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Can you survive? Say all transportation which brings in food was disabled. Would you know what plants to eat? Could you make a still to gather water? Would you hunt and kill animals. Can you make weapons to protect your families? Is strategy something you think about?

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I garden now and know quite a bit about edible plants. Would I kill animals, only if necessary. I eat mostly vegan now. I know a bit about animal care, I am sure I could raise and milk cows and chickens. I will eat eggs and milk products on occasion, I can also sew, make soap, i know how to dry foods and can if necessary. I know how to gather water from dew, and I know how to distill it if necessary. Being alone I'd have some problems, but I think with all my kids we may have skills to get by for a while

As I look around at society the type the you are is a unique rarity.

@azzow2 Thank you! I've always felt out of step with society, and within the last few years have really moved to embrace it. It is good to be self reliant. I dream of living off the grid, but never alone. So I do what I can to live in society with as small a carbon footprint as possible. I use reusable towels and personal wipes instead of paper towels and toilet papers. I make my own deodorant, toothpaste, and lip balm. I have a worm box in my pantry and a compost pile. When you call yourself a hippie, you can't be like everyone else.

@HippieChick58 And how!


I’m high maintenance, dead in no time

No wallpaper soup for you then.


Nah. I'd be dead within a week. C'est la vie.

Condor5 Level 8 Aug 10, 2018

You lost me at "transpiration."

Got to love spell check lol

That would be almost immediately fatal!


As a kid I related so hard to Henry Bemis from this Twilight Zone episode... as a loner and an avid bookworm, my post-apocalyptic life would still be fulfilling as long as I had books — AND MY GLASSES, because I can’t see 5 inches in front of my face without them! ???

Jenelle Level 6 Aug 11, 2018

I remember that episode what a lesson in humility.

I remember that one , too . Empathy !


I've always thought, I should have been born a couple of hundred years ago. I already do things like building my own house, and woodworking shop. I cut down trees on my property and built a barn. We garden and can vegetables. We've preserved foods by drying them. I've killed squirrels and rabbits for food. I don't doubt I could do about anything I need to do to survive. My health is good for a 61 year old southern man. With that said, I think doomsday prophesies are nuts, but anything can happen I guess.

As a realist, we know it is unlikely I like to use it as an exercise for the creative part of my brain.


I'm not wasting my life preparing for something that will never happen.
I'm pretty skinny though. Skinny people do better in famine situations and losing 1k of fat will statistically extend your life more than having a nuclear bunker.
I'm adaptable and optimistic too. I'll be fine.

Gareth Level 7 Aug 11, 2018

I would eat my neighbors ??

sellinger Level 7 Aug 10, 2018

Weapons: check. Animals: check. Strategy... all from Max Brooks' Zombie Survival Guide. Completely applies to our current reality and your scenario.

Wonder why you don't bring up hunting people...

Seeker3CO Level 8 Aug 11, 2018

Can hunting or the 4 legged kind

@azzow2 I don't understand your reply

because eating people is really really dangerous, but in a pinch, I have no qualms


ever read "the Road", by Cormac McCarthy...? creepy.

hankster Level 9 Aug 11, 2018

I will ogle it.

@azzow2 it seemed a little real to me. a man Journeys with his young son in a post-apocalyptic America.

Yes, and I could not understand why they left the underground shelter with all the food and water.

@16classic he didn't have much time.


The number #1 rule is that you don't disclose what all you have or people will be pounding on your door looking for handouts.
I have a huge garden -- I can, freeze, preserve my own food. I have a seed bank.
I believe in the 2nd Amendment, I have multiple CCLs, and I have a 4x4 pickup.

That's all anyone gets to know for sure.

Seed bank that is a good idea how do you preserve seeds? Do they retain vitality in a sealed vacuum for a prolonged time?

@azzow2 Yes. three years is good...that's the longest I've tested. I start with all heirloom seeds from Baker Creek seed company....then I saved seeds from what I grew first as practice to learn how to do it and still have good seeds. Next Spring, I will plant some 4 year old seeds also to see how they do. Every year, I save more... eventually, I hope to have a 10-year bank.


@SkotlandSkye Last year I planted sunflowers one of them grew kind of mutated with 5 flowers on one stalk saved some of the seeds this year the mutation is even greater.

@SkotlandSkye Last year this same set of seed was a different plant as you can see this one has a ton of budding flowers.

@azzow2 that's really interesting. I noticed that my 3 year old zucchini seeds had much darker leaves than 1st year plants.


It seems the better strategy would be to organize rather than go it alone.

Teems can work good sometimes desperation interferes though.


Survivalists and many people in general have romantic, albeit unrealistic ideas when it comes to apocalyptic level survival. In reality, the game would soon disappear via over-hunting and roving gangs would be looking for people with cashed resources to exploit. It is difficult to hide sheep, goats, chickens, etc., so subsistence farming seems problematic.

dahermit Level 7 Aug 11, 2018

Right, it would be a riot scene and a kill or be killed scenario.


I have some sheep I graze on my land so that would keep me going in lamb, and I would barter with my farming neighbours for other meat and milk and eggs etc, I would try to get my hands on some seeds and try to grow on my own land, some vegetables. I have a large store cupboard always full of canned and and packeted food and a freezer full (needs defrosting at the moment...thanks for the reminder), as I am on my own here I reckon I could last some years! No water, if there was a drought would be more of a problem, but living in Northern Ireland, the wettest part of UK it’s not really likely. I don’t think I would be much good as a forager, but needs must and skills could be learned if it was a matter of survival.

Your biggest problem would be poachers and looters.

@azzow2 How true, I don’t have a shotgun licence but would have to get one. I got rid of my husband’s shotguns after he died, but I could buy another one .


My 18' diameter round pool has 10,000 gallons already, and I have bleach. I hear mice/rats are delicious. I am in a suburban environment, but my brother is near woods, and only a 17-mike walk away. So, live off my body fat, drink the pool water, feed the little dogs moles, then take a hike I guess.

Grass roots can also provide nourishment as well as insects.


If I need to know I'll just google it. smile009.gif

ldheinz Level 7 Aug 11, 2018

I’d be alright for the most part. I’m more worried about dealing with other survivors.

Mobius Level 4 Aug 11, 2018

As long as a synergy is agreed upon all would be good.

@azzow2 much like people in the now, everyone brings their own ego to the table along with whatever skills they may have. That synergy is a rare thing, not impossible, just rare. I suppose the mutual drive to survive may provide some glue but can just as easily provide friction.
I’d likely go it alone until I could connect with friends who I know I can trust.

@azzow2 it's probably that in the first instance that sny co-operation would be family groupings which would ultimately resolve in clan warfare, the most successful forming a feudal state and off we go again! Golding's Lord Of The Flies, a great example

@ixseil access to renewable resources is good but what about defense against malcontents?


Nope. I'd die. and feed the cannibals. Unless i could barter my skills at making clothes from pretty much anything.

moonmaid Level 8 Aug 11, 2018

Nope. I'm another one who'd end up useless sans meds and therefore dead.


Hunting, fishing and trapping are skills that I posses. I know a fair bit about botany. I can create my own energy.I can filter and purify water if need be. (although I have a well on my property and I'm surrounded by springs) Now that I am out of the city I plan on starting a garden. I've made many weapons in my day. My strategy would be to hunker down and hope I don't get caught slipping.


I'd be dead meat. Unless I could write some software to do this.

godef Level 7 Aug 11, 2018

I still have some of the knowledge but not the mobility necessary.

Hicks66 Level 7 Aug 13, 2018

Here, on this island we promote resiliency. First off I would never hunt and kill another animal. I have a garden and orchard ans a small reserve of food and water. I have a solar system that would drive the water pumps (well and collection system). Life would be tough but most of us would find a way.

I agree when the situation becomes grim most people pull together.


There is a Prepper / Survivalist group on here if you are really interested in this subject.


Nope just looking at the creativity of others on this one.


I've noted the locations of all of the Trumpanzees in my area. In the case of some sort of cataclysm or major breakdown in civil society, I'm not ashamed to say that ritual cannibalism is On The MENU!

Pete01938 Level 6 Aug 11, 2018

I probably could pick out some wild plants to eat although when I've tried purslane it doesnt seem to agree with me so it would be hit and miss for a bit. As for the rest I know a bit. Unfortunately none of that does me much good against a jerk with a glock.

Donna_I Level 7 Aug 11, 2018
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