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Survivalist Guide For Post-Apocalyptic America, After Civilizations Collapse

Updated on October 23, 2012
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Basic Tips On Surviving An Apocalyptic Tragedy Or Government Collapse

Many people now believe that our time is nearly played out on this beautiful planet of ours. Whether it be do to natural disasters, as in earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, and tornadoes or perhaps a full government meltdown, war, or even global warming.

The number of tragedies that could permanently remove our frail species from existence are countless! It would be impossible to guess at this point in history, just when or what will finally end our time of glory, but it never hurts to be prepared for the worst.

So I ask you again, are you prepared for the end of the civilized world as we know it? Or will you just lay your head in defeat like millions of others and accept your fate, without putting up so much as a decent fight?

If you're not ready to go down just yet, but aren't sure where to begin on preparing yourself, this article may be just what you need to get started. Remember, these are just a few of my own tips and opinions, there are always so many other things you can do, to help insure your survival during the worst of times.

So Lets Begin With The Basics, Food And Water

Lets face it people, you can survive without just about any luxury, but without food and water you won't last a week. Food processing, such as freeze drying, dehydrating and canning/jarring fruits and vegetables, are all excellent ways of preserving foods, for extended periods of time.

Gardening and farming skills will be of great use, when it comes time to start rebuilding you lifestyle. You should at least take the time to learn the basics of gardening, these skills come in handy without the added effect of world destruction. Just imagine how much money you could save, if you didn't have to buy your necessary vegetables. It would probably be a good idea, to stay stocked up on the seeds of all your favorite fruits and vegetables.

If you have enough land, and the extra money to spend, then animal husbandry is a great source of fresh meat, milk and eggs. You could go as far as raising cattle, sheep or chickens, or do as little as raising your own fish.

Water on the other hand, will be a totally different problem. Though it's not likely that water will be in short supply, fresh drinking water probably will be. Portable water purifiers are a good solution to this problem, also stocking up on bottles and/or gallon jugs of purified water will be very important.

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Next Lets Talk About Your Protection, From Living Things And The Elements

It should be obvious that you will be much better off owning guns and/or other forms of weaponry, such as compound bows, knives and even clubs can be useful. The not so obvious is remembering to keep a large supply of ammunition, arrows, Sharpening stones, gun oil etc... on hand and readily available. It would also be a good idea to practice tearing down and rebuilding your weaponry, and keeping a supply of replacement parts.

Now, for your elemental protection, you should definitely try to have a safe place planned, like a cellar, basement or storm shelter. In the event that you are unable to get to your safe place, you should at the very least, keep a tent available for at least some protection. Remember to keep extra bedding and clothing available also.

For This Last Section, I Would Like To Discuss A Few Miscellaneous Things

Trapping, fishing and hunting would be the most practical source for fresh meat. Trapping would probably be the most logical form, since you will be able to accomplish so many other things while the traps do all the work, not to mention the fact, you will save immensely on ammunition.

Fire producing tools, they're often overlooked when building a survival kit. Lighters, matches, flint and lighter fluid are all necessities. While you're at it a decent supply of firewood and kindling is also a good step in preparation.Medical supplies and first aid kits are extremely important, but prepping yourself in some basic medical training and CPR, is an absolute necessity. Assorted batteries of all styles and sizes are also a must, you can never have to many.

The last thing I would like to mention, is your own physical being. Are you healthy? Do you think you will be physically able to survive in a harsh environment? If you are already in poor physical health, then there isn't much hope of you surviving, when you lose the luxury of an easy life.

Don't wait until it happens to start getting in shape, after all it's only going to improve your life. By simply working out or exercising a few days a week, your health will improve tremendously.

So there you go, just a few tips, to help bring out the survivalist in you, as I mentioned in the beginning, there are many other things that you can do, to help you become prepared. If you know of anything I have left out, or would just like to leave an opinion, please add a comment in the space provided below.

Final note: If it ends up being a zombie apocalypse then forget most of what I said and board up your windows, load your guns, and ride the storm till your home gets invaded by an unstoppable horde of flesh eaters. Good Luck!


DS Duby

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      DS Duby 5 years ago from United States, Illinois

      You are absolutely right, if something like this was to ever happen your physical abilities would most likely be your most important assets. Thanks for reading and commenting

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      Rob Winters 5 years ago

      Other than being in good physical shape i'd have to say i'm completely unprepared. Having said that being in good shape is probably one of the harder goals to achieve for many.Good practical & actionable tips here DS.Up & certainly Useful.

      P.S. I think i might have a few batteries lying about too :-)

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      DS Duby 5 years ago from United States, Illinois

      Lol yeah I would prefer it not to be zombies either if it has to happen cause regardless of how prepared you are I don't think it would ever be enough. Like your husband though I do enjoy watching zombie movies or any other apocalypse movies for that matter. It really is nice to imagine the world coming together to help each other in a desperate time of need. Thank you That Grrl for reading and commenting.

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      Laura Brown 5 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      My exhusband loves to read all the zombie stuff. I think it spoils the apocalypse themed movies. I love seeing the world end in one way or another and then come back together again as people re-learn how to make things work and survive. There are no zombies in my apocalypse.

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      DS Duby 5 years ago from United States, Illinois

      Gas masks are a must! I can't believe I forgot that one, even if chemicals don't wipe out the population first hand they would most likely be a great hazard if everything was to shutdown and there was no longer a way to control septic treatment and chemical leaks from assorted facilities. Thanks for reading and commenting Mecheshier.

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      mecheshier 5 years ago

      You forgot the gas masks. Chemical warfare may do us all in.

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      DS Duby 5 years ago from United States, Illinois

      Thank you WhidbeyWriter for reading and leaving a comment. It really is better to be prepared for anything if at all possible.

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      Mary Gaines 5 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      Good things to know......because in this day and age of uncertainty being prepared is so important. Thanks!

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      I almost forget the devastation that also occurred in earthquake over in Haiti as well, yikes what was I thinking.

      Yeah all them horrifying natural disasters are warning signs for sure, that we need to be prepared for anything, and definitely for the worst to happen, so your hub hit the spot on that note.

      Cheers to awesome hub writing and sharing today! Wonderful job with your hub once again bro.

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      DS Duby 5 years ago from United States, Illinois

      Thanks I appreciate that, it's funny that you mentioned hurricanes because it was the devastation of the gulf coast from their hurricanes that influenced this article. I wasn't there for the hurricanes but I was there immediately after cleaning up and helping to put things back together, mostly in Florida though I wanted to do more in Louisiana but at the time we were there very little could be done and I wasn't able to get a crew together to go back.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Yikes man you went the extra distance here with all the survival tips, and I like how you fully express your knowledge and will to survive Scott. It goes to show that you yourself are fully prepared for a all out enduring life struggling survival course experience if one ever was to occur or happen in our day and time.

      Who knows right, with things like Hurricane Katrina many years back and the Tsunami in Japan, and Indonesia, anything can happen at any given moment, and I must agree that not being prepared physically, psychologically, or mentally can take a toll on the survival rate of a person or group of people.

      I think though, that if we were all to be attacked by Zombies though, we would all perish mostly, because some people are even afraid of mice, LOL.

      Awesome hub voted up on all levels, 5 star rating for sure, nice one!

      Oh and I rated it beautiful for that last dude's picture you posted there, that was both funny and beautiful in an ugly sort of way, cool technique. Haha!!!!!!

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      DS Duby 5 years ago from United States, Illinois

      Lol thanks rabbit75 I always keep a large supply of clam chowder lol

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      rabbit75 5 years ago

      Excellent! This hub is extremely funny and informative. Oh, yes, if it's a Post-Apocalyptic America that involves flesh eating zombies, time to stock up on guns and ammo...oh wait, can't forget cans of New England Clam Chowder...I hear zombies have a pretty bad reaction to clam chowder.

      Great hub DS Duby! Voted up and awesome!

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      DS Duby 5 years ago from United States, Illinois

      HaHa Excellent that sounds a lot like me! I'm not a survivalist but I like to be prepared for emergencies, it's just smart thinking. You can never have to many lighters.... or batteries, I have so many batteries stocked around here. Its really only because I use so many though. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Vampsdes 5 years ago from Missouri, US

      Great tips here, I do practice some of them myself. Though I didn't go full out with a full survival kit, I did keep some canned food back, lighters, and a survival knife all in the same spot and easy to find. I guess that would be really just bare materials but I did have them. I went a little overboard with having a source of fire in case of an emergency. I had like 15-20 packs of Bic lighters at any given time. Which averaged out to like 75-100 lighters. I might not be able to do much in an emergency but I will be able to start a fire ha ha! Voted up and useful!