I spent a fair amount of time talking to and helping others prepare and one thing I see is that many people have no idea of how fast a disaster can over take them. Just yesterday, a fire at the Chevron oil refinery in Richmond California forced a large number of people to shelter in place. As many as 200 people went to the hospital with complaints related to the smoke from the fire. When the instruction were given to the public to shelter in place they were told to turn off their air conditioners, close their windows and either tape the cracks around doors and windows or block them with wet towels.
The vast majority of these people had probably never thought about this happening to them or how to handle the problem. Most of them probably didn’t even have a roll of duct tape, never mind knowing where it could be found. Fortunately, the fire is out and the shelter in place order has been lifted. But, what would happen if they were required to shelter in place for a few days. Many people would have run out of food or other supplies and needed rescuing. This is the majority of people who subscribe to the belief it can’t happen here or the government will rescue me.
Having worked for the government in both law enforcement and fire I can tell you unequivocally don’t count on them.
Another much smaller group I run across is the ones who look forward to something bad happening. They think it will just be an extended camping trip in which they get to play Rambo and win every violent encounter they face. I can tell you this that any disaster that goes on for an extended time and requires you to use your preps will be dirty, miserable and you will probably work harder than you ever have. We all live a life that in the history of the world would be unbelievably luxurious to most people.
To go back to earlier living styles will be hard. However, you can make it easier on yourself in two ways. Number one is having your preps and number two in knowledge. The first you can lose the second is always with you. Read those preparedness books you have in your library now, practice using the items that you have stored, practice, practice, practice. . A little extra work now can pay off big in the future.