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Friday, March 16, 2012

Day Eight: Taking a Breather

     You've managed to survive your first week after the world came to an end (or at least humanity's general dominance over it).  Well done.  Now it's time for a little rest.  You can't waste the entire day, mind you, because you'll still need to ensure your supply levels are good across the board.  But you can afford a bit of rest and relaxation to prepare for the next week.
     Now, Home Depot usually has some trucks available, and in a few cases, some larger box trucks for moving large quantities of things.  Normally, these would be for rent.  However, since you now own the building and everything in it, consider the trucks yours.  Find the keys (probably in a manager's office or near the customer service desk area) and get a truck running.  There are a few options available.  You can forage in more houses for sofas and beds and such to lounge around in, or you can find the nearest furniture store and just get something new. 
     If you're doing exceptionally well with the electricity production we discussed earlier, you may even feel like getting some entertainment hardware from a local electronics store.  Make sure if you do go this route, you don't go nuts with some enormous power-sucking fiend of a television.  Stick with something smaller that uses less power.  Be sure to get a DVD player or something similar and stock up on movies while you're at the electronics store.
     If, however, you'd like to be a bit more cautious with your electrical expenses, try a bookstore.  Pick up as many books as you'd like and bring them back home.  Remember, in this world, everything that isn't protected is fully up for grabs.  So unless someone has taken refuge in a Barnes & Noble for some really strange reason, it's all yours.
     I know that entertainment and relaxation aren't quite what most people expect when they think of being a survivor, but you and whoever you are with need to keep up morale, and the body cannot be running at full speed in every waking moment.  Days like this will keep coming.  Enjoy the rest of the day.  Take a nap.  Take another nap.  Do something fun or different. 
     Because tomorrow, it's back to the grind.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Day Seven: Electricity

     Electricity is not nearly as easy to come by as clean water or food.  However, in the Home Depot you've claimed, there is quite a variety of ways to generate and store the energy you'll need from time to time.  Obviously you'll want to conserve as much power as you're able to once you do have a system up and running, but that comes after installing the system itself.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Day Six: Agriculture and You

     Today's project is one with an enormous payoff over time.  While foraging in houses and stores and the like will work in the relatively short term (perhaps a year or so, depending on how many survivors there are and how easily you manage to gather supplies), nothing can ensure a successful future like a renewable food source.  I'm talking about farming.  Yes, straw hats, pulling weeds, hoping it doesn't snow, and so forth.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Day Five: Large Scale Water Production

     Assuming the apocalypse you survived wasn't brought on by some change in the earth's atmosphere that causes rain to be a thing of legend, you're probably in an area that gets rain, at least sometimes.  So with that in mind, today's project is going to be all about collecting and storing that rainwater.  The best part about the device we'll be constructing is that it's not limited to just rainwater.  If you come across some other source of water and just need to make sure it's purified, you can still use this device.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Day Four: Organization

     You've got shelter, some food and various supplies from your foraging, and enough water to keep you going.  In order to give yourself every advantage, however, you'll need to be organized.  Organization will help you know at a glance where you stand on your different supplies and what you need to focus on during your future foraging expeditions.  For example, if you see you're low on medical supplies, you'll want to raid a drugstore or pharmacy.  If you see that you're low on water, you'll need to ramp up your water production and purification during the day until you get yourself up to a more reasonable and safe level.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Day Three: Water

     Hopefully you've got some bottled water from your foraging expeditions and aren't in dire straights.  However, you also want to be sure to have access to a plentiful supply of fresh, clean water.  I cannot emphasize enough how important it is that your water be clean.  Water is essential to your health, and having your supply tainted and impure can wind up killing you.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Day Two: Establishing Sanctuary

     One of the most important things to do is find a safe place for you and your supplies.  Many people think that their homes are the best place to be and are reluctant to leave.  Sadly, your home is no longer the best option.  Unless you live in an actual castle, in which case, your home is probably one of the best options around.