Are You Ready?
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?