Alright folks, me and my family have decided that now that we have preparations more or less in place, it's time to DRILL to make sure that we have what we need. This drill will be carried out over approximately two weeks, starting July 15th, and ending July 31st. At the start of the drill, every family member has an allowance distributed to them based on a fraction of their income. We are currently in the planning stages, but this will be run like a war game. The parameters will be set up well before the start in an attempt to create a realistic scenario.
I thought you guys might like to participate. I am going to lay out the basic parameters, and the rules we are going to follow. Please make suggestions to help make the scenario more realistic. If you choose to participate let us know in this thread. We can share our experiences so we can try to overcome any problems that might come up should the real deal come about. I am thinking this will be the first of a series that will play out over the next year. The goal is to be totally self sufficient such that the final drill is to go totally off grid (save for internet) for two months.
The first scenario will be easier, and they will get more difficult each time, both with restrictions and with increase time.
The first scenario is this: hyperinflation has started. Over the last month, the prices of basic foodstuffs and gasoline have tripled. Utilities are still working by government mandate, though prices are up significantly. Water, natgas, electricity, etc are still flowing. Gas has been rationed.
To simulate reduced purchasing power, you get 1/3rd of your normal disposable income before gas and food, but after all bills. You spend this money as you need to to survive. You are not allowed to sell anything other than foodstuffs, gold, or silver to get more money (sell it to yourself for the remaining 2/3rds of disposable income if you must NOT to anyone else please).
You start the scenario with half the amount of gas you normally keep in the car minus a quarter tank (ie if you let the tank run completely out, and fill it all the way up, you start with the average (half a tank) minus a quarter of a tank, or a quarter tank total. If you don't let it go below half full, you start with 3/4ths of a tank-1/4th of a tank=half a tank. The gas ration is 10 gallons per week, only available on Mondays (your ration day), and the cost is three times higher (ie you pay for the gas with the allowance you set out at the start).
Food and general goods are freely available, but 3x as expensive as they are now (ie pay out of your allowance as for gas). If you have chickens, you can sell the eggs for cash to anyone or to yourself (preserve them please--they are dead to you until the end of the drill). Etc.
On the 23rd or 24th, you will have to take a field trip to the gun range and shoot (at least) 51 rounds of handgun ammunition or 21 rounds of rifle ammunition (to fend off a band of armed thugs). If you don't have a gun, you must pay to rent one, or borrow one from a friend, family member, or neighbor. If you don't have ammo, you must buy it.
Optionally, you can go to the shooting range on either of the other two weekends to help your neighbors fend off thugs. You can shoot any amount you want.
If you are currently employed, you will go to your job as normal. If you get paid during the drill, you will distribute the funds as was done at the beginning.
The funds that you have set aside can be used to purchase any type of supplies or for PMs, but they can't be used during THIS scenario, unless you buy them with gold, silver, or food that you already have access to.
If anyone has any ideas on how to improve this scenario, feel free to add them.