when america goes down the drain and all hell breaks loose, what items would i need to have to survive?

im talking things such as gas masks and things like that. and how i could make these things cheap.

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I think this is the "Getting Started" page, well, one of many out there.
http://www.survivalblog.com/newbies.html

The author of that particular website, James Wesley Rawles, also wrote a book titled How to Survive the End of the World As We Know It.
http://www.amazon.com/How-Survive-End-World-Know/dp/0452295831/
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Vyger5 years ago
The only thing you need is your wits, and that you can start working on any time.
rickharris5 years ago
And what happens when the chemicals to purify the water run out?

What about fuel when the other 60,000,000+ (in the case of the UK) have cut down all the trees?

What do we eat when all the domestic animals and pets have been killed and eaten?

What do we wear when our relatively short lived and fragile fashion clothing has ripped and torn?

Where do we live when someone bigger, more aggressive or better armed takes our home away?

Where will all out waste go when the sewer system gives out?

Actually I doubt in our "civilised world" that the general populace can live without the infra structure they rely on.
Depends how long we have to make the alternatives work.

We have 200 years of coal left at least, all we need to do it dig, and we sure did it before we had our modern systems, same with clothes, food and sewerage.

I think society holds civilisation together, and that we aren't as stuffed as doommongers would have us believe.
Digging coal would call for a considerable amount of organisation which may (or may not) be there in moments of high stress (every man/woman for them selves). In addition you have to consider delivery / distribution assuming that fossil fuel options would quickly run out - look how fast petrol became scarce in the fuel strikes a few years ago.

We live in a very structured world and I believe there is very little room now for disruption of that structure before major issues in society begin to show..

I don't think there would be long enough to reinstall a steam / low tec replacement for transport for example. We have become dependent on relatively high speed transport, as well as easily and reasonably reliable electricity supply.

The larger countries may be batter off but a small highly populated country like the UK is going to have problems fast. IMHO
frollard5 years ago
I think the skills more than the things would be important:

Look at the list of human needs, (maslow is a decent place to start), then see which of those things will be gone. Develop a skillset to deal with losing shelter, food, and human company.

Oddly enough, the physiological and some of the higher tiers apply to the zombie apocalypse... :D Not bad for being 60 years old.
I had to look up the name Maslow.  I had not heard of him, at least not mentioned by name.  I think I have heard of this idea of a "hierarchy of needs".

Anyway, your mention of zombie apocalypse makes me think of that movie, I Am Legend.  At first the main character (sole survivor of the zombie virus, played by Will Smith) is highly motivated and effective.  But as the isolation continues, it starts to affect his motivation and effectiveness.  And I guess this fits with the contention of Maslow's hierarchy.  That is to say, the lack of friendship and belonging starts to interfere with his goals in the tier above that one, like finding a cure for the zombie plague.
clever, isn't it? :) I think it's the most easily digestible psych/socio topic for most people to grasp, and it really invades pop culture pretty often.