Preparing For The Collapse: Ten Basic Things You Need To Survive

Let me paint a picture for you.

America is burning.

American flags are torn & tattered, flapping in the plumes of smoke covering the nation.

Americans are dead in the streets… good people who cannot fathom how this happened.

It happened, because people didn’t care.

It happened, because the nation ignored our warnings.

It happened, because good men did nothing.

It happened… because we deserved it. We allowed our nation to be taken over by psychopathic criminals while they placated us with entertainment and the distractions of consumerism.

So what happened…?

Only the future will tell. America is teetering on the edge of total economic collapse, one which will plunge the entire world into darkness.

The darkness of Islam and ISIS is also spreading. At the same time, our corrupt media and politicians are positioning us for World War III with Russia & China.

To top it all off, the corrupt media has successfully divided our nation into squabbling racial and ideological factions between the Alt Right, Black Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter, socialist Bernie supporters, traitorous communists, entitled losers, illegal immigrants, and people who are too blind to see it all.

The nation is foaming with misdirected rage and soon it will come to a head. We are likely to see a civil war while we go to war abroad. This will only weaken our great nation further.

Yet the worst death blow would be the simplest.

Above all those events, a single one would put all the others to shame.

That one event, is an EMP. An electromagnetic pulse.

A warring nation could detonate an EMP high-altitude over the central United States. Or the more likely scenario, we will eventually get hit with a solar flare from the sun.

Both circumstances would prove catastrophic. If the US is hit with an EMP in this fashion, the entire electrical grid goes down.

People would be forced back to the 1800s overnight. Within a year, 80 to 90% of the population would be dead.

No one knows the basics of survival anymore. When the grocery stores run out of food, the power turns off, and worse… when the water stops running… people start dying or killing for survival.

Very dark times are ahead if America doesn’t change, and I fear there’s not enough time to stop it even if we do change.

America’s focus needs to be on surviving. We cannot thrive, if we do not survive.

Global powers have manipulated our country through the force of brinkmanship. We are on the brink of something the world cannot return from, and collapsing America was the entire plan from the very beginning.

It should go without saying, united we stand, divided we fall.

Today is a monumental day in history. One that will determine the fate of this nation.

The Collapse Is Coming

You are deluding yourself if you believe otherwise.

We are heading into the worst financial and societal collapse in human history.

The masses have been sold the lie that the economy has recovered. Everything is “perfectly fine and better than ever.”

It’s all a bold faced lied.

Our economy is in the toilet and the nation is falling apart. Our infrastructure is decaying and poorly designed.

Most people are living paycheck to paycheck. Wages aren’t where they used to be. Jobs simply aren’t there.

People have to work longer hours for less pay, while the globalists manipulate the markets and cash in on the suffering of others.

To top it all off, we’re on the brink of a global catastrophe with Russia and China. And yet none of this is covered by the media…

Well, at least not until Hillary Clinton & the media began fear-mongering against Russia when Donald Trump stated it would be nice if we got along with the nuclear power.

A looming disaster can seem like an impossibility to prepare for, especially with limited funds, but it’s most certainly possible.

Survivability is about being able to adapt and improvise. Making do with what you have.

When the house of cards comes crashing down, you will need the ability to move swiftly and efficiently.

More items mean more weight and less mobility. Sure, you could stockpile water & food, but what happens when you need to relocate because the area around you is no longer safe?

The key is to have enough resources to survive, without having so many that they become a liability.

Hence the need for being adaptable. To survive a “without rule of law” situation, you need to be able to move and move quickly. You will not be able to bring everything with you. You either need to have strategized fallout locations with survival caches ahead of time, or you must forage and barter for things along the way.

An economic crash coupled with a civil or world war will create a societal climate unlike the West has never seen. The Great Depression will pale in comparison.

It’s best you prepare now, while there’s still some time left.

Here are the top ten things you will need to survive the fall.

1) Water

First and foremost comes water.


This should be a no-brainer, but water is the most important resource.

Most people can survive around three weeks or more without food. Most will die after only three or four days without water.

You need to have at minimum, two gallons of water per person per day, just for basic living functions: drinking, bathing, and cooking. Pets need one gallon of water for every three days.

Now comes the bad news. One gallon of water takes up 0.133681 cubic feet, and weights 8.35 lbs.

60 gallons of water takes up ~8 cubic feet, and weighs 501 lbs. And that’s only enough for you to barely survive for one month.

A six month, bare-minimum water supply for a family of four would weigh 12,024 lbs, and you’d need a trailer to haul it somewhere, making you a prime target for marauders.

Common sense should tell you that water is going to be a big problem.

You can’t carry a lot of it at one time, and you’ll only be able to find it in certain areas.

Just for this reason, you need to invest in a LifestrawNOW.

This insanely cheap device could save your life.

LifeStraw filters out 99.9999% of all waterborne bacteria, including E. coli and salmonella, as well as 99.9% of waterborne protozoa, including Giardia and Cryptosporidium.

You just can’t drink water that contains any chemicals or dissolved compounds, such as salt.

Using a LifeStraw, you can drink directly from these water sources without risking your health or death:

  • streams & rivers
  • lakes & ponds
  • city fountains
  • urinals & toilets

You should still err on the side of caution, and look for cleaner water, preferably nearer its source rather than further. That generally means water that is higher in elevation. The higher the water, the less likely it’s been polluted through the process of runoff.

In other words, you don’t want to drink from the city harbor, considering all sorts of pollutants and chemicals, as well as gas and oil will be present from runoff. Water sources on hilltops or in the mountains will be less likely to have chemical contamination.

Are you starting to see why most people plan to “escape to them mountains” when SHTF?

You should have at least one LifeStraw in every survival bag you own. Whether it’s a “bug out bag,” an “every day carry” bag, or just a medical kit… stick a LifeStraw in it.

You never know when disaster will strike, and having the ability to drink clean water is lifesaving.

Once you invest in the straws, you can upgrade to larger contains that they offer.

Another cheap, smart investment is a WaterBOB. It’s simply a large, sealed bag that fits inside the tub and you fill it using the tub faucet.

A WaterBOB is ideal for situations where you have an advanced notice that you are likely to lose access to water for some time. Just throw it in the tub, fill it up, and the water stays sealed away from the air and bacteria. This will allow it to stay sanitary and drinkable for much longer than if the water supply was left open to the environment.

Keep in mind though, even at full capacity, a WaterBOB will only afford you enough water to survive for 50 days. And that’s just ONE PERSON!

For a family of four that would drop to 12.5 days…

Again, the weight, size, and scarcity of water is a major problem during a disaster or collapse.

You must focus on water purification over water storage.

By all means, have your stockpile in case you can hunker down. But you will die if you cannot filter clean water in the long-run.

Whether you choose to boil everything, use iodine tablets, or use some kind of filter, just make sure you’ll be able to obtain clean drinking water.

2) Food

Next comes food.

Without food, you have no fuel to keep you going.

You can survive a little longer than you could without water, but if you’re not getting enough calories, you will quickly begin to lose strength and muscle.

In a collapse, those are nice characteristics to have…

Nice, but expensive. Expensive in the sense that you’ll require more fuel to maintain that extra mass. If you don’t have a plan for maintaining a steady supply of food during a collapse, you’re going to slowly lose your gains… becoming smaller and weaker.

It’s critical you have some idea about how you will gather food. Stores will run dry. The trucks will stop coming.

Your only option may be to ration what you have, and take what you need.

Most major cities only have enough food on the shelves for 72 hours. After that, conditions will degenerate fast.

If you think people are violent after a propagandized police shooting, just wait until they can’t get food.

Again, like water, food is an issue because it hinders your mobility and you have to take special precautions for storage and handling.

Coming directly from the CDC website, the US government recommends people have in their homes enough food for three days. I would have a lot more than that.

I am currently working on my own supply of food. One easy method you can use to implement this is by grabbing an extra can or bag of food such as rice, wheat, or beans that you can easily store for a later date.

Build up to around 30 days worth of the foods you eat most of the time. Make this your baseline. Chances are, this isn’t going to be any type of “mobile” supply cache. This will be stuff sitting in your shelves and pantry, stuff that you use and replace on a regular basis.

Once you have your baseline established, then you can start working on long-term storage options.

You can expect to have a longer shelf-life with these types of items, when stored properly:

  • White Rice: 10 to 30+ years
  • Brown Rice: Up to 1 to 2 years (less due to more moisture in the grain)
  • Beans: 10 to 30+ years
  • Pasta: 8 to 10 years on average, up to 30+years
  • Oats: 8 to 10 years on average, up to 30+ years
  • Canned Food: Up to 2 years on average

Just remember, as you build up your food stores, you also reduce your mobility unless you have some type of operating vehicle and a plan to quickly transport your food to another location.

I personally have not gone this route, but some people have enclosed trailers loaded & ready to go in the case of a disaster. All of their survival supplies as well as food & water are already loaded and secured inside the trailer. All they have to do is attach it to a hitch on a truck and roll out.

Along those lines, what if transportation is not a viable option for you? What if conditions make it so that you cannot haul a trailer from Point A to Point B?

You need to have a plan for both ends of the extreme: being able to hunker down with all your food and water, and being able to move quickly with enough food and water to survive until you can find more.

No one said this was going to be fun.

3) Weapons & Martial Ability

Oh yea, weapons. Well, some of it’s fun.

To a degree.

I love guns, but having to use a gun against another human being isn’t a pleasant experience. I’ve always said the day I have to actually use a gun on someone will be the worst day of my life.

During any type of collapse, the potential of you having to kill another human being for survival greatly increases.

What are you willing to do to protect yourself, your family, and your friends?

Weapons are the great equalizer among men. At the very least, you need to own a handgun and know how to use it.

I personally recommend a Glock due to their extreme reliability in comparison to other handguns.

Don’t get caught up in this brand versus that brand. Research reliable handguns, find one you like, and buy it.

Prepare for the Collapse

Whatever happens, know that you will have brothers in arms.

A handgun is small and highly concealable. When shit hits the fan, you may not want to advertise you are armed

At other times you will, as a show-of-force and deterrent to violence.

Rifles are better suited for those purposes.

It’s safe to go with any type of AR-15 or M4 variant rifle. It’s better to have it chambered in 5.56 instead of .223, since firing the former in a gun chambered for the latter has the potential for the higher pressure to damage the gun. However, this is highly unlikely, so it’s usually safe to shoot either type of round through either barrel if you have to.

Both 5.56 x 45mm and .223 rounds will be plentiful during any type of collapse. The military, police, and civilians all use them.

Having guns that fire common cartridges increases your likelihood of finding more ammo.

If you’re reading this in Europe, more common rounds will be 7.62 x 39mm and 5.45 x 39mm. You need to know how to work the AK variants, especially the AK-47.

Just like food and water, ammo also comes with the issue of weight… and it’s heavier. These weight constraints really become a bitch don’t they?

Perhaps this is the first time you’re thinking this fully through.

You’ll have to find more along the way.

Regardless of the weapons you choose, you need to take professional training if you can afford it. Before you sign up with somebody, make sure they have their students train under stress.

In order to perform actions proficiently during a stressed or adrenalized state, you need to learn and practice those actions in the same state. When you learn something when you’re relaxed, it is much more difficult to perform proficiently when the adrenaline starts pumping.

Buy some snap caps, and practice dry firing your gun.

Just don’t be an idiot like some of these people on YouTube. Put away all the ammo so you don’t risk an accident, place your magazines and gun out, load the snap caps, and then practice.

Throw in some push ups and situps. Jump rope. Get your heart rate up.

Then start performing weapons manipulations and dry firing at random targets around the room.

Do whatever you have to in order to prepare.

That means you also need to know how to fight. Learn a martial art such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and spar often. Train yourself for the challenges the world can throw at you.

And remember, like all skills, weapons handling will deteriorate if you do not practice them frequently. And again, you need to practice them in an adrenalized state if possible.

Having weapons isn’t enough. You need to know how to use them when the time comes. More than that, you need to be willing to use them when the time comes.

4) Navigational Ability

This one is a little less tangible.

Although you have the tangible aspects like a map and compass, navigation is more about the ability to remain oriented in relation to your surroundings.

It’s about being able to process subconsciously where you’ve moved throughout the day, building a subconscious mental map of your surroundings. Then, when you need to make a decision on a particular direction of travel, you think back to this mental map, tracing from one “landmark” object in your mind to the next.

You already know where you are. So what was the last “landmark” you marked in your mind?

Got it? Which direction was it?

Ok. What was the last “landmark” before that? Which direction from there? And so on and so forth.

It’s like tracing through the relative locations of one place to the next. Having the ability to do this will make you more adaptable in rough situations.

You won’t always have the luxury of a map and compass. You won’t always know the exact layout of a building.

You’ll need to be able to make snap navigational decisions based on observing the environment around you, and filtering it based on your mental map and your understanding of common architecture layouts.

What if you’re lost or disoriented?

The only thing you can do is get your bearings. If someone sat you in a room with four doors and no features, blindfolded you, and spun you in a chair for two minutes, you wouldn’t know which door you came through… or which way was up for that matter.

So what would you have to do?

Explore. Make the best decision you can with the information at hand. Try one of the doors.

If you open it and what lies beyond is not what you expected, perhaps it is not the right direction. This is a reason why it’s important to know what to expect in certain areas around you. When something doesn’t match those expectations, you can start making decisions to get you back on course.

If you’re uninformed about your surroundings, you’re operating on highly limited information… and that can get you killed.

Buy some local maps, and a map of the United States (or the country where you live). Start making plans for “what if” scenarios.

Lay them out, have some fun, but do something that could save your life in the end.

Study your local maps and know your immediate surroundings well. Know how to get out of your city and out into less populated areas.

Buy a compass, and learn how to use it. Having the tangible skill is always a great bonus, just don’t rely on it.

5) Shelter

As I go through this list, it’s become even more apparent to me that everything has pros and cons. Even things you wouldn’t expect.

Even being a successful entrepreneur has it’s pros and cons. There are plenty of rewards, but also plenty of things you must sacrifice along the way. Money and success versus instant gratification and enticing opportunities.

The same is true when it comes to shelter. Again, everything has pros and cons.

The good news is unless everything has been leveled by widespread destruction, there will still be standing structures all across the nation. Chances are strong you will be able to find somewhere to seek refuge, however temporary.

I wouldn’t suggest staying in one place for too long, unless it is heavily fortifiable and defensible, and you have a support group with you.

Please note, cities will be kill zones — both through government forces and roving bands of thugs, gangs, rapists, and poaching criminals.

You may seek shelter from the elements within cities, but realize you are also inviting the likelihood of a deadly encounter. Large population centers are dangerous. The sheer number of people alone is unsustainable once critical infrastructure breaks down. Society will become absolute chaos when people can’t eat or drink or defend themselves or migrate.

If you enter a large city, just know that you will have to remain on a high alert condition nearly at all times, which will be stressful and taxing over the long term. I would personally recommend leaving the city and only re-entering one if you absolutely have to.

You may need to rescue someone or scavenge for supplies. If so, treat it like an in-and-out mission. Get in, accomplish your objective, and get the hell out.

Out in the wilderness will be the “safest,” as long as you have the means of survival and protection against wildlife. Wilderness is just that, wild, uninhabited land.

Guess it’s time for you to become a pioneer…

The next “safest” areas will be rural areas with smaller populations, but during a collapse it’s likely these areas will be inundated with people seeking an escape from the horrors of the cities.

There’s a reason the prepper community has preached about this stuff for years. A total collapse is likely to result in only 10 to 20% of the population surviving after one year.

No matter where you go, no matter what you do, no matter how prepared you are, you’re still in for a very hard and complicated ride. The unexpected happens and you cannot have a contingency for everything.

Learn to adapt and overcome. Survive through sheer will.

6) Medical Supplies

When critical infrastructure goes, that includes medical services.

If you can’t treat and heal a wound or illness in the field, you die. Whether that’s a quick death or a slow, agonizing one depends on the cause.

I personally do not know a lot about medical supplies. I have my basic first aid, CPR, AED, and ACE personal training certifications, but that’s it.

Once again we have another complication. It’s simply not enough to have medical supplies and equipment. You need to have the knowledge and ability to use them, as well as diagnose common illnesses.

You either need a nurse or doctor in your support group, or you need to take courses to teach you these skills. Medical skills are on my list of things to learn.

Other than that caveat, some basic supplies you will want are below:

  • Ace bandages and gauze
  • CPR masks
  • Alcohol and alcohol wipes
  • Various antibiotics
  • Scalpels
  • Hydrogen peroxide

Unless you’re trained, there’s not much you will be able to do other than treat wounds and illnesses as best you can.

Sterilize blades and bandages before using them, and clean wounds as well.

You want to prevent loss of blood and transmission of disease.

Again, this is not an area of my expertise. Research antibiotics and various chemicals you should keep in your med kits.Know how to use them, as well as how to self-administer first-aid.
Hopefully you can prevent yourself, or a member of your group, from becoming a casualty.

7) Proper Clothing & Gear

You can’t carry everything with you.

As the saying goes, “Ounces equal pounds, and pounds equal pain.”

Part of building a solid survival system is having the right gear and clothing for the situation. You can’t bring everything. You must focus on efficient use of weight and function.

It’s critical you have the proper clothing for your climate, as well as the climates of the areas you will have to travel through.

If it’s going to be cold, you need heavier fabrics and more layers. You can cut down on weight by getting a Gore-Tex coat, but you’re going to pay more.

If it’s warmer, you can get by with less clothing. But you need to be cautious of sunburn through over exposure. Every little thing your body has to fight off or repair is one more thing weakening you and draining your energy.

Help your body operate more efficiently by assisting your own temperature regulation.

In hot climates, avoid strenuous activity when the sun is passing through its highest positions, especially if you are short on water.

In cold climates, stay well insulated so your body will retain its heat.

Dress smart and be prepared. Preparation will keep you alive.

When you go to bed, unlace your boots, drop your pants down around them, and step out, leaving your boots sticking up through the pant legs.

If there’s an emergency during the night, all you have to do is step in your boots, pull up your pants, tie your laces, and grab your gun. No running around in the dark trying to get dressed.

Have a proper gun belt, made of 1.5″ to 2″ leather, with a proper holster.

If you’re into the tactical packs and plate carriers, just realize they will give you away as someone who is prepared, and most likely attract unwanted attention.

Don’t get me wrong, they will be invaluable during a gun fight, but if the situation calls for more covert action they will be more of a hindrance.

Prepare and act accordingly.

8) Support

“Once more I tell you that loners die alone, and armies win victory.” — Ivan Throne

If you remain alone, you will die.

That is certain.

To get through a complete societal collapse, you must have a support group, a network of like-minded and trustworthy peers.

You may think you can just lone wolf it, but at some point you are going to have to interact with another person… or group of people. It’s best you have your own.

Responsibilities can be appointed to different members of the group. Between food preparation, resource gathering, and defense, a support group is critical in maintaining an efficient grasp on the situation around you.

When you have to perform all actions for survival solo, overreaching becomes a larger possibility.

Besides, you can’t sleep and guard your lair at the same time.

You at least need a partner. But strive for a team.

Everyone is easier when you have others helping you.

However, don’t get too comfortable. People can turn on you in an instant, as they are driven by their own motives and need to survive.

Always keep a watchful eye and analyze behaviors for inconsistencies.

The knife comes from behind.

9) Communication Methods

Knowledge is power. During a collapse, you will need to gather as much information as possible about what is happening around you.

You can easily fall into a government trap if you are not informed.

Get a HAM radio and know the broadcasting frequencies of both friend and foe.

Listen in on radio communications and the movements of hostile forces. Know their routes and plans as best you can.

Likewise, have a method to communicate among your support group.

Walkie-talkies and satellite radios are fantastic methods of communication, provided electrical devices still work. A disaster such as an EMP will likely neutralize most modern communication methods, and there is little you can do to prevent this.

Prevent the discovery of your plans by establishing code words among your team, and avoid broadcasting on open channels your adversaries may be monitoring.

Likewise, do what is necessary to gather information about the situation around you, its actors, and its features.

The goal is to maximize your information acquisition while minimizing your information revelation.

Loose lips sink ships, so conceal your intentions, locations, and motivations. You do not want the wrong people to know valuable secrets that may lead to your death, or the death of your family.

10) Mindset & Drive to Survive

Mindset above all.

When all else fails, a savage, insatiable drive to survive is what will keep you alive.

When you approach a situation like a victim, you become a victim.

When you attack a situation head-on, you refuse to allow your fate to be determined by external forces.

You are capable of incredible feats of power and bravery, you simply have to unshackle the chains known as fear. Abandoning fear from your mind drives you relentlessly towards your own survival.

If you don’t have a lion’s mindset, you likely will not survive any type of large-scale collapse. To survive among jackals, you must become a lion.

Get a solid grasp your mindset and frame.

Do this NOW. You don’t not want to be trying to get a grip on your mind while the world is falling apart around you.

The House of Cards

So there you have it.

Disaster looms on the horizon.

We are witnessing history. We are part of history.

This is the most monumental and extraordinary time to be alive. Never before has there been so much corruption and evil plaguing the world.

Soon, we will know which direction the Patriots shall march in.

As I type, the numbers keep rolling in for the Presidential election.

Presidential Election Votes

America will bathe in a sea of red. Let’s hope it remains in the digital world, however.

This election is the catharsis.

Today, Americans finally will have their voices heard. The nation and the world will get to hear a resounding, “Fuck you!”

I hope you have chosen the correct side. We need brothers who will stand and fight.

Semper Fidelis,

Nick Hagood
Masculinity Rising

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