Quite a few people have posted this before, but I'll echo it for its pure significants: "Better to have and not need, than need and not have".
Several of you have mentioned that you see no imminent threat and so have not prepared. I think that's a grave mistake. You don't wait for the
blizzard to run to the store to buy milk and eggs (though I generally get saltine crackers & peanut butter. No better survival food on the planet).
I've also read remarks about looting. This is another noob mistake. Imagine being in Wal-Mart on Black Friday. Now imagine everyone is armed and
desperate. Doesn't sound like a wise plan in my book.
In response to 'Kro32' (on page one):
That's some extremely dangerous advise you're throwing out there to people. Stalk survivors, take their stash, steal their rides and their safe
houses? That's a quick way to get yourself killed. You're talking about purposefully going after already prepared people who are on the move (or are
about to move). In a situation like that, I have no problem eliminating that kind of threat, and everyone with said fool, and I'd wager that every
other pre-prepared peron in this forum would be the same way, especially if you factor in that a lot of us are parents, and for parents there is no
limit to how far we will go to secure their safety.
Back on topic:
It never hurts to be prepared. Water is heavy, however, water purification tablets are light and cheap. As are saltine crackers and peanut butter
(for carbs and protein). Guns aren't necessary if you're handy with a fishing pole or a snare, but that being said I have a few firearms myself.
Here's a list for an "Any Situation" survival stash.
-Bottled Water (if you don't have to move)
-Water Purification Tablets (for if you do)
-A *good* Knife
-A Gas Mask per person in the home (with a preferable NBC filter or 2) Gas Masks are useful for
chemical, biological, nuclear threats, as well as good against atmospheric particulates like ash,
or even decay stench.
-Magnesium Fire Starter and/or Waterproof matches
-A well stocked first aid kit (suture kit included)
-Kelp and/or Potassium Iodide tablets
-Good Shoes (Pre broken in, but not excessively worn)
-90 days worth of food per person in the house (minimum) This food can range from MREs to
canned/dried goods. Doesn't matter. If it doesn't need a lot of cook time, all the better.
-A shovel (this tool will serve both practical and morbid purposes, but it will ultimately be invaluable)
-A Good Flashlight (wind-ups are great, but a battery powered one will suffice, and are preferable for scavenging)
-Life Jackets per person in the house (Tsunamis or severe flooding will make these true life savers)
-Seeds w/ fertilizer (in case the threat spreads out longer than 90 days)
There are many of us who could survive with just the knife on the list, but those are just the basics that'll get the average person through most any
disaster. Though depending on the threat you can go even more in depth in your supplies.
After the $h!t hits the fan the scavenge and/or stock list will increase to just about anything. Even if you don't need it, you can always barter it
for something you do need later. This goes especially for medicine, medical tools, and ammunition.
We live in dire times. Maybe its the internet that makes things seem worse than before, but maybe the internet has somehow actually made
things worse. Whatever the truth of it, we are faced today with a wide variety of troubles: floods, tsunamis, radiation, hurricanes, tornados, solar
storms, comets, clouds of dark matter, hidden planets, wild fires, political instability, economic crisis, global unrest at the hands of revolution, a
possible third world war, religious tensions, civil unrest, disease, famine, earthquakes, and that doesn't even include Aliens and the horde of
plausible catastrophes that come with that
To not prepare is like walking into a 100 square mile labyrinth without directions and thinking "I don't need to bring anything. I'll be back by
dinner". Survival supplies are an insurance policy. One that gives back 100%.
edit on 21-4-2011 by Mactire because: (no reason given)