Do you know how to be prepared for an economic collapse? If there was ever a time in the history of the world we need to be ready it’s today, not tomorrow. I’m not a doomsday prepper, but I will tell you one thing, we have to put together a plan as part of our strategy to be properly prepared and do so as soon as possible. My gut is telling me to shout from the rooftop to get ready for something this country hasn’t seen in many years. If you are sitting on the fence about getting food storage, water, emergency cooking devices, fuel, paper products, emergency toilet supplies, an emergency wash tub and many more things, (I will make a short list today), JUST DO IT! Remember, I do not list weapons, this is a family friendly blog and so is my book. Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation And by the way, I will not skin a squirrel and eat it. Just giving you the heads-up here.
Mark and I went to a neighborhood gathering last night and people brought salads to go with the pulled pork and rolls with chocolate cake for everyone to enjoy. There is something about “breaking bread” with people at the table, right? You know sitting together enjoying a meal, talking and laughing, and of course, I always get the giggles. Well, then I heard my friend, Jeff who started talking about living off the grid. Off the grid means living with solar for instance and not having to depend on the government to supply us with power. I quickly got up and moved closer to him so we could chat. We talked about solar panels, generators, batteries, the whole gamut. We also talked about how our country is not prepared for a cyber attack. They are prepared for natural disasters, somewhat, as we’ve seen them respond to recent floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, fires, etc.
But if our power goes down WE need to be prepared. Now, this could be severed powered lines, power grids that are targeted and sabotaged. Our country is so vulnerable to severe electrical outages. Have you read the book, “Lights Out” by Ted Koppel? You need too! Ted Koppel quotes so many people he and his team interviewed for the book. These were the folks that were “in charge” of our infrastructure. Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the AftermathOur country is so unprepared for attacks on our main power grids, it’s pathetic. Just imagine the power is out, the water lines will not work, the sewage lines are inoperable, no refrigeration or light anywhere. Forget about getting gas for your cars, the gas pumps will not work without electricity. Our country has three main electric power grids that with a well-designed attack things would drastically change as we see our infrastructure become crippled. The equipment is so outdated that it would take years to repair, and that’s IF we could get the parts to replace the damaged equipment. It’s highly unlikely the parts could even be made. What the heck? We live in America, I thought we were more prepared than this!
If this happens, we will go back to living like families in the 1800’s. It’s not a question of if it will happen, it’s a question of when it will happen. Here’s the deal, I watch TV and use the remote to switch from CNN to Fox News and all the other news stations in my area. Of course, I have my favorite TV shows as well that I like to watch. If we lose electricity, the lights go out, the stores will close, and forget the truckers who we take for granted who deliver ALL the goods we need worldwide. When I see truckers driving down the highway, I have so much respect for them, when driving I let them in my lane as a courtesy. They keep our stores stocked, gas pumps full and so much more. I wave to them as if to say “thank you for all you do” for this country so we can eat, drink and survive, so to speak.
Economic Collapse Tips:
- Be ready to withdraw any liquid monies before an economic collapse happens because within a week or less (if we lose electricity you will not have access to any funds via ATM’s, checks or monthly income deposits, for who knows how long). This is scary because we do not want a run on the banks. This means everyone runs to the bank to withdraw their money and the bank can’t stay open if this happens. Of course, if we have a cyber attack you won’t even have time to withdraw any money. Period. I’m talking about an economic collapse here.
- Get out of debt as soon as possible.
- Be prepared to pay home property taxes because the government can and will take your home if they are not paid (yep they will be the proud owners of thousands if not millions of homes if the property taxes are not paid). It makes you realize how much control our government has with the property taxes we owe on OUR homes.
- Keep cash in small bills ready to use in your home in a safe secure place. If the banks are closed for days, weeks or months, the money you have in your home will be your saving grace. Your monthly deposits from income will not be available if the banks have zero electricity. They will be unable to take or disperse any funds. Those ATM’s will not work without power.
- Stock up on food you will eat, lots of it, here’s a checklist that I designed that may help: Where-Do-I-Start
- Stock up on basics like honey, sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and spices so you can make meals from scratch.
- Go to thrift stores and get old cookbooks with recipes you would like to make. The internet will not work if we lose power. Have several hard copy cookbooks available as references.
- Learn to make bread or crackers. If you know how to make these teach your neighbors, they will need to learn this old-school skill, I promise.
- Store more water than you have ever dreamed of storing. By the way, when you fill your containers use a lead-free hose made after 2007 like this one: NeverKink 8612-50 5/8-Inch-by-50-Foot Boat and Camper Hose
- Get some soil ready to garden, you will need to produce your own food, please do it NOW. Please get some garden tools, you will need them. Seeds are needed as well. Check your local garden nursery for plants/seeds that you can grow where you live.
- Store fuel such as propane (outside), inside your garage or shed you can store charcoal briquettes (without the starter fluid), lump charcoal, clean pine cones, and wood scraps. Please store them in air-tight containers so they will last longer. I use 5-gallon buckets with Gamma lids. Gamma Seal Lid Variety Pack – 6 Colors and 5-gallon buckets 5 Gallon White Bucket & Gamma Seal Lid – Food Grade Plastic Pail & Gamma2 Screw Seal Tight Lid (Red) I also store butane fuel 12 Butane Fuel GasOne Canisters for Portable Camping Stoves
- Put together a first aid kit like no other one you have put together before. If the stores are closed you need to have the items you use every day or occasionally. Here’s a list: First-Aid-Kit-Checklist-Printable Please add your favorite items to my list and get as many as your budget allows. Check expiration dates. Think economic collapse.
- Prescriptions, this is my biggest fear for those with life-threatening illnesses and diseases. Ask your doctor if you can purchase a 90 day supply, or even a one year supply. Yes, forget about insurance companies, you may need to pay cash for some prescriptions.
- Make sure your passport is current.
- Do whatever you can to learn the skills you could trade for food or water like sewing, cooking, gardening, etc.
- Strengthen your body, get out and bike, walk or swim, just do it. We will need our bodies to be strong and healthy.
- Stock up on paper products like plates, cups, and napkins because we will want to use our water for drinking and our fuel for heat or cooking and not to the dishes. Get plenty of plastic utensils too.
- Get some cooking devices to boil water and cook meals like a Lodge Dutch oven Lodge Camp Dutch Oven, 6 Qt that you can use outside with some charcoal. Get a Sun Oven if you have a lot of sunshine. All American Sun Oven- The Ultimate Solar Appliance Camp Chef has a great stove/oven combination Camp Chef Camping Outdoor Oven with 2 Burner Camping Stove you can make pancakes on top and bread in the oven. I purchased one of these for all four of my daughters: Camp Chef Butane 1 Burner Stove with Camping Case
- Stock up on shavers, soap, shampoo, dish soap, laundry detergent, bleach, etc. Don’t forget to get a clothes line, clothes pins, and a wash tub/board or make my emergency washing machine with 2 six-gallon buckets and this awesome tool: Ball Clothes Washer Portable Washing Machine Our fabulous electric washers and dryers may not work for days, weeks, or months without power. I better start lifting weights, just saying.
- Comment from Janet: If you live in the country, have a septic and a well, clean your house. If civil unrest or an emp goes off, there will be a family that you won’t be able to turn away. Organize everything that you can find to organize. It is easier to do it now. Also, have extra blankets and possibly air mattresses.
Please be prepared for the unexpected. The question is not if, the question is when we have an economic collapse. God bless you and your family.
Please prepare for an economic collapse…
Me (Linda) I called my city/county and got this answer: I called my water department and sewer departments in my St.George, Utah (Washington County) area today. Here’s the deal with the location where I’m located. The water will continue to run through our water lines as long because they are gravity driven. NOW, once the water runs out of those they have backup generators to pump water to our home. BUT once the generators run out of fuel they will not work obviously. Now, the woman said that different cities share water or fuel as needed. Okay, that’s fine but if we have a complete grid down we will all be out of luck. I would check with your local city or county but I’m betting its probably the same. Now, let’s talk about the sewage. I had to talk to the person in charge of the county, he was very helpful. He said that most cities, subdivisions, etc. have what’s called a lift station to pump the sewage out of the subdivisions. The city typically places them in the LOWEST part of the area. When and if they overflow the sewage is channeled from this lift station into a tunnel that goes to a specific area away from the subdivision. The sewage would not come up into our houses, he said. I would call your local sewer department to get the location of where your lift station is located in your area. The guy told me as long as I am ABOVE that location I would be fine. Please get your family prepared for an economic collapse. Trust me, it’s coming.
Janet: If you live in the country, have a septic and a well, clean your house. If civil unrest or an EMP goes off, there will be a family that you won’t be able to turn away. Organize everything that you can find to organize. It is easier to do it now. Also, have extra blankets and possibly air mattresses.