As my drill instructors used to say when they had something important to impart, “Listen up, ya’ll.”
Allow me to direct your attention to the link on the top right that says, “SHTFBlog Store.” If you click that link it will take you to the store site and you can buy one of the sleeping bags if you’re interested. It’s very primitive at this time, so if you run into problems please contact me immediately and I’ll get it squared away ASAP. (Many thanks to Paul for the link to Wazala.)
Below is a guest post from a law enforcement officer who lives in NJ and was there before, during, and after The Storm. He paints a vivid picture of what it was like and gives a rather chilling summary in his last paragraph.
He asked that I not include his name for obvious reasons.
I’d like to thank him for taking the time to write his experiences down and for sharing them with us here at SHTFblog. Thanks!
I’ll make this as fast and as simple as possible. I want to give everyone an inside look, from a Police Officer’s point of view of the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. I work in a Jersey town near the coast. We sustained major flooding, and major power outages and property damage. What I saw from the normal person in the wake of the storm just made me realize even more that the normal person would not be ready for a true SHTF scenario. If you take the creature comforts, and the easy accessibility to fuel and food away, panic sets in.
I’ve worked many hurricanes, and severe storms, but nothing like this. People were cut off from communications, their homes destroyed, or uninhabitable, all stores, and gas stations were gone, and panic set in fast. What I saw this time was pure hysteria. With people cut off from communications, they flooded our police department with calls for information. It came to the point that our dispatchers were immediately hanging up if it was not an emergency. Gas stations closed, supermarkets closed, the simple every day things that people took for granted were gone, and when they’re gone people WILL PANIC ! What do you mean I can’t go down that road? How Am I supposed to get there? See, people are set in their ways, and most refuse to change.
We had the National Guard in town to help, but it seemed like even they were stretched thin. All emergency personnel were working, but it seemed like we couldn’t get to everyone.
Now I’m not a hardcore prepper, but I do have food and water stored. I have a tri fuel portable generator. The tri fuel adds options. No natural gas, then you can still switch to two more fuels. I didn’t get a built in unit, because I wanted to be able to take it with me, if things got real bad. I took my house off the grid prior to the storm. I knew I had to go to work, and didn’t want my wife outside with the kids in a dangerous storm. She knows how to start it and hook it up, if I’m not there but I would rather not risk it. I’m good to go with security, I won’t elaborate on security, I’ll just say I have a military background and security is always a priority. Even if you are a hardcore prepper and your home was not destroyed during the storm. The only problem is that your home lies in what is considered a “Disaster Area”, and you are forced from your home. Just something to keep in mind.
The supermarkets, days prior to the storm were like a circus. There were no canned foods or water. The shelves were empty. It seemed like people knew what to get, but only got it just prior. The gas station lines set in soon after the storm. I’m talking 2, to 3 sometimes 4 mile long lines. I’ll say that 50% of the people just wanted fuel for their generators. The other 50% needed fuel for their vehicles. Seriously? My father will still call us and tell us to make sure to fuel up our cars before any storm (as a general rule, I never allow my vehicle below half tank). With preparations, I knew I wasn’t going to drive anywhere unless I had to. We had to direct traffic and stand by at the gas stations. The first day we did not, that was a mistake, because we ended up responding there for large fights over line cutting throughout the day. It seemed like after the storm, people were wondering around like they were lost. Take away any type of government, and they would have been.
With power gone, the crime set in very fast. We have 3 large car dealerships in town. The dealerships were hit hard with burglaries and fuel siphoning. Many homes that were destroyed in town were hit with looters. The homes that weren’t destroyed, had no electricity, and they were hit with burglaries. We just didn’t have the personnel to do any type of “proactive” patrolling to prevent these things from happening. We actually got requested to go to the barrier island areas to assist them with looters during their night shifts. It’s obviously hard, when we have our own problems…. Criminals will always prey on the weak, and in this case entire communities were weak. Road blocks were set up, and identification was needed to enter the community sections of our town. The media didn’t make things better. They broadcasted fuel shortages, when there really wasn’t, just not enough gas stations with power. They also broadcasted how homes didn’t have power, and emergency personnel were stretched thin. You might as well have rung a dinner bell for criminals.
The truth of it all is that society will break down in any emergency or SHTF situation. People do not know how to cope with their comforts being taken away. I always say that during The Great Depression people knew what they had to do. Society banded together, and helped one another. If something even remotely similar happened today, people would turn on each other. The people that do survive will be the most dangerous because they knew what they had to do. The days of our grandparents, surviving off of the land and helping their neighbors are long gone. The basic skills of life today are not even comparable to the basic skills of 50 + years ago. I know that some of this stuff is redundant, but it has to be reinforced. A lot of people forget about these things until all hell breaks loose. Please all be safe !
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