With my internet problems I’ve spent a lot of time reading books and watching DVDs with a significant number being survival related. It has been interesting seeing several different scenaria played out and what the writers believe will happen after those events.
The early films and books show us all banding together and sharing. The later ones less show but do show a lot of community spirit. Sacrifices are made and everyone seems to make it through despite the conditions, nobody dies from lack of access to modern medical care, a few diabetics and dialysis patients are written out but in general things run smoothly. It doesn’t matter what the event is the story is pretty much the same tight up to either the return of society or the start of a new of government.
Then after the initial aftermath and the die off along comes a threat that is much more insideous. Socialists or Fascists wanting to set up a Government to make everything fairer and more organised. They are so driven that they will not let anything stand in their way, even the people they say the want to save. The fact is they actually believe what they are saying and in their mind the sacrifice, you, is worth it. They believe that only their way is right and that all others must conform or die and they will take everything from you and enslave you to ensure that nobody, except themselves of course, is treated differently and their conscience won’t even fell the slightest twinge. Not even the slightest bit. The ends justify the means and the transition is never easy with death being pretty much the penalty for everything as they struggle to assert their authority.
Initially we will need to survive not just the event and the aftermath of the event, all of which we have been preparing for, we will also have to survive the return of civilisation. This could be much harder than we can cater for. After all gangs need to find thugs that fit in and disagreements lead to fatalities as well as the few sheep who resist who whittle their numbers down. Starting a government will attract those it does now, people that use their positions to gain power and those that enforce their views. Fully supported by the law which although no longer viable will be used as justification and you can be sure that many will accept it at face value especially when they are sold it as a cure for all ills.
Our biggest issue will be identifying the difference between our local MP setting up his own dicatorship and the return of our existing society. Our local MP can be ignored or bumped off but if it is part of a return of society and martial law is in place, you just don’t know it, then you will find swift and deadly retaliation. We need information and the most likely way that will get distributed is via Radio. You must store at least one in an EMP proof case and then set up a process where you can listen in for any sign of life, government or not.
The only real issue is that does not appear to be a single frequency that you can listen to in the UK for an emergency transmission since Civil Defence was passed to councils and they spent the money on wheelie bins. The only thing discussed as alternatives is BBC Radio 1, local BBC stations and, strangly enough, Radio Four on 198 Long Wave which appears to be the only frequency that can be received across the whole of the UK. So as usual in this mickey mouse country you will not find a similar system to the US EBS you will have to try a few frequencies to find out and the chances are some will be foreign.
So using this you can identify the return of true government and avoid being hung as a rebel or you can validate the authenticity of a local wannabe. Bear in mind that the local wannabe may be just as well armed as the goverment as they may have been part of it and like the power.
You should think about what you will do in each circumstance, return of government, government returned but not in your area, a wannabe setting up power with or without a far away government getting on its feet even a strong figurehead with a belief that they can handle it better than everyone else. These or many more situations may face you so you need to think how you are going to avoid them or handle them.
As usual though keeping your head down seems a very good option. OPSEC again is going to help save you. It really is your friend and you should remember that.
What about your situation? Are you prepared for this which is more thought than stores?