Survival and Preparedness – Defending Your Liberty

Hello, my name is Mike and I am NotYourAverageMillennial….

Let me ask you a question. If the economy were to collapse today would you be ready for it? Would you have more than enough food and water on hand for the next two to three months? Would you have the medicine that you need to treat whatever ills, diseases or disorders you may have? Do you have means of self-defense in case you would have to battle with looters or robbers? Do you have enough batteries? What about gas? Today’s article is going to be about survival in a post collapse, or post apocalyptic scenario.

It Could Never Happen Here

Americans today have come to a point of laziness and apathy. If you ask the average American if they believe that the country could fall apart at the seams at a moment’s notice, a majority of the public would likely laugh off something like that. The famous mantra among the average Americans is: “It could never happen here”. How did we get to this point?

Well it could have something to do with the fact that Americans have been brainwashed to believe that because of our military that no other country would dare mess with us. It also could have to do with the fact that Americans falsely believe that they are free. They could never imagine not being free and if you tell them otherwise, you may get the “fluoride stare”.

The level of conditioning and brainwashing has put most Americans in a complacency coma. Because Americans are used to having things easily accessible to them, such as grocery stores and fast food restaurants, they never really had to stress about where their next meal is going to come from, or where they were going to find water, or medicine.

But what would happen if average Americans were thrown into a situation where these things were not accessible to them anymore?

It Can Happen Here… And Likely Will

In order to be able to survive, the thinking of the average American must change. You must be brave enough to say “It CAN happen here”. By opening your mind to the possibility that a time may come in America where just obtaining basic needs will be a challenge, people will take preparedness more seriously.

Not only do Americans have to open their minds to the possibility that it can happen here. They must also open their minds to the possibility that it likely will happen. If you have been paying attention to what going on in the world: the economic war between the petrodollar and the petroyuan, geopolitical tension building up to war, and societal demoralization here at home, you would have to been completely blind or ignorant to repetitively spout the words “It can’t happen here”.

What is Your Plan?

In order to come out of the other side relatively unharmed, you must have a plan. There is a saying that I am sure most of you are familiar with: “It is better to have it and not need it then it is to need it and not have it.” If we never get to a point where it hits the fan so to speak then you would have lost very little. However, if it does hit the fan and you aren’t ready, then you have a lot of woe coming your way.

However, since this site is about solutions and not fear mongering, I want to give you some food for thought so that if we as a country do end up in a crisis, you can breathe easy knowing that for the most part you will be ready for anything.

The Essentials: Your Key to Survival

The first thing that you will need, that all humans will need is clean drinkable water. Now stocking up with bottle water would most certainly be the most ideal, but let’s just say for argument’s sake that you “dropped the ball” on that one. Now of course you could drink water from out of your faucet. The problem is that tap water contains contaminants such as fluoride, bacteria and heavy metals. It would be in your best interest to have a water purification system in order to filter out all the garbage so that you can know for sure that you are drinking clean water.

The next thing you would need is a substantial amount of non-perishable food. The safe amount would be at least three to six months worth.

If you are someone who requires medication, it is best to have that on hand as well. I personally am an opponent of pharmaceuticals. However, I do understand that every person’s situation is different and my needs are not necessarily your needs. So with that said, have all the medication you require because pharmacies will be the first place that looters will think to strike.

It is also imperative to have a first-aid kit with items such as bandages, burn creme, rubbing alcohol, aspirin (personally not something I would recommend, but again your needs are different), ice packs, etc.

It is also wise to have a form of self-defense (yes this does include firearms). In a societal breakdown situation, you will be likely to encounter someone, or a group of people, that will want to take what you have by force. I do understand that there may be some people that want nothing to do with a firearm (although I would seriously urge you to reconsider). But a form of self-defense can include pepper spray, a knife, a sock stuffed with rocks (don’t laugh, you may be surprised how effective something like this could be) Even learning hand-to-hand combat can go a long way.

Other assorted items to of value to have on you would be a flashlight, a few packs of batteries (AA, AAA, D), matches, lighters, scissors, rope, etc.


I hope that I gave you enough to think about regarding survival and preparedness. We now live in uncertain times and it is best to make sure that with the right plan, equipment and skills that we make those times a little more certain. If you are new to this information, I hope you gain a lot of value from this article.



8 thoughts on “Survival and Preparedness – Defending Your Liberty

  1. Hello Mike, being from the UK and having different feelings to the avarage American, I would certainly not support the carrying or possession of firearms, but that is probably because of the way I was brought up. I like your basic ideas although in some cases storage space could be an issue.
    There are many things going on in the world today. Some good and some bad and trusting a politician not to push the button is something I don’t want to live with.

    1. I see your point Derek. And I do understand that there are some that want nothing to do with firearms so I don’t knock you for that. As far as storage space I guess that depends on if you live in an apartment or your own house. Some creative thinking may be required but in the end it may be worth it to have some extra cans of non-perishable food and bottles of water just in case. Thanks for your comment!

  2. Chris

    Hey Mike! Very interesting article. I am from Germany and, oh boy, I can tell you: People over here aren’t prepared as well. I recently told a friend that I want to learn how to grow vegetables and such, just to be prepared in case sh** hit the fan, he looked like me as if I was some kind of alien. Personally, I try to find the right balance: Not to be too eccentric about it, but also not to be totally unprepared…

    Thanks for the guidance, Mike!

    Appreciate it!

    1. Mikey Somersall

      You are making a wise decision being prepared. This is the same issue here in America. There are many who still think that this country can’t be touched. No country is immune from a SHTF situation. To think otherwise would be unwise. Thanks for the comment!

  3. Glenys

    You are right Mike, If the economy were to collapse today would I be ready for it – NO. I would not have enough batteries or medicine or food or heating or fresh water to live very long at all. You certainly got me thinking here.
    I think I need to go and buy a water filtration system. That would be a great idea. I was just wondering what would be your #1 must buy item if you went shopping this weekend?

    1. Mikey Somersall

      Hello Glenys! That is a very good question. I think it comes down to more than one thing needed for survival. But #1 would have to be plenty of water. Followed by non-perishable food. Those actually may be tied for #1 because those are too important to not have. Your best best may be to visit this website to look into all things survival. It is a good idea to have peace of mind in being secure that you will prepared for anything if a worse case scenario happens. Thanks for the comment!

  4. Sean Hines

    Hey Mike! You raise some very solid points about how ill-prepared the average person would be in such a scenario (myself included). People who do prepare themselves with bunkers full of non-perishables and the like are often though of as radicals, when in reality they would be the ones more likely to survive. I remember a while back National Geographic (I think) produced a video portraying what would happen if the electrical grid were shut down. The circumstances are a little different from what you mention here, but I think the consequences are the same. With no access to money and with no way for long distance communications social structure fell apart at the seams. Unfortunately, I think it would be hard for your average person so stockpile for the sake of being prepared when they have a hard time just having enough food to get by. I thoroughly enjoyed your post! Thanks for sharing your down-to-earth take on things.

    1. Mikey Somersall

      Hello Sean! Yes the average person will look at a person who is into preparedness as a kook. Yet the prepper is the one who is thinking and protecting themselves in case their is a SHTF scenario while the average joe is left unprotected because of the conditioning that society pushes on the populace. So an average joe can’t understand liberty if they are held prisoner mentally because of societal conditions. But in the end it is the prepper who will thrive because he didn’t succumb to the pressure that told him or her that he was crazy for his actions. Thanks for the comment!

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