Survivalism is a social movement of individuals or groups (called survivalists or preppers) who proactively prepare for emergencies, including natural disasters, as well as disruptions to social, political, or economic order. Preparations may anticipate short-term scenarios or long-term, on scales ranging from personal adversity, to local disruption of services, to international or global catastrophe. Survivalism may be limited to preparing for a personal emergency, such as job loss or being stranded in the wild or under adverse weather conditions. The emphasis is on self-reliance, stockpiling supplies, and gaining survival knowledge and skills. Survivalists often acquire emergency medical and self-defense training, stockpile food and water, prepare to become self-sufficient, and build structures such as survival retreats or underground shelters that may help them survive a catastrophe.
Use of the term survivalist dates from the early 1980s.

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  1. ATCclears

    Expect a people impact from a lack of antidepressant meds in a SHTF

    About one in five women ages 40 to 59 and nearly one in four women ages 60 and over used antidepressants in the last 30 days during 2015 to 2018, according to the latest data from the National Center for Health Statistics. Among women ages 18 to 39, the figure was about one in 10. Among men...
  2. CountryGent

    Standard firearms for community preparation?

    OK, this may seem random. This evening I sold a vintage Civil Defense book on the Intratubes. I, normally, wouldn't, but moving around various assets. Whilst at the preparedness bookshelf, I came across an actually pretty informative book I read a few years back: The text covers...
  3. CountryGent

    Scenario that stops you in your tracks?

    One of the stable of the preparedness community, for good or ill, is to go over a multiplicity of scenarios that one would have to contend with. Such mental processing and musings can often lead to a good plan or shoring up existing ones. And others are, well, straight up mental masturbation...
  4. CountryGent

    Killer Caravans ...

    Whilst engaging in a flatulent foray on TextFiles, I came across an old short from Kurt Saxon on the topic, entitled "Killer Caravans", which covers brigand bands in the collapse of civilization. (The aforementioned author wrote a number of preparedness and related books back in the day. Much...
  5. CountryGent

    Non-AR SHTF Primary Carbine?

    Say there is a reason why something AR is a no-go for a primary preparedness carbine for whatever reason — bad experience with them, legal reasons, just prefer something else, the Intergalactic Space Pickles abducted all the ARs, or whatever. What would your choice be for a self-loader as a...
  6. CountryGent

    Soap making as part of preps?

    To quote the immortal words of Ace Ventura, "Congratulations on all your success, you smell terrific!" OK, more seriously, hygiene is of critical importance in a disaster, as in other times. I recently watched a documentary about the internment of American (and Allied) civilians in Manilla...
  7. CountryGent

    AO M1SB Worth a go?

    The pistol caliber carbine thread in the Preparedness section jogged my memory on this. From time to time, I find the SBRed version of the Auto-Ordnance Thompson tempting.* Looks neat-o. Price isn't anywhere near that of transferable. Ammo and magazines are available. The problem...
  8. American123

    The emergency “friends and family” gun.

    Recently there was various posts about supplying family, friends or neighbors with a gun. I’ve got my own opinion on handing out firearms to people, and although I definitely wouldn’t advise it in most cases because if they haven’t already done their due diligence already in advance acquire at...
  9. CountryGent

    Disaster event(s) that made you say "Hhhhmmm ....."

    Has there ever been a disaster event — be it seen in the news, read in a history book, experienced/survived personally, or near miss — that made you think, rethink, otherwise produced real world preparedness actions on your part? If so: What was/were the event(s)? What preparations did you...
  10. CountryGent

    Feds calculate riskiest, safest places in US

    Looks like Los Angeles County ranks number one. Associated Press article on the research: Watch out LA: Feds calculate riskiest, safest places in US. Link to the National Risk Index site here.
  11. CountryGent

    NFA Processing & Coronavirus

    From the American Suppressor Association: NFA Processing & Coronavirus
  12. Hueco

    Which rifle would you keep in this SHTF scenario?

    Seems like most people that buy a gun get an itch...to buy more guns. Eventually we all have multiple. But, for the sake of argument, let's assume a fairly bad SHTF scenario: - Economic collapse a-la Great Depression - You're out of work and about to be homeless - You're not alone and...
  13. CountryGent

    What'cha reading?

    So, I just wrapped up the three novel series, dubbed "The Hot War", by Harry Turtledove. The books in the series are Bombs Away, Fallout, and Armistice. Not a bad summer read. Deathless prose? No, but a real treat for the history nerd, and just a delightfully stimulating set of books in the...
  14. CountryGent

    Revolver Competition to Hone Skill?

    So, something we did a couple summers ago was decided on one handgun and one long gun that would be the "primaries" for preparedness purposes that we would do a lot of regular practice with. I went with a SBRed/suppressed AR for the long gun and a Model 29 for the handgun. The revolver just...
  15. CountryGent

    Tesla Powerwall

    Anyone have real world experience with these? Anyone now of a similar device in concept that I should look at? They aren't cheap by any definition and they cost more than the conventional generator we installed some years back. (As they become more common, I hope the price goes down.) As the...
  16. CountryGent

    Cigarettes as trading stock?

    I don't personally smoke cigarettes, having given up the habit over twenty years ago. My wife never has, to the best of my recollection. (I do enjoy the occasional fine cigar, but that is another matter.) A fictional work I am currently reading reminded me of how the product is used as a form...
  17. CountryGent

    SHTF Books You'd Like to See As Movies?

    The title kind of says it. Are there any good SHTF books you'd like to see turned into a film? I'll get us started: Lucifer's Hammer (1977): As far as I know, it never has been made into a film. It is one of the better ones in the genre. It could either be set in the original time...
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