Is it just you, or a group of people helping? Is their fuel for equipment long enough for the entire season? Does electricity work or is it out for good? etc.
People seem to be suggesting that hunting would be done between running out of canned food and crops growing. I disagree, I think you should save the canned food as long as possible and start hunting straight away. The canned food may not spoil for many years, meaning it would be great emergency food, something that should be saved for greater hardships
Oh I'd definitely kill myself. If a disaster is regional there's no point, if it's global there's no way anyone is surviving.
I mean if it's regional you can evacuate or there will be some kind of structure where you can survive without the survivalist stuff so there's no point in doing it, like Katrina, but if it's something global you will definitely die.
We'll probably die from heart disease or cancer. :)
The economy can spiral so out of control that governments collapse. Though unlikely to happen, it's very possible and plausible. This would leave infrastructure and population centers completely unharmed - just more or less filled with lawless rioting and looting. The only safe places from these would be the rural regions, though they'll be cut off from the outside world when the economies collapse.
This leaves you completely well alive, along with your home and (present) resources completely intact.
I don't have a problem with survivalism and I support it.
It's just when it becomes a fad that it's unhealthy. You're seeing fashion trends today in retail outlets selling almost-militaristic in theme. It's bad when they turn the disaster preparedness into something hipsters would adopt.
All of sudden stores are selling lots of military jackets, cargo pants with tons of pockets, army boots. My friends are buying guns left and right. I'm seeing gas mask FB profile pictures.
I'm severely worried, because I find that the survivalist mentality has become a bit of an obsession for me, and it's genuinely starting to disrupt my life on an almost daily basis.
I find myself thinking about what I should buy next, or whether or not I should get more guns, or get more ammunition, or get that gas mask I saw on Ebay, or whether or not the Military Surplus store would have food rations on sale, and oh shit what if something goes down tomorrow and I'm not prepared!
I don't know how to get over it, and it sucks because I think about it on a daily basis. It's unhealthy.
I feel like I can't rest until I'm prepared for absolutely everything, which I know is impossible.
There's not enough people to run the infrastructure, so whatever is left of civilized society slowly collapses. Power plants stop producing electricity, water treatment centers stop producing clean water.
You're one of the few lucky ones to survive the pandemic. Good luck.
These situations are where only the toughest survive, and you'd be surprised as to how many people know how to utilize survival skills. Like every member of the American military, for example. And every single person that's ever been an Eagle Scout.
My biggest fear is being caught in the giant rush of these people out of the cities, called 'The Golden Horde'.
That's scary enough not being a survivalist. Being one would make you a bigger target - for those unfriendly and those who want you to "save them" and "share with them".
The Golden Horde.
I agree with the concept, that would be the most likely response to a large scale disaster. But I think in Australia it would be slightly different. Very few weapons in suburbia, lots in the country, and a much larger country compared to the number of people who live here
You would need to think about where everyone else is going, and go somewhere else. Most people I suspect would ignore the central Australia desert and instead go towards the riverlands of eastern South Australia, Victoria, and New South Wales. So I would go to the central deserts. Water is practically unobtainable unless there are bores, and thankfully they're everywhere because of the enormous cattle industry. In small groups you could live off game and native animals quite comfortably, but too many peoples and such a food source would collapse
Even if a nuclear war happened, technology, civilisation, etc would not regress much more than 100 years.
Population might decline to Medieval levels though.
Don't forget that most countries have strategic reserves of fuel and food.
Here in Finland I've heard the government has enough fuel to keep the country running for at least three months or so. There are also emergency plans and specific crisis-time duties for many officials and societally vital companies.
Say if all the railways and roads became mostly useless in a country, and most people went back to agriculture to support themselves. In that case, feudalism of some kind would probably emerge (Especially if there is fighting) until infrastructure would be repaired and a central government of some kind rose to power again.
On the topic, i think that the some of the main points for survival are fitness, basic farming/hunting knowledge, first aid knowledge and a right mind for surviving imo.
People are interested in how people used to live. I don't think it's necessary to learn these techniques now as a mandatory requirement, however in certain parts of the world you definitely do need to know your way about.
But unless you're an avid explorer, it can only be a hobby. It's not like we'll be facing some kind of apocalypse any time soon.
Fishing would be great but where I live I can't really think of a place to go to easily to do fishing, that's why I would prefer hunting as there are large populations of deer near my house (when I say hunting I mean letting my dogs catch and kill the deer).