can carry the fuel as cargo.
* Don’t bug out unless you can have someone ride shotgun, literally. You will need
an armed passenger in case you run into not-so-nice people
WHAT TO TAKE [Overly simplistic. See my booklet Evacuation and Relocation.]
Ahh, the bug-out supply list. All this will fit in your truck. Here’s
what you should take if you’re preparing to bug out with two people:
* Your 96 hour kits for each person in the
* 20 gallons of water
* 40 gallons of extra fuel or more (and a full gas tank)
WHERE TO GO
earlier, if you have a designated place of refuge (Grandma’s house, a cabin in the woods, etc.), head straight for it.
If not, you’re basically driving anywhere you can go, so try to head for an area that forested and near a creek or river
where you can get some water.
Choosing to remain in the city is a rational choice for many people in
many situations. However, as you have seen from the dangers described here, the further away you can get from the population
centers in general, the better your chances of surviving.
Most people, perhaps yourself included, have a difficult
time actually accepting that a major disaster is going to be as bad as described in this report. And after all, if you leave
the city, sell out, quit your job, move to the country, and then nothing bad happens? You will have disrupted your life, and
you may find yourself broke, jobless, and homeless. You COULD assume it will be a mild event, which I suppose is also a credible
possibility. In that case, surviving in the city will be quite feasible, especially if you have neighbors that can support
your efforts and you don¹t live in a dangerous city with high racial tensions. However, the very nature of a major disaster
means that if only one or two major infrastructure components goes down, the ripple effect will quickly create a much worse
scenario. It seems there is very little room for "mild" effects unless they are miniscule. The most likely scenario at this
point clearly points to massive disruptions, severe shortages in food and water, loss of power in some areas, and a breakdown
of social order in certain areas where the population density is high.
But you can survive anything with good planning,
an open mind, and plenty of practice. Why not start now?
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[Note from Miles Stair. I have written virtually all of this
web site. I take full credit or blame for what I have written. I have posted quite a few articles on this web site written
by others and have always clearly identified the author if known. I have not commented on a single article written by others,
assuming people are bright enough to have their own built-in bilge filter for extraneous comments be or bias of an individual
author. Because I followed this policy with the above post, I was taken to task by Rev. E. F. Khelama of Louisiana because
the unknown author of this article mentioned incidents in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. You may want to listen
to the "Battle of New Orleans" while reading.
Rev. Khelama had the following comments: "I happen to be African-American
minister and I live in Louisiana. I was here when Katrina hit.... This author's statements are not only biased, no doubt influenced
by the media's distortion of the truth, but it hints of racism.... For the record, the stories of violence and looting have
since been proven to be false or widely distorted.... There was no "breakdown in society."... Believe me, if black people
were as violent as far too many white racists believe they are, America would be in trouble....(Regarding the looting) That's
a lie. They took what they needed.... If black people were as violent as white racists try to make them out to be, you'd have
in America what you have in France today and what you had in Ireland for decades. And you would've had it a long time ago....
Are you even remotely aware that it must take an awful lot for black people to react violently on a collective scale against
whites who have oppressed them for centuries, not years?... This is about the truth as opposed to what was presented as "facts."
Most of what was said were lies. I was there. You weren't. Neither was the "author in Canada." There were no "transgressions"
there to forgive."
[Rev. Khelama is right - I wasn't there. So to offset any perceived
racial bias or inaccuracies in the article above, I give you Rev. Khelama's own words as an eyewitness. And to counterbalance
part of Rev. Khelama's statement, I give you below the words of President Theodore Roosevelt.]
"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here
in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else,
for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated
upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American... There can be no divided allegiance here.
Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the
American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one
sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."
Theodore Roosevelt 1907