Some observations about some of the posts, with comments on how I see it but definatley something to think about and ponder.
This isnt Japan. This is the United States. A large percentage of the population lives off of the government milk jug. When it runs dry, those people will be unprepared and things will get crazy. The small towns will fare better than the big city welfare types. When they get hungry,thirsty and scared, big citys will NOT be the place to be.
In the event of a breakdown in the ordinary infrastructure of society, what makes you think there will be a need to hide or protect against marauding gangs of villains? Do you think that poorly of your fellow citizens?
Very important. Even the fortified castles of Europe has secret getaways. Our firebases in Vietnam had them. You must have an exit plan, your survival may depend on it.
True statement...but you have to SURVIVE the initial onslaught first. Reconstruction comes after the panic, not before.
Rather than hiding in holes and hording goods, it's incumbent on the able survivors to lead reconstruction and relief efforts.
You can have one or the other but not both. The quietest suppressed rifles use subsonic ammo which,although it's fairly quiet has the trajectory of a rainbow. 300 yards is about the maximum effective range. If you use a suppressor on a rifle that shoots supersonic, you'll have the ability to hit far off, but the rifle will no means be quiet and the sonic blast is very evident.
I'm wanting a precision rifle, silenced and effective past 600 yards.
Never at any point in time or history, have we had a popluation so dependent on someone else for their survival. History is full of examples. TEOTWAWKI may not be the same for you a few hundred miles away...but if my world is crashing down and people are starving to death and in a blind panic it will be TEOTWAKI for me.
There are no indications now or in our history that would make these thoughts or preparations a response to reality - there's just life as usual - including bad economies for awhile and all that. If you want to take every negative as promising catastrophe, you'll find more negatives and more catastrophe.
On the contrary...his mind can accept that things may change for the worst. His mindset will go a long way to ensuring his survival. People that ignore the fact that it could happen because it scares them, will be rotting carcasses littering the countryside with the mistaken beleif that it couldnt happen here.
The proximate threat the OP faces isn't social Armageddon but mental Armageddon. His mind will kill his life.
Another assumption, yet one that the Federal Government does not share. There are several nations that could put the hurt on us. A coordinated terrorist strike with suitcase nukes could take us out in the blink of an eye, and the Government beleives it enough to spend billions on it and drill on that scenario. A couple of well place EMP blasts and our response cababilty would be severly diminished. Yeah, it could happen and if it does, no amount of preparation will be enough.
We do not presently have external enemies capable of doing global harm to our nation. We have a military with far greater response ability than back then. Bad stuff can happen of course as it did on 9/11, but no other nation is going to take us out in some massive violent attack.
I am of the thought process that it is better to prepare and not need it than it is to need it and not have it. If you dont need it, thats great and everyone lives happily ever after. If you do not it and you were foolish enough to say it couldnt happen here, you'll be on a list somewhere of people that perished.