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A Collapse Situation: Various Scenarios

Hey Prepper Nation,
When things happen that knock society off-kilter, the inevitable downward spiral will make life difficult for all, but less so for us “Preppers”.  What types of events could cause such a turn of events?  There are various scenarios that could lead to times of trouble.  Flu pandemics, terrorist attacks, solar flares, and economic collapse are just some of the possible calamities that could befall a community or even a country.  The likelihood of any one of these life-changing events may be very small, but what is the chance that NONE of these events will occur over the course of your lifetime?
Preppers see the dark clouds on the horizon with an unblinking eye; unlike the oblivious majority, they face perilous circumstances with a “can-do” attitude.  This attitude can be best described as, instead of doom and gloom, doom and BLOOM.  Those who adhere to the doom and bloom philosophy understand that with danger comes opportunity.  They know they are being given an opportunity to learn a precious commodity:  self-reliance.  Instead of facing an uncertain future with fear and desperation, they are using this opportunity to learn new skills.  Many of these skills were common knowledge to their ancestors, such as growing food and using natural products for medicinal uses.  By learning things that are useful in a power-down situation, they increase the likelihood that they and their loved ones will succeed if, god forbid, everything else fails.  If a calamitous scenario transpires, they will be prepared for the worst, even while hoping for the best.
This is not to say that preppers are eagerly waiting for some terrible series of events to bring society down.  They want nothing more than to die at age 100, with their grandchildren whispering in their ear “Gee, Grandpa, what the heck are we going to do all with all these supplies?”.  They view their preparations as insurance.  You buy health insurance, but that doesn’t mean you want to get sick; you buy life insurance, but you certainly don’t want to die.  Being prepared is insurance as well.  Instead of paying money for something that isn’t tangible, you’re buying food, medical supplies, and other things that will ensure that you and your loved ones will do well regardless of what slings and arrows life may throw at you.
The road to self-reliance is a long and winding one.  It will take some of your time and some of your energy to become self-sufficient.  It will take some of your money, as well, to accumulate things that will be useful in obtaining a head start to success in dark times.  A 50 pound bag of rice, for example, is still under $20 at the time of this writing.  Many of the products that will be useful in a collapse scenario can also be improvised.  A bandanna and a stick will be almost as good a tourniquet as a high-tech, commercially prepared one.  Look at what you have in your home and consider the ways that an item can be used in a survival situation.  A realistic assessment of your stores will give you a good idea of how prepared you are for an unforeseen event.  Where are you deficient?  What purchases or improvisations will offer you the best opportunity to be ready?  What skills would be useful to learn?   Disaster First Aid is a good start, in my opinion.
Preparedness and Self-Reliance
Benjamin Franklin once said: “When the well is dry, we learn the worth of water”.  The same can be said of many aspects of modern technology.  If you are thrown into a situation where there is no electric power, how many items in your house will be useless?  Consider the ways that you will get power.  For most people, there are a few un-rechargeable batteries in a drawer somewhere.  This may get you a few hours’ worth of flashlight or radio use, but what then?  It’s important to have a strategy that will give you a steady supply of at least minimal power.  Switch to rechargeable batteries, and get a solar battery charger so that you can keep a power source in your possession at all times.  Consider the various other options, such as propane gas, wind power and solid solar panels with marine batteries.  You don’t have to be an industrial engineer to put these together, just some motivation and perhaps a little elbow grease.
Simple things like this will give you the best chance to make a reasonable life for yourself and your loved ones in a collapse.  It’s doesn’t seem hard to get started, but without commitment you won’t get far.  A journey of 1000 miles must begin with the first steps.
Dr. Bones
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