In just a few weeks time, Brexit day is upon us. The UK is set to leave the EU on Friday 29th March 2019 and nobody knows what will happen yet. Even more concerning, even at the time of writing it is unclear whether we will leave with or without a deal. One thing is certain, however – the UK is facing a seismic shift in the way it operates. Not since the war has Britain seen such a momentous change – and it is time to begin preparing for every outcome. So just what could happen as a result of Brexit and how can you best be prepared? Here’s our complete guide.
Problem: food shortages
There has been a lot of talk in the press of late about the potential for supermarket shelves to run dry in post-Brexit Britain, as supply chains are disrupted by hard borders, leaving many of our favourite foods stuck in the backs of lorries as they queue to get through customs and border control. And that’s assuming that it’s still financially viable for UK retailers to get stock from mainland Europe. Some food manufacturers are already rumoured to be stockpiling both ingredients and products in case of a no-deal exit. One name on the list just a couple of weeks ago was Magnum. At least we don’t need to worry about ice cream supplies for the foreseeable future.
For longer term survival, it would be worth learning some survival skills such as how to catch and prepare fish and wild animals, as well as how to forage for food.
A good place to start if you are concerned about possible food shortages is to look at what our friends over the water have traditionally used to stock up their bunkers. Although many households have a bunker in case of very real threats such as tornadoes, others have far more bizarre reasons to own a survival shelter, including the fear of a nuclear war or even a zombie apocalypse.
Regardless of what threat you are preparing for, the rules for stocking your survival shelter with food remain the same – choose long-life, nutritious foods that are not perishable. As a rule, tinned vegetables and fruit along with tinned fish and meat will ensure you can survive for a prolonged period. As Brexit is unlikely to cause poisoned rain to fall, water should be in fairly good supply so stock up on dry beans, lentils, pasta, rice, etc too. Baked beans are an absolute must, with or without sausages. Cream crackers and peanut butter are good choices, and finally – don’t forget to stock up on chocolate. As well as topping up your energy levels, it will function as an antidepressant should times get tough.
Problem: civil unrest
If certain tabloid newspapers are to be trusted, the royal family is already rehearsing an escape plan to safely flee the capital should civil unrest break out in the event of a no deal Brexit. Whilst the idea of the royals taking flight may seem hard to believe, the possibility of localised and even widespread riots is much more of a concern. It only takes one to look at the so called ‘Yellow Vests’ protests in France to see how easily protests can grow and become violent and dangerous. With so much at stake over Brexit and a growing segment of society already feeling that they are not being listened to, the current situation is perhaps more volatile that observers would like to admit.
In the event of widespread outbreaks of violence, the simplest solution will be to stay out of harm’s way – which basically means putting yourself and your family into lockdown. Firstly, consider how you might prepare a safe room or bunker within your home that can protect you from attackers. Think ‘Safe Room’ or ‘The Purge’. Of course, you will need to ensure that all occupants have a food supply that can last the duration of the troubles, so stock up your bunker as per the previous advice.
Problem: terrorist attacks
There is little reason to think that Brexit in and of itself will not provoke a greater risk of terrorist attacks occurring in the UK. However, one of the big concerns that ministers responsible for security have voiced of late is how terrorist attacks can be prevented should we lose access to the current intelligence and policing benefits we enjoy as members of the EU. The argument is that delays in being able to obtain up to date intel from our mainland counterparts could be a very real risk. Whilst the average individual is unlikely to be able to do much in the way of preventing an attack, knowing what to do should you find yourself caught up in a live attack or the aftermath of a terrorist attack could help to save not just your life but many others too.
Learn what to do in the event of a terror attack – following the government’s Run, Hide, Tell advice is recommended:
- Run to a place of safety. Find a safe route and encourage others to come with you. Do not try to confront or negotiate with terrorists.
- If you can’t run, find the safest location you can and barricade yourself in. Think about what cover it can offer you from gunfire. Remember to turn your phone to silent and turn off vibrate.
- As soon as it is safe to do so, tell the police by dialling 999. Try to give as much information as possible on the attack itself, the attackers, situation on the ground, etc.
As well as preparing for the above, consider taking a course in emergency first aid that will potentially help you to save lives. You may also want to get into the habit of keeping a survival kit with you.
Problem: power outages
As Britain deals with the Brexit fallout, power outages are another issue that could theoretically become a problem. It is not clear exactly how autonomous Britain’s energy supply would be post-Brexit, but a significant amount of our energy supplies are imported from elsewhere and this could threaten the stability of our power stations, leaving us without heat and light.
Firstly, be prepared by having a suitable stock of torches and batteries. Make sure that you have at least one head lamp which will allow you to perform tasks using both hands. Make sure that you also have a supply of candles and matches as these can be used for both heat and light. In addition to this, equip yourself with tools for starting a fire and practice the techniques. If you ever need to use them, you’ll have the upper hand even when all other means to start a fire have run out. And even if you never need to use them, you’ll be the hero of the campsite during the summer holidays.
Prepare for every eventuality
The Ultimate Brexit Survival Course by Wild Survivor Ltd is a unique, two day training programme that is designed to ensure you are prepared for whatever happens next. Whether you’re a remainer or leaver, this hands-on course promises to give you all the skills you need to make it through the Brexit fallout and navigate the uncharted waters that follow.
The comprehensive course comprises of 7 in-depth modules that will prepare you for every eventuality:
- Terrorist Attacks: Chemical, Biological, Radiological and nuclear defense (CBRNe), Citizen-AID, Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE)
- Self Defence
- Basic Outdoor Survival Skills: Protection, Location, Acquisition, Navigation, Medical (PLAN-M)
- Communication & Navigation
- Foraging & Stockpiling
- Urban First Aid
- Emotional Trauma
Visit our online store to find out more about the Ultimate Brexit Survival Course or book your place on the next available dates.