March 13, 2015

The Basic Plan: What to Do

A lot of beginner survivalists wonder where they should begin. I dislike giving specific how-to advice as everyone's situation is different. You really need to do your own preparedness analysis and planning based on your specific set of circumstances. If you need someone to give you a full instruction set, you aren't cut out for this sort of thing. Yet there is some utility in a general purpose plan that is applicable to 90% of all individuals and likely scenarios. With that said, here is my concept. It's based on my personal philosophy and analysis of current and past trends. If you don't like it, then don't bother with it and find another plan.
Start with the three basics as taught in Army basic training: shoot, move, and communicate. Get your defensive preparations taken care of. Put together your basic survival battery. Learn how to defend yourself against aggression. Become familiar with the area you currently live in. Get your transportation in order. Figure out where you're going to eventually relocate if you're not already in a sustainable location. Start spending time there on weekends and vacations. Acquire area knowledge of your eventual destination. If you can't live there full time then at least purchase a weekend cabin or vacation property that will eventually become a full-time residence when you are able to do the permanent move. Learn a couple viable trades that will enable you to start a business or find work so that you can participate in the local economy of your new home. Last but not least we have communications. This involves monitoring the airwaves for news and intelligence, keeping in touch with fellow survivalists, and perhaps even becoming a part of a community or regional communications network.

One of your most important activities is putting together a survivalist library. Your library serves several functions. The first is your education. As Robert A. Heinlein once said “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” Afterwards your library will serve as a reference source. It will help others learn, and could act as a knowledge base during the rebuilding if there was a serious enough Black Swan event.

Being in some ways old-school, I generally prefer paper. It requires nothing electrical to read. Paper takes up space however, and moving physical libraries is a pain. USB storage sticks and CDs take up very little space. You can carry an entire library of survivalist reference material in your pocket. You also need a computer to read it. Since I feel TEOTWAWKI has already come as a gradual Atlas Shrugged-style decline, we can safely work with the new generation of energy-efficient laptop computers working on off-grid alternative energy systems. If rugged low-cost laptops such as the XO can be developed for $100 for use by children in third-world countries, then a robust, inexpensive network infrastructure could be developed here in United States by fellow survivalists to keep everyone connected and a knowledge base available in even the worst disaster scenario.

Tools are another important thing that gets overlooked by many “expert” survivalists. Repeat after me, “You can never have too many tools.” Your tools are what you defend yourself with, communicate with your community and fellow survivalists, maintain your personal infrastructure (shelter, vehicles, et. al.), and perform your trade(s) with. Man is a tool-using species, and without tools you operate at a severe disadvantage. This is one of the reasons for adopting an anti-bug out strategy. It's impossible to move a properly stocked workshop on short notice under less than adequate circumstances with less than adequate transportation. Relocate to a sustainable area, and get yourself established in the community NOW. Do that and you'll never starve.

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