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The RVF worst-case-scenario survival/preparedness thread.
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RE: The RVF worst-case-scenario survival/preparedness thread.
Definitely. Time cost analysis is extremely important. I always assume poverty because low-to-zero cost solutions are available to everyone, and threads like this have a tendency to devolve into "buy this" lists.

Be careful about buying a solution without a backup, though. I had a Berkey and both filters I got it with detached from their mounts after one month of use light use. An annoyance in good times, but it would be a pretty disastrous if it happened after things got ugly.

If you've got a budget or a time cost analysis that makes buying a solution better than building one then go for it, but be aware of the pitfalls. It might seem like the guy who learns to build a sand filter is wasting his time but that's a skill he can use even if he has to run with nothing but the clothes on his back. If your Berkey fucks up like mine did (or the filters just clog over time) or you're forced to leave it behind then suddenly in retrospect learning how to build that sand filter might not seem like such a bad idea.

Risk vs time vs $ analysis like this is tricky. Obviously it's not worth the time investment to learn to manufacture a gun from scratch, but for a lot of people learning to use fishing line and tin cans is a very affordable alternative to buying fancy seismic sensors to detect intruders.

Everyone's analysis will be different but never forget, your high tech solutions can fail spectacularly, as my Berkey filters demonstrated.

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