For the past few weeks, I’ve made Area Studies the primary focus of the blog and social media presence. If you want to get started in local intelligence for disasters and emergencies, the Area Study is your starting point.

For those new to SHTF Intelligence, here’s a progression of intelligence products, skills, and tasks you should be doing.

1. The Area Study – This intelligence product is the foundation of local intelligence efforts. It’s here, most importantly, where we learn 1) the significance of “Intelligence Value” and 2) the importance of identifying your intelligence gaps.

“Intelligence Value” is what what we assign to information that’s relevant to our mission. The more critical a piece of information is, the higher its intelligence value.

For instance, if your mission is pulling your neighbors out of flood waters, then knowing who needs to be helped and where they live becomes mission-critical information. During this mission, identifying these neighbors becomes one of your top priorities. Other information of intelligence value could include: future flood stages, anticipated depth of area flooding, debris in the area that could pose a hazard, other areas that could be affected by flood waters, how long the flooding will last, and the list goes on.

If flooding is a risk, then you’re going to want to put local flood zone maps in your Area Study.

An “intelligence gap” is literally a gap in our knowledge. These gaps are things we need to know but don’t. Identifying your intelligence gaps is a critical step because it’s here where we identify what we need to collect. All intelligence gathering is directed through these intelligence gaps in the form of Collection Requirements. Once we have our Collection Requirements, then we can focus on collecting.

Through our Area Study, we want to identify threats, assets, fault lines, and vulnerabilities, among other things. Intelligence reduces uncertainty about the future. If I don’t understand my Operating Environment, then I won’t understand my assets and liabilities. I can’t plan for preparedness and security if I don’t understand who and what will affect my community’s security.

If you want to get started on an Area Study, the best and easiest way is to take my Area Intelligence Course.

2. Build Local Networks – While doing your Area Study, with a particular focus on the Human Terrain, you’re going to want to start building your local intelligence network.

In our Area Study, we should be identifying our neighbors and other important or valuable people in the area. If you don’t know your neighbors, go meet them. I recently moved to a new area and started taking walks when my neighbors are getting home from work. It gives me an opportunity to introduce myself and start learning more about them. I’m building rapport with them and looking for signs of like-mindedness. (I started a Neighborhood Watch in my previous neighborhood, which allowed me to go door to door and get contact information to begin this process. I highly recommend doing that. Joining a website like NextDoor will also give you opportunities to meet and communicate with your neighbors.)

In my Area Study, I need to separate these people into three categories: A) develop, B) inform and influence, and C) monitor.

A. I need to develop like-minded people. At a minimum, that means building a relationship with them. The end goal is to develop these neighbors into valuable and cooperative members of a neighborhood watch and/or preparedness group. If you can build enough trust and rapport, invite them to the gun range or other training with you. Get them “bought in” to developing tactical, medical, communications, intelligence, and/or other skills, especially if they share the same concerns about the future.

B. I need to inform and influence my neighbors who are indifferent towards preparedness. People are busy and get distracted. Between work schedules, their kids’ football practice and karate, Netflix, news propaganda, and other things, it’s easy to completely ignore the country’s fault lines. Many times, these people would be very concerned if they knew about the risks and dangers. It’s our job to inform them and then influence them towards preparedness. (My parents are a great example. I’ll relay to them information that concerns me and they can’t believe FoxNews isn’t talking about it. Over the years, I’ve worked on informing and influencing them towards preparedness. Last time I visited, my dad had a closet stacked floor to ceiling with food and water. It’s a start.) Share information in NextDoor, invite these people over for dinner, get your kids on the same soccer team; whatever you have to do to gain access and start building trust and rapport with these people, do it. Once you can prove that a) you’re not a weirdo and b) that you’re an intelligent and competent human being, then you can being sharing information to inform and influence. (Ask for their opinion on these things. See where they sit. Confirm their suspicions, encourage their own self-study of these threats, and, most importantly, don’t become “that guy.”)

C. I want to monitor neighbors who are sketchy, involved in criminality, or could otherwise oppose or disrupt our efforts for community security, especially during a disaster or emergency. (I’m not saying to peer out your window or to conduct surveillance. Just keep an eye out.) Familiarity is a double-edged sword. Yes, it’s always good to get to know your neighbors, but it’s not always good for them to get to know you. Identify these people. If you have to, run background checks. See if these people are “familiar faces” to local law enforcement. Ask your like-minded neighbors what they know about these people. Determine the threat level of the people in this category, add that information to your Area Study, and make considerations when planning for disasters and emergencies.

What we ultimately want to do is move people up the chain: turn B’s into A’s, and develop A’s into security partners.

Once we’ve done our Area Study and identified our collection requirements, we can start relying on our A’s and security partners to, wittingly or unwittingly, provide us with information of intelligence value.

C. Get Your ACE in Gear – The Analysis & Control Element (ACE) is our local intelligence cell. It’s the control room of our intelligence efforts. We’ve demonstrated the value of running of an ACE numerous times, including Operation Urban Charger (2015) when we battletracked the Ferguson riot.

During a disaster or emergency, we’ll need to produce real-time intelligence. If you expect to make decisions, you must be well-informed. You only bridge that gap through an intelligence effort.

This is why I, as much as possible, steer preppers away from accumulating more stuff and towards developing a local intelligence network and building an ACE.

When this disaster or emergency strikes — be it a hurricane, flood, wildfire, EMP/CME, grid down, protracted conflict, whatever it may be — I want to have my preparedness group form an ACE to direct collection, monitor the security situation, and produce real-time intelligence. (Read my Ultimate ACE Startup Guide here.)

In the ACE, we need a central repository for information and group members who know what to do with it. This means that I have to train up my preparedness group in intelligence skills. Much of intelligence collection is intuitive — you have questions, you need answers, and you go find that information somewhere with the skills and resources you have.

What requires some education and training is running an entire network and getting your information turned into actionable or predictive intelligence. Improving your intelligence gathering skills means more efficient collection of a greater intelligence value. Improving the way you analyze information means more accurate and timely intelligence. That results in improving your security, surviving, and/or winning a conflict. This is why I teach intelligence collection and analysis for a living.

You can find my training schedule here.

If you’re the “intel guy” for your preparedness group, recruit a reliable partner and share the load. It’s a lot more work than it seems. Collection and analysis are a group process, anyway.

If you don’t have an “intel guy” in your group, then you need to find one. Start reading a ton of free information on this Forward Observer Dispatch blog, or sign up for the Area Intelligence Course (online) or a Tactical Intelligence Course (classroom) for accelerated learning.

I hope this helps give you an idea of where we’re going. It all begins with your Area Study, so start there.

Always Out Front,

Samuel Culper is a former Intelligence NCO and contractor. Iraq(x1)/Afghanistan(x2). He now studies intelligence and warfare.

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(Natural News)
Bug-out bags (BOB) are a ubiquitous part of survival preps. But that doesn’t mean you can be complacent if you have a BOB.

After all, when SHTF and you lose your gear, your wits and survival skills are going to be the ones that will help you survive, not your tools. (h/t to ModernSurvivalOnline.com)

Why do you need a BOB?

A well-prepared BOB has almost everything you need to survive, with some exceptions. You need to choose each item carefully because you can’t carry a bag that’s too heavy, especially if you’re in a hurry to reach your bug-out location.

Once your BOB is packed, you must hone your skills to ensure that you can deal with whatever happens when disaster strikes.

Now comes the hard, but not impossible, part: learning how to survive if you suddenly lose your meticulously-chosen gear.

Dealing with a lost BOB

Since your BOB has what you need to survive for at least 72 hours after SHTF, it can be scary to think about what you’re going to do if you lose your gear.

Keep in mind that relying too much on gear or equipment will only hinder your progress as you prep.

It doesn’t matter how or why you lose your BOB. The important thing is ensuring that you can rely on your wits and skills to survive even with just a pocketknife in your hand.

Start by honing your first tool: your brain. While things are quiet, practice and prepare for a scenario that you might have to face without a BOB.

Focus on a well-rounded plan and don’t get stuck on hiding a second BOB or supplies. Try “zero extra gear” solutions: Improvisation, foraging/scavenging (or sourcing) and primitive skills. (Related: 5 Skills you just can’t live without when you bug out.)

It’s normal to feel scared when you lose your gear after SHTF, but you must have a plan and learn new skills so you can stay alive, such as:

Knowing these essential survival skills will help set your mind at ease even if you’re only left with what you have in your pockets.

Improvise or learn how to go without

When SHTF, you can improvise with scavenged materials from the wild or an urban setting:

Learn how to solve common problems by coming up with creative uses for items that you can salvage after SHTF.

Prep first-line gear

Those in the military always carry first-line gear, which are items that you wear into “lines” based on their importance and position on your equipment.

For example, first-line gear covers the bare minimum you need to keep on your person at all times, such as in your belt and pockets. In military parlance, your second-line gear includes the main harness or vest and all equipment plus weapons and ammo, while your third-line gear is heavier sustainment gear, with other equipment carried in the pack.

Prep an everyday carry kit (EDC) with a sturdy, high-quality pocket knife and a firearm, along with a tiny compass and a length of versatile duct tape. Keep these items in a sturdy metal tin along with items for a basic survival kit with:

Setting up caches

A cache can help address the loss of your BOB and other supplies. Hide your cache in a secret location known only to you. Prep a simple stash of gear in a sturdy, waterproof container.

When prepping your cache, include the same items in your BOB, with extra food supplies so you have provisions if you need to travel far to reach the cache. Regularly check your cache and rotate perishable items in your BOB.

It pays to cover all your bases with a BOB. Just don’t be too dependent on your tools and hone your survival skills before SHTF.

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I would really appreciate if y’all would read this post and then respond to it below. Please give me your  thoughts and feelings in what I’ve written. How many of you are truly ready? How many of you have a safe place to go? How many of you can truly be self reliant and supportive? I’d love to know where you stand!!

Did you know that only 2% of the world population is engaged in agriculture or commercial fishing? Just 2% are feeding the other 98% of the world!

Are you like minded that we need to be as self reliant and as well prepaired as possible? Do you feel there are uncertain times ahead? Are you ready for civil unrest, world economic collapse, power grid failure. terrorist attacks or any type of disaster?

For the first time in history there are more people living in the inner city than in rural areas. Do you think most people these days know how to truly survive on their own by way of growing, preserving and canning their own food? What about your water supply? How safe is it and how reliant is it if the power goes down?

Grocery stores carry three days supply of food. What happens when deliveries stop or you have no money?
People will resort to looting. They will go after the stores, restaurants and food supply warehouses and distribution centers. What happens when those are quickly emptied? There will be bands formed to come after what you have. They will venture further into the farmland. They will be well armed and organized.

Do you know these to be real and true?

Do you think that you’ll survive in the city neighborhoods or populated areas? Those areas will be the most dangerous and most unlikely to survive.

Do you have the will and desire to get ready but no place to go that is safe, secure, well stocked with supplies and livestock? Do you know how to grow and preserve your meats, fruits and vegetables the old fashioned way without power?

No deep freezers, refrigeration and running water to even flush a toilet much less for drinking and cooking. No lights, no heat or a/c. No protection from the police as they will be extremely overwhelmed and a target.

Women and young children will be the most vulnerable as they will be the greatest targets.

Sound scary? It should as we as a country and world are trying to straddle a very thin tight rope thread of society. We as a whole are so reliant on others, corporations and the government to take care of us. We as a whole have lost the ability to take care of ourselves.

What happens when SHTF? Will you be ready? Have you formed a network of other

like minded people who can actually band together on a piece of well stocked property? Are you ready to hunker down for weeks or months at a time without leaving the safety of your property? Experts say that the time is coming very soon and you will need a minimum of four months of supply in hand that range from food, water, toiletries, fuel for lighting and so much more.

If you believe this is true and would like to join other like minded people, please reply to this post.

As in any situation….. timing is everything! Do not wait until it’s too late. That’s like trying to put your seat belt on before an impact. It just doesn’t work!

Be safe, T.T.

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Animal bites and scratches happen all the time – a dog you thought was friendly might try to bite your hand or a cat that thinks you came too close might take a swipe at you. Whenever these incidents happen, the most common thing people do would be to seek immediate medical care. However, after SHTF, professional natural health practitioners will be in short supply. This means that you need to know how to treat bites and scratches yourself if you want your survival experience to be less stressful. Here’s what to do in the face of violent animal encounters. (h/t to PrepSchoolDaily.Blogspot.com)

Dog bites

According to the Center for Disease Control, around 4.7 million dog bites occur each year in the United States alone. This means one out of every 69 people gets bitten by a dog each year. Statistically, a dog bite is the most likely violent animal encounter you may experience.

The best thing you can do for a dog bite is to make sure it doesn’t get infected. If you or someone in your survivor’s group knows first aid, make sure to clean that wound and sew it up if needed. Once that’s done, you need to take prophylactic measures to make sure you aren’t infected. Consider consuming a regimen of natural antibiotics like garlic, ginger and honey. Consider also making a poultice to apply to the wounded area.

Cat bites and scratches

A cat is more likely to scratch rather than bite you. However, if the scratch cuts deep enough, it has to be treated like a bite. Around 15 percent of animal bites are caused by cats and most are on the hands. The best way to prevent this is to avoid petting cats until you’re absolutely certain that you have gained their trust.

If you or someone in your group does happen to get bitten, the kind of care you need to administer will be similar: controlling the bleeding and sewing up any open wounds will be a priority. Once the bleeding is controlled, you need to make sure the wound is cleaned up. Use soap and some warm water, pat it dry and then cover the area with some dry bandages. A natural antibiotic ointment can also be used once the wound has been cleaned to make sure it doesn’t get infected.

Other animal encounters

While other violent animal encounters will be unlikely, they may still happen. A rat or some other small animal may try and make a run for your food and attack you in the process. Any other animal bite, scratch or similar violent animal encounter will follow the same principles listed above. You need to control the bleeding, sew it up if necessary and then clean the wound. Make sure to irrigate the underlying tissues to make sure it’s fully cleaned out. If a tooth fragment has been left behind, that needs to be extracted immediately to lower your risk of complications developing. (Related: Survival first aid: How to treat spider bites.)

If the bite results in a laceration, or when the skin gets torn resulting in a deep cut, it needs to be closed. If the bite results in a puncture or if the animal bite was on the hands, it needs to be cleaned but not closed until after five days to make sure nothing inside the wound results in an infection. Bites to the neck and face may be closed immediately.

In general, the best thing you can do to avoid violent animal encounters is to avoid getting too close to animals, especially if they’re wary of other human beings, even domesticated animals such as dogs and cats should be treated with some slight suspicion. Gain their trust first, such as by giving them some of your leftovers, before you even consider petting them.

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By Graham Smith

As so-called “doomsday prepping” grows in popularity thanks to news of coronavirus lockdown in Chinese cities, red flag gun laws and rampant Fed stimulus in the U.S., preparedness enthusiasts are asking about the viability of bitcoin in a SHTF situation. From cautious, light investor, to vehement denigrator of the “NSA-created surveillance money,” there is no shortage of opinion. Still, as there are various possible scenarios, a one-size-fits-all proclamation doesn’t seem to work. Turns out, when it comes to money, what has survival value is ultimately a community affair.

Prepping: A Sensible Practice in the Current Climate

Preppers often get a bad rap in pop culture, laughed off as tinfoil hat-wearing, conspiracy theory-addicted alarmists. But to anyone who is paying attention to world events or has read a history book, there’s nothing ridiculous about being prepared for a worst case scenario when it comes to disaster and the collapse or throttling of vital societal infrastructure.

Recent videos surfacing from China appear to show police forcibly quarantining people who may or may not have the coronavirus. Venezuela’s Maduro is forcing residents of the country to transact with his petro shitcoin while people across the nation struggle just to eat. The U.S. Federal reserve continues to devalue the dollar while innocent people are extorted, jailed, and even killed for trying to preserve a little of their financial autonomy.

Should the state’s continued defecation-disguised-as-order finally and decidedly come into contact with the blades of reality, running to the hills or splintering off into micro communities could become a very real necessity for some.

Preparedness advocates have traditionally diversified into gold and precious metals, in case of hyperinflation or obsolescence of fiat currencies, but with the advent of bitcoin in 2009, the conversation began to evolve. Some preppers began to think bitcoin might also be a useful tool in the kit belt. Still, what good is an internet money without the internet, and isn’t the whole thing a creation of the U.S. government, anyway? It turns out there are multiple ways bitcoin could be leveraged, and these questions — as well as skeptical rebuttals — deserve careful examination.

Internet Money Without Internet

The first and most obvious reaction to suggestions of bitcoin as apocalypse survival money is the question of the internet and electricity. If bitcoin requires it, and doomsday destroys it or otherwise makes it unfeasible, it stands to ask how the hell bitcoin can be of any use to anyone in such a scenario.

“Hey guy who is prepping for when there is no electricity, phone or Internet service, you should like this thing that only works if there is electricity and internet!”

🤦 https://t.co/zcaLaWJqVd

— Ⓥin Ⓐrmani (@vinarmani) February 8, 2020

This is a valid and obvious point. No electricity means no bitcoin transactions and no mining. Although people have gotten creative and sent transactions which initially do not require internet, cellular data, or electricity other than batteries, ultimately the system depends on a power source and network connectivity to function long term. So when it comes to the complete lights out scenario collapsitarians are envisioning, crypto would indeed seem to be a largely useless appendage.

Many preppers maintain this is why gold is superior to bitcoin, pointing to situations like the one depicted in the video below, where a woman in China is said to be trading gold for rice with her upstairs neighbor in a locked-down apartment complex.

Hanging gold out of apartment windowing asking to trade for rice
Pandemic2020#Coronavirus #China #Wuhan #FreeChina#XiJinping Murderer#CrimesAgainstHumanity #Genocide#Pandemic#BioWeapon #BiologicalWarfare #Quarantine#MartialLaw#MilitaryTribunals#DeepState https://t.co/5Btrqs2XtW

— Chris Lajambe (@CLajambe) February 12, 2020

In situations where some network connectivity and power remain, however, the story might be different. Bitcoin is already touted as a means by which to avoid government devaluation of currencies and destruction of economies. Even in spotty circumstances the digital asset could at least theoretically survive, and retain this capacity to an extent, depending on the local community.

Mesh Networks and Localized Survival of Bitcoin

In a situation where an ISP fails, or some disaster cuts connection to the services most rely on to transmit bitcoin and crypto transactions, there are yet alternatives. Things like mesh networking and even amateur radio equipment can help bitcoin to remain viable in localized areas of infrastructure outage or collapse. Companies like Gotenna, for example, have developed technology which allows for portable antennas to push bitcoin transactions to nearby nodes even in the absence of cellular or internet service. Once the tx hits an internet-connected node on the mesh network, the transaction can be recorded.

Illustration of mesh networking. https://www.meshnetworks.com

In the case of political and economic meltdown, local fiat money may become better suited for toilet paper or kindling, while trade in bitcoin — presumably still valued and used by the outside world — could go on.

As engineer for Gotenna Richard Myers wrote in May last year:

Fortunately, alternatives to centralized ISP networks are starting to appear. Local mesh radio networks, satellites, and long-range radio have all been proposed as ways to enable decentralized peer-to-peer communication—both for Bitcoin transactions and for resilient communication generally.

At the end of the day, if a sociopath politician or act of god destroys, devalues, cripples or otherwise collapses infrastructure, networks with enough redundancy could enable bitcoin and trade in crypto to live on while plans for the next course of action are made. Still, even for things as conceptually straightforward as radio, a total martial law dystopia would make crypto’s survival doubtful, but at that point, humanity would have to preserve another currency, arguably much more precious: life itself.

Complete Blackout

To the credit of the skeptics, should the situation arrive when all the forced medical treatments, red flag gun laws, and rage and anger over the immoral drug war and endless military conflict finally boil over, bitcoin might be the last thing on people’s minds. When in the dark of your mountain bunker, trying to feed your family and keep them warm, checking Coinmarketcap probably won’t be a temptation.

However, before such a complete dystopia shows up, crypto is one way to peacefully fight for another storyline. One where free trade and economic sovereignty hold more and more sway as the capabilities of bitcoin are leveraged by people who are — contrary to the played-out statist propaganda — generally good and peace-seeking, and just want to be left alone to live their lives and pursue happiness to the fullest. Further, the sound economic model of bitcoin presents a means by which to preserve and leverage value better than fiat models and government systems allow, enabling one to better prepare for unexpected disasters right now.

As for the NSA creation theory, that is ultimately anyone’s guess. Regardless, by all rational estimations the tech works. And even if it were all some grand trick defying imagination, the outcome would still be much the same as the situation at present, anyway: man vs surveillance state.

As Long as There Is Society, Sound Money Will Have Value

Sound money has always had immense value in any society compared to lesser alternatives, and always makes a comeback, in the end. Even the cowry shells of the past, much better than other mediums of exchange at the time, stood to lose value to holders in episodes of prolonged disaster or tyrannic cruelty — simply due to the fact that mere survival can become the primary concern. When society is shattered, so is the very basis for any monetary system in the first place.

Gold similarly does little good if no one’s around to trade rice or other necessities for it. Bitcoin being subject to these same realities doesn’t mean it should be discounted as a useful tool for survivalists — just that it should be viewed soberly. As long as there is society, sound models of money will be in demand, and until you’re holed up in a cave all alone, miles from anyone on the blackened husk of an exploded world, bitcoin seems to be a valid consideration, even for those “nutty” preppers.

What are your thoughts on bitcoin and doomsday prepping? Is it useful to have some in the case of societal collapse? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.


Article source: Bitcoin.com

Graham Smith is an American expat living in Japan, and the founder of Voluntary Japan—an initiative dedicated to spreading the philosophies of unschooling, individual self-ownership, and economic freedom in the land of the rising sun.

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Bitcoin and Doomsday Preppers — Would Crypto Have Any Survival Value If SHTF?

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Bitcoin and Doomsday Preppers — Would Crypto Have Any Survival Value If SHTF?

As so-called “doomsday prepping” grows in popularity thanks to news of coronavirus lockdown in Chinese cities, red flag gun laws and rampant Fed stimulus in the U.S., preparedness enthusiasts are asking about the viability of bitcoin in a SHTF situation. From cautious, light investor, to vehement denigrator of the “NSA-created surveillance money,” there is no shortage of opinion. Still, as there are various possible scenarios, a one-size-fits-all proclamation doesn’t seem to work. Turns out, when it comes to money, what has survival value is ultimately a community affair.

Prepping: A Sensible Practice in the Current Climate

Preppers often get a bad rap in pop culture, laughed off as tinfoil hat-wearing, conspiracy theory-addicted alarmists. But to anyone who is paying attention to world events or has read a history book, there’s nothing ridiculous about being prepared for a worst case scenario when it comes to disaster and the collapse or throttling of vital societal infrastructure.

Recent videos surfacing from China appear to show police forcibly quarantining people who may or may not have the coronavirus. Venezuela’s Maduro is forcing residents of the country to transact with his petro shitcoin while people across the nation struggle just to eat. The U.S. Federal reserve continues to devalue the dollar while innocent people are extorted, jailed, and even killed for trying to preserve a little of their financial autonomy.

Should the state’s continued defecation-disguised-as-order finally and decidedly come into contact with the blades of reality, running to the hills or splintering off into micro communities could become a very real necessity for some.

Preparedness advocates have traditionally diversified into gold and precious metals, in case of hyperinflation or obsolescence of fiat currencies, but with the advent of bitcoin in 2009, the conversation began to evolve. Some preppers began to think bitcoin might also be a useful tool in the kit belt. Still, what good is an internet money without the internet, and isn’t the whole thing a creation of the U.S. government, anyway? It turns out there are multiple ways bitcoin could be leveraged, and these questions — as well as skeptical rebuttals — deserve careful examination.

Internet Money Without Internet

The first and most obvious reaction to suggestions of bitcoin as apocalypse survival money is the question of the internet and electricity. If bitcoin requires it, and doomsday destroys it or otherwise makes it unfeasible, it stands to ask how the hell bitcoin can be of any use to anyone in such a scenario.

“Hey guy who is prepping for when there is no electricity, phone or Internet service, you should like this thing that only works if there is electricity and internet!”

— Ⓥin Ⓐrmani (@vinarmani) February 8, 2020

This is a valid and obvious point. No electricity means no bitcoin transactions and no mining. Although people have gotten creative and sent transactions which initially do not require internet, cellular data, or electricity other than batteries, ultimately the system depends on a power source and network connectivity to function long term. So when it comes to the complete lights out scenario collapsitarians are envisioning, crypto would indeed seem to be a largely useless appendage.

Many preppers maintain this is why gold is superior to bitcoin, pointing to situations like the one depicted in the video below, where a woman in China is said to be trading gold for rice with her upstairs neighbor in a locked-down apartment complex.

Hanging gold out of apartment windowing asking to trade for rice
Pandemic2020#Coronavirus #China #Wuhan #FreeChina#XiJinping Murderer#CrimesAgainstHumanity #Genocide#Pandemic#BioWeapon #BiologicalWarfare #Quarantine#MartialLaw#MilitaryTribunals#DeepState https://t.co/5Btrqs2XtW

— Chris Lajambe (@CLajambe) February 12, 2020

In situations where some network connectivity and power remain, however, the story might be different. Bitcoin is already touted as a means by which to avoid government devaluation of currencies and destruction of economies. Even in spotty circumstances the digital asset could at least theoretically survive, and retain this capacity to an extent, depending on the local community.

Mesh Networks and Localized Survival of Bitcoin

In a situation where an ISP fails, or some disaster cuts connection to the services most rely on to transmit bitcoin and crypto transactions, there are yet alternatives. Things like mesh networking and even amateur radio equipment can help bitcoin to remain viable in localized areas of infrastructure outage or collapse. Companies like Gotenna, for example, have developed technology which allows for portable antennas to push bitcoin transactions to nearby nodes even in the absence of cellular or internet service. Once the tx hits an internet-connected node on the mesh network, the transaction can be recorded.

In the case of political and economic meltdown, local fiat money may become better suited for toilet paper or kindling, while trade in bitcoin — presumably still valued and used by the outside world — could go on.

As engineer for Gotenna Richard Myers wrote in May last year:

Fortunately, alternatives to centralized ISP networks are starting to appear. Local mesh radio networks, satellites, and long-range radio have all been proposed as ways to enable decentralized peer-to-peer communication—both for Bitcoin transactions and for resilient communication generally.

At the end of the day, if a sociopath politician or act of god destroys, devalues, cripples or otherwise collapses infrastructure, networks with enough redundancy could enable bitcoin and trade in crypto to live on while plans for the next course of action are made. Still, even for things as conceptually straightforward as radio, a total martial law dystopia would make crypto’s survival doubtful, but at that point, humanity would have to preserve another currency, arguably much more precious: life itself.

Complete Blackout

To the credit of the skeptics, should the situation arrive when all the forced medical treatments, red flag gun laws, and rage and anger over the immoral drug war and endless military conflict finally boil over, bitcoin might be the last thing on people’s minds. When in the dark of your mountain bunker, trying to feed your family and keep them warm, checking Coinmarketcap probably won’t be a temptation.

However, before such a complete dystopia shows up, crypto is one way to peacefully fight for another storyline. One where free trade and economic sovereignty hold more and more sway as the capabilities of bitcoin are leveraged by people who are — contrary to the played-out statist propaganda — generally good and peace-seeking, and just want to be left alone to live their lives and pursue happiness to the fullest. Further, the sound economic model of bitcoin presents a means by which to preserve and leverage value better than fiat models and government systems allow, enabling one to better prepare for unexpected disasters right now.

As for the NSA creation theory, that is ultimately anyone’s guess. Regardless, by all rational estimations the tech works. And even if it were all some grand trick defying imagination, the outcome would still be much the same as the situation at present, anyway: man vs surveillance state.

As Long as There Is Society, Sound Money Will Have Value

Sound money has always had immense value in any society compared to lesser alternatives, and always makes a comeback, in the end. Even the cowry shells of the past, much better than other mediums of exchange at the time, stood to lose value to holders in episodes of prolonged disaster or tyrannic cruelty — simply due to the fact that mere survival can become the primary concern. When society is shattered, so is the very basis for any monetary system in the first place.

Gold similarly does little good if no one’s around to trade rice or other necessities for it. Bitcoin being subject to these same realities doesn’t mean it should be discounted as a useful tool for survivalists — just that it should be viewed soberly. As long as there is society, sound models of money will be in demand, and until you’re holed up in a cave all alone, miles from anyone on the blackened husk of an exploded world, bitcoin seems to be a valid consideration, even for those “nutty” preppers.

What are your thoughts on bitcoin and doomsday prepping? Is it useful to have some in the case of societal collapse? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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A lot of survivalists think that money may not be useful when SHTF. While there’s some truth to focusing your efforts in learning survival skills and fortifying your stores of preparedness foods, money can still be useful during survival scenarios. Here are 14 reasons why money will still be useful to you after SHTF. (h/t Survivopedia.com)

Money helps you during minor emergencies

Small medical concerns and car accidents are hard to predict. Keeping some money on hand prepares you for these minor emergencies.

Having cash allows you to diversify

It’s a good idea to keep your assets varied to prepare for disasters. Leaving some money in your bank is a good idea, but you should also always have some cash in hand. Converting some of your cash to a stable foreign currency and in precious metals is also a good idea.

Cash is portable

Money, unlike gold or silver, is easy to carry around and store in your homestead. Keeping several dozen $100, $50 or $20 bills isn’t as difficult as lugging gold bullion around. This makes it easier for you to bug-out if necessary.

Cash empowers you

Cash makes it easy for you to recover through your own merit. After a disaster, having some cash on hand won’t turn you into a refugee sleeping out in a shelter. With money, you can pay for your own food, water and a hotel room.

Cash is useful during major disasters

Cash also makes you prepared for major disasters. Prices of basic commodities such as food and fuel will soar immensely. With your store of cash, this problem can be something you can deal with.

You can hold on to your assets

After a disaster, the pressure will be high to sell some of your most valuable assets such as your car or maybe even your home, at extremely low prices just to survive. With a significant reserve of cash, you can avoid being forced to sell low just to feed your family.

You can supply your own credit

What’s great about having spare cash is it means you won’t have to rely on credit to make payments, especially during disasters. This also means that you won’t have to pay more down the line on interest, late fees or other penalties.

Cash gives you some privacy

Survivalists who want to maintain some kind of privacy in this modern world will need to use cash in their day-to-day payments. Paying not with credit but with money keeps your name off the radar. Furthermore, you can invest in a P.O. Box, where you can have your mail, sent, making you harder to track.

You can hold on to your cash

When SHTF, the money you have in your bank accounts or investments may be impossible to access, especially if the internet or the power grid goes down. If this is the case, you can get into serious trouble if you don’t have any cash in your possession.

Cash is liquid

All of the cash you have in your pocket can be easily converted into other kinds of assets. This isn’t the case when it comes to precious metals. Gold and silver have to be exchanged for cash before you can buy something with it. With cash, you won’t have to go through any kind of obstacle to pay for anything you need during a disaster.

Money can keep you mobile

Depending on the disaster, you may need to pack up your bags and bug-out. It may be due to a fire or an impending disaster like a tornado or a hurricane. Having sufficient cash reserves in your bug-out bag or in your bug-out car makes it less difficult for you to just walk away from your home to a safer place.

Cash gives you more stability

Emergencies can come out of nowhere, leaving you unsure of how to respond to it, especially if you don’t have a lot of money on hand. Cash reserves give you the room and the resources to respond to instability, including disasters, emergencies and other concerns that you’re yet to even consider. (Related: Prepper hacks: 20 Tips for surviving the next chaotic situation with ease.)

Cash makes you more resilient

Deflation is a risk you need to look out for during and after disasters. Any investments you may have, such as bonds and stocks, will decrease in value. However, the value of your cash may increase. This increase will help you offset the losses on your investments and your cash reserves will be more valuable.

Money is versatile

Beyond all these reasons, cash is still useful during survival scenarios for a variety of other practical reasons. You can buy food or transportation, use a payphone or rent a room at a motel as well as do some last-minute purchases of food and water. Having some spare cash makes you more able to adapt to any obstacle.

While it’s always a good idea to have diversified assets, such as in precious metals and in stocks and bonds, as well as in spending some time focusing on your homestead, on survival skills and on your emergency food stores, you also can’t go wrong with having a significant cash reserve. When SHTF, you’ll need all the help you can get, and you may need more cash than the handful of bills you have in your wallet.

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Make Great SHTF Bread with a Homemade Starter

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Bread has fed the human race for millennia. Whether leavened or not bread has been a staple of society as far back as we have been able to create flour. However crude those first breads were, they were hot off stone and must have been a gift in the harsh world.

Storing flour and growing grain are two great practices if you are preparing for a self reliance lifestyle. Making bread is not that tough. It takes some muscle to knead the dough but beyond that its a game of patience.

How does bread rise to become the crusty and fluff wonder that we all enjoy? Well, it needs something called yeast. Now, yeast comes in packets at the store and is often called Active Dry Yeast. For many, using yeast is simple but once they are out it means no more bread, right?

What if I told you that yeast was naturally occurring and in the air all around you?

Its the truth. You can harvest your own yeast and use it to make all sorts of bread at home. This requires an understanding of the needs of yeast but beyond that its pretty easy.

Take about a 1/4 cup of flour and dump it into a small bowl. Add 1 tbsp of sugar and  some water to make a stodgy mix. Leave this uncovered on or near a windowsill for a day. Next cover it and let it sit for 7 days. The mix will go grey and start to bubble. You may need to add more water or flour to keep it stodgy and feed the yeast.

After 7 days you will be able to mix some or all of this into a dough recipe and it will have enough yeast to make your bread rise, just like you would with dry yeast. Its an amazing practice that will open your eyes to the world of natural yeast!

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An outbreak of a sickness is always bad, but can you imagine how bad it would be in a country where the system has already collapsed?

They say there is no isolated disgrace. They always come three in a row. My country is totally vulnerable nowadays. Our economy has crumbled. Our medical system has collapsed. We can´t respond in any way to this sort of threat like the coronavirus out of China.

With such a close economic relationship with the Chinese, I heartily doubt the world will learn anything useful about the spreading of the disease. Remember, we in Venezuela are being subject to an extermination policy. Who dictated it? I can´t tell…yet. But once the truth can be told, I will.

It would be worse in metropolitan areas.

The spreading of the disease can be much faster in places like the Caracas metro, where the air conditioning is no longer working, and the crowding of people is constant and quite high. This is the perfect media to get infected. With the coverage of the metro and Caracas being a small city, in a couple of weeks the real disaster will present itself.

My perception is, most of the medical staff will get the heck out with their families. There is a real difference between battling a potentially deadly virus under normal circumstances and a totally different animal when medics are going from patient to patient without even being able to change gloves.

How many of those attending to some medical care center with regular flu symptoms will be contaminated? How are the doctors to be able to perform the needed tests? The gangsters already burned semi-trucks loaded with the aid trying to get into the country and blocked the borders.

It will take longer than usual to reach the countryside

Our vulnerability is high, indeed. However, there are some interesting aspects to consider, brought along with the induced collapse: the lack of mobility will slow the disease spreading outside the cities themselves.

The arrival to the countryside is inevitable, though. There are too many products that can´t be found there, and finally, someone will start trading, and, just as has happened in human history, it will bring the disease.

Despite my acknowledgment of the spirit and dedication of our doctors, my impression is, that given the high level of risk, they will get their families out of the cities, to get out of dodge as well, once the conditions are given. I know there is a lot of control exerted by the military over the hospitals. These have become an underground business in some instances. I haven´t got any proof (yet), but it has been like this for a long time. This was one of the needs for change that people who voted Hugo wanted in the first place. Health care was available freely, but good healthcare was just for those who could afford it.

Back on topic, we know that being isolated in a secluded, self-sufficient and sustainable place is the safest way to overcome this type of disaster, if it gets out of control (at least for some time).

Nowadays, Venezuela is lacking a capable workforce in most of the cities and public administration positions. We all know the disaster already present in the hospitals, without money to acquire the supplies my people desperately need.

The disaster will be unparalleled in our current situation.

You don´t need too much imagination to know what could happen once the mostly useless medical facilities start to receive the patients. Those who perhaps assisted looking for care or accompanying someone who maybe was not even part of the contaminated crowd will be exposed and it´s very likely they will get sick. This part could happen anywhere.

Right now, in the United States, people in the know rush around getting supplies. Hospitals establish protocols.

Under the current circumstances, there is no way that Venezuela can resist an epidemic event. Once the disease starts to affect the barracks where the uniforms live…it´s going to be an epic catastrophe.

Arsenals undefended will be looted. Gang wars will start in a matter of days. Maybe a lockdown of the cities would be enforced…provided there are troopers healthy enough to execute it. Maybe finally, people will lose fear and some kind of revolution starts. This is a truly shadowy scenario, indeed. It reminds me of those areas of Pakistan that suffer an earthquake first and later flooding. Dang.

The Caracas Metro subway was considered once the most modern in all of Latin America. But, as usual in everything the commies occupy, I would rather take a cab, even being broke. It´s not being properly maintained, breaking down in the middle of the tunnels, and people have had to risk their integrity walking between stations…INSIDE the tunnel. Public transportation is one of the most likely ways to get infected, indeed. The other ways are those present in most of the cities. Elevators, stairs, hallways, markets, supermarkets, and alike.

Leaving the city would be difficult once the outbreak occurred.

Once the roads are closed…I don´t know what could happen. The law enforcement organizations lack enough resources. Most of the vehicles are in need of repair. This includes ambulances and fire/police trucks. Someone riding along a road could be subject to harsh treatment if he gets caught. Maybe at night, but with the high risk of road pirates…this is hard to predict.

What I feel is, that those unable to isolate themselves for enough time until the breakout resolves by itself are going to have a real hard time in the cities.

You would need to be in a secluded place, stocked with supplies and some degree of sustainability and communications with the outside world (a police scanner with a good antenna in a mountain hidden of prying eyes would be extremely useful right now if you ask me).  Maybe this will be the only way to survive.

There would be so many deaths.

The few supplies that could be sent to the affected communities, as usual, will never arrive there. It has happened before with the rationing scheme. Just like in every place the communists have stomped, a black market is quickly in place, with all kinds of rationed products at inflated prices.

Facing a sudden pandemic, with our people already weakened from malnutrition, would result in tons of casualties, that´s for sure. Those in charge of at least recording the numbers will hide everything. That data will never be properly collected, and if someday those numbers happen to see the light, they will be inaccurate and unreliable.

The death toll and suffering will be unfathomable.

And it will be covered up.

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In a post-SHTF world, there will be trash piling up everywhere, and for the most part, it will stay undisturbed until vegetation takes over.

Every movie portraying the end of civilization depicts cities where garbage is piling up and we see scavengers looking for hidden treasures in those garbage piles. However, the reality may be different than what we see in the movies and the survivalist doesn’t really have the luxury to throw out garbage.

What may seem garbage to some, in a desperate situation, that garbage may have contradictory qualities to others. After all, improvisation is the mother of necessity, and everything can be reused and given a new life, even the garbage you throw out.

The topic of reusing garbage ore recycling it is not covered
as much as it should within the prepping communities. It’s one of the sensitive
topics that few people bother to think about, let alone talk about it.  Some are afraid that reusing their garbage
will make them a hoarder in the eyes of others, while others fear that society
will isolate and condemn them for their practices. 

Re-purposing garbage for survival may seem eccentric in our
“modern society,” but this is a common practice in third world countries. As
you will see in the following lines, there are many ways you can reuse your
garbage, and this is the knowledge you want to acquire before SHTF.

Dumpster diving is already a common practice in our country,
and in recent years, there has been an increased number of people having to
rely on it just to survive. Not to mention that we see more and more in the
news how people living in countries affected by economic collapse (such as
Venezuela) are eating whatever they can find in the trash just to survive
another day.

For the purpose of this article, we will look at how organic
and non-organic waste can be reused when SHTF.

Non-organic Waste

Many American families are recycling their non-organic waste,
and it’s a good practice to keep our environment clean. However, when recycling
facilities no longer work, we would have to think of ways to reuse this garbage
without suffocating our living area. In your household, you are probably
recycling a certain amount of glass, plastic, paper, and metal every year. But
what would you do with all that waste if you are forced to reuse it?

It’s obvious that every glass bottle or jar can be used as containers. However, you can also cut these items to make various objects. You can find a lot of info online about turning glass items into drinking glasses, candle supports, toothbrush supports, and whatnot.

Since you cannot fill your house with drinking glasses and
you won’t need more than one or two toothbrush supports, you need to find
another life for your bottles and jars.

You can use the bottles and jars you recycled for your
garden chores and even as building materials. Some people will make a bottle
torch, while others will use them as planters. I’ve also seen shelves created
from bottles and other furniture. There are also people using them as building
materials for Earthships and similar construction projects.

Glass items are also ideal for creating perimeter alarms or
traps that will slow down intruders. Broken glass is cemented to the top of
brick walls to keep nosey people at bay, and if you top your fence with barb
wire, you will have a double layer of security. If you can afford to buy a
small kiln or if you are able to build one, you can melt glass and make floor
or wall tiles. There are all sorts of possible uses for your glass items.

Reusing plastic in a survival scenario is much easier
compared to glass. In fact, there are all sorts of projects online teaching you
how to reuse plastic items besides their obvious use as containers. Finding a
new life for your plastic items is limited only by your imagination. Preppers
are making plastic cord from plastic bottles, and it’s the “new thing” on the
internet.

All the plastic bottles you have can be used as garden
planters, fishing traps, or as building materials to create all sorts of
objects. Some can build rafts from plastic bottles, while others can build an
entire shelter.

If you have plastic bags, these can be reused for weed control in your garden. You can also use plastic bags to waterproof items, to gather water or to set animal traps. Plastic nowadays is melted and turned into blocks used in construction. Some countries are using plastic to build roads while the modern teenager is using it to 3D print various objects.

In a survival scenario, most preppers will use paper and
other paper products as fire starters and burning fuel.  However, I would personally use paper and cardboard
as insulators since this is one survival trick I’ve learned from the homeless.
They often use newspapers to insulate their clothing and footwear during the
cold season. Those that have found an abandoned place and made it their
temporary home will often insulate the walls using cardboard and duct tape.

In a blackout scenario where you can no longer heat your
home, you can use cardboard to insulate the walls of a room and move everyone
inside in order to survive the cold days.

If you like gardening, you can make homemade seed pots, and
you can use newspapers for weed protection since its biodegradable.

You can move things up a notch and make papercrete (concrete
made from paper) for your building projects. Back in the day, people were
stealing phone books and use them inside their shelter to increase protection
against home intruders.

However, if you would like to reuse paper or cardboard, I
advise you not to store these supplies inside or near your home as it can
become a fire hazard.

This is another versatile resource that can be reused in various ways post-collapse. Metal cans, coat hangers, and pretty much everything you can think of can be reused. All metal containers can be used to store or cook food, but you can also use them to improvise trip wires and alarms.

From coat hangers, you can improvise snares or make various
traps to catch small animals. With a little patience, you can use a few coat
hangers and improvise a grill to cook your food. If a metal object can be bent,
cut, drilled, or melted, then you can reuse it for your projects and give it a
new life.

Some preppers have their own foundry at home and their hobbies
include making various blades and other items they can sell. Since metal was
the main material that helped humans evolve, it will also help us survive long
after this civilized world fails us. You can do pretty much everything you want
with metal as long as you get the proper knowledge on how to transform it.

Organic Waste

When we talk about organic waste, we should make a clear distinction between the two main categories. These two are human waste and everything else that is biodegradable.

The idea of using human waste is repulsing for some, and
from experience, I can tell you that some people don’t like to talk about the
“human waste handling business” of prepping. Regardless of how the following
lines will make some people feel, I still believe this is something worth
mentioning.

Human waste

In ancient times, human urine and faces were used as
fertilizer by many cultures, but today, it’s an unpleasant concept for modern
people. For most of you, promoting a waste product that people associate with
diseases and consider hazardous as a resource to grow your food may seem like a
paradox, but even developed countries do it. For thousands of years, China’s
farmers have used human manure as fertilizer.

In fact, to recycle human waste is a good method to prevent
polluting surface water with nitrogen and phosphorus-rich waste. When gardening
centers are closed, you may have to use human waste in your garden since it’s a
readily-available and convenient nutrient source for your soil.

If you don’t believe me and you think I might have lost my
mind, I encourage you to read the “Humanure Handbook,” and you will learn more
about this subject.

In a dog eat dog world, you can use human waste as a
deterrent for other humans. I’ve heard survivalists say that they will use
human byproducts to conceal their stashes and make cache sites uninviting.

Biodegradable, non-human waste

All the other waste coming from your home that is biodegradable can be reused in an SHTF scenario in two major ways.

As you probably have figured it out by now, the most common
one is to turn biodegradable waste into compost. Almost all the organic
leftovers from your kitchen can be turned into compost, and this is a common
practice in the countryside. Country folks use organic waste to improve the
quality of their garden soil and boost each year the gardening season. There is
a lot of information online about what can be turned into compost.

The second method of reusing biodegradable garbage is to
build a biogas generator that would provide you with energy to power your
appliances when the grid is down. This approach is rather new (and complex) for
most preppers out there, but it can be done.

In today’s world, the consumerism trend is making us dormant
and obedient, and we often forget that everything we produce can be reused and repurposed.
We are being trained to consume and produce garbage, and we keep repeating this
cycle. If you take a moment and think about it, you will realize that every
object you come in contact with during your day to day activities may have
other used besides ending up as garbage.

Fabrics can be reused, batteries can be reconditioned,
furniture can be repurposed, and we can prolong the lives of the items instead
of creating garbage. This may not sound appealing to most folks, but in a world
where resources are scarce, you may be forced to hold on to your garbage.

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