US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — Americans took the issue of preparing for the coronavirus epidemic extremely seriously, writes Market Watch. James Wesley Rawles is located in an unknown location west of the Rockies.
“I can’t say what state I live in. Somewhere in the northwest …, two hours from decent shops. We can very well lock the gates and say goodbye to the world for the next 2-3 years,” he notes.
He lives on his ranch with a large family. “I have no right to discuss this topic. Let’s just say that I have a very large family,” said Rawls, a former U.S. Army intelligence officer.
This is a key moment for a Rawls type survivor. If the coronavirus led to massive sales in the markets and sent shoppers to stores such as Costco to make huge supplies of food, the survivors would prepare for something similar over the years. Even decades.
“I became a survivor long before the term appeared,” says Jim Cobb, author of the Long-Term Survival Guide and Urban Urban Survival Plan. “I was 16 years old,” Rawls answers to questions about when he first began preparing for a possible apocalypse. “That was in 1976.”
No one knows for sure, but in the United States there can be many more survivors. This term describes everyone: from “doomsday survivors” in the northern mountainous states to people who just make sure that the house has emergency supplies.
Rawls, the author of the novels Patriots and survivalblog.com, has been living on his ranch since 2006, being a rather controversial figure. “The general public knows nothing. I call it ATP – an absolutely dumb audience,” he says.
He believes that most people are not ready for quarantine, or for a shortage of products. He watched the purchase of things like N95 face masks, despite the recommendation of health officials not to buy them, without surprise.
“At such moments, the ATP wakes up. My motto now is to arrange a panic, and then we will slip traffic jams,” he adds.
“I’ve been doing this all my life,” says Doc Montana, a survivor who asked not to give his real name. “Many city dwellers are not prepared for disaster,” he adds.
Cobb lives in Wisconsin, where he works as a disaster preparedness consultant and writer. “I’m not one of those who are preparing for the end of the world. This is not the case when you need to close the hatches, because zombies will catch us. For me, willingness is common sense. Be prepared for what life gives you,” he notes.
Some survivors say they were preparing for the coronavirus back in January.
Rawls says he and other reporters noticed that markets sounded the alarm because of the situation in China long before Wall Street took notice.
Oil has fallen, he noted. Copper has collapsed, a leading indicator of economic activity. The Baltic Dry Index, which tracks global transport demand, has also fallen. He and many of his colleagues believe that this virus has become the so-called “black swan” – a term coined by Nassim Taleb to describe serious, sudden and unpredictable shocks for the system.
Rawls, who is ready for the long-awaited doomsday scenario, says he holds money in platinum, silver and nickel, which, in his opinion, will be valuable due to the content of the base metal in them.
So far, WHO calls the coronavirus, or Covid-19, an epidemic rather than a pandemic. As of Tuesday, more than 90 thousand cases and 3100 deaths were recorded worldwide. Nevertheless, more than 80 thousand of these cases were noted in China.
The definition of an epidemic and pandemic is somewhat vague. An epidemic is an increase in the number of cases of a disease; a pandemic is a disease that has affected many countries and continents.
WHO has declared coronavirus a “global health emergency”, this is the highest level of danger.
As President Trump confirmed during a press conference last week, the federal government has contingency plans, including quarantined cities, in case the situation worsens.
Many experts do not believe the assurances about the scale of the epidemic, primarily information from China.
They both agree on one thing: the worst case scenario is the most likely outcome. Some, such as Rawls, fear the worst case scenario from coronavirus. He believes that it is “impossible to stop” and “the coronavirus will march on the planet in the coming months.” Doc Montana believes that authorities are trying to warn people to prepare, without causing unnecessary panic.
But others are more philosophical and perhaps less apocalyptic. “There’s so much nonsense on social media,” Cobb says. “You don’t know where the truth is and where not. Don’t worry about what you don’t know. Worry about what you can control. In practice, preparing for a pandemic doesn’t different from the process of preparing for a sudden loss of work or power outage.”
Most survivors are drama in the flesh. And they have a whole arsenal of terms to describe a complete disaster. Most of them are abbreviations.
There is a term TEOTWAWKI – it is “the end of the world, as we know it.” WROL means “without the rule of law” and so on.
And if some, like Rawls, have already thoroughly settled on their ranch, others are ready to flee.
Ranches are typically found in the “American Redoubt” in the northwest, a region spanning Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, East Oregon, and Washington. This term, coined by Rawls, refers to political migration to the mountainous states of the northwestern United States, which are considered a refuge for libertarians, conservative survivors.
In this vast desert, a small population, cities are far from here, laws on the storage of weapons are relatively weak, and there is a lot of land, water and hunting.
“Most of us have alternative locations,” says Doc Montana. “Mine is in western Montana,” he says. “It is sparsely populated. It has rich natural resources. And it is surrounded by other largely empty states.”
Guidelines for storing food from survivors
But preparation does not necessarily mean running away; sometimes it may mean having to stay at home. For example, if you get sick and have to quarantine at home, they say.
So what do they advise? According to them, you need to make sure that you have enough food, fresh water, medicines and basic necessities. Also: drinks such as Gatorade, prescription and over-the-counter drugs, such as aspirin and ibuprofen.
The best food is long-term, easy-to-store foods that you would eat one way or another, such as pasta, beans, rice and honey, they add. Rawls recommends multivitamins as a complement to any quarantine diet. It is worth freezing fresh food and treats.
Doc Montana says he’s sure about half of the grocery store products are things that can be easily prepared.
He also believes that it is necessary to purchase plastic film, masks and safety glasses, a stock of basic goods, from toilet paper to candles and matches.
Fire extinguishers are also needed, in case the fire service is out of order, an own fuel generator – and a gun, if it is permitted by law and you know how to use it. Rawls jokes that he recommends “beans, bullets and adhesives.”
Survivors typically store a few gallons of water per person for each day.
“If we have to close all the doors and windows and not leave the house, we will last 4-6 weeks, if not longer,” says Cobb. “For me, a month is the absolute minimum time for an independent existence for which people should be ready,” adds Doc Montana. “In short, you should be prepared to live in isolation for at least 2 months,” Rawls says, adding: “And by and large 2 years.”
Cobb also advises writing down a list of all the qualities that you like and that delight you in other family members. And if you end up in quarantine together for several days or weeks, “when the moment comes when you are ready to strangle them, because they are always there and drive you crazy, you will have this list that will remind you why not it’s worth ruining a relationship.”
Cobb believes that a sound approach is to be prepared. And if disaster does not happen? Cobb says, “Then you just don’t have to go shopping for a while.”
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