There are as many different strategies for surviving TEOTWAWKI as there are people. First of all, if you’re reading this there’s already a fair chance that you’re going to do better than the average sod out there because you’ve at least thought about it and are likely somewhat prepared. There’s more to surviving than storing up food and other essentials though!
My philosophy is “Let OPSEC be your watchword.”
For those of you who are new OPSEC (Operations Security) is a term that basically means, “Don’t let your adversaries know what you’re up to.” The thing is, any small piece of irreverent information can potentially cause damage.
For example: if six months have passed and little or no food has been available to the masses and you’re walking around fat and sassy, someone is going to notice and they might just be hungry enough to try and find out where your stash is. Don’t starve, but don’t make it obvious that you’re eating well either.
Here’s another example of how a small piece of information can give away valuable intelligence. When I was in the service I noticed that before any troop movement all the Tobasco sauce bottles in the chow hall would suddenly disappear. That’s because Marines use Tobasco sauce to spice up MRE’s. It got to the point where I’d go to get something to eat and notice all the Tobasco bottles missing and I’d say, “Who’s going on deployment?” Usually someone would come back with something like, “Yeah, the Eighth Marines are heading out tomorrow.” Amazing how such a trivial piece of information could give away troop movements eh?
If everybody in your neighborhood knows that you’ve been planning for the end of the world they might pay a visit after it happens. You’ll go from being the “Survivalist Kook” at the end of the block to, “The bastard that’s hoarding food and not sharing any.”
Make your preps, but don’t advertise what you’re doing if possible.
If there’s trouble and I have the opportunity my motto is, “Run away!” If I don’t have a dog in the fight I’m not gonna stick around and duke it out just for kicks. Fighting is not only expensive in bullets and other materials it can get you killed too.
If you get hit in a firefight after TSHTF and you receive a sucking chest wound for your troubles you are in deep trouble my friend. Chances are good there won’t be a chopper coming to MEDEVAC you out. Dying should not be a part of your survival plans.
Practice OPSEC and don’t be afraid to turn away from a fight if you can avoid it. If you absolutely must fight then pull out the stops. There’s nothing more important than surviving, so do whatever it takes to win. Chances are good that you will be involved in some kind of dust-up, but don’t go out of your way looking for trouble because you might find it.
What are your TEOWAWKI plans?
BTW: I hope Santa brings all you good preppers the things you’ve been wanting this year. I know that this year Little Timmy wants an AR-15 (let’s hope the government says ok to that), and Susie wants a pressure cooker, and Stevie wanted some dehydrated fruit in #10 cans, and Billy wants a Big Berkey water filter….