Charles Darwin said, “It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.” Though Darwin had no idea what kind of crazy that was coming this way, for the modern survivalist, managing change means being prepared. We may not know when, or by what method the breakdown will occur, but it will inevitably come to fruition, and when it does — when the governing walls of civilization crumble — it will be the self-reliant, faithful and resourceful individuals who prevail. When you’re prepping for disaster, think practically. Think water, think shelter, and think communication. The rest will require adapting to your circumstance to “best manage change.”
Best-case scenario for water provision is that you have stocked up a supply of bottled water that will last for months. Optimally, you will have a 21-day supply of water for each person in your survivor group. Plan on basing your procurement on two gallons per person per day, one gallon for drinking and one for personal hygiene. Water filters are an excellent and inexpensive item to have. Using a Sawyer Mini Water Filter combined with a Sawyer Water Filter Bucket Kit can help provide clean, filtered water. You may also want to calculate an additional 15 percent to your total amount to account for waste and emergencies. You will need to scavenge and purify water yourself. The recommended method of purification is boiling it to eliminate bacteria and microorganisms, but do not boil for longer than three minutes or you will lose significant water volume.
You may be stuck in an outdoor setting all alone. In this case, you’ll need to assemble a make-shift shelter, like a tarp hut, by bracing a log against a tree as a frame, then draping and pinning the tarp to the ground, or forge a debris hut, by leaning branches against the main structural log, then fortifying it with grass, leaves and other debris. In a best-case scenario, you will have a bug out cabin or retreat prepared to welcome you and your crew, or you will have fortified your home, making it a secure safe haven. You want to make sure your home fortress doesn’t look like a well-stocked resort. Hide or disguise any indication that you and your group are there to prevent thieves and other adversaries from getting any ideas.
If the entire grid is down and the satellites have all crashed to the ground, a ham radio is going to be the best choice of your limited communication options. You’ll need power to use these, but a generator will do the trick. A two-way radio will keep you tied to another person, but the radios have a limited range of about six to seven miles. If satellites are still in orbit, an optimal means of communication in a state of emergency would be a satellite phone. Satellite phones with a GPS tracker and locator device will prove invaluable when performing activities in which you and your fellow survivors may get separated, like reconnaissance, perimeter watch, hunting expedition or fast evacuation situations. If ever there is a time when you will not want to be lost and alone, it will be when the SHTF.
It’s difficult to discern how severe the final collapse will be. You may find yourself in the best or worst scenario at the end, but to ensure that you manage change well and survive, be practical and prudent, then prepare to adapt.