Isn't it all about an assessment of the available resources?
In eotwawki situations which produce a sudden reduction in population, (plague) the most important thing is community building. no point surviving in a group which is below the critical number for a healthy breeding population.
In situations with a sudden reduction in resources, but not population, the situation is different. Then you will need to survive the bottleneck while population adjusts downwards to a new level, and presumably bring as many people with you as you can, starting first with those you love, and any other assessment criteria you feel right. This would still only be a temporary situation, because eventually the popultion will reduce through starvation, and you are back to community building to maximise your survival strength.
however it is worth noting that Ireland could sustain twice the current population with no more complicated an adjustment than learning how to plant taties, so again community building skills would be vital, as dealing with the pyschological reduction of millions of people being plunged from the relative luxury of modern life to the harsh realities of being a peasant farmer would probably spill over into a certain degree of lawlessness and anomie.
Most likely scenario? I think a reduction in resources, leading to more lawlessness and the need to be more self sufficient, while at the same time building community to preserve the best things in human culture - especially the security to be able to have some education in literacy, science, music, and so on is actually the most likely scenario to prepare for.
But as so many of the skills overlap between scenarios, and the first rule of survival is to take time to assess the situation and not act preciptously, I'm not sure that it makes all that much difference where you start in preparing, we all end up moving towards the same things.
I am not talking here about the survival skill pertaining to some particular situations, of course, like those who go off walking or hunting in the back country, or alpine skiing or whatever, or even for things like extreme weather or floods and so on. Off course survival skills for these situations are important and usefully transferable, but they also presume to some extent that there is help out there if you can get to it, or attract it to you. I'm thinking only of those situations where the event is so global that there won't be anybody coming, ever.
Last edited by bonniebede; 18-06-2012 at 08:30.