My survival/prepper journey began maybe two years ago or so. The Architect has always been kind of a zombie survival nerd, and I always kind of ignored him or occasionally made fun of him for it.
After having had enough of my prodding, I remember The Architect finally spinning around, and, exasperated, barked, "Don't you realize that this zombie stuff is a metaphor for real-life HUMAN survival situations?"
With a laugh, I asked, "What could POSSIBLY go wrong?"
The Architect then explained to me that grocery stores only keep about three days worth of food in stock, and if truck drivers went on strike, what then?
That's all it took for me to begin researching ways to keep us safe and well-fed. Through forums and articles, I learned of EMPs, financial collapse, mass illness, etc.
And then The Architect bought the book, "One Second After," a book about an EMP detonating over the US.
I was literally sickened and terrified as I read it.
It's quite true that civil society is held together quite loosely, and once people start missing meals, it kind of goes down the toilet on an epic scale.
And is the idea of an EMP over the United States really all that far-fetched? Iran hasn't been all that warm and squishy and friendly toward us, and now that they've vowed to send a man to space, it's even more feasible. If Iran can send a man to space, launching an EMP over the US should be a piece of cake.
At this point, financial collapse in this country seems more a matter of WHEN, not IF.
James Wesley Rawles illustrates a pretty likely senario in his book, "Patriots."
I actually highly reccommend Rawles' book, as it is as much a survival how-to as it is a work of fiction, despite his awkward and deliberate insertions in the book that remind you that, Yes, he is, in fact, a big ol' Christian.
In practice in "day-to-day" life as well as in theory, having a few days worth of food is a good idea for ANYONE.
A year ago, Atlanta and its surrounding areas were hit with torrential rainfall, causing substantial flooding.
Crash actually called me at work that day, telling me to drop what I was doing if I planned on getting home anytime in the next few days.
A ride home that normally takes half an hour took almost three hours as swollen creeks and rivers poured over onto the roads, cutting off all but one of my routes home.
I learned that not twenty minutes after returning home, the last detour to my house had been closed, as another bridge flooded.
Thankfully, even though a plethora of roads remained closed the next day, The Architect and I didn't have to even attempt to go out for food since there were plenty in the cupboards.
So truly, WHY do I prep and seek more survival skills? So I won't be a victim. So I won't have to rely on anyone else. I wish more people would take the same responsibility.