Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Preparing For The End Of The World As We Know It, TEOTAWKI
This blog started with mostly short term preparedness posts. My personal idea of preparedness is more oriented towards long term preparedness needs.
That is because possible disasters and their likelihood, are much more likely to eventually give us disasters that will last for a long time. Many have the potential to cause "The End Of The World As We Know It", or TEOTAWKI as many survivalists and preppers, refer to it.
Most people accept that nuclear strikes or a nuclear war are probably going to happen. Everyone has seen what an effect Chernobyl and Daichi Fukushima have had on the world. More nukes will have a greater effect. That makes large changes in a way of life, TEOTAWKI, in other words.
People are not moving back into Chernobyl or Daichi Fukushima. Having big uninhabitable holes in your country makes change inevitable. Planning accordingly just makes sense.
I would like to encourage you to begin thinking in terms of disasters that will cause TEOTAWKI. You will need to think what TEOTAWKI will mean to you and your family. You will need to think what you can do to plan ahead to cope with such big changes in your lives.
I posted a diagram on Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs in a previous post.
It is probably worthwhile to review Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs to plan what you will need to survive in a TEOTAWKI world.
Some of these changes will be obvious, like cars becoming rare or nonexistent, or not having electricity. Living under these circumstances is entirely different than a weekend camping trip with no cars or electricity.
Every person and family is different about what they can tolerate and what they consider to be most important. It is up to you to decide what you need to cope with a permanent condition of no electricity or cars.
You might think fresh juice is very important to your life, so maybe you want to get a manual juicer. Ok. That is a good idea for starters, but where are you going to get the fruit or vegetables to juice? Maybe you need some trees in your yard, and a garden to practice your food crop skills?
Gardening is not something that everyone is born knowing how to do. It is partly a skill that is developed by study and practice. Would you want to bet your life on you being able to produce enough of a garden to feed you and your family without any practice?
If you cannot make a fire without a cigarette lighter or the knob on a stove, then you have some work to do. My blog is only a starting place, but it does contain links to very good resources to help you learn what you need for TEOTAWKI.