Corona Virus Panic & What Matters Now

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I am Selco and I am from the Balkan region, and as some of you may know it was hell here from 92-95, anyway, for 1 whole year I lived and survived in a city WITHOUT: electricity, fuel, running water, food distribution, without any kind of organized law or government. The city was surrounded for 1 year and it actually was a real SHTF situation. Our allies were our enemies from one day to the next. Today I’m prepared and share my experience on this blog.

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I put back some of the articles on my page, articles that I find are make sense for new situation in the world about this new Corona virus.

I felt there is need to put back some of that in this situation.

Whatever happens with this new epidemic or pandemic chaos around the world, as I always said it it will come to the bare essence of the people vs. resources combination.

Was, plagues, climate changes, asteroids… at the end it always come to the same: more people than resources.

Some of the articles here on page I wrote years ago, most of them are about situations that happened 25 or more years ago, but if you read it carefully and if you “transfer” some of that to your settings or this time you ll see philosophy and basics are same, for most of the situations.

Rest of the my articles archive and my articles from other places, and stories that are not being  published on line anywhere are published as a books for some time on Amazon:

SHTF Survival Stories: Memories from the Balkan War

The Dark Secrets of SHTF Survival: The Brutal Truth About Violence, Death, & Mayhem You Must Know to Survive

Corona, system, panic

Situation with Corona virus changes everyday, and that change is towards bad everywhere not to good, I still think this virus is not necessary so dangerous like most of us think (time will show if Im right), but that does not mean too much to us in “prepper terms” because I still think it will bring pretty big chaos everywhere.

Chaos will be more or less everywhere because many reasons like poor system reaction to virus, false information on public media about pandemic, panic, and generally poor will of people to live in changed times.

All that essentially and eventually may bring to the situation mentioned above: more people then resources.

We have being bombarded with information that system will take care for this thing, and in the same time as a preppers we need to know that system can not take care about things like this, if this gonna last for a long time.

Few examples:

stay tuned


Staying “tuned”  or being mesmerized by info that “officials” will provide you for latest crisis makes sense if you wanna be kinda “aware” where things may go, or if you want to “check pulse” of the system, but to be mesmerized by it to the levels that you base your important decisions on it is simply wrong (as i mentioned many times before).

System job is simple-to keep the system running, so you are probably not gonna heard on TV official warning something like “we are out, it iseverybody for himself”.

At least you not gonna heard it on time to make some difference to you.

I listening here for days public announcements that “there is no need to stash up, to buy huge amonts of food, meds, water etc, because there is no need for it, goverment had it under control”.

Then yesterday I read bit shy government statement that “every household should have enough food, meds etc, so it can survive for couple of weeks without need to go out”

Now, if you waited here in my region for that announcement yesterday and go out to buy stuff, you could not find some items like masks, hand gel sanitizer and similar.

So, if you are prepper, survivalist, it really does not make sense to wait for someone to tell you “you need to go out and stock up”.

Smart people (survivalists) did that long time ago.

system and panic

I do not know how things are going there wherever you are, but here in my region it seems that people who are handling this crisis and make decisions are kinda idiots, at least majority of them.

There were so many flaws in dealing with this that often I am thinking about conspiracy theories now.

But then again, here everything is politics, and everything is about how things are “under the control” even when they are very far from any kind of control.

So people who are not competent will go out with info that will bring more panic, more false info, and at the end more misunderstanding and eventually chaos.

I have friend who works in goverment “crisis center”. He was out on radio, making statement that everything is under control, no need to panic, no need to buying stuff… on same day he called me privately and told me “you need to stock up  and be prepared”, i told him “thank you i will” , of course he do not know I am prepared since the time of his elementary school.

What about people who trust his public anouncment?

Again, job of the system is to keep system running.


what going to happen?


Well nobody knows, but if you telling me that this virus does not have impact on society just go and check what measures China government took, in order to contain it.

And then think is your goverment is ready to do measures like Chinese, and are people around you ready to “agree” with measures like in China?

I know for sure here it would bring society to complete stop, and then to chaos.

So do I think we all going to die from virus, no, definetly not, but I do think there is huge possibility we might be pushed back, in some cases we might be pushed back in chaos and system collapse, for some time.

So, it definitely makes sense to be prepared for it.

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17 Responses

  1. Aqui na minha cidade ( Rio de Janeiro) já são 132 casos suspeitos, e 1 confirmado em são paulo, as pessoas estão vivendo normalmente como se estivessem em uma colonia de ferias, sem ter a noção do que esta realmente acontecendo.

  2. Hi Selco – As usual you are spot on in your analysis. I made certain we have plenty of extra food to last us for a few months, extra water stored in the backyard, extra cold medicines, n95 masks (though I should have already had them), as well as the regular sorts of preps for SHTF. Last night during my son’s last Cub Scouting even some of us were talking about the corona virus and one lady from China was showing us how people have learned to shake feet instead of hands which apparently is now a new custom in China though I’m sure lots of people have stopped making any physical contact with others outside their immediate family. So I too hope and pray for everyone’s safety. Be vigilant as much as possible.

  3. I’m 70 years old. At my age the odds of dying from this virus are…8%. And that’s for old people who already have some sort of disability issues. Not sweating it…unless it mutates.

    Plus I’m sitting in a large country with over 300 million people, so how long will it take for me to be at serious risk of exposure?

    This “pandemic” is slowing in China due to their fast and effective guarantine and covering the cost of testing for all its citizens. Will the US follow suit? Probably not, as this country is run by morons with an Orange Mophead in overall charge.

    We’ve seen this “epidemic” and “deadly virus” scares before. Someone is making money off it. The “preppers” are treating it like an “end of the world” event – which it most decidedly is not.

  4. Thank you so much for everything Selco! We’re pretty much prepared with the basics. Now we have time to review your books for what else we can do for what may be coming later… Thank you!

  5. Selco, I just wanted to say thank you, for not only once again updating this “blog” page, but sharing your experience, first and foremost. Yours has always been one of my favorite websites, and I have read your articles for years (even if I never commented until now, you have always had my support, and respect). When someone asks for a website, or a book recommendation, both your page and your book are always within my top three that I remember and recommend. Thank you again for doing what you do, and being who you are. I hope all is well, and wish you all the best, from California.

  6. I loved reading your book Selco. I am recommending it to other people.

    It looks like it was a hard thing to go through again for your memories and emotions when you wrote it. I am so grateful you did get it to us.

    I hope that your time writing it helps you rest more easy in your heart and mind.

    I have learned much from you. Yes now we have lots of stuff, and have an alternate location now with some stuff, and now have friends in different places with some stuff, and know we can leave all this stuff if we have to, and go to other places to get fresh stuff.

    I don’t have any ‘gypsy’ stuff here but if you need to bring your family here we have other stuff I can give you to get started.

    Thank you again and best wishes.

  7. Hi Selco… thanks as always for sharing your thoughts and experience.

    Combining official figures published by the CDC and WHO, the estimated number of persons who will likely be infected and require hospitalization are staggering. Death rates are likely to rise dramatically as healthcare systems are overwhelmed.

    If unchecked, cascading consequences likely mean tipping point / collapse. The window for measured preparation is closing.

    For anyone interested, I do the (simple) math on those numbers at the link below, with data source references.

    Dave Z

  8. Hello Selco,
    Thank you for sharing.
    I’ve always appreciated how you’ve used your experienced to teach us to be wise and not dumbed down by the world and system around us.
    I’ve done my best to prepare and will continue to do so, not being one of the sheeple that think things ‘it can’t possibly happen here’

  9. Muy buen articulo, siempre me gusta lo que escribis, donde puedo comprar tu libro? Hace poco lei el Libro Supervivencia Urbana Pandemia, a mi me gusto, lo has leido? si es asi que te parece?

  10. I hope you take a moment now and then to realize how right you are so often.
    Just finished your book so am now looking into your other writing. You know stuff.

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