Surviving SHTF Without Technology


Surviving SHTF Without Technology

My own child can hardly make it through a single day without her iPod. Just imagine the adjustments to make if a full scale, widespread SHTF event wiped out the use of all technologies? This could very well be the most difficult aspect of survival for many of today’s preppers that were raised and have lived all their lives with a host of electrical powered devices.

A variety of SHTF events from tornadoes to hurricanes to earthquakes and more can take down the grid for extended periods. An EMP electric pulse event could fry and destroy every electrical device we have from communications to lights, to medical equipment, to travel vehicles to cooking appliances and creature comforts. Just think how much tougher this would make survival.

For this reason, all preppers should begin to think of planning how to survive without the use of these devices. Just stop to think about all of the devices that you rely upon now or are virtually dependent on. How will you continue to get the same jobs done without them?

Think in terms of anything that requires a constant and uninterrupted power service. Plan now to work around them as best you can. Some things will be really tough to do without and this also varies according to where you live. If you reside in hot, humid climates like the south with air conditioning every day, can you open those windows that are sealed now? If it is cold where you live, consider alternative heat sourcing away from an electrical or gas heating furnace to an available wood heating stove.

Cooking can be done easy enough with a variety of fueled cook stoves or even over an open campfire. Even so, these still need a fuel source. How will you supply these resources? When you run out of chainsaw gasoline, do you have saws, axes, and hatchets to cut wood for cooking and heat?

Once car gas is gone even temporarily, how will you get around? You can store up some emergency gasoline supplies, but they only last so long. Mileage can be increased by using an ATV or UTV for limited local travel. Perhaps having a good bicycle on hand is not a bad idea. Otherwise you will be walking, which is OK so long as you are fit and safe.

Obviously, this only barely scratches the surface of this topic. Basically we all just need to learn to become more self-sufficient with the skills, and tools available to get tasks done without technology.

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Award winning outdoor writer/photographer since 1978. Over 3000 articles and columns published nationally. Field & Stream Hero of Conservation in 2007. Fields of writing includes hunting most game in American, Canada, and Europe, fishing fresh and saltwater, destination travel, product reviews, industry consulting, and conservation issues. Currently VP at largest community college in Mississippi in economic development and workforce training with 40 years of experience in Higher Education. BS-MS in wildlife sciences from MO. University, and then a PhD in Industrial Psychology. Married with two children and Molly the Schnoodle.

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