Shelter In Place – When Evacuation isn’t an Option

I gave you two options for the threats that we face:

Run

Fight

But, there are times when we must look at a third option, when running and fighting aren’t available alternatives. That option is:

Shelter In Place

I consider it to be the least preferable option, but sometimes you don’t have a choice. If Ebola comes calling again, we are going to need to deal with what that means.

So, let’s talk a little bit about what it means, and some of the things that you should do. Unfortunately, I’m not an expert on this, so please do your own research.

When You Can’t Run

In terms of dealing with the threats that we face, mobility will almost always be the best option. Standing still gives the enemy – or a vile disease – the luxury of time to plan your demise. So, ceteris paribus (all things being equal), moving is better than sitting still. But, all things are rarely equal, and the ability to sit still IS a survival trait.

What is NOT a survival trait is panic and hysteria. Fear is not necessary when you face reality and prepare for it. And, for those of us with faith in Christ, we know that God is in control. We merely must do the best that we can and trust our Lord for the outcome.

So, what do you do, when sheltering-in-place is the only option?

Well, think about what you consume every day and multiply that by the time frame that you are preparing for. The obvious is food and water.

Food

Food is easy. Calculate what your family eats each day and then multiply. If you don’t have all of that on hand, it’s time to go to the supermarket and start buying.

By the way, this will mean buying food that you WILL eat, but also has an extended shelf-life. It will also mean rotating these foods so that you will consume what is about to expire, first.

The alternative is purchasing the more expensive freeze-dried food from places like Mountain House. This is an excellent and portable option, and their food can last up to 25 years. However, don’t forget that free-dried food requires water. And THAT is a serious problem.

Water

You cannot live for more than three days without water. There have been some situations where people did survive longer than that – but not many. So, water will be your biggest problem.

Do you have access to drinkable water when the municipality can no longer supply it?

My hope is that you won’t have to face that in a shelter-in-place scenario, but it is a distinct possibility, and you MUST prepare for it. This will mean having some water in long-term storage, and a means for getting more.

Long-term storage of water means far more than just filling up a bottle and putting it in the basement. I highly recommend that you pay attention to what JWR says on the issue:

http://survivalblog.com//?s=water+storage

And, do NOT forget the water filters:

http://survivalblog.com//?s=water+filters

More Than Food And Water

Food and water are the two most pressing concerns, but we have a host of issues that still must be dealt with.

What are your medical needs?

Do you have a plan for self-defense – when looting starts? (and it WILL!)

Do you have a proper defense against pandemic disease?

Can you trust your neighbors?

Your Neighbors

That last one is what normally concerns me most. If you can’t trust your neighbors, it’s time to get new ones. If your neighbors are of uncertain parentage, they will take what you have. You do NOT want to be in that position.

Please understand that your happy-go-lucky, joe-sixpack neighbor across the street will not be that way, after he missed three meals and ran out of beer.

You MUST evaluate how secure you are – where you are. You might be planning on bugging-out when things fall apart, but you might not be able to get out if your neighborhood is under quarantine.

You. Cannot. Do. This. Alone.

The other thing that you must do, is connect with a community of like-minded people. Long-term disaster is not survivable without a community of people that really support each other. This, more than anything, may help you survive in an uncertain future. Even if you do not have the resources to prepare, connecting with others will give you an edge over the most prepared person who hasn’t bothered to reach out.

That’s why I ALWAYS point people to this page:

Finding Like-Minded People in Your Area
http://survivalblog.com/others/

Make contact. And, if there’s no group in your area, start one. You cannot do this alone.

Please. Let me repeat that:

You. Cannot. Do. This. Alone.

Get that into your head, and you are at least halfway towards surviving what is coming.

Why This Came Up

When I originally wrote this, I tried to write something else, but God sent me in a different direction. One of the things that played a role in sending me in this direction was this:

Ebola – intentional infection of a population?
http://www.hagmannandhagmann.com/archives/899

I was listening to the October 2nd (2014) show of the Hagmann and Hagmann Report that night, and Doug Hagmann mentioned that he was going to put up a link to their August 25th show. I didn’t think much of it, other than to be interested. Then, I saw Steve Quayle link to that page.

If you have the time, I recommend that you listen to the Hagmann and Hagmann Report on a regular basis. Their advice could mean the difference between life and death.

You do not need to be afraid…

…but you do need to prepare.

 

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