Think outside of the law when it comes to survival. Over time we have all been programmed to follow the law and do things a certain way….things like walking on the right side of the road and not carrying a gun into a no gun zone. Not carrying a gun where others can see it is another one, but after SHTF hits, these very same laws could be fatal if you follow them. Most of the time, we don’t even realize we are doing it because we have been programmed to follow the laws. Some of the laws are important because they protect us in modern society, but when SHTF hits it will be another story completely.
In a matter of days after SHTF, there will be people roaming the streets that are willing to kill you for your food and supplies. They will be setting traps based on that programmed behavior that has been instilled in all of us. They believe that people will behave a certain way, and will be counting on that to ensnare others in their traps. Don’t be caught up in that mindset and try to think outside of the law to avoid their traps. Do things you would not normally do, such as driving on the wrong side of the road, or walking in the tree line on the opposite side of the road than you normally would.
Constantly be aware of your surroundings and old habits. Travel at night when you must travel and avoid interstates when possible, as these will quickly become death traps setup by gangs of people who have not prepared and want what you have. When faced with a life or death situation, shoot first if you have a gun, don’t try being nice to gangs, just to follow the law. It will be survival of the fittest and nice guys will lose every time. If you don’t have a gun, then throw the first punch; don’t wait for them to do it as you may have been taught. Fight dirty and fight to survive as there will be no second chances if you don’t. Walk along railroad tracks rather than follow the road or use the back entrance to enter and leave your home. If you leave your home in one direction, then return from a different direction.
Try hunting using snares and air rifles instead of firearms as some gangs may wait in the forest and listen for unsuspecting hunters to fire a shot so they can hone in on them, knowing it will be only a couple of people at most. When you build a fire, use only thoroughly dried wood as it smokes the least and will provide far more heat. These are things that we don’t normally think of, but after SHTF, they can make the difference between life and death. If you need to go to a stream to get water, then take a different path each day. Don’t let simple things like locked gates and fences stand between you and survival. Look for opportunities such as locked warehouses. These can be a goldmine when you are fighting for your very survival. Pay attention to what others are doing and do the opposite, it may just save your life.
In today’s society, we would never think of stealing and taking things that don’t belong to us. Why? Because it is wrong and it’s against the law. This is simply how we have been raised to believe and going against it may be harder than you think. You will be forced to do many things that do not come natural and goes contrary to the way we were raised. Many will choose to die rather than do things that were wrong while the rule of law was enforced. They will be unable to reconcile and process that the world has changed drastically, and as a result they may perish. Now, please don’t misunderstand me, I am in no way suggesting that you steal from others trying to survive, rather take advantage of opportunities to gather supplies from stores and buildings that are closed. In fact, by doing this, you may actually be able to help some of your neighbors by sharing some of your newly acquired goods with them.
It will be amazing how many people will actually starve to death rather than break the pre SHTF laws, even though they will know that it is no longer in effect. The will just be programmed that way and will die thinking they had no way to survive. Be willing to break into a building that may contain things you may need to survive. When it comes to your life and the lives of your loved ones, be prepared to break the law and do whatever is necessary to survive and protect your own. Don’t let the law stand between you and survival in a post SHTF world. You will have to think outside the box and the laws if you want to survive in a post SHTF world!