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I thought that it would be fun to start at thread about identiying those overlooked or under-considered places for scavenging food and supplies in the post STHF/PAW environment.

The obvious places (like supermarkets, pharmacies, hospitals, and corner stores) will be picked over fairly well.

List some places that you can think of that are not so obvious for essential supplies. Also list what could be found to ensure your survival.

Vet Clinics/Animal Hospitals. Most of them have good-sized supplies of rice and canned chicken (to provide bland diets for dogs). Also, many of the medications (like antibiotics and pain control) can be used on people as well. Ditto for medical equipment.

Pizza Joints and other resturants. Lots of cooking oil and flour to be found here. They also have lots of canned olives, canned pineapple and tomato sauce. If you get to the resturants early enough, fresh meat and potatoes can be found here as well as some good hooch. If you have a BBQ place nearby, there should be a good amount of cut mesquite wood for you to get.

Constructions shops or welding shops will have generators and bottles of oxygen.

Lawncare/landscape companies will have some gas on hand to run the generators. More gas can be found in marina near your home. Not just the boats, but the marina gas pump as well. Charcoal can be found on the sailboats moored there too.

Office suites will be a fair source for 5 gallon bottles of water and possibly some canned goods or dry packaged foods (check the desks).

Medical offices often contain lots of samples of medication for high blood pressure, cholesterol control and antbiotics.

Solar Panels can be found on many street signs in my area.

Any others?
 

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Are you planning on looting? I really don't think zombie infestation is what is going to happen.

Scavenging is not synonymous with looting.

I never said zombies.

You missed New Orleans in September 2005 didn't you?

If you do not like the topic of the thread, feel free to not contribute.
 

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In the modern age we live in do some recon. look for commissary warehouses in your area via the internet. Think of all your possible needs then find the locations of all. You could make a booklet of all information you gather for future reference. But before you do you need to figure out what your needs will be. What type of sitituation you will being facing and what your long term/short term objectives will be.
 

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Looting - taking items from a business or home when the majority of the population is still alive.

Salvaging - taking items from a business or home after a mass die off of the population.

I'm sure there will be much looting in the days following SHTF and much salvaging a year after SHTF.
NO, looting is taking something that doesn't belong to you.
Scavenging is taking something that doen't belong to you.

You make the distinction.
 

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NO, looting is taking something that doesn't belong to you.
Scavenging is taking something that has been abandoned by the previous owner and now belong to you.
You make the distinction.
Fixed it for ya!

Remember, the OP is about a PAW/EOTWAWKI kind of event and not a short lived crisis.

Even in post Katrina New Orleans there was a distinction between scavenging and looting. Scavenging is taking items necessary to your survival--food, water, fuel, clothing. Looting is stealing non-essential items--hair weaves, plasma TVs, jewelry, etc.
 

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So, a year after SHTF, the pump for your well stops working. You leave your BOL and go to the closest town. As you wander through the empty streets you find a hardware store that hasn't been completely looted. Do you take what you need but leave a stack of dollars sitting on the counter? Do you take what you need and leave a note in case the owner ever shows up? Or do you leave everything to rot and rust away?

Some of us have a much darker vision of what the world will be like after SHTF.
 
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