Hi my name is Wheeler44 (in case you couldn't tell that's not my real name...but that is who I am..)....I joined this forum about a year ago, mostly to promote Project Appleseed...There is another thread going about that so I'll won't speak to that here.. Over the last couple of years I have had the good fortune to travel the country meeting good, like minded people and helping them learn to shoot better...I also have heard a growing concern among the shooters...Real concern for the future of our nation.....I have been lurking here and seeing the same...And it is valid to have concern for the course of our Nation...... I grew up near Portland in the 60's and spent summers on a farm in southern OR or with my aunties in central MT.... In the 70's my folks divorced and my mom married an attorney from Portland and together they decided to flee civilization, just before complete societal collapse...Remember Kent state.. Viet Nam...Watts...Watergate...Inflation ...legionnaires disease was in there I think as well... My step dad was a great researcher and he found a city in AK in the postal code registry that he could find no other reference to at all.......and he became fascinated by it...So much so that he and my mother tried to visit that town on their honeymoon....heavy on the tried.... We went up to visit and my folks decided to move....We moved into an abandoned bunkhouse in Oct. just in front of the snow....16 level feet of accumulated snow that winter with drifts closer to 20... I moved away from there in the '80's, bugged out from my own personal emergencies if you will...and except for a few extended stays, I usually only go back for a week or so every few years these days.... This is already to long and I haven't even begun... I intend to start a series of discussions addressing concerns regarding preparedness in the event of an emergency..... But I won't engage in fear mongering in any way...... Ya see, from my way of lookin' at it...ya never know when or what your next personal emergency will be..... Weather emergencies....civil unrest...catastrophic failure of man made infrastructure...and the possibility of another terrorist attack are a given...since these events have happened with regularity throughout history it would be unreasonable to expect them to stop now.. So let's discuss how to solve life's emergencies..... That first winter I went on an 18 mile in and out to an old cabin.....I contracted severe hypothermia as did some of the other hikers.......Later when I told my story to the fellow that would become a mentor he laughed and said.... "Wheeler, the pack that you were carryin' was too big for the hike and it almost killed ya.... all ya needed was a pocket knife and a good lighter."...... In what other ways can we live today..without carrying too big of a pack..and still be prepared for whichever emergency catches up with us tomorrow..