The speaker Chris Petrovich is a ex- military, private security and has worked in some really dangerous places. He consults professionally on preparedness and he is the first person to convince me on why I should own a gun.
There are two kinds, fast and slow. A fast outbreak spreads and kills quickly. A slow outbreak would take a week or so before symptoms show up in an affected person.
But first, take a look at the logistics of living in South Florida. There are 7 Million people living on a narrow silver of dry land between the ocean and Everglades. There are only 5 roads out, US 41, US 27, Turnpike, I 95 and US 1. It would be very easy for the government to quarantine South Florida.
Publix used to keep 5 days of inventory in their main warehouse in North Miami. Now logistics are so precise, they keep two days worth on food inventory on hand.
Most people start stocking up on all the wrong things whether its a zombie apocalypse or Cat 5 Hurricane a few days away.
Slow Zombies take a week or so for the process to take affect. This process is more dangerous as the local population will consume all the resources after the area is quarantined by the government.
The only logical way to deal with a massive outbreak is the seal the area off and let it burn itself out. Not a pleasant fact for sure, but once accepted, it allows the mindshift to adapt to what is necessary to survive. Here are the top 5 things you need to focus on for you and your families survival.
First, if you are going anywhere, you need a good pair of hiking shoes and socks. Don't rely on your car. Gasoline goes fast and the roads will be jammed. If you need supplies, you will have to scavenge and carry it back, on foot. You are not going far in flip flops.
Second, you are going to need water. Water is heavy and bulky, so instead of saving it, focus on local sources and purification. When living in the pre-industrial world, fire is you best friend. Having lots of bic lighters gives you a valuable item to trade.
South Florida has no shortage of water, but you have to boil it to purify it and that takes fire. I also learned that 8 gallons of 12% bleach I keep on hand for my pool would purify 30,000 gallons of water. I am set!
Third, you need food. Freeze dried food has a 20 year shelf life and only requires water to prepare it. With that bic lighter, you can have water and hot food! Having your own source of food and water keeps you at home and out of harms way
If there are a lot of desperate people scavenging for supplies. If there was a serious biological outbreak, everyone goes to hospitals, police, and fire stations for help. That is the WORST place to be. Stay home.
Fourth, a portable 14 watt solar panel will keep electronics and communications gear charged up and running over longer periods of time than batteries. Plus it can recharge reusable batteries. Worst case, after a full day of sun it can get you 5 good cranks from a dead car battery.
Fifth, was the final one that was the hardest for me to accept, a gun. I have always believed a gun is more dangerous than the risk of a random stranger wanting to harm my family. Even in the case of a major hurricane, National guard will arrive in a few days to support local relief efforts.
However, in the case of biological outbreak. Things really change. Police officers and firefighters have families too and they will not knowingly go into a hotspot to help me. I could see for the first time the rule of law going out the window if there was an event that caused a run on that 2 day food supply.
I need to be prepared to defend myself. A gun is a big commitment to me. I would have to take classes to learn how to use it and properly care for it. Perhaps I can get by with a crossbow?
This post is a little darker than my usual writing. Click here if you want to learn more about Chris and his Meetup Group. This is not topic that I enjoy thinking about, but sometimes you have to prepare for the worst so that you can enjoy the beauty and sunshine that is South Florida everyday.
I would encourage you to sign up for Night School as well. I bet there will be some very interesting presentation next month. By a certain coach, launching a new coaching program, hint hint...