Zombies, foreign invasion, tyrannical government, and terrorist attacks, to name a few, are hypothetical events thrown around the survival and prepper campfire day-in-and-day-out. To be sure, some more than others, these events pose a possible risk in our daily lives but, all the same, they are statistically unlikely to happen to the vast majority of people who may read this. So, besides being ready for the worst case scenario, what’s the point in always being prepared? Everyday life.
Not everyone can afford to have modern cars in peak condition or homes in suburban or rural communities that are removed from urban troubles. Not all of those in suburban settings live a 9-5, Monday-Friday life devoid of the risks of injury from manual labor. These are the events that are most likely to happen to each and every person. A broken down car, a busted water main, a local storm, and kids getting hurt are situations the will universally affect us.
The good part about this truth is that, though it is less romantic to fantasies about, it creates a great building block to start with before moving on to bigger plans to survive 5 winters after the economic collapse.
To be ready for these everyday issues, it is important to think small and local. Identify repair shops that provide the best work for the money. Are any mechanics mobile that will save you the cost and hassle of a tow? If you work thirty miles from home, is there a mechanic near both that you trust? Will a home repairman take payments without interest? In some areas, you can still find repairmen who will trade work for food, supplies, or event work you can provide.
Civil service stations should also be noted. By being aware of the locations of police stations, fire stations, and emergency medical stations, you can better understand what equipment may respond to a given area and what areas may have to wait longer for specialized vehicles and units. Additionally, if being followed in a vehicle, these locations provide a safe area to get the attention of people who can stop or apprehend the pursuer and keep you out of harm.
Infrastructure should also be noted. If a fire consumes a given area, are power stations or substations at risk? What about local water reserves? Could they be affected by a truck that crashes and spills its contents in a ditch? These areas are also worth note as they can provide places to get water or hunt in times of severe crisis.
Many urban areas, such as Phoenix, AZ, have several lakes and ponds that are stocked with fish and are free. By having a basic fishing setup and an annual license, putting food on the table when money is tight may be as simple as a family fishing trip at the park a mile down the road instead of selling items you wished to hang on to.
Along with all of this comes training. BY going out and finding these areas and services, you will better learn the layout of your local area and land navigation. By adding a handful of skills, such as first aid, a local fishing class, or a driving course, you can build skills that are useful as is and provide a jump off point for more advanced skills to survive the terrorist-induced zombie infestation we all know is just around the corner. Many local services, such as churches and the YMCA provide classes, as well as many sport/hunting/fishing shops. Can’t decide what to do this weekend? A $5 class on bass fishing in (insert local water source) is a great way to meet like-minded people, learn or improve a skill, and get everyone out of the house and doing something that provides more than just a movie or carnival. Get out there and have fun!
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