Thank you for passing on these lessons; that is incredible advice without the downside of having to live it, and I can also see ways it might be applicable to other SHTF-type situations.
I did have one clarification request: in the part regarding social workers when you suggest using their preconceived notions and/or ignorance in your favor, could you elaborate? Do you mean that you should pretend to be one of those types listed (schizo, etc.), so that the worker is more likely to grant you access to much-deserved services, or do you mean that you should use your intellect to overwhelm/manipulate them to get what you need? I can see the second backfiring if you make them feel stupid and they have a chip on their shoulders, but that is just a theory; since you actually lived it, I’d like to know a little bit more about that.