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Hollywood, video games and authors have done a great job at portraying what an SHTF scenario might look like. We are all well aware of the threats from humans, the warring factions, the struggle to eat and drink. Maybe even the struggle to find safe shelter.
These portrayals have done a lot to open peoples eyes to the fact that our society can change drastically in a matter of moments. Its not set in stone that we live in this hyperconvenient society forever. So if you build your preps on this model there could be somethings you are missing.
While Mad Max type villains may seem like the most dangerous part of a post-apocalyptic world, you will find that its actually disease that presents the greatest threat. Lets look at the three most important factors to consider for managing disease in SHTF.
From day one you are going to see the issue of human waste. Its gotta go somewhere and if the water system is compromised, you are going to have real struggles dealing with that. Unless you have a plan. Something like a compost toilet or an outhouse is going to become the main method, if you take the time to make a method.
The worst case scenario will be those around you who just start going anywhere, that is how disease spreads in a hurry.
The only thing as consistent as our bodily functions is our ability to create trash waste. What do you plan on doing with that? Well, there are a few answers for trash. Most of the time you are going to burn that waste. What about those around you? There is a good chance we can see piles of trash and pests in our streets. This is the best breeding ground for disease and viruses.
The final factor is simple, its human contact. Others will be carrying disease and coming in contact with them will only spread that disease. If you can understand these three factors you might be able to mitigate them, at least on your end.