The Eleventh Plague takes place a generation after the Collapse. This happened after the Chinese released P11 (aka the Eleventh Plague) which killed a significant portion of the world's population. There weren't enough people left to keep basic services going. Power grid: gone. Communication: gone. Government: gone.
In Jeff's fantastic book, the main character's family has survived by becoming roving scavengers, while others have done so by banding together into communities. Both groups, though, have to make do with what they find (or grow).
Let's say the Collapse happened tomorrow. What would you use to survive? There are many, many lists on the internet about stocking up on food and emergency supplies. (And weapons.) But, most of us aren't going to do that. We're going to make do with what's around us. And, I don't know about you, but I live in city neighborhood with a natural foods co-op, a cupcake store, coffee shop, old theater, and a hybrid car on every block. So I looked for some ingenious survival tips that kind of fit a more modern urban-hipster (or suburban) lifestyle. (Not that I'm modern, urban, or hip, mind you.)
1. Turn your Prius into a generator . During one of our recent snowmaggedon's, an intrepid guy ran his refrigerator, freezer, woodstove fan, and lights for three days on five gallons of gas. (For some reason, blogger doesn't like this link. The address is http://lifehacker.com/5118575/use-a-prius-as-an-emergency-generator )
2. Make survival gear out of Ikea products. The Ikea Hackers show you have to make a firestarter out of a coathanger, a wine rack, and some ornamental doo-dads.
3. Use Craig's List to Barter for Future Currency Items Think cigarettes, chocolate, booze, and other things that will be scarce. (Obviously do this before the sh*t hits the fan.) Your bartering skills will also useful after the Collapse when you'll be using cash for kindling your Ikea product fire.
4. Build a shelter out of a gas or oil truck. After you steal it for the last of the fuel to run your Prius generator, you can clean this puppy out and build an apartment inside. Which might be useful if you need to flee the city.
5. Buy a Survival Ball. If you think the above are too much trouble--and you have the cash, why not spring for this comfy looking survival suit / home to weather the Collapse?
Ok, you got me. The last one isn't real. (But this one is.) The Survival Ball is a product of the Yes Men. Here's a clip from the documentary Yes Men Fix the World where they try to sell the idea to Halliburton:
btw, Halliburton took it totally seriously.
Your turn. Any ingenious survival tips you'd like to share? What would you use to survive the Collapse?