What comes to mind with keywords such as survival, self-reliance, being prepared?
Maybe you automatically think of militia like individuals preparing for all out societal collapse in remote locations. Maybe it’s mental flashbacks to more recent and actual events such Hurricane Katrina,a super volcano in Iceland, or the devastating flooding in surrounding Nashville and nearby counties.
Maybe you haven’t given it any serious consideration. That’s OK, you’re here now reading this so perhaps you’ve decided to think about it a bit or at least see what it’s all about.
Simply put, being prepared is as simple as it sounds but few are truly prepared. Disaster and disruptions, be it natural or man made, are inevitable. The fact that we have a 24/7 news cycle only increases exposure to catastrophe. Even though we as a society are more aware of these disruptions via the media and global connectivity than we’ve ever been, there are few people actively preparing for the possibility of future disruptions.
It’s not like it’s difficult, or even expensive to be prepared. It simply means being less dependent on others and the government if a disruption were to occur, and more reliant on yourself to protect your family, self, or anyone/anything that is of value to you. It can start as simple as knowing what to do if electricity was unavailable for 2-3 days. A what-if situation; would you know how to sanitize your drinking water, have extra food on hand with the means to cook it, or have the means to receive emergency communications about what’s happening and further instructions? Again, this is a solely hypothetical exercise designed as a catalyst to get you thinking about practical ways to prepare. You could read a few articles, make sure you have basic emergency tools such as a powered flashlight and self-powered radio. From there, you can start thinking about other ways to prepare for other types of uncertainty.
Consider it like this: Most people hedge for economic uncertainty by saving and planning for retirement. Some people exercise and maintain a sensible diet to prepare for the inevitable adverse effects of growing old and to hedge against diseases such as obesity and various forms of cancer. Few people however, prepare for survival by learning basic skills, having a plan in case of disaster, or just keeping extra water and food on hand.
It’s the mentality of being prepared combined with action that produces self-reliance.
If you’re overwhelmed about where to start just find out what natural disasters are more prone in the region you live in and find out what supplies you should have on hand and the specific dangers of that particular threat. Once you’ve gotten the hang of that, simply move on to the next risk you foresee in your particular situation using common sense to guide you.
Remember humans have basic needs: water, food, and shelter. Consider learning more about the very basics of human survival requirements before learning about the many skills, techniques, and gear available to aid you.