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Sunday, May 2, 2010

After Armageddon 2 of 9 - A History Channel Program and Lessons Learned

Continuing on with Chapter 2 of the excellent History Channel Program "After Armageddon" and Urban Survival lessons learned from the scenario they depict. As you watch this Chapter of the video, ask yourself if you would have done anything different and how you could have prevented the predicament that Chris found himself and his family in. Not all problems can be overcome with the latest and greatest in Survival Gear and Equipment. Sometimes you have to prepared with survival and decision making skills.

We find Chris on Day 17 after the pandemic hits L.A. Some people are leaving the city; medical care is waning with hospitals closing. Chris reports to work, sees how futile it is and ends up stealing some medical supplies which in the back of his mind he knows he might need. Even on Day 19 Chris still wants to stay put and that's because he thinks things may get better and it's more comfortable to sit tight when you don't have a Survival Bug Out plan in place.

Chris stopped going to work because the hospitals closed (he was an EMT). Are you prepared to take leave, take a unpaid leave of absence or just quit? What will trigger your decision? Day 21 finds Chris buying groceries, the ATM is not working but he manages to procure a small load of food. What will trigger you to double, triple or quadruple your weekly grocery buy? What if the stores won't take personal checks and the grid is down so credit cards and ATM machines won't work? Do you keep an adequate supply of cash on hand? If so, how much to you is adequate? How about gold or silver?

Did you notice Chris looking at the man with the shotgun in the store? I'll bet he was thinking "Jezz, I wish I had one of those." I did not see Chris buying extra fuel containers and gasoline, which would have been my priority, but then again I have a butt load of food on hand and about every other piece of Survival Gear or Equipment that I think I may need. Storing fuel, at least long term, is problematic.


  1. Ironic how what used to be considered "fringe Nuts" is now main stream history channel material. Same thing with C.E.R.T. community emergency response teams. The video is well put together but anyone that even reads this blog will be ten times better prepared and would likely have bugged out before this scenario. Sadly most people will be in denial until it is too late.

  2. Fuel can be stored for up to 10 years. PRI stabilizer applied every year. Filter the fuel before using. Also home plumbing will also contain gallons of water in the pipes themselves.