“Fortune favors the prepared mind.” – Louis Pasteur
None of these steps will have long-term consequences if a devastating calamity doesn’t occur.
I imagine our survival and not a doom scenario.
However, preparations and a clear thought of where your immediate assets, supplies and exits are, in case of power grid failure, flooding, atmosphere contamination, bank closures (All digital money stops), and traffic congestion could make the difference to you and your family’s survival in the event of a major emergency.
“No-one saw this coming.”
Every community and family need to have a emergency/crisis discussion and plan.
In a scenario where the power grid fails, power at home is an issue easily addressed with batteries, candles, backup generators, and more. Obviously internet access could be disrupted, thus radio and shortwave access and other communication alternatives are available. having files of stored (both paper & digital) data, educational information, D.I.Y. how to, and survival guides are excellent resources to keep at home if modern living deteriorates over prolonged time.
You have the choice to remain safely in your home or egress to your secondary safe location.
Either locations should be stocked for emergencies. A third part of egress should allow your thoughts to be improvisational. Meaning the best laid plans will fail when they meet the worse possible events. If you have to abandon safe locations (perhaps all are in hazardous environments) then you have a backpack survival kit that assists you to survive on foot or on water – food packs, water filtration, med-kit, tent, ability to stay warm, fire making tool, compass, etc…
If you must abandon your safe shelter please leave it unlocked. Perhaps it could help other desperate people. Desperate people will break in anyway, so why make it a certainty of more damages than necessary?
Leave large conspicuous notes in places where they can not be missed (back of the doors, on the refrigerator door, etc) saying something similar to wishing them well, and they will survive this difficult time, and listing where the emergency information and items are. Make emergency information and items readily available in storage containers or boxes.
Our wish is for your survival in time of danger.
Danger is usually an unexpected event and your state of mind is the biggest factor contributing to your survival.
You can avoid long lines and the anxiety of others who are not prepared.
You can be a calm in the storm, and a help among the frightened and helpless.
You can be a problem solver, rather than part of the problem. ~Ron
- Take your money out of the bank ASAP.
Bank-holiday is a most likely emergency. Leave only bill payment assets in the bank if you must keep an account open.
NOTE: The remaining info below is via Silverdoctors.com that prompts us to review, again, our plans.
I do not agree with everything written below nor in the books listed there, the point is to assist you in your unique preparations, problem solving and survival skills. ~Ron
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“Although it wasn’t a market collapse in Greece recently, the banks did close and limit ATM withdrawals. People went for quite some time without being able to access their money, but were able to have a sense of normalcy by transferring money online to pay bills or using their debit cards to make purchases. Get your cash out. You don’t want to be at the mercy of the banks.”
- Stock up on supplies.
Make sure you are prepped. If you’re behind on your preparedness efforts and need to do this quickly, you can order buckets of emergency food just to have some on hand. (Learn how to build an emergency food supply using freeze dried food HERE) Hit the grocery store or wholesale club and stock up there, too, on your way home.
- Load up on fuel. Fill up your gas tank and fill your extra cans also. Quite often, fuel prices skyrocket in the wake of a market crash.
- Be prepared for the potential of civil unrest. If the banks put a limit on withdrawals (or close like they did in Greece) you can [expect long lines and anxiety] to occur. If the stores dramatically increase prices or close…more [anxiety]. Be armed and be prepared to stay safely at home. …
- Be prepared for the possibility of being unable to pay your bills. If things really go downhill, the middle class and those who are the working poor will be the most strongly affected, as they have been in Greece during that country’s ongoing financial crisis. This article talks about surviving if you are unable to pay all of your bills.
After the crash, focus on information
Hopefully there’s no need to empty out your bank accounts, stock up on last minute supplies, or lock-and-load for home protection. However, if this is a crisis situation, an actual 1929/2008-style stock market crash, you need to take your preps to the next level.
Information is the key. It’s imperative that you learn everything you can so that you know what you need to add to your preps. Do these two things if it looks like the situation is more than a blip:
#1. Bookmark these preparedness websites. (Free)
The internet is a wonderful place, and best of all, this knowledge can be found for FREE! The more you know about crisis situations, the more ready you will be to face them. Some sites are friendlier to beginners than others, so if you stumble upon a forum where people seem less than enthusiastic about helping people who are just starting out, don’t let it get you down. Move on and find a site that makes you feel comfortable. Following are some of my favorites, and the link will take you to a good starting point on these sites. In no particular order:
Following are some of my favorites, and the link will take you to a good starting point on these sites. (Actually, it’s wise to begin increasing your knowledge even if we get a reprieve.) In no particular order:
- The Organic Prepper (obviously!)
- Backdoor Survival
- Ready Nutrition
- Graywolf Survival
- Underground Medic
- Survival Blog
- The Survival Mom
- Herbal Prepper
- Prepper Website
#2. Build your library. (Small expense)
This is where some money could come into play. Most of the time, people in the preparedness world like to have hard copies of important information. This way, if the power goes out and you can’t access the internet or recharge your Kindle, you still have access to vital advice.
Some of these books are for just such an event, while others are guides to building your self-reliance skills. Commit to picking up a good book each pay period until you have a library to reference during any type of scenario.
- The Prepper’s Blueprint: The Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Through Any Disaster (This is the be-all and end-all Bible of prepping. I wish I could put my own book first, but Tess’s book is the most complete compendium out there, broken into easy, manageable steps.)
- The Pantry Primer: A Prepper’s Guide to Whole Food on a Half-Price Budget (This is my newest book, which outlines building your pantry while on a strict budget)
- The Complete Tightwad Gazette (While this book is about hardcore frugality, trust me, there’s crossover. There are a lot of great suggestions for creating stockpiles on a budget, living simply, and doing things the old-fashioned way. And saving money is always a good idea, so that you can use it to help you become more prepared.)
- SAS Survival Guide: How to Survive in the Wild, on Land or Sea (I keep this little gem in my vehicle, my bug out bag, and in my kids’ backpacks. It doesn’t go into lots of detail, but if you find yourself stranded in the middle of nowhere, this small book could save your life.)
- The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 40th Anniversary Edition: The Original Manual of Living Off the Land & Doing It Yourself(A compendium of all things self-reliance)
- Prepper’s Home Defense: Security Strategies to Protect Your Family by Any Means Necessary (If you can’t protect it, you don’t own it. It’s that simple.)
- How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times (By James Wesley Rawles, who many consider to be the “Father” of the modern preparedness movement)
- The Prepper’s Pocket Guide: 101 Easy Things You Can Do to Ready Your Home for a Disaster (Quick, inexpensive preparedness steps that anyone can take)
- The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way (It’s vital to have a guide on hand that doesn’t rely on 911 for serious injuries, in the event that you’re completely on your own)
- The Organic Canner (It’s awesome to grow your food, but how will you make it last through the winter, particularly during an off-grid scenario?)
- Prepper’s Natural Medicine: Written by my friend and colleague, Cat Ellis, this book has everything you need to know about creating your own medicine and caring for your family’s health in the event of a crisis.
- Get Prepared Now: Written by the author of The Economic Collapse Blog himself, this book will provide you with budget-friendly, practical, collapse-specific advice.
- Prepper’s Financial Guide: By prolific author Jim Cobb, this book will help you figure out how to function in a post-collapse marketplace.
Be sure to check out used bookstores, libraries, and garage sales, too. Look for books that teach self-reliant skills like sewing, gardening, animal husbandry, carpentry, repair manuals, scratch cooking, and plant identification. You can often pick these up for pennies, and older books don’t rely on expensive new technology or tools for doing these tasks.
The Worldwide dialogue is being amplified.
Awareness is increasing with the knowledge of government’s deceptions and the world’s monetary system is a matrix of control threatening the People on Earth. This slow economic collapse is spot-lighted as it continue to unfold and the People can prepare and implement alternatives at the local level.
Rather than panic, be creative and be prepared. ~Ron