Sick of doom and gloom TV?
...Sure, do something else. But still keep in touch with what is going on in our world. Just don't be addicted to it, seek balance. Do something else with your time to build body and mind.
I like yoga, inline skating, longboarding, dirt bikes, mountain bikes, hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, scuba, snow sports, mountain boarding, tree climbing, weight training.
Anyone on this list can be prepared for a few weeks to a month without breathing hard and with little extra expenditure. Now if you got a family of 12 then maybe not so easy. But with me and my wife and part time live at home kid this is how it works
First never forget you can live for many weeks or a month or more without eating before you die, but water is not so forgiving as food. You need to drink every few days at the least, even in cool, weather. And in hot weather...you can't go long without water.
If you got $6 you can get enough emergency water for a month...unless you happen to live in the desert in summertime. One 16 oz bottle a day will keep you going, just don't overexert. Keep some 5 gal containers around.
Beer is also a source of liquid and nutrition. Have a case or two round. One bottle of beer is about 140 calories and it offer some nutrition since it is brewed from grains, malt and yeast.
We belong to Sam's club we buy our water in case lots of small 8 and 16 oz bottles I don't want to be bothered shopping, so I buy 5 to 7 cases to last me for a couple months.
I am not hoarding water for emergency - yet I have water for emergency. Same with pasta sauce, flour, oatmeal, rice, beans, grains, powdered milk, soap, shampoo and the rest.
Just learn to eat what food you bulk up on. And don't forget rotate your stock!
Sometimes we jump the gun with survival mania and do it in an unbalanced way.The way I work my survival preparedness is to do the footwork, prepare, educate and hold it on the back burner unless needed. Until that need, I just live life the best I can.
Without that mindset one cannot be at peace with life, as we are always looking for doom and gloom every day...every hour...every minute. And some survivalists seem to be disappointed if the don't get disaster!
This gives you your base. If things seem to be heading to code orange, step it up a notch. If code red is about to hit, implement your plan to the fullest.
So you switch gears from being a short term survivalist to a longer term one as things deteriorate.
I usually stock 50 jars of pasta sauce, When it gets down to 20 - 30 jars I restock. If code orange set in this would go to 100 jars. If code red showed up it may be 150 jars. (code colors are my own example).
Of course, sometimes code red+++ comes without any notice, then store shelves are all empty by the time you arrive. So you will have to balance all these concerns to your own satisfaction.
But, one important note. Hoarding food is not the same as being able to produce food. So I would suggest anyone interested in survival seriously learn to grow their own as well as be master foragers if your local is conducive for foraging.
Here are few garden books to get you started:
Crockett's Victory Garden
The Self-sufficient Suburban Garden / BTW, Jeff Ball has many excellent DVD's on growing food, get em at your lib.
Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times
Country Wisdom & Know-how
Farming for Self-sufficiency
Backyard fruits and Berries
Successful Berry Growing
Growing Uncommon fruits
Vegetable Growers Handbook
Seed to Seed
Pruning and Training
Secrets of Plant Propagation
Encyclopedia of Gardening
Backyard Food Production DVD
People Places and Plants DVD series. (A mix of flowers, trees and food. Got to dig through the 5 DVD's for the food production info.)
The time to start learning how to grow food was yesterday and the longer you wait the more behind you are.
Take growing fruit trees for instance - they take a few years to get established and produce some meaningful fruit. But many problems can occur during that time and the trees may have to be replaced before established which will add more time to the equation. And to top it off, many fruit trees are biennials...they produce fruit every other year! But if your just getting started you wont know this for a few years will you?
Even with vegetable gardening it may take a couple of seasons to learn the basics and produce quality and meaningful amounts of food to 'try' and live on.
And I can tell you from experience, it is hard to live just on what you grow...especially if you live in the cold zones of the US where you have to grow in short seasons.
Panic is for those not prepared. We develop self confidence by mastering the skills needed to overcome any situation that arises to threaten our life.
You still have some valuable time left to prepare for what awaits you down the road.
We are in the 'Indian Summer' of a carbon based world. Don't wait until the winter sets in to start work on your preparedness efforts....Semper Paratus