I’m of two minds when it comes to the end of the world. I’m not sure if I want to die quickly in the first wave of whatever happens because I have chronic illnesses or survive to use the survival skills I’ve built up over a lifetime.
I’m thinking climate change is going to get us. Nukes are sexier and quicker, but I think climate change is going to keep pounding us with natural disaster after disaster until we can’t keep up.
I’ve never understood the movie mentality of trying to find a better place. I’ve always banked on staying put and being valuable to a community. I’ve got a basement and cold cellar full of food that’d last the family several months. We have a garden in the back yard that produces more than we can eat. I know how to can, dry, salt, pickle, and otherwise preserve food. I know how to forage, fish, trap, dress kills, and survive in the woods if I have to (but really, I’d rather sleep in a bed with a solid roof over my head). I have basic first aid, chemistry, biology, engineering, home repair, cooking and improvisation skills that I can make due with whatever is around.
I also have a library full of how to and scifi books, because I like that sort of thing. I am quite patient and like to teach, so I can pass my skills along.
If it came down to having to leave it would be better to kill me off quickly because I can’t walk far, but if I can stay in my domain I am confident I would do well in a small community.
I think the best thing anyone can do to prep without being a prepper is to gain skills that will help a person survive without electricity, because things can be found, but knowledge and ability will help you make the best of what you have.