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How Will Society Eventually Collapse? (Part I)

Hey, everyone! Rob Raskin from Las Vegas here again, and today I’d like to present you with a question worthy of some consideration. Enough so that I’m making this a four-part series. I enjoy talking to other folks about their prepper plans, survival tips, and ideas about tools, gadgets, and gear. The interesting thing I’ve noticed is that while folks often seem like they’ve got their stuff down, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of exploration on the subject of how the collapse of society will actually go down – it just seems to be a given among them. And while it certainly is a given, as NASA even concluded, I still thought it’d be interesting to examine just how TEOTWAWKI will hit us. When SHTF, you might need to know just what you’re preparing for. Welcome to the doom boom!

 

A Major Terror Attack Wipes Out Our Infrastructure

ISIS. Al-Qaeda. North Korea. Boko Haram. Quds Force. Communists. MS-13. Refugees. The New World Order. And domestic radical liberal movements like BLM, Antifa, and gun-reforming anti-Americans. Or perhaps it may be a combination of these terrorist outfits. They’ve caused enough disruption before. And while the U.S. stays on its toes with our current administration, we can’t ever rule out a scenario, however unlikely, that sees a threat from any one of these vicious groups being carried out and executed when we least expect it.

 

There have been attempts before at our infrastructure with terrorist groups that highlight the vulnerability of U.S. power grids. And while this particular topic could be explored from different angles according to each type of possible threat, the bottom line here is preparedness. Should our infrastructure go down because of terrorist attack, it’s important to:

  • Have a Bug Out Plan: Put your BOB in your BOV and determine your BOL to make evacuation swift and clean.
  • Prepare for Martial Law: The government will always come down on the public before anything else, including taking care of the actual problem. Don’t wait for them to figure it out. The real threat will be at your doorstep!
  • Know Your Emergency Communication: This will be critical, so do not overlook this aspect! There won’t be time to send and receive dispatches when it’s time to bug out, so prepare for a means to do this once you’ve secured your BOL.

 

This was just a taste. Check out the next part in the series to learn more about possible ways TEOTWAWKI could be brought about. Next up I’ll cover societal collapse by way of Political and Social Unrest, as well as Financial and Economic Breakdown. I’d like to know what you all think, so let me, Rob Raskin, know in the comments!

 

How to Make Rope

Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again to teach you the basics of ropemaking. In an emergency, it will be important for you to be able to procure supplies on your own. If part of your bugout plan involves living far away from any place where civil disturbance might be a possibility, you will need to be able to create some vital goods on your own. Rope is one of these and is immensely useful for construction, moving goods, and a wide range of other uses. It’s relatively easy to make on your own and can serve you well throughout whatever emergency you may find yourself in.

Gather Your Materials

To make sturdy rope, you will need to obtain long strands of fiber. This can be obtained from a variety of sources, but plant-based sources will be the easiest for you to obtain. However, anything can be uses, including paper, plastic bags, and even dental floss. You can find all of these either outside, around your home, or if you are close to an area with lots of human activity, scavenged. If you are using grasses, you will want to trim the roots off. If you are using a thicker plant, such as palm fronts or parts of the trunk, you will want to beat the pieces you wish to use to remove the fiber.

Tie the Strings

Once you have the materials you would like to use for making tope, begin twisting them together. You can do this by first tying together the strings together at one end and then moving each piece over the next. You will want to continue this down the length of your rope. You can add in additional pieces as needed by making sure the ends of the new section of tope are tied into the previous ones. In this way, you can make your tope however long or short you need it to be depending on your specific needs.

Making rope can be a valuable skill that can provide you with an immensely useful resource. The more you can make on your own without relying on the outside world, the better off you will be in any emergency.

How to Make Concrete

Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, Survivors, and today on part two of our three-part series on how to build a bunker, we’ll be looking at how to make concrete. Concrete is essential for any home defense strategy, especially in an environment where hostile parties may try to enter your property. By knowing how to create concrete on your own, you can continue building and fortifying your property without having to worry about exposing yourself by venturing out into a city to obtain supplies, if they are even there. Read on to learn about the next steps to making your concrete.

Collecting Your Materials

Concrete is a mixture of cement and gravel, along with sand and water. However, not all sand is the same. You can of course use sand from your yard or from a nearby source, but you will want to make sure to filter our all small particles, such as pebbles, from it. Once you have this, you will want to set it aside and keep it separate from the gravel, which can be obtained from breaking up brocks if you don’t have rocks nearby. You will want to make sure the pieces are pea-sized or smaller, which will make it easier to integrate with your concrete. You can of course experiment with larger sizes in future batches to find the mix that is ideal for your needs.

Mixing the Ingredients

However, the mix of all these ingredients can be hard to find on your own if you aren’t sure. You’ll want to make sure that you at least have an even mix of sand and gravel. You can slowly add more sand and gravel as necessary. While you might decide differently, most people will settle on a 3-2-1 gravel-sand-cement mix. You’ll find that this can be easier to work with than other mixes, which may set too quickly, or not fast enough, thus losing their shape before you are ready for it to do so.

Test the Concrete

Once you have mixed your concrete together, it’s important to test it before beginning to use it. You will want it to have a doughy consistency, so that it can be worked into shapes. You may have to add more water or cement to your mixture if you have too much of the other components. Once common way to check and see if the concrete is suitable for use is by pouring water on a sample of concrete. If the concrete settles under the water, it isn’t absorbing the water. However, if it gets cloudy, you will need to add more cement and sand.

How to Grow Peanuts

Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here with another skill to help you survive and thrive when SHTF. Growing your food is essential to surviving any extended situation when you are cut off from outside supplies, which can occur for any reason. A weather event or other disturbance can delay shipments to local stores, few, if any of which have supplies which can last more than two days. Growing your own food is a practical skill that can come in handy at any stage of your survivalist journey. Learn about why this skill is vital for your survival now.

Collecting Your Seeds

It may seem surprising, but you can obtain peanut seeds which can yield you crops for years to come, along with true food security, by simply visiting your local grocery store. Select whole, unroasted peanuts, and you can use the seeds inside to grow your own crops. It is important not to damage the red skin around each peanut, or you could expose the seed to diseases. However, once you have even a handful, you could be on the path to food security for years to come.

Planting the Seeds

Once you have the seeds you would like to use for your crop, plant them in about two inches of soil. You will want to plant them in areas with high amounts of sunlight and will want to keep the well-watered. It’s better to plant the near the end of winter, but peanuts can grow indoors as well. Make sure each plant is about 8 to 10 inches from the nest one to give you the maximum ability to grow plants without them crowding one another out. As nitrogen-fixing plants, these can even increase the quality of your soil all on their own, and are ideal crops if you need to rotate.

Growing the Peanut

It will take about 130 days or so to harvest your peanut crop after you have planted it. This can be sooner or later depending on what breed you select. The crops are safe for harvest after the flowers have bloomed and once the leaves begin to yellow, which will be about three weeks after the flowers die. You will want to make sure to thoroughly clean your harvested crop before you store or consume them in order to avoid disease. Peanuts are an important source of protein, and along with a starch, such as a potato, can help to form most of a balanced diet.

 

How to Grow Onions

Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, taking a look today at growing your own food. Food security is of prime importance for any survivalist, but you won’t be able to survive long on dried rations alone. Growing your own food will be necessary in any extended emergency scenario if you can’t rely on venturing into urban areas to obtain new supplies. They can also serve as ideal trade goods and stores of value.

Even in an emergency that falls just shy of TEOTWAWKI, modern supply chains run on razor-thin margins. The slightest disturbance can mean delays in shipments, which can quickly lead to long lines and unrest. One way to avoid being vulnerable to disturbances like these is to grow your own food. Onions keep well in long-term storage and provide easy-to-use seed of another crop. Let’s get started on looking at how to grow onions.

Preparing Your Seeds

To grow onions, you can either obtain seeds, transplants existing plants, or plant sets. If you have seeds, it will be important to plant them near the end of winter, about six weeks after the last frost. If you are growing them indoors, you can plant them year-round, so long as they are well-watered. Plant the seeds about ½ an inch below the soil. Scrape the nearby soil to remove ay weeds, and then in about six weeks when the plant has sprouted, lay down some much to provide further protection and nutrients. Your onions should receive about one inch of water on a weekly basis, which can protect them from drying out and cracking.

Using Scraps

Growing onions from kitchen scraps is very easy. Simply cut the roots off the bottom while leaving about hand an inch of onion on top. Then, take this outside and place it in a well-lit piece of land, then cover it with soil. Water it occasionally, and soon you will see a green shoot rise from the ground. After about two months, the onion should be fully formed, or close to it, and will be ready for harvest. The best part is you can re-use the same bit of root that you used to grow the onion again and again!

How to Build a Bunker

Greetings, Survivors! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here, and for this third installment of out three-part series on how to build a bunker, we’ll take a look at ways you can use the cement and concrete you’ve created. A bunker can be a sound investment in your future, but you have to build it right, or it can just as easily trap you as it can defend you. Learn about the steps that go into creating a safe and effective bunker, and you can be sure that your future is in the best hands possible.

Designing Your Bunker

One of the most important steps in constructing your bunker will happen before you ever pout any concrete. You’ll have to have a good design before making any commitments. You’ll want to make sure that you dig deep enough to avoid any confusion in your bunker which could hamper its effectiveness in defending you. You’ll want to make sure that it conforms to your broader survival strategy. Is this your main bunker, or a satellite installation? Do you plan to stay here permanently if the need arises, or is this a place where you can quickly hide from intruders? Clarifying the purpose of your bunker early on will make construction easier.

Digging

This is a surprisingly complicated part of bunker construction, so it’s important to take every step necessary to get what you need before you begin building. If you are digging a simple bunker, you may be able to do much of the work by hand. However, if you are making a more elaborate construction, you’ll want to obtain heavy equipment, which can be useful for quickly moving earth. You’ll want to make sure that you call the local utility company before you dig to avoid power lines which you might disturb, or which could injure you.

Building

Once you have settled on the specifics, you can get to work actually building your bunker. You’ll want to avoid wood, and simply opt for brick or cinder blocks if you need structures to build around. However, by laying out frames for your concrete, you can easily construct the bunker you want by pouring a little bit of concrete at a time. You can pour your concrete into whatever shapes you want, to create tunnels, mazes to confuse attackers, watchtowers and more. You can also use it to build walls around your bunker and to reinforce the roof, which needs to be strong to deter attackers and to provide protection from a wide variety of threats.

Once you have created your bunker, you can rest assured knowing that you’ve taken a grate lap toward securing your property and life from dangers. You can visit your bunker any time to make sure it is adequately stocked and will serve you in your time of need.

Growing Potatoes Off the Grid

Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here, and today we’ll be looking again at how to grow your own food. One of the greatest skills you will have is feeding yourself in a SHTF scenario, and potatoes are an old standby which thrive in a number of harsh environments that less hardy crops like wheat simply cannot survive. Even better, potatoes are easy to raise and require little to no upkeep compared to other crops.

Getting Seeds for Your Crops

You can obtain potato seeds from commercial suppliers, but be sure to select an heirloom variety, which may have better resistance to diseases which can befall monoculture crops. Doing so can serve as yet another bulwark against threats which can affect your ability to survive without civilization. You can also grow potatoes from a whole potato you purchase at the grocery story. To do so, simply find a potato that has a few little sprouts growing out of it, which will show you it has not been subjected to sterilizing radiation. You will want to cut the potato into pieces, with each piece have an eye of its own.

Preparing Your Crop

When growing potatoes, you can simply plant the seeds in about one inch of topsoil, or you can spread out the individual pieces of potato around under about an inch of soil within hilled rows, which can protect them from the elements and some pests. You can also lay down straw on top of the potato seeds after you have buried them to you kill weeds and provide a safeguard against mice. However, you can also try to grow your crop in raised beds, which may give larger yields, but will take much more effort to create initially. Make sure you plant the potatoes about a foot apart to give them the space they need to grow.

Growing Your Crop

Growing your potato crop will take 2-4 months, depending on growing conditions. You will want to keep them adequately watered, which can be difficult if you do not have access to ready supplies. You could use a drip irrigation system, which can preserve water and help you save time and effort, though it has a larger startup cost. Your plants will be ready once the have flowered, about two to three weeks after doing so. Dig up the potatoes that you need as you need them to preserve the life of your plant and to get more, bigger potatoes. Save some to serve as seed for your next crop.

Growing potatoes is a simple and effective way to declare food independence, and can help you survive and extend your supplies without relying on outside sources for aid. Your potatoes are hardy survivors, and can help you become just the same.