Monday, September 5, 2022

20 Things To Do Before the Collapse of Civilization

Some would posit that we are already in the throes of societal and economic collapse, others say we have a bit of time left to turn things around.  I would say it is not "if" but "when".  And the when will probably be coming sooner rather than later.  Consider doing these twenty things while our society is slowly circling the drain...

  1. Get healthy and fit.  Take care of addictions, reverse chronic diseases, get lasik surgery if it will relieve you of the need for glasses, etc.  Medical care now is a shit show, it will be worse--and less accessible--after collapse.
  2. Diversify your income sources.  Having a half dozen sources of income is better than putting all of your financial eggs in one (job) basket.
  3. Live in a place where you can survive and thrive for years.  I wouldn't recommend living near the coast anywhere at this point.  Ditto places susceptible to frequent flooding and recurring wildfires.
  4. Diversify your money.  Cash, electronic bank funds, crypto, gold and silver--all can be useful in disastrous circumstances, most can be seized by the government on a whim...diversify wisely.
  5. Learn how to barter.  Start practicing now.
  6. Confirm multiple sources of water.  Tap water, stored bottled water, the creek down the road with multiple purification systems in place...there's a good chance you won't be able to rely on water coming out of your tap during and after a collapse.
  7. Confirm multiple sources of electricity.  Again, most people rely on their electrical outlets to provide electricity on demand and again, this may not always be reliable.  Consider setting up your own solar or water-powered back-up system and learn how the Amish live without electricity.
  8. Learn how to defend yourself.  Martial arts, shooting skills, wielding a knife or baseball bat...self defense skills require lots of learning and lots of practice.
  9. Learn how to grow your own food to the best of your ability.  Even a small window garden is better than nothing.
  10. Learn how to forage for food in your local area
  11. Stockpile at least a year's worth of food.  When extreme shortages happen, you will at least have a little cushion before things like starvation sets in.
  12. Be the grey man and keep opsec top of mind while doing all of these tasks.  You don't want people to know you are exponentially more prepared than everyone else in the neighborhood or you will become a target.
  13. Stop with the doomscrolling.  There's more than enough doom and gloom on the internet (examples here, here, and here) to keep your attention 24-hours a day but by doing this, you take time, attention, and effort away from legitimate prepping activities like those on this list.
  14. Determine what your top five threats are and prepare accordingly.  Don't waste your time prepping for a tsunami if you live nowhere near the coast.  Do prep for tornadoes if you live in tornado alley and environs.  Do prep for marauding hoards no matter where you live as this could happen just about anywhere. 
  15. Keep a wide circle of friends and relatives you can depend on in a disaster.  For third-world countries where there is basically no safety net, this is how many people survive on a daily basis.
  16. Be a minimalist when it comes to useless junk, be a maximalist when it comes to survival tools (garden tools, building tools, hunting and fishing tools, weapons, etc).  
  17. Keep all of your documents in order (driver's license, passport, legal documents, etc).  These may or may not be useful after a collapse but better to have them and not need them than need them and not have them.
  18. Practice now all of the skills you may need after a collapse.  Things like medical skills, defensive skills, food prep skills, dumpster diving, etc. are not things you want to struggle with after a collapse.  By starting now to develop a wide range of survival skills you will have the knowledge after a collapse, as well as connections in these communities, if you need help and you will also be able to learn what tools and supplies you should procure now since they may be difficult if not impossible to get after a collapse.
  19. Practice being uncomfortable while you still have the opportunity to do this with a modicum of comfort.  Go backpacking for a couple weeks and practice living off the land without the creature comforts of home.  Practice walking or biking to work now before fuel shortages and blackouts make this a requirement.
  20. Teach others all of the survival skills you know.  In an ongoing, emergent situation, you may need to rely on others to help you in part (should you be injured or sick), or in full.  You want to have competent help when you need it so make sure your family, friends, and neighbors are as useful as possible.

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