The Default State

I received a text from a friend of mine yesterday that illustrates how unprepared 99.9% of us are.

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My friend, lets call her “Roxy” texted me the following:

“Oh my God. I’m on the freeway and pretty much stuck in traffic.  Barely moving at all. It’s 3:30pm so it’s kinda weird for this much traffic.”
“I just had 4 or 5 military convoys go passed…this could be the end.  This is how it all starts in the zombie apocalypse movies.”
“my bug-out bag is in the garage.  I’ve been meaning to put it back in my car and now my gas light is on.”
“it could be that people are just getting off work early on a Friday, or it could be a deadly virus………I just don’t know.”

My friend then related how she was using her smart phone, trying to look up any headlines in the news to find out what was going on.

This is exactly the unprepared state most of us are in at all times.

You could call it our default state.  Humans don’t change unless we are forced to do so.

It’s gotta be painful in order for us to change our ways.

Here is the list I gave to my friend to have in her “go-bag” that stays in her car.

* 2 Large water bottles. (with water)

* Extra Jacket/windbreaker.

* Good Shoes to walk in.

* Ball cap (for the sun)

* Light stocking cap (even in the summer)

* Leather work gloves.

* Safety Glasses in a case.

* N-95 dust mask.

* A Map of your area. (have friends and family “safe-houses” located on the map)

* Small compass.

* Swiss Army Knife or multi-tool

* Aluminum Baseball bat or hiking stick.

(local laws may not permit you to carry a firearm and not everyone has a carry permit and not everyone is comfortable with a firearm)

* Candy/energy bars.

* Toilet Paper roll (in a zip-lock bag)

* 2 Bic lighter.

* Very small 1st Aid kit.

Now I know you can add to and modify this list.

However, I caution you in doing so.

Weight is a factor here and for your normal person, they don’t hike with a back-pack on a regular basis.  The water alone is most of the weight.

Keep in mind this is just a back-pack to get you home or to a location of safety. 

Keep it small.

Also, plan for your cell phone to not work. But there are apps to get alerts for traffic problems in your area.

Knowing is half the battle.

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Most importantly, you should put a copy of my book “The SHTF Art of War” inside your go-bag.  It is designed to be read in less than 45 minutes.

It’s a slap-in-the-face reality check and has a chapter called “SHTF Traffic Sucks” that covers exactly what you need to know if you’re stuck in a 100 mile traffic jam.

The unknown causes fear and panic.  Fear and panic will cause you to make bad decisions.  Bad decisions may get you hurt or killed.

A go-bag in your vehicle will give you peace of mind knowing you at least have the ability to walk out of a disaster area.

“Do or do not. There is no try.”

-Yoda

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S.H.T.F. Road Rage!

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In my book I describe the places that an Apocalyptic Warlord will target to plunder and rape.

One of those places will be the 100 mile long traffic jams.

In recent history, millions have fled their homes to avoid the impending doom of a hurricane.  People fleeing the cities have been caught up and stranded for days in traffic jams over 100 miles long.

There aren’t enough cops to protect the cities let alone all the highways and back roads.

In the havoc and desperation of masses of people fleeing the cities during a societal collapse, the city streets and interstates will be choked to a standstill.  These long, unprotected, stretches of cash carrying men, women, and children fleeing their homes with their most valuable possessions will be easy pickings for the criminally minded.

Bands of organized marauders and cutthroats will appear once they realize that there will be absolutely no consequences for their actions. They won’t miss a step in taking advantage of an opportunity like this.  They already live in this criminally minded paradigm. They will act fast and have a head start.

You can get ahead of the bad guys by buying “The SHTF Art of War.”  Just click on the picture below.

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