Recently Off The Grid News has presented a series of articles on an alternative strategy for long-term survival if the power grid goes down society ends as we know it — returning to a 19th century lifestyle. (Read those articles here and here.)
This approach eschews reliance on modern resources like generators or pumps, and leaves behind the hassles of their need for fuel, lubricants, spare parts and preventive maintenance. Instead, the simpler approach focuses on living in areas with readily available surface water and adequate wood for cooking and warmth.
This third article in the series focuses on security. When society ends as we know it, there will be a lot of desperate people out there. Unlike those living off the grid and preparing for an unknown future, millions of Americans don’t have more than a few days’ supply of food and water. Starvation and panic will result in a lot of desperate people focused on taking care of themselves at the expense of others.
The type of people threatening your homestead will evolve over time:
The First 72 Hours After Society Ends
In the immediate aftermath, unprepared people living nearby will be the threat. With no electricity, most people will soon be out of food and water, and will be looking at you. They’ll have guns and desperation, and no compunction about raiding your garden or stealing your stored food.
In the Weeks and Months Afterward
As it becomes evident that no return to civilized society is imminent, humans will revert to more basic instincts. The weak will not survive, while the strong will coalesce into roving bands led by the strongest. These marauders, armed to the teeth, with vehicles and fuel commandeered from industrial or municipal sources, will roam the countryside.