[/quote] I used to lie awake worrying about that stuff when I was younger. I like to think I have more of a handle on that now that Iím 40 and a lot more mature. Thereís so much out of our control in this life you are simply wasting precious time if you let it bother you. [/quote]

I think you hit the nail on the head here.

With age, I have come to understand that it is impossible to prepare for everything and anything. Whether prepping for natural disaster, self-defense, civil disorder, or a lost in the woods survival situation, an honest assessment of a persons own vulnerabilities and capabilities is essential. Some of the considerations will be regional, based on weather and terrain, and some universal. Here's my short list:

1. Home invasion
2. Blizzard/wind
3. Extended power outage
4. Long term city water/gas delivery issues
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