OK, i wanna share with you my own experience. (be patient with my English, i am from far away )

I am from the Balkan region, and as some of you may know it was hell here from 92-95, anyway, for 1 whole year i lived and survived in a city WITHOUT: electricity, fuel, running water,real food distribution, or distribution of any goods, or any kind of organized law or government.The city was surrounded for 1 year and in that city actually it was SHTF situation.

We did not have organized army or police force, there was groups of defenders, actually anybody who had a gun, fight for his own house and his own family.

Some of us was better prepared, but most of families had food for couple of days, some of us had pistol, few owned AK-47 when all started.

Anyway, after one month or two, gangs started with their nasty job,hospital looked like butchery, police force vanished, 80 percent of hospital staff gone home. I was lucky, my family was big in that time (15 members in one big house, 5-6 pistols, 3 Kalashnikov s) so we lived and survived, most of us.

I remember US Air force dropped MRE every 10 days (god bless USA for that) as help for surrounded city, it just was not enough.Some of houses had little gardens with some vegetables, most did not.

After three months rumors started abouth first deaths from starvation,deaths from low temperatures, we stripped every door , window frame from abandoned houses for heating, i burned all my own furniture for heating, lot of people died from diseases, mostly from bad water (two of my family members), we used rain water for drink, several times i ate pigeons, once i ate rat.
Money did not worth sh..

we traded things, black market worked, few examples: for 1 corned beef can you could have woman for couple of hours(sounds bad, but it was reality) i remember, most of that womans were just desperate mothers, candles, lighters,antibiotics,fuel,batteries, rifle ammo and of course food, we fight like animals for that.

In situation like that lot of things change, most of people turned to monsters, it was ugly.
Strength was in the numbers, if you were alone in the house, you ve been probably robbed and killed, no matter how well armed.

Anyway, war ended, again thanks to America (and again god bless USA for that)
It is not important witch side had right in that war.

It was almost 20 years ago, but believe me, for me it was just like yesterday, i remember everything, and i think i learned a lot.
Me and my family are prepared now,i am well armed, stocked and educated.

It is not important what going to happen, earthquake,war, tsunami,aliens terrorists, important thing is that something gonna be.
And from my expirience, you can not survive alone, strength is in the numbers, be close with your family, prepare with them, choose your friends wisely and prepare with them too.

8 responses to “Introduction”

  1. dash says:

    Hey selco, i have read your posts on that forum, and i just finished your blog. very interesting read, and i have shared it with my father.

    i know your not a fan of polotics, but i have a question about the internal polotics of your group, during your hard times.

    i have a little brother, he is three years younger than me. unfortunetly he is the angriest individual i have ever known, and what i would define as a bad person currently. he is addicted to drugs, drinking heavily now, due to the fact that his computer programming skills are not in demand and he is unemployed. to make matters worse, i have had several conversations with him about SHTF and prepping, to which he replys to me, he will be a pimp and likely run a brothel.

    my instincts are telling me that i cannot trust him. that he posses a threat to my prep, and on a deeper level, he is just a bad person waiting to go to worse if SHTF. but he is my brother, and my blood. so i am very conflicted.

    did you ever have any trouble with bad eggs in your group? specifically family? i am not sure how to deal with this problem, whether i should cut him off completely and move to a different location to keep my prep secure, or if SHTF break his knose and let him know how things are going to be. ( i am not sure how the outcome would be if i did that )

    thank you for your insight. may we all have peace forever.

    • Realist says:

      Really? You have to ask?
      He knows all your preps but is a scumbag?
      Face the fact that you’re probably going to have to kill him, else he’ll kill (or cause the death of) you and other decent, worthy people.

      Shitty reality.

      • Susan says:

        I agree with Realist. If he is an addict/alcoholic self pity blamer type, he will sell you down the river first time he needs a fix. He might even steal/sell all your stuff before SHTF. Horrible situation for you to be in. YOUR blood is thicker than water, but I doubt his is.

    • john says:

      You never know who is going to be the best person in a war or SHTF situation. Just because a person is not successful in a modern economy does not mean that person will not be successful in SHTF life.

  2. Denis Wolpert says:

    Congratulations on your initiative. I will keep up your blog closely. It will certainly be very interesting. Thanks!

  3. bruce kasper says:

    I realize you asked selco this question and some others have expressed their not so well thought out opinions. Kill his own brother on spec, really??. Frickin idiots that have never experienced the real side of life in any way always have a quick and asinine answer for everything. Ask your brother if he would turn on you if shtf and see what he says, if he doesn’t cry while saying no than you’ll cross that bridge when you come to it, and don’t forget Gen. U. Grant…he had a problem as well but he seems to have needed the war in order to excel.

  4. Lurker says:

    Get a reality check??? Selco has politely attempted to address predators, repeatedly pointing out that family members, friends and neighbors are your family’s biggest risk. It’s unfortunate some posters haven’t read and understood the risks and consequences.

    Waiting to cross that proverbial bridge means waiting for the brother to show up with an armed gang for a rape, pillage and burn session, essentially wiping out the family. The political correctness needs to disappear and the predators need to be terminated BEFORE they do more damage. Substance abusers cannot be trusted and are huge risks to their family in a SHTF situation.

    Man up! Get some balls! Protect your family from family members! Don’t be a p#ssy???? Do the needy and soldier on!

    This is a well thought opinion, unlike the last post. Our family has already ejected a member that poses a risk and we’re prepared to minimize the risk to the family, especially the children. Get a clue!

  5. Selco,

    Read some of your stuff before, but decided to go back to the very beginning and read it all from the start.

    Incredible story. Always impressive to hear the accounts of people who have really experienced the situations that the rest of us can only talk about.

    But again, sounds like it was protection from the elements, water and food that might’ve been the biggest threats of all.

    Thanks for sharing with us.

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