by Michael Levanduski
When thinking about and planning for emergency situations most people focus on food, water, shelter and protection. Stocking up on non-perishable foods, plenty of drinking water, a safe place to stay and weapons for protection is essential, but it doesn’t go far enough. Once you’ve got the essentials stocked up, it is time to start thinking about longer term survival. What will life be like if, for example, there is a global financial collapse and virtually every business is gone? What products and services fall in that class of items which isn’t strictly necessary for immediate survival, but is still essential for avoiding sickness and even death within the first couple years after the collapse.