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Disaster Planning for Social Collapse 2
Don't forget to THINK © Martyn Carruthers 2003-2018

Online Life Coaching, Counseling & Training

If a collapse was imminent - what would your government do?
What can you do?

Are we dancing on the edge of a crumbling cliff? We not only risk natural catastrophes and man-made disasters, we also risk financial, commercial, political and social upheaval. Climate change, political expediency and huge populations leave little margin for error - and a neighboring country may invade.

Can you survive without a government looking after you?

If a solar flare stops electricity and damages electronic devices,
within 3 days, cities would become centers of violent crime, looting 
and runaway fires. Within a week those cities will become death traps.

A collapse can happen slowly - and more likely suddenly. Without trade, labor, transport, banking or manufacturing, our lives will diminish to desperate subsistence.
A fast collapse may well include millions without clean food nor water; clinging to life an hour at a time, with diseases raging like wildfires through dry grass.

Part 1: Survival & Collapse

You may forgive yourself; but CONSEQUENCES do not forgive anybody.
Letting go of illusions can be painful. We are all potential refugees.

The Future is Here! Are you (even slightly) prepared?

As our destructive habits spiral out of control with ecosystem destruction and resource depletion, it hardly matters what triggers the collapse - a global recession, a civil war or the Mayan calendar. Misinformation will dominate the media and advice given to avoid widespread panic may worsen your chances of surviving it.

A harsh winter without electrical power could cause huge death rates in northern cities . These may not be good times to be patient, stay indoors and listen to a radio. This may be your last chance to get out of a city while you still can, before a cascade of shortages cause desperate people to step outside their morality, and your lovely home becomes a death trap.

Stability, employment and money are fantasies!
Security, food and shelter are realities!

Government employees may tell you, while communications last, that their orders will ensure your survival. But your survival may not support their survival. Police in most countries (including America) are not obligated to protect you even now. Many unprepared people will die. If you are prepared, tough and intelligent ... you and your family might survive.

Electricity, water, communications, oil products, food supplies and hospitals are now under military control. Key personnel must not leave their workplaces. Media broadcasts are limited to emergency directives. You must comply with the anti-terrorist regulations to minimize further destruction and contain the pandemic. Looters and rioters will be shot on sight. Supplies and manpower will be requisitioned - by force if necessary.

During moral collapse, family values deteriorate and communities disintegrate. The only crime is getting caught and informers are everywhere. Parents damage their children's health. More families disintegrate, more teachers teach less and more doctors fear their patients. Prisons are crammed above capacity. Identity loss, drug use and emotional abuse are normal and in plain sight.

Are we on the edge of a moral collapse? Or are we in it?

During financial collapse paper assets and faith-based banknotes lose value. Keep records of your stocks and bonds, insurance, taxes and pensions in case of a recovery, but beware of hyperinflation. Worry about return-of-capital rather than return-on-capital. Build up stocks of money-substitutes for personal use and trading ... e.g. coffee, sugar, salt, tools, herbs, vitamins, pain-killers, canned goods, dried beans, etc ... while supplies last and before hoarding becomes illegal.

Do you believe that governments can increase wealth by printing paper?

During commercial collapse most consumer goods become unavailable, except in trade for useful items or services. Shops and supermarket staff horde their goods awaiting some sign of recovery, only distributing goods in return for trade or protection, or at gunpoint. Communications cease and food riots begin. Don't expect police, military or firemen to protect you or your home. Don't expect essential medications. Suspected looters or terrorists may be shot on sight ... which means anybody.

How fast will essential supplies disappear during a commercial collapse?

Martial law is imposed when civil authority breaks down. Expect curfews, rationing, closed borders and travel permits at first ... then sealed cities, closed borders and concentration camps. See: Guidelines for Troops in a Domestic Disturbance and Steps to Disperse Insurgents and Restore Order.

Armed forces may first suppress violent riots - and later may cause them.

During political collapse government services vanish. Your contracts, pensions and tax returns have little meaning or relevance. Police and military use their weapons to protect their own property from hordes of hungry people. Hospital patients die and suicides skyrocket. Highways resemble parking lots. Expect strict rules and road barricades to contain riots and epidemics, and summary executions for minor offences - such as hoarding or even walking.

Expect hordes of starving city people to converge on farms near cities.

During social collapse most hospitals, clinics and schools cease to function. Their unpaid staff may be forced to work or become local enterprises trading their services for food and essentials. Disease is everywhere. Electrical equipment may be operated from local generators - while fuel is available.

When people don't care whether you live or die ...
some would prefer to loot your dead body.

During military collapse the military becomes a new aristocracy based on scavenging and feudal farming. Much of your food and property is confiscated and little if any effort invested in your survival. Executions and murder become commonplace. Nuclear weapons may be used to sterilize the urban disease centers once called cities. Unless you're in a safe community you're on your own.

Many people without needed skills will starve;
while some become field slaves or grunt soldiers.

During civilization collapse most of your time is spent gathering and protecting whatever you can horde, trade or scavenge; without being robbed, enslaved ... or eaten. No seed grain remains, children are abandoned to fend for themselves, disease-ridden cities are avoided. Pity ... what a concept!

The more people - the more chaos.

But that's not the end of the story. Some people will survive. After years of brutal anarchy, signs of social recovery may include:

  1. Medieval power struggles for land and resources
  2. Barter economies until hard currencies can be created
  3. Religions and cults create reflect survival-based realities
  4. Scavenging and recycling industrial and scientific equipment
  5. Organized crime, ex-law enforcement and ex-military fight for control

Afterwards, the world has changed. Neighboring countries have adjusted their borders. Cities are centers of needed resources - and terrible diseases. Reforestation follows the reduced human populations and escaped zoo animals create new ecologies. Agricultural recovery will be delayed by shortages of oil, machine parts, seed grains, fertilizers and livestock.

Survival Coaching & Preparation

It would be dangerous to assume that you can learn needed knowledge and gain needed survival skills during a crash - without internet, without bookstores and during intense competition for food, tools and resources. If you even suspect that your faith-based financial resources may become worthless, and/or your government incompetent, maybe take time to consider now ...

  1. What is essential to your family's survival?
  2. What would simplify or comfort your family's survival?
  3. If you cannot live without luxuries - how do you want to die?

Strong friendships and family ties. Build strong relationships so that you can support each other. Encourage financial and personal responsibility. Help your family and friends end obsessions and addictions. Encourage young adults to select healthy partners who want lasting commitments.

Preparation is a better investment than stocks, bonds or even gold. Stockpiling basic necessities is cheap insurance, but be discrete, or you may be accused of hoarding, or be robbed. Plan to survive. Get what supplies and coaching you may need now instead of desperately searching or fighting for it.

Good insurance if you can afford it may be a large sailboat or a small country house with space to grow and store crops. If the former - learn how to sail it! If the latter, seek a rather isolated location, far from a major city, not visible from the road, with woodland and surface water nearby.

If there is no collapse in your lifetime, you can enjoy a healthier family and a nice boat / vacation house / smallholding with a good resale value that may be a life-saving inheritance for your children.

Buy essentials now. Essentials are what you cannot live without. Extreme basics include food, water, clothing, shelter, heat and medicines. (Consider the shelf life of your medications and learn about herbs!)

Food (per Person per Year) Medical

Wheat, rice or cereals 300 lbs / 140 kg
Powdered milk (nonfat) 75 lbs / 30 kg
Sugar or honey 60 lbs / 25 kg
Beans & legumes 60 lbs / 25 kg
Cooking oil 20 lbs / 9 liters
Salt 5 lbs / 2 kg

First Aid Manuals and medical books
Assorted bandages and band aids
Scissors, thermometer, safety pins
Painkillers, cough syrups and antiseptics
Medical prescriptions and vitamins
Supplements, creams and ointments

Food Production

Other Essentials

Hunting & fishing supplies
Land, seeds & cuttings
Tools & containers
Winter storage

Dry, warm shelter
Clean water & soaps
Cooking & eating utensils
Clothes ... blankets etc
Binoculars / telescope

Luck Favors the Prepared

You’re on the edge of huge cultural changes, and it will be survival of the best prepared. Plan to survive. Your ancestors survived severe winters without electricity. They stored fruits, vegetables and meat in cellars. You may not like agrarian ways now, yet you and your family can use them to survive.

  1. Get physically healthy. Walk a lot. Own and use a bicycle. Have a fit body.
  2. Get mentally healthy. We can help you manage emotional and relationship issues.
  3. Sort out your fears and concerns now ... you will need a healthy mind to protect your family through bad times. Life will be tough enough without depression, anxiety and panic attacks.
  4. Get books about survival. Use but don't depend on the internet - or on electricity.
  5. Dry foods such as rice, grain and beans are cheap insurance against a crisis. Stock enough long term storage food for a family of four persons to survive for three months, or for one person for a year. Use this food regularly and restock it regularly.
  6. Keep a supply of clean water ... if you lose electric power you may lose water.
  7. Wean yourself off processed foods and additives. Learn about and explore wild foods. Find out which local wild plants are edible ... and which are toxic.
  8. Stock needed medications and medical supplies; learn first aid and CPR.
  9. Ten acres of good land can support 4-10 people indefinitely, depending upon available water, land quality, tools, seeds, foiling thieves and your skills.
  10. If you can, purchase a large sailboat or a holiday home in a low population area - the lower the better - at least 160 km / 100 miles from any large town or city. Remember that sailboats and farms may be targeted during a collapse and be ready to react quickly. Create your personal fire drill.

Drug dealers do not benefit from healthy customers. Most physical and mental diseases are consequences of unhealthy lifestyles and unhappy relationships.
We can help you sort it out!

Survival - Coaching Communities

Your choices are simple - you hide, you fight or you move.

Following a collapse, many unprepared people will die and survivors cooperate to live. In remote areas and in rural villages, neighbors are still valued. We can help people create community - to resolve internal and external conflicts - by dissolving enmeshments, limiting beliefs and trauma. We help people assimilate any shadows from the past and become all of who they are.

The most dangerous animals on earth are starving humans.

Do you want to be alone amongst angry and hungry strangers? Whilst there is still Internet, we can coach people to manage emotional problems and work together, and develop a dynamic sense of survival. We can coach communities to develop leaders and build Community Visions. We can help potential leaders solve problems and resolve conflicts while encouraging members to cooperate.

Most people, even with huge emotional baggage, even in horrendous crisis, can participate in community - unless they prefer loneliness. Community requires people who prefer co-operation to individualism. It is possible. We can coach people to build community and develop leaders.

In the event of a collapse, joining a successful rural community will be a dream for most starving people. How will your community decide who to accept - and who to turn away? How kind can you be? How will you deal with armed intruders or a crowd of children? How will you commence trade with other survivor communities? You may find our community and emergency training useful.

Proverbs 22:3 (KJV) A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself:
but the simple pass on, and are punished.

Survival Intelligence ... Read Survival Books

Read, read, read ... and talk to people who have training and experience in the risks associated with your region. Is your home at risk of floods, hurricanes, blizzards or earthquake? What can you do if your savings become worthless, if your supermarkets are empty or if armed gangs loot your area?

Most survival books are tips on what to do if you get lost in a forest, or if the weather is unusually bad. Read some books on self-sufficiency, first aid, small farms, trapping, raising livestock, basic construction and repair, and using and making hand tools. Your personal and family survival will be a great victory in a starving land that is being looted, ransacked and ravaged.

You may better consider the effects of social collapse if you read novels or watch movies about post-apocalyptic disasters and societal collapse ... for example:

The Postman by David Brin, The Road, by Cormac McCarthy, Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven and One Second After by William Fortschen.

Nuclear War Survival Skills, by Cresson H. Kearny (ultimate self-help book on civil defense.)

The Long Emergency, by James Howard Kunstler (Atlantic Monthly Press, New York, 2005).
Kunstler writes that as energy becomes scarce, transportation will become difficult, causing food and other commodities to become unavailable. Local communities must become self-sufficient for food production, but large cities cannot to do this, leading to mass starvation, riots and disease epidemics. Kunstler shows that governments cannot manage such problems.

Sense of Survival, by J. Allan South (Timpanogos Publishers, 1990).
Comprehensive, including fallout studies and protection. How to grow a garden, find drinkable water, and raise animals. This is useful knowledge if your societal infrastructure collapses.

Life After Doomsday, by Bruce D. Clayton, PhD (Paladin Press, 1980).
Thoughtful and intelligent. General insights and specific survival strategies following economic collapse, civil unrest and natural disasters. Includes excellent fallout studies.

No Such Thing As Doomsday, by Phillip L. Hoag (Yellowstone Publishing, 1996)
Useful information for people who want to live.

Are these shadows of things that will be, or are they shadows of things that may be?
Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Martyn Carruthers was a paramedic and later Radiation Protection Officer and Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) Officer for the Canadian government before he founded Soulwork Systemic Solutions. Martyn is well qualified to help you prepare for emergencies.

Part 1: Survival & Collapse . Online Life Coaching for Survival

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Have You Suffered Enough?

 Where are you now? Understand your emotions, fixations and enmeshments
What do you hope for? Know your goals and stop sabotaging yourself
Do you feel resourceful? Learn to develop your inner resources
Do emotions block you? Relationship problems and mentor damage
Do your beliefs limit you? Change limiting beliefs and end dependence
Do you feel connected? Resolve identity issues to recover lost resources
Is your partner happy? Build healthy partnership (or separate peacefully)
Are your children healthy? Happy parents better manage family problems
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