Is the earth changing? These events are happening much more often and with more devastating results. Does this indicate the end of the world in 2012 as people claim the Mayans predicted. Is this the Christian pre-rapture/pre-armageddon that the Bible predicts? Is this just a natural cycle that the earth goes through?
I can’t answer these questions, but I can tell you that a natural disaster can impact society as much as a country’s economic collapse or a war.
It doesn’t take much to whip your neighbors into a frenzy. Have you ever stopped by the grocery store after the news has announced a big snow or blizzard coming to your area? I’ve stood in line for hours just to get a couple gallons of milk in this situation. Can you imagine trying to get food after a serious tornado or earthquake?
You don’t have to stockpile food, but you should have at least a months worth of canned and dry goods. If you have this on hand and practice FIFO (First In First Out) rotation, the only thing you lose is some storage space.
Find alternatives for electricity, if you need it. Solar is good, a generator is great, as long as you have fuel. If you can live without electricity, then no worries, but if you have medical reasons to use electicity, start planning for this now! Simple Portable Solar is a good start for short term solar needs, if you have longer use start researching these options now.
If you live in a cold climate or in a place where it gets cold in the winter, consider alternative options to heating using grid power, grid provided natural gas or propane that relies on delivery. We covered wood burning stoves in a recent post, Surviving without the Grid. If this isn’t the route for you, then invest in some good arctic climate sleeping bags for you and your family and lots of warm winter wear for indoor and outdoor use.
Another item to consider, and this freaks some folks out, is firearms. Don’t think of it as weapon, think of it as a hunting tool that can be used to defend you home and family. Always take gun safety courses and any other available training (hunter safety courses, Gunsight Academy courses, classes at your local firing range or gunshop, lessons from your friends, just get some training before handling ANY firearms!!!!!)
I highly recommend these shogtuns:
- Remington 870 field barreled 12 gauge, if you intend to use it to hunt. If you want a shotgun just for home defense then the Remington 870 Express 18 Synthetic 7 Round is a fantastic option.
- Mossberg 500
You can find these, and maybe even handle them, at your local gun shop. Even some hardware stores and department stores carry the Remington 870’s.
I will never advocate violence, but if a good person is cornered, sometimes they aren’t give a choice. Speaking for myself, I am a pacifist. Live and let live, but if there a a threat to my wife or my children, I wouldn’t hesitate to use my hunting skills to pop a few rounds into the aggressor! Sure I’d feel bad afterwards and would likely vomit because I had to take a life, but when that life is weighed against the life of my children, there is no choice!
Let me repeat:
Always take gun safety courses and any other available training (hunter safety courses, Gunsight Academy courses, classes at your local firing range or gunshop, lessons from your friends, just get some training before handling ANY firearms!!!!!)
If you budget a little bit more for each grocery trip to add some extra food to your pantry, take some measures to ensure you don’t freeze to death and get yourself a good shotgun (and Gun Safety Training and some basic usage training) you will dramatically increase your chances to survive!