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A Survival Q & A: Living Through SHTF In The Middle Of A War Zone
SHTF Plan ^ | 10-25-2011 | Chris Kitze

Posted on 10/25/2011 9:07:37 PM PDT by blam

A Survival Q & A: Living Through SHTF In The Middle Of A War Zone

Chris Kitze
October 25th, 2011
Before It's News

Several readers alerted us to a forum thread at Survivalist Boards that centered around an individual named Selco who spent several years in a city setting during the complete collapse of Bosnia circa 1992. Selco describes the experiences and the survival strategies that he, his family and his community used to stay alive. Many forum members chimed in on the conversation and asked questions of Selco, who took the time to provide vivid details to an interested survival community.

The following compendium of the most popular questions and answers from the forum thread has been provided by Chris Kitze of well known alternative media web site Before It’s News. It’s a long read, but well worth your time.

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SHTFplan editor’s note: When it hit the fan in Bosnia in the 1990′s the electrical grid and water utilities went down, thus there was no heat in the winter and no potable water available for drinking. The currency and banking system were non-existent and commerce in its traditional form came to a standstill – leaving only barter as a way to acquire goods. The food supply and transportation systems fell apart. Police, fire, and medical services disappeared. Violence, disease and death spread throughout the region. Few were prepared for what would follow. This is Selco’s story. Pay attention, it may save your life one day.

“Nobody wins, we just survived, with a lot of bad dreams.”

– Selco

From Selco:

OK, i wanna share with you my own experience. (be patient with my English, i am from far away )

I am from Bosnia, and as some of you may know it was hell here from 92-95, anyway, for 1 whole year i lived and survived in a city of 50 000- 60 000 residents WITHOUT: electricity, fuel,running water,real food distribution, or distribution of any goods, or any kind of organized law or government.The city was surrounded for 1 year and in that city actually it was SHTF situation.

We did not have organized army or police force, there was groups of defenders, actually anybody who had a gun, fight for his own house and his own family.

Some of us was better prepared, but most of families had food for couple of days, some of us had pistol, few owned AK-47 when all started.

Anyway, after one month or two, gangs started with their nasty job,hospital looked like butchery, police force vanished, 80 percent of hospital staff gone home. I was lucky, my family was big in that time (15 members in one big house, 5-6 pistols, 3 Kalashnikov s) so we lived and survived, most of us.

I remember US Air force dropped MRE every 10 days (god bless USA for that) as help for surrounded city, it just was not enough.Some of houses had little gardens with some vegetables, most did not. After three months rumors started abouth first deaths from starvation,deaths from low temperatures, we stripped every door , window frame from abandoned houses for heating, i burned all my own furniture for heating, lot of people died from diseases, mostly from bad water (two of my family members), we used rain water for drink, several times i ate pigeons, once i ate rat.

Money did not worth sh..

we traded things, black market worked, few examples: for 1 corned beef can you could have woman for couple of hours(sounds bad, but it was reality) i remember, most of that womans were just desperate mothers, candles, lighters,antibiotics,fuel,batteries, rifle ammo and of course food, we fight like animals for that. In situation like that lot of things change, most of people turned to monsters, it was ugly. Strength was in the numbers, if you were alone in the house, you ve been probably robbed and killed, no matter how well armed.

Anyway, war ended, again thanks to America (and again god bless USA for that) It is not important witch side had right in that war.

It was almost 20 years ago, but believe me, for me it was just like yesterday, i remember everything, and i think i learned a lot.

Me and my family are prepared now,i am well armed, stocked and educated. It is not important what going to happen, earthquake,war, tsunami,aliens terrorists, important thing is that something gonna be.

And from my expirience, you can not survive alone, strength is in the numbers, be close with your family, prepare with them, choose your friends wisely and prepare with them too.

And at the end, this is my first post, and my English is not so good, so don t judge me too hard. ”

Q: How did you get around safely?

Actually city was broken in something like lot of street communities, in my street (15 or 20 houses) we organized patrols (5 armed man every night) to watch on gangs or enemies.

We traded things between people in that street, 5 miles from my street there was one street with something like organized traders, but it was to dangerous to go there, it worked only during the nighttime (during the day it was sniper alley) and you had more chance to be robed there than to trade, i used that street only 2 times, and belive me, only when i am really need something bad.

Q: What about wood? It looked like there are many forests around your city, why did you have to burn doors and furniture?

First, thank you for your questions, i did not expect this amount of interest for my post.

I ll be glad to share lot of things with you guys beecause i want to learn lot of things from you.

Anyway:

Bosnia have lot of woods and forests when you check map, but i lived in city closer to the croatian border, more to the south, i don t want to mention name of the city, but if you check map, south part of my country closer to croatia is all in rock.

Yes we had some trees in my city, parks, fruit trees, but most of the city is building and houses” but belive me all trees in the city is going to be burned very fast when you dont have eletricity for cooking and heating. After that all what you have is furniture, doors, wooden floors… (and belive me that stuff is burning too fast)

There was almost no car use in town because: most of the roads jammed with ruins, abandoned cars, destroyed houses stuff like that, and petrol was like gold.

If i needed to go somewhere i almost always used night time, never go alone but also never go in big group (2-3 man maybe), always armed, very fast, always in shadows, trough ruins, rarely openly on the street, actually always hiding.

We did not have suburbs and farmers, in suburbs were enemy army, we were surrounded with enemy army, and inside town you did not know who is your enemy.

And yes, there were organized groops of gangs, 10-15 people, sometimes even 50, but also there were normal people like you and me, fathers, granddads, decent folks, who robed and killed, there was not too much good and bad guys, most of us was gray, ready for everything.

Q: Did you prep and what kind of skills did you need?

Of course you can ask.

We use what we had, we was not prepared for that situation,we did not know for prepping.

So you can imagine in some aspects we go back in stone age, actually in most of.

We just used everything what we had, one example, i had in my propan(or butan i am not sure) stowe big bottle, cylinder (i am not sure is that right word), and i did not use it for cooking or heating, it was to valuable, i manage to built (fix) that bottle with my friend so i can attach a hose on some kind of ventil (sorry my english is going down here) so i can fill those disposable lighters,(they are not disposable if you knowhow to) those lighter worth a small fortune.

To make story short, somebody bring me empty lighter to me and i fill that lighter with gas, usually i took one can for that or one candle or whatewer he can offer me.

I hope you understand my example, my english is poor on some things.

one more example, i am a registered nurse, in time like that, my knowledge was my thing for trade.

And yes, be trained and educated, in times like that it worth a fortune if you know how to fix things, all your goods is going to be exhausted one day, but your specific knowledge can be your food.

I mean learn to fix things (shoes or people, whatewer you can)

My neighbor use to know how to make some kind of oil for oil lamps( oil in glass, peace of rope) and he was not hungry, he never show me how he made that oil ”

i belive he use some tree behind his house and small amount of disel, i don t know.

My point is learn things, people always need somebody who know to fix things.

It was not survival movie, it was ugly, we did what we have to do to survive.

Nobody wins, we just survived, with a lot of bad dreams.

Q: Wasn’t it religious, the war?

Sorry man wrong info, that was not Cristian vs Muslim war, it was civil war, with lot of switching between sides.

And sorry i am not to go in to the politics, i dont care to much for that, i am not going into religious stories, i mean i believe in God as higher power, and I am trying to live by his laws, i am not belong to any dogma, Muslim or Christian.

Q: Who was your support group?

My group was only my family, my blood (relatives like uncles, grandmother…), in my street and in my town trips i had some close friends, but my best friends was my family. I never take stranger in my close group.

Q: If you had three months to prepare today, what would you do?

If i have extra three months to prepare?

Hmmm, probably run overseas :)

Joke

OK, Now i am very well aware how things can go very bad in very short time so i have food, hygiene, energy etc. supply for 6 months, i live in apartment with some improved security, i have house with shelter in a village some 5 miles from my apartment, in that house also supply for 6 months, that village small community, most of them are my relatives,most of them are prepared (they learned that from war), i have four kind of fire weapons with 2000 bullets for each (sorry, can not go in details, laws are different here for rifles).

I have big garden with that house and some good knowledge about gardening and farming.

I think i have knowledge now to smell trouble, you know when everybody is saying that everything is going to be fine you somehow know that is everything going to fall apart.

I think i have strength to do everything what it takes to keep me and my family alive, because when everything is going to sh.., be sure, you are going to do some bad things to save your kid. You don t want to be hero, you want to survive with your family.

I am nurse, also i am paramedic (US standards)

And i am willing to learn from all of you.

One man survivor, no chance ( OK it is my opinion) no matter how well armed and prepared, at the end you gonna die, i ve seen that, many times. Family groups or closest friend with lot of preparing and lots of different knowledge, i believe that is best.

Q: What items should we stockpile?

Thank you

Well depends, i quess if you stock only one thing you are not going to survive, unless you want to survive like robber, then you need only gun and lot od ammo.

I believe besides ammo food hygiene and energy things (batteries etc.) you need to focus on small things for trade, pocket knives, lighters, flints.

Also LOT of alcohol, kind that can stay long, i mean stuff like whiskey and that, does not important what kind, you can have cheapest kind, it is very good thing for trade in desperate time.

Also lack of hygiene things killed a lot of people, i ve seen that.

You gonna need to have some simple things, like for example lot of garbage bags, i mean a lot, many uses for that, and a LOT of duct tape, many many uses for that.

In case of weapon keep it simple, i mean now i always carry Glock 45 with me, because i like that gun, but it is not usual gun and usual caliber here, so i also have two 7,62 mm TT russian pistols hidden, because almost everybody have that gun here and a lot ammunition.

I don t like Kalashnikov, but here there is that rifle on almost every 3rd house so…

Most of the time i collect my water from roof in 4 big barrels during the war, then cooked to desinfect, we also had river in that town , too poluted but if you can t choose…

I don t think i am expert, i am here to learn.

I quess it depends how far you going to go to survive with your actions, you need to be prepared to do some ugly things.

Oh yes it changed my perspective on life, i know now that bad things can happens, and on more important thing, actually i believe it is most important: I don’t anymore believe government and authority, not at all. When they really doing their best to assure you that everything going to be fine, you can be sure that something bad is happening.

Do not just believe, research.

Q: What about the civil war…and the religious fighting? Did gold and silver help much and how did you get the alcohol and other supplies?

Hello to all

It is me again

I believe in some point this discussion gone wrong way, and no i am not offended, everybody have right for opinion, so here is few of my opinions:

It was a civil war, yes there was a great influence of religion, but somebody mention “what did you do with people of other religion?”

Well in my family there are people with different religious beliefs so what do you mean with that?

I ll try to explain you simple; it was an attackers and defenders, lot of switching sides, civil war. War ended without winners, it ended with truce, thanks mostly to USA.It was the wrong war, wrong reasons. I did not fight for religion or ethnicity, i fought to keep my family and myself alive.

For last 15 years we have peace, we live with people who use to be our enemies, i do not to want to have war and enemy again because ethnicity or religion or any other reason.

Please do not try to generalize anything about that war, there was not good and bad side, we all suffered and we all try to live together again.

And yes every side did bad things, and every side had booth good and bad guys.

I am here for one and only reason- survival, i want to learn, and i can share some useful stuff with you. I don t think about your religious beliefs, your ethnicity or your politic opinion.

Few words about my city before war, it was a usual Bosnian town, normal life, decent people, schools, theaters, parks, college, airport, crime rate very low, town like most of the smaller towns in USA (i think). I was a young man, just like any of you maybe.

Now very important think: i am not here to discuss about war reasons, or sides, religion or anything similar.

Thanks to the war, in my town was REAL SHTF situation, and we can discuss only about that, only that is important.

You have a lot internet pages, you can learn everything about that war, and you can choose side if you want. OK that s it.

About survival.

I don t know about other people on this forum, but i have lot of alcohol stacked now.

At the beginning of war tank grenade smashed front wall of small distillery (alcohol factory) close to my house, so we took something around 500 liters of rakia (it is something like bosnian whiskey, i guess, it made from grape, very strong)

It was great stuff for trading, people used alcohol a lot, desperate times i think, we also use it for disinfection.

About hygiene, cups and plates, paper or plastic, you gonna need a LOT, i know, we did not have it at all.

My opinion that hygiene things is more important maybe than food, you can easily shoot pigeon, if you have grandmother she may know some eatable plants on nearest small hill (my experience) but you can not shoot hand sanitizer

Water purifying pills, all kind of cleaning stuff, sanitizers, lot of soap, bleach, gloves, masks, all disposable, take very good care about first aid training, learn how to treat smaller cuts, burns or even gunshot wound, there is not hospital, even if you found doctor somewhere he probably do not have any meds, or you do not have stuff to pay him.

Learn how and when to use antibiotics and have it a lot.

Belive me with good knowledge and good amount of meds you are gonna be rich.

About gold and silver, yes, me personally gave all my gold for ammunition in that time, but it did not worth too much.

About pets, i did not have it, i did not notice a lot pets in that time, did somebody ate it? I don t know, probably.

About small family, hmm, not good, usualy few smaller families get together in biggest house and stay together, all relatives (my case)

Small family or single man, not good for survive in town SHTF, maybe in wilderness (i don t have expirience in that) Even if you stay low profile, hidden in your house with lot of food etc, sooner or later mob will come, and you have maybe have one or two guns, very hard. I agree with low profile policy, it is very important not to attract people with anything, but when they come, you need to have numbers, people and guns, best people is your family.

About moving trough the city: always night time as i mentioned, never alone, 2-3 man, very fast, never attract with anything, look like everybody else, if most folks look desperate, poor, dirty you need to look same, there is no need that everybody know you have good amount of food, ammo , clean cloths and everything else back at home. Look and act like everybody else.

When somebody attack you or your family then you need to show that you are very ready.

I never walked in big groups,in that time and that situation big group is gang.

Now, this is all my experience, it was then, i did a lot of mistakes, i am not expert, i am here just like any of you, to learn and share.

For example i don t know too much about wilderness survival, i am here to check it.

Oh yes, few things to the Sedoy: my wife is different ethnicity, and she is also a Catholic, i am not, and to answer you : no i am not going to shoot her.

Q: What happened to those who died? Where did people get firewood?

Well, who ever died or get killed in that period, did not get proper funeral.

Folks used used every peace of free land, close to house for burial, sometimes even in the garden, 2-3 city parks turned to graveyards,after war most of them are exhumed and properly buried.

There was not noting like burning bodies or anything similar, as far as i know.

Oh one more interesting thing about fire, some people use to go few miles during the night only to find fire somewhere so they can fire peace of wood and bring it home, and start fire for cooking or heating, lighters and matches was really precious, and most of the folks did not have enough firewood do keep always fire. For most of the people it was constant search for something, fire,wood,food,ammo…

Q: Was salt valuable?

It was valuable yes, but not too much, for example coffee or cigarettes worth-ed much more.

Q What about cigarettes?

Hm, i had a lot of alcohol as i mentioned before, i traded almost everything without any problem, let me say it like this: consumption of alcohol was probably 10 times more than in normal time.Not to mention cleaning and disinfection.

On the other side you made a very good point, if you have money and time and you have a storage it is probably better to store cigarettes or candles and batteries for trade, or food.

I was not prepper at that time, we did not have time to prepare, few days before SHTF politicians on TV stated that everything is fine, when sky fell down we just take what you can.

Q: Tell us more about cooking and the foods you were able to prepare. Were you concerned about the smell getting around and alerting people that there was food over there?

About cooking, before the SHTF i used in my house electricity for booth, cooking and heating, so when everything started i traded some stuff for some kind of old wood stove, i put it in kitchen ad fix exhaust pipe (right word?) trough hole in wall, i use that for cooking and heating.

During the summer i cooked in my backyard (walled fence, brick, luckily)

Concerning the smell of the food, hm, i ll try to picture situation: no electricity, no running water, sewage off for months, dead bodies in ruined houses, grime and mess, believe me it was very hard to smell something nice.

It was not like in movies, it was ugly,dirty, and smelly.

Yes i had few problems because of cooking, only few, but as i sad before, enough people, properly armed and with will to defend and you can manage most of the problems with that.

Probably situation would be different in wilderness.

I ate mostly some kind of pancakes with local herbs (does not require cooking oil and too much firewood), and of course everything what i could get and trade, rice was good to eat, not too much firewood for that.

I think i had luck, only few times i ate funny things like pigeons.

I always had something to trade, i guess that saved me, and guns of course.

Q: 1. Why would the night be safer than daytime? Outside of the obvious of being easier to hide at night, but were the gangs more out during the days? Also, why only small groups of 2-3? What happened to larger groups?

2. Why would you have to go out at night? For instance, where were you going and why?

3. How did you handle the mob situation when they came for you, or your family?

4. You mentioned trading for bullets, etc. How much shooting were you doing during that time and how much ammo did you have, or would like to have had?

5. How were you able to determine who was an enemy and who wasn’t? How did you manage to get out there trade with people and when/where?

6. What fortifications did you do to your home and what kind of guard, or protections did you have in place?

7. Finally, how did you avoid snipers? What precautions did people take against them?

First almost nobody were out during the day because of snipers, line of defence was very close, so whatever you have to do, you do it during the night, trade something, look for firewood (i can express how much this was important in town, and hard), looking for anything, check somebody, go to hear news (very very important, lot of people get killed because they go somewhere just to see what happening, or what s new) remember, no news, no radio ,no tv, nothing, rumors fed lot of people.

Already explained, you can stay home and die of hunger and cold, or even infection of some small wound or go out and risk your life, try to find – trade anything useful

I did have situations concerning my house only, it is no need for too much details, we had more fire power, and brick wall.

Also we had something like street watch, people from my street were good organized, in case of gangs, now there were a lot shootings.

There was pretty much shooting in town, i did not have enough weapon at the beginning, one rifle and one pistol (ww2), maybe 100 bullets, later i trade some things for more rifles and ammo, remember i gave car battery for 2 rifles.

How much ammo ?

A LOT, as more as you can.

Most of the time you are not able to determine who is enemy or friend, expect my family and few real friend, everybody else is potential enemy. When your friend must choose between his child s death and your death quess who is going to choose.

Rumors, somebody tells you that some old guy few block away have some cans and he is looking for ammo or whatever, you go there, as i say you are always looking for something. Same some people would came in my street as traders, witha some goods.

There was something like trade street during the night, actualy it was a big ruins of sport center, you can go overthere and look for something or offer something, but it was not controlled by anyone so it was too dangerous.

It was primitive pretty much, brick wall around house,bags of sand on windows and doors, over that bags we used whatever you can, big pieces of metal, stones, inside house we put all kind of stuff on windows, only small openning left for rifle, always 5 members of family ready for fight, one always outside on street hidden.

Stone age situation

To avoid snipers, we stay home at day, it was not so much night snipers, even during the night we never walked openly on the streets if we can avoid that, always shortcuts, trough ruins, fast and quiet.

Q: What was your bathroom situation? Where did you go? Did you have anything to wipe with? Sorry ask such personal questions, but this is something that I’ve wondered about in this type of situation.

we used shovel and any piece of land close to house, sounds dirty, and it is dirty, washing with collected rainwater, sometimes go to river (most of the time that was too dangerous) Most of the time we did not have toilet paper, even if i had it, i trade it.

It was a bad situation all the time.

If i can give some advice: first to prep is a weapon and ammo, then everything else, i mean everything, depends how much money and space you have, if you forget something no problem there is always somebody ready for trade, but if you forget guns and ammo then you may not be able to get to trading places.

I do not see big family or group of really( i mean really) good friends as more mouth to feed, i see them as more guns and strength, it is in people nature to adapt.

And keep it simple and use common sense, in the first period weak people vanished, other fight.

Go with small thing, lighters, candles, flints. It is great idea to have fuel generator( electrical generating unit?) but i think is better idea to have 1000 bic lighters. Fuel generator is great, but in shtf scenario in town it is going to attract whole army,1000 bic lighters don t take too much space, cheap, you can always trade it for something.

Real SHTF scenario demands completely change of normal mindset, hard to explain, i ll try through examples.

Q: How easy/hard was it to get weapons AFTER the SHTF and what could you trade for weapon and ammunition

(I remember you saying a car battery for a rifle) and where would I go to find the people who trade in weapons?

Hm, you re right, after the war every house here had a weapon from war, and yes police did some actions to take illegal weapon from population, depends from man to man i quess, lot of people find ways to hide their weapon somewhere, just in case.

I also have legal weapon (license), and authority here have some thing they call it “temporary collecting”, it is says something like : in a case of unusual event (riots, unrest, etc) government have right to temporary collect all legal weapon, so i keep always in mind that, and i acted like some people.

You know some people have legal weapon for everyday carry( i have glock 45 and taurus 38) but some people with legal weapon also have illegal weapon hidden somewhere just in case SHTF and “temporary collecting”

It is not hard to get weapon in SHTF if you have good stuff for trade, but other thing is important, first days of SHTF is worst in terms of chaos and panic, maybe you not gonna have time to get gun. And to be unarmed in chaos panic and riots is bad.

In my case man needed car battery for radio i think, and he had some extra rifles, so we trade.

Q: What about medical care for people who were shot or became injured?

Wounds was mostly gunshot wounds of course, without specialists and everything else, if wounded manage to find doctor somewhere he had like 30% chances to live, again it is not movie, mostly they died, lot of died even from minor cuts infections, i had antibiotics maybe for 3-4 treatment. Of course for my family only.

Simple things killed people, diarrhea can kill you in a few days without meds and rehidratation, (fluid therapy, IV) especially small kids. Lot of fungal skin deseases,and food poisoning, we could not do too much. Basically we treated diseases mostly with local herbs, and if you had wound, put rakia on it and try to find antibiotics somewhere.

So i was good at fixing wounds in term of emergency help, but longer procedure-bad prognosis.

What i learned? Hygiene again, and a lot of meds, especially antibiotics. You need to learn to treat lot of stuff, go online, finish some training, EMT maybe, first aid etc.

In SHTF things are different, learn how to open IV, when to use certain drug, or antibiotics.

Get your self ANA TE (anti tetanus ) shot injections , snake poison kit, adrenaline kit (allergic reactions, different kinds) thick removal kit, (thick related illness can kill you, learn how to remove thick)…

Get in your prepper storage some reanimation kit (simple one) like small oxygen cylinder, BVM mask etc. It is not really hard to learn to use all of these.

OK let s clear something, of course you can not use anything of this in real world unless you are certified and trained for that ( EMT, nurse, physician ).

But in SHTF nobody ask you for license, just learn and have in your storage big part for medical things.

So to answer question how did i help and treat, most of the time very poor,i help some with resources that i have, i took food or something else for exchange, i was badly prepared for that, now i am what do i need to have.

Q: Did your local currency/money still hold value? Were you still able to use money to purchase items from other people?

No, not really, i mean sometimes you can use foreign money if you had it to buy something, (dollars or German marks) but even in that rare occasion rate was unbelievable for examples 1 can of beans for 30-40 dollars (normal value was maybe 0,50) i quess somebody had connections with outside world, black market you know, so he can earn lot of money.But it was very rare. Trade was main thing to get something.

Local currency crashed very fast, in few weeks or month maybe.

Q: How much space should I keep for alcohol storage? What was security like?

About alcohol first, you right but you are right in booth ways, people need alcohohol more in desperte times then usual, so it is kind of gambling i guess , it is very good item for trading, i never had problems with alcohol trading and having than problems with trading other things.

Also i am thinking about something else, maybe it is better to fill my storage with something less space consuming but still interesting for trade, like batteries, antibiotics etc.

Thing is i had all that alcohol for free, i did not buy it.I don t know about this.

In most of the situations people attack me because they think they are stronger, they did not know for sure what i really had.

About ammunition trade, it depends how much ammo you are going to have, sometimes i trade ammo for food, and in few weeks again food for ammo, but i never never do trade at my home, and never bigger amounts, very few people knowed how much of anything i had in my house.

The point is store as much of anything as you can store (space , money) later during the situation you ll see what is most popular, correction ammo and guns always gonna had 1 place for me, but who knows maybe number 2 for trading gonna be for example masks with filters.

About medical issue , i ll write in my next post what do i have now in my medical part of storage

Defence were very primitive, again we were not prepared, we use what ever we could, windows were broken, roofs mostly damaged from shelling, all windows were blocked with something, sand bags and rocks,every night i blocked my yard gate with junk- rubble from the street and i use old alluminium ladder to get over the wall, when i come back i called somebody from house to get me that ladders so i can move in.

Guy from my street barricaded his house completely, if he go out at night he use a hole that he maded in one room that is connected with neighbor s house, and go trough his (ruined and destroyed) house out, actually he had secret entrance.

It may look weird to say but most secured houses are gone first, of course we had some very nice houses in neighborhood, with walls, dogs, alarms, steel bars on windows, alarms. And you can quess what happened, mob attacked those houses first, some were defended other not, depend how many guns and hands thea have inside.

So i think security is great, but be sure that you keep it low profile, forget about alarm, if you live in town and SHTF you gonna need simple looking non interesting secured house, with lot of guns and ammunitions.

Just keep it low profile and not interesting.

On my apartment door now i have steel door for security reason, but only to keep me trough first short period of chaos, then i am moving out to connect with bigger group of armed people (family and friends) in the country (i hope)

Well in my case migration did not happen because it happen very fast, other army just closed city in ring and that s it, if you ask me where was that army and how we did not seen them coming, the answer is simple, that army was an ally of army of my side and people, and one day we woke up and figured they are enemy now and they are closing all ways out. Politics . It is true, one more side of civil war.

But i heard from others parts of country, and my frends who stayed in villages in the other parts in state, that they have much better situations,countryside had land,corn,wheat, fruit trees, farms etc they had enough food, it was bad, but much better than in city.

I know one thing if we had some way out from the town, we would use it, we did not have it.

Q: What was the situation with banks and stores?

About banks, loans, credit cards. Complete monetary system died for about one year, so nothing works. It is complex question in many ways, i ll try it to answer it in some future posts, need much more time and much much more space to describe it. Even now almost 20 years later folks are at European court suing banks, because they dont want to admit their savings in banks, lot of different things happened in that period , they changed money, i mean monetary name, they changed it 2-3 times , hyperinflation occurs, lost of paper trails about savings, loans … i remember some people use that situation to get rich, they still rich ”

So i ll try to describe that in separate post.

There was a lot problems with proving people s property after everything, for example: my father had nice apartment and because war he must leave it, after war ended he was at court for about 4 years proving that apartment was his, reasons for that were different, because politics in that time, but also he did not have enough paper work to prove that apartment was his (he did not took papers from apartment when he fled, he had more important things to care)

On the other side during the worst period, people just moved in empty house, and that s it.

I mention rural areas in other post. As far as i remember it was better there.

In that period there is not running vehicle, actually i remember tank at the front line, and Lada Niva ( check it on web) with cut of doors and roof and installed machine gun ( i think it was an old m53) and those two only moved when they fired( they keep it hidden behind ruined houses)

For let me call it “civilian population” there was no moving with vehicles, streets were mostly under rubble and unusable and fuel was too expensive.

Not to draw attention was a big thing, about clothing, there use to be some sort of town defense, it was not like real military,mostly mixed civilian clothes with part of uniforms, different weapon, so no rules.

But as soon as go in to that things and try to talk about two armies, their strength, war crimes, politics i am not gonna like it any more, because people gonna start to choose sides, and i think it is not important for us here.

As i said before there was not organized army, but we all been like soldiers, we had to, most of us carry weapon and try to protect from enemy army and robbers.

Inside the town you did not want to look fancy because somebody shoot you and took your good stuff, you did not want to have fancy rifle, because probably you not gonna find ammo in that caliber and also you are drawing attention.

So let s me try to put it this way: if SHTF tomorrow, i will try to look like most of the people outside, scared, desperate, confused and i ll scream maybe, no fancy looking stuff, i ll not go out in fancy new uniform and yell “I am here, you are finished now looters and robbers” I ll stay low profile, heavily armed and well prepared waiting to see my options, even if i have to go out with all my gear to do things i ll go in night, with best friend or brother. Maybe sounds ridiculous, but from my expirience it works, be wery well prepared, but let nobody outside your house know or see that.

No matter how good is your house security, how good is your weapon, if people see that they have good reason to rob you they probably rob you in town SHTF, it is only matter of time and number of guns.Don t ever give them reason to be interesting for robbing. Stay uninteresting. Now this is my opinion, maybe is not working in different situation.

About robbing grocery store and gas stations, it happened very very fast, as soon as shooting started all valuable things was emptied, there vas some effort of authority to keep it together but everything fall apart in first weeks.


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1 posted on 10/25/2011 9:07:42 PM PDT by blam
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To: Kartographer
The above article is a 'cleaned-up' and condensed version of the article by Selco that Kartographer posted earlier today. Here is a link to the earlier article:

my shtf expirience-wartime

2 posted on 10/25/2011 9:12:08 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

bump!!! Thanks for posting this blam!


3 posted on 10/25/2011 9:12:49 PM PDT by Dogbert41 (Israel is real:))
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To: appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; CodeToad; goosie; kalee; ...

Preppers Ping!


4 posted on 10/25/2011 9:38:43 PM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: blam
Great post.

A few things I didn't think of.

generator = waste of money, Bic lighters = gold

5 posted on 10/25/2011 9:52:09 PM PDT by Jotmo (Whoever said, "The pen is mightier than the sword." has clearly never been stabbed to death.)
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To: blam

It sounds like from the geographic area and size of city that he is referring to Mostar. “The Siege of Mostar” was a particular brutal event from that war. You can find documentary videos about it, including “Unfinished Business” online.


6 posted on 10/25/2011 9:54:32 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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Brutal? You want brutal wait until you see the siege of St. Louis, or Chicago, LA, Philly....


7 posted on 10/25/2011 10:07:34 PM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: GeronL

8 posted on 10/25/2011 10:09:39 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam; Kartographer

Kart- lol

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Medugorje is a small village, not nearly big enough.

Mostar is the only one that seems to fit the general description geographically and population-wise.

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“Unfinished Business” documentary... part 1 of 4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1XYWtCx6zQ&feature=player_embedded


9 posted on 10/25/2011 10:16:11 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Kartographer
We will not ‘see’ the carnage until years after, when the clean-up starts by whomever survives beyond the reach of the big cities.
10 posted on 10/25/2011 10:19:38 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: Kartographer

Brutal, of course. But the potential adversaries of St. Louis, Chicago and “Killadelphia” are not nearly as bright and resourceful as the average Bosnian.


11 posted on 10/25/2011 10:28:17 PM PDT by Jay Santos CP ("Idiocracy"... It's no longer just a movie.)
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To: IncPen; Nailbiter

ping


12 posted on 10/25/2011 10:28:38 PM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: blam; prepper

Vodka, Bic lighters, ammo ... check


13 posted on 10/25/2011 10:29:12 PM PDT by dk88 (Occupy=Liberalism: No solutions, no responsibility and demanding free stuff from someone else)
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To: blam

Thanks for the ping and post. Pretty much confirmation of my thoughts. Still think precious metals are useful after basic preps.


14 posted on 10/25/2011 10:29:37 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: PA Engineer

I’m of the thought that seeds are better than gold.


15 posted on 10/25/2011 10:37:56 PM PDT by Dogbert41 (Israel is real:))
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To: blam

Thanks for posting this.


16 posted on 10/25/2011 10:54:05 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: dk88

Don’t forget the TP :)


17 posted on 10/25/2011 11:02:41 PM PDT by onona (FR is continuing education)
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To: blam

ping


18 posted on 10/25/2011 11:50:57 PM PDT by trailboss800
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To: blam

Great stuff. I’d like to see a lot more like that.


19 posted on 10/25/2011 11:57:40 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: Dogbert41
I’m of the thought that seeds are better than gold.

Have them.
20 posted on 10/26/2011 12:15:59 AM PDT by PA Engineer (Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: blam
"About pets, i did not have it, i did not notice a lot pets in that time, did somebody ate it? I don t know, probably."

Suburban livestock--very important. Meow! Yap, yap! ;-)


21 posted on 10/26/2011 12:23:44 AM PDT by familyop ("Dry land is not just our destination, it is our destiny!" --Deacon character, "Waterworld")
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To: blam

bookmark


22 posted on 10/26/2011 1:53:34 AM PDT by elkfersupper (Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: blam

bfl


23 posted on 10/26/2011 4:12:04 AM PDT by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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ping for later


24 posted on 10/26/2011 4:28:14 AM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: blam

Just wow.

Looks like I gotta a lot more to do.


25 posted on 10/26/2011 4:31:59 AM PDT by Adder (Say NO to the O in 2 oh 12)
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To: Kartographer

Hi, Would it be possible for you to add me to your Preppers Ping List please?


26 posted on 10/26/2011 4:32:42 AM PDT by hiasm (Isaiah 6:8)
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To: blam

Out of the entire exposition, this stands out most for me: “And from my expirience, you can not survive alone, strength is in the numbers...”

Anyone trying to survive alone is dead.

You people living in big liberal cities are meat, waiting to be devoured. It’s best to get out now and find a small community of Christians who are heavily armed. You’ll find some semblance of civilization and moral justice there. And you’ll likely survive.

And don’t forget the Bic lighters.


27 posted on 10/26/2011 5:41:14 AM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: PA Engineer; Dogbert41; blam

It’s SHTF

You have Gold and diarrhea.

I have anti-diarrhea caplets and TP.

I should trade with you because?

Now another guy has two boxes of 9mm and diarrhea.

I have anti-diarrhea caplets and TP.

I think we can talk.

IMHO gold will be valuable after SHTF, but during it not so much.

You have a canned ham, 5 lbs of bean and 5 gallons of drinkable water it’s SHTF. You have no idea where your next meal will come from when what you have is gone. Tell me how much gold will it take to get you to sell?


28 posted on 10/26/2011 5:53:35 AM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: blam

Ping for later.


29 posted on 10/26/2011 5:55:25 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: blam

This is great - thank you Blam!


30 posted on 10/26/2011 6:35:17 AM PDT by MonicaG (God bless our military! Praying and thanking God for you every day. Thank you!)
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To: Kartographer

Please add me to the Preppers Ping list.
Thanks


31 posted on 10/26/2011 6:37:31 AM PDT by BigpapaBo (If it don't kill you it'll make you _________!)
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To: sergeantdave; Kartographer; The Duke
"And don’t forget the Bic lighters. "

I've been buying (for about $3.00 each) empty 20 pound propane tanks (like Blue Rhino) at yard sales and filling them. I have 15 stored already and a number came with an outdoor cooker stand, ideal for big pots, etc.(some of the tanks are almost full)

Also, I have bought a special fitting that will allow me to fill the smaller (lantern size) propane tanks from the 20 pound tanks. This is similar to the story of refilling the Bic lighter except on a larger scale.

Anyway, save the smaller propane tanks...someone will be able to refill those from larger tanks for (probably) food when the time comes.

32 posted on 10/26/2011 7:00:13 AM PDT by blam
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You have a canned ham, 5 lbs of bean and 5 gallons of drinkable water it’s SHTF. You have no idea where your next meal will come from when what you have is gone. Tell me how much gold will it take to get you to sell?

You are stressed out with other refugees at the Peace Bridge waiting to cross into Canada. Your country is in flames. The person in front of you is just turned away with a bucket of stale beans. In your pockets you have rolls of gold coins. The immigration agent eyes you up. He is tired. Inflation has really damaged his lifestyle. His children need new clothes, his wife is nagging him and his one daughter desperately needs a set of braces. You step forward and hand him your passport. Inside your passport are three maple leafs. He looks at you and then the passport. He stamps your passport with a visitors visa and motions you forward and not back across the bridge.

That is just one scenario. If you are already prepared what is the point of watching your savings destroyed by a currency collapse, bank holiday, hyperinflation, or currency reissue? My only remaining preps is energy diversification. I live in the middle literally of natural gas production. I am going to bury a 500 gallon propane tank for backup to my existing gas service. The propane is not for heat, but cooking, drying and hot water. I am at the point now where a lifestyle change is just the throw of a few switches and the turning of valves. I am very rural with close neighbors. My preps and location change were thought out over 15 years ago when I woke up to the reality of fiat currency.

The reality is we live in two worlds. The world of prepping for the worst case and the reality we will need to still save for our future. Shiny metal is just another form of preparation. It also provides other options when there is a new normal after the SHTF. One option shiny metal will get you is a new beginning when the new normal is established. That sadly may be somewhere else.
33 posted on 10/26/2011 8:16:00 AM PDT by PA Engineer (Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: PA Engineer
"One option shiny metal will get you is a new beginning when the new normal is established. That sadly may be somewhere else."

That's true if you plan to escape somewhere gold can be useful, but let me ask you this if America fails where do you go? You suggest Canada, but how many will they take? At what point will some just rob you and shoot you at the border? What country would you truly be safe in when being a American citizen no longer means anything? What country will be safe once America is not their as their ally? Do you think the Russian and the Chinese won't move? Would it be possible to use gold to escape such a scenario yes, but for 95% or better your gold will end up being trade for a few ounces of lead.
34 posted on 10/26/2011 8:43:36 AM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: READINABLUESTATE

Ping


35 posted on 10/26/2011 10:20:24 AM PDT by READINABLUESTATE (Millions of government bureaucrats are gang raping and choking the life out of America.)
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To: blam

“Also, I have bought a special fitting that will allow me to fill the smaller (lantern size) propane tanks from the 20 pound tanks.”

I’ll assume you know the technique on how to fill smaller propane receptacles from larger ones, so allow me to address the patriot community generally:

If you don’t do this right and do not follow all necessary safety procedures, parts of you will scattered all over the county and maybe the next state. Be careful.


36 posted on 10/26/2011 2:58:35 PM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: sergeantdave
"If you don’t do this right and do not follow all necessary safety procedures, parts of you will scattered all over the county and maybe the next state. Be careful. "

Yup.

BOOM!

Pressure control is crucial.

37 posted on 10/26/2011 4:19:42 PM PDT by blam
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To: PA Engineer
"If you are already prepared what is the point of watching your savings destroyed by a currency collapse, bank holiday, hyperinflation, or currency reissue?"

Yes. Gold should be good for holding value until a currency adjustment is done. There are also net oil export countries for keeping savings/investments. The West is in decline, but the East is generally not, for the long haul (contrary to export/merchant feel-good propaganda). Lean toward a net oil export country with the least public corruption.

"My only remaining preps is energy diversification. I live in the middle literally of natural gas production. I am going to bury a 500 gallon propane tank for backup to my existing gas service. The propane is not for heat, but cooking, drying and hot water. I am at the point now where a lifestyle change is just the throw of a few switches and the turning of valves. I am very rural with close neighbors."

Good. Many preppers are obviously limited to backpackers'/adventurers' scenarios and tend to neglect energy considerations.

Consider getting a 1000-gallon propane tank, or another 500, if you already have a 500-gallon one--especially if drying is included. I'm in a dryer (but much colder) climate and will routinely be using a greenhouse-like structure for drying clothes.

Consider building one of the following. It should work just about anywhere in the USA with enough thermal storage (tank size). The tank will do well in a crawl space, or anywhere with enough insulation (recommend much insulation on tank, either in crawl space or buried in earth). Buried concrete tanks should also work well, if they're heavily insulated enough and buried (for extra thermal mass).

$1000 Solar Water Heater --Overview
http://www.builditsolar.com/Experimental/PEXColDHW/Overview.htm

As for the odds for various, probable disaster scenarios, I only see economic decline/default (for the West), and possibly, large scale war (depends on near-future political swings, for one). But there are no likely, near-future foreign enemies with great enough amphibious/air capabilities for invading and occupying the USA.

Granted, for people in some locales, large natural disasters are a possibility (magnetic polar shift in process, more and larger storm activity, increases in worldwide volcanic activity and possible extended solar minimum preceding wetter, colder fluctuations, etc.).

The possibility of EMP strikes preceding other nuclear weapons strikes is also becoming more likely than in the past. Many of the preparations for that possibility are the same as for an economic decline except for the extra shelter/electronics preparations.

I'm leaning toward fencing and getting yaks next, maybe. *Grunt* ;-) As far as I can find, they're the only livestock that may survive and thrive well in this climate. Had a pretty good storm over the past day after a great, extra warm spell.

Another consideration that is often missed is that of routine, good hygiene combined with a good physical exercise regimen (starting light and building up from that). For those of you who can, be clean in everything, and become a PT (physical training) animal.

Only a few, random suggestions. As for cannibalism between Americans, and the like, I'm a little more than skeptical (having trained and served in several disciplines, sports, duties and jobs involving extreme violence). There are some parallels between our USA and other cultures, but we're not Albanians, Croats or Serbs, either. There's still a Protestant influence here. ;-)

Speaking of which, I recently moved about 300 cubic yards of earth--much of it, stone--with a shovel and another family member (also using a shovel). That "work ethic" thing, you know. *Sniff*


38 posted on 10/26/2011 6:42:52 PM PDT by familyop ("Dry land is not just our destination, it is our destiny!" --Deacon character, "Waterworld")
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To: familyop

Know this Chickensoup


39 posted on 10/26/2011 6:55:29 PM PDT by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: familyop
Consider getting a 1000-gallon propane tank, or another 500, if you already have a 500-gallon one--especially if drying is included. I'm in a dryer (but much colder) climate and will routinely be using a greenhouse-like structure for drying clothes.



I got the greenhouse, however in my neck of the woods we are langley challenged. For those months I have an Aspen wood stove in the greenhouse and a floor rack for drying.

I am fairly constrained on space because of the geography (hills) and will be stuck with 500 gallons. I definitely want the tank buried. I'll do my own corrosion work on it.

I have the solar panels (30 helios) stored away. I also have stacked inverters with 16 L-16 batteries. I do recommend this charger. They just work. I use a generator for now to charge the batteries during power outages. In a SHTF scenario that will be limited to a couple of weeks and not because of fuel, but advertising. Plenty of time to get the panels up. Everything is prewired including the ground. The south side of my house faces my own ridge and woodlands. It is very private. I have designed for 5KW a day. The minimum is 3. It is amazing what can be turned off to get by. Water, hygiene and refrigeration are really all that matter. Can do those on the low end estimate. Prefer the higher end for lighting and coms.

Heating will be mostly wood and passive solar when we have sun. Western PA can be very dreary during winter. I keep five full chords (2 year seasoned) available at all times. This covers the 6000 HD days here. Built a nice shelter last fall. Will post a picture someday. We are lucky to live on acreage with hardwood. I do the cutting and splitting. There are some great non-electric splitters available now for the big stuff.

The possibility of EMP strikes preceding other nuclear weapons strikes is also becoming more likely than in the past. Many of the preparations for that possibility are the same as for an economic decline except for the extra shelter/electronics preparations.

That actually is one of my greatest concerns lately. NEC requires everything to have a common ground. I understand that and the shock potential issue. Sadly, keeping boxes, inverters, batteries and transfer switches on one ground creates a greater risk for EMP damage. I am working with the electrician on this one. Good guy. Tough problem to get the stamp of approval on. We have had to ground (batteries) damage to the panel meters from lightening. Let the smoke out. Probably will go with two separate grounds bonded together with a knife switch. Hope he understands. I really need a large spark gap. EMP is really my greatest concern from the service side. Reflexive insulation can go a long ways to provide shielding from line of site damage. I am very concerned about the FETS in the inverters. That is a large expense (backup units) that I am having some trouble with.

Another consideration that is often missed is that of routine, good hygiene combined with a good physical exercise regimen (starting light and building up from that). For those of you who can, be clean in everything, and become a PT (physical training) animal.

Agree. I do masters competition swimming, that firewood thing and the other chores a ridge home with a 350 foot driveway requires. Strait up and strait down. Just finished the new planters. We are well covered on the hygiene and medical front. Neighbor is a surgeon and wife MD. We have stocked away enough supplies to get us over the hump. Neighbor is an interesting guy. If you know hunting then you will know his father. His father was a very famous hand trauma surgeon who founded the International Safari Club. Very good people.

Only a few, random suggestions. As for cannibalism between Americans, and the like, I'm a little more than skeptical (having trained and served in several disciplines, sports, duties and jobs involving extreme violence). There are some parallels between our USA and other cultures, but we're not Albanians, Croats or Serbs, either. There's still a Protestant influence here. ;-)

I hope you are right. My wife and I have an extensive library on WWII. Stalingrad comes to mind and that includes both sides of the siege. A very troubling thing.

Speaking of which, I recently moved about 300 cubic yards of earth--much of it, stone--with a shovel and another family member (also using a shovel). That "work ethic" thing, you know. *Sniff*

Motrin stores well. ;-)

Thanks for the very thoughtful response. We have been at this for a very long time. Oddly we arrived at our extended prepper mentality out of necessity. A blizzard cut us off here during our first year. We thought at the time we were prepared. Not. On a well toilets don't flush without electricity. The "awakening" was as simple as that. Yeah we could survive without any of the "basic" amenities of modern life. Why?

Feel free to contact me by Freepmail for security related issues. Thanks again for the thoughtful reply.
40 posted on 10/26/2011 11:09:39 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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You’re more than welcome, and I appreciate the information in your post from knowledge, experience and different conditions from mine (off-grid, high elevation, sunny, extreme cold, no trees, windy). I wrote a glaring error, however. I also misunderstood “langley” the first time and now might understand (shading instead of lack of sun days?).

I mentioned drying as being expensive with propane (my error). It’s not, really, because of the short duration of usage in a day. Water heating can be (frequency of usage, lack of insulation and thermal mass). I loosely figured propane usage for various home utilities.

Cooking doesn’t use much—maybe less than 4 gallons (< 20 lbs.) per month, unless much baking is done. Water heating is a culprit at 30 gallons or more of propane per month for about three people. ...probably more. That’s with a common water heater. A much more well insulated water heating tank would help propane to go much further.

Here’s the reason for bringing up propane storage and tanks. A thousand gallons of propane used only for cooking might go about eight years or more. Water heating will take a big bite out of that and reduce the period to less than three years.

Because of your mention of drying and my rethinking, I might also go with a propane dryer. We probably won’t be using propane for refrigeration (electric with Sundanzer freezer and fridge instead) and won’t use an electric range, dryer, coffeemaker or water well pump—a gravity-fed water system w/ pump and cistern over 400 ft. up the hill from the power plant. The well pump is AC with generator now (not too bad w/ the cistern) but will use a slower pump powered by a small solar plant in the future (more than a lot of sun days here and savings on plant-to-pump power line).

After doing most other things for energy, we’ll probably go for a propane backup generator here. Propane lasts virtually indefinitely, although generator maintenance should also be considered. It might be used once, twice or never here, and fuel storage longevity is key. If we were to need a generator more frequently or for more than a year or two, I would go with diesel for sure (less engine maintenance but with shorter fuel stability than propane, longer than gasoline).

Thanks for your link to the BatteryMINDer—great for grid-tie systems (most systems) and will keep batteries charged until needed. For off-grid, I’ll suggest the following for those who sometimes see days of clouds (different purpose). Off-grid systems are always charging batteries on sunny days (not an advantage over grid-tied systems).

http://www.solar-electric.com/pomax12vo45a.html

Various models up to 100 amps of charging and does bulk, absorb and float modes. But all who are off-grid and need more charging, go with more PV modules now, while you can get them relatively cheap.

You have a beautiful place, BTW, and you certainly earned it, mentor. Well done so far. I need to get camera batteries but will get a website and post some pics later on, along with some DIY-er stuff and test and weather data promised to others.

As for security, yes. I’ll try to get some info together on DIY, low-cost, automatic camera systems, too (the kind that upload to remote servers w/ software motion detection and the like).


41 posted on 10/27/2011 12:49:28 PM PDT by familyop ("Dry land is not just our destination, it is our destiny!" --Deacon character, "Waterworld")
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To: PA Engineer
"Motrin stores well. ;-)"

Yes. ;-) I take a baby aspirin after each afternoon meal ("adult chewable," 81 mg.), after heavy work/exercise. ...much natural calcium in diet, too (past knee blowouts for the Army and to put off osteoarthritis a while longer). ...and kung fu (Shaolin type).

I recommend lighter exercise and tai chi instead of kung fu for most others in their fifties. I'm crazy and have probably spit clots through my arteries while running up hills already (extra red platelets needed for altitudes and heavy duty blood thinners a no-no for snowboarding crashes over 40 mph). ;-)


42 posted on 10/27/2011 1:00:49 PM PDT by familyop ("Dry land is not just our destination, it is our destiny!" --Deacon character, "Waterworld")
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To: blam

Bump for later reading.


43 posted on 10/27/2011 10:39:44 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: blam

Selco, I have a question. I was stationed in Sarajevo around 1995. I was with the US Army. While I was stationed in Sarajevo I developed skin problems, can you tell me if there were problems with skin problems with others in Bosnia? I still have the problem and no one can do anything about it. ALso, I loved the country and wish I could move there. Can you tell me what has changed in the country since 1995?


44 posted on 10/29/2011 7:06:14 PM PDT by Bubble51
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To: GeronL

MOstar was very small when I was stationed with the US Army back in 1995. Perhaps I didn’t see the whole area but Mejegorie was huge..mostly catholic population. THat was the only place that wasn’t shot up. I travelled all over Bosnia handing out supplies to the Spook Houses.


45 posted on 10/29/2011 7:07:55 PM PDT by Bubble51
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To: blam
"I don t like Kalashnikov, but here there is that rifle on almost every 3rd house so…"

I don 't like them either...But I'm not descriminating I'll own Romanian, Soviet or Yugo, because my government made sure the mexican cartel got them pretty much for free.

46 posted on 10/29/2011 7:21:12 PM PDT by hope
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To: Bubble51
Selco will not reply. He is not on this forum. I don't know how you can reach him.

Click on the link in post #2...that may lead back to him...I don't know.

47 posted on 10/29/2011 9:10:33 PM PDT by blam
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To: Bubble51

Mostar was a city of 50-60,000 at the time of the siege from what I have seen. Weird, the online “sources” (yes,like Wiki) say Mejegorie is a small villages.

Back to Mostar, there are documentaries about it online you can watch like “Unfinished business”.


48 posted on 10/29/2011 11:12:59 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Bubble51

You can try contacting him at the original forum:

http://www.survivalistboards.com/showthread.php?t=189395


49 posted on 10/30/2011 12:14:57 PM PDT by ConjunctionJunction
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To: blam

Again, thanks.


50 posted on 10/31/2011 6:44:54 AM PDT by arkady_renko (I want to believe.)
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