Can You Survive On Your Own? For How Long?

Just how much damage can result from one severed wire? One crashed circuit board? A few errant keystrokes or transposed digits? It might surprise you to learn the magnitude of the impact of such a seemingly minor glitch.

With the incredible reliance we have on electronic communications, we are very vulnerable to system failures that could erupt in the event of a catastrophic interruption in telephone, data, or wireless communications. While much of the information moving in these networks is recreational, a huge proportion of it pertains directly to the distribution of food and other critical needs.

As simple as it seems to walk into a store and purchase items, the fact is that there are thousands of electronic components that must function without interruption in order to make those goods appear on a shelf.

After decades of this lifestyle, we take it for granted. We should not. Instead, we should all equip ourselves to survive for an extended period with no expectation of being able to buy anything–or even having money to buy it. In an article entitled “20 Facts that Prove the US Retail Sector is About to Collapse”, theantimedia.org explains why.

So the logic behind hedging against such a disaster is sound, and the event isn’t as unlikely as many would have you believe. Many of your neighbors may be well ahead of you on it.

You may not realize just how much prepping is going on right around you. What looks like a garden raised for fun and nutrition is really an insurance policy against trucks that can’t deliver and stores that can’t receive. Recycled, reused, and repurposed items aren’t just economically and environmentally friendly, they’re the development of skills that will keep the consumer from going without basic needs. Even the larger Rhino Steel metal buildings going up in various locations are pre-engineered for reuse and are an example of green engineering.

Start with the simplest preparations and then work toward greater and greater self-reliance, and you’ll feel an unbelievable release from pressure you may not have realized you were feeling. And along the way, bear in mind that it’s a good investment of time and money in several ways.

You don’t have to encounter a major disaster to get benefits from your preparations. A day or two without municipal water, supply interruptions for groceries, or even simply a breakdown of your own vehicle can keep you from getting the basics needed for your survival. Don’t hesitate to use your stockpile during these times!

Such events are a perfect chance to rotate stock and keep familiar with what you have gathered. They can also help you discover things you might have omitted, giving you a chance to get some on hand before a more significant problem takes place. You’ll also learn more about your consumption rates for food and water, and you’ll have a nice opportunity to experiment with different recipes and combinations of food. You can utilize basic staple items an impressive variety of ways, with some practice.

Amid the alarmist talk about the insignificant, it can be very easy to lose track of the very real and potentially immediate threats to our safe way of life. Prepping for disruptions of food and other necessities is just common sense.

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