No matter how well prepared you are, one thing is inevitable in a crisis. You cannot, realistically, be prepared for everything. It’s just not possible. I can guarantee you this, there will come a time when you and your group of survivors need something. Perhaps it’s the addition of a new little member of your group, a medical condition or an emergency you couldn’t possible foresee, or any one of a thousand other “what ifs” that could catch you off guard. But I do have some good news. With the right backup plan, you can get what you need with a supply run. And there’s a way to do it safely.
Anything you could barter with?The first step I’d recommend is finding someone who is willing to trade for what you need. I’m guessing you already have a few key items in your stockpile that would be highly valuable in a crisis (ammunition, liquor, cigarettes and of course, food) that is all highly tradeable. The only problem is trust. In a crisis, you never really know who you can trust.
- You may find yourself put in a position to be robbed or taken advantage of.
- You may find yourself taken hostage (for more supplies) or worse.
- You may find yourself killed for what you have.
Consider your target locationsThere’s a reason the grocery store is a common scene in doomsday movies, because it’s where everyone is going to go once they realize the scope of the disaster. Everyone is going to need supplies, and when you get a whole lot of desperate people in one place, that’s a recipe for disaster, a risk I don’t think is smart to take for a few cans of beans. You want locations that aren’t obvious. Forget the mall, supermarkets and all the obvious locations. You want places that are going to be overlooked by the rest of the population. Places like:
- Office buildings in an industrial estate
- Warehouses and trucking distribution centers
- Schools, college campuses and universities
- Nursing homes and veterinary clinics
- Smaller and private dental and doctors’ offices