Over the years I’ve gone to training courses I was offered including winter, desert and jungle survival. Some of them sucked worse than others. Also, over the years I became what is known today as “a Prepper”.
A Prepper is someone many people look down upon because they collect food, water, learn survival techniques, and “prepare” for a somewhat sketchy future in the “Not-Too-Distant-Future”. Whether they call it a Zombie Apocalypse, “The End of the World as We Know it” (teotwawki) or “The Stuff has Hit the Fan” (shtf) is not really relevant.
All preppers have some inner belief that something can go critically wrong in a moment of time which in turn will bring the end of Civilization.
The truth is, such a thing may never happen. Or it might and we may never know it happened.
For example, an errant asteroid might strike the Earth, without us first discovering it (or being informed of it’s presence). It could cause local damage or world wide damage. Surely it will cause world wide panic when or if it is discovered.
A smaller, local scale disaster might befall us. For instance in the United States we have “Yellowstone”, a wonderful Nation Park, which is known in the past to have been a very, very dangerous place more than once. At least four geological events have occurred there causing major destruction. Fortunately, the last one was about 640,000 years ago, long before humans are known to have roamed the Earth.
Yellowstone is past due for another event. It could literally destroy the United States as an entity. Ash and debris covering half the planet could bring about a massive temperature drop, causing a small “ice age”. It could gum up the works across the country or around the world. We just don’t know the extent of the damage that might be caused.
The human race might self-destruct and start a nuclear war, from which few of us would be insulated.
As a boat owner, extended cruiser and live-aboard, I have considered these things and tried to “prepare” for the worst. Before we lived on the ship, we lived in Colorado, in the midst of five US military installations within “nuclear blast range”. We figured if we were hit by the Russians, we’d have an extremely low chance of survival because we worked at separate installations with 40 statute miles between us. So my wife and I had set up our home as a survival place.
Even though we were pretty sure the house wouldn’t survive a multi-megaton blast on NORAD (in visual range of the house, where we lived on a hill, with nothing between us and NORAD) we hoped at least the basement would survive. We kept a pantry when the children were growing up, food for months and months. We installed a Hot Tub for fun and water supply. We set up shelving in the basement that could double as sleeping cots and had plans to put in “fall out insulation” (which would have been in the form of dirt in sand bags to help prevent radiation from penetrating to the basement level). We never finished that job of course and eventually sold the home.
Today, someone asked the question:
Any doomsday sea preppers out there? With the civilization seemingly inching closer to collapse, nuclear apocalypse and what have you, has anyone offered any thought as to how this will effect us sea people? Cruisers are inherently self sufficient, but we do in the end rely on mother earth and functioning societies to provide us with shelter, food, medicine, tools, parts, communication etc. This is a non political post btw, and feel free to delete if it doesn’t meet the groups standards. ⛵🌅
Now, me being me… I decided to respond and posted a couple of items. But then I checked and found no such group, at least not a public group I could see. There might be one, there might not, but there certainly is NOW.
I created the group called “Sailing and Cruising: Preppers” because there is a perceived need for such a group.
I added a few friends, and notified most of them of the addition, but interestingly enough, only a couple others have joined at this point, even after I posted the link. I expected with all the experts there, they would flock in. 🙂
In any case, IF you’re reading this now, and might be interested, and of course are on Facebook, the group is there now and you’re welcome to join.
See ya there!