By: Tom Chatham
You wake up one morning and there is no power. You say ok, maybe there is a local power problem. You check your cell phone and it works but there is no signal. You start up your generator and your home comes back to life. Everything works so you know the problem is not an EMP attack so you feel better. You turn on the radio to see if you can find out about the power outage but all you get is static on all settings. You turn on your TV and get nothing but static on all channels. You try the internet but your satellite direct connection is dead. You think ok, maybe there is some very bad solar interference so you try to call out on your land line and it is dead. Now you start to worry some. You go outside and start your car and it runs fine but that radio does not work either.
You drive into town to see if you can find out any news but the situation is the same there. No power from the grid and no communications from any source. What does it mean? At this point most of the sheep will just resort to their usual mini-emergency persona complaining they don’t have any heat or air conditioning, they cannot watch their favorite shows, they cannot spend hours talking meaningless dribble on the phone or they cannot get on the internet. For many this will result in aggravation and mounting hostility toward whoever they plan to yell at for this latest inconvenience.
The sheep dogs out there will likely take this lack of communication as a sign something sinister is happening and they will endeavor to find out what. But how? At this point, what would be your next move? That is not a rhetorical question. What would YOU do? This is the crux of the problem. Most people set around after an event waiting to be told what to do and be informed what is going on. In the event of total communication failure, the country could literally be under attack an nobody would know about it.
Given the recent revelations about government agencies stockpiling munitions and the current world situation, this type of situation is more likely as the days pass. This could be the result of cyber attacks, foreign enemy invasion, a U.S. government takeover or a combination of these things. With a lack of communications, you would not know so what would your first move be?
Some may take this as a sign to go to a retreat location, lock down their home or make contact with like minded individuals in their group. In this situation there are no clear one size fits all answers. Who you are and the situation you live in will define what you do or should do next. The point is, what would you do, right now, today, if this happened? Have you ever thought about that? Maybe you should. If this is the beginning of something sinister, time is critical.
If I were going to seize control of a nation the size of the U.S. the first thing I would want to do is create a minor emergency to divert attention by cutting everyone off from information and basic services. This would create enough chaos and confusion to mask movement of forces and prevent any type of civilian response in the initial hours. If foreign forces wanted to land unimpeded or the government wanted to begin gun confiscation or roundup of subversives, this would be a good way to prevent that from becoming common knowledge that could warn potential targets of what was coming. This could prevent any resistance from forming.
The public would be almost helpless in the face of this type of move. This brings us back to the question, what would you do if this happened to you right now? What would be your first moves? That is something everyone needs to think about right now while they can think clearly and determine a plan of action. There are many different types of scenarios and you should explore some of the answers now because when it happens, you may not have the luxury of time to plan a proper reaction. In the unstable world we now live in, the crazy things are becoming more of a reality every day.
You do not want your first indication that something is very wrong to be tanks and troops moving down your streets, bombs falling or masked thugs breaking through your front door “to help you“. If this happens, your well laid plans may be over before they start. A shortwave radio may be of use, and maybe not. A plan for messages passed from town to town by individual messengers may work, and maybe not. A plan to use bicycles or horses as transportation may work, and maybe not. You need to figure that out now so you can act rather than react to the situation.
By: Tom Chatham
There is one truism that anyone preparing for the future needs to keep in mind. Energy is everything. It does not matter if you are preparing for normal times, disaster or survival, everything depends on energy. Putting a man on the moon, driving a car, powering a freezer, growing food, cooking food or even keeping a human body functional all require energy in some form. The more energy you have the more capabilities you have.
In normal times, energy is available in many different forms, all for the asking but when people are thrown back on their own resources energy becomes in large part what they can find or make.
Energy can be converted from one form to another enabling it to be used for many different things. Some energy sources are easier to convert and use for individuals with limited resources or knowledge. Petroleum is one of our most used energy products and can be found all over the world but it must be pumped out of the ground and refined to be useful. This is beyond the capabilities of most individuals. Even if above ground supplies are available, they are limited and will eventually have to be replaced.
For the individual, there are many forms of energy that can be harvested and utilized. The more you know about energy production, the more potential capabilities you will have with time. With a hand powered mill you can grind several pounds of flour an hour, but with a mill attached to some type of machine power you can grind hundreds of pounds per hour. With a hand pulled cart you can move several bushels of grain a long distance but with animal or machine power you can move hundreds of bushels in the same time. The larger or more complex the energy source, the more it can do. A waterfall can be harnessed to provide mechanical power to many devices in contact with the waterwheel but that power is relegated to the immediate vicinity while electrical power can be produced from the same waterfall and be used far away and in many different devices.
The average person uses many different types of energy on a daily basis and rarely ever thinks about it. When that energy stops it can be a life altering experience. In modern times we are often confronted with power outages or fuel disruptions on a recurring basis but these things are usually regained soon and people return to their regular routines without further thought. If one day that energy should stop and not return in short order or should never return, it would be devastating for a large percentage of the population in the developed world. That simple little thing called energy would suddenly become a life and death situation.
Some of the most basic forms of energy are:
Food for animals
Plant material such as wood
Bio-fuels such as alcohol and bio-diesel
Bio-gasses such as methane from animal waste
Plant oils such as sunflower, corn or castor bean
These basic forms of energy are the basis of a sustainable existence which the individual can access with only a few materials and some basic knowledge of how to make and utilize them. Wood for example can be used to fuel a stove for heating, cooking and limited light. It can be used to produce steam which can power larger more powerful machines. Alcohol, bio-diesel, wood gas and methane can be used to power internal combustion engines to produce electricity or to provide heat, light and refrigeration.
Sunlight can be used to provide heat, light, steam or electricity. Something as simple as a copper sheet, coated with cuprous oxide on one side with wires attached to each side of the plate, can produce electricity when exposed to sunlight. Falling water can provide water for irrigation, producing electricity or be harnessed for doing mechanical work. A windmill can be used to turn a generator, work a water pump or grind grains. Plant oils can be used for fuel to burn, oil for cooking or as a lubricant for metal parts.
With a little knowledge of energy, a person can benefit greatly from saved money and the potential circumstances of loosing their energy systems from sudden unforeseen events.
The most basic energy system we have, food, is at the mercy of energy that must be extracted from the ground, refined, transported, used to make fertilizers and pesticides, harvest the crops, transport and refine the products and deliver to you. Any breakdown in this system can be disastrous for a population that depends on systems out of their control. Sunlight is another part of this food chain. Without sunlight there is no plant life which means there is no animal life. There are alternatives to natural sunlight but they all require energy in some form.
This is just one of the ways energy plays a part in our lives and few give any notice to it. By taking the time to learn basic knowledge about the energy systems we depend on, each person will be better situated to respond to any disruptions in the future. They will have a better understanding of what systems they have available to them and which ones they can develop individually if the situation dictates their personal involvement in it. There are many different types of energy and we will look at each of them to provide a basic starting point for their implementation.
By: Tom Chatham
In a crisis situation the need for growing your own food increases with time. Many factors determine if you can grow anything and what that may be. Location, soil, water and weather are primary concerns that must be evaluated. In a crisis you need to grow the maximum amount of food in the smallest space possible. The ability to store your harvest with few modern conveniences is also a problem you need to address.
What you grow will depend on available seed stocks, personal preferences and location. There are no ideal items that fit every situation or location but there are some that will fit in most locations and situations. The following are some good choices to keep in mind when planning for the unexpected.
Potatoes are an ideal food for year round consumption. Potatoes provide a lot of starch that helps to fill you up when food is at a minimum. That’s one reason the military feeds soldiers potatoes almost every meal. They can be prepared in many ways to help avoid taste fatigue and when stored properly can last many months. Yield per 100 foot row is about 2 to 3 bushels.
Tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals and also help to curb your appetite. They can be stored in many ways such as dehydrating or canning. Long keeper tomatoes can be harvested and kept for three or four months without refrigeration while they ripen providing you a source of fresh tomatoes well into the winter. The many uses for tomatoes will help diversify your meals to help expand the limited foods you may have. Tomato plants also provide a large return for the space used. Yield per 100 foot row is about 4 bushels.
There are many types of beans that can provide needed protein when food is scarce. The type of beans you grow will depend on your taste and growing conditions. Beans that are good for drying and canning are stressed. With a shortage of meat, beans become a necessary food to provide the protein humans need. When combined with a grain such as rice it provides a complete protein. The ability to store beans dry and in small spaces, make them a great survival food. Yield per 100 foot row is about 2 bushels for lima and snap varieties.
Cabbage is a good plant to grow to provide a leafy green food. Cabbage is a good choice for a winter garden. In many areas of the country it can be left in the garden throughout the winter and provide fresh produce during winter when fresh greens are in short supply. A good variety is late flat Dutch cabbage. It can produce heads as big as 12 pounds and provide more than one meal for a family especially when small potatoes are added. In areas where the winters are too cold, it can be dug up and kept in a root cellar for several weeks until needed. A few dozen heads of cabbage in the winter garden can be the difference between staying fed throughout the winter and starvation. Yield per 100 foot row is about 45 heads.
Turnips are usually easy to grow anywhere and can provide the root itself as well as cut greens. Turnips are a good cold hardy crop that can be left in the garden during winter like cabbage. The addition of turnips to potato soup is an easy way to spice up your soup. Turnip seeds are small and relatively inexpensive and the plants take up very little space. Yield per 100 foot row is about 2 bushels.
Corn is a staple that can be used in many ways to expand the limited supplies you may have. It can be eaten whole or ground into flour for cornbread or used in a dipping batter. It produces a large amount of seed for the space used and can be dried and stored easily for later use. Heritage varieties will provide better nutrition and growing capabilities than conventional varieties when matched with the climate they are raised in. It will also provide a good animal feed if small livestock is kept. Yield is about 1 bushel per 500 sq. feet.
Oats are a good source of nutrition and can be used in many ways. Oats rank the highest in protein and run neck and neck with wheat as the all around most nutritive grain. It also provides a good livestock feed and the straw makes excellent bedding. Yield is about 1 bushel per 620 sq. feet.
In a crisis situation that may last for months or years you must decide what you can produce yourself for minimal sustenance. Keeping at least a minimal supply of strategic seed varieties will make a major difference in how you are able to cope with the crisis. Your decision may be determined by the amount of space you have to grow food. In that instance you must choose foods that are nutrient dense and will produce a heavy crop in minimal space.
You also need to keep in mind that desperation may cause others to target your garden. In a situation like this plants that others do no recognize as food plants will play a major role. Don’t laugh but there are many people in this country that do not know that potatoes grow under the ground. In many instances a potato plant will look like a weed that will be passed over by many looking for food. The same can be said for a crop like oats. Without the knowledge and equipment to process or cook it many people will pass it over for more readily recognizable foods.
These things should be kept in mind when you plan your crisis garden. While the listed varieties will give you a good selection to keep you fed, you must determine what will work best for you. Making your own five plus two list is the least you should do to prepare. Beyond this list of seven, any seed you store is an additional hedge against future crisis events.
By: Tom Chatham
Louis Farrakhan recently gave a speech to the Nation of Islam and he mentioned some interesting things. He wants street gangs to help provide security for lands owned by the Nation of Islam. He believes these gangs have useful battle skills they can teach and wants them to be a part of his future plans. He also advises blacks to reduce excessive spending and pool money to buy land. That is good advice for anyone but the location of these purchases may also say a lot.
The NOI already owns 1,500 acres of farmland in Georgia and currently has a campaign to raise $10 million in donations by March 31 to buy hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland in the Midwest with the intent of producing food. In the event that another economic shock hits in the near future, anyone with large amounts of cash will be well positioned to buy properties at fire sale prices.
The NOI Ministry of Agriculture has the goal of acquiring enough agricultural properties to provide the 40 million blacks in this country with clothing, shelter and at least one meal a day. They calculate they would need 51 million acres to accomplish this but 6.3 million would suffice if meat and dairy are limited. They believe 6.3 million acres would cost about 6 billion dollars and an additional 2 billion would be needed for machinery.
In a recent article, Enemies Foreign and Domestic, we mentioned the Muslim Brotherhood and the training camps they have in the U.S. The fact that Islamic extremists have infiltrated the American government and have cited their intention to turn this country into a Muslim nation helps to put the recent comments by Farrakhan into context.
It is a foregone conclusion that any serious collapse in the U.S. would cut off food supplies to major cities. Those that control the food would have a great deal of power. Any serious resistance to a government takeover would also come from the rural areas where most of the food is produced. It has been the practice of Islamic extremists in the past to destroy their enemies by infiltrating and destroying from within for maximum effect. The unrest in Europe and dilution of local populations and customs driven by Muslim immigrants gives credence to this idea.
Many hold the belief that a government takeover in the rural areas would be difficult and costly for the government. The government would need a plan to destroy and suppress any resistance in these areas to insure government control of farmland. The tried and true method for these individuals has always been to infiltrate and destroy and the Nation of Islam is setting itself up for just that sort of operation based on what Farrakhan has said.
If the Nation of Islam buys farmland in key areas and has street gangs providing the security for these farms, they will be in a good position to infiltrate and intimidate the local population. These individuals have no fear of gun fights and kill with no regrets. They are expendable and offer the perfect force to subvert any local actions to keep the peace. With a criminal element loose in an area during a civil breakdown, it would help facilitate the entrance of government forces to pacify the area.
The ability of locals to resist government forces while also fighting off criminal elements in their midst would make life very difficult and would escalate the violence an order of magnitude. The government wouldn’t even have to pay these individuals. They could just let them keep anything they pillage with full immunity from prosecution for all crimes including murder.
While the intent of the NOI may be honorable, the incorporation of street gangs, the purchase of large tracts of farmland and the machinations of the Muslim Brotherhood in this country present us with a situation where extreme caution is encouraged. There are forces at work that seek to undermine and destroy this nation and everything it stands for. These days it is easy to see conspiracies everywhere, but given that Chicago is the presidents’ political home base and is the home of the NOI, and given the history of this city for corruption and Marxist ideology, it is reasonable to be suspicious of these actions.
Are we to believe that violent street gangs that make hundreds of thousands of dollars every year selling drugs want to give that up to live a quiet country life? One of the favorite actions of the present government is to overwhelm the population with so many different threats at one time that most people are unable to respond to them all allowing some to succeed. It is a good way to slowly grind away at the edges until they get what they want.
As the economic situation deteriorates at an increasing speed, it is important to insure you have an economic plan in effect to care for your family during the uncertain times ahead and to keep an eye on the national situation as it unfolds. It’s always the little things in life that get you in the end. The NOI seems to be putting their self preservation plan into effect. It would be wise for others to follow suit.
By: Tom Chatham
During a catastrophe, many of the things we take for granted may not be available for an extended period of time. In a situation such as a currency collapse, the normal supply chain can be affected for weeks or months until some type of stabilization occurs. Those that are entirely dependent on the normal operations of the complex system we have can find themselves in want of daily necessities and suffering terribly because of it. No matter how much people are told to prepare for disasters, the majority will always subject themselves to the normalcy bias and ignore the problem assuming “someone” will fix it if anything happens.
For those that understand the problems we face and understand the complexities of the supply chain, the ability to stock extra items for later sale can provide a source of income to help you acquire the things you need but do not have. The ability to open a small store to sell the things that will be difficult to find in the aftermath of a catastrophe is a sound business venture that should be seriously considered. In the following list of possible items that you might want to stock, it becomes evident that food items are left off.
During a series of shortages the first thing people will need is water, food and energy. These things will be needed during the crisis and this is a dangerous time to be selling critical items. Those that have no form of exchange that you are willing to accept will become desperate and likely violent. Trade during this time should be carried out through intermediaries to prevent individuals from targeting you for their needs. Any food or energy items you have to part with can be disposed of at this time if you have a proper plan in effect and extra supplies for this purpose.
This article deals with sales of supplies from a store either stationary or mobile, that people may want or need after the situation has stabilized and they have other needs to fill. Many of the suggestions are durable items that may not be in production for a while but will play a role in hygiene, health, shelter repair, household needs or recreation. Most of these items are still available relatively cheap for the time being and take up very little space but may command a premium price later. They can be stored for long periods of time with little degradation in function. These are only some of the possible items you may want to store. A careful analysis of your location and possible needs will help you develop a good list of sale items that will be in high demand when the situation stabilizes.
Also keep in mind that having a few oddball, slow moving items that no one else carries may bring customers to you first providing the opportunity to sell other items that everyone else has.
Lighter fluid and flints
Feminine hygiene products
Lamp wicks and mantles
Misc. hardware – nails, screws, staples
Tubes of caulking
Tubes of roofing tar
Wheel bearing grease
Rubber repair kits
Beyond having a few items to sell you may want to plan on a post crisis service business you can run to generate income. A business that requires a small amount of equipment and limited space should be your goal. This will allow you to shelter your equipment and protect it during the worst of the crisis and allow you to move it if necessary.
Milling flour and cornmeal – Grain mill required
Smoking meats and producing sausage – Smoker, sausage stuffer, sausage ingredients and fuel source required
Baking bread, pies and cakes – Specialty pans and spices required
Clothing repair service – Sewing machine, patches and sewing supplies required
Auto repair – Mechanic tools required
Welding – Welder and supplies required
Barber shop – Chair and barber tools required
Diner – Cooking equipment, food source, dining ware, tables and chairs required
Ammo reloading and gun repair – Reloading dies, press, bullet mold, powder, primers, lead pot, case tumbler, gun smith tools and repair parts required
Furniture construction and repair – Carpentry tools (furniture specific) required
Saw sharpening service – Files and vise required
Blacksmith and tool production – Blacksmith tools and forge required
A decision to develop one or more of these business ideas will require a thorough analysis of the business idea and a listing of all individual items you may want to have on hand. You should ask some basic questions to identify the best business to start.
What services will local individuals need the most?
What services am I capable of performing with the proper tools?
What equipment can I afford to buy and store until needed?
What will I accept for payment and how much will my services be?
Where will I set up my business?
What expendable supplies will I need to replace on a regular basis and where will I get them?
Regardless of the crisis that occurs you will want to have a plan to generate income when things stabilize. Those that are already prepared to start a business will have an advantage over those who have not planned for recovery and lack the equipment to begin. The ability to generate income is the ability to control your future. Chance favors the prepared mind.
By: Tom Chatham
In these days of uncertainty it is only prudent to have sufficient stores to carry you over until the crisis has past. It is necessary to have the things you need on a daily basis just in case your supplies are cut off for any number of reasons. Your location and capabilities will dictate what supplies are most important to you so a complete analysis of the potential crisis is needed.
The critical supply list is not meant to replace a well rounded list of food, water, clothing or other supplies but rather to highlight items that are hard to produce locally and will be difficult to find in a catastrophic situation. These items will become necessary in many circumstances where long term survival becomes necessary and you must provide most of your own needs. Some of these items will be more critical to some people than others depending on the situation you find yourself in and the plans you have.
The short list is a group of items that would be difficult or impossible to produce locally, have important health benefits or provide cutting or construction ability. While a shortage of other individual items can be worked around in many ways, these items are difficult to replace or work around when needed.
The Bakers Dozen
Motor Oil, Lubricants and Filters –
While motor fuels can be produced locally from various sources, lubricants and filters are much more difficult to produce and are vital to engine operations.
Primers, Caps, Flints and Powder –
Many of the items required for firearms are capable of being homemade or reused from original supplies. Primers, percussion caps, flints and powder supplies are the critical links that are difficult to produce locally and must be stored in depth for continued availability during critical times of need.
Vegetable and Grain Seeds –
Seeds are the basis of a sustainable food system and are critical to long term food production.
Sea Salt –
Salt is necessary for the human body to function properly. The lack of it in your diet can be lethal. Salt is also a good preservative and sea salt contains up to 60 other minerals that are beneficial to the human body. Unless you live near a source of salt, it can be difficult to procure if supply lines are cut for any reason.
Quality knife –
Nothing can replace a good knife when one is needed. It can be used in the kitchen for preparing meals, dressing out a fresh piece of meat, for cutting materials or for defense.
Ax and Saw –
Tools that can be used to procure firewood, construct furniture and devices or build shelter are critical when all other systems fail or are lost.
Duct tape –
This is a truly multi purpose item. It has very good holding power, is very strong and very durable.
This is an item that can be used for reducing the effects of a heart attack, relieving pain and reducing swelling.
This is a multi purpose item that can be used for preventing infections, purifying water and reducing some of the harmful effects of radiation by application to the abdomen. When applied to the skin, the body will absorb what it needs.
Emergency dental kit –
When medical services are cut off for extended periods, a minor problem like a lost filling can be catastrophic to a persons’ survival. The ability to seal an open dental cavity can be the difference between a fully functional person and an incapacitated person in great pain.
Sewing kit –
If clothing supplies are cut off for any reason for a prolonged period, it will be necessary to maintain clothing until replacements can be found. Sewing supplies can also serve as a makeshift wound repair kit.
Fishing supplies –
Fishing is possible in most areas of the country from rivers, lakes and ponds. This will provide a person with a secondary source of food in critical times. Fishing line is very strong and can be used for tying and securing materials when rope is not available. It can also be used to construct snares and traps for small animals.
Reusable canning lids –
While canning equipment and jars can be reused for many years, the weak link in canning foods for long term storage is the jar lids. Most lids now used are single use items and would require an extensive supply to last many years. Reusable canning lids when cared for can last for decades and provide an additional means to store meats and vegetables for long periods.
Depending on the location and circumstances you find yourself in you may determine there are other critical items that you should have for long term survivability. That is why it is important to assess your situation and determine what long term supplies you need but cannot produce locally and insure you have a sufficient supply before they are cut off. Critical supplies will demonstrate a low cost but high payoff and multiuse capability when a proper analysis is done.
By: Tom Chatham
Everybody knows Murphy. Just when you think you have everything figured out and set, Murphy shows up and ruins your best laid plans. It always happens at critical times.
I’ve said several times that you always need several backup plans for a severe crisis. Even if most of those plans are just paper assessments of what to do in unusual circumstances it is important to think about them while you have the opportunity to make a rational plan. The recent interviews by Doug Hagmann, at Northeast Intelligence Network, with a DHS insider should leave you with a sense of foreboding. After reading these interviews it is up to each individual to assess the information and come to their own conclusion. In the end you will need to rely on your gut instinct and do what you feel is necessary to preserve your wellbeing.
Many people have seen the storm clouds forming and realize the danger we face as a nation and many have made extensive plans and laid in many supplies. Those that have a rural retreat that is well stocked and secure from most hazards must keep one thing in mind. No matter how well you have planned, expect Murphy to show up at a most inconvenient time and ruin everything. It may not happen but you would be foolish not to plan for it.
If the nation is locked down for any reason and the government feels the need to bring the total population under tight government control, your rural retreat may not help. The cities would be the first place they would secure due to the large population there. The suburbs would be next then the rural areas. They already know a lot of the gun owning population lives in farm country so if they decide to do something stupid like confiscate firearms, they will have a plan to do it.
Most likely they will do a reconnaissance of the area they are about to secure and identify any well armed and supplied persons then show up in force. Most of those that have planned to defend their homes have planned for several heavily armed civilians at most working in unison to attack them. If the only danger is from civilians, this might be sufficient. If a platoon of heavily armed federals show up with air support, the dynamics will be much different. Think ATF, DHS and TSA goons with predator drones and armored vehicles.
In this instance most would either surrender or fight to the death and the federals would be willing to level the place. This is the scenario you need to contemplate. As General Patton once said, no poor bastard ever won a war by dieing for his country, he won it by making that other poor dumb bastard die for his. Sometimes, its better to live to fight another day. That means if the war comes to your front door one day it might be better if you were not home to answer the door. At the very least you should have the ability to prevent any vehicles from getting within half a mile of your home to reduce the aggressors abilities.
For those that have made extensive plans, this might be unthinkable but needs to be said. Even if you have what you consider the perfect retreat to sit out any collapse, you need to consider what circumstances would cause you to leave and where you would go. This may only be a temporary relocation until your home is safe again. Then again, your home may be lost forever. Are you prepared for that eventuality? There are some simple and relatively inexpensive things you can do to cushion the blow of this type of upheaval.
If you have several acres of land you have the ability to build a hidden “root cellar” on your property to store critical items that will allow you to go on if most of your other supplies are lost. If you do not have sufficient land for this, and you live close to a heavily forested area you may be able to install a small cellar there, hidden from view which you can store supplies in. If you see the need to relocate in this type of scenario, you may want to identify a large national forest or park near your home that can be utilized. A weekend hiking trip to the area can provide the reconnaissance you need and allow you the opportunity to actually build your cellar while you are there.
A simple 8 x 10 cellar covered with logs and dirt and lined with plastic can provide you with all of the storage you need. It can even act as a relocation site to provide a shelter if things become desperate. Keep in mind we are talking about extreme circumstances where everything is going wrong and you have few options. This may even be a backup plan where you review topographic maps of the area and have satellite maps to see what is actually there. Without even going there, you can choose a site to fall back to in desperate times. Once there you can build a cellar for shelter and storage. With nothing more than a shovel, bow saw, hatchet and roll of plastic, you can build a cellar utilizing locally available materials.
By digging a hole, then lining it with plastic and utilizing the roof logs to hold the top of the plastic in place, you can create a floor and four walls with a moisture barrier. Any extra plastic can be wrapped around the top of the logs and left on top. A second piece of plastic can be laid on the top to completely cover the logs to prevent leaks from heavy rains, and then the structure can be covered with dirt. The amount of dirt will depend on the size of the logs used. A hidden entrance 2’x 4’ can be built and camouflaged to prevent detection. As with a root cellar, two plastic pipes can be installed for ventilation and a third pipe made of metal can be situated to act as a chimney for a small wood stove should it be necessary. With a small enough stove, even automotive exhaust flex pipe may be used. The floor and walls can be reinforced with masonry or logs but will take considerably more time and expense to complete.
If installing a stove pipe, it would be beneficial to have it protrude from the ground at least several feet if not yards from your cellar. This will prevent your cellar from being destroyed if the heat signature of the pipe is used to direct weapons to you. This will also help to diminish the heat signature as the smoke travels through the pipe. If a plastic or metal form that resembles a large animal like a deer or a bear is positioned over the pipe exhaust it may appear on infrared detection equipment as just the heat signature from an animal and be dismissed.
Just to be clear, what I am suggesting is this. In the near future those in America that believe in the constitution and its protections, will be faced with not one war to fight but three. They will be fighting a revolution against the Government, a civil war against those who support the government and eventually a war against foreign troops attempting to take control of this country. Once the country is weakened by internal fighting and unable to defend our borders, it would be the best time for an aggressor to strike. This is why even well stocked rural retreats may not be enough to keep you safe throughout all of the fighting. A cellar stocked with critical supplies may be your last resort to keep in the fight and stay alive. Those that do not have the financial means to stock an extra site should not dismiss it outright. You can still identify a cellar location and make a plan for relocating the supplies you do have to that location if it becomes necessary. A well thought out plan will cost you nothing now but may save your life later.
In the movie Defiance, Russian Jews were suddenly and violently killed when the German army overran their country. Some escaped to the forest where they formed a resistance and fought back. Their life in the forest was difficult because they had no resources to live there initially and they suffered for their lack of basic necessities. This is a prime example of why a backup plan is necessary. Things can go bad very quickly with little warning.
At some point in the near future, everyone in this country will have a Murphy moment, and when that happens they will suddenly realize that all of their future plans are now destroyed. They will suddenly feel like they have a giant hole in their chest as if their guts were ripped out, and they will be gripped with fear. When that happens even the most prepared will ask the same question. Oh my God, what do I do now? Those that prepared will have an immediate answer to that question.
Here are some potential items you might want to stock at a cellar site as minimal backup.
Sanitation Kit –
5 gal. bucket with gamma seal lid
4 rolls toilet tissue
2 qt. pine oil
50 8 gal. waste bags
2 tubes toothpaste
1 collapsible sink
10 disposable razors
2 cans shaving cream
1 bath towel
1 wash cloth
12 bars soap
1 bottle medicated powder
Clothing Resupply –
5 gal. bucket with gamma seal lid
1 heavy work shirt
1 heavy work pants
1 pair boots
3 pair socks
3 pair underwear
3 t shirts
1 thermal top
1 thermal bottom
1 neck gator
1 field jacket
Food Stores –
6 lbs. rice
6 lbs. beans
42 oz. oats
32 oz. vegetable oil
100 tea bags
4 lbs. sugar
5 lbs. cornmeal
4 lbs. milk powder
8 oz. salt
2 oz. pepper
1 lb. popcorn
2 lbs. potato flakes
• multiply this list by the number of months you need
Kitchen Equipment –
Kerosene or propane stove
5 gal. kerosene or 20 lbs. propane per month
Cook set – 1 frying pan, 1 – 2 qt. pot w/lid, 1 – 2 qt. pressure cooker, 1 coffee pot
Dining set- knife, fork, spoon
Cooking utensils- Spatula, large spoon, carving knife, large fork
5 gal. water jug
Power & Lighting –
5 gal. bucket with gamma seal lid
Kerosene or propane lantern with extra wicks/mantles
Candles 100 hr.
Handcrank flashlight/ radio
Rechargable batteries – D, AA
5 gal. kerosene or 20 lbs. propane per month
Sleeping Gear –
1 sleeping bag
1 sleeping pad
Field Gear & Weapons –
Weapon – This can be a cheap bolt action like a Mosin-Nagant capable of defense or hunting large animals.
Ammo – 400 plus rounds of ammo for defense and hunting.
Rifle cleaning kit with oil
Canteen, cup, cover
Medical Supplies –
Emergency Dental Kit
1st aid dressings
Misc. Supplies –
Food prep table
Dining table w/ chairs
5 gal. solar shower
Portable shower enclosure w/ tub
5 gal. water storage containers
Fishing supplies as appropriate
By: Tom Chatham
The next great depression will be worldwide and it will be deeper and more chaotic than anything ever seen before. When the whole world suffers it will blame the U.S. for it and everyone will want a piece of America for retribution.
The Nations of Russia, China and Iran, which will lead the Muslim nations in the Mid East and Africa, will gang up on America which will be even more devastated financially than most nations. The American forces will succumb to a massive attack that takes down most of our electronic equipment and destroys our high tech advantage.
The war that follows will become a mostly conventional affair fought on American soil. A massive invasion by millions of enemy troops will follow who will commit every war crime imaginable on the American people. The invasion will come after internal conflict, caused by financial devastation, has taken a high death toll among Americans fighting among themselves over diminishing resources.
The invading nations will see this as their best opportunity to destroy America permanently and gain valuable natural resources at the same time. This is why it will be mostly conventional after a possible limited nuclear strike to disable our military resources and infrastructure. To make matters worse, these invaders will be aided by elements within the U.S. government who will cooperate with these ground forces.
The battles that follow will be fought mostly by local and state militias reinforced by the few remaining active duty soldiers that escaped annihilation in the opening days of conflict. It will become a guerilla war fought in every corner of every state in CONUS. Alaska and Hawaii will be cut off and allowed to wither until they surrender.
The war will last for years and most large cities and towns will be destroyed to eliminate any resources that partisan fighters can use. The only civilians that will escape detention and death by enemy forces will be those that are hidden in rural areas and dug in deep to prevent detection. Any food will have to be grown in small isolated plots hidden from enemy forces. Every day will be a fight for survival as the number of American forces dwindle.
American forces will survive by becoming very mobile and remaining on the move. Small attacks that chip away at enemy forces will be the primary tactic. Only when an unstoppable outside force arrives to reinforce Americans will the tide of war turn. The enemy will ultimately be driven back and Americas borders secured but the cost of victory will be very high and the population will be greatly reduced.
Is this scenario a possibility? It becomes more likely every day that we proceed on our current path and if history is any indicator it could become a reality. Americans are oblivious to the possibility of any such turn of events but it could very well happen within a decade. The inability of Americans to accept reality and the need to continue living in the comfortable cocoon of illusion they desire will end in tragedy very soon. No amount of hopeful thinking will change events that require positive action. The lack of critical thinking ability will doom the U.S. to new depths of despair before a new nation will arise that appreciates our heritage and the sacrifices of those that came before us. Hopefully this is a lesson we will not have to learn a second time.
By: Tom Chatham
A group of influential economic experts has discovered what they call a” frightening pattern” that they say will be unlike anything ever seen. They have presented their findings to the U.N. and a long list of world governments and indicate that this collapse could happen before the November elections in the U.S.
One member of the team, Chris Martenson, stated, “We found an identical pattern in our debt, total credit market, and money supply that guarantees they’re going to fail. This pattern is nearly the same as in any pyramid scheme, one that escalates exponentially fast before it collapses. Governments around the globe are chiefly responsible.”
“And what’s really disturbing about these findings is that the pattern isn’t limited to our economy. We found the same catastrophic pattern in our energy, food, and water systems as well. For 30 years – from the 1940s through the 1970s – our total credit market debt was moderate and entirely reasonable,” he says. “But then in seven years, from 1970 to 1977, it quickly doubled. And then it doubled again in seven more years. Then five years to double a third time. And then it doubled two more times after that. Where we were sitting at a total credit market debt that was 158% larger than our GDP in the early 1940s… By 2011 that figure was 357%.”
“Most frightening of all is how this exact same pattern keeps appearing in virtually every system critical to our society and way of life,” Dr. Moors stated. “It’s a pattern that’s hard to see unless you understand the way a catastrophe like this gains traction. At first, it’s almost impossible to perceive. Everything looks fine, just like in every pyramid scheme. Yet the insidious growth of the virus keeps doubling in size, over and over again – in shorter and shorter periods of time – until it hits unsustainable levels. And it collapses the system.”
Fitz-Gerald says, “If our research is right, Americans will have to make some tough choices on how they’ll go about surviving when basic necessities become nearly unaffordable and the economy becomes dangerously unstable. People need to begin to make preparations with their investments, retirement savings, and personal finances before it’s too late”.
When everything collapses at the same time the primary need will be food. The disruption of transportation and distribution systems will create a nation of very desperate people that may be capable of anything. When the distribution of food stops the only way to feed yourself is to already have food stores and/or the ability to grow your own. The worst time for a collapse of the food system is in the fall and winter months. During the spring and summer months it is possible to grow some food locally just about anywhere but when the weather turns cold, if you do not already have food stores or a winter garden in place, you are more likely to starve. The winter weather will not only prevent local food production in most areas of the country but the lack of systems to provide fuel and keep the roads clear of snow and ice can prevent the relocation of people to other areas making them prisoners wherever they are. People will be without food at the time of year when their bodies need even more to keep warm.
This is only one aspect of a complete collapse and does not even get into the lack of heat for warmth and cooking, water , power and security issues that will be prevalent everywhere. While a collapse will stretch your coping ability to new limits, it will be far worse if it happens in the colder months of the year. The lack of preparations by a majority of the population will be nothing short of catastrophic because those people have simply refused to listen to the warnings up to now. For those that have prepared it will be difficult to have sympathy for those that ignored the warnings and continued life as usual.
Once the system collapses it will be difficult to restart and will probably be led by the local production and distribution of food and water. This will likely follow a massive die off of the sick, elderly and very young that will have a difficult time coping until things improve. If you are in one of these groups you may not get another chance to stock up on the critical items you need to live so use this time wisely. As dire as this sounds, the situation will in all likelihood be much more severe and dangerous for the unprepared and prepared alike. If you have not done so yet, prepare now.
By: Tom Chatham – Author of The American Dream Lost and The Crux Event
One of the major problems with a contaminated northern hemisphere is the fact that a large portion of our food supply could be destroyed. This will necessitate you having the means to produce food to feed your family. If you are a refugee in a government shelter you will be one of many that must be fed from a limited supply of food. As things stand now, I don’t see how this type of situation could be anything less than a massive depopulation event. The idea of refugees fighting over dwindling food and water supplies is the main reason you should develop a plan to stay far away from large populations and provide for your own needs. There are two issues you need to keep in mind if evacuation of the northern hemisphere is necessary.
If most of the people move south, assuming it is safe down there, will there be enough housing, food production and natural resources to sustain the population of the whole planet?
There are 104 nuclear reactors in the U.S. that house over 70,000 tons of spent fuel rods. If the U.S. were evacuated, who would remain to maintain coolant in the reactors and spent fuel ponds?
There are many ways to grow food in small areas. If you are confined to an underground shelter the obstacles are huge but not impossible to overcome. The three things you need to grow food indoors is good soil, good water and a supply of energy to provide the necessary light. With a few small animals, such as chickens, to provide some manure and some seeds to plant green manure crops such as clover, it would be possible to keep your soil well fertilized. Having bags of fertilizer to make up the difference would also be very helpful. The production of energy to provide light would be difficult under these circumstances. The availability of LED grow lights would be necessary under these conditions. They produce the red and blue light frequencies that plants need at minimum energy usage. Regular grow lights can be used but will require much more power making your sustainability more difficult.
The following is a list of basic foods you can store that will provide about 2600 calories per day and is nutritionally balanced.
Whole-kernel hard wheat 16 oz per day
Beans 5 oz per day
Non-fat milk powder 2 oz per day
Vegetable oil 1 oz per day
Sugar 2 oz per day
Salt (iodized) 1/3 oz per day
Multi-vitamin pills 1 per day
A daily emergency ration for babies can consist of the following mixed with 4 cups of safe water.
Instant non-fat milk 2.25 oz 1 cup + 2 tablespoons
Vegetable cooking oil 1 oz 3 tablespoons
Sugar .7 oz 2 tablespoons
Standard daily multi-vitamin pill 1/3 pill
More food storage above and beyond these amounts to incorporate a variety of foods would be beneficial for prolonged periods of time but these amounts will provide you with the means to get by and stay healthy.
Nothing will live without water so a secure clean water supply is a primary concern. The best supply would be an artesian well with a hand pump that is located inside your underground shelter. Even with this you may want to have a filtering system to purify the water should it become contaminated. Katadyn water filters can filter up to 13,000 gallons but would require many extra filters if you had to filter water for crops as well as human consumption over an extended period of time.
With enough energy you can do just about anything. With a large power supply an impossible task becomes very easy. Providing energy in a radiological environment can be problematic but is nothing that cannot be overcome. The best forms of energy would be solar and wind. These systems can provide reliable power for many years with little or no maintenance. The one caveat is that high levels of gamma radiation can damage these systems over time so the radiation levels will determine how long these systems will work reliably. If the levels are so high that they affect your energy systems short term then your long term sustainability will also be in question.
The next best power source would be a generator that runs on renewable energy such as ethanol or a wood gassifier. It may not be possible to eat grain that has been grown in the contaminated soil but you may be able to produce fuel with it to power your shelter. This would depend on the amount of radiation you have in your area. A generating system that produces exhaust gasses would be best located in a separate shelter near the surface that allows for the proper ventilation but provides enough protection to maintain the equipment without exposing yourself to high levels of radiation. With LED lighting you may be able to provide most of your power with a human powered generator connected to a bicycle or something similar.
Fallout from across the Pacific might require you to shelter in a secure location until the radiation levels drop to negligible levels. An underground shelter with 3 feet of soil for shielding can protect you from 99.9% of gamma radiation hazards derived from nuclear explosions in the Pacific region. Twenty inches of dirt can provide a protection factor of around 200. Six inches of concrete covered with 30 inches of dirt will provide a protection factor of about 1000. This means you will receive about 1/1000 as much radiation inside as you will outside. The problem with a nuclear plant scenario is that if it is not encased in concrete or some other shielding material it will release radiation on a continuous basis for many years. This can make a return to the surface very difficult and at some point will create a permanent dead zone that would have to be abandoned for all practical purposes. If the cooling ponds at Fukushima suffer more damage exposing the rods, a radioactive fire could result that could spew radiation for up to a century. The plant at Chernobyl was encased in concrete to prevent this type of scenario. If a radioactive fire of this nature were to result it would be questionable if any place on Earth would be safe. Low levels of radiation may be survivable for middle age people for many years and only shorten their lives by a decade or so but the real problem lies with the children. Young and unborn children are more susceptible to radiation that can damage DNA, cause serious deformities and end their lives much too soon. The issue of sheltering is more for the protection of children and the continuance of our species than anything else so that should be the driving force behind the plans we make. More than likely the Fukushima radiation will continue in low doses for many years and cause an increase in cancer rates around the world but we can not rule out an escalation from this danger at some point in the future.
The following doses will be listed as R for roentgen.
Few receiving doses of 100 R or less would become sick. All of those exposed to doses of 100R to 200R should recover from radiation effects but some could die if infection or disease reduces their resistance. Total doses of this size or even larger received over a period of a few months in small doses of around 6R per day should result in no incapacitating symptoms. The human body can repair most radiation damage if the daily doses are not too large. The majority of those with doses less than 350R should recover without medical treatment. Almost all of those receiving a dose of 600R would die within a few weeks. Symptoms of radiation sickness are nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness and a general feeling of illness. These symptoms can begin several hours after receiving a dose of 100R to 200R and within 30 minutes or less after receiving a fatal dose. In doses of 1000R to 5000R death will result in 2 to 14 days. A dose of 5000R results in death within 48 hours. Persons dieing from radiation sickness are not sources of dangerous radiation and radiation sickness is not contagious. Some people may exhibit symptoms in a shelter following an event but these could be nothing more than stress related symptoms so some common sense needs to be applied in diagnosis.
Is it realistic to plan for long term underground sheltering? Maybe not for most people but given a worst case scenario what are the options? Good information on radiation, homemade ventilation, radiation meters and other shelter equipment can be found in the book Nuclear War Survival Skills which can be downloaded for free on the internet.
We have the knowledge to build safe nuclear plants and to store and dispose of radioactive materials in a responsible manner. Why don’t we? The sad truth is, we don’t because there is no money in it. It is much more profitable to look the other way and do the wrong thing. In the end, the profit motives of big corporations may very well end life as we know it on this planet.