Surviving anywhere in the world requires a good amount of survival knowledge and a good set of skills. However, without proper planning, your odds of success are pretty slim. Making a SHTF plan is mandatory no matter where you find yourself and no matter how much time you have at your disposal.
As a prepper, you know that stocking up on supplies and training your mind and body are important aspects of survival. You may already have a good collection of non-perishable foods, ammunition, medication, fuel, and water, but have you considered body armor?
The schoolroom view of volcanoes depicted entire cities inundated by white-hot lava, then buried under tons of ash, in times long ago and far away: Pompeii, the island of Crete, and the lost city of Atlantis, all were destroyed in the mists of antiquity. Many people believe volcanic activity in recent times has been confined to the Hawaiian Islands, where physical evidence of volcanism serves as a tourist attraction. This is only part of the picture.
We have had an underground survival shelter for more than 7 years. It has been a challenging and rewarding experience. We hope that some of the lessons we have learned will be helpful to readers and preppers.
Chemical weapons and chemical warfare, these almost forgotten threats. There are some good news and bad news about them. The bad news is that chemical weapons are alive and well today. They’ve been around in the 21st century, dating back to WWI when a number of countries started using them.
The current approach to survival training with a few notable exceptions is to focus on the physical skills and deal with the psychological aspects in a secondary manner. The psychology of survival is almost never found in today’s media, and preppers and survivalists are unaware ho the psychology of survival operates.
Most guides simply explain how to protect yourself against radiation poisoning. You can’t see, hear, smell, touch, nor taste it, but radiation is everywhere, and it’s quite powerful. Some nuclear devices on Earth today can produce enough radiation to literally melt your bones and tissue.
A natural or manmade disaster can often lead to mass casualties as history showed us. This is actually a common occurrence in poorly developed countries, but it’s also starting to become a somehow familiar picture for the rest of us. Rescuers often experience the same psychological problems as victims. If you happen to survive a destructive event, you will become one of the rescuers, and you will have to deal with the emotional issues following the aftermath.
Panic by definition is a sudden overpowering terror that clouds your judgment and forces you to make mistakes. As history showed, in wars, national emergencies and local disasters, panic can trigger profound dysfunction, stilling your very instinct to survive. If you want to survive when it hits the fan, you should learn how to deal with panic and its effects.
In SHTF scenarios, professional medical care will be very hard to find. You are likely to have to manage by yourself for a while. In general, preppers understand the need for medical prepping. Many preppers stock up on first aid supplies and antibiotics which is smart. Some preppers also take first aid courses, even smarter.
All of you believe that doomsday will come as a massive Earth destruction or regional crisis that would change the world forever. Some people believe that the massive asteroid will hit the planet and so on. However, preparing for the end of the world shouldn’t be taken literally.
Back in 2008 when the world economy was damaged as never before, many people started preparing their lives for doomsday. But, it never came, so they eventually quit. Nowadays, media and politicians claim that doomsday will never come and that this is just an illusion. But is it? Of course not and there’s more to it than you may think of. Doomsday may occur today or in 10 years. At that moment, do you want to be a person who is prepared or a person who will wait for handouts?