If The USA Collapses… How To Live Off The Land
Survival Tips for Living Off the Land and Surviving in the Wilderness. If America Collapses you May Want to Have a Back-Up Plan for Survival.
by Mark Lawrence, Copyright © SecretsofSurvival.com. All rights reserved.
How many readers here remember the movie "Red Dawn" from the early 1980s? Guess what -- the Wolverines are back in a new Red Dawn.
Americans Under Attack - Some Fight Back, Survive in the Wilderness
What if "Red Dawn" ever actually took place? Russia, China and other nations (think Iran, North Korea, and America's enemies in South America) knock out America's defenses and then send fighters and troops into our borders.
Americans are shot, locked away in concentration camps.
Cities and towns fall, one after another, even as an American resistance force rises up from the ashes. Young men and women take up arms, live off the land, and fight from the surrounding country side.
If Society Collapses...
There is always the chance that people across this planet will be left to fend for themselves if society ever collapses -- as it has for civilizations many times throughout history.
Is the modern world any different? Not when there seem to be even more threats today.
Why Learning How to Live Off the Land May One Day Save Your Life
Fleeing into the Wilderness
Where Do You Go?
Once you're certain that it's not safe to stay in your community -- due to a disaster or other catastrophe -- you should have an escape plan in mind, that you have already scouted, and mapped out, preferably months in advance.
Be prepared for an emergency.
You can do something as simple as use Google Earth to give you a general idea of different wilderness areas you – if you're still here – can flee to in your state after a disaster has struck.
When you have two or three locations in mind go to a backcountry store that sells topographical maps (such as "Green Trails" maps) and you can easily locate hiking trails, creeks, rivers, and small lakes, elevation points, and even identify different types of terrain, which will give you a better idea of exactly what you're up against.)
You also should have a compass that you've practiced using so that when the time comes to flee into the wilderness you'll know how to find your way without getting lost.
(If you live in a southern state, consider heading north, and seek out an area that receives plenty of rain. You'll have much better odds at survival and less odds of dying of heat stroke or wildfire.)
Consider a destination many miles away from any roads, however that is close to rivers, forest, meadows, and even one or more small lakes.
This will put distance between you and the disaster (or other threats) behind you as well as provide suitable hunting, fishing, trapping, and fresh water sources.
Make sure the route you choose to get there doesn't include rivers that are impossible to cross. If you do come to a river that's impassable the only option you may have is to hike along the banks until you come to the narrowest / shallowest part of the river -- and that's where you can consider making your crossing.
Keep a Small Backpack in your Car
Months before you even hit the trail you should have a large backpack at your house (commonly used for multi-day hikes) and a small backpack in the trunk of your car -- commonly called a bug out bag. Be prepared. If you're stuck in the city when disaster hits -- and have to abandon your car-- the small backpack in the trunk of your car can help you survive -- even if you have to hike fifty miles to get home.
Items to keep in the trunk of your car:
1. Bottled water.
2. A small radio with batteries.
3. A flashlight.
4. Sleeping bag and string (so you can tie the sleeping bag firmly to your backpack)
5. Extra clothing -- I recommend two pairs of pants (jeans and / or running pants) and two hooded sweat-shirts. In addition, I recommend light water-proof "rain pants" such as those worn by runners out in the weather, that can be pulled over the top of your pants / jeans, as well as a water-proof jacket.
Cotton material (such as sweats, sweat shirts, and jeans) are dangerous in wet, cold conditions -- because, once wet, cotton clothing will deplete your body temperature, which means hypothermia in cold (or even simply cool) conditions. Having light rain gear handy that you can throw over your clothing can go along way to keeping your relatively warm and dry.
If the rain is really coming down you may have to find shelter until the brunt of the storm passes.
Layering Your Clothing
There's a great chance you're going to face cold, wet conditions at some point. Physical exertion in the cold can be dangerous; though the physical exertion may warm you up, your clothing will collect the sweat off your body and the cold air around you will cool that sweat down so much that when you stop moving finally you may quickly face hypothermia... and freeze to death.
If you layer your clothing correctly, and choose a "base layer" (the layer closest to your skin) made from non-cotton material that wicks away moisture you can stay warm and avoid hypothermia.
You should have at least two complete outfits (a top and bottom), so that each bottom and top can be worn in layers for added warmth. Homeless people are known to wear 5 or 6 layers (sometimes more, depending on climate) in order to stay warm. Learn from the homeless in this regard.
Wool for Cold Weather
In addition, seriously consider wool socks (warmer than cotton, and even when wet wool can still maintain warmth), and a wool stocking cap -- even if it's not fall or winter. If you find yourself in an emergency situation and have to sleep outdoors, a stocking cap will help you get through the night with a lot more comfort.
Of course in the spring, fall or winter months, you should have a coat with you at all times. A ski mask is an added bonus. Look for one that only has one large hole where your eyes and nose go. (Only wear it if you absolutely have to to keep warm otherwise you may freak people out when you pull out the type of ski mask that bank robbers wear; the last thing you want to do is call attention to yourself in a situation where there's panic and chaos.)
6. Dry food that doesn't spoil (peanut butter, dried beans, shelled and un-salted sunflower seeds, granola bars, etc).
7. A canvas tarp (if it's folded and compressed it will take up very little space).
8. A good knife.
9. A lighter (in fact pack multiple lighters; protect them from moisture in a Zip-Lock freezer bag -- you can hand out extra lighters to people in need).
10. A candle (very useful for getting a campfire going as the constant flame will help ignite wet tinder).
11. A compass.
12. Two extra-large heavy duty garbage bags (look for "contractor" garbage bags at your local hardware store). One you can use as a rain coat -- poke holes in the sides for your arms and poke another hole for your head. The other (if you have a 30 gallon or bigger bag), you can attempt to curl up and sleep in if no other shelter is available or if you forget to pack a canvas tarp as advised above. These bags have an additional use: When the weather is bad wear one over your backpack to protect it from the rain.
13. Weapons for self-defense, depending on how you feel about that and what's legal in your area. You can do sufficient damage to allow time to escape with a can of bear pepper spray, for example. A bowie knife is also a good deterrant.
14. Good shoes, such as those used for "cross-training" or "trail-running" (it's very important that your shoes lace-up well so that they don't come un-tied if you have to make a run for it.).
15. As mentioned above have a small backpack. Nothing big or someone else might want to take it from you while your hiking through the city. Also make sure it's dark in color without a fancy label on it (so it doesn't attract attention or make you look like someone with money or resources) and waterproof. (If you don't have the money for a waterproof backpack use the garbage bags to protect your backpack's contents.)
16. State map. Keep this map in your backpack stored in a Zip-Lock freezer bag to protect from moisture.
17. Also keep a few pieces of paper in this freezer bag along with your lighter. The paper can be torn into strips and used to start a camp fire if your candle runs out. Use the knife you're carrying to carve wood shavings out of trees or branches to help ignite any wet wood you may be stuck using.
18. Last but not least: 5 - 10 high calorie energy bars (just be sure to check the expiration date). These energy bars should be enough food to last you until you make it to your house. Sure we mentioned dry food above already, but energy bars deserve their own chategory.
Essentially, depending on the problem you're most likely to face (which I believe is being stranded in a large city when you're miles from home -- while your wilderness supplies are all at your house), you can decide what you may need / not need in this backpack you store in the trunk of your car.
Important: You should have two backpacks. One in the trunk of your car, and the other (much larger, commonly used for multi-day hiking) at your home already packed and ready to hit the wilderness.
(Even if you never use your survival pack -- someone else you know will, if you let them know where they can find it. Having a number of articles on survival packed inside will most likely come in handy when they need it most. Remember to pack a small Bible with a personal note instructing them to read the Book of Revelation, the last chapter of the Bible. Lets face it -- if all Hell breaks loose and modern day society completely collapses you can bet that the Bible is real -- and that the end times are really happening. You really think this is all an accident? Laugh...)
Reposted with permission.