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Land of Plenty
Whether you are a peak oil devotee, or a 2012 planetary realignment
fan we all agree that something is going to happen, happen fairly
soon, that will change forever the world we currently live in.
Another thing that is fairly certain is this:
The remnants of infrastructure will outlast all of us.This will be
true for two reasons. First, the population will never get anywhere
near this size again.
Second, There will be plenty of stuff to build with afterwards. We
should never need to mine anymore raw materials since those still
alive will find themselves standing in a world wide junkyard.That is
why scrounging and recycling materials will be a new way of life for
I have never been able to pass a dumpster without looking in to see if
any treasure is within reach. I love thrift stores who have no rented
storage for overstock and "Donate It" to their own dumpsters behind
the store.After the crash, dumpster diving will end and full scale
scrounging will begin.
You need certain equipment to be effective. A sledge hammer, bolt
cutters, linesman pliers work on cable and chain link,tin snips( ever
try and cut a coffee can with a pocket knife?) crow bar. You will need
to dress for work. Goggles or safety glasses, heavy duty gloves,good
dust mask, steel toed boots and knee pads, and strap on flashlights,
wouldn't hurt either.Night vision is great if you can afford it now or
scrounge it later.
You will need dolly, a garden wagon,wheel barrow to haul your
treasures away to your hideout. If the area is depopulated enough a
golf cart dragging a trailer would be awesome! No matter what, Make
damn sure you are not followed. Take your time but don't waste your
I suggest you buy some two foot lengths of chain and some padlocks.
Buy them now and put them in the back yard and let them weather so
they don't look new. When you cut your way in to a place you might
want to revisit, try using one of your own locks and chain to secure
it when you
leave. You will also need disassembly tools. wrenches and pliers and
real screwdrivers. I love vise grips! Leatherman tools and Swiss army
knives are good for small appliances not much else. Try taking your
car mirror off with a Swiss army knife?
parks, include picnic tables yield wood, metal tubing, and nuts and bolts.
tennis courts,big net for fishing, chain link and metal tubing.
abandoned cars. left intact they are good shelter, they yield
batteries,cables,wire,,tires,radios (if you're lucky a GPS),rubber
hose,seats, seat belts,glass, mirrors, maybe a little gas.!
While everybody is raiding the supermarkets I recommend you go to the
school cafeteria and load up.Be fast and be Careful! Same would hold
true for Micky D's and Burger King. Two days worth of supplies for a
fast food joint could last you and yours a long time.
While I usually recommend a lone wolf approach to survival,this is one
of those times you need a +one for a lookout.
Be Fast, Be Alert, Think, Be Careful Good Luck