Thoughts On Urban Survival (Post-Collapse Life in Argentina)
My brother visited Argentina a few weeks ago. He’s been living in Spain for a few years now. Within the first week,
he go sick, some kind of strong flu, even though climate isn’t that cold and he took care of himself. Without a doubt
he got sick because there are lots of new viruses in my country that can’t be found in 1st world countries. The misery
and famine lead us to a situation where, even though you have food, shelter and health care, most of others don’t, and
therefore they get sick and spread the diseases all over the region.
What got me started on this post is the fact that I actually saw this coming, months before the new viruses spread over
the country and the news started talking about this new, health emergency, which proves that talking, thinking and sharing
ideas with like minded people (you guys), does help to see things coming and prepare for them with enough time. So I started
thinking about several issues, what I learned (either the hard way or thanks to this forum) after all these years of living
in a collapsed country that is trying to get out an economical disaster and everything that comes along with it. Though my
English is limited, I hope I’m able to transmit the main ideas and concepts, giving you a better image of what you may
have to deal with some day, if the economy collapses in your country. Here is what I have so far:
URBAN OR COUNTRY?
Someone once asked me how did those that live in the country fare. If they were better off than city dwellers. As always
there are no simple answers. Wish I could say country good, city bad, but I can’t, because if I have to be completely
honest, and I intend to be so, there are some issues that have to be analyzed, especially security. Of course that those that
live in the country and have some land and animals were better prepared food-wise. No need to have several acres full of crops.
A few fruit trees, some animals, such as chickens, cows and rabbits, and a small orchard was enough to be light years ahead
of those in the cities. Chickens, eggs and rabbits would provide the proteins, a cow or two for milk and cheese, some vegetables
and fruit plants covered the vegetable diet, and some eggs or a rabbit could be traded for flour to make bread and pasta or
sugar and salt.
Of course that there are exceptions, for example, some provinces up north have desert climate, and it almost never rains.
It is almost impossible to live of the land, and animals require food and water you have to buy. Those guys had it bad; no
wonder the northern provinces suffer the most in my country. Those that live in cities, well they have to manage as they can.
Since food prices went up about 200%-300%. People would cut expenses wherever they could so they could buy food. Some ate
whatever they could; they hunted birds or ate street dogs and cats, others starved. When it comes to food, cities suck in
a crisis. It is usually the lack of food or the impossibility to acquire it that starts the rioting and looting when TSHTF.
When it comes to security things get even more complicated. Forget about shooting those that mean you harm from 300 yards
away with your MBR. Leave that notion to armchair commandos and 12 year old kids that pretend to be grown ups on the internet.
1) Those that want to harm you/steal from you don’t come with a pirate flag waving over their heads.
2) Neither do they start shooting at you 200 yards away.
3) They won’t come riding loud bikes or dressed with their orange, convict just escaped from prison jump suits, so
that you can identify them the better. Nor do they all wear chains around their necks and leather jackets. If I had a dollar
for each time a person that got robbed told me “They looked like NORMAL people, dressed better than we are”, honestly,
I would have enough money for a nice gun. There are exceptions, but don’t expect them to dress like in the movies.
4) A man with a wife and two or three kids can’t set up a watch. I don’t care if you are SEAL, SWAT or John
Freaking Rambo, no 6th sense is going to tell you that there is a guy pointing a gun at your back when you are trying to fix
the water pump that just broke, or carrying a big heavy bag of dried beans you bought that morning.
The best alarm system anyone can have in a farm are dogs. But dogs can get killed and poisoned. A friend of mine had all
four dogs poisoned on his farm one night, they all died. After all these years I learned that even though the person that
lives out in the country is safer when it comes to small time robberies, that same person is more exposed to extremely violent
home robberies. Criminals know that they are isolated and their feeling of invulnerability is boosted. When they assault a
country home or farm, they will usually stay there for hours or days torturing the owners. I heard it all: women and children
getting raped, people tied to the beds and tortured with electricity, beatings, burned with acetylene torches. Big cities
aren’t much safer for the survivalist that decides to stay in the city. He will have to face express kidnappings, robberies,
and pretty much risking getting shot for what’s in his pockets or even his clothes.
So, where to go? The concrete jungle is dangerous and so is living away from it all, on your own. The solution is to stay
away from the cities but in groups, either by living in a small town-community or sub division, or if you have friends or
family that think as you do, form your own small community. Some may think that having neighbors within “shouting”
distance means loosing your privacy and freedom, but it’s a price that you have to pay if you want to have someone to
help you if you ever need it. To those that believe that they will never need help from anyone because they will always have
their rifle at hand, checking the horizon with their scope every five minutes and a first aid kit on their back packs at all
times…. Grow up.