Clarification: Survival only

I write on this site to share my experience I had during the war time. Of course I was not the only one there and some people had to do things they usually wouldn’t do. I will not name anyone, no locations, no specifics. The times were tough and that’s it.

Please do not ask for any specifics regarding people, locations, religion or politics. This has nothing to do with survival and will be ignored. If you have any questions about survival I’m happy to answer them. Simply write and ask me.

And I have a new article coming up tomorrow. Was just busy with some life stuff.

13 responses to “Clarification: Survival only”

  1. Gregory says:

    Would love to hear more about medical angle of things. What sort of illnesses came up, how were they treated etc.

  2. Bill says:

    Gold and Silver question Selco:

    Were you aware if gold or silver had any value in Bosnia during this time frame? You do mention money, and how it became of less value on your blog, but not gold or silver specifically. Right now, if you had all of the items you mention stockpiled (LOTS of food, LOTS of ammo, trade goods and medical supplies). If you had extra money laying around right now, knowing what you know, would you leave it in the bank, put it in the stockmarket, or turn it into gold and stuff it in a corner of your safe…. or would you do something else with it?

    I keep reading people say that when the SHTF, gold and silver will have no value. Having a difficult time believing that. What did you see or know about this?

    Good luck for you and your country, we all wish you well.

    • Selco says:

      Hello and welcome.
      I just answered that question about gold and silver.

      About money, it is simple for me, i have one amount of money (in my case foreign) that i keep just in case i gonna need that at the beginning of SHTF, for example to buy myself transport, bribe someone, whatever.

      All other money that i get, earn, after i pay usual costs for living, i do not keep, i transfer that in food, security, hygiene…

      So from my experience, money is good only in very early stage of SHTF situation, after that is mostly worthless. I have some gold yes, but i do not trust that gold gonna be substitute for money. So, my answer is simple,i do not have extra money 🙂

      But OK, if i have everything done, and set (i think that is impossible) and if i still have extra money, probably i am going to have some fun with that money, enjoy it while its worth something.

      • Susan says:

        Dear Selco,

        When you say you are stocking up on hygiene items, what exactly do you mean? (so I can copy you!!)

        • Selco says:

          Hello Susan,
          things for toilet, alcohol and cleaning stuff. I will have complete list in upcoming course but it is always different for everyone. Just plan for being very dirty every day and think what you need to clean yourself. If you plan for long term, you might even consider little distillery to make own alcohol.

  3. Lonnie says:

    Hi Selco,
    Thank you for your site. It’s opened my eyes in many ways. My question is this: What was it like for women?

    • Selco says:

      Lonnie,
      for women it depended on their support network. If they had men around they were better off because they did not have to go out to scavenge and get what they needed. Different stories. I talk quite a bit about this in the upcoming course interviews.

  4. JoelE says:

    It’s always the same question about the “Women”. The answer is always the same: when you are hungry, you will trade what you have for what someone else wants. Men are, for the most part, physically stronger than women. Those two “facts” should answer your questions about, “How was it for the women”. Without dedicated men in their group, women largely become “chattel” (property) when society’s civilized rules disappear. That has been the scenario for all of time. Sad, but true.

    I doubt Selco’s experience was different from those of many people before him.

    • Selco says:

      Guns are the big equalizer. There were some tough women around that did like men did in every way. But yes many women alone tried to find strong group for support and that was often gang and then women became servant for everything.

  5. Wills says:

    Here is a bit of humor I posted last year when we had a category 4 hurricaine headed straight at us.
    Humor is important in dealing with SHTF and there is a bit of truth in all jokes.

    The Redneck Guide to Emergency Preparedness
    With hurricaine Irene headed straight towards us I thought it would be a good idea to repost this helpful information for all my friends and family about disaster preparedness. Of course they are all rednecks, so I guess its for you other folks.

    A Countdown of the Ten Items In Your Redneck Emergency Preparedness Kit

    10. Smokes and Chew: Marlboro Lights for a category one hurricane or tornado, Marlboro Mediums for a category two or three, Marlboro Reds for a category four. You need a serious smoke for a serious hurricane. Chew is important because it counts towards your daily supply of vegetables.

    9. Booze: Hide the Budweiser and have a couple cans of Milwaukee’s Best incase strangers stop by or you need to barter with neighbors. Follow this safety rule for consuming alcohol in emergency situations: beer for morning and Jack Daniels for afternoon and evenings. If you are too drunk to walk then use your ATV otherwise it will take you forever to get anywhere.

    8. Food: Slim Jims and if you want to live large get some mustard for dipping, beef jerky, pork rinds and anything that was on the table that the dogs didn’t eat or wasn’t sprayed with Raid when you were clearing cockroaches during dinner.

    7. A Boat: A true redneck has a boat in his yard for years at a time without ever using it once. That’s because it’s for emergency purposes. I highly recommend a two-stroke motor that will always start after it’s kicked a few times. Preferably that motor will be a Johnson, because jokes about your Johnson never get old.

    6. Pickup Truck: A redneck is a man that has less than 50% of his vehicles running at any given time. It’s easy to tell the vehicle that is driven the most by counting the 7-11 hotdog containers on the floor. But, when a hurricane hits, it’s certain that a redneck in a Ford F-150 that is held together with bondo will be pulling your Lexus out of a ditch. And remember, that’s not just a redneck’s truck; it’s where his kids were conceived so understand that bench seat is sacred ground.

    5. A Dog: A dog will tell you if something is edible or not.

    4. A Flashlight: You need one in addition to the light the family uses at night to go out to the bathroom.

    3. A Radio with a Powerful Speaker: That way you have something to drown out the wife, kids, mother-in-law, your sister-in-law Crystal, your sister Crystal, cousin Crystal, and your neighbor Crystal and her daughter little Crystal.

    2. Home Security System: 1. Buy a pair of size 14-16 work boots. 2. Put them on the front porch with a copy of your most recent assault charge. 3. Put some giant dog dishes next to the boots and court papers. 4. Leave this note on your door: “Jake and Buster: I went for more ammo & beer. Back soon. Don’t mess with the pit bulls; they messed the mailman up bad this morning. I don’t think Satan took part; hard to tell from all the blood. I locked all four of ’em in the house. Better wait outside. Be right back. The cops will be back too.”

    1. Guns and Ammo: I’m not talking about the magazine. Looters will be shot on sight and their loved ones can buy their watches and rings back from the pawn shop. And personally, I’d like to say that if you have a gun then squirrel is always on the menu if a disaster causes the traffic to be bad.

    Get yourself prepared in case you have a shortage of rednecks in your area. Don’t expect the government to be able to get to you or provide for you. And of course, stay loaded my friends.

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