Those prepper websites are "recommendations"...but ones made without any regard to logistics or your own personal finances.
Sure, we'd all love to have some underground concrete bunkers, etc., but the only REALISTIC prepping advice has to consider your personal situation,
location, finances, and needs.
Personally, storing a bunch of MREs is a waste of time. They do eventually go bad, and then you spent a lot of money for nothing. The ONLY food that
should be stored is food you actually eat every day, and you should rotate through using it, then adding back up to your stores. I'd buy canned food
over MREs for this reason. And don't get a big can that will than have half going bad after opening. Get the same sized ones you use every day.
Additionally, our grandparents had it right. The best replenishable food source is a garden and home canning. Lasts longer than store cans too, and
way better. Also, replenishable meat like rabbits and chickens.
Water is the most important thing. Having a well is ideal, but replenishable water is a must. Storing water is fine, but should be rotated also, as
after 6 months, you'd need to treat it. We have a well, but also use water drums for storing, and we empty/refill every 6 months.
What you really need to survive most SHTF events is LAND and LOCATION (preferably away from really populous cities). Don't get me wrong, I love my AC
and cable, wireless internet, etc. so I hope a SHTF event never happens, but if it does, I would prefer to be ready, even if that event is simply
being laid off. Even then, you'll appreciate being a prepper, when you can stretch that unemployment check by eating stocked food.
As for guns and ammo, a .22 is still lethal, the ammo is small and cheap, and you'll definitely be able to stock up a LOT more ammo than with many
other weapons. I also like the .38, just for the variety of ammo types.
edit on 6-5-2013 by Gazrok because: (no reason given)