there will be alarming food shortages, even in farming areas. There will be many people who are desperate for food and will do desperate things to get it. During a prolonged shortage armed roving gangs will almost certainly form to pillage neighborhoods. Some of them may actually contain police officers who have abandoned their posts. Governments on various levels may themselves decide to conduct mandatory "food collections" under the guise of feeding the masses.
Sitting on a pile of food and trying to defend it may spell a death sentence, yet I advocate having as much stored food as you can. You will need this food to buy allegiance from enough people to guard it. A nuclear family will stand no chance against a determined armed gang. You need to sleep and when you do they will attack. Only by banding together with enough defense-capable people can you hope to repel the pillagers. Even then you may be overwhelmed by an army of raiders.
When you are overwhelmed you need to have a fallback position. This means you will need to have storage foods pre-positioned at various locations. One food cache is easier to keep watch on than several widely scattered caches. Thieves could raid your off-site caches with no resistance. Therefore you will need to hide your food caches. My method is to bury food and armaments, etc. in completely hermetically-sealed waterproof containers. I made mine from large-diameter PVC pipe sections and fittings, lined with heat-sealed Mylar bags. I'll do the same in the vicinity of my Ecuador property.
New Hampshire and Ecuador.
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