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. wafu76

    Bug out Bag or SHTF bag...what do you carry

    Please list items you carry, including the bag itself, and a short reason why. I'm re-evaluating my kit and figured I could get some great input from the guys on the forum. Thanks Jeff
  2. etrain16

    SHTF Portable Charger for GHB/BOB other than Solar?

    I've been looking for a while to find some kind of small, portable charger I could use for electronic items such as cell phones, in a long-term emergency. I've looked at solar chargers and those can be an option, but they can get quite large and may not be the most effective depending on the...
  3. 11Charlie

    SHTF small cooking stove for my BOB

    I know there was a thread on this and can't find it guys. So sorry if this is a repeat. Feel free to tag that thread if you know where it is. Knowing we are heading into the winter months I broke out my little stove that I like to carry in my truck and it just doesn't function the way it...
  4. C

    Vehicle maintenance during shtf

    Been thinking a lot on this recently. I have plenty of spare parts and stuff for my bicycles but almost nothing for my Kia Sportage daily driver... after a couple camping trips where I'm sure I added a few new dents to the floorboard/frame, I realize I could have been very much worse off. What...
  5. edslhead

    SHTF GPS

    They would still work as long as you had power to them? The sat signals wouldn't go down?
  6. H

    Air Quality During The SHTF ...

    Air Quality ... Personal ... SHTF ...Wildfires ... The ongoing numerous Wildfires Burning through out our Pacific Northwest made us recheck then reconsider our air quality preparations. We found them very lacking. While our Baby Suzuki Jeeps have oversize air cleaners both for the engine and...
  7. CoastRange57

    If you think the government can handle a SHTF situation...

    Then you need to take a close look at the cluster f that is the Chetco Bar fire in the Brookings area. This is a fire that started in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness over 6 weeks ago and could have been stomped on in about 3 days with aviation assets, but hell no, they had to let it run in the...
  8. CountryGent

    "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street" — The Twilight Zone

    For your viewing enjoyment, the classic Twilight Zone episode "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street". In addition to be an entertaining episode, it delves into crowd psychology, paranoia, and panic. Fun factoid: The uniforms worn by the aliens are from the film Forbidden Planet. So if they...
  9. CountryGent

    M1 Carbine Parts to Keep on Hand?

    So, one thing I've done in recent years is to keep some parts on hands for certain firearms. As an M1 Carbine is the latest acquisition, I'm giving this some thought. Before asking, however, here is a a very quick overview of how I prioritize/plan spare parts: If the arm is a fun gun or a...
  10. ATCclears

    The potential ugliness of people after a SHTF

    Some Thoughts on ‘Reality’ TV – SHTF School
  11. CountryGent

    Favorite Preparedness Quotes?

    Over the years, I've collected various quotes on the topic of preparedness and survival. I thought I'd post said and, naturally, ask if others would like to share their favorites. I'll get us started ... General "Be prepared." — Boy Scout Motto "Recognizing the threat is one thing...
  12. CountryGent

    The Next Mega Tsunami

    The following documentary was produced by National Geographic. It features material related to the 2004 Tsunami in Indonesia. The film also covers a potential tsunami along the Pacific Northwest and has footage on research done in the Cannon Beach and Seaside area. Anyway, I just thought I'd...
  13. CountryGent

    The Final Day: A Novel

    Just a heads up that there is a third installment in the One Second After series by William R. Forstchen out as of earlier this month. I haven't had a chance to read it, so I can't say if it is good or not. I have a copy from Amazon on the way though. Anywho, I just thought I'd pass it along...
  14. CountryGent

    Cascadia Rising Type Event & Preparations?

    Considering this is likely the most destructive natural disaster that could impact our region, I thought starting a thread in which we can discuss the eventuality, compare notes, ponder scenarios, and consider what can be done to be more prepared. As some may not be completely familiar with the...
  15. Ammunation

    Are Gun Prices Really Going To Go Up If Hillary Is Elected?

    I just saw can't remember where but they are saying that gun prices are going to go up if you know who gets elected, how bad do you think it will be? Do you think that if she gets "emergency" bills passed they could sky rocket, could SHTF and all out civil war start, could it lead to martial...
  16. ATCclears

    Article: USA - Looking in the Balkans mirror?

    SHTF School | USA – Looking In The Balkans Mirror?
  17. CountryGent

    Forbidden Area (1962)

    Continuing the theme of Cold War era flicks for your viewing enjoyment, the following is the first episode in the program Playhouse 90. This one is a film adaptation of the Pat Frank thriller Forbidden Area. The episode stars Charlton Heston and Vincent Price. It is hosted by western star...
  18. CountryGent

    Panic in Year Zero (1962)

    All this Cold War talk has inspired me to look up some classics from that period. I'll get the party started with the 1962 Panic in Year Zero. It stars Ray Milland, Jean Hagen, and Frankie Avalon and it is a classic SHTF film. Enough yakety-yak, now showing at the NWFA Drive In:
  19. CountryGent

    Getting into solar ...

    Well, I want to get us set up with some solar power systems and I could use some advice. I've done a bit of reading on the topic, talked to some folks, and got some quotes, but I'm still looking to make sure we do it right. A bit of background first: our family is preparedness-oriented and we...
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