I published parts of this article back in May of last year under the title "Whatcha Gonna Do? - WTSHTF in Argentina". It had been sent to me by a friend via email but I did not know the actual author. Since then, I found that the original article was written back in 2006 and published at Frugal's Forums by someone using the handle "FerFAL".
Further research revealed that FerFAL is Fernando Aguirre, a 31 year old father of two living in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His old website, Surviving in Argentina, is being phased out in favor of a new website called The Modern Survivalist. You may be interested in his new book, "The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse".
The following article is republished here with Mr. Aguirre's permission. The original is entitled "Thoughts on Urban Survival" and can be found on the Modern Survivalist website. The material here is in addition to the material in Mr. Aguirre's book. This is a long article so you may want to download it to read at your convenience. The first part was published here previously so if it sounds familiar, you may want to skip down to new material.
If nothing else, go to the end of the article and read about The Saucepans that brought down five presidents without a shot being fired.
Thoughts on Urban Survival by Fernando "FerFAL" Aguirre
My brother visited Argentina a few weeks ago. He’s been living in Spain for a few years now. Within the first week, he got sick, some kind of strong flu, even though climate isn’t that cold and he took care of himself. Without a doubt he got sick because there are lots of new viruses in my country that can’t be found in 1st world countries. The misery and famine lead us to a situation where, even though you have food, shelter and health care, most of others don’t, and therefore they get sick and spread the diseases all over the region.
What got me started on this post is the fact that I actually saw this coming, and posted on the subject here, months before the new viruses spread over the country and the news started talking about this new, health emergency, which proves that talking, thinking and sharing ideas with like minded people (you guys), does help to see things coming and prepare for them with enough time. So I started thinking about several issues, what I learned (either the hard way or thanks to this forum) after all these years of living in a collapsed country that is trying to get out an economical disaster and everything that comes along with it. Though my English is limited, I hope I’m able to transmit the main ideas and concepts, giving you a better image of what you may have to deal with some day, if the economy collapses in your country. Here is what I have so far:
URBAN OR COUNTRY?
Someone once asked me how did those that live in the country fare. If they were better off than city dwellers. As always there are no simple answers. Wish I could say country good, city bad, but I can’t, because if I have to be completely honest, and I intend to be so, there are some issues that have to be analyzed, especially security. Of course that those that live in the country and have some land and animals were better prepared food-wise. No need to have several acres full of crops. A few fruit trees, some animals, such as chickens, cows and rabbits, and a small orchard was enough to be light years ahead of those in the cities. Chickens, eggs and rabbits would provide the proteins, a cow or two for milk and cheese, some vegetables and fruit plants covered the vegetable diet, and some eggs or a rabbit could be traded for flower to make bread and pasta or sugar and salt.