Survive Anything: An Introduction to Survivalism for Pennsylvanians

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With so much uncertainty on the global and local front, it is no surprise that 57% of Americans – among a sample size of 3,000 surveyed by Primal Survivor – now consider themselves to be ‘survivalists’. In Pennsylvania alone nearly 5.3 million people (52%) gave their answer as ‘yes’; more than half of the state’s population is actively preparing for anything life throws at them. And there are good reasons to do so too! We have seen Chinese spy balloons, increased instances of extreme weather, a global pandemic, and war in Ukraine: all of which cause worry and apprehension about our world today. As such, it could be argued that taking steps towards survivalism is more than just a hobby: it is a smart way to stay protected against any eventuality.

What Pennsylvania Survivalists are Preparing For

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According to the Primal Survivor survey, survivalists (or those who actively prepare for an emergency situation) are mainly concerned about extreme weather events. But that’s not all; economic uncertainty, international conflict, pandemics, and even domestic political uncertainty are some of the other concerns that have prompted Pennsylvanians to become more engaged in prepping. Let’s take a closer look at what survivalists in Pennsylvania are preparing for.

Extreme Natural Weather Events

54% of respondents said that extreme natural weather events are the main reason they’re prepping. With Pennsylvania being no stranger to severe thunderstorms, hurricanes, flooding, and snowstorms this makes sense. The cyclical nature of these disasters encourages those in the state to be prepared for the worst-case scenario.

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Economic Uncertainty

The next biggest concern is economic uncertainty with 16% of respondents indicating they’re prepping as a result of this. Recent news about Chinese spy balloons incursions into US airspace has prompted 34% of Pennsylvanians to become more engaged in prepping. With the current pandemic exacerbating existing economic issues the fear around financial security is palpable in many parts of the state.

International Conflict & Domestic Political Uncertainty

14% of respondents indicated they were preparing because of international conflict while 3% cited domestic political uncertainty as their primary concern. Whether it’s regional tensions between countries or heated debates back home, survivalists are always looking ahead and trying to anticipate potential threats before they become reality.

It’s clear from this survey that Pennsylvanians are taking active steps towards being prepared for any eventuality no matter how unlikely it may be. Survivalists understand that staying on top of current affairs and being ready for anything is key when it comes to surviving anything life throws their way. Whether it’s natural weather disasters or political unrest it’s important to stay informed and know what you need to do when disaster strikes in order to ensure your safety and security during times of crisis.

How Pennsylvanians Can Prepare for Any Eventuality

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Prepping has become a way of life for many Pennsylvanians. Despite the growth of the survivalist movement, though, it seems that many Americans are still unprepared for extreme events. When asked how long they could survive without help from authorities if the power were to go out, the average response was just one week. With this in mind, it is important to know how to prepare for any event so that you don’t get caught off guard and left stranded.

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Disaster Supplies Kit

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends having a basic Disaster Supplies kit ready, which includes items such as three days’ worth of bottled water and non-perishable food, a battery-powered radio, a flashlight and extra batteries, a first aid kit, a whistle, and warm clothing. It is also recommended to have cash on hand as ATMs may not be working during an emergency situation. In addition to these basic items, it is also wise to consider additional supplies such as pet food and medications or medical equipment if needed.

Other Preparations

In addition to having your Disaster Supplies Kit ready, there are several other preparations that can be made ahead of time. Stocking up on fuel is important in case gas stations are closed during an emergency situation. Additionally, having alternate forms of communication on hand such as CB radios or satellite phones can be helpful in staying connected with family or friends when electricity and cell service are unavailable. Finally, it is wise to have an emergency plan in place so that everyone knows what steps need to be taken in case of an emergency situation.

No one likes being caught unprepared for emergencies or disaster situations; however, with some careful planning and preparation ahead of time you can ensure that you are ready for any eventuality that comes your way. Put together a Disaster Supply kit with all the necessary items needed for up to three days without assistance from authorities and consider stocking up on fuel and keep alternate forms of communication available should cell service fail. Most importantly make sure you create an emergency plan so everyone knows what steps need to be taken if disaster strikes. Being prepared can mean the difference between life and death in an extreme situation so take the time now before a disaster happens!

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