I tend to be pretty pragmatic about things, and focus on the more probable events first before worrying about the crazy stuff. Like worrying about a job loss before worrying about a giant asteroid hitting our planet.
But one thing I’ve always talked about is that in many cases the difference between prepping for the routine and prepping for the very unlikely isn’t as big as you might think.
Similarly, a given event can have likely consequences that aren’t particularly bad but that same event may have unlikely consequences as well … and those will probably be quite a bit worse.
Let’s take an EMP for example. There’s quite a few folks that are concerned about EMP, or EMP like effects such as a solar flare.
Depending on the type of EMP event, the impacts could vary pretty dramatically. Maybe a few of your electronic devices get fried. A little painful, but not the end of the world.
On the other hand, it could be a massive event that destroys the electrical grid, burning out transformers that can’t be easily rebuilt. That could be a massive multi-year impact.
Same type of event, completely different impact. But if you’re already prepping for a six month impact due to economic collapse, for example, how much does it REALLY take to be prepared for that EMP event as well?
Not a whole heck of alot.
If we focus on the fundamentals of preparedness, making sure we identify the systems that support us that could fail, and prepare accordingly for those failures, all of our efforts become broadly applicable.
So don’t focus on individual events so much. Instead, focus on preparing for the loss of those support systems and you’ll end off with a more balanced life that lets you react to events that you see coming AND the ones you don’t.