Every month or so, I'll come across an article like this showcasing one of the growing number of Cadillac apocalypse bunkers.
Such well-equipped retreats can lead to doubts in the minds of those of us who cannot afford a zombie timeshare. When things get bad, will those of us outside of one of these prepper country clubs survive?
Adding to this discussion are the cold realities of a worst case scenario during which these wealthy individuals would retreat to their prepaid compounds. One blogger recently opined that 40 percent of Americans would be dead within 90 days in the event of another American revolutionary war. I cannot find any data to support that estimate. We do know that 620,000 soldiers died during the Civil War - the largest national crisis since adoption of the Constitution. The 1860 census revealed that the U.S. population was approximately 31 million...meaning we lost approximately two percent of our population to combat losses or for reasons collateral to combat in the four years of the Civil War.
Of course, America 1860 looks much different than America 2015. More Americans produced their own food back then. They also had far less technological advances at their disposal than we do. So pick a mortality rate - two percent, forty percent, or some number in between. In a crisis where infrastructure becomes inoperable or dramatically hampered, we should expect serious injuries and death to rise dramatically.
Will only those in Blueblood Bunkers survive such an event? Are we kidding ourselves by preparing for that worse case scenario if we don't have access to such a facility?
Let me share three thoughts on this.
Don't let your lack of a doomsday bunker make you a defeatist. We can all take steps to increase our odds of surviving that worst case event, which hopefully will never come to fruition.
Finally, don't let the fear of a worst case scenario consume you. Start by focusing on the more common threats - severe weather, wildfires, earthquakes, job losses, serious illness or injuries - as we are far more likely to face these threats on a daily basis.
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