Preppers and survivalists should constantly be reviewing,
updating, and changing their plans to reflect current circumstances and
concerns. Recent events, especially the current
worldwide pandemic caused by a Chinese bio-weapon,* and its many
repercussions, should give us plenty to think about and consider. The ongoing example of the failure of Socialism in Venezuela also provides many lessons. On a personal level, dealing with my ongoing health problems (my diabetes and related eye problems) has also provided new challenges and insights for me to consider in my planning. Here are my new recommendations.
Double your goals for food and water storage. Two weeks isn't enough. A month isn't enough. You aren't storing enough. Nor am I. In Venezuela, even former middle-class folks have been reduced to dumpster-diving and even eating family pets to survive. The problem isn't just high inflation, or even temporary disruptions in the supply chain. There simply isn't much food to be had for any price. Store shelves are empty, and staying empty. And here's the dirty little secret: food scarcity is even hitting rural areas, as few country folk are fully self-reliant when it comes to food. I recently accomplished my goal of doubling my food storage, and will likely add even more in the coming months.
Avoid high-density urban areas. I'm
not saying you have to move to an isolated homestead in the middle of
nowhere. If that type of rural living isn't for you, then consider
moving to a town or small city (the smaller the better, but at least
keep it below 100,000 in population). And make sure it is well away from
one of the mega-cities (I suggest at least a two-hours drive away under
normal conditions, more if possible). If there is anything that the
current pandemic proves beyond any argument, it is the dangers of living
in or near large cities. Not only are big cities major incubators for
disease, they are high-profile targets for terrorists, they are almost
always controlled by authoritarian, socialist types. And, if a hot war
breaks out with China, a realistic possibility at some point, mega-cities like New York, Washington, Chicago, and Denver, among
others, will make likely targets.
Food, supplies, guns & ammo, and even skills are ultimately worthless you you aren't healthy or fit enough to use them. Health and fitness MUST be your number one preparedness & survival priority (your relationship to God is your number one Life Priority).
You and everyone in your family/group should get a complete physical exam within the next six months. Also, dental and vision exams this year for everyone. I've chronicled my mistake of putting off a doctor's visit until I absolutely had to, and it cost me dearly in terms of my health, my vision, and my finances. Learn from my mistake.
There is no doubt that the coronavirus is a bio-weapon created by the
Chinese government. Pay attention to what epidemiologists, bio-weapons
experts, various intelligence services, and others in a position-to-know, are saying. Covid-19 is a bio-weapon. The only question if it is
1) an escapee from the Wuhan bio-weapons lab, 2) released by the Chinese
on a small segment of their society as a test, of which they then lost
containment, or 3) intentionally released worldwide by the Chinese. Why
does this matter? If the answer ends up being #2 or #3, we will be in a very
hot war with China within a year or so, guaranteed.
** Read the opion piece, Coronavirus unmasks America's real national security vulnerabilities, written by Brig. Gen. Robert S. Spalding (USAF Ret.) for more on this topic. You may alse be interested in his book, Stealth War: How China Took Over While America's Elite Slept. Highly recommended! Another good read by a different author is China Rx: Exposing the Risks of America's Dependence on China for Medicine.--------------
How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times, by James Wesley, Rawles. Rawles is a well-known name within the survivalist community, and this book gives coverage of most topics within survivalism and prepping, not just food storage and bugging out.