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By: Tom Chatham
With the world situation getting more chaotic and dangerous by the day, it is normal for an alert person to consider the potential dangers ahead and plan to deal with them. When everything goes wrong, what will you need to get by? It is imperative for you to think about that now while you have the ability to think clearly and determine what you may need and how you will get it before something happens.
The recent tensions in the Ukraine are a harbinger of things to come. It is no surprise that China has sided with Russia in the recent actions. Russia needs the port facilities at Sevastopol and China has leased millions of acres of farmland in Ukraine that they do not want to lose use of. No matter what the west decides to do Russia and China may use this opportunity to dump their U.S. treasuries and collapse the dollar. This is even more likely if you believe Obama is working with Putin at this time. The recent economic data shows the economy is much worse than everyone is promoting. Another banking collapse could be in the near future. The ability to blame the demise of the dollar on Russia and China while deflecting blame away from the real culprits, the bankers and politicians, would allow the government to act as a savior to the people when everything collapses and maintain absolute control. If this comes to pass, it will mean dire hardship for those ill prepared to live through it.
It is easy to make a list of potential items but you must have a list of items that is tailored to your specific situation and needs. Only you can know what will be most important to you when all resources are cut off or destroyed in some type of disaster or hostile action. This is the time to think in the extreme. You must analyze your current situation and decide what is most important and necessary to you. You should make a list and seek to stock those items as soon as possible. What are the top ten items you would need or want if you were cut off from stores in an emergency for an extended time? What would be in your top thirty items?
Here is a sample of what someone in a rural area might list as important.
1) Food supply ( canned goods for 180 days)
2) Wood stove
3) Seasoned wood pile
4) Wood cutting tools
5) Hand pump for well
6) Weapon and ammo for self defense and hunting
7) Fuel supply for truck ( homemade fuel production unit for long term)
8) Open pollinated seeds
9) Canning supplies
10) Absorption freezer with 90 day fuel supply
This list is not absolute and may be very different from one family to another but it gives you an idea what to think about. An urban family will stock differently than a suburban family who will stock differently from a rural family. There are some items that may be the same such as food items but they will differ in many ways. A rural family with access to a good heat supply such as a wood stove will be able to cook many types of foods that a city apartment dweller cannot due to lack of fuel. All of these things must be taken into account.
When thinking about specific tasks you must visualize yourself doing the task and identify the items you will need to complete it. How will you get water to mix with the dry foods you have? How will you heat it? How long will your fuel supply last to cook the things you have? What sanitation supplies will you need? How much water will that task require? Will your toilet still flush? What alternate method will you have if the sewer system backs up? The answers to these things will differ depending on where you are and the resources you have.
The world is changing at an ever faster rate and soon the unprepared may find themselves in desperate want of simple everyday items they could have easily stocked if only they had thought about the future. No one knows what the future will actually be like but paying attention to current events can provide a good indication of what is to come. When resources stop flowing and society begins to fail, you must be prepared to take care of yourself. In a national breakdown the cavalry will not be coming any time soon. The size of the population guarantees that. When all else fails, it is up to you. Will you be ready?
By: Tom Chatham
It is always good to reevaluate your position to identify any lapses in your plan or resources. What will you add to your supplies this year to improve your self sufficiency? It helps to plan ahead especially if you are working with a tight budget. This can allow you to buy a major piece of equipment when you might think it is not possible. By thinking ahead to the end of the year and deciding what you want to add to your supplies or resources this year, you will improve your situation rather than let it stagnate or deteriorate.
It does not matter how much you decide to spend on items this year. Every thing you get increases your position. You may buy several things or just one but it is important that you constantly work toward some goal that you have set for the future. It may be a two week supply of food or a small garden. It might be the ability to can your own vegetables or produce your own power in an emergency. This is your life and you need to set the standards for what you expect from yourself. In the end you are responsible for the position you may find yourself in. The ability to come through it safe and happy is mostly up to you. The following are some of the things you may want to think about as you decide how to proceed.
To become more food secure you don’t need to buy two years worth of food all at once and at a time when you can ill afford to. All you need to do is increase your excess food reserve by buying a few extra cans or packages of food every week and add to your supplies over time. You may want to buy some plastic buckets to store some of your food in to keep it fresh and rodent free.
Regardless of where you live it does not take a lot of space to buy and store some food production essentials. These may be things you can use now or later. Things such as seeds, canning supplies or garden tools are items you can slowly accumulate over time to increase your production and storage capabilities.
It is never a bad time to learn to barter. You can locate a barter group near you and identify certain items that are easily tradable now or in the future if supplies are cut off for some reason. Having a barter connection will provide a backdoor to get what you may need if things take a turn for the worse. Now is a good time to store extra barter supplies while they are easily assessable in the market place.
Energy makes the world go round. It is difficult to live in modern society without some form of energy to make life easier. What type of energy do you rely on the most and how can you store some to insure an available supply if the economy gets worse or a disaster strikes? It may be as simple as storing a few cans of gasoline in your garage in the event you cannot buy any. It may be the purchase of a few solar panels, a few deep cycle batteries and a power inverter to insure you can maintain refrigeration and minimal lighting during an extended power outage. It may be a wood stove and supply of wood to insure you can keep your family warm if the power is out for an extended time in winter weather.
Water is a vital element and one that is easily lost during some type of disaster. It may be wise to at least have a water filter to produce clean water in an emergency. You may be able to drill a well or develop a water source independent of the local water authority. You may want to have water storage containers on hand to store sufficient amounts for long durations.
Clothing is something many people think little of until they need it and cannot get anything. It is more of a necessity in winter than in warmer climates or locations. The economic situation today and the constant inflation could impact your ability to get clothing in the future. If you loose your job or your paycheck just does not keep up with rising prices you may find yourself in want of clothing you cannot get. Do you have the equipment or knowledge to repair your clothing to make it last longer? Do you have the means to make clothing from scratch? It is not that difficult to buy a few extra things now and store them for future use to insure you have what you need in the event of future hardship.
What will you do if you suddenly lose your primary shelter? What will you do if the current economic situation gets much worse and you need to maintain your current shelter with the supplies you have on hand? Most people give little thought to this type of scenario. Having a backup shelter of some type or a plan to get to another shelter may be necessary at some point. Having a few repair supplies to fix a broken window or a leaky roof may be lifesaving in a disaster.
What would you do if your vehicle suddenly stopped working along with everyone else’s? What would you do if energy supplies were suddenly curtailed or cut off completely? Having an alternate transportation system may be necessary depending on your situation. A bike, a boat or canoe or some type of alternate energy source for your vehicle will give you something to fall back on when the time comes. It may be a supply of fuel or something like a wood gas producer that you decide is best for your situation.
The current economic situation will likely get worse before it gets any better. If you suddenly lose your primary source of income what will you do? It is always good to have some money set aside for such circumstances but that may not be enough. Do you have an alternate plan to make some money? Do you have special equipment you can use to earn money? Do you have skills you can utilize to start your own side business? A little time and thought put into this now can pay big dividends in the future if it is ever needed.
When the economy gets bad, the security situation deteriorates as well. It is good to know the police will come when called but will they get there in time to actually help you? It is always good to have your own security plan to protect your family until help arrives. It may be as simple as a can of bear repellant or something more potent such as a gun. If you have a weapon you may lay in extra bullets or cleaning supplies. There is always something you can add to your supplies to improve your chances of survival when things go wrong.
These are just some of the things you may want to consider. It is always helpful to sit down and think about your future wants and list the items you may need to get you there. Being self sufficient is a big job and it does not happen overnight. Having a list to keep you on track is very helpful and makes planning for future purchases easier. The longer your planning horizon is the more likely you will be able to work in the larger purchases to fulfill your dreams. Planning is always the first step to doing. So, what will you do this year to move toward a more self sufficient lifestyle?
By: Tom Chatham
With the realization that our production and distribution systems may someday fail, many people are storing food supplies to insure they can feed their families in the future. With the financial distress many are faced with, the storage of less than healthy foods is necessary for some. In addition to providing needed energy it is also imperative that your food supplies provide the necessary vitamins and minerals needed to stay healthy long term.
A vitamin C (ascorbic acid) deficiency will cause scurvy. In 6 weeks or less of eating a ration containing no vitamin C, the first symptoms of scurvy would appear: swollen and bleeding gums. This would be followed by weakness, then large bruises, hemorrhages, and wounds that will not heal. Eventually death from hemorrhages and heart failure would result.
This disease would be one of the first to afflict people having only grain and/or beans and lacking the know how to sprout them to provide enough vitamin C. One good way to prevent scurvy is to eat sprouted seeds, not just the sprouts. The Chinese have prevented scurvy during the long winters in northern China for centuries by consuming sprouted beans. Sprouting seeds also increases their content of riboflavin, niacin and folic acid. Sprouting does not increase the protein content or protein quality of seeds, and it will reduce the caloric value of seeds. If a little over an ounce of dry beans or wheat is sprouted until the sprouts are a little bit longer than the seeds, the sprouted seeds will supply 10 to 15 mg of vitamin C.
The easiest way to insure your family has enough vitamin C during long emergencies is to store pure vitamin C which is the crystalline “ascorbic acid” form. Pure vitamin C does not deteriorate like vitamin C tablets. A one kilogram container can be bought at this time for about $24.
An ample daily dose is 25 milligrams, about 0.0009 ounces. Ten grams (about 1/3 ounce) is enough for one person for a whole year when eating unsprouted grains or other foods containing no vitamin C. If you have an ample supply a 50 mg daily dose may be preferred by either sprinkling on food or dissolving in water.
The storage of ascorbic acid is necessary for someone that stores a large amount of grains as an emergency supply of food. Of the many types of emergencies that people may face, a radiological situation may be the worst in may ways. This type of emergency will force you to shelter in locations for long durations where things such as water and sunlight or grow lights may be in short supply.
There is a product on the market now called Liposomal C which is a mega dose of vitamin C in a form the body can absorb. Normally a large intake of vitamin C into a persons system will get discharged before most of it can be absorbed by cells but this new product claims to solve that problem. Mega doses of vitamin C are reported to cure many illnesses and even repair radiation damage. An article on Liposomal C can be found here for more information. http://beforeitsnews.com/health/2013/12/life-saving-mega-dose-iv-vitamin-c-can-be-achieved-orally-now-2517326.html
The ongoing situation with Fukushima and the ever present danger of a nuclear war, financial collapse and food shortages makes the addition of vitamin C to your supply list an inexpensive and logical choice. There are many supplies you may want to have for a serious long term emergency and this is one you should give serious consideration to. With the addition of certain vitamin and mineral supplements, it is possible to store larger volumes of basic foods and still be assured of maintaining your health for the duration of the event.
Additional information just uncovered may be of interest to those who desire healthy sources of vitamin C. About 90% of all vitamin C manufactured now comes from China and is apparently made from GMO corn. Most vitamin E is also made from GMO sources. One source of non synthetic and non GMO vitamin C can be found at Purebulk.com.
By: Tom Chatham
When you are confronted with a hostile or dangerous situation, you have three choices. The type of person you are will determine which option you choose. Your response to a crisis is largely determined by how you have lived your life. The influence of family, peers, environment and knowledge will combine to provide you with a unique perspective to react to the situation. How you process all of these inputs will evolve into a belief system for your surroundings. This is why many people react to situations in many different ways.
These inputs will create the comfort zone you are capable of living in. The larger your comfort zone, the more capable you are to respond to a crisis. This comfort zone also determines what your response is to certain dangers. It may be natural for most people to choose flight when they find themselves in a burning building but when these same people are confronted with an armed burglar coming into their home the response will be varied.
When this complicated belief system is used, you must decide the proper response and react. You must decide if the potential loss is worth the potential gain in any action you take. This will determine what form your response takes.
When you apply this to the current situation in America where government tyranny is growing you have three choices to deal with the threat.
Those that surrender are those that are willing to go along to get along. This may work out for a while until these people become a liability to the government and then they are eliminated. Those that surrender are usually willing to sell out their neighbors for the prospect of saving themselves and prolonging any hardship.
Those that take to flight are those that are not willing to stand for their beliefs if they in fact have any and want to take the easy way out. The problem with flight is that the problems you are leaving behind may someday find you again. This is true if we are in fact facing a new world order that seeks to control everybody and everything. The ability to leave the current environment to find safety has a definite expiration date when escape is possible. There are many that have prospered in the American system and now feel compelled to flee in order to protect what they have earned. They may feel they owe America nothing or they may be repositioning themselves to help from outside the nation when the time comes. Only time will tell what their true intentions are.
Those that are prone to flight to escape hardship have a tendency to be people that want a lot out of life but do not want to endure any suffering. They want all of the rewards without the cost. Their mentality is such that self preservation at all costs is more important than their beliefs. This is not the same as someone who merely repositions themselves to better their defensive position to fight perceived danger.
Those that are determined to fight are those that have deep beliefs and are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to defend what they believe. These types typically have a large comfort zone and are willing to take many chances to achieve their goals. While some flight may be necessary at times they will always be ready to reenter the fight when they determine it is advantageous. When the decision to fight is reached it is because some type of tipping point is reached where they are not willing to make any more concessions to their belief system.
In the situation Americans now find themselves in, they must now ask, what are they willing to fight for and what is their tipping point. If they choose flight then that window is rapidly closing. For those willing to go along to get along they must decide what they are willing to betray to get by. For those that choose to fight when the time comes they must determine what form the fighting will take and arm themselves accordingly while they can. Now is the time to determine what your comfort zone is and if it should be expanded. Now is the time to determine what you will do and when you will do it. Now is the time to determine what you stand for.
Far better it is to dare mighty things, than to take rank with those poor timid spirits that know neither victory nor defeat.
By: Tom Chatham
The increase in human and animal populations on Earth increases the likelihood of a severe pandemic coming about naturally. The experimentation by many nations with biological agents increases the likelihood of such an event happening either by accident or design. When a new outbreak occurs most people look toward the government to contain the disaster and save the people. This can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how noble the government is. Today it is unfortunate that the government is so intertwined with corporations that the best interest of the people is often set aside for the best interest of business. Because of this it is beneficial for people to have their own defense plan to deal with an outbreak should one occur.
One of the most effective elements at our disposal is silver. The dispersion of silver atoms in distilled water creates a very effective medicinal that has been used for decades to control many lethal pathogens. Until pharmaceuticals became widely produced in the 1940’s colloidal silver was the weapon of choice for numerous conditions. The rise of resistant diseases today has led many health professionals to reexamine the usefulness of silver.
It is used today in topical ointments, colloidal mixtures and even in threads in clothing to destroy body odor causing bacteria. Silver is truly a gift from nature. The reluctance by the pharmaceutical industry to embrace colloidal silver is a matter of profits. It has been declared a non medical substance and is widely available to the public. As a result it is not profitable for corporations and as such they try to ignore its results in favor of designer drugs they can patent and control.
The use of colloidal silver, natural honey, apple cider vinegar and garlic to name a few natural substances, can make all the difference in your health when the next nasty bug calls. The ability to create your own defenses against a future threat gives you power over your life instead of handing your future over to individuals whose motives may be suspect.
The government cannot be relied on to keep you healthy based on the corporate control of many facets of our system. You do not want to become victim to any future government machinations that may prove terminal to you or your family. The ability of the government to control who gets vaccinations when a new virus hits provides them the opportunity to round up any dissenters in an easy way.
For these and other reasons, it is wise for individuals to plan for self help when this type of disaster happens. The ability to grow and produce medicinal drugs and antibiotics allows individuals to avoid dangerous places that others are drawn to in time of need. The acquisition of colloidal silver generators, medicinal seeds and literature to provide the necessary instruction to care for yourself and your family is something that should be located sooner rather than later.
New designer drugs are now becoming less effective to resistant diseases and it is only a matter of time before a new pathogen arises that contemporary drugs cannot handle. We are fast approaching the day when the human species is laid naked before a new killer that will run rampant among the population and the only thing that may save us are the natural defenses provided by nature itself. The pompous nature of man that allows him to believe he is smarter than nature will ultimately cause the death of many millions before humility forces him to accept what we already know. Nature provides a delicate balance in the world and when man interferes with that balance he ultimately injures himself.
By: Tom Chatham
There are many lists of items that people should have during times of disaster. Every list is dependant on the circumstances you may find yourself in. With the slowly rising tide of tyranny in America it is important for Americans to remember how we got here and what we may need to do to maintain a Constitutional Republic in the future. When you hear the words citizen soldier it beckons the image of national guard soldiers heading off to training. It is important for you to realize that virtually every adult American citizen is a citizen soldier. In many states you not only have the National Guard but also the navel militia, the state defense forces and the unorganized militia. This is because every citizen bears the burden of protecting our heritage and our rights from those that would try to deprive us of them.
In the weeks and months ahead it may become necessary for every citizen soldier to do their part in preserving those precious liberties that we now find in perilous waters. In order to do an effective job in defending those liberties it is necessary to own certain items that can leverage your abilities and help insure victory. The following items are some key elements that a soldier needs to have to take the fight to the enemy and insure continued combat effectiveness.
A good rifle is an imperative in a hostile environment. It is easy today to find older military rifles that are still capable of serving your purpose. While civilian rifles will do, military rifles are designed to better endure the combat environment with fewer problems. While a good quality military rifle is best, when the time comes that you need one, any rifle that you are proficient with will serve you better than a club.
A rifle is not much good without ammo to feed it. If you are contemplating the need to operate in a hostile environment for a prolonged length of time you must insure you will have sufficient supplies of ammo to carry you through to the end. It is difficult to determine the exact amount you will need in future encounters so you need to buy as much as you can now while it is possible to get it. You should also make allowances for utilizing captured supplies of ammo. This is why a military caliber weapon is best.
Boots and Socks -
Any good infantryman will tell you, a good pair of boots and good quality socks are imperative for long operations conducted on foot. If you are operating as a citizen soldier then it is likely most of your movement will be on foot. For an infantryman his feet are one of the most important pieces of equipment he has. You must maintain your feet in combat no matter what. These are two pieces of equipment you do not want to skimp on. Buy the very best you can afford.
Body armor -
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have given us statistics that are vastly different from previous wars in one regard. The number of killed is relatively low and the number of wounded very high. This is due to the body armor that troops now wear. Many soldiers that would have died from their injuries in past wars are now surviving to make it home. Body armor gives you a decided edge in combat and allows you to survive newer weapons with more likelihood. The psychological effect of knowing you can survive a direct hit allows you to be more aggressive and press the attack.
Night vision -
In modern combat the U.S. military owns the night. This has been accomplished by the pervasive use of night vision equipment. The ability to conduct operations day or night with equal ability allows you to choose when and where to attack the enemy. It no longer gives him the ability to relax during hours of darkness. Even a simple monocular can give you significant abilities and allow you to move at a time of your choosing.
Protective Mask -
A chemical protective mask is a critical piece of equipment on the modern battlefield. The use of chemical and biological agents to kill or incapacitate troops is more likely than ever. New agents that can incapacitate to varying degrees are constantly being developed by militaries around the world. The ability to continue the fight after these weapons have been deployed by the enemy gives you the ability to continue the fight and deny areas to the enemy he would otherwise get without a fight. The use of rubber gloves and full body suits may be necessary depending on the agents used.
This is one item that might be the most useful and necessary. Without spiritual guidance, combat can devolve into something tragic. It is easy for prolonged combat to escalate into barbaric acts. History is full of tragedies that should not have happened. Without a moral compass to guide you through the worst of times the ultimate victory may not be worth winning. A small pocket bible can provide comfort when there is only pain and nourishment when there is little.
These items are not the only equipment needed by citizen soldiers but they are the most important in many ways. While some of these items are expensive and beyond the ability of many to buy all at once, the acquisition over several months is possible for many. Each of these items has the ability to keep you alive and combat effective to fight another day. When the balloon goes up you may only have the equipment on hand at that time to fight with. Anything you lack will hamper your effectiveness for the duration of the campaign so the sooner you can equip yourself the better off you will be when the need arises. Good equipment means life, and your life is not expensive, it’s priceless.
By: Tom Chatham
The core of all the financial and moral damage done to the U.S. over the past few decades can be traced back to the abuse of federal powers by government officials at all levels. Government has slowly usurped the constitution by adding and interpreting powers it never had. The lack of education by recent generations has allowed this transformation to occur right in plain sight with little or no outcry. The government has enabled this complicity by the population by literally buying it. The sale of freedom and personal rights was never so cheaply bought.
The money changers and printers of false prosperity have stolen the physical wealth of the nation for decades and the end is in sight. The wealth many think they have will soon be revealed for the illusion it is. The savings of a nation have already been looted and now resides in the possession of others. The destruction of financial records and savings accounts will be the conclusion of this grand show of manipulation and outright theft.
The result will be unmitigated chaos and destruction as a nation of soft malcontents loses all of the distractions that keep them quiet and controlled. The masses will suddenly rush into the streets to acquire the things they need and no longer can afford. The final act of treason will be the elimination of the constitution and its protections as government seizes total control under the guise of saving the nation from itself. Most of the people will fall to their knees and hail it as a great event as government assumes the role of caring uncle.
A ruling body, regardless of the type , only has the power allowed to it by the people under its control. Even the threat of force will only carry a tyranny so far. When the people finally say no more, that effectively begins the reduction of the rulers ability to fully control a nation. Control is only possible when the majority comply and the rest can be coerced by the amount of force available to the ruler.
In the case of the U.S. the people must first come to the revelation that they have the power to revoke government power just by saying no. When the populace decides to revoke the legislative power granted to the federal government the federal power will then be limited to the amount of physical force it can project on the population. The current buildup of federal agencies is clearly a sign the federals know this eventuality will soon come to pass and they are preparing for it. If the people speak out in a unified voice before the preparations are complete the federals will have limited options. If the people do not voice their opinions in time there will only be one option left to them to restore the constitutional protections that is their birthright.
Unfortunately, the current disposition of the masses indicate that any collective act against government overreach is unlikely until it is too late leaving the final option to be utilized.
If revolution comes it will be born in the dark of night with a crash of the door as federals attempt to force their way into your home. Those that present the greatest threat to federal authority will be the first on the battlefield as they awake to the sound of a thundering hoard bearing down on them as they attempt to protect their families. These first few martars will be the alarm that activates the prepared masses for a long and bloody revolt.
The federals will likely take down the communications ability of the masses prior to military engagement to prevent the dissemination of information over long distances. Any type of grid failure or EMP type attack should be viewed as just such a signal to act.
The revocation of federal power at the state or county level is the only option to rebuke the federal position of lawlessness in a peaceful way. As a last line of defense, county governments revoking federal authority in their jurisdictions must be able to project sufficient force to back up their actions. A sufficient number of county governments revoking federal power will form the nucleus of a future resistance that will either grow to overwhelm federal control or succumb to federal forces and never rise again. The more territory a resistance element holds, the more federal forces it will take to subdue that area. The only way to remove federal control permanently is to force them to use more forces than they have, depleting their pool of manpower while eventually removing corrupt officials from office.
The tea party has noble goals but the attempt to replace federal officials is a futile gesture at this point. The federal levers of control have already been bought and paid for by those that are truly in control. The best that true patriots can do is to take back the nation one county at a time by installing a constitutional sheriff and county officials in local elections. Once enough counties are controlled the state level can be pursued. The majority of the population that sold itself into serfdom will resist any changes until they suffer sufficient pain and deprivation to make them want a change. This is the battle patriots are now fighting with various levels of success.
There is always a peaceful way to resolve most situations but that window is rapidly closing. Bismark may have been right. The great questions of the day will be answered not with speeches or majority votes, but by blood and iron.
By: Tom Chatham
So, you’ve got your food all stored away to last the next several years. You have your fuel barrel full and your generator and solar panels ready for the end of the power grid. You have enough weapons and ammo to deal with anything. You are mentally and physically prepared for the long hard days ahead.
You are prepared to fight the war that will eventually show up at your front door someday in some form and for an unknown length of time. You are prepared for the chaos, but are you prepared for the eventual peace?
At some point, the situation will stabilize in some form. It will become possible to walk down the street without being shot at. It will become possible to reopen businesses or to barter. It will become possible to breathe a sigh of relief.
When that day comes, how will you survive? You probably have your stash of silver or gold and some barter items but how long will that last? When the system goes down it will take most peoples jobs, their savings, their retirement accounts and pensions and much of the property they thought they owned.
Everyone will be forced to start over again. It could be years before the job market is functioning again. Until then, how do you plan to take care of yourself and your family? What is your plan to generate some income to live on and acquire the things you need?
Surviving the chaos will be a full time job but when it’s over, then what? Your gold and silver will take you a long ways but they only provide you with a temporary solution to your future needs. At some point you will need to start saving for the day when you are no longer able to do useful work.
Most people are busy preparing to just survive the coming chaos but some thought needs to be given to the day after it all ends. Even a few minutes spent now developing a basic plan will be critical to helping you transition to the new normal. A basic idea and the acquisition of a few basic tools or supplies to help you develop your new income stream will help you leverage your time and supplies to get by in the future.
Knowledge is the primary tool you need to navigate the future. Knowing how to make physical things or repair things will help you meet the future needs of society. Next to that, the storage of tools, machines, raw materials and information relevant to start a new business needed by the community will give you an edge.
In a prolonged period of chaos much of our infrastructure will likely be destroyed. In the aftermath, those with the skills and tools to rebuild will be a valuable asset to society. The ability to repair vehicles or machines, carpentry, masonry, plumbing, electrical, healthcare, farming and skills to build physical products will all be needed by a populace that wishes to regain some of the creature comforts they have lost in past years.
The more skills and materials you have when that day comes the sooner recovery can happen. Some may say it is a bit presumptive to plan for a day when things get better but if you feel things will never get better then why prepare to get through the worst of times at all? If you have the courage to plan for difficult times then you should also give yourself the ability to enjoy the day when things get better. Planning ahead for the distant future was never more important than it is right now.
By: Tom Chatham
In the technological world we live in it is very easy to lose that capacity in a severe disaster. Our ability to use technology to leverage our resources and make informed decisions gives us a decided edge during disasters that improves our chances of surviving. When disaster strikes our ability to make certain things from scratch allows us to maintain some capabilities and overcome the problems we face.
When technology fails the need for keeping foods and medicines cold are still present. Those that have absorption units and a good supply of fuel can maintain refrigeration but most of society will lose that ability. In an emergency situation where refrigeration is a matter of life and death you need to have a reliable backup system to employ even if only for temporary periods. One possible backup system can be the use of CO2 fire extinguishers to produce ice for cooling. By “hosing down” a container of water with an extinguisher you can produce ice that can be used for keeping coolers or refrigerators cool inside for short periods of time. This may enable you to preserve some foods and medicines until other systems can be repaired or replaced. This type of cooling effect is due to the compressed gas in the container. When it is released and expands it creates a cooling effect. This is true with many compressed gasses such as Freon. A CO2 extinguisher works great for icing down a 6 pack when you are in the middle of the desert. This type of system is messy and should be used outside.
Canned Heat -
Canned heat, more commonly referred to as sterno, is an ideal substance to provide cooking ability and limited heat during a crisis when other forms of heating are not available. This substance can be made by utilizing a metal can and dissolving Styrofoam into different types of petroleum fuels. This causes the fuel to become thickened forming a gel. This type of fuel is more stable and safer to use than pure liquid fuels. Other types of liquids can be used such as alcohol. The following link provides one way to make sterno for emergency use. http://www.noodle.org/learn/323025/make-home-made-sterno-type-fuel-for-cooking-camping-prepping-a-vr-to-soulsurvivorx2
The ability to navigate from point to point following a disaster may become necessary to get to a safe area. This is not as difficult in a city environment as it is in open country that you are not familiar with. When you must travel long distances cross country and only have a general direction to your destination it is helpful to know what direction you are moving in. It is very easy to get disoriented in woods or mountains causing you to stray off course and get lost. A simple way to keep on course is the use of an improvised compass. The following link explains how to make a simple compass. This should be practiced before you actually need it to familiarize yourself with how it works. http://www.green-planet-solar-energy.com/experiments-with-magnets.html
During times of nuclear war or nuclear hazards such as the continuing Fukushima disaster it is important for you to know how much radiation you are being exposed to so that you can make informed decisions and take the appropriate actions to preserve life and health. It is easy to buy a radiation meter but it is a piece of equipment that is relatively expensive and may not be used very often making it a luxury that many average people cannot or will not purchase especially during times of financial difficulty. Because of this and the fact that
many people will not see a need for this type of device until something has already happened making acquisition of such equipment impossible it is good to know you can make a reliable radiation meter from household materials. The following link will allow you to make a meter from scratch. http://www.ki4u.com/free_book/s60p792.htm
When something severe such as an EMP or solar storm takes down the normal technology that we use, information will become very important. Even in the most severe cases it is likely that some transmitters will be restored in short order to transmit information. This will not matter to you unless you have receiving equipment to pick up the signal. The use of solid state devices and chips will render most if not all civilian receivers inoperable in such a disaster. Even if you have a functional unit you will also need power to operate it which will be difficult to produce under these circumstances. The ability to build a basic receiver from household materials that requires no power source will enable you to stay informed in the most severe circumstances which will help you stay ahead of the survival curve. The following link provides good information on building such units. http://scitoys.com/scitoys/scitoys/radio/homemade_radio.html
Clean Water -
The ability to produce clean drinking water has allowed modern society to control many diseases and keep people healthy. In a severe disaster you may be confronted with the specter of contaminated water. The ability to produce clean water and remain healthy when medical resources are limited will help provide an edge during disasters. The easiest way to purify water is to boil it killing all harmful organic organisms. This is something many do when water supplies are suspect. In a disaster this may not be enough. Organic threats are only one problem. Disasters can unleash chemicals and harmful particles into the ecosystem that cannot be made harmless by heat. Many of these threats may not be known by you until they accumulate in your system and suddenly cause disabling affects. The ability to construct a filtering system from locally available materials will give you one more wall of defense against unnecessary sickness. The following links provide a good starting point for making your own filters.
Many of the things we use today are taken for granted and we do not realize how dependant we are on them until they no longer work. The fact that basic science has been so politicized today and schools are dumbing down society means that many people do not know how many basic things work. Learning how things work is one of the best ways to combat the dangerous situations we encounter when disaster strikes. A little knowledge can go a long ways when things fall apart without warning.
By: Tom Chatham
Many people dream of the day when they are wealthy and can leave the workplace behind to enjoy life. But what are they really thinking about when they dream of wealth? What is their definition of wealth? How do they know when wealth has been achieved?
The modern definition that many people would use would be the accumulation of enough money to do what they want without working anymore. To that end, most people build up a savings account, pension account, stock portfolio or other type of retirement account. What do these things have in common? They all represent digits in some computer somewhere. If you had one million dollars in a bank account you might consider yourself moderately wealthy. But what would that mean? If the bank suddenly lost your account information would you still be wealthy? If you had one million dollars in cash and the money suddenly became worthless would you still be wealthy?
Money in the form of cash, computer digits and other types of paper are merely a means to store current excess production for later use. This type of storage carries a considerable amount of counterparty risk and is not necessarily the best means to save for the future.
This type of wealth is potential wealth. That means it does not become actual wealth until you actually use it. A dollar in your pocket or a dollar in the bank is nothing more than a claim on goods. Until you actually cash it in for something it does not matter how many dollars you have in storage. Once you cash it in you become wealthier. This is achieved by getting possession of physical goods. Something you can use for some purpose.
If your neighbor has a million dollars in the bank, a large home with a mortgage and a new Mercedes bought on credit, and he suddenly lost the million dollars for some reason, what would his net worth be? If you lived down the road and owned two acres of land with a clear title, a 35 foot travel trailer and an old pickup truck, and the banks closed or money suddenly became worthless, who would be in the better position?
You can be sure the bank has paperwork showing he does not own the home or the new car so what would they be worth to your neighbor?
True wealth is the possession of real goods. Some people buy more practical things but all physical goods represent your true wealth. Those that are practical will have goods that are not only useful but can actually earn more dollars which can be used to obtain more real wealth. These can be classified as capitol goods. Goods that are worth potentially more than the purchase price. Things that have production capability like an ax, a sewing machine, a set of tools, machining equipment, knowledge, farming equipment or livestock are things that have some capability to generate money.
Land that can be built on or farmed, an old truck, a rifle, a wood stove, quality furniture, art or antiques, gold and silver, a wood lot and even a pile of scrap metal all represent true wealth. They are physical things that you can hold and use and trade for other things at some future date. When the wealth that many people think they have suddenly disappears and the computer digits no longer exist, the only true wealth that will exist will be the things that people physically hold in their hand and own free and clear. If you want to know how wealthy you really are just look around you at the things you really own. In the end that is the only real wealth you may have if all of the potential wealth you entrust to others suddenly disappears into the make believe world from which it came.