The first thing most people do when they start prepping is stockpile food and water. Unfortunately, this is also the last thing many people do. A few months of food and water is great for getting you through temporary disasters, but what if there is a more permanent disaster? What if there is a full-blown societal collapse? Eventually the average prepper will run out of food.
Some people think they will just start a garden. First of all, your garden won’t produce enough food to feed your entire family. Even if it did, what if it’s destroyed by floods, fire, or something else? And if you don’t have a garden already, will your food storage last until the next harvest?
There are also those who think they will just go hunting or fishing. The problem is that if there are lots of other people doing the same things, the wildlife and fish could be picked clean in a matter of weeks. This is not to say you shouldn’t even try. The point is that it will not be a reliable source of food.
To survive a more permanent disaster, you will need more than just a food stockpile. You will need several different sources of food: A large garden and lots of experience with it (don’t wait until after the SHTF to plant your seeds), you will need livestock and plenty of feed (hunting would be a supplement at best), you will need the necessary tools and equipment, and you will need lots of skills and knowledge.
Preparing for the end of the world is not just a hobby, it’s hard work. Prep For SHTF recently published an excellent article that covers these issues in more detail and explains 3 steps every prepper must take to prepare for the end of the world as we know it.