Two events took place in April of 2015 that all preppers and survivalists should note. In a sense, these events are not unique: the massive earthquake in Nepal, and the violent riots in Baltimore, Maryland. Natural disasters happen all the time it seems, and riots in larger cities across America seem to be on the rise as well. So, what is there to learn from these recent catastrophes?
First, and this is perhaps the point of this entire article, we are more likely to encounter a natural disaster or a man-made riot than we are, say, a total collapse of the economic system in the near future. This does not mean that huge problems cannot happen; it only means that, statistically, we are more likely to face a common type of event than an infrequent type of event.
Second, we can learn that natural disasters and riots can occur anywhere at any time. In the case of natural disasters, we may or may not have any advance warning. The people of Nepal had no warning and thousands are dead. In the case of the Baltimore riots, there were some warning signs that trouble was brewing, and one of the most significant signs was the rioting that took place earlier in Ferguson, Missouri. One can assume that the next time there is an issue between police and urban citizens, more riots will erupt as well. This pattern is not going away anytime soon.
Finally, both types of events (and many others such as these) can be just as deadly as a nuclear warhead landing in your front yard. You and your family may end up right in the middle of one of these events, and you need to be ready.
There are plenty of articles online about the types of supplies you might need in order to maintain some sense of life, and there are just as many articles about survival tactics that you can use during different times of trouble. This article isn’t going to retread that ground. Instead, this material is simply to get readers thinking about those “other” types of trouble that we may find ourselves forced into.
When you think about your prepping efforts, don’t forget to consider those events that are much more likely to happen to you and your family that may not be as “interesting,” but are just as dangerous and deadly. Be aware of your local politics, keep a close eye on nature, and do what you can to be ready for any type of emergency.
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