According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, burglary rates in the United States have been steadily trending downward, decreasing a remarkable 56 percent from 1994 to 2011. Even so, this leaves us with more than 27 victimizations per 1,000 households, and that means more than 2 million homes each year fall victim to a burglar. Many of these breaches are little more than crimes of opportunity, and experts say that up to a third of household burglaries fall into the category of preventable crime. In other words, people leave their doors wide open for crime to pay them a visit.
Though families committed to the survivalist movement do their best, no one can live their entire lives preparing for the worst. For most people, it is a nightmare of significant fancy to imagine that the grocery stores – now stocked to the roof with every type of food that a civilized society should ever want – could one day stand barren and empty. So far have we come from the days of early agriculture, we view food like any other commodity you buy at the store. Many of us have cabinets stocked with cans of old soup and boxes of forgotten experiments, there to collect dust until we decide it’s time to finally make those whole wheat apple muffins.
There’s a delicate line between being prepared and being paranoid. What you should be wary of, in particular, is spending all of your time, money, and effort on preparing for some distant event that may or may not ever happen while leaving yourself open to the everyday harms that are much more likely to fall in your lap.
If we ever wake up one morning and find ourselves face to face with what survivalists call the SHTF scenario, it may be in a form we didn’t expect. You can spend all of your time building a bomb shelter or stockpiling weapons against vile marauders, but if doomsday comes out of famine or frost, they may not do you much good. That’s why it’s important to not only prepare for what you think you see coming, but for those things that you may not see around the corner. Here are five scary scenarios you should keep in the back of your mind when prepping.
They call us “doomsday preppers,” with a condescending tone typically reserved for male feminists and pro wrestling fans. Hardline survivalists react to this skepticism by becoming even more firmly entrenched in echo-chamber communities where there is no scenario of the future too outlandish and no alternative website too lacking in credibility. As a responsible prepper, you should be open to criticism, skepticism, and you should continually question numbers and theories that are only reported by backwater bloggers. The mainstream media is a biased, commercially-driven cesspool, but that fact doesn’t make the cavedwellers on your favorite message board any more right about the future of gold.
February 5th was an ordinary Wednesday night for a Colorado Springs couple until a trio of home invaders forced themselves into their apartment. What could have ended in abject tragedy, however, turned into triumph. The victimized couple fought back against their assailants, eventually managing to restrain one of the men while the other two fled. While it is certain that the suspects came into the house armed, details are sketchy on whether or not the residents were armed themselves. Either way, it is instructive and more than a little encouraging that the residents were able to make a clean stand.
Following a grassroots petition, Subway has announced that it will stop using a chemical called Azodiacarbonamide in their sandwich bread. The fast-food chain, which has long traded on a reputation for providing a healthier alternative to McDonald’s, KFC, and the like, ran into some trouble when activists began pointing out their use of the chemical. Azodiacarbonamide is frequently used in rubber and synthetic leather products to increase their elasticity. It serves the same purpose in bread, acting as a dough conditioner for easier kneading.
The scene in Atlanta after a relatively mild snowstorm in late January resembled images straight out of a Hollywood disaster movie. Traffic jams kept people in their cars for more than 10 hours. Power loss, ill-prepared city officials, and panicked residents combined to create a dangerous situation for everyone involved. While the mayor of Atlanta has been rightly taken to task for the city’s failure to handle expected precipitation, the lesson for the rest of the country is clear. When the going gets tough, you can’t necessarily count on the government to be there. And unless you live in Miami or Honolulu, you need to know how to prepare for an impending snowstorm.
Political prankster Mark Dice is a master of using humor to prove a point, but the video he uploaded on February 3rd may not make you laugh so much as make your blood run cold. Hanging around a San Diego college campus, Dice played the part of a petition activist, encouraging passers-by to sign their support for the repeal of the 2nd Amendment. Throughout the video, Dice raises the stakes simply to see how ridiculous he can get and still have people sign the petition. Watch the video to be amazed at the ignorance of the populace, but let’s just say that more than a few students were willing to throw their support behind jailing registered gun owners, placing them in detention camps, or even killing them.
Most survival preparedness websites and TV shows focus on providing tips for families with a lot of land and resources at their disposal. While this speaks to many Americans and makes for bigger, grander ideas, it doesn’t necessarily reflect everyone’s reality. If you live on a small plot of land or in an apartment, you may not be able to pack an emergency vault full of food and weapons. You may not be able to catch rainwater or build a panic room. That doesn’t mean, though, that you should abandon prudent preparation. Here are some things you can do no matter where you live.