Anthropology, Survival, and Emergency Preparation

It has been a warm autumn, but winter is coming, and with it storms and extreme cold. Summer heat waves will follow. As we saw with Hurricane Katrina and Super Storm Sandy, electric and water services will fail, supermarket shelves will be stripped bare, and disaster-relief services will be overwhelmed. Nowadays, when something goes wrong, it affects many people in the same way, at the same time, and in the same place.

A growing number of “Survivalists” and “Preppers” plan for such disasters, but never before in history have so few people known basic survival skills…

See the rest of the article at the Huffington Post Blog.

2 Responses to Anthropology, Survival, and Emergency Preparation

  1. ken@survivalcentric.com'
    Kenneth Blackburn January 3, 2016 at 6:20 pm #

    “but never before in history have so few people known basic survival skills…”

    I realize this is a natural consequence of our ever-improving standard of living and technology, but damn, you would think people would at least want to know the basics “just in case”. People don’t give a damn about that stuff nowadays though as you can tell by the fact that almost no one has any money in savings. It’s not because they don’t earn enough to put anything away; it’s because they’d rather spend it all on the “now” instead of saving anything for when they might need it. Same idea for acquiring “pointless” survival skills, skills which won’t be so pointless when SHTF (but it’ll be too late by then).

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