I hope you guys who are burying parts kits in PVC tubes in your back yard are planning for the "real" end of the world. Doomsday is just that - the day of doom. Sure any bubba with surplus camo pants can run around with a gun... the goal of preparation is to delay the effects on you and yours for longer than the sheeple to survive and start to rebuild. Or at least that should be the goal. Sooner or later you'll run out of food, ammo, gas, or all of the above.
How many people know how to garden (farm) for food? Build a greenhouse?
How many people know how to hunt for food? Fish? Trap?
Water source? Have a well or nearby body of water? Water filtration? Manual well pump? Ever make a solar still?
Have enough duct tape?
Chain saw oil? Gas for a chain saw?
Long-burn candles? Fire-starting supplies?
What about medical care? Who REALLY knows how to set a bone or stitch a wound?
Fight infection after the meds run out? Can you really make Vodka on a still with supplies from the local feed store? And will it really fight infection? I don't know... it sound reasonable.
What about diabetic medicine? Read a book once where it was alluded that you can harvest something from farm animals to make insulin, but no details. How many have a 10 year supply of insulin? Can you even store it that long?
Have stuff to barter with? How will you obtain supplies from others if the economy suddenly becomes like Jamaica?
Yeah I know it pays in the long run to be prudent. I worry that we don't spend enough time on the short-term things. If you can't survive long enough to let the long-term things support you then you are boned before you start. Got to make it out of the gate to run the race
Here's where I am going - what about short-term survivability? How many are debt free? If things BEGIN to go from bad to worse, it will START with finances. How many would be crippled by their CC bills? Turned out of their house? Car reposessed? Yeah, I'm actively working on debt reduction and hope to be clear within 18 months. YES - debt free (besides mortgage) in 18 months!
Food for thought.