Preparation shouldn't be excessive. It should be proportionate to the actual risks. So, what is the realistic possibility of various hazards?
regardless of geography
What are the risks to humans across the globe?
List of causes of death by rate, in 2002 (no pandemic, world war, or supervolcano happened that year)
- heart disease
- infectious and parasitic diseases
- respiratory disease
- unintentional injuries
(car accidents, falls, drowning, poisoning, fires)
- gastrointestinal disease
- intentional injuries
(suicide, violence, war)
- neuropsychiatric disorders
(Alzheimer's, epilepsy, Parkinson's, alcohol/drug use)
- urogenital disorders
(kidney and prostate disease)
- nutritional deficiencies
This is really interesting. The things that preppers usually focus on are listed in green, but they aren't very common. Disease is a far bigger concern.
On average, humans get killed one-by-one, not in large-scale calamities.
So perhaps the most important thing preppers can do is get health insurance, and eat well and exercise.
midwest, particularly Chicago & northern Indiana