A Crucial Plan You May Have Forgot
Hands up all those preppers who haven’t made plans for what you would do if you managed to survive an apocalypse. As a prepper, on occasion I have given this matter some thought but as far as putting pen to paper and my brain in top gear I’m guilty as charged. Guilty of getting so caught up in checklists and SHTF scenarios, I haven’t stopped to really think about my post apocalyptic future.
So in an attempt to rectify this failing on my part, I’m now sitting here trying to visualize myself at a time when the SHTF and the fan lived to fight another day. I ask myself questions like:
How would I continue to survive?
What would I want to achieve?
How would I go about it?
In fact the questions just keep on coming. Now this has got to be one of the most difficult plans to attempt because the variables are so vast. Plan A – Z will no doubt be needed. Maybe there’s not enough letters in the alphabet to use for planning the scenarios that may unfold.
The remainder of this article will focus on what I have thought about so far and my ideas for moving forward in a post apocalyptic world. As I said earlier the variables are so great that I’m sure my outlook will not be the same as others. But lets see what I came up with.
Starting Again After An Apocalypse
If you look into what the definition of an apocalypse is you will usually find the following twin definitions:
- The complete final destruction of the world, as described in the biblical book of Revelation.
- An event involving destruction or damage on a catastrophic scale.
Taking definition one above at its word indicates that there would no longer be a world to live in. So when I think about surviving an apocalypse I am thinking about definition two “catastrophic damage”.
Whilst it’s near impossible to predict a catastrophe and the final state the world will be in once it has happened. I’m going to work on the following initial basic assumptions that will allow me to move forward with my plans.
- I will either survive alone, with family or in a group.
- I will survive with my kit & supplies intact or I will have little or zero kit and supplies.
- Worst case scenario there will be nothing left aside from what mother nature has left.
- Best case scenario the world will be in ruins but would have left items worth salvaging.
- Whether surviving on my own or with family, all others are to be treated as hostile until proven otherwise.
Post Apocalypse Survival Phase One – Base Camp
At this stage your going to need to be at your sharpest. You will need to quickly access your circumstances and surroundings including the people around you and if you have any, your kit and supplies. You will need to make some initial decisions to create security and stability for moving forward.
Think of stage one as a base camp, the beginning. Fire and water need’s to be secured along with shelter as main priorities, followed by food. If supplies have survived, ration them until a sustainable replacement can be found. Deal with any medical emergency’s swiftly to avoid disease and infection. Always be thinking about safety and security.
This is most definitely the time your allowed to listen to your paranoia. Well I say paranoia, I prefer to call it gut feeling. If with family members or others work as team, this will help combat depression and compensate for high emotions linked to fear, panic and personal loss of loved ones. Never assume safety,
Post Apocalypse Phase Two – New Plan
Planning has got you this far and its likely to you a lot further. Having survived the apocalypse you can now narrow down your options because you will know what caused the apocalypse, how you survived and the sate the world has been left in. It’s now time to make a new plan:
Decide if its best to stay put (remain at base-camp) or head off in search of a more secure and stable environment. This shouldn’t be too hard to decide because if there is ample security and substance at base camp it can be built on. If there is nothing your going to have to go in search of what’s needed. If the situation requires it keep moving and adapt. Only you will know when and if you want to put down more permanent foundations and build upon them.
Remember a person can only survive 3 days without water and 3 weeks without food. If you initially find your self in a barren or hostile environment you will need to move quickly in search of safety before your supplies run out.
Post Apocalypse Survival Phase Three – Stability & Sustenance
By now human nature will be crying out for some stability. A food and water source has been found and a place that for the short-term at least be called home. Ensure that some redundancy measures are put into place to provide a degree of permanency and stability for you and or your group.
- If possible focus on being able to grow your own food.
- Design a sanitation system to prevent disease.
- Work on putting some basic infrastructure in place.
- Build a more permanent shelter best suited to the weather conditions you are likely to face.
- Look for a permanent source of wild edibles.
- If possible, find plant sources that can provide natural health remedies.
- Scavenge if necessary for anything that may be of use.
- Secure your perimeter and assume people will try to attack you.
- Don’t throw away anything, even if you don’t need it there may become a time when you can use it for bartering.
- Continue to work as a team to keep morale high and stress levels as low as possible.
Post Apocalypse Survival Phase Four – Maintain
By phase Four survival is now manageable, you have a permanent base providing you with both stability and sustenance. Now its all about moving forward and focusing on maintaining and strengthening what’s been achieved so far. Continue to focus on improving infrastructure such as sanitation, first aid and cooking facilities. Build redundancy in to your food and water sources by having back up supply methods. Focus on the health and well-being of yourself and your group. Monitor the state of mind of your group to ensure no mutiny among the ranks occurs. Continue to enhance your security options for example enhancing your perimeter defenses, building weapons and so on.
Post Apocalypse Survival Phase Five – Vision
Once stability has been achieved and maintained. Start thinking about the future. Not necessarily the future of the human race. More from a point of view as to what you and or the group want from life moving forward. Granted this may not have been a life you would have chosen. But the future will be in your hands. Consider the following:
Do you want to rebuild society as you once knew it?
Are you happy as you are now?
Would you change anything?
What else would you like to achieve?
What is your vision of the future?
The future will be yours as they say and happiness should always be something that you strive for. Only you will now what makes you happy.
I mentioned earlier these are my ideas when attempting to look into a crystal ball in order to picture what my future in a post apocalyptic world would be. If nothing else I hope this article has achieved two things. Firstly if like me you hadn’t made a plan for what you would do after surviving an apocalypse, this article gets you started. Secondly if you already have please feel free to share and debate your ideas in the comment section below.
That’s all for now, oh and by the way lets hope we never have to use these plans 🙂