It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine…
Well not exactly. If the world were to enter a drastically different state than we are in right now I am woefully unprepared to survive in the changing conditions. I have optimized my present day reality to make the most of the conditions we are dealing with today. I am educated, well dressed (after my extreme style makeover of 2012), large flat screened mounted tvs in the essential (and some non essential) rooms but lacking in survival basics. To get truly prepared for the shit hitting the fan I’d need to arm up, generator up, food up, and precious metal up (with pre 65 silver and some smaller gold coins) to give a go to that new reality.
Question is do I really want to? Preparing for that type of conditions requires a drastic mindset change that takes away focus from optimizing my present conditions and the world in which we live right now. To adequately prepare for extreme world changes requires financial investment, skill changes, and perhaps most importantly a pessimistic mindset that fully expects the worst and prepares accordingly. I know some EOTWAWKI preppers might reject this notion and say you can do both but I think to truly do it right requires an inspired belief that awful things are coming and soon.
So far I have done nothing despite belief that big problems are possible and it might be prudent to diversify and make some basic preparations to improve my odds of survival if things get shaken to the core. What have I considered doing?
- Arming up with some firepower and rounds. This would probably be prudent even if things continue to go as is. The world is a dangerous place and a crack or methhead could try and rob the joint at any time just to score another fix. I’ve been looking at a 12 gauge and a few .40 cal sidearms. First thing first is a nice gun safe to lock it up and keep the little ones safe.
- Food and water collection. If rotated properly I should be doing this already but I gotta admit I don’t eat too many can goods these days and the thoughts of having to is kind of depressing. I’d probably wish I had it in a crisis but life quality would definitely decline. Might be time to buy some rotating cans of Campbells and vegetables as a cheap contingency.
- A medium size generator and some spare fuel. Realistically this wouldn’t be a viable mid or long term solution because the fuel would run out but it is worth it just for short term piece of mind or to prevent spoilage in an emergency.
- Hard currency. We all know the dollar and stock markets are artificially inflated but it is so tempting to ride the relative stability until we have to change course. The only problem is that is what most other people are doing and when/if the currency goes down it is going to be a greater fool paradigm and if you didn’t prepare before hand good luck on getting by. I am considering getting more into silver for trading ability and the lower cost entry point but am still reading up on the practicalities and wisdom on the pre 65 junk silver market. Either way this is the closest of the can’t lose plays that a wanna be prepper can do just make sure your not all hard currency with no lead to back up your investment.
- Alcohol and cigarettes. Purely for barter, except the alcohol.
I am starting to reluctantly prepare but I wish I didn’t feel the need…In the meantime I have had the Survival Blog in my RSS reader for the past few months and have been learning a lot. It’s the end of the world as we know it and I need wine!