Saturday, February 12, 2011
DEMCAD: Hard Truth about SHTF Prep!
By Reginald Kaigler (DEMCAD)
First, let me disclose the intent of this blog post. This writing is in no way might to be comprehensive. My name is Reginald Kaigler, I have a BA in criminal justice, I am a blogger on youtube (DEMCAD), but I am not an expert on preparing for disasters. I am not a survivalist who lives in a underground bunker. I don't own an arsenal of guns. I can't afford to play GI Joe on the weekends and I have no intention of sugar coating what I believe to be the cold hard truth.
The world as we know it will changed and it will happen soon. If maybe sparked by the bankruptcies of American state governments, or maybe the implosion of the Eurozone via debt or perhaps the global food crisis will spread civil unrest across the globe. The evidence is clear: UN is reporting record increases in food prices, real unemployment is rising, the federal government is out of money, the Federal Reserve continues to devalue the dollar, the housing sector is getting worse, no one has thrown the criminal on Wall Street in prison and the hundreds of trillions of dollars of derivatives still threatens the entire world system. It only takes one event to create a devastating crisis. This event is eloquently referred to by survivalists and preppers as the SHTF (Shit Hits The Fan.)
I can't tell you how to prepare for such an event, but I can tell you what I've been doing. I've been buying extra cans of food every month for my food storage. The primary storage is in my basement where I have the following foods stored.
Corn Beef Harsh
Peaches Mixed fruits
I also have a 5 gallon bucket of rice and 20 pounds of wheat grain in my closet also with cans of beans, chili, chicken noodle soup and oatmeal. I also store ammo for my three guns (Glock 21, Mossberg Maverick 30-06 and my Mossberg 500). I've released numerous videos on my youtube channel DEMCAD about this very subject.
I also have my tools (which includes a framing hammer, crowbar, Annihilator bar, hatchet, staple gun, hammer, screwdriver set and much more) in my closet. My preparations are very organized.
I even have an emergency bag. This bag is equipped with the following...
SAS survival guide
Personal documents (state ID)
So here's what I've learned about emergency preparation.
5. Start gathering Information
Before you buy that one year supply of food, you may want to shop around. And is it really a good idea to buy an ar-15 when you live in the desert? You need to research the guns, the food and everything before you start spending cash.
4. Assess Your Situation
No one plan will work for everyone. Just because it was a good idea for me to buy a 45 caliber, that doesn't mean that it will be the best option for you. Maybe the powerful, but cheaper (and more available) 40 S&W would be better for you. People living in Arizona and New Mexico should store more water than folks in Colorado. if you live near street gangs, you better be aware.Start walking around your neighbor and other areas to find alternate routes to important locations such as hospitals.
3. Get a Gun!
No one cares about your politics. No one cares about your ideas about a gun free world. Iit's never going to happen and when that drugged-out psycho is standing in your living room with a knife and a hard on, you're going to wish you had a Glock in your hand. Police departments are cutting cops all across the country as the nation descends into a deeper downturn. Good luck relying on 911 to save you if someone breaks into your house.
You'll also be happy to use your 22 to hunt for rabbits if the grind crashes.
2. Be Realistic
Don't go overboard witht he machine guns. There's only one of you and if you have a bunch of guns and no food, you'll be in big trouble. And don't think that silver will be your salvation. Yes, silver is real money, but in a SHTF scenario, no one is going to trade in their food and ammo for silver. Not unless you are trading with a foreign group.
If you live in an urban area, most of your encounters will be close quarters. You probably won't be picking looters or gang members off at 500 yards, so you better start with a good home defense weapon. The pump action shotgun is second to none in this category. The 12 Gauge round is highly verstile and powerful. You can use slugs to hit targets 100 yards aways or destroy body parts at close range. I'm planning on using 00 buckshot for most of my home defense. My primary weapon is the Mossberg 500. The Remington 870 also has a great reputation, but I like the location of the Mossberg's safety and the fact that the military has been using them.
I rely on a Glock 21 pistol as a backup. Sure the FN-57 is one of the coolest pistols you've ever seen. it's light light, has plenty of ammo in the magazine, very little recoil and looks awesome. But let me ask you a question: Who in the hell shoots a 5.7x28mm round?
Answer: Probably no one that you know of. And if you're the only guy with a 5.7 pistol during the collapse, you'll be out of luck when you run out of ammo. Please stick to the common calibers, so that you can trade ammo with your neighbors and friends. If you buy a pistol that shoots a 38, 357, 9mm, 40 S&W or 45 Auto, you'll find someone with the ammo you need.
Frankly, since most pistol fights take place in close quarters, I didn;t see the point of getting a fast traveling caliber. I decided to go with maximum stopping power. In handsight, the 40 caliber may have been a good compromise of speed and power, but I errored on the side of power and bought a 45 caliber pistol.
The Sig Sauer is a great gun, but it's heavy and expensive. The FN-45 tactical is 1,000 bucks. Simply too rich for my blood. Glock has an excellent reputation, it's made by Germanic people, it's cost effective and has no external safeties to worry about. in the heat of the moment, I don't want to be the character that forgets to drop the safety.
1. The Sooner the Better
Unless you're Bruce Wayne, you can't afford to wait until the last minute to start preparing for an emergency. Most people can't afford to buy a six month supply of food in one day. Waiting until the shit hits the fan to buy a gun with leave you vulnerable to price gouging. And realistically, most areas don't carry a large supply of guns. Expect food prices to go up, so the longer you wait, the more you may pay.
So start sitting around and start preparing.
UN and France warns of Food Crisis