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Message Subject Human survivability with supply chain disruptions and its effect on populations
Poster Handle SilverPatriot
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As for heat I doubt you can burn wood or furniture to pieces of a house.

Fire bands will be in effect. Those who start fires to survive will could be promptly arrested.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 28428659

In a scenario with a breakdown in food, supply chains the only ones looking for signs of wood burning would be the hungry and you will see the loyalty of law enforcement quickly break down if they too become hungry.

With all the chaos, occurring around them a small would not garner their attention s those in urban areas will be burning down and looting everything. Further once supply and food stores have been looted how many of these unprepared clueless population know how to procure and make water safe to drink.

The point would be to have enough supplies to hunker down and survive through the raging moron stage thus allowing them to cull their own ranks.
 Quoting: SilverPatriot

Good comment...so say there's enough liquids in an average persons's home to sustain them for ____ number of days + some will loot from stores so they could last _____number of days. Others would attempt to collect from local streams and last for ___number of days but eventually die from dyssentary. Minimal well digging will occur as it's community activity and difficult to do in Winter. It will happen. Little rainfall in Winter, but some snowmelt in limited areas at higher elevations and probably lower population density most places, but places like Denver might get a lot. Then take an average to see survivability over a month's duration for dehydration.

Some government officials would use law enforcement and probably firemen to seize supplies (commandeer them) for administrative and support staff, so looting of many caches of supplies might not be possible. I would expect this as a high probability outcome with the merchants giving them a bill of sale for it, and a promissory note. Very plausible, for you have to provide water for deputies, policemen, firemen, otherwise complete breakdown of society.

A lot of bushcraft folks know other ways of extracting drinkable water from maples(first) and birches(later) but this is contingent upon weather such that sap rises, otherwise it won't work, and this is very much later. You need frosty nights and warm days. So this again won't work for the beginning of Winter at all.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1110734

I was speaking of urban areas where the bulk of the population would loot electronic devices first even if the power grid were out of commission.

Granted local police firemen might be used to commandeer supplies however if you have no activity or fires going they will not waste their efforts on your home whereby the jerks on your rod have those propane generators would appear to have supplies thus the risk is worth taking.

Firefighters and police will quickly realize that looters will take their uniforms to ransack unsuspecting civilians and they will become targets for those protecting their homes.

Many people who have homes also have wells and a well bucket will procure you all the water you need although a filtration system will be necessary.
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