Regardless of whether a disaster happens in your lifetime or not, it is still good common sense to know how to survive on your own. What you learn about self-sufficiency will inspire others in your community to be more self-reliant. A mere hundred years ago most human beings knew the value of basic survival skills, and yet today most of us are dependent upon conveniences like prepackaged food for our dinner. Indeed, true craftsmen who build with their own hands are harder and harder to find in this day and age. Virtually everything we own is made on automated assembly lines, where skilled knowledge is under-appreciated. We rely so excessively upon technology; just imagine what would happen if we lost our ability to use computers... Most of us don’t really know what living through disaster actually means until one happens, which is too late if we are unprepared. Frequently disaster victims depend too much on others for assistance, only to become more desperate and angry if the help is insufficient or arrives too late. We can only blame ourselves for not being prepared. Being prepared is what this book is about. Read. Learn. Grow. Be a better person. Avoid setting yourself up to suffer. Don’t expect others to do for you what you should be doing for yourself.