I get what you are saying. What I have spent is hopefully a total waste of money. In the event that it isn’t, I will be fairly well geared up.
Do I think that there really will be another civil war in the US? No.
Are we one of the few countries that has not had major bloodshed on our shores due to war in the last 100 years? Yes.
Are the arsehats getting worse where I live and is the media ignoring it more often than not? Yes
Would I rather spend a couple grand on stuff that I hope to never use as opposed to needing it and not having it? Yes
Do I hope to be able to move out and away like you have in the relative near future, but can I do that now? No
People’s preparedness is 100% relative to their bank account and spouse’s understanding, imo.