posted on Dec, 9 2006 @ 10:26 PM
I have been through earthquakes, hurricanes, riots, looting, martial law, and various other significant events. I am prepared to survive on my own
for a relatively long time period; I don't have an underground shelter, I won't divulge my arsenal, I do have emergency medical training (as well as
run of the mill medical training), and should it come to that, I have no doubt I could live off the land for a time. I have extra preps (food) for
those family members who are not (and will not be) prepared, as natural disasters have taught me they won't.
Why? Because I've been there, done that, and know what it takes to come out the other end relatively intact. Am I "paranoid"? Some might say so.
Others would say I'm utterly unprepared. Whatever their thoughts, I feel better knowing that should the SHTF (again), I would be ready to face what
As another poster indicated, Americans are a stubborn lot, and we tend to not give up/in easily. Because of that, the tendency to watch out for
ourselves may be a little more pronounced than in other countries.
OTOH, I know several people in Europe who are far more prepared than I...so perhaps it's simply that we talk about it more than do other cultures.
We do have big mouths, ala the "loud americans", right? LOL!
I'd say be prepared for 2 weeks without any amenities - no electricity (so no refridgeration, lights, auto garage door openers...), no water (no
showers, no potties, no water for cooking), and no travel (martial law: no travel will be allowed, ala the '92 riots in Los Angeles, curfews, et
cetera). Can you survive that without any help? If so, I'd say you'll be all right. If not, then I'd suggest a little thought go into your own
responsibilities to yourself and your family (including pets and family members who don't live with you but live near), and less dependency on a
government agency to get you out of hell should hell in fact appear. And 2 weeks is speaking from experience.