In December of 2004, there was a major earthquake in the ocean South of Asia. The Tsunamis caused by this quake killed more than 150,000 people and displaced countless others. For me, it was a serious wake-up call to revisit my emergency readiness, especially since a similar quake could just as easily have been right under me.
The loss of so many people from a single disaster is sobering, but even more so is the thought that had that earthquake been on land, in a populated area, the death toll could easily have been ten times what it was. Imagine for example, an earthquake of that magnitude in say, San Francisco. It's happened before, and everything that the world's scientists tell us states that it will happen again.
And now, in 2005 we have experienced what is being called the worst natural disaster in U.S. history in the form of Hurricane Katrina. Certainly it will be the costliest in terms of damage by far, and the social implications are still adding up. Never before have so many people in our country been stripped of nearly everything, a home, possessions, even their jobs - in such a short time and with so little possibility of recovery. Most individuals do not have that kind of insurance, even with the government helping.
This site was originally created for the turn of the millennium, as a means of stress relief. When the Y2K apocalypse turned into the biggest media event of the century that never happened, I (and most of the world) lost interest in emergency preparedness for a while. It's not that it didn't matter any more, we had all just had enough of doom and gloom. Now though, with the threat of war, local or otherwise, having some extra supplies around seems to make a whole lot of sense. When the Trade Center towers were hit, I heard one somewhat unthinking news reporter comment that people were running to the local stores to stock up on emergency supplies like batteries and canned goods. I say "unthinking" because the last thing the general population needs to be wondering is if they should be in their car headed to the nearest Walmart to fight over TP and lamp oil. It's a bit like telling people that their money might not be safe at the bank. It doesn't really matter whether it's true or not. If the public perceives it that way, then the next thing you know, the banks are locking their doors.
So, as you read through this site, try to remember that it's not about Y2K, or terrorist attacks, or a collapsing economy. It's about being prepared for whatever disrupts your daily life. It might be a war, but it's a lot more likely to be a bad rainstorm and a bit of flooding.
Why is this site different than other "emergency preparedness" and "survivalist" sites?
When I started my site, it was originally in the heat of the whole Y2K madness, and I tried to cover everything. What happened was that even though there was a huge amount of information out there (which I dutifully collected and made available), when I went to actually *practice* what I was preaching, I found that my urban and financial situation hindered me greatly. Then, when Y2K fizzled, I realized that the average SoCal Joe simply had neither the time nor the will anymore to do most of the things that they should to prepare for an emergency, let alone the money.
The solution was to carefully target my site for these kinds of people. That usually means that I have to leave off things that they wouldn't normally have around or use in some other aspect of their life. This site is best suited for people that live in a Southern Californian urban environment. If you live in rural Montana, then your needs and resources are different. Hunting for food, for example, would be nearly impossible in my neighborhood. Anything with more than two legs has been pretty much scared away, and walking around in "the hood" with a gun, after something like a major earthquake, is inviting someone with less ethics and a higher caliber to see you as prey.
I don't plug products (unless there's no substitute), and I try whenever I can to, "think cheap and easy". The perfect example of the modern-day urban survivalist has got to be Homer Simpson. We are lazy, broke, and cramped for space, yet we are concerned enough to see that we have to do something. The purpose of this site is to think things through and provide a few of those "somethings" that other Homer Simpson's might have missed.
- The Basics
- What About a Gun?
- The Checklists
- Ethics and Duty
- Your Family
- Good Books
- Good Links
- Who IS That Guy?