Wednesday, May 5, 2021

100 Ways to Be Ahead of the Crowd in a SHTF Situation (Part 4 of 10)

Continuing on...

31.  Protect your identity and your credit.  The last thing you want to do after a disaster is to try to wrangle your identity back from an identity thief.  In the same vein, you always want to protect your credit for the off chance that you need a loan to fix the aftermath of a disaster.  Do both of these things by following several simple tips here, here, and here.

 32.  Protect yourself online.  This includes going as incognito as possible when you are online as well as protecting your information when you're online (everything from obscuring your IP address to staying way under the radar by using Tor).  The basic rule here is to remember that everything you do online can be traced back to you.  Don't send nudes, don't think anything you email/Tweet/post can't be traced back to you, don't think that the huge Dogecoin haul you made won't be investigated by the IRS, etc.  There are several YouTubers who provide up-to-date info on this topic including here, here, and here.  Note, this topic changes rapidly so check back to these channels often.

33.  Be a minimalist.  Being a minimalist means you have less stuff to own, maintain, store, and insure.  Minimalism makes you far more mobile in the event of a disaster and instead of spending your hard-earned money on a lot of various stuff, you can focus on buying higher quality items to help you during a SHTF situation.

34.  Make a list of the disasters you are most likely to encounter to help you focus your preparedness activities.  The basics for most people would be a financial emergency, a medical emergency, and a sudden job loss.  Additional situations to prepare for include location-dependent emergencies such tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and winter storms as well as other disasters that could happen in your area (do you live near a chemical plant, a dam or bridge that could fail, a high-crime area, etc?).

35.  Live outside and off-grid for a short time during each season.  Go camping or backpacking each season so you can practice your off-grid skills as well as learn how to live without the comforts of modern life.  Besides being a fun family activity, this is a great way to fine-tune your survival skills.

36.  Get certified/licensed in as many disciplines as possible.  The more knowledge and skills you have, the better.  Consider getting certified in first aid and CPR, licensed as an EMT/paramedic/nurse/etc., and get your HAM license, a concealed carry permit, and any vocational certificates/licenses you can (IT certs, journeyman licenses, etc).

37.  Be sure your vehicle is always in bug-out-ready condition.  It should be clean inside and out, kept in good working order, have a complete vehicle emergency kit, and the gas should always be topped off.

38.  Regularly practice drills until the entire family's response to a variety of emergency situations becomes second nature.  Fire drills, lockdown drills, evacuation drills, communication drills, missing persons drills, etc. 

39.  Learn (and practice) all you can about firearms.  How to shoot them, how to clean them, how to 3D print them, how to reload ammunition, how to shoot in various situations (close quarters combat techniques, low-light shooting, tactical shooting), etc.  The more tactical shooting courses and competitions you can participate in, the better.

40.  Learn from others who have survived SHTF situations.  Simply Google 'surviving the the name of a SHTF disaster site like Bosnia or Venezuela.  Anywhere there has been a disaster situation, from civil unrest to economic collapse, it's a good bet someone has written about survival strategies.  Read, learn, and remember these tips for future use.

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