I will agree that Food is the number ONE item to prep ahead of an emergency or a disaster. That being said, there are a LOT more things that will be in short supply, if attainable at ALL when SHTF happens. All of us here are well aware f the guns & ammo shortage America is experiencing. But there are OTHER things which, if not available could wreak havoc on our lives as well.
With the election just 4 Days away, I have a genuine concern regarding protests and riots nationwide. I will discuss just ONE possible scenario, but there are MANY circumstances that could cause what I'll be exploring in this comment.
The Lawless Left:
Several groups have stated their intentions to set America on fire if Trump wins. I served in the U.S. Air Force, and I have also worked in Security. I can envision a set of circumstances where the Lawless Left,
upset that Biden lost, goes completely off the Deep End. I can well Imagine (ANTIFA has STATED their intention here) attacks on Transportation and Shipping Hubs; FEDEX, UPS, USPS, etc. If these thugs attack and burn those facilities, just about EVERYTHING we buy and use will be at risk.
Not only will the Grocery Stores not be able to re-stock. but FUEL deliveries could stop. People who get their Prescription Meds via the mail or other carriers could up SHTF Creek. Spare parts inventories could be exhausted in very short order. Hospitals will run out of their critical supplies.
Now I realize this sounds a lot like the piece I posted a few days ago; What If The Trucks Stop Running?
But this goes far beyond a fuel shortage, an EMP or a CME. I'm talking about Bands of Organized and funded Domestic Terrorists going after virtually EVERYTHING that has ANYTHING to do with our Infrastructure! I have personal knowledge of a small community in Oregon, I will not say which one, that just outside of town is a small substation with NO Fence around it, and NO safety protocols of ANY kind that I could see. I was FLOORED to see this in a Post 9-11 World! ANY nut job who feels like it can simply walk up to the facility and destroy it with very little effort. The sight of this made me wonder-HOW MANY MORE UNPROTECTED SITES LIKE THIS EXIST AROUND THE U.S?! I reported the situation to that County's Board of Commissioners-NOTHING HAS EVER BEEN DONE TO RECTIFY THIS OVERSIGHT!
I see the EXACT same thing at just about EVERY Post Office. Sure, the Mail vehicles may be locked, but thrown rocks take out the windows, tires could be slashed, they're vulnerable to arson, etc... Same goes for most County Sheriff's Departments. Can anyone imagine a Domestic Terrorist torching a FIRE STATION?! I know this question on the surface sounds a little Oxymoronic, but think about it!
There are lessons to be learned here. I would dare to venture that some Prepper's homes and Bugout Locations are better protected than our Public Services! This is PATHETIC on its face. America and its infrastructure and public services are FAR more vulnerable than most people will ever realize! THAT alone is justification for me to be a prepper!
DON'T stop with a Year's supply of food! Store as much Water as you can-and for the love of GOD, get some GOOD Water Filters! Build that First Aid / Medical Kit; Build it as massive as you can INCLUDING as much Prescription Medication as you can convince your medical provider to authorize. Load up on ALL the OTC Meds you can get your hands on. Build your kit big; and then DOUBLE IT! Take the 1st Aid classes your community offers. I also suggest that if at all possible become an EMR (Emergency Medical Responder) and if you have the time and resources, an EMT-Basic. Because in a true SHTF event, you will NOT be able to jump in the car & drive to the E.R!
Keep your Gas Tank at least 2/3 full. Wherever possible for folks, you should have a MINIMUM of 20 Extra Gallons on hand for an emergency-because if you have to evacuate, it will double your vehicles range, and it may just get you to Grandma's House! Self-Defense..'NUFF SAID!
I won't get into Comm's here, because many others on this blog have already done an excellent job in this area. My wife and I ARE both Licensed Hams, and I recommend getting your Technician Class ticket very highly. I recommend either the Boafeng UV-5 or the Yaesu FT-4. BOTH can be keystroke modified...if y'all take my meaning...The intel a good dual Band Handi Talkie can gather could literally SAVE YOUR LIFE!
I could go on for hours, but I hope I've covered the basics here.
The point I REALLY want to bring home is that there are any number of things that either by themselves or in combination can bring life as we have known it to a screeching halt. At this point, I am not putting ANYTHING past the Lawless Left!
Bruce A. Forster-North Coast Prepper-Oregon.🤓