Complicated survivalist plans

When talking to survivalist, it becomes clear that some of them have no idea as to what they would do if a long term disaster set in. For the sake of argument, lets say that some kind of new virus came out of the Amazon. Loggers are cutting in areas that mankind has not seen in 10,000 years. While moving the logs, a worker is exposed to some kind of virus. He goes about his daily routine for a few days, walking around town, going to the local stores, spreads the virus. And just like with the swine flu, in a matter or days its spread all over the world.

When the Swine Flu broke out in early 2009, the US government refused to close the borders – citing that companies would lose too money.

The virus moves from city to city and country to country with nothing to stop it. People become sick, die, social services breaks down, the trucks stop rolling, supplies and food shipments stop to the local grocery stores, panic buying sets in, and in a matter of days the shelves are empty.

From there, certain groups of survivalist plan on grabbing their bug out bag, and head to the nearest national forest where they and their families will live in safety and seclusion. That is, until some kind of dysentery sets in and members of the group needs medical attention.

For those of us that take our survivalist mindset a little more serious, we have secured provisions, and have tested plans in place for such a situation.

While testing a Berkey water filter at the camp – which included filtering water from a creek for 3 days – a lot was learned and the plans will be changed to reflect what I learned.

Here is the video about the 3 day Royal Berkey water filter test.

Someone on youtube posted the following comment to the video:

Reverse osmosis is much much better. I would use a reverse osmosis system with a permeate pump.

The problem is, reverse osmosis with a permeate pump requires electricity. In a total break down of social services – which means no electricity, no running water, no natural gas,,,,, no nothing, exactly “how” is a reverse osmosis with a permeate pump system “supposed” to work?

From here, I’am pretty sure someone is saying – setup some solar panels with a battery bank, or a wind generator, or make some bio-diesel to run a diesel engine so that the alternator can be run, then take that DC voltage from the alternator and run it through an inverter to power the water pump,,,,,.

The problem is – all of that needs to be setup “before” a disaster happens. The more moving parts something has, the more likely it is to break, and last but not least – keep it simple.

How much more simple do you want a gravity flow system? Pour the water into the holding tank, and it flows through the filter. The only moving part is the spigot that you get the water out of.

I dont know what planet some survivalist live on, but in my world, supplies do not just magically appear out of nowhere. If you need a solar panel, its not just going to appear out of nowhere as a gift from the solar panel GOD. If you need a water filter, its not going to magically appear as a gift from the water filter GOD.

Here are the facts:

Your plans need to be laid out and tested before hand.
From those test, corrections need to be made.
The corrections then need to be tested.
Keep the plans simple.
Keep the plans realistic.

Simple Plans: Why makes things more complicated then they need to be? If someone ask you what time it is, do you hand them instructions on how to build a watch? Why even thing about using a complicated water filter system, when you can use a simple gravity flow system?

Realistic Plans: Over the years I have seen people talk about everything from bugging out to a national forest that is a 14 – 18 hour drive – under normal situations. Exactly “how” they were going to get fuel for the drive, exactly “where” they were going, exact plans on food and other supplies,,,,, had never been thought out, much less tested.

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