If you aren't, you should be.
In the first incarnation of this blog I used to write a prep/survival related post once in a while. If you were around then you might remember.
Here is something that I find interesting. For a long time preppers and survivalists (kind of one in the same anymore) were kind of a fringe group. Those doing it didn't say much about it and those that weren't didn't ask. In the past year or so, prepping has gone sort of mainstream. TV shows, books, magazines. Everybody lately seems to have at least a passing interest.
Maybe the natural disasters around the world, and right here at home, have opened the eyes of many. Prepping doesn't have to be for a government collapse. A tornado, a flood, an ice storm or even the loss of a job are all good and valid reasons to be prepared. But if you take a look around the world at places like Greece and Spain, a government breakdown isn't that far fetched.
One of the things that I found a little telling in the prepper show and then again on an episode of American Guns, was that people who do or did work for the United States government are prepping. Hmm, if those guys are doing it, do they know something the rest of us don't? I've said a hundred times on this blog that I am not a conspiracy theorist. I don't think that 9/11 was an inside job. I don't think a missile hit the pentagon instead of a plane. I don't think that Lyndon Johnson had Kennedy murdered. But, that being said, the obama administration is the most crooked, corrupt, secretive, backstabbing, America hating bunch of thugs ever to occupy the white house. And that's saying a lot, you really have to try hard to outdo the likes of bill clinton and john f. kennedy.
Anyway, sorry for the rant. Back to the prepping portion of the post...
Water is the number one key to survival. No matter how many pounds of beans and rice you have stashed away, no matter how many thousands of .223 rounds you have collected, without water you are dead in a few days. If you don't have the space to store water, you need to have access to a supply. If you aren't sure of the origin of that supply, you need to have filters and/or the ability to boil it. There are about a million different water filters out there. Before you buy one, do your research. The most expensive one may not be the best one. And like any other gear, you need to know how to use it. Test it out. Even if you think a water supply is clean, you should filter it or boil it and in some cases both. One nasty case of the shits, and all that prep work can be out the window. Dehydration would be a messed up way to go.
A lot of people would think the second key to survival would be food. I disagree to certain degree. The second key, in my opinion is two fold, fire and shelter. There is nothing that will improve your outlook more than being dry and being warm. Fire and shelter can accomplish this. Fire can also push back the darkness. A simple shelter made of branches and leaves is a great improvement over sitting in the open, especially if it is cold or raining.
Number three for me is protection. If that come in the form of a stout stick or a rock, whatever I have available to keep myself safe from predators, be they animal or human.
With some water, fire, a shelter and a bit of security, a clear thinking person should be able to accomplish almost anything. Clear thinking may be a stretch depending on the situation, but remaining calm could save your life. While that isn't always easy, being prepared mentally is just as important as all the fancy gear in a bug out bag.
I know this isn't full of much detail. I'll post that in the days to come. But please, at least think about the basics of survival, if not for yourself, then for those that depend on you.