Prepping is all about good planning and preparation. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who go ahead and prepare, without making a plan. Or, their plan is rather ambiguous, without taking into consideration the different problems created by different disasters. To those people, there’s just one generic disaster and that should cover everything.
However, disasters aren’t that cooperative. Granted, there are a lot of similarities between different types of disasters, and especially in the aftermath of those disasters, but that doesn’t make them all the same.
One thing that is fairly consistent in just about any kind of disasters is that the two-legged predators seem to come out of the woodwork. Looking at past disasters, it seems that the criminal element in our society multiplies rapidly, and quickly goes to work to try to take advantage of the situation.
In most cases, these two-legged predators are the most dangerous part of surviving the post-disaster world. The rest of survival is mostly a lot of hard work, with little danger attached; but dealing with desperate people, or even worse, hungry desperate people, can be even more dangerous than the initial disaster was to start with.
If you survive a disaster and end up in the aftermath, you can count on having to deal with these predators. The question then becomes, how are you going to deal with them?
Ways of Dealing with Post-Disaster Marauders
For the sake of simplicity, I’m going to refer to the two-legged predators as marauders. Their survival plan will be to go around looking for people who they can attack to get what they need. Some will just steal, but others will rape, kill, enslave (if they think they can get away with it) and perhaps even turn to cannibalism to survive. In no way can we expect any of these people to actually work or raise a vegetable garden so that they can eat.
Since they can’t be reasoned with, we have to have a plan for dealing with them. That plan needs to take into account the fact that they probably will be armed and will not have any compulsion against hurting others.
Please note that the ideas mentioned below are theoretical solutions to the problem, mostly intended to get you thinking about it and what your options are. The actual answer you settle on will probably include elements of more than one of these ideas, perhaps mixed in with some ideas that you come up with on your own.
Build a “Secure” Compound to Hide in
Government agencies tend to build secure compounds when they don’t want people getting in to see what they have or take it. The whole idea is to make it difficult enough to get in, that criminals or spies give up and go elsewhere. However, even with the government’s resources (your tax dollars) there’s no such thing as a truly secure compound, especially if one is relying on the compound alone, without guards.
Anyone who is motivated enough will find a way to break into a supposedly secure compound; especially if it depends purely on physical defenses, without an active security force to fight the intruders. On top of that, just the act of building a secure compound attracts attention, inviting attack. If your home is the only one in your neighborhood with a six foot tall cement wall around it, it’s going to send the message to the marauders that you have something inside that’s worth stealing.
Run Away to a Survival Retreat
Survival retreats are generally built in remote locations, where they are far from prying eyes and marauding bands. This can be a great advantage, as the old saying of “out of sight, out of mind” definitely has some application here. If the marauders can’t find you, they won’t bother you.
The risk here is that if they do find you, there’s nobody available to help you. You’ve got to be good enough at defending yourself that you can take out that band of marauders alone. Remember, marauders, like coyotes, travel in packs. That’s because they aren’t brave enough to fight on their own, but need a bunch of other marauders to give them courage.
As attractive an idea as a survival retreat is, they aren’t all that secure; especially if you are on your own.
Establish a Survival Team with a Retreat
The problem with survival teams is that they are very hard to form. You need a group of people who have the right skills, who all have the same amount of commitment to the team and who all get along. If you can find those people, then you might have a chance of making the team work.This is somewhat of an extension of the previous idea of running away to a survival retreat. The difference here is that you are running away with a team of people, rather than running away by yourself. This provides a huge advantage in the area of defense, as there are a group of you to fight off any gang of marauders who comes around.
Build an Underground Bunker
A lot of people like the idea of underground bunkers. They do have several advantages over other means of survival. First of all, the bunker is not very visible, especially if it is in a remote location; so, you are going to be hard to find. Secondly, you really can’t shoot at someone in an underground bunker. Of course, that means that you can’t shoot at them to defend yourself either.
Unfortunately, this lack of being able to defend yourself makes an underground bunker a dangerous solution to use. All that the marauders have to do is hook a car’s exhaust to your air inlet and they can smoke you out, where you will be highly vulnerable.
Run Away to the Wild
Few preppers can actually afford a retreat in the wilderness, which means that their bug out plan is to live in the wild. That’s a problem, as living off the land isn’t as easy as many people think it is. Countless pioneering families died trying to establish their homesteads in the American West. While we have better tools to work with today, you can’t really carry them in a bug out bag.
Of course, the other problem with trying to live off of nature is that there will be lots of other people trying to do the same thing. So, you may very well end up in a situation where you are fighting to protect your kills. That can be just as deadly as trying to fight off the marauders.
Hunt them Down
There will probably be some groups of people who will gather together as vigilantes, hunting down the marauders with the intent of eliminating them. As attractive as that option sounds, it is not without considerable risk. First of all, there is no guarantee that you will kill them, before they can kill you. Contrary to Hollywood, the good guys don’t always win.
The second big risk is a legal one. Hunting someone down to kill them is premeditated murder, regardless of how much they deserve it. If there is any sort of functioning government, you can be sure that they will react to those actions, punishing the punishers. Even if the government collapses, the risk isn’t eliminated, as the government will probably eventually be reestablished. At that point, there’s a good chance that they will go after those vigilantes.
Be Prepared to Defend Your Home
Being prepared to defend your home (or a survival retreat for that matter) is a rather complicated undertaking. You have to harden the home to make it difficult to break into, establish perimeter defenses, purchase weapons and train with those weapons so that you can fight effectively. Like the survival retreat, this is best accomplished with a team, rather than trying to do it on your own. If your family has a number of shooters, you can probably manage, but if not, you’ll need others.