by Ron G
Note: This article is not written with a local emergency or disaster in mind. Not even a Katrina size fiasco. This is written for a national, the big schumer hitting the big fan, TEOTWAWKI, situation. Situations where local government collapses and cannot restore law and order, for a long, long time. It also is based on one big assumption, that you are bugging in and your plans, preparations, and providence are in your favor.
We all know that as soon as the masses, the takers not the makers in our society, figure out that the trucks have stopped running, that the government check is not in the mail, and that the food and fuel supply is drying up, we all know the last place a sane person wants to be is anywhere near a grocery or liquor store, a gas station, or a gun shop. Those are the first place the goblins are going to think to go. They will loot and rob but they won’t be clearing off all the shelves. They won’t be thinking that far ahead. Thinking long-term has been bred out of them over the last five generations.
Months later, after the mass die off, presuming that your plans, preparations, OPSEC, and Divine Providence have been in your favor, it may be necessary to go visit those grocery and other stores that the goblins looted earlier.
If you are like JoJo, my beautiful bride, and I, we don’t have the room to store a year’s supply of every thing we would need to have. So we have to prioritize and that means food, fuel, and the ability to defend it. While we do have soap, toilet paper, and an enhanced first aid kit, we will need to re-supply at some point.
Non-edible items like sanitation and medical supplies will for the most part have been left behind by the shortsighted, hungry goblins. Drug stores will still have vitamins, OTC drugs, antibiotics, bandages, and such. The goblins will have taken all the painkillers and the “fixin’s” for crack and any other feel good drug. Clothing, automotive, and hardware stores will be mostly untouched.
While large screen TV’s, fancy running shoes, and bling bling, might be hard to find the dollar store will still have bottles of bleach, shampoo and toilet paper available, for a while. Hardware stores will still have nails, screws, sheets of plywood, and a garden shop, etc, for a while. Pet food might be hard to find, as the goblins will have eaten that all up before they started on each other.
The key here is of course to get in and out without being seen and I will leave that to someone else to write about. There are several here that have more experience then I at recon and stealth ops.
What I am saying is this, if you are limited on funds and/or storage space, do address your sanitation, clothing, and other needs but prioritize them accordingly and for the short-term. Given a choice between 6 months of food and a lifetime of jeans and boots? I will take the food. The jeans and boots will be sitting there, on the shelf or in boxes in the back room, when we need them.
Scavenging is not looting, nor is it stealing. It is using items that were abandoned by the previous owners.
Post Script: While writing this it occurred to me that there might be a time that I would consider what some might consider “looting.” But really the difference between looting and scavenging is just a matter of time. Minutes really.
Please note that I am asking you to only consider this. If someday your situation exists like what I am going to outline, then press on as you see best. If not… then get the hell out and don’t look back. If it makes you feel better you can also leave a few pre 65 coins or 4 pounds of pennies on the counter on your way out.
If you are in the city or a town when the goblins are looting and killing in the parking lots outside the grocery store, and you decide you are not where you need to be in your preps, here is what you do. Consider going to a restaurant.
I am not talking “fast food” places here. I am talking the sit down, order from a menu, and tip the waitress kind of place More and more places are relying of dried; freeze-dried, and precooked foods. Last week I learned that Subways buys packages of 300 slices of precooked bacon. You can always use any extra canned, bagged or boxed you can get. I wouldn’t take anything frozen without the means to keep it that way or if I can eat it within a few days.
So you go to the back door of your local Dead Lobster or Outback. If people are carrying stuff out then move on, you are too late. Don’t waste the time or take the risk. If the owner and employees are gone then it is abandoned. If the back door is not locked then the employees have probably already cleaned it out. If the back door is locked, get in; hit the storeroom, the bar if there is one, then get the hell out.
It will be awhile before the smartest of the slower thinking goblins start to think of restaurants as a place to find more food then just a single meal. Remember, these people do not think in terms of tomorrow, just the now.
Bottom line, we need to think like the African Lion. It makes its kill, eats it’s fill and goes off to the shade. It is not concerned with the activity of the carrion. You and I do not want anything to do with the fighting that is going to occur over the remains. Our safety, pre or post schumer hitting the fan, involves being able to get in and get out without confrontation. Being ready to strike is key.
Please share your thoughts in the comments below…