I’m NOT talking about “being Green” here. Probably a good idea, but not the point of the post.
If we listen too much to “Doomsday Preppers” and similar media-outlets, prepping seems to entail “Pick your disaster scenario and ignore everything else”. Peak Oil. Bank Collapse. EMP Attack. Solar Flares. Dirty Bombs. Bird Flu. Martian Invasion. Whatever. You pays your money and you takes your chances.
Back in the 1970’s, when I was a student, and a working biologist, for a while (computer geek now), one of the first things taught was referred to as “Commoner’s Law” (after Dr. Barry Commoner) which stated “EVERYTHING is directly-connected to EVERYTHING ELSE’. (Physicists later incorporated this into “Chaos Theory”) We bio-geeks would frequently head-tilt (and end up getting bad grades on quizzes ) at “other” classes for answering things like “Why Did William The Conqueror win at Hastings in 1066?” for providing an intricate network of reasons like “the Haralds were in the wrong place” and “Halley’s Comet” instead of just “He had cavalry”, the expected answer. Most of the time, there is NO one answer to “Why”.
Years later, a Native American shaman-teacher explained the idea of “Hunter’s Eyes” to me. ”If you put all your attention on where you think the deer will be coming out, you may not notice the bear eating your lunch out of your backpack.”
Try looking at the world like a 70’s Ecologist or an old Nakota hunter. Danger, or opportunity, doesn’t always come from just one direction, and probably not from the direction you expect. Watch everywhere. You might well live in a “Burt Gummer” bunker, with an arsenal and 10 years of stored food. If your vehicle breaks down at 3AM in ‘the boonies’ in February and you have no way to stay warm while you wait to walk out to a place where you cellphone works, you’re still SOL. Don’t get tunnel-vision. It can kill you.