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Gulf coast states are preparing to be hit by Tropical Storm Isaac after the U.S. National Hurricane Center issued hurricane warnings for an area stretching from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle on Sunday.
Isaac is expected to hit somewhere between southeastern Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle either late Tuesday or early Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center said. The warnings stretched from east of Morgan City, La. — which includes the New Orleans area — to Destin, Fla.
As Isaac passed over the Florida keys, preparations began farther north as forecasters warned that the storm could be a strong Category 2 hurricane by the time it reaches the Gulf Coast..
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency for Louisiana on Sunday afternoon, while New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu took the same action for his city.
“Now is not the time to panic; it’s a time to prepare,” Landrieu said in a statement.
Jindal, a GOP governor expected to speak at this week’s Republican National Convention in Tampa, said he was staying put in Louisiana to ride out the storm.
Mississippi and Alabama also called state of emergencies, with Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley ordering residents in Mobile and Baldwin counties to evacuate Monday morning beginning at 8 a.m.
National Hurricane Center Director Rick Knabb told Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on a conference call that forecasters expect Isaac to drive a storm tide of 6-12 feet into coastal estuaries.
Isaac could come ashore Wednesday morning, seven years to the day after Hurricane Katrina killed more than 200 Mississippians and caused billions of dollars in damage.
The Gulf Coast hasn’t been hit by a hurricane since 2008, when Dolly, Ike and Gustav all struck the region.
As of 8 p.m. EDT, the storm was centered about 530 miles southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. Isaac had top sustained winds of 65 mph and was moving to the northwest at 15 mph.
Tropical storm-force winds extended outward up to 205 miles from the center, meaning storm conditions are possible even in places not in Isaac’s direct path.
Even before reaching hurricane strength, Isaac has caused considerable inconvenience, with hundreds of flights canceled at airports in Miami and Fort Lauderdale. There were scattered power outages from Key West to Fort Lauderdale affecting more than 6,000 customers, and flooding occurred in low-lying areas.
Gov. Rick Scott said at a news conference Sunday evening that only minor damage was reported from Isaac, but wind gusts of 60 mph were reported as far north as Pompano Beach, north of Fort Lauderdale. While officials urged residents in southeast Florida to stay home, that recommendation was ignored by some surfers and joggers on Miami Beach and shoppers at area malls.
The storm was predicted to pass west of Tampa, the site of the Republican National Convention, but it had already disrupted the schedule there because of the likelihood of heavy rain and strong winds.
In Key West, Emalyn Mercer rode her bike while decked out with a snorkel and mask, inflatable arm bands and a paddle, just for a laugh. She rode with Kelly Friend, who wore a wet suit, dive cap and lobster gloves.
“We’re just going for a drink,” Mercer said.
“With the ones that are brave enough like us,” Friend added.
Along famed Duval Street, many stores, bars and restaurants closed, the cigar rollers and palm readers packed up, and just a handful of drinking holes remained open.
That kind of ho-hum attitude extended farther up the coast. Edwin Reeder swung by a gas station in Miami Shores — not for fuel, but drinks and snacks.
“This isn’t a storm,” he said. “It’s a rain storm.”
With a laugh, Reeder said he has not stocked up aside from buying dog and cat food.
The forecast wasn’t funny, however. Isaac was expected to draw significant strength from the warm, open waters of the Gulf of Mexico..
At Miami International Airport, more than 450 flights Sunday were canceled. Inside the American Airlines terminal, people craned for a look out of one of the doors as a particularly strong band of Isaac began lashing the airport with strong rain and high wind.
Michele Remillard said she was trying to get a seat on a flight to New Orleans, well aware the city could be affected by Isaac later this week. In coastal Plaquemines Parish, La., crews rushed to protect the levees that keep floodwaters from reaching that New Orleans suburb.
Hurricane center forecasters are uncertain of the storm’s path because two of their best computer models now track the storm on opposite sides of a broad cone. One model has Isaac going well west and the other well east. For the moment, the predicted track goes up the middle.
Haitians began to dig themselves out of the mud on Sunday, one day after Tropical Storm Isaac doused the Caribbean nation and killed eight people there and another two in neighboring Dominican Republic.
With a reported total of 10 deaths for the island of Hispaniola, which is shared by the two countries, the scale of devastation was less than many people had feared.
But the capital and countryside of disaster-prone Haiti did suffer sporadic flooding, fallen poles and scores of toppled tents that housed people who lost their homes in the massive 2010 earthquake.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/weather/2012/08/26/tropical-storm-isaac-gains-strength-expected-to-become-hurricane-sunday/#ixzz24iqjw3G4
Preparing for Economic Collapse
by Greg McCoach
Article source here - http://www.wealthdaily.com/articles/be-prepared-part-1/3529
“Nuclear warfare is not necessary to cause a breakdown of our society. You take a large city like Los Angeles, New York, Chicago-their water supply comes from hundreds of miles away and any interruption of that, or food, or power for any period of time you’re going to have riots in the streets.
Our society is so fragile, so dependent on the interworking of things to provide us with the goods and services that you don’t need nuclear warfare to fragment us anymore than the Romans needed it to cause their eventual downfall.”
- Gene Roddenberry
While some may consider such a discussion a waste of time, more and more people are coming to the conclusion that preparations of some sort are warranted in our current troubled environment on many fronts.
How much preparation individuals are willing to do is usually in direct correlation to their belief that something catastrophic could happen, making life as we know it a much more difficult task.
It is a proven fact throughout history that when disruptions of any kind occur, those who made even the smallest preparations typically fare much better than those who took no thought at all in this regard.
Here is a list I have compiled of the things that could potentially happen, and threaten our way of life in a small or large degree. There is no way to predict these things, but anyone with common sense can see that the possibility is likely we could experience one or more of these events at some point in the future.
Any single event or combination of events could cause terrible and debilitating circumstances for a short or long period of time.
Natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, tornados, volcanic eruptions, solar flares, earthquakes, and other geophysical events
Possibility of wars, nuclear wars, nuclear reactor meltdowns, and radiation fallout
Financial meltdown (derivative, debt crisis, and or bond implosion) causing currencies to implode and governments to topple
Problems with the exploration, delivery or production of oil – the lifeblood of modern economies
Spread of disease such as the black plague, a bird flu pandemic, etc.
Power Grid Failure due to multiple possibilities
Political Anarchy or Revolution
Racial Strife or Civil War
Electro Magnetic Pulse Event
And a host of others I have probably not even thought about
With any of these scenarios listed above you could have localized, national, or global unrest and even war for an indefinite period of time depending on the scope and duration of the event(s).
An item that is not on the list, but could be equally devastating to individual families is the loss of a job.
Losing a job can be a catastrophic event if one is not properly prepared. Most families find themselves living pay check to pay check with little in the way of savings and almost nothing in the way of preparations. A recent example of this with a close personal friend is worth mentioning here.
For years I had brought up the issue of preparedness with a very close friend of mine. When I first started talking about it, the husband and wife basically blew me off, but I kept bringing the topic up and eventually they thought it prudent to at least get some sort of food storage together. This family was accustomed to an upper middle income and living very comfortably in suburbia with their three children.
About a year after putting together their survival food supply, the breadwinner of the family lost his job and ended up working a series of almost minimum wage jobs trying to make ends meet. He kept applying for better paying jobs in his field of expertise, but no matter how qualified he was, because of his age (late-fifties), nobody was interested in hiring someone at his previous salary level. The family lifestyle was devastated and they eventually lost their home.
In a recent conversation with this friend, he told me that without their food storage things would have been immeasurably more difficult. He thanked me for being a good friend and pushing the issue when he and his wife weren’t listening. The family is now living a greatly reduced lifestyle but keeping their heads above water and making more preparations.
I share this story because on an individual basis, there are a host of things that can happen where being prepared could make a huge difference. In addition to a major job loss due to a myriad of reasons, you could lose your health or the ability to do your job. We often as a people in general terms take things for granted and think this or that will never happen to us.
Unfortunately, things of this nature are happening to more and more people. All of us I am sure have been affected to some degree by similar stories amongst friends and relatives.
Our Current State of Affairs
The world in general seems afflicted on so many different fronts. When you look at the list above, any rational person could easily see one or more of these scenarios occurring within their lifetime.
Aside from the geophysical part that “seems” to be going haywire and could be nothing other than the planet’s cycles, there are plenty of manmade catastrophes that loom on the horizon. Never has the planet had as many people as now and with increased population numbers there is increased pressure for resources. This is a key point on why you want to stay invested in commodities of all kinds.
More countries seek nuclear devices than ever before and recent advancements in technology make this much easier than any time before in history. Biological and chemical weapons are also much easier to manufacture and are being stored by an increasing number of very scary countries. Oil markets are much tighter than ever as demand from countries like China and India is increasing but new supply cannot keep up with the increasing demand.
The financial debacle of the world economies needs no introduction to subscribers of TMS and IA. In short, bad times, really bad times for any number of reasons could and probably will be coming to a location near you. Unless you and your family take quite seriously this possibility, if and when something does happen, you could very well find yourself in some extremely difficult circumstances.
Look at the latest (June 3, 2012) news coming out of Greece as reported from Reuters in italics below. This is happening right now and it’s only going to spread.
When the political and economic systems of entire nations collapse the consequences are devastating.
Earlier this year pharmacies and hospitals in Greece were unable to provide life saving medicines due to a shortages caused by a freeze in the flow of credit from manufacturers to distributors to patients. A collapse in the country’s economy has forced many Greeks to turn to black market barter economies and has left millions financially devastated, with no hope of finding an income stream for the foreseeable future.
The credit system of the entire country is in shambles. So much so that reports are emerging about food shortages and hunger within the Greek prison system, suggesting that serious problems in the food delivery chain have begun to materialize.
As Nigel Farage warned recently, we are beginning to see the rise of extreme political parties as a consequence of the total and utter desperation of the populace.
Today the news gets even worse. Greece’s Regulatory Authority for Energy (RAE) announced an emergency meeting to deal with what can only be construed as a tell-tale sign that this crisis is very rapidly reaching critical mass and may spiral out of control in the very near future:
Greece’s power regulator RAE told Reuters on Friday it was calling an emergency meeting next week to avert a collapse of the debt-stricken country’s electricity and natural gas system.
“RAE is taking crisis initiatives throughout next week to avert the collapse of the natural gas and electricity system,” the regulator’s chief Nikos Vasilakos told Reuters.
RAE took the decision after receiving a letter from Greece’s natural gas company DEPA, which threatened to cut supplies to electricity producers if they failed to settle their arrears with the company.
You may have thought the financial collapse of 2008 was bad.
That was just a warm up. The main event is staring us in the face, and the whole of Europe has front row seats. What is happening in Europe is just a precursor for what will eventually be coming to the United States.
From another perspective, I personally witnessed what can happen within a very short period of time when food is no longer available to the public. This happened when I was in my early twenties living in Paris, France. Because of an extended truckers strike, the food stores were cleared out within 24 hours of the announcement. Within five days, normally law abiding citizens took to the streets and began threatening anyone who had storable food. Those with no storable food simply crossed the line of sanity within a short period of time and started desperately looking to take stored food from those who had food by any means necessary.
These events were never properly covered by the news media (what a surprise!), but I saw for myself firsthand how uncivilized a so called modern country can become within a matter of days just because of a lack of food. If I had not witnessed this myself, I probably would not believe this could happen so easily. Even as a strong young man, I found myself quite frightened at times before the trucks started rolling again. That particular truckers strike lasted three weeks and left an impression on me I will never forget.
The following are ITEMS TO CONSIDER that I feel are prudent as you make your own preparations based on the problems that could potentially threaten our way of life. Each of these sub-titles below could probably have their own book written about them, but for now will at least get you thinking about the most important things related to being prepared.
1. Should I Stay or Should I Go. Many have already decided where they will go if and when any such disaster occurs. One of the questions I get more than any other regarding this topic is the question should I stay in the United States or leave to another country? Personally, I know many who have already left the United States and they have never looked back. I have been invited to their retreats in Costa Rica, Panama, Argentina, and the Caribbean islands and they seem very happy with their decision to leave.
This is a huge decision but the following discussion may be of some help when thinking about this topic.
Because I travel so much worldwide in my search for quality mining assets I often compare notes on my trips with other geologists, newsletter writers, etc. about their travels as well. One of the realizations you see firsthand as you travel extensively worldwide is the extreme wealth, extreme poverty, and extreme corruption that exists in all of its world flavors. If you think the United States is corrupt, you should try going to Peru, or Bolivia, or Panama. And if you think those countries are corrupt you haven’t see anything compared to Russia, Haiti, India, or some places in Africa.
The fact is CORRUPTION and the GROWING GLOBAL POLICE STATE is EVERYWHERE!
Yes, we certainly see much to complain about in the United States which is definitely going the wrong way fast, but from what I have seen everywhere around the world, the U.S. is still less corrupt than most places on earth. There are bad apples everywhere throughout politics, local police, FBI agents, and most certainly the court system, but for every bad apple there are probably three times as many honorable people who are truly just trying to do their jobs.
Leaving the country is a decision you must decide before the event takes place because of the sheer amount of time and effort it takes to accomplish such a task. You must also think about being away from family and friends who don’t share your enthusiasm to leave the country and what affect that could have on everyone over time.
For most I think it’s probably best to just hunker down in your own country (U.S., or Canada) and prepare as much as you can. If you can afford a retreat cabin somewhere far away from the big cities that would probably be best, but you still need to get there once the event occurs.
Studies have clearly shown that once a SHTF (SHIT HITS THE FAN) event occurs, you have two to three days to get to where you ultimately want to hunker down. After that, travelling becomes extremely dangerous and it is unlikely that you will get to your final destination.
Highways will become kill zones targeted by the bad guys. To a gang of armed looters who forgot to prepare or plan ahead before the event, there is not a better target than an RV loaded down with stored food, ammo, and gold. Don’t be foolish and try to travel once things have gone south. If you need to get somewhere, plan to leave the moment the event happens and be where you want to be within 72 hours. This may require several false starts (meaning the event looked bad at first but didn’t materialize and you need to return home) on your part as events start to unfold. But it is better to be safe than sorry if you are planning to get somewhere when an event happens.
Military strategists know from historical accounts of what happens when governments fail, or when SHTF events affect a country. The rule of thumb is that roads are to be avoided at all costs.
If you cannot afford a retreat cabin of some sort, then there are things you can do to hunker down in your own home. First you need to stock up, and find a way to defend it. Like minded friends and neighbors can be a huge support network as long as they have prepared as well.
There is a great book, (not well edited, but great content) on how to live in your home and defend it. The name of the book is “Holding Your Ground: Preparing for Defense if it All Falls Apart.” The book is written by Joe Nobody, which in itself is a lesson in laying low. This book isn’t about turning your home into a concrete bunker armed to the teeth. It is more about using cosmetic deception to fool would be marauders into thinking your place has already been hit. This informative book is really an example of using very clever techniques that go far beyond “shooting back”.
Ultimately, everyone must decide for themselves based on finances, family concerns, and individual preferences what you can or cannot do in your preparations. Hopefully this discussion will help you make the best choices for what is in your best interest.
2. Hope for the Best; Prepare for the Worst. This is a good motto to live by despite how you think about things. Individuals can still hope for the best (that things can and will eventually work out), but what good is your prosperity going to do if you don’t have anything to eat or a safe place to hang out for an extended period of time. Why not prepare while you still can when things are readily available and can still be purchased at cheap prices. The coming hyper-inflation in my opinion will make any such purchases beforehand look very intelligent.
To prepare for the worst you need a plan. Have a Plan and Plan to ACT! How does the scripture go, IF YE ARE PREPARED YE SHALL NOT FEAR! Why are most people so against doing basic preparations that could be the difference on how they survive or whether they survive? History clearly shows over and over again that those who prepare always fare better than those who did not prepare.
Having a plan and being determined to act on that plan will always be the best way to handle any contingencies should they occur.
After a disaster your mind is going to be racing around like a car on a race track. Pre-planning and having a written down set of measures to take will make someone’s life go much smoother when the SHTF. Your own personal plan is ONLY what best fits what you are going to do during and after a disaster. People should also have back-up plans; PLAN B, and C at least because nothing ever seems to go as planned. Haphazard approaches to the aftermaths of catastrophes are kind of like a chicken running around without its head.
3. 72 Hour Bug-Out Bags: This is an easy cost effective preparation that makes a ton of sense no matter what happens. This could be a back pack or bag of some sort for each family member that contains all the items that individual may need during the first 72 hours after a disaster strikes. I’ll bet there were a lot of people after Hurricane Katrina who would have loved to have such a bag for each member of their family. Even a small preparation like this can have an enormous impact on how you survive the first few days after any type of catastrophic event.
Items to Include in such a bag would be toiletries, important papers (see below), change of underwear and clothes, some bottled water, snacks, a few bags of freeze dried food (Mountain House) that only require two cups of hot water to reconstitute within self-contained bag, water purification device, metal cup and small pot for boiling water, backpacker mini cook stove with fuel, sleeping bag, towel, ability to make fire, flashlight with extra batteries, glow sticks, ground cloth, tarp, rain gear, plastic forks, knives, spoons, parachute cord, personal cleaning wipes, first aid kit, good sharp knife, multi-tool, fishing line, small fishing hooks, compass, medications, cash, physical gold and silver, map of areas you may need, and any other items that would make sense for you.
Special items required by the elderly, babies, and pets need to be considered as well.
Important paperwork you should bring with you are birth certificates, insurance policies, passports, medical records, pet medical records, bank account info, deeds and titles to cars, homes etc., computer backup. Gather these and put them in a suitable container and wrap in plastic against the elements.
Having such preparations after a tornado, hurricane, or any calamity would allow you to grab and go because it’s already prepared. Each member of my family has such a bag and I keep each one of them in the basement of our house in a heavy duty large trash bag for protection against the elements.
4. Understand what “Just in Time Inventory” is and how this can affect you.
Most Americans take for granted the intricate systems that make it possible for us to engage in seemingly mundane day to day tasks like filling up our gas tanks, loading up our shopping carts at the local grocery store, obtaining necessary medications, and even pouring ourselves a clean glass of water. When we wake up each morning we just expect that all of these things will work today the same way they worked yesterday. Very few people have considered the complexity involved in the underlying infrastructure that allows goods, services and commerce in America flowing. Fewer still have ever spent the time to contemplate the fragility of these systems or the consequences on food, water, health care, the financial system, and the economy if they are interrupted.
The truth is that our “just in time” inventory and delivery systems leave us incredibly vulnerable to a nationwide disaster.
You see, it is very expensive to hold and store inventory, so most manufacturers and retailers rely on a continual flow of deliveries that are scheduled to arrive “just in time”, and this significantly reduces their operating expenses.
This is considered to be good business practice for manufacturers and retailers, but it also means that if there was a major nationwide transportation disruption that our economic system would grind to a halt almost immediately.
Once store shelves are picked clean, they would not be able to be replenished until trucks could get back on the road. In the event of a major nationwide disaster, that could be quite a while.
A report prepared for legislators and business leaders by the American Trucking Associations highlights just how critical our just-in-time inventory and delivery systems are, and assesses the impact on the general population in the event of an emergency or incident of national significance that disrupts the truck transportation systems which are responsible for carrying some ten billion tons of commodities and supplies across the United States each year.
A shut down of truck operations as a result of elevated threat levels, terrorist attacks, or pandemics would, according to the report, have “a swift and devastating impact on the food, healthcare, transportation, waste removal, retail, manufacturing, and financial sectors.”
So too would events such as an EMP attack or a coordinated cyber-attack that could shut down global positioning systems and the computers responsible for inventory control. Another potential scenario that is more likely now than ever before is liquidity problems within the financial system stemming from currency crisis or hyperinflation. All of our just-in-time delivery systems are built upon the unhindered transfer of money and credit, but when credit flow becomes restricted or money becomes worthless, no one will be able to pay for their goods.
Likewise, no one will trust the credit worthiness of anyone else. This is exactly the scenario playing out in Greece right now and the consequences on the health care industry in that country have left many without life saving drugs. When there’s no money, no one will be transporting anything.
The effects of a transportation shutdown for any reason would be immediate (in some cases, within hours) and absolutely catastrophic.
While an event that disrupts truck transportation systems may seem unlikely to many, recent history suggests it is fully plausible and the blowback can be devastating. A day after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans, panicked government officials stopped all transportation flow into the region, forcing hundreds of trucks loaded with emergency supplies like food and water to wait for permission before they could enter the area. As a result, thousands of residents of the city were left without items essential for survival. It took days before truck routes were re-opened and supplies were allowed to flow. Government officials acting on limited information, lack of knowledge and personal politics were responsible for restricting the flow of goods into New Orleans, potentially killing hundreds of people in the process.
What this incident demonstrated is that when the trucks in America stop, all commerce and delivery stops with it.
5. Food Storage – There is plenty of material available on the internet about the best ways to store food. I personally have read many books on the topic and one of the most important features is trying to gather materials that have a long shelf life which keep their nutritional value. Most store bought items have very short shelf lives and don’t work very well for long-term food storage.
Canned goods can work, but must be stored in a cool, dry environment, well below room temperature for increased shelf life, but not freezing. Costco and Sam’s Club are best for these types of purchases.
Freeze dried food can also work but can be rather expensive and the taste can sometimes be questionable. There are many different manufacturers and you need to get educated about this before purchasing. I like tasting the items first before making any major purchases.
(It’s also a good idea) to store staples such as wheat, rice, beans, sugar, oats, etc. which if stored properly can last up to 30 years. I look at my food storage as an investment and I want it to have a long life. There are various methods of storing these staples and each person should consider what method would work best for their circumstances.
6. Obtain water and purify it. In my search for ‘safe drinking water’ I found what I consider the best available situation on the planet. The LIFESAVER water bottle uses the latest technology to provide clean, pure drinking water. I have spent a lot of time searching for the best way at purifying water and in my opinion there is nothing better
Also, under the water category, it is wise to consider some form of water storage whether it is five gallon containers, 55 gallon plastic drums, or some other form of storage. These of course can be obtained from many different sources.
The bottom line in water preparedness is to always have a safe source(s) of clean drinking water and a way to store it. To most this may sound absurd since you can get clean drinking water from the tap in your home, but in times of emergency, civil unrest, etc. the water may be shut off or you may be displaced from your home and will need a way to have clean water. This leads to the discussion of having a stocked up safe haven place with two sources of water that is far away from a major city in case of a SHTF event.
This is one of the most rehashed subjects of survival but probably the most important one. Most people just assume the taps will continue to flow and water will be there. People need to know that unless water is from a spring it will likely need to be purified and this means some reliable filters or boiling which requires heat from a fire, along with pots to boil it in. Aside from drinking, water is also needed to rehydrate food, make milk from powder, and of course personal hygiene. How much water will be needed and used is something that is often vastly underestimated.
7. Know How to Protect Yourself. This almost certainly means owning a firearm and knowing how to use it to protect yourself or others. Many TV survival documentaries show people that feel they can defend themselves with knives, clubs, whatever, but in reality against someone else with a firearm they are going to lose 98% of the time. Someone that has been specifically trained on how to use firearms in a defensive manner will almost always win the day in a gun battle.
You can’t just own a gun; you have to know how to use it at a very high level. You also need to know how to clean your weapons and take care of them. Having access to a gunsmith may or may not be available to you.
Some people think that they cannot use a firearm against another person, but this feeling changes abruptly when they see one of their family members at risk. Some people still cannot use a firearm in any circumstance, and in this case should consider some form of self defense such as the non-lethal devices including stun batons, pepper sprays, TASERS, even baseball bats.
People can feel that everyone will come together and rebuild society, and many good people will, but there are plenty of bad people in this world. It may come down to you or them. Everyone needs to practice over and over with any self defense armament they have, so there is no hesitation when it comes to saving one’s life from someone that is willing to take yours or your loved ones.
For a handgun, I recommend a 45 caliber for men and a 9MM for women. Most women find the kick of a 45 caliber handgun too much to handle when shooting and are more comfortable with a 9 MM. Colt, Smith and Wesson, H&K, Sig Sauer are some of the best name brands in handguns to consider if you don’t already own a handgun and need to purchase one.
A 45 caliber handgun has more stopping power than a 9 MM but any well placed shot with any type of gun can mean game over for an intruder or attacker with mal intent.
Some other types of guns to consider are a good defensive shotgun (12 gauge) with large size buck shot and a long range rifle with a quality scope.
If you are not familiar with guns, it is best to find a friend who is and can help you through the process of buying handguns, shotguns, or rifles.
Once you have the guns you want then it becomes necessary to know how to safely use those guns without hesitation if needed. I have sent my entire family to what I consider the best gun training that exists on planet earth for civilians. The name of the place is called Front Sight and is located an hour outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. You can reach them at www.frontsight.com
If that is too far to travel, there are plenty of other training facilities around the country you can find with a local search on the internet. If you are not familiar with the handling of guns I highly recommend you find someone that can properly train you in a safe environment.
For Those Who Live in Canada
I realize that in Canada it is illegal to own handguns, but you can have hunting rifles from what I understand. I would get familiar with the process of obtaining any kind of weapons that the Canadian government will allow citizens to own for hunting purposes or self-defense.
Unfortunately the bad guys even in Canada always have illegal guns so it is in your best interest as the good guys to go through whatever permitting or paperwork hassles necessary to obtain legal weapons of any kind in your own country.
8. Have a Way to Cook Food in Case the Power is Off. A story below from someone who experienced an earthquake serves as a great reminder why we want to have the ability to cook our own food during a crisis.
A few years ago I remember people waiting in long food lines after the San Fernando earthquake hit California. Many of the people in the damage zone spent hours in breakfast lines, then long lines for lunch, then a repeat for dinner. They had to spend many hours a day in food lines because either they had no food reserves or had no means of cooking their stored food. A little preparation can go a long way in preparing for emergencies. Had these good people stored a little food, fuel and invested in a good quality Dutch oven, they would be set for cooking in their back yard instead of relying on Federal troops to supply their family’s nutrition.
Good quality Dutch ovens are fun to use, the food always tastes great, and they’re invaluable in emergencies. They require charcoal to prepare your food.
Another option is a Volcano cook stove which also uses charcoal but saves two-thirds of the amount normally needed when cooking with Dutch ovens. Charcoal is safe and easy to store, eliminating the need to store dangerous liquid fuels for emergency cooking.
Most good Dutch oven cooks choose Kingsford brand charcoal because of the consistency of the product. If it takes 15 briquettes to cook a chicken once, then it will probably take 15 the next time also.
9. Understand the psychology of desperate people. This is a difficult one. After a SHTF event people will not behave normally. That neighbor that was in control during many minor emergencies may be the one pounding on your door with whacked out eyes demanding what you have because they did not prepare for anything. Someone in your own survival group may just blank out in a zombie-like stare. Unexpected times bring out the best and worst in people and you need to prepare for this possibility. You yourself could lose it. Again, preparing for this will help should it occur. You always hope that disasters will bring out the best in your fellow human beings, but often this is not the case.
10. Maintain proper hygiene. This is one of the top priorities within the armed forces because disease and sickness can and do take down the toughest of soldiers. People must realize that after a terrible disaster it is not like someone that goes camping, comes back dirty, and takes a nice long shower or a hot bath. After a SHTF event the water to the faucets, as well the hot water heater may not work. Bathing on at least a semi-regular basis is necessary to avoid all sorts of bacteria from building up on the skin and causing a variety of health concerning ailments that will then have to be treated. People should plan on just how they will keep themselves clean, even thinking about sponge baths or using personal wipes as an option.
11. How to dispose of waste and proper sanitation. In third world countries and the pre-flush toilet era one of the leading causes of illness and death was and is waste not properly discarded. If the toilets won’t flush because there is no water to make them work, human waste is going to be a huge whopping problem for people trying to survive. Even improperly burying human excrement can lead to disease. Portable toilets, toilet paper and disinfection (bleach for one) should be one of the top items in any survival kit, lots of it. Also disposal of other trash is an issue that can bring hungry dangerous animals around drawn to the stench. Burning of trash can be choice of some, while plastic trash bags and the means to find some place to dump them is another alternative.
12. Learn to control pest and other vermin. This is a problem that led to about half of Europe dying several hundred years ago with the black-death. Fleas and ticks carry some terrible diseases. Even people that stay inside their own homes will have to deal with this problem. People outside will have to contend with the fleas, ticks, flies, mosquitoes, mice, rats, etc., etc., etc. There are many repellents in nature that can help a lot such as citronella, even the smell of garlic that most vermin do not like much at all. Stocking up on insect and other commercial repellents is always an excellent idea. It only takes one bite to make a person deathly sick.
13. Understand radiation and fallout and how to protect yourself. This is one of the least understood of the survival precautions taken. There are hundreds of nuclear power plants that could fail after the world as we know it goes down the tube. There are still tens of thousands of nuclear weapons available for war should countries decide to use them. Fallout is something that you might not even see and until you are sick might not even know you have been contaminated. The purchase of a radiation detector that is protected against EMP is a wise idea. Understanding about radiation accumulation dosage RAD’s and how to shield oneself against it is paramount.
14. Learn first aid. Treating yourself and or others will probably be the only thing someone can do as medical professionals are going to be few and far between. Many places offer free classes on first aid because they want people in the community to be prepared. A good first aid book along with a first aid kit is something every household should have before, during, and after a disaster. Primitive conditions should be expected when anyone is helping someone after a catastrophe. A stockpile of antibiotics are always a good idea. Even acquiring the skill of making your own antibiotics can save lives as infection is something that will become an epidemic, especially with minor cuts and abrasions.
My family has gone as far as being trained to stitch up wounds. We decided as a family that we would learn this skill in case anyone we knew was in need. We have purchased the sterile suture kits and could stitch small to medium size wounds as good as any doctor at this point. We have been trained by medical professionals on a whole assortment of skills from putting in an IV in someone’s arm to treating major trauma. This also requires having the right supplies and equipment.
From my viewpoint this is a skill set that is valuable in any circumstance, but particularly in SHTF events when medical personnel may not be available in a convenient time frame.
15. Learn about nutrition. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies are nothing to fool around with. Just look what scurvy, the lack of Vitamin C, can do to someone. Many survivalists and preppers make the critical mistake of only being concerned about calories to keep them going. Vitamins; A, B1 through B12, C. D, E, K, Minerals; Calcium, Copper, Iodine, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Zinc, and trace minerals are necessary to keep a body going. Many survival foods have some of what your body needs, but sadly lack in others.
Each person needs different amounts and any survival food supply should take this need as important as the food itself. Vitamin and mineral supplements should be stocked with food if someone is unsure about what they are getting. Trace mineral drops are a liquid that can solve this problem and are a good addition to any emergency supply.
16. How to start and maintain a fire. This is for everyone. Having a fire and keeping it going when you need it has been the essence of survival for thousands of years. Fire cooks, heats water, keeps you warm, sterilizes items, and gives light. Having a lighter, matches, any starter is one thing, but actually keeping the fire going is another. Making sure the fire does not cause damage to your home or shelter is something not everyone thinks about. Burning of toxic wood or other material is something to remember as well.
While most everyone thinks that using a fire is rudimentary, there is much more to it. As a matter of fact a church group recently tested some of their members and gave them matches to start a file. Most of the people had trouble starting a basic fire even though they had matches. This is a skill that you must acquire that allows you to consistently start a fire anywhere at any time. You should also learn to start a fire without matches. There are several books that are listed at the end of this report that can show you how this is done.
17. Learn how to grow food and or find it. People’s supplies will only last so long and eventually self sufficiency with mean acquiring your own food by either growing it or hunting for it. Many people are into seed storing, and in many cases growing your own food will feed the family. However growing food has many drawbacks that people need to look at. Water is an issue in dry areas as irrigation is very manpower or animal power intensive.
One of the gravest things to contemplate is actually guarding your yield, as two legged problems could be a bigger issue to your crops than some beetle infestation. Hungry people will see food growing and take it, 24 hours a day. No one can grow enough food to feed all those seeking food. From a practical sense, it might be a better idea for some to go the hunter and gathering approach. There are many good survival shows on TV that are very informative on surviving off the land. Learning these skill sets can make a huge difference in any survival situation.
18. Last minute items to secure from a grocery store. If you have your long term food storage and other preparations already in place, once a SHTF event occurs you may want to quickly go to the grocery store to secure these last minute items as quickly as possible before the shelves are empty. These are typically items that don’t store well for the long-term but would be critical to own once a break-down occurs
Hopefully you already have your canned goods, grains, rice, pasta, paper products, and freeze dried foods that do store well for the long-term. This should allow you to concentrate on these other items while most other people are trying to secure what you already have.
Studies have shown these short-term storage items go first when a crisis happens. Most of these products have a shelf-life less than a year and a half.
Pancake mix – never use beyond shelf life as this has been known to cause toxic shock
Spices (Salt, pepper, etc.)
Baking Essentials (flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder)
Alcohol for medicinal purposes or for bartering
Baby Food, Diapers, Wipes
These are just some suggestions that people need to address now, before trying to survive the aftermath of a horrible event. People that prepare (preppers) have to realize that when civilization stops functioning so does everything that most of us depend on. There may never be a safety net there for us WHEN our stocked up survival supplies run dry. Much of survival is having supplies, as well as backups for when food, water, and other necessities cannot be found. The other part is being ready for everything our new situation could throw our way. For this we all need to learn survival skills.
When someone thinks about their personal needs, an individual can probably add many more survival skills to the items we have talked about above. You want to become quite proficient with the skills you may need personally before the SHTF so you and your family have a better chance of surviving.
I have been entertained by the recent “Doomsday Preppers” show on television lately that portray the preppings of people who are concerned about various potentially life threatening scenarios.
In most of these cases, while many have made some great preparations in some instances, they are woefully unprepared in other key circumstances. In one case there was a lady who was obviously very prepared with food, but wanted nothing to do with other important preparations such as protection. Here she is on national television telling the world where she is and all about her food preparations. She has absolutely no protection and won’t even consider it. In my opinion she clearly does not understand how many unwanted people are going to come for her food when a major crisis hits. Some of those people will probably not even think twice in killing her to obtain the food.
If you have not yet watched any of these shows, they are very entertaining and can give you some ideas for your own preparations.
Good Sources of Information or Books on these Topics
Strategic Relocation by Joel Skousen Swift Learning Resources 1800 292-4746. This very informative book is a great guide in locating the safest places in North America. It takes into account many factors in evaluating why some places are better than others when trying to find the best safe havens closest to your current location.
Food Storage Guide by Survival Products, LLC | http://OnlineSupportSolutions.com. A very good guide for beginners on how to successfully build a food storage.
Water Storage Guide by Survival Products, LLC | http://OnlineSupportSolutions.com. A very good guide on how to successfully store, and treat water for safe drinking over the long term.
Survival Garden Guide by Survival Products, LLC | http://OnlineSupportSolutions.com. A very good guide on how to start and maintain a survival garden.
Picking up the Pieces by Sorcha Faal and David Booth. This book is a practical guide for surviving economic crashes, internal unrest, and military suppression. The authors have lived through and experienced war, tyranny, and extremely dangerous situations where they lived.
They have compiled a great book of information that offers readers knowledge and insight into the best ways to prepare and survive. How do you function in an underground economy? What are the advantages of having multiple sets of identification papers for yourself and your family BEFORE the onset of events happens?
The Complete Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook by Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht. The most essential scenarios from all eleven Worst Case Survival Handbooks are collected in this sturdy reference volume. A guide on how to survive all kinds of unusual circumstances.
The Complete Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook – Man Skills. Being prepared is the key to mastering any situation and this book offers over 500 pages of the most essential survival scenarios from the entire Worst Case Survival Handbook series.
Special Forces Survival Guide by Chris McNab. The book encompasses wilderness survival skills from the world’s most elite military units.
The Survivors Club by Ben Sherwood. This New York Times Bestseller offers readers the secrets of the world’s most successful survivors. What do they know that you don’t? Each second of every day, one of us faces a crisis, whether it’s a car accident, violent crime, serious illness, or financial trouble. Who beats the odds and who surrenders? And how can we become the kind of people who survive and thrive?
Ominous Parallels by Leonard Peikoff with introduction from Ayn Rand. A brilliant study on America today – and the “ominous parallels” with the chaos of Pre-Hitler Germany. In this book you will learn why America has been detoured from its original path and led down the same road that Germany followed to Nazism.
Patriots, Surviving the Coming Collapse by James Wesley Rawles. U.S. Army Intelligence Officer James Wesley Rawles has written an intensely powerful novel that is more like a survival manual dressed in fiction. In the book Rawles doesn’t just tell you what could happen, he explains exactly how to prepare for it. This book is a real page turner because it is so grounded in what could happen.
Summary – I hope this discussion on being prepared has been of some value to you no matter how you feel about the potential for problems in our future.
For me it has become a way of life as my beliefs are very strong that a catastrophic financial derivative event is looming in our near future. Because of that and the nature of my newsletters, I have always felt that preparedness really is part of my message thus the need to write more about this topic.
Since our junior mining shares are suffering at the moment, I thought the timing would be good to focus on the topic of preparedness while we await the next run to higher ground.
When you start to see bank runs and long lines at the banks like we are seeing in multiple countries in Europe right now, this is a sign the endgame is near. A recent article by a major fund manager from London who previously sold derivative to Europe while working for Goldman Suks, stated his opinion that the endgame for the derivatives is end of this year or early next year.
No matter how you slice it, things worldwide are getting very strange very quickly. The time to prepare was yesterday but you still have time to get whatever preparations you can while prices remain reasonable and availability exists. This can all change quite suddenly however as I hope that I have amply demonstrated above.
I end with a quote from one of my favorite authors.
“Man’s mind is his basic tool of survival.”
When the economy of a nation collapses, almost everything changes. Unfortunately, most people have never been through anything like that, so it can be difficult to know how to prepare and how to survive. For those that are busy preparing for the coming global financial collapse, there is a lot to be learned from the economic depression that is happening right now in Greece. Essentially, what Greece is experiencing is a low level economic collapse. Unemployment is absolutely rampant and poverty is rapidly spreading, but the good news for Greece is that the global financial system is still operating somewhat normally and they are getting some financial assistance from the outside. Things in Greece could be a whole lot worse, and they will probably get a whole lot worse before it is all said and done. But already things have gotten bad enough in Greece that it gives us an idea of what a full-blown economic collapse in the 21st century may look like. There are reports of food and medicine shortages in Greece, crime and suicides are on the rise and people have been rapidly pulling their money out of the banks. Hopefully this article will give you some ideas that you can use as you prepare for the economic chaos that will soon be unfolding all over the globe.
The following are 10 things that we can learn about shortages and preparation from the economic collapse in Greece….
#1 Food Shortages Can Actually Happen
Most people assume that they will always be able to run out to their local supermarket or to Wal-Mart and get all of the supplies they need.
Unfortunately, that is a false assumption. The truth is that our food distribution system is extremely vulnerable.
In Greece, many people are starting to totally run out of food. Even some government institutions (such as prisons) are now reporting food shortages. The following was originally from a Greek news source….
The financing for many prisons has decreased to a minimum for some months now, resulting in hundreds of detainees being malnourished and surviving on the charity of local communities.
The latest example is the prison in Corinth where after the supply stoppage from the nearby military camp, the prisoners are at the mercy of God because, as reported by prison staff, not even one grain of rice has been left in their warehouses. When a few days earlier the commander of the camp announced to the prison management the transportation stoppage, citing lack of food supplies even for the soldiers, he shut down the last source of supply for 84 prisoners. The response of some Corinth citizens was immediate as they took it upon themselves to support the prisoners, since all protests to the Justice ministry were fruitless.
#2 Medicine Is One Of The First Things That Becomes Scarce During An Economic Collapse
If you are dependent on medicine in order to survive, you might want to figure out how you are going to get by if your supply of medicine is totally cut off someday.
Mina Mavrou, who runs a pharmacy in a middle-class Athens suburb, spends hours each day pleading with drugmakers, wholesalers and colleagues to hunt down medicines for clients. Life-saving drugs such as Sanofi (SAN)’s blood-thinner Clexane and GlaxoSmithKline Plc (GSK)’s asthma inhaler Flixotide often appear as lines of crimson data on pharmacists’ computer screens, meaning the products aren’t in stock or that pharmacists can’t order as many units as they need.
“When we see red, we want to cry,” Mavrou said. “The situation is worsening day by day.”
The 12,000 pharmacies that dot almost every street corner in Greek cities are the damaged capillaries of a complex system for getting treatment to patients. The Panhellenic Association of Pharmacists reports shortages of almost half the country’s 500 most-used medicines. Even when drugs are available, pharmacists often must foot the bill up front, or patients simply do without.
#3 When An Economy Collapses, So Might The Power Grid
Try this some time – turn off all power to your home for 24 hours and try to live normally.
Sadly, most people simply do not understand just how dependent we are on the power grid. Without power, all of our lives would change dramatically.
In Greece, authorities are warning of an impending ”collapse” of the power grid. If it goes down for an extended period of time in Greece, the consequences would be catastrophic….
Greece’s power regulator RAE told Reuters on Friday it was calling an emergency meeting next week to avert a collapse of the debt-stricken country’s electricity and natural gas system.
“RAE is taking crisis initiatives throughout next week to avert the collapse of the natural gas and electricity system,” the regulator’s chief Nikos Vasilakos told Reuters.
RAE took the decision after receiving a letter from Greece’s natural gas company DEPA, which threatened to cut supplies to electricity producers if they failed to settle their arrears with the company.
#4 During An Economic Collapse You Cannot Even Take Water For Granted
If the power grid goes down, you will soon no longer have clean water coming out of your faucets. That is one of the reasons why it is absolutely imperative that the power grid stay operable in Greece.
Sadly, most people don’t understand just how vulnerable our water system is. In a previous article, I quoted from a report that discussed how rapidly our water supply would be in jeopardy in the event of a major transportation disruption….
According to the American Water Works Association, Americans drink more than one billion glasses of tap water per day. For safety and security reasons, most water supply plants maintain a larger inventory of supplies than the typical business. However, the amount of chemical storage varies significantly and is site specific. According to the Chlorine Institute, most water treatment facilities receive chlorine in cylinders (150 pounds and one ton cylinders) that are delivered by motor carriers. On average, trucks deliver purification chemicals to water supply plants every seven to 14 days. Without these chemicals, water cannot be purified and made safe for drinking. Without truck deliveries of purification chemicals, water supply plants will run out of drinkable water in 14 to 28 days. Once the water supply is drained, water will be deemed safe for drinking only when boiled. Lack of clean drinking water will lead to increased gastrointestinal and other illnesses, further taxing an already weakened healthcare system.
What will you do when clean water stops coming out of your faucets?
You might want to start thinking about that.
I recommend a having a proven water purification filter in your survival food supply.
#5 During An Economic Crisis Your Credit Cards And Debit Cards May Stop Working
Most people have become very accustomed to using either debit cards or credit cards for almost everything.
But what would happen if the financial system locked up for a period of time and you were not able to use them?
This is something that the citizens of Greece are potentially facing in the coming months, and this is something that all of us need to start thinking about.
#6 Crime, Rioting And Looting Become Commonplace During An Economic Collapse
Big corporations are already making extensive plans for how to protect their stores in the event that Greece switches from the euro to the drachma.
The following is from a recent Reuters article….
British electrical retailer Dixons has spent the last few weeks stockpiling security shutters to protect its nearly 100 stores across Greece in case of riot.
The planning, says Dixons chief Sebastian James, may look alarmist but it’s good to be prepared.
Company bosses around Europe agree. As the financial crisis in Greece worsens, companies are getting ready for everything from social unrest to a complete meltdown of the financial system.
#7 During A Financial Meltdown Many Average Citizens Will Start Bartering
During this economic depression, alternative currencies have already been popping up in Greece.
When things fall apart on a global scale, will you have things to barter for the things that you need?
#8 Suicides Spike During An Economic Collapse
When you think of the Great Depression of the 1930s, what do you think of?
Many people think of images of people jumping out of buildings.
Well, something similar has been happening in Greece. Suicide statistics in Greece have been absolutely soaring during the last couple of years.
Once prosperity disappears, many people feel as though life is not worth living anymore.
#9 Your Currency May Rapidly Lose Value During An Economic Crisis
Just remember what happened in Germany during the Weimar Republic and what has happened recently in places like Zimbabwe.
The truth is that it can happen anywhere.
Right now, Greeks are pulling their money out of the banks because they are worried that their euros will be turned into drachmas which would rapidly lose value.
If I was living in Greece I would definitely be concerned about that. The return of the drachma seems to get closer with each passing day. Just check out these screenshots.
#10 When Things Hit The Fan The Government Will Not Save You
Has the government of Greece come to the rescue of all of those that are deeply suffering right now?
Of course not. The truth is that the Greek government can barely take care of itself at the moment.
History has shown us that governments simply cannot be counted on when things hit the fan.
Just remember what happened during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
In the end, the only one that can be counted on to take care of you and your family is you.
So you better start preparing.
Unfortunately, as I wrote about the other day, time is rapidly running out for the global financial system.
Even some of the top economic officials in the world are warning that another major crisis could be on the way.
Just check out what World Bank President Robert Zoellick said the other day….
“Events in Greece could trigger financial fright in Spain, Italy and across the eurozone. The summer of 2012 offers an eerie echo of 2008.”
He also compared a potential exit of Greece from the eurozone to the collapse of Lehman Brothers back during the last financial crisis….
“If Greece leaves the eurozone, the contagion is impossible to predict, just as Lehman had unexpected consequences.”
So what are some things that the average person can do to get prepared?
Well, a recent article on SHTFplan.com entitled “The List: A to Z Survival for the Abysmal Times Ahead” contains hundreds of ideas for preparing for the chaotic economic environment that we are heading into.
Preparation is going to look different for every family. No two situations are exactly the same.
But there are some practical steps that nearly all of us can take to better position ourselves for what is coming. Now is the time to get educated and now is the time to take action.
Or you could be like all of those that laughed at Noah while he was building that big boat.
In the end, things did not work out too well for those folks.
The girl rode the train home empty handed. She had made the trip into Kiev to buy some basics for her family. She was lucky; she lived in a small country town where her family produced much of their own food. Plus her family was very well to do, and they could afford to buy any extra they couldn’t produce. The problem was, there was no food available, when she arrived at the grocer in the capitol, she was confronted by empty store shelves.
My friend told me the story of growing up in the Ukraine during a deep recession. She said the empty store shelves where such a surprise because there had always been plenty before. All her family’s wealth didn’t matter because of severe food shortages. If you have ever been to a grocery store on a hurricane coast while a hurricane warning is in effect you will know what empty store shelves look like. People like to wait until the last minute to lay in their survival food supply during a hurricane to get them through the emergency.
With world events as they are you should not rule out an upheaval that will leave America’s store shelves empty just like they were in the Ukraine. News of the possible breakup of the Eurozone is just one thing that could send the world into a crippling recession.
So where do you start putting back an emergency food supply?
Your survival food supply should start with a 72 hour kit designed to get you through three days of meals. These meals should be light weight easily stored and food that you like to eat. If you don’t like the taste you just add in another factor against you while you are trying to survive an emergency.
The smart money is on stocking up on some non-GMO survival food with high nutritional content. Why mess with stuff you wouldn’t normally eat or that isn’t good for you in the long run?
After you get you 72 hour survival kit in place, start building up your food storage plan. Depending on the kit you buy you can just get multiples of the 72 hour survival kit or start adding on meals and packs of meals until you have a survival food supply that can sustain you through any type of emergency.
Remember, food you don’t like to eat, or is not nutritious will not keep you in top condition for surviving the emergency. And like my friend it won’t matter how much cash you have if there is no food available. If there should be food shortages, you will be able to concentrate on other things if you have a reliable supply of survival food stored away.
An electromagnetic pulse or EMP is a burst of electromagnetic radiation. The EMP can be caused by a high-energy explosion, in particular, by the detonation of nuclear device on the earth’s surface. This results in a rapidly changing electrical and magnetic field. There is also a high-altitude electromagnetic pulse or HEMP caused by the detonation of a nuclear device high above the earth. There are non-nuclear ways to produce an EMP, as well. Typically, the devices used to generate an EMP are carried as a payload on cruise missiles and even drones. Devices of this magnitude would disrupt a large portion of the country at one time. In theory, if enough pulse was generated at one time, it is conceivable that the entire country could be left in the dark. The country’s entire infrastructure would collapse at this point. Even if the EMP did not destroy the entire county’s infrastructure, at one time, the remaining resources would soon be overloaded. This type of scenario can also be the result of solar flares from the sun.
Preparation Is Essential
How does one prepare for a complete collapse of the country’s infrastructure? The first step is being aware that it can happen. You must have a survival food supply, water and medical supplies. You must also realize there would not be electricity, safe drinking water, any type of commerce and travel by motor vehicles would be extremely limited if not impossible. Most motor vehicles would be rendered inoperative by the EMP attack or solar flares, which would likely destroy the vehicle’s computer and electrical system. Your city’s water treatment plant would be inoperative and any machinery or systems that rely on electricity or computers would be useless. You would essentially be thrown 150 years into the past.
The best defense for an emp attack or major solar flares is proper preparation. Your survival food and water supply must be such it will not spoil, is easy to transport and can consumed without a lot of preparation. It is recommended you use a dehydrated survival food supply. Typically, the preparation only requires hot water and the foods are easily carried. You simply cannot carry enough canned foods because of the weight and volume. Perishable foods are out of the question for the most part because; you can become sick from bacteria growth. Spoiled foods will attract pests and four legged predators, as well.
Cache Your Supplies
Your survival food supply should not be stored in one location. You will also need medical supplies, water and or the means to purify water. Storing all your survival equipment in one place can be dangerous. Your home or storage structure may be destroyed or it may become the target of looters. You should cache your supplies at various locations. Keep in mind when caching that GPS systems will not work, so you must learn the basics of land navigation. Learn how to use a compass and map to bury and locate your supplies.
Your basic survival kit should include, medical supplies, the means to purify water, fire starting tools, compass and maps of the area and of prospective staging areas. The list of course is not comprehensive; you must adapt it for your situation. Every member of the group should have a backpack with the listed items. This ensures that if someone is separated from the group, they have the means to survive. Ensure everyone knows how to use their equipment, and has trained until they have become proficient in their use.
Virtually any food can be dehydrated and packaged for long-term shelf life. The last thing you need to worry about during a crisis such as an EMP attack is whether your survival food supply will spoil before you can eat it. You should have a dehydrated survival food supply on hand at all times. The food can be stored safely for years without refrigeration, and because all of the moisture is removed, it is lighter than most food supplies.
Having a survival water supply is essential to your survival. Water is the main concern next to a survival food supply. Your tap water may very well be contaminated because the water treatment plant is inoperative. You will need water for food preparation, medical care and hydration. The three most recognized methods of water purification are, boiling, using 2% liquid iodine and common unscented household chlorine bleach with a 5% chlorine ratio. Another option is to have a proven water purification filter or system like the Berkey Light water purification filter. I would have both. I would have the filter and the survival water supply. You can also use a rainwater capture system to store rainwater for survival.
Part of your overall survival gear should include stainless steel bowls and or pots. Stainless steel will not rust and is virtually indestructible. You can use them to cook your survival food supply in, boil water and serve up meals. You should also have acceptable water storage containers to store water once you have purified it. If you dip contaminated water, do not use that same container to store the water. The dipping container will have contaminates around the drink line.
Dip water with a small water bottle, then filter into a container, and then purify. The water should be filtered well before purifying. To make a water filter you will need charcoal, which you can make yourself. Only use hardwoods and never use treated lumber, or any materials used in construction. Use only natural hardwoods. Allow the wood to burn until it looks like charcoal. Removed the wood and smother with ashes or soil. This prevents it from burning down to ashes, and once cooled rinse off and crush. Take a can used for food storage such as a vegetable can and put a hole in the bottom. Place a coffee filter in the bottom and fill the can with the crushed charcoal. Filter water through the can into a safe container then you can purify from this point. The charcoal will remove some contaminates such as lead and other metals. Charcoal will not remove poisons or certain chemical contaminates.
Purify Water by Boiling
Filter the water into a vessel for boiling. Allow the water to rapid boil for at least one minute. If you have an abundant supply, you can let it boil longer. You will lose some water volume by boiling. Once boiled let the water cool, and for flavor you can add vitamin C tablets or packets of sugar free drink mixes.
Purify Water Using 2% Liquid Iodine – These Methods Recognize the Standard Drop from an Eyedropper as a Means of Measurement
The ratio is five drops per quart or 20 drops per gallon. Purify as large a volume as possible at one time. The reason for this is your supply may run out or you have to leave the area quickly. The water must be filtered before treating. After you have added the drops shake well and let the water set for at least 30 minutes. Again, you can enhance the flavor by adding drink mixes or vitamin C tablets. Add an additional two drops per quart if the water remains cloudy after filtration.
Purify Water Using Chlorine Bleach
The method is the same and the ratio is two drops of 5% chlorine bleach per quart or eight drops per gallon of water. Filter the water; shake well and let set for a minimum of 30 minutes after adding the drops. You can add up to eight additional drops of bleach per gallon if the water is still cloudy after filtration. Never exceed 16 drops of bleach per gallon.
At some point, you will have to treat wounds, deal with broken bones and stomach ailments. Your medical supplies should include various sized bandages. You can make your own by boiling cotton cloth that has not been dyed and cutting to size. You will need needles and thread to sew up larger cuts and tincture of iodine for killing bacteria in the wounds. Use duct tape to wrap limbs with splints if they become sprained or broken. Do not apply duct tape directly to any wound. For stomach, ailments because your diet will change, you can administer a small dose of cider vinegar. Vinegar is acetic acid, which is fermented alcohol. The acid can aid your digestive tract. The acid will also secrete through your sweat glands and help repel insects.
You Cannot Prepare Too Much
Having an adequate supply of dehydrated survival food before the crisis will mean the difference in some cases, between surviving and not. Food and other supplies can be hidden in various places. Obviously, hide where it can be retrieved easily yet is not obvious to looters. Protect the supplies from the elements and animals. Many supplies can be vacuumed sealed to protect them from moisture and pests. You can use waterproof bags or waterproof backpacks, as well. Ensure each cache has the same supplies. This prevents you from having to locate and go to numerous areas. This takes time and may give away your location to others. You must learn to duplicate in a survival situation. If one piece of gear or equipment fails, you must have a backup. It is very hard to have too much. Begin today by gathering up your survival food supply. Use a dehydrated survival food supply for long shelf life, easy storage and quick preparation.