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Originally posted by Partygirl
It seems to me that no matter how hard you prepare for SHTF, you would miss at least one little thing that could make all your preparations worthless.
Example: You build a beautiful bunker, study permaculture, stock up on 15 year's worth of canned food, have all the medicine you need, etc etc...but you forgot about nuclear shielding (after all, the cold war's been over for 20 years, right?) and a reactor near you melts down. Fail.
I never thought about radiation so seriously before. Now, of course, its on everyone's mind.
So the question is, how can we reasonably be sure to prepare for every major "category" of disaster? Forgetting an entire "category", like radiation, seems like massive failure to me, yet a very easy thing to do.
I know life is inherently unpredictable, and there is always something that can go wrong, but what have you done/can you do to make sure you cover as many basic categories of disaster in your plans as possible?