The act of prepping is universally understood as planning for the survival of yourself and your loved ones. It is implied that some sort of failure will occur that in turn creates a need for prepping. Since the government has in the past proven its inability to mitigate disaster, self-reliance has become the only choice. As you go about the act of prepping, what type of scenarios should you have in mind? There are many reasons to stockpile supplies and plan for your own survival and protection, but which ones hit closest to home for you? If you're not sure of the answer to this question, here are five situations to get you started: 1. Probably the most likely and most frequent survival scenario is the natural disaster. Different parts of the country experience varying types of natural disasters that take place all year long. Depending on where you live, you may face a specific threat for which you need to prepare. Whether it is a hurricane, mudslide, blizzard, wildfire, or tornado, one thing is for certain, that being the ability of nature to wreak havoc. Relying on the government or FEMA to come to the rescue has proven fruitless before and will certainly do so again. 2. Sony Entertainment recently made a movie about a North Korean dictator and had planned to release it to the masses in the coming weeks. As word of this made its way to that dictator himself, threats were made and a cyber-attack unleashed. This attack came in the form of Sony's confidential information being released by hackers, but it should serve as a reminder to us all that though convenient, technology is never safe. If you need further convincing of this danger, think about precious banking information being made public. With companies such as Target and Staples recently having data breaches, your banking information is always on the brink of becoming an open book. When this happens, economic collapse is sure to follow. View attachment 20617 Photo: Digital Communities 3. If the war in Iraq has taught us anything, it should be that war is hard on a country. War is expensive, having resulted in mass expenditure and the deepening of deficits as wars are being funded by borrowing as well as higher taxes. Then, once the war is over, especially in the new face of war in which soldiers return home severely injured, the expense incurred in disabled care is rising. It is important to defend our country and to provide ongoing medical care and funding for our vets who made the ultimate sacrifice, but at the same time we must be cognizant of the dollars going to war and what those dollars could eventually contribute to the economic collapse overall. Ultimately, war touches us all. View attachment 20618 Photo: The Independent 4. Since there are many contributing factors when it comes to economic collapse, we may as well include the collapse itself. Money and finances are stressful dealings for the average person on a normal day, so what if unemployment continues to rise as jobs continue to disappear? Regardless of the state of the economy, people still have to eat. If they can't come by what it takes to survive by honest means, the next step will be to steal it for their own personal use or to sell for cash. Some people already live this type of lifestyle by choice, but when you remove the choice things will certainly become much more dangerous. If economic collapse does not scare you into prepping, perhaps it should. 5. If the recent Ebola outbreak has taught us anything, it is that the possibility of a pandemic is a very realistic threat. It may not have been too concerning while it remained overseas, but once Ebola appeared on American soil, it became very clear how free it truly is to move about. Though it has been contained fairly well in the United States thus far, this is likely only due to a stroke of luck rather than actual intervention. All it took was one man telling lies to bring it to a place it had not been before, giving it the potential to destroy numerous lives. View attachment 20619 Photo: RM Magazine In addition to these events, there may be other reasons that motivate you to prep. The bottom line when it comes to any scenario, however, lies in knowing that you have the best survival outcome possible. This, ultimately, is a gift you can only give to yourself; it is never guaranteed by any other entity. Is there something not mentioned here that drives your survival prepping? Is there another threat you strive to prevent from impacting your life? Let us know in the comments.