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Stock up on lot's of aluminum foil, not only does it create fashionable headwear, but it helps with easy clean up in the kitchen.

Lugging buckets of water for household essentials sucks, the foil will save you time while you have it.

Lots of barbed wire and wood working material tools. Linseed oil, rock salt, and plenty of heirloom seeds.
 
This example shows the need for community. I have many cattle farms and chicken houses surrounding me...and plenty of meth heads. When our Dollar General gets cleaned out, those farmers will need well armed and willing folks to guard against the two legged predators in exchange for meat/milk/eggs. And of course we’ll need gardeners and fishermen. I’m right on lake Hartwell but you can only eat so much fish with those mercury levels. You don’t want fish as your main staple from some lakes. We have a small community with one way in and out, about twenty homes, 40 cows and four chicken houses and a lot of guns. We’re all pretty friendly now but it’s going to be a real tight knit community by necessity if the SHTF.

In a grid down/SHTF, slow-build toxins from fish is way down on the list of threats. Starvation is a far bigger threat.

Also, I don't think mercury is the issue. I think it's PCBs. If you're up the Tugaloo branch of Hartwell, it's not much of an issue. The pollution took place up the Seneca.

Agreed on tight knight community.
 
In a grid down/SHTF, slow-build toxins from fish is way down on the list of threats. Starvation is a far bigger threat.

Also, I don't think mercury is the issue. I think it's PCBs. If you're up the Tugaloo branch of Hartwell, it's not much of an issue. The pollution took place up the Seneca.

Agreed on tight knight community.
You’re right on that…I’m thinking more long term after the initial days of panic…like years down the road. I don’t think you’d want to eat Hartwell fish daily for years on end though. Mercury or pcb’s aside, methheads and drifters are going to be the biggest threat. And scurvy 😉
 
Animals need to be fed. If you don't have good grass for a cow, it will not produce enough output to justify it's existence, and then it just becomes a limited supply of meat. Goats are better foragers, but without hay or feed, they need to roam, and the more time you have to spend shepharding them, which is a very time consuming and exposed activity. Chickens can free range, but in a SHTF scenario, there will be a lot of predators (former two and four legged house occupents, wandering and hungry) to deal with. Which means more guard duty. Roosters are good protectors against some types of predation, but can't fend off dogs or motivated cats, and they are also noisy as hell, advertising the chickens' (and your) location as a food source.

So: Before you start thinking of a hobby farm as a food source, consider the amount of work involved in feeding and protecting those animals. Doesn't mean it can't work. It just comes with obstacles that you need to plan for.

Fish, on the other hand, are a source of QUIET protein. If you live near a legally accessible lake, large pond, river, then you should be good to go; stock up on fishing line and hooks. Nature provides the bait. If you can make a pond and stock it with fish that will reproduce readily (bream, catfish), that's a great way to go. Bonus: If the world doesn't fall apart, you get the benefit of recreational fishing.
all these will be stolen/eaten by whom ever comes to "visit" you after the "what ever" happens.....
 
There are some great instructional books about medicine, dental, etc. in a situation that is somewhat primitive. Good info to have around and a good idea to get the tools recommended in the books.


You get the idea. Knowledge is survival.
 
There are some great instructional books about medicine, dental, etc. in a situation that is somewhat primitive. Good info to have around and a good idea to get the tools recommended in the books.


You get the idea. Knowledge is survival.

Thank you. That’s great.
 
In a grid down/SHTF, slow-build toxins from fish is way down on the list of threats. Starvation is a far bigger threat.

Also, I don't think mercury is the issue. I think it's PCBs. If you're up the Tugaloo branch of Hartwell, it's not much of an issue. The pollution took place up the Seneca.

Agreed on tight knight community.
Georgia DNR Fish Consumption Guide, https://epd.georgia.gov/watershed-p...onitoring-program/fish-consumption-guidelines

(The link does not open the guide, but you can download it if you choose.)

These guidelines focus primarily on fish from rivers, lakes, and ponds.
 
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