Imagine, for a moment, that all hell breaks loose and you are forced to survive, for several months, without any of the comforts associated with modern technology. Think about how different your life would be without electricity, fresh water, grocery stores, banks, ATM machines, hospitals, prescription drugs, television, computers, and a whole list of other items I’m probably overlooking. Let’s address the large, pink elephant standing in the middle of the room that no one wants to discuss. Most of us Americans would find it extremely difficult to exist, for any significant amount of time, without the modern comforts that are firmly embedded within our culture and a major part of our lives.
The average U.S. citizen has about a 5-7 day’s supply of food stored in a refrigerator. Without electricity, most of that food would spoil in a day or two. It wouldn’t take very long for people to grow hungry and thirsty if their access to food and water was suddenly withdrawn. Upon closer inspection of this situation, it would be fair for me to write that most folks just don’t have the necessary skills to successfully live off the land.
If an incident, causing all hell to break loose, was catastrophic enough that it permanently altered our way of living so that we were prevented from ever having access to modern technology and subsequently forced to function in a new and foreign environment, many of us would, unfortunately, die. Within a relatively short period of time, supermarkets and food stores would be raided and picked to the bone. Gasoline and other fuels would, instantly, become unavailable or, at best, scarce. Whatever gas you had in your car’s tank would probably be the only fuel you’d be able to come by. After that, you would have to pedal a bicycle or walk to get around.
There are too many products and services to count, that we depend upon each and every day, currently available to us through the industrial – retail grid. Living outside that grid is such a tough deal when you have been raised your entire life in a society that is so dependent on various technologies.
The point of this article is to highlight the fact that a large majority of Americans are extremely unprepared to sustain themselves and family members in the event that “something big” happens.
If you are silly enough to believe that natural catastrophes cannot happen on a local, regional or even global level – think again! The people in Fukushima, Japan were probably not thinking about having to permanently leave their homes several hours before the earthquake and tsunami destroyed their lives.
There has been a steady increase in global earth changes in the past few years. We have all read about the up-tick in major earthquakes, erupting volcanoes, abnormal flooding and animal die-offs. These natural disasters are more prevalent than ever before. The skeptics are always quick to put subjects like 2012 into conventional order telling everybody that life will go on as it always has. And maybe it will!
My feeling on 2012, and anything that might bring catastrophic consequences to our planet, country, or local community, is that it’s always better to be a little over prepared for “something big” than a little under prepared. My advice to anyone willing to listen is to take the time to get ready for “something really big.” The signs and symptoms coming from the bowels of mother earth are everywhere. I would have at least a six-month supply of food and water to keep every member of my family healthy. A year’s supply would be even better. The more survival supplies you can get your hands on, the better your chances of survival will be. Realistically, it may take several months, or longer, before any form of normalcy returns to society, if it ever returns. Until you are able to produce your own crops and secure regular access to clean drinking water, you will have to rely on prepackaged foods and a lot of stored water.
Of course there are many other considerations to think about when it comes to surviving a catastrophic incident. Food and water are certainly very important, but clothing, shelter, medicines, and first aid supplies shouldn’t be forgotten. In addition to these items, a first-class survival manual is a must have.
If you are like most people I know, you won’t last long if and when all hell breaks loose unless you take the time and effort to prepare in advance. This is your opportunity to organize and get ready for “something really big” that might be coming our way. Use your time wisely; your life might depend on it.