Monthly Archives: November 2013

Dead Currency Walking

By: Tom Chatham

The Chinese have made no secret of their discontent with the massive money printing by the U.S. that is threatening to diminish their massive holdings. They are currently on a massive buying spree to get every ounce of gold they can as fast as they can. The U.S. interests are holding down the price of PMs in an effort to fool the average person into believing that everything is just fine. This manipulation is playing right into the hands of China as they continue to buy.

The amount of gold moving from London to the east is creating a drain on vaults in the west and it is only a matter of time before they go empty. When that happens, the price of physical will skyrocket and no amount of paper will be able to stop it. The end of the line for paper gold and silver is getting close. With China buying over 1,000 tons of gold every year for the past few years plus what they mine themselves, their vaults are filling up fast. Once they have a sufficient amount, they will complete the destruction of the Dollar with massive dumping of their U.S. bonds.

China has already signaled the end of the dollar when it recently announced it would start invoicing all of its oil imports in Renminbi. It has also announced it will no longer be adding any more foreign reserves to its holdings. This is an indication that China will begin to build up its own middle class to absorb much of its production just as the U.S. did in the last century. This is a clear signal that the loss of reserve currency status for the U.S. is not far off.

As if to make an even bolder statement, China is working on an agreement with Nicaragua to build a canal that rivals the Panama Canal. China is also talking about operating their own oil futures market that will be priced in Yuan. At least half of the OPEC nations have expressed interest in the endeavor.

As if life were not difficult enough in the U.S. right now, the loss of reserve currency status will hit like a financial tsunami that will push Americans over the edge before they know what hit them. This will cause all of our imports to increase in price until we can no longer afford them. This is a fact that few Americans know or understand. Most like to pretend everything will be fine and keep their head in the sand to stop any negative information from getting through but this crisis is going to run up and bite them in the ass whether they want to know or not. This is why so many will lose everything they have in the coming months. They can ignore reality but they will not be able to ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.

There are going to be rough times ahead and most Americans refuse to admit it and prepare for the worst. There has usually been someone or some thing to step in in the past and cushion the fall for most but this time there will be no one there to stop the pain. The death of the dollar will be one of those times in life that everyone will remember for many years to come.

Fairness According to Tom

By: Tom Chatham

The government decides to make everyone equal by starting them off with the same thing and always gives everyone the exact same thing every year. The first year the government gives everyone five acres of land and $20,000 dollars to start their life with. Joe buys some wood and tools and builds a home and with the rest he buys a used truck. Fred builds a home for $50,000 dollars that is identical to his capitalist neighbor and finances it for 20 years, buys a new car that he has to pay on for 5 years then has a lot of wild parties until all of his money is gone, then he cries unfairness because Joe does not have the massive debt that he must pay off.

Next the government gives Joe and Fred an oak log of the exact same size. Joe cuts up the log and builds a bed, table, chairs and a sofa for his home. Fred cuts up his log and burns it for firewood. Once all of Fred’s wood is gone he cries of unfairness because Joe has new furniture that he does not have.

Next the government gives them both a bushel of wheat. Joe keeps the bushel for seed and plants a field of wheat to which he harvests 25 bushels. Fred eats his wheat and when it is all gone he cries of unfairness because Joe has a lot of wheat that he does not have.

Next the government gives them both a grain mill for grinding grains. Joe uses the mill to grind his wheat and sell it as fresh bread making him a handsome profit allowing him to start a bakery. Fred sells his mill and uses the money to buy beer and cigarettes. When the beer and cigarettes are all gone Fred cries of the unfairness because Joe has money and his own business.

Next the government gives them both $5,000 dollars. Joe uses the money to build an addition onto his home. Fred uses the money to go out to dinner every night and have wild parties. When Fred runs out of money he cries of unfairness because Joe has a bigger home than he does.

At the end of 5 years Joe has a net worth of $50,000 dollars, a small business, and no debt. Fred has lost his home and car because he could not afford the payments and now is homeless.

The moral of the story is, no matter how even everyone starts off, the decisions they make and how well they utilize their available resources determines how well off they are in the end. You can give a million dollars to a stupid person and they will soon be poor again. You can take a million dollars away from a smart person and they will just go out and make another million dollars. That’s life. Deal with it.

Time to Reshuffle the American Job Market

By: Tom Chatham

Based on current estimates there are between 91 and 102 million working age Americans without a job. A nation cannot sustain a service based economy with that many unemployed people that contribute nothing to the economy. A service based economy requires a certain amount of money flowing through the hands of working people to support all of the service work done. When you eliminate a large percentage of those people the system becomes unsustainable and soon collapses in on itself. This is the situation we now find ourselves in as a nation.

The nation was sold on the idea of a service based economy as the new trend just as our manufacturing economy was being dismantled and moved overseas. This kept the masses quiet for a while but now the money created by workers that made real goods is drying up on main street. As the ability to make real products decreases, the ability to support service employees decreases with it. No amount of new service related jobs will fix the problem we now face because these people create no real wealth in the form of products to sell. As it has been said before, people cannot create wealth by doing each others laundry.

A nation’s wealth is based on the products it has to sell. Nothing else can create prosperity but the creation of real things. The only way to stabilize the American economy or any other for that matter is to have a sufficient amount of real production in that nation. The financial sector has been the best job market to be employed in the country for some years but merely shuffling money from one person to another creates no more real goods than someone shuffling paperwork around an office all their lives. With the manufacturing sector shrinking in the country something must take its’ place in order to maintain employment in real production jobs at sustainable levels.

With our manufacturing capability captured by other countries two of the only sectors left that cannot be shipped overseas are the mining industry and the agricultural industry. These industries create real goods that can be sold here and abroad. It is these industries that will inevitably help us to stabilize our job market.

The mining industry requires a great deal of investment in most areas to operate As a result this enterprise is not something individuals are able to do in mass. The number of large machines and people needed to pursue this type of production is beyond the ability of most job seekers with little in the way of funding. That leaves this industry to those companies with the knowledge and funding to make it possible. Even then, the hostile attitude toward mining our resources by the current government makes this a difficult proposition at this time. This is evident by the war on coal now embraced by certain individuals.

The agricultural industry is a different matter in many regards. It is within the ability of many individuals to create and operate a working farm from scratch. On a farm you can literally grow a product from seemingly nothing. Whether it is a field of corn or a herd of beef cattle, it is something individuals can do to create a real product to sell.

Because farming is a vocation that can be done by individuals or families, it provides the opportunity for those in need of employment to create their own job from thin air so to speak. A farmer does not get an automatic paycheck every week like his city cousin. Anything the farmer gets must be earned by real work. Real work producing real goods is the only cure for a nation slowly falling into an abyss of unemployment.

In the early 20th century about 30% of the nation still worked and lived on farms. This meant that the other 70% were employed in the other job sectors. Many of these jobs were in manufacturing and mining. The service industry was small and manageable at this time. There was sufficient real production in America to carry this small number of service employees.

In the current situation we now find ourselves in, we must rethink the dynamics of the past and incorporate that into our future. Only about 2% of the current population lives and works on farms today. The bulk of our production is carried out by large corporate farms and by the use of modern equipment costing in the many thousands of dollars that is used by most private farms to operate the large acreage they have.

In the last several decades the small family farm has been displaced by corporate monoculture farming. The small farm with its small size and equipment needs was well suited to families that could produce goods and make a reasonable living. It is this small family size farm that will be necessary to the rebuilding of the nation and to end the large numbers of jobless Americans. The expansion of small farms will be at the cost of the large corporate farms but that is a necessity for longterm viability and job creation.

In order for the nation to stabilize the employment in this nation, the farming sector must be repopulated by small farms providing homes, jobs and a real product that can be sold. The farm population needs to be expanded from the current 2% into the 20% range. This will relieve the joblessness and help to take the pressure off of the mining and manufacturing sectors longterm. Having this much of the population that is self employed and self sufficient in housing and food will reduce the strain on the need for public assistance as well.

The additional benefit of this many farms in America also provides a cushion in the event of a national disaster that cuts off transportation ability. The ability of small scattered farms to produce food and distribute it to local communities is a strategic asset in times of emergency that cannot be replicated any other way.

By rethinking the way we live and work we can repair some of the damage already done to the nation but we can by no means return to the level of production and prosperity we once had. Those days are gone and we must now focus on the basics of survival as a nation. The future will require a drastic lowering of our living standards but that does not mean we must lose our quality of life as a society. We must return to the simple pleasures we once knew as a nation and a people.

We must improvise, adapt and overcome to insure we have a future worth handing down to the next generation. The future is a longterm prospect that requires longterm solutions. The quick and easy methods of our current society must be refocused to the realities of the life we now must face. There are solutions to our current problems, but only if we are willing to seek them out and accept the inevitable pain that will come with the medicine

Twelve Materials to Build a Homestead on the Cheap

By: Tom Chatham

When a person with limited funds wants to build a homestead the conventional way is to save until you have enough or to borrow the money in order to build a conventional home that costs a lot of money. Neither of these is likely an acceptable solution to someone who wants to get started as soon as possible with minimal funds. The primary expense in starting a homestead is the purchase of land. Usually this action leaves the person with little or no excess funds to build up the land and provide the necessary structures to operate from.

When a person decides to homestead on limited funds they will need to proceed in a similar fashion to days gone by when a homestead was built out of the land itself. The majority of people that seek to start a homestead usually have a certain amount of creativity and unconventional attitude toward the future. They are usually ready to embrace the old and tested ways already known but long forgotten by modern day suburbia. There are some time tested ways to build on your land with little or no monetary expense.

Logs – Where stands of timber can be found, logs offer a ready source of quality building material. This can be in the form of logs or milled boards.

Adobe – The earth itself is a source of building materials to provide shelter from the elements. Adobe is usually found in arid regions such as the American southwest.

Cob – This type of building material has been used for centuries and is very durable. Some homes in England that are made from cob are several centuries old and still inhabited.

Straw bales – This is a type of building construction that offers a viable material where agriculture is practiced.

Chord wood – Where whole logs are not available for construction, small sections of wood can be used to produce a sturdy structure with walls over a foot thick.

Compressed earth blocks – The compression of mixed materials results in the formation of blocks or bricks of earth that can be used as conventional masonry to build structures.

Sod – The most basic of earth construction is the venerable sod house that many pioneers built in the early days of the nation.

Rammed earth – When packed into forms, rammed earth offers a cheap material to provide walls for a structure

Stone – The availability of stone on your land can provide a building material that will last for centuries if built properly.

Recycled materials – The use of reclaimed wood from older homes and buildings, old tires and many other discarded materials can be the foundation of a sound structure to utilize at a small expense.

Bamboo – In areas where it can be grown, bamboo offers a good building material to work with to frame small structures or provide reinforcement to other materials.

Grass – This material has been used for centuries to shelter man from the elements. In the drier areas it may provide a good building material until something more permanent can be built. It can also offer internal reinforcement to soil type materials giving it more strength.

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This article only touches on the types of materials that may be used for shelter construction on your property. An in depth look at each can cover many chapters so it is left to you to do further research into the systems you feel relevant to your situation. These building materials provide a person on limited budget or in a survival situation the ability to construct a shelter that will protect them and their family utilizing the minimal of tools and equipment. In a desperate situation where you may only own raw land, these building systems offer you the ability to live a somewhat normal existence until you can improve your situation.

The ability to own even a small piece of land in troubling times gives you the ability to provide the basics to your family and live up to your responsibilities to them. With just a few tools such as a shovel, saw, ax and a few seeds, you can provide shelter and food in the most basic way. This is the most basic system to resort to when you are thrown back on your own resources which may be few in number. When you think about it, it really is amazing what you can do with some dirt, grass and logs.

The early pioneers relied on these most basic systems but today they are mostly forgotten by a society that lives for the moment and cannot wait for anything. The inability of people to utilize the resources around them can and will cause hardship unless this knowledge is maintained by them for future use when the situation dictates it. Even knowing the basics of one or two of these building techniques can be a major factor in maintaining the confidence to get through a difficult time when all seems lost.

Knowledge is the key to open many doors. As Ben Franklin once said, when a man pours his wallet into his head no one can take it from him. Keep that in mind as you prepare for the future.

Battlefield America

By: Tom Chatham

Those that are aware of the machinations unfolding in America today see a potentially deadly situation beginning to unfold. The talk of detention camps and foreign soldiers being prepositioned. The Stalinist purge of many top ranking military officers and arming of government agencies to insane levels. The slow deterioration of our industrial capability and ability of families to feed themselves. The erosion of civil liberties and government attacks on patriotic Americans. The massive spy network established to contain and control the population. The failure to guard our borders and dismantling of our military. All of these actions lead in one direction.

For those who think that a financial collapse causing the loss of their savings and livelihood are the worst that could happen, they might want to consider this possibility.

The global elite that have their hand on all the switches know how individualistic and enterprising many Americans are. If this country were destroyed economically and our infrastructure were destroyed we have the ability to rebuild it all over time. Many of the global players know that a small core of Americans can never be subjugated and could cause many problems for years to come if left to their own devices. In a country as big as America it would be almost impossible to round up all of them so something more drastic may be needed.

Let us not forget the goal of some to return the Earth to a population of 500 million. This means the eradication of 6.5 billion people. Why would Americans think they are exempt from this depopulation event.

It has been said before that the goal of an economic collapse would be to not only take America down to third world levels but even lower so Americans would have no chance to rebuild and cause the globalists any serious problems in the future. Even with a collapse much of our infrastructure and knowledge and raw materials would still be available to rebuild.

The goal of Agenda 21 is to return large portions of the land to wilderness and eliminate the human element in these places. When you start to look at the things that some want to happen here a frightening picture begins to form.

– Destroy economy and peoples wealth
– Destroy infrastructure and return land to wilderness
– Destroy peoples ability to rebuild
– Destroy population to return to sustainable global levels

The only things under human control that could do all of these things is a global pandemic of biblical proportions or a major world war. Either or both could be in the works at this time.

The elite have made no secret that they wish to destroy American hegemony at all costs. A pandemic would certainly accomplish many of the goals listed but it is not guaranteed. Even some survivors would be capable of rebuilding some of the nation and that possibility is not acceptable.

The other option is a major war. As any person who knows the history of WWII and the destruction of Europe knows, destruction of people and materials through warefare is very effective. The end of WWII saw the U.S. as the most powerful nation left standing because we came out of it relatively unscathed. Our vaults were full of gold and our factories were second to none.

That cannot be allowed to happen again in America so the next war must bring total destruction to this land.

America will likely be exposed to an attack so fierce that nothing will remain to rebuild. A force that occupies the nation and systematically reduces the population through a series of initiatives from bullets to chemical weapons to starvation will help to accomplish the Agenda 21 result. If the globalists really want to reduce the world population do you really think they will leave all Americans standing?

They will destroy or remove any and all equipment that allows people to survive and care for themselves long term. They will remove any resources that they can use and destroy the rest. Essentially a scorched earth policy will unfold in America that leaves a barren wilderness unable to sustain any large group of people. When that is accomplished the destroyers will likely go home to some large degree. The mineral resources here are well known and can be extracted any time the globalists want in the future.

When they are done all that will remain of this nation will be a vast wilderness with a few scattered people with no ability to confront the globalists. It will be much as it was when the Europeans fist set foot here.

For those willing to sacrifice and do the hard work it may still be possible to salvage the nation from this destruction. For those with the indomitable spirit to go on and rebuild it is possible for this phoenix to rise again from the ashes. But for that to happen, some things will have to be preserved from the destruction to allow a new start.

– raw materials such as scrap metal and chemicals
– knowledge in the form of professionals and books
– equipment for building in the form of machining equipment
– basic medical equipment
– equipment for casting and refining
– equipment to make copper wire
– farm equipment and implements that can be duplicated
– livestock that can be bred and expanded
– seed stocks that can be grown and processed
– equipment to process fibers for cloth and rope
– electrical equipment such as generators and communications gear

No one person could store all of these things so it must fall on multiple groups with various knowledge and abilities to preserve this core of technological abilities. These items would have to be literally buried to escape detection and destruction for the duration of the event. That is possible if done in time and right now time grows short.

For many it would be easy to hide some resources for later use to rebuild and enjoy a rustic lifestyle without all of the technology. The only problem with that is eventually you may be faced with the spectre of the destroyers returning and any lone homesteads with little technological means would be easy prey for another assault. The only way to rebuild and expand with the ability to defend is to establish communities that are connected and technologically capable.

The scenario laid out here is not a happy one but it is survivable if actions are taken in time. Only the hardiest of individuals would likely live through something like this but they are the ones that history calls nation builders. To dismiss this scenario as impossible is to do so at your own peril should events come to pass. Something is impossible until it’s not.

Blackout: The Layered Approach to Coping

By: Tom Chatham

The electrification of the nation and to a larger degree the technology now seen as a necessary part of American life, are the Achilles heel of life in this country today. From cooking to sanitation to transportation to communication, most Americans can no longer do even menial day to day tasks without some kind of electrically powered equipment. We have come to rely on technology more and more as a crutch rather than a lever.

We have been blessed as a society to have tools that can multiply our strengths while covering up our weaknesses. When technology fails on a monumental scale, those strengths disappear and our weaknesses are laid bare before us. When this happens we must cope with it one way or another. Society has become so fragile today that the coping mechanism of most people is a distant memory relegated to our forefathers who could convert a four legged creature into their next meal.

Coping is a matter of knowledge and equipment. The more of both that you have in a situation, the more coping ability you will have. Ever wonder why a soldier heading off to war is so cocky? Knowledge and equipment. If you have good equipment and know how to use it your confidence is through the roof when something happens. It gives you the sense of control you need to overcome obstacles. Of the two, knowledge is by far the most important item to have. You may not have any equipment but if you need to start a fire and know 10 ways to do it without matches, you will eventually find what you need to make it happen. Knowing what to look for is the key to overcoming that obstacle.

When the power disappears and you are left with a room full of electronic paperweights, you need to have the knowledge and equipment to move to the next level of sustainability to cope with the problem. On one end of the spectrum you have full service, full bore idiot proof electrification to do most of your thinking for you. On the other end of the spectrum you have the clothes on your back and the mush between your ears with the power of a small appliance bulb. Knowledge turns that small appliance bulb into a finely tuned laser capable of destroying any obstacle. With the proper knowledge and equipment you can maintain your sustainability near the upper end of the spectrum no matter how bad it gets.

There are different levels to preparing for loss of power. It can go from a temporary loss for a few hours to total loss of all electrical equipment for years. The greater the problem is the lower down the levels you will go making sustainability more challenging. The following levels will deal mainly with power concerns so only brief mention will be given to food, water, sanitation and security concerns. FEMA recommends that every home have a two week supply of food and water. That should be a minimum.

Level one – normal operations with full access to electrical devices and power

Level two- disruption of power systems for less than 24 hours

Level three- loss of power systems up to two weeks

Level four- loss of power systems for two weeks or longer

Level five- catastrophic destruction of power systems and some electrical devices

Level six- catastrophic destruction of power systems globally along with most or all electrical devices

Level one- All systems are functional and nothing out of the ordinary is experienced. All creature comforts are available and accessible.

Level two- Power disruptions are experienced for any of a number of reasons. The power outage will require some alternate systems to be employed to maintain normalcy. Refrigeration will cease so units should remain closed to prevent frozen foods from defrosting. Alternative power systems may include generators, power inverters or alternate energy systems to maintain limited power requirements although for this level no power is likely necessary given the short duration. This level is a survivable event even without preparations except for individuals that require medical devices for lifecare which must be addressed. As a minimum, flashlights, portable radios, candles and matches/lighters should be kept. Foods such as dry cereal, power bars and fresh produce will be sufficient to maintain most people until power returns. Bottled water, fruit juice and sodas will provide sufficient hydration under most circumstances until power returns. The security situation should be relatively normal in most cases.

Level Two

Flashlights
Extra batteries
Portable radio
Candles
Matches/lighters
Fire extinguisher 5 lb.
1st aid kit

Level Three- After the initial 24 hrs. power disruptions will start to have serious consequences for society. Refrigerated foods that are not eaten risk spoilage. People will begin to suffer from dehydration as water supplies disappear. After 72 hrs. the security situation will degrade sufficiently in urban areas to become a threat. At this level an alternative energy source is necessary to maintain living standards at acceptable levels. A generator can be utilized to maintain refrigeration and charge batteries. Generators only provide power when running and they use a lot of fuel when run continuously so to make the best use of small fuel supplies a generator should only be run a few hours in the morning and in the late afternoon to maintain refrigeration, charge batteries and cook food. The remainder of the time a power inverter/battery pack can provide limited power for CF lights and communications to keep informed. This system will provide you with power 24/7 while using the least amount of fuel which will likely be difficult to find. To conserve power, camping equipment can fill some needs such as propane for cooking and lighting. A pressure cooker can also reduce power usage by allowing some foods to be cooked much faster. Sanitation during this time will become more difficult. Urban systems will require a portable system to be used while independent septic systems will only require a supply of water to continue functioning. For apartment dwellers, a battery/inverter system recharged with a vehicle may be the most viable system for electrical power while using propane for cooking. A two week food and water supply would get you through this level.

Level Three

All level two items plus

Generator
Fuel – 5 gal. to 50 gal. depending on duration
3,000w power inverter
Deep cycle batteries
HD Extension cords
Sanitation, town system – portable toilet and waste storage means. Water to bathe
Sanitation, septic system – water supply to flush and bathe, 5 gal./person/day
Heat source to cook – Camp stove, grill, hot plate
Propane – for stove/grill 1 lb. per day
Water storage – drinking/cooking/sanitation
Manual can opener
CF bulbs
Water filter
Pressure cooker 4 qt.
1st aid kit
Defense weapon and ammo

Level Four – If this level is reached it is assumed that food and water supplies are not being transported so it is no longer viable to stay in an urban area and relocation to a less populated area is likely necessary. Without power a sustainable situation will require resources and space that are only possible in suburban or rural areas. This level can last months or even years depending on the situation. Because the duration will not be known at the time, it must be assumed at this point that the situation will continue for some time and a sustainable system of power and supply must be utilized. Renewable energy systems and food production will be a core necessity of this level. Propane appliances would be beneficial especially for refrigeration.

Level Four

All items in level three plus

Fuel Storage – 500 gal.
Propane – 400 lbs.+
Solar Panels – 1kw +
Additional deep cycle batteries
Wind turbine – 500w +
Wood gassifier system
Wood stove -Alternate source of heating/cooking
Tools – Chainsaw w/maintenance eq. & oil, ax, wood saw
Source of wood
Seeds
Garden tools
Canning supplies
Pressure cooker 21 qt.
Source of water / rain catchment system
Hunting weapon and ammo
Fishing supplies
Salt – 100 lbs +
Medical supplies

Level Five – This situation will likely result from an EMP/CME of limited duration and scope. In this instance some devices may still work if power is available so alternate sustainable systems must be utilized. Destruction of major components may impede recovery for many months making self sufficiency a key to survival. The difference between levels four and five are that a level five situation would likely disable or destroy electrical equipment that would be difficult to replace short term. In level four this equipment is still usable if the necessary power can be found to run it.

Level Five

Generator- inside a faraday cage for storage
Wood gassifier system
Tools – ax, wood saw
Solar panels/wind turbine/hydropower
Deep cycle batteries
Woodstove – heating and cooking
Canning supplies
Seeds
Garden tools
Pressure cooker 21 qt.
Source of water / rain catchment system
Candles
Matches/lighters
Fire extinguisher 5 lb.
Hunting weapon and ammo
Fishing supplies
Salt 100 lbs. +
Misc. medical supplies w/antibiotics
Mountain bike
Tube type radio – DC power

Level Six – This level would be the result of severe space weather or earth changes that cause catastrophic damage to electrical components worldwide. The damage to electrical equipment would be complete making recovery of technology a long and difficult process. With technology destroyed, sustainable systems from the past would have to be revived to provide the necessities of society. This is the worst case scenario. Alternative mechanical systems would be needed to rebuild the technology base. Computer chips are the pinnacle of our technology and the production of them requires several layers of technology to produce unlike the casting and assembly of things such as an engine.

Level Six

Wood cookstove
Tools – ax, wood saw, files
Canning supplies
Seeds
Garden tools
Pressure cooker 21 qt.
Source of water / rain catchment system
Water filter
Candles
Matches/lighters/flint
Fire extinguisher 2 – 5 lb.
Hunting weapon and ammo
Fishing supplies
Salt 100 lbs. +
Misc. medical supplies w/antibiotics
Mountain bike w/repair parts
Grain mill
Blacksmithing tools
Spinning wheel
Floor loom
Mechanical clock
Gramophone w/vinyl records
Typewriter w/extra ribbons
Slide rule
Gas appliances – refrigeration, heating, cooking, hot water, lighting
Bio-gas production unit
Steam engine – machine power
Hydro systems – machine power

While this listing is not exhaustive, it provides a window into the various levels a person will encounter over different time spans and situations. Some forethought about your particular living situation will allow you to devise a plan that will allow the least amount of deprivation during the situation you encounter. The time to prepare is before the lights go out. Once it happens it is too late. When this happens, the lack of resources will make your well being entirely dependant on the knowledge you carry. In this instance, knowing what to do if you are caught without resources will allow you to react quickly and decisively in the first few critical hours of an event.

A brief look at the various levels of potential blackout will help you determine what resources are best suited to your particular circumstances. Every plan needs to be tailored to individual needs and expectations. In a level six situation, most of the equipment to repair the technology base will be destroyed so antiquated technology systems will be essential to long term recovery. Since most of this old technology is no longer common knowledge, the storage of this knowledge is necessary outside of the technology systems for later retrieval. This can also be said for any necessary knowledge during short term situations as well.

In November 2003 NASA detected a CME that they later determined to be at the X28+ level. Fortunately this was not directed toward Earth. If it had interacted with Earth we would be living in a very different world today. In 2005 an X17 was recorded and in 2006 an X9 was recorded just to give an idea of how often and extreme these occurrences are. You must decide what level you should prepare for and seek the means to overcome the situation. When you prepare for the worst case scenario, you will be well prepared for almost any contingency and anything less should be easily handled, but that level of preparedness is a personal choice.

Coping with the loss of technology is a personal responsibility that cannot be farmed out to others. When the unexpected happens it is the responsibility of the head of the household to continue to care for their family no matter what situation they find themselves in. It is always good to have outside help when the unexpected happens but to rely solely on others in these circumstances is to put your family at great potential unnecessary risk.