A bug in kids clothing?
This is a discussion on If there is an EMP how long do you think stores supplies would last in cities? within the General Prepper and Survival Talk forums, part of the Survivalist, Prepper, Bushcrafter, Forest Rangers category; When do you sleep, youngun? Perhaps, things are not as they seem? I trust my instincts, whowever you are....
When do you sleep, youngun?
Perhaps, things are not as they seem?
I trust my instincts, whowever you are.
"Reality is almost always wrong."
Dr. Gregory House
risk your life looting for an armload of stuff you could stock beforehand at the dollar store and cost you 20 bucks.........
-IN OMNIA PARATUS
Sigh, one of the reasons I am wanting to prep is so I won't have to resort to looting.
If I had a year, or even a month, worth of supplies and a bunker to live in of course I wouldn't loot. I would head towards it immediately.
Tell me what you people would do in my shoes. If you lived in the city with your family, and you only have a few days worth of food and no place to bug out to?
Would you really not loot? If not, then how would you survive?
They then go back home and enjoy their spoils in normal functioning household settings.
Under an EMP, NOTHING will work, you will be right back in the early 19TH century.
Food will be the prime target, not a flat screen that is already burned out.
You will need a shopping cart to bring home whatever spoils you can garner, or your little red wagon.
Hauling your cart home is subject to interception by marauders, who may just walk up and shoot you and take whatever you had.
Sure tv's won't work, but jewelry, booze, and nikes would still have their value for a time. Well booze would always be worth something.
And the chances of me getting shot right off the bat wouldn't be very high. If it was four or five days later and I was pushing a shopping cart full of food, then yes I will have to agree I would get shot. However, just a few hours later? I don't think so. Especially since there would be countless people doing the same thing as me, so there would be more targets to choose from and I will be less likely to be picked.
Spend an extra $10 a week on non-perishable canned goods and drinking water, and you'll have that month worth of supplies in a surprisingly fast amount of time.
A 5 gallon bucket of beans, a 5 gallon bucket of rice, and a 1 gallon bucket of salt will set you back <$30, and feed two people for 2 weeks minimum. You won't be eating like a king, but it's a start.
Your priorities should not start with "what should I do if it happened tomorrow?". Your priority should start with "what can I do now to prepare for it?"
Preparing beforehand incurs little to no risk. Looting afterward incurs GREAT risk. Your reasons for doing it are irrelevant. The atmosphere in which looting becomes the norm is not one that sane people plan to intentionally inject themselves into.
"Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats." - H. L. Mencken