Supply Side Dependency


Supply Side Dependency

John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications


Ever watch the post-apocalypse television shows like Walking Dead, Falling Skies or Zombies, or the like? Do you ever wonder like me how they continue to re-supply themselves throughout the series? Maybe I missed it but I never once saw them appropriate more stocks of ammunition or much else. They just always seemed to have it, a critical error in the shows if they are even trying to depict any sense of reality under SHTF conditions.

All the more critical for preppers and survivalists to maintain an awareness of how much supplies are kept on hand. Even more importantly are the aspects of how long stores of essential supplies will last, or indeed, when they might run out.

Thus, as you acquire certain types of gear, hardware, and other items keep in perspective how quickly they might consume a supply of expendables such as fuel. A prepper friend recently installed a new wood stove that uses manufactured pellets that come in big bags. While the local supply outlet has plenty of these he will be OK, but what happens when the supply chain breaks down? This is just one example. He might have been better off choosing a more traditional wood burning stove that he could re-supply with his own cut firewood.

Another example is in choosing which prepper guns you want to have on hand for security as well as personal or property protection. Pick weapons that are very commonplace and universal rather than some limited edition or complicated weapon that is high maintenance or subject to breaking down, when no parts are available or anybody to fit it.

Stick with the common calibers, too. It is better to rely on a stock of .22 rimfires, 9mm, .45 ACP, .223/5.56, 7.62×39, and .308 than something more exotic. You may have an excellent hunting rifle in .300 Weatherby, but what happens when those two priceless boxes of ammo are used up? Try to find that in a trade with neighbors or even local stores, if they remain open. Choose wisely, and use judiciously.

When it comes to anything mechanical, also go with universal common brands and types. Get a chainsaw that can be easily repaired. Maintain a stock of parts like spark plugs, and chains. The same for any gas engine, a power generator, garden tiller, water well pump, or similar items. Can you also establish a supply line to fuel this equipment?

What happens when needed stuff is gone? More than ever you have to plan for virtually total self-reliance. That takes some real planning and sacrifice.

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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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