An above ground safe room really only has to protect your family for a limited period of time. If we’re thinking worst-case scenarios, a few days. By then, police or rescue workers should be able to get there, even in the worst circumstances.
A large number of American citizens carry concealed every day, and that number is rising all the time. I’ve personally carried for a number of years, even though it is inconvenient, especially when my pants want to fall down from the weight of my pistol and extra magazines. But I do it anyway.
There are many disaster scenarios which are thought to have the potential to cause a general breakdown in society. People have proposed everything from food shortages to an EMP attack, with a financial collapse somewhere in between. But depending on how you define it, experiencing an actual breakdown in society is both rarer and more common that we think.
What if you don’t have enough? What if you’re caught unaware and you’re not ready? Or what if the stockpile you have isn’t enough to meet your needs? What then? Is it okay to turn to scavenging, in order to find what you need in order to survive?