The thing that strikes me as I read this forum is that it seems to be primarily short-term survival. Many people in this forum are quite well-prepared
for an ice storm, a hurricane, or even a short military invasion.
The big question: If something major happens that disrupts the world entirely, where will you be in 30 years?
This is truely the worst case
1. You will have no fuel left within months
- Unless you manage to set up your own oil rig. Gas stations will all be dry or unusable. All your
supplies will have run down. All cars, generators, and other fuel-based objects will have to be thrown aside.
2. You will have no ammunition left within months
- There is only a limited amount of ammunition out there. After everyone has shot all that
there is to shoot, and after it has all been traded and used, that is it. After your gun breaks, either from normal use, or because no one seems to
include gun oil in their survival kit, it is useless too. You aren't going to kill a deer with your gun any more, unless you plan on sneaking up and
whacking it with it.
3. You will have no firestarter left within years
- Whether you are using lighters, matches, or even flint, it is going to slowly run out.
Flicker by flicker, shaving by shaving, your main source of fire will be gone.
When it comes down to it, the only way to survive in the LONG TERM is to become more in tune with nature.
Yes you have read about it, but have you ever actually successfully made a shelter out of tree branches or otherwise?
Everyone knows that you can make fire by rubbing sticks or with a fire bow, but how many people in North America can actually produce fire with these
methods on a constant basis?
Do you know what kind of plants in your area and extended area are edible, or are you going to stick with just eating grass for the rest of your
Have you ever made a primitive trap yourself, or accurately shot a bow that you made yourself and actually had enough power to bring down an
How are you going to make new clothes after the ones you take with you wear out? They will.
You may be able to survive a week with your canned food and generators, but what are you going to do when the only shelter is rubble, and the only
supplies you have are your body and brain?
Here is a link with some of the skills I have mentioned, if you are interested in learning them. Some of the tools and things made on this site look
Post any more links or information on the topic that you have to share.
You'll know you're truely ready to survive when you would feel comfortable simply walking out of your house in plain clothes and wandering away from
civilization to live off of nothing but the land.
All of your fancy equipment will give you a nice head-start, but eventually everyone will be living like cavemen again.
This site also has some good (although generic) information:
[edit on 17-1-2007 by Yarcofin]