While I ask people to keep in mind that this is not a "The World Is Ending" thread, I feel it is important to recognise that pending disaster can strike at any time and any place. Be it regional like hurricane katrina, or national like the Japanese earthquake last year. Or for many reasons; natural (hurricanes and the like), economical (Greece is a good example), or man-made (terrorism and war). My question is are there any survivalists here, and if so what preparations have you made? How long can you last in a disaster without government help? Also why? What do you think may happen to inspire you taking these steps to protect yourself and family? My intention here is to inspire an educational discussion between experienced survivalists and those interested in learning more about equipment, long term food storage and other related topics.