Is the end of the world coming on December 21, 2012? If you watch enough of the Discovery or History channel, then you may think it is. Whether the whole world ends this year or not, your world could end at any moment and it makes sense to prepare.
This isn't meant to scare you into some fanatical doomsday prepping situation, but disaster could legitimately strike at any time.
Look what's happening to the people in Syria, Egypt, and Libya right now. Takea closer look at Sudan! Look what happened in London just last year. And remember, the genocides in Rwanda and Cambodia were not that long ago. Really! Look it up!
Do you think they were prepared for the riots, the battles, the death? Not all tragedies have to involve mass murder, so consider these situations.
What would happen if your home lost electricity for 3 days, for a week, for 2 weeks? What if it was winter or the hottest part of August?
What would happen if your water became contaminated? What if there was an EMP pulse that stopped all the cars, cell phones, and other electric devices for a 5 state radius?
What if a nuclear bomb was dropped near your home or near major farms that supply your grocery stores with food?
What if all the world markets crashed at once? What if our government failed and people started rioting in the streets? What if looters showed up at YOUR door?
What if there is a world shortage of food (from mass droughts, floods, war, or hyper inflation?)
What if a violent sociopath follows you back to your car while you're out grocery shopping? There are many situations to consider, but lucky for us, they all have the same solutions.
You can be prepared and not spend a ton of money. You can also be prepared and not waste.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Get yourself in shape - focus on speed and strength.
- Train yourself in defense - this can include hand to hand combat, martial arts, gun lessons
- Arm yourself - guns, knives, mace, bows, etc.
- Keep extra food in the house - only load up on items you regularly eat and rotate through your stock on a regular basis. Be sure to have protein and vegetable sources
- Grow as much of your own food as you can
- Have matches and other sources to start fire
- Have battery operated flashlights, led headlamps, toilet paper, and other emergency "essentials" in your home and vehicle
- Learn to make your own food (everything from soaking grains to sprouting seeds to cooking meals)
- Keep a generous supply of bottled water at home as well as a water filtration system to clean/collect water when your supply runs out
- Be medically prepared - have antibiotics (topical and oral,) bandages, epinephrine, benadryl, aspirin, ibuprofen, and any necessary prescriptions on hand
- Have a plan to stay in your home - scout out water supplies and alternate food supplies (read a book about foraging - you'll be surprised what is edible!)
- Have a plan to leave your home - know what you'll carry and where you'll go
- Diversify your money and keep informed on government and world conditions.
- Learn to some of the things people used to do (sewing, gardening, cleaning, building) and learn to do them without electricity
- Involve your friends and family and know whom you can trust if an emergency occurs
All of the things mentioned above are doable and affordable. They may even turn into positive hobbies that will greatly benefit your body and mind.
These are the bare minimum precautions. If you have the time and money, you can always do more (like purchasing gas masks, generators, radiation detectors, building safe rooms, fully arming your family, storing months or years worth of food/water, building your own homestead with gardens and livestock to become fully self-sufficient, and training yourself for actual combat.)
Bottom line: Stay alert and be prepared.