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14 Questions People Ask About How To Prepare For The Collapse Of The Economy

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How in the world is someone supposed to actually prepare for an economic collapse?  What should you do with your money?  How can you make sure that your family is going to be okay?  How can you prepare if your resources are extremely limited?  These are the kinds of questions people ask me all the time.  Once people understand that the economy has been collapsing and will continue to collapse, then the next step for most of them is that they want to get prepared for the storm that is coming.  So where should someone get started?  Well, the truth is that no two people are facing the exact same set of circumstances, so preparation is going to look different for each individual.  But there are certain core principles that we can all benefit from.  For example, when a financial storm is coming that is not the time to be blowing thousands of dollars on vacations and new toys.  You would be surprised at how many people there are that claim that they have no extra money in their budgets and yet somehow have plenty of money to run down to Wal-Mart and buy a big stack of DVDs.  When times are difficult, each hard-earned dollar becomes much more precious, and we all need to start getting into the habit of making the most out of our limited resources.  The seemingly endless prosperity that we have all been enjoying for decades is coming to an end, and most of us have absolutely no experience on how to deal with truly hard times.  If you are under the age of 60, it might be a really good idea to read a book or two on what conditions were like during the Great Depression of the 1930s.  There is a lot that we can learn from our own history.

Another key characteristic that we will all need in the years ahead is flexibility.  Anyone that has spent any time in the military knows that very few plans ever work out perfectly.  As the global economy breaks down and the world becomes increasingly unstable, conditions are going to change rapidly.  What might work really well in one situation might be the exact wrong thing to do 6 months later.  If you are not willing or able to adapt to dramatic change then you are going to have a lot of difficulty in the years ahead.

Many people refer to me as a “doom and gloomer” because I run a website called “The Economic Collapse” and I am constantly pointing out that the entire world is heading for a complete and total financial nightmare.

But I don’t think that it does any good to stick your head in the sand.  I believe that there is hope in understanding what is happening and I believe that there is hope in getting prepared.

It is those that are completely oblivious to what is really going on that will be totally blindsided by the coming crisis.  When they finally realize what has come upon them many of them will totally lose it.

From my little spot on the wall I am trying my best to warn people so that they can have a chance to be prepared for what is coming.

I am not spreading doom and gloom.

I am spreading hope.

And I want to make another point.  Generally, things are going to be getting progressively worse as the years roll along.  As I have written about before, I believe that the economic collapse is not a single event.  Rather, I see it as a series of waves that will be punctuated by moments of great crisis.

So advice about preparation is going to be different depending on whether you are talking about the short-term or the mid-term or the long-term.  Hopefully you will keep that in mind as you read my answers to the questions below.

The following are common questions that people ask about how to prepare for the collapse of the economy….

#1 How Do I Get Started?

When the financial crisis of 2008 hit, what was the biggest danger for most Americans?

The biggest danger was that they would lose their jobs and not be able to pay their bills.

During the last recession, millions and millions of Americans did end up losing their jobs.

And because many of them were living paycheck to paycheck many of them also ended up losing their homes.

You do not want that to happen to you.

So what I am about to say next is not considered to be very “sexy” in prepper circles, but it is absolutely crucial advice.

You need to have an emergency fund saved up that can cover your expenses for at least six months.

That way if you lose your job or your business goes under you will be able to keep going for a while as you figure out what your next move will be.

These days it takes the average unemployed American nearly 40 weeks to find a new job, and it will likely be even worse in the next major economic downturn.

So make sure that you have plenty of cash saved up just in case.  If you are currently living paycheck to paycheck you are extremely vulnerable.

#2 What Should I Do With My Money?

I get this question a lot.

People always want to know where they should put their money.

Well, my first piece of advice is always to build an emergency fund.  See #1 above.  Most people do not have one.

After that is done, I am a big believer in not putting all of my eggs into one basket.

Sometimes people will tell me that they are going to take all of their money out of the banks because they don’t feel safe having their money in them.

Well, if you stick all of your money in your mattress, what happens if there is a fire or what happens if someone robs you?

That is why I believe in spreading your risk around.  Having money a bunch of different places is a good thing.

But one place I would not put it is in the stock market.  If you were fortunate enough to catch the recent rally you should get out while the getting is good.

If you have blind faith in the stock market you are going to be deeply disappointed eventually.  I do not have a single penny in the stock market, and a couple of years from now that is going to look like a very wise move.

#3 Should I Invest In Precious Metals?

A lot of people that write about the economic crisis in this country really advocate investing in precious metals because they tend to hold value over time (unlike fiat currencies).

I like precious metals myself, but if you are going to invest you need to get educated so that you know what you are doing.  If you go in blindly you are likely to get burned at some point.

In addition, you need to be prepared for wild fluctuations in price over the coming years.  There will be times when gold and silver absolutely soar and there will be times when they drop like a rock.

So if you are going to play the game you need to be able to handle the ride.

#4 Should I Get Out Of Debt?

Many that write about the coming economic collapse say that you shouldn’t even bother to pay off your debts because the financial system is going to collapse anyway.

I don’t see it that way.

I don’t believe that our banks are going to totally collapse and suddenly go out of existence.

Not in the short-term anyway.

So I believe that it is actually a good idea to get out of debt.  When financial troubles hit you don’t want a horde of bill collectors coming after you.

There is a lot of freedom that comes with getting out of debt, and in this environment it is wise to become as independent of the system as possible.

#5 What If I Don’t Have Any Money To Prepare?

In this kind of economic environment it is no surprise that I get this question a lot.

Many families are just barely scraping by each month and they do not have much money to put into anything.

And I can definitely sympathize with that.

However, I would say that there are very, very few families out there that do not have anything that can be cut out of the budget.

The truth is that American families are experts at blowing money on really stupid stuff.

In general, I recommend that all families do what they can to reduce their expenses.

The smaller of a financial footprint you have, the better off you will be and the more resources you will have to help you get prepared.

Also, now is the time to be looking for ways that you can increase your income.

For many Americans, starting a side business is a way to bring in some extra cash.  Yes, this will cut into your television watching time, but now is not the time to be lazy.

The time you spend working hard now while the sun is still shining will pay off later.

Don’t be afraid to work harder than you ever have before.

#6 Should I Rent Or Buy?

This is a question that I also get a lot, and it really depends on your situation.

If you rent, that gives you a lot more flexibility.  You can move for a new job or a new opportunity without having to sell a house.  And you get to avoid a lot of the expenses and hassles that come with being a homeowner.

If you buy, you get to “lock in” your housing expenses for many years.  In a highly inflationary environment this would potentially be very beneficial.  And interest rates are very low right now.

In addition, it is going to be really hard to rent a really good “prepper” property.  If you are looking for a property that is away from the big cities where you can grow your own food and become more independent of the system, then in most cases you are going to have to buy such a property.

But if you do buy, it is going to be much harder to move if something does happen and you need to go somewhere else.

#7 What About My Health Condition?

Over the next few years, our health care system should continue operating at least somewhat normally.  But the truth is that our health care system is in horrible shape and it is not a good thing to be totally dependent on pills and doctors.

Even if economic conditions were perfect it would be a good idea to learn what you can do on your own to improve your health.  But this is especially true as we move into a time of great economic instability.

#8 Should I Be Storing Food?


However, even though the United States is experiencing a historic drought right now, I do not believe that there will be major food shortages in America this year or next year.

Down the road, however, is a different story.

And your food dollars are never going to go farther than they do right now.  As I wrote about the other day, this drought is likely to cause food prices to go up substantially, and so the food you store now might end up being twice as valuable a few years from now.

In addition, you never know when a major disaster or emergency is going to strike so it is always good to become more independent of the system.

I encourage everyone to learn how to grow a garden.  Yes, your space may be limited, but there is actually one family that produces 6000 pounds of produce every year on just 1/10th of an acre right in the middle of Pasadena, California.

If they can do such extraordinary things with their little plot of land, why can’t you try to do what you can with what you have?

#9 Should I Be Storing Water?

It is always good to have some water on hand in case disaster or emergency strikes.

And you should be rotating whatever water you currently have on hand because you don’t want water sitting around indefinitely.

But what is much more important is to make sure that you and your family have access to a source of water that you can depend on if disaster strikes and the grid goes down.

In a previous article I discussed a report put out by the American Trucker Associations entitled “When Trucks Stop, America Stops” that detailed just how incredibly vulnerable our water supply really is….

According to the American Water Works Association, Americans drink more than one billion glasses of tap water per day. For safety and security reasons, most water supply plants maintain a larger inventory of supplies than the typical business. However, the amount of chemical storage varies significantly and is site specific. According to the Chlorine Institute, most water treatment facilities receive chlorine in cylinders (150 pounds and one ton cylinders) that are delivered by motor carriers. On average, trucks deliver purification chemicals to water supply plants every seven to 14 days. Without these chemicals, water cannot be purified and made safe for drinking. Without truck deliveries of purification chemicals, water supply plants will run out of drinkable water in 14 to 28 days. Once the water supply is drained, water will be deemed safe for drinking only when boiled. Lack of clean drinking water will lead to increased gastrointestinal and other illnesses, further taxing an already weakened healthcare system.

So yes, water is definitely something you should be accounting for in your preparations.

#10 Other Than Food And Water What Other Supplies Will I Need?

Anything that you use on a regular basis or that you would use in an emergency situation is something that you should consider storing up.

For example, if you could not buy any more toilet paper from the stores, what would you do?

Basic things like that are often overlooked by many preppers.

In a previous article, I listed dozens of things you may want to consider storing.  Preparation is going to look different for every family, but hopefully that list will give you some ideas.

#11 What Happens If The Power Grid Goes Down?

This is a very important consideration – especially if you live in a colder climate.

Some people have a backup generator for such circumstances.

Others have set up wind and/or solar systems for their homes.

Alternative energy solutions are great if you can afford them, and they will enable you to become much more independent of the system.

But not everyone can afford to put in solar panels or a big wind turbine.

So do what you can with what you have.

#12 Should I Leave The Big Cities?

A lot of people ask me this, but there is no easy answer.

In this day and age, a good job is like gold.  It can be really, really tough to give up a good job and move to the middle of nowhere.

But without a doubt, society is starting to come apart at the seams and I do expect rioting and major civil unrest in our major cities at some point in the future.

In the end, you need to do what is right for you and your own family.  Nobody else can make this decision for you.

#13 Should I Get Some Self-Defense Training?

America seems to be overrun by psychopaths and sociopaths these days, and in such an environment being able to defend yourself becomes more important.

When criminals come to your home, they are not going to sit down and have a debate with you.  They are not going to care what your political outlook is or if you sympathize with their plight.

The criminals are simply going to do what they came there to do unless someone stops them.

So yes, some self-defense training may come in very handy in the years ahead.

#14 What Should I Do If My Family And Friends Won’t Listen To Me?

This is another very common question that I get.

What should people do if nobody will listen to them?

Well, you just have to do the best that you can.  If they won’t listen now, just keep planting seeds.  Keep sending them articles that are packed with statistics and information that show why an economic collapse is going to happen.

In the years ahead we are all going to need our families and our friends because communities will endure what is coming much better than “lone wolf” individuals will be able to.

No matter how hard you prepare, at some point you are going to need the help of someone else.

So don’t be afraid to reach out to others.

If nobody among your family or friends will listen to you at the moment, you may have to prepare on your own right now.

In fact, you may have to do extra preparation because at some point it is probably inevitable that your family and friends will come to you for help.

That is the perspective that my wife and I take.  We are not only preparing for ourselves.  We are also preparing for the family members that may have to depend on us someday.

Nobody said that preparing was going to be easy.

But beyond any physical preparations, I also believe that it is absolutely crucial to prepare mentally and spiritually.

The times that are coming are going to be incredibly challenging.  They are going to require a great deal of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual strength.

If you are a “lone wolf” that believes that you don’t need anyone or anything, then I feel sorry for you and I honestly don’t know how you are going to make it.

None of us have all the answers.

I know that I certainly do not.

I have just written nearly 3000 words, but after I post this article I know that some of the great visitors to my site will post ideas that I never even considered for this article.

We can all learn from each other.  Most of the people that I have met that think “they know it all” are some of the most clueless people that I have ever come across.

I never want to stop learning, and hopefully that is the case for you as well.

If we work together, perhaps we can all make it through the horrible, horrible times that are coming.

  • I have been reading about the great depression and the Argentina economic collapse.I have also talk to many relatives that lived thru the great depression.They all said the same thing.They had no money but plenty to eat.They had gardens and a flock of chickens.They traded labor in exchange for services.They made many items or repaired discarded items.(they said the discarded items became harder and harder to come by as the depression continued.)Make do or do with out.

  • James

    I did more researhc following your recent article on the employment rate being lower than the last recession. Howeever, I was wondering if retirees and stay at home moms are counted in tht not in the workforce category. If not then wouldn’t the unemplyment rate be in the 40% range.

    • Orange Jean


      No retirees and stay at home moms are not counted as being in the workforce with those unemployment figures. even if they are job hunting. Neither are military, former military who haven’t yet gotten jobs, students who just graduated and haven’t yet gotten jobs, and people who lost jobs and are currently too discouraged to be actively looking.

  • Josh

    “Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can – there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did.” S. C.

  • watchermax

    After following your well documented posts for the last Two years, I would not in any way describe you as a gloom and doomer. If anything your posts as you say, bring hope. From you I learned about the importance of community, I learned that I needed to be reliant upon myself and God. Most important I have come to see that I have been given a glimpse “behind the curtain” this I believe is a gift from God. That I can see, and know what is heading our way, when so many millions are completely blind, is perhaps the greatest gift you have helped bring to Me and so many others. I have thanked you before, and will do so again, you opened my eyes, and there is no greater gift than truth.

  • Sandman

    Great article today! The whole idea of prepping is to be prepared for circumstances/situations that are beyond your control. I just have a couple suggestions to add. Number one is gas. As the article says, if the trucks stop, America stops. I’ve seen it first hand what happens when gas stations run out of gas. I’m not saying you need to store extra gas, especially if it would be unsafe to do so; but how many of us put off getting gas until the little light comes on? When Phoenix was cut off from it’s main supply line it took a weekend for gas stations to go dry. I suggest it’s a good habit to keep your vehicle at least half full at all times. Second, keep asking questions, keep searching for more information, continue learning and just when you think you have enough and know enough, go through it again and I’ll bet you’ll find something you missed. I keep finding holes in my gear because we take so much for granted everyday. Sorry for the rambling.

  • Eisenkreutz

    Study pankration, krav maga, or brazilian jiu-jitsu. All other self-defense training is worthless in a real fight. And if youre not going full-force in practice, youre not ready to do it in real life. The UFC proved that Japanese martial arts are useless and asian martial arts masters are charlatans who have never been in a real fight in their lives and dont know what the hell they are talking about. You better be mentally prepared for the mobs that are coming.

  • Rodster

    This is an article that should be printed and saved for future reference. Awesome article, Michael ! 8)

    Two things i’d add.

    RENT: If you are going to rent make SURE your landlords are in sound financial shape. I was evicted out of an apt back in ’08 because the new landlord couple were property flippers. When the economic downturn happened they had no choice but to dump the property and the whole building was evicted.

    So just as your landlord makes sure you can pay your rent, I now ask the same of the landlord. Recently I wanted to move to another apt and as the owner of the property spoke I could tell he was in bad financial shape and I looked elsewhere.

    WATER: Yes municipal water treatment could be stressed in a major economic downturn. I have purchased several water bottles that can make raw standing water drinkable. Trust me I hope I never have to test that out. 🙂

    • Rodster

      If the water system breaks down and I quit posting here that probably means I should have purchased better filters. 🙂

    • Michael

      Thanks Rodster.

      I am hoping to use this article as kind of a FAQ about preparing.


  • Excellent article Michael! I appreciate all your work.


  • K

    Excellent article good advice all around. Let me just touch on 12 and 13 a little.12. Should you leave the city, yes if you can afford to. Otherwise have a plan to get out quickly. As long as you are on your way out, while everyone else is still deciding. Your chances are good. Most important, where ever you decide to go. One location must be reachable, on a single tank of gas. Do not assume additional fuel will be available. 13. You will need a firearm. And some ability to use it. There is no firearm, that one size fits all. I will say this. If you are near broke, and unarmed. A single shot 12 or 20 gauge shotgun, is the cheapest thing you can get, that will do you any good.

  • If your not excited to learn,what have you to live for? If you dont know your neighbors, your not Prepared. We NEED each other! Go borrow a cup of sugar from your neighbor, NOW before you HAVE too.

  • GSOB

    For the serious minded prepper, 24 suggestions to focus on until your money means nothing:

    1. Store water and food in every nook and cranny of your home.
    2. Make a bugout bag and plan to get out dodge quickly. Then continue to make a plan to get out of the cities and suburbs and even the country to stay alive.

    3. Until bugging out, keep working and get out debt.
    4. Wean yourself off things like dish or cable TV.
    5. Take a bus or ride a bike to work on some days.
    6. Practice being off the electrical grid for a few days or a week, to help train yourself and adjust to no power.

    7. Live heroically from day to day with the end game in mind and stay informed with the news.

    8. Learn first aid and stockpile med supplies.
    9. Build a faraday cage.
    10. Read military survival manuals.
    11. Sell or donate your stuff that will allow you to be freed up to focus on what matters.

    12. Plan to live from day to day on the move, your house on your back.

    13. All along the way, seek the Lord God for common sense and wisdom.

    What’s the differnece between knowledge and wisdom? Knowledge will to tell you that tomatoes are a fruit. Wisdom will tell you not to put in in a fruit salad.

    14. Learn about what bugs and plants to eat.
    15. Learn to solar cook and have the ability to make water safe for drinking.

    16. Learn to make a bow and arrow.
    17. Learn to set traps for small animals for food.
    18. Learn to survive in the Winter.
    19. Get night vision so you can hunt the hunter animals hunting their food.

    20. Make back up plans whenever possible.
    21. Stock up on items to barter.
    22. Furnish a way to protect yourself and loved ones.

    23. Figure out how to manage natures call when the toilet no longer works and the garbage truck not picking up your garbage.

    24. Wait for the return of Christ.

    • Michael

      Very nice list.


      • GSOB

        Thanks Michael. I appreciate all that you do. I hope people will see the links you provide and utilize them to stock up.

    • puzzled

      if you do #1, how do propose to do #2 short uple of moving vans when it comes time to bug out?

      • GSOB

        To answer puzzled’s question:

        Think of it this way puzzled….

        You are out somewhere and sombody comes up to you with a weapon and says, ‘Your money or your life!’

        So, you only bugout of from your bugin setup when you really need to – just to survive. As you are building your bugin prep plans, you need to consider building a bugout plan too. Hopefully you will not need to implement it, but you will have that option, but only if you have prepared a plan to save you and yours from the gangs and mobs that are after your possesions.

        If it gets that bad, then you know that you need knowledge as well as the ability to carry your house on your back and to have all the essential items to survive, be able to move quickly from place to place to stay alive as you hump to your destination.

        You do not need to consider your bread in your wallet when you want to spare your own life.

        Question is, do you have a plan when you have to bugout from the bugin.

  • Marco

    Awesome article Michael – keep up the great work.

    One of the other things that is critical is to know your neighbors and your community. Safety is in numbers, and it is good to know folks you can count on that are nearby. It’s good to do this regardless anyways. It’s sad that most people have no idea who their neighbors are but know who the runner up was for American Idol last week…

  • Doug the urban farmer

    Water, Food, and Shelter. Life’s essentials. Food is much more than a garden. There is storing, preserving, cooking – all skills necessary for long-term access to decent nutrition. Unless you know how to save seeds from your current harvest you need to purchase a supply and forget the marketing hype of many seed companies. Stored properly, they will last five years or more easily. Gardening requires tools and tools must be maintained. Knowing how to use them and how to maintain them is an essential.

    Having the basic skills and tools to maintain your shelter is another essential. You need to know the basics of how electricity, plumbing, ventilation, and roofing systems function and you need to know how to use tools properly to perform basic repairs. You also need to own the tools because few folks will be loaning out essentials.

    Most of this is stuff we learned growing up as boomers, but most of the under forty crowd now-a-days have no skills other than to pick up the cellphone and call somebody to fix things, drive thru the fast food joint for dinner, or throw something in the microwave. Basic life skills are no longer taught.

    More valuable than gold are basic life skills and seeds.

    You need a community for support and to have constant access to all of these skills. Knowing how is not the same as performing these numerous tasks, especially as you get older. Some things just take help.

    Final thought – You gotta sleep sometime but a collapse will require constant vigilance to protect whatever you have gathered to supportyourfamily and friends – your community.

  • John Jackson

    It is now not a matter of if the collapse is going to happen but a matter of WHEN. Survive and thrive during these amazing times:

  • salvadordaly

    I drop bits and pieces to neighbors all the time., and I just refer to hurricanes which we are subject to get in this area. No bites though, my nieghbor is scared of guns? My wife included just does not even want to think about anything bad could happen. I’ll bet she will really appreciate me when times go hard. I just finished midway point of building a double compost tumbler out of 2 / 45 gallon drums today. I will be putting the finishing touches tomorrow. By thursday I will be composting for my small garden. Check that off the list, whats the next on the list, ahhh, more ammo to reload. One day at a time! Question is will I ever be fully prepped?

  • markthetruth

    What’s the problem in today’s world is ,yes people seek advice, but what it comes down to is people have smarts, degrees,jobs,bragging rights but are lacking the most important vices “Common Sense” and “Logic” . People are good memorizing and following instructions but if any part is missing they are lost. And when they are left to fend for themselves if you don’t want to get eaten by a shark don’t surf where they feed it is their turf.

    the end…

  • CaliPrepper

    I just came back from a camping trip last week. As was done last year, I made some meals for the group with my solar ‘CooKit’ from Solar Cookers International. It worked great! No fuel other than sunlight. I also tried cooking veggies in foil packets (hobo style) over hot coals, another new method of cooking I hadn’t tried before, with wonderful results. (I grow tomatoes in 18 gal tubs, and assorted peppers for seasoning.) Good to have alternative methods to prepare food, if propane runs out. And my friends have put in requests for our menus next year. Neat! I’ve read that camping is a good way to practice survival skills, and the group was able to practice working as a team to help each other with whatever was needed; also patience and good
    communication skills put into practice, etc. We helped each other put up our tents, and pack up at end of trip.

    • Prepping for the Future

      Great post.

    • Rodster

      Thanks Caliprepper, i’m going to order a kit for whenever the SHTF.

  • Cydonia21

    Great Article! On #4, great points, please google Debtors’ Prisons, they will make a comeback for people who cannot pay their debts. For #14, people get uncomfortable with serious pepper talk. I think this is in-part due to the fact that they would have to come to terms with being unprepared. It’s much easier to bury your head in the sand. I often find that fun playful talk about “zombie apocalypse” serves as a easier way to broach the topic without having to have people commit emotionally. On #3, I buy silver and a friend of the family owns a store, he told me he offers military discount on everything in the store except bullion. “I make almost nothing on it, if I offer a discount I will go in the hole, I have seen more military guys in my store buying bullion in the last few months than I have in the last 20 years, I wish I could offer you something but I cant” This tells you 2 things. 1. All the military guys (including myself) see the writing on the wall and 2. Little to be made on the buying and selling = more of your money in your pocket. Good luck to all of you.

  • Nickelthrower


    I thought I would take a moment to tell you what my wife and I did to prepare.

    The collapse of ’08 wrecked my wife’s business and my business. At that point we decided to leave Phoenix since we were afraid to be in the middle of the desert should things get even worse. Anyway, we liquidated pretty much everything we owned and moved on to a sailboat in S. California – Ventura to be exact.

    Sailors are a pretty self sufficient bunch with everyone owning generators, solar panels, water makers, maps, charts, radios, first aid kits, etc. After all, the ocean is pretty unforgiving and no one gives you so much as a second glance when you tell them you have two years worth of food stored away.

    We decided on this path based on what we thought was about to happen. That it hasn’t happened has given us extra time to prepare. We also wanted to be in a place and with people that were not going to freak out. As we see it, being the only person on your block that is prepared for collapse may bring about even bigger problems. What happens when hungry neighbors see your lights and smell your food and notice that you still can maintain hygiene?

    I’d rather be in a place where I know every single person can generate their own electricity. It makes me less of a target.

    Anyway, those are my thoughts on the matter.

    • Annette Jimison

      We left Phoenix, too. We don’t want to be there in the heat and the crime. We are in Virginia and there is still work here. Gov’t work, but it’s paying!

  • Beyond just having “stuff” you need to know how to do things–harvest water, tie knots, grow a garden in a drought…the list goes on and on. Never stop learning.

  • Dave

    “Should I Invest In Precious Metals?”

    IMO – It depends on the type of collapse… Is there a widespread shortage of food or not?

    IMO – Precious Metals won’t help in “Price Gouging” situations. (Free market capitalism at its ugliest)

    Right now… Yes… Right now… People in parts of Alaska and Canada are forced to pay insane prices like $28 for cabbage and a whopping $65/pound for chicken. It’s often cheaper for residents to buy a plane ticket and fly to Edmonton or Alberta, do the shopping there and fly home.

    If you don’t have the time to make that trip then you’ll need to pay whatever the local merchants want. Or you can go hungry.

    The astronomical mark-up on goods is WAY beyond reason. (Sense of fair-play is out the window)

    You would expect things to be pretty expensive in remote areas of Canada & Alaska but this goes WAY beyond the cost of transportation, etc.

    It’s a classic case of bad people taking advantage of good people who happen to be in a difficult situation… Because they can.

    Anyway… In this type of Price-Gouging situation…

    It doesn’t matter if you pay with US Dollars, Canadian Dollars, Gold Nuggets, Silver Coins or whatever. They have food and you can’t eat money so you need to pay whatever the Price-Gougers want.

    If you’re dying of thirst and a heartless Price-Gouging, S.O.B. has some life-saving water for sale… You WILL pay whatever he wants or you will die. It’s that simple.

    IMO – In situations like that you’re best bet is to trade items that are being price-gouged for other items that are also being price-gouged.

  • mark

    I would like to add to the subject on storing food. You need to store what you eat. That means that you will need to learn how to cook from scratch. If you eat bread, you will need to store wheat, grind wheat and bake wheat into bread. This is a learned skill. In order to grind your wheat you will need a good grinder. If you do not have power a good hand grinder will be needed. You also need to think about how you could bake your bread if you do not have power or gas for your oven.

    • Annette Jimison

      She is a big prepper and teaches how to make your own breads, tortillas, buns, etc.

    • Orange Jean

      Good points!

      For those just starting to learn — it’s entirely possible to bake bread, muffins, pies, cakes, etc. in a dutch oven. You just put in on hot coals, pop your food inside, and put more hot coals on top (I made an apple pie once when camping using this method, came out great).

      Also consider cooking the way Native American’s and pioneers did, learn to make things in pots or fry pans over an open fire … like spoon bread, fry bread, and your own sourdough.

      I found the old Tassahara Bread Book an excellent resource when I was first learning to bake bread, don’t know if it’s still available. That is an excellent source of information on understanding the principles behind bread making and even has recipes for unleavened bread and breads from a wide range of grains.

  • Uwe Van der Kerkoff

    It is a scientific fact that Americans are a bunch of stupid animals easy to manipulate and subdue. These slobs are extremely gullible and incapable to think for themselves. Additionally, these mules clearly fit in one of Leo Strauss'(*) categories of society: the Vulgar Many

    “The vulgar many, are lovers of wealth and pleasure. They are selfish, slothful, and indolent. They can be inspired to rise above their brutish existence only by fear of impending death or catastrophe.”

    The sooner the US economy collapses, the better, so these brutes will finally learn NOT to live beyond their means.

    * German Philosopher (1899-1973)

  • Already preppin

    I do hope you live nearby. My wife and I are preppers and getting more so each day. Best wishes and it was an excellent article

  • Already preppin

    Already sent a message and didn’t realize had the old email address on it. Best wishes

  • Maria

    What about a solar cooker?
    Also grow your own organic food just begin to cultivate your garden.

  • Joe B.

    Network with like minded neighbors. Avoid the robots and zombies who dwell in the glass toilet of television media land. Learn or hone skills that will be useful in a SHTF scenario. Have some surplus items for barter. Have back up prescriptions for any medicines that are absolutely essential. Don’t discuss politics, prepping or doomsday scenarios with strangers. Pray.

    • GSOB

      Reply to Joe B.

      I appreciate your remark,

      ‘ Don’t discuss politics, prepping or doomsday scenarios with strangers. Pray.’

      That’s great advice.

      I would like to provide a little more of a dose of this dark reality…

      when things are really bad, people in your community will throw you under the bus to get what you got for their own families. They’ll sacrifice all agreements and take your child’s food for their own children.

      Keep that in mind. It can get that ugly and you need to depend on yourself and not totally rely on the safety provided by your community. So, think about that and set boundaries on how much you are willing to depend on the community or even militia agreements made to stay alive. People may double cross you.

      I would suggest not so much the community but joining a militia, because they are more prepared and solidified…. but the principle of being totally independent is fundamentally, sound advice here to. We do need each other. There is strength in numbers, however – People can turn against you in a heart beat.

      Heck…, we’ve been known to eat our own.

  • SilverSurfer

    Hi Michael,
    Please tell us more abt urself. I mean ur professional background, how u have developed such deep understanding of global economy etc.
    Also I am planning to go for higher education, MBA, from outside my home country – India. And USA, for all the deep trouble it is in, remains a top country of choice for education. I want to know ur views about doing an MBA in this economy in the first place, and specifically from USA/Europe.

    Let me tell you, i am a big fan of ur site and the views expressed(i visit it almost twice/thrice a day to check for updates). I have developed a much better understanding of the casino style financial markets and the deep trouble all of our economies are in right now, largely thanx to this very site.

    • Michael


      I try to keep a low profile and let the issues take center stage, but you can find out a bit more about how over-educated I am on the Contact page. 🙂 You can find it here….

      But one of the reasons I have learned so much about the economy is because I take in information from a wide variety of sources. Instead of just listening to a few sources, I try to take in information from as broad a spectrum of sources as I can.

      I think this helps me to have more of a “full spectrum analysis” of what is going on rather than just repeating some talking points that I heard somewhere.


  • ScoutMotto

    Some of these items I have already done. Some of them are a tough call – It would be very hard for me to get up and leave a house that is paid off. Lately I have been eating better with the idea of losing some weight, but it’s good to eat better anyway and get the body ready for what is coming. You don’t want to be guzzling pop every day, then have it suddenly be unavailable and have your body go through a healing crisis with a major caffeine headache. Get off the pop and junk food now. Eat grapes instead of cookies. Have an orange instead of a candy bar.

  • Gary2

    Michael the storm clouds in the picture remind me of the gathering storm clouds of conservatism and how it is destroying this country. The only bright spot is mittens and Obama are not too different so I guess regardless of who wins I win.

    • Michael


      Neither Barack Obama nor Mitt Romney is conservative, so it looks like you are going to get your wish for a non-conservative president in 2012.


    • Mal R.

      Tsk tsk tsk Gary. ‘Storm clouds of conservatism is destroying this country’. LMFAO! It’s pretty obvious you havent spent 2 minutes in thought on anything beyond your own self gratification, you self-entitled OWS monster.

      What do conservatives control that is allowing them to destroy the country?
      1. Education. nope. We control NONE of what’s learned.
      2. The entire media complex (including Hollywood). Nope. So we dont control ANY public opinion or what is reported on.
      3. Business. Nope (the fascists in govt control business). Just ask anyone that would like to provide ANYTHING from vehicles, food, energy, banking, investing, a yard sale, a lemonade stand, food for the homeless or even RAIN WATER that falls on YOUR property.
      4. The govt. Nope. Dont make me laugh. Hard left fascists and communists control it up to and including leftists lying their asses off about damned near everything without so much as a clarification from the media.

      What is it we control? Garys response – Oh you evil tea partiers got some of those hard right people elected. Uh huh. And they’ve controlled what? Well nothing of course, and as a matter of fact Mike has written an article on what a failure they have been. Besides, we didn’t build that right.

      You are breathtakingly stupid and you deserve (I know you cretins LOVE those words) what is going to happen to you when your beloved fascist/communist party revolution succeeds. I wonder if you’ve given THAT 2 minutes of thought. nope.

      Your envy and rage combined with your loser philosophy is going to give some tyrant power over this country that’s going to cause untold evil.

  • Gary2

    I think a more important issue is how to deal with the DPDDTT. Our friend El Pollo explains it quite well, however, some ideas on how the average person can avoid paying it would be appreciated.

    • El Pollo de Oro

      Gary2 in Wisconsin: I’m glad you brought up that up because when things go from bad to much worse in The Banana Republic of America (formerly Los Estados Unidos), a lot of people will be looking to avoid the dreaded Desperate People Doing Desperate Things Tax (DPDDTT). In Venezuela, México, Colombia, Honduras, Jamaica, El Salvador, Guatemala and Papua New Guinea, the wealthy minority try to avoid the DPDDTT by hiring bodyguards. Sometimes, professional kidnappers in Bogotá or Rio de Janeiro will kill the bodyguards in order to kidnap either the rich businessman or one of his relatives, although bodyguards and state-of-the-art security improve a rich person’s chances of avoiding a kidnapping, carjacking, violent home invasion, armed robbery, etc. But what often happens in banana republics is that when the DPDDTT collectors cannot get past the ultra-rich’s barrier of security, they go after people they think might be middle class (not that there is much of a middle class in banana republics). Those people can’t afford bodyguards; so their only line of defense is being armed.

      Some people think that a good way to avoid the DPDDTT is to move out of large cities, but I don’t agree that small towns will necessarily be any safer than large cities. Granted, you have more population density in large cities (more concentration of poverty), but small towns aren’t necessarily nice (contrary to what Sarah Palin would have us believe). Some small towns in México are dangerous as hell, and meth is a huge problem is many small towns in the western BRA. Large cities can have somewhat of a safety-in-numbers factor (more possible witnesses, hidden cameras), while rural areas can be remote (no witnesses). In Third World hellholes, thugs go after their victims in both large cities and small towns.

      In one of my recent rants, I pointed out that the murder rate in Caracas is almost five times as high as Detroit. So as dangerous as the BRA is now, it could get much, much worse in the future.

      • John W.

        Golden Chicken *************,
        Why did you have to make the stupid comment about palin? If she were president I would bet this site would not be so busy with so many worried people. You must be a lefty and most likely voted for Obama. Shame on your own dumb self. Enjoy your own destruction as I am sure you will be voting for him again.

        • El Pollo de Oro

          John W.: Estudpido pendejo. You just proved that Sarah Palin supporters are total imbeciles. If you’d read my previous rants, you would know that I refer to el presidente as Barack “Goldman Sachs” Obama, and often quote Gary Johnson, Alex Jones, Ron Paul, Gerald Celente, Lew Rockwell, Tom Leykis and Paul Craig Roberts (all libertarians). None of those guys are Obama supporters. I consider both Barack “Goldman Sachs” Obama and Mitt “Wall Street” Romney to be puppets of the fascist bankster oligarchy. But because you are a mindless follower of the RepubliKKKan Party party line and are obviously incapable of complex thought, you automatically assume that anyone who opposes a neocon statist idiot like Palin is a card-carrying Democrap. Alex Jones has often said that Palin supporters are useful idiots of the jackbooted oligarchy, and you just proved his point.

          Es un pendejo. Chinga tu madre, cabrón. And have fun getting your head bashed in by the fascist police state oligarchy. Go to hell.

          • El Pollo de Oro

            Clarification: Tom Leykis did support Barack “Goldman Sachs” Obama. But libertarians Gary Johnson, Alex Jones, Ron Paul, Gerald Celente, Lew Rockwell, Justin Raimondo and Paul Craig Roberts are all major critics.

          • Zedge Hero

            El Pollo, I always appreciate your comments. The biggest obstacle is this 2 party system that many like John still believe in. The Libor Scandal, biggest in world history has shown without a shadow of doubt that corporate powers have coehersed together in world wide manipulation leaving any doubt that there is a one world monopoly begining to take hold over any sovereign we have left. I naddition politicians have been more than happy to bend over for the banks in a sick alliance.

            I feel for John, I was in Springfield when Barrack announced his presidency and I thought we could turn this around and make historical differnces, we did, just not in the right direction.
            But 5 years ago when my relative told me about the Federal Reserve not being Federal and having no reserve, while at the same time explaing how the central banks are cohesive in a world wide power take over. I thought this cousin was nuts and needed to be seen by a specialist. He was telling me to buy gold at $700 an ounce. Right now I am the one seeing the specialist- just kidding.

            But if you told me then that I would have a supply of guns, food, and pm’s while growing a .6 acreas of food in 2012 I would have told you to tell that fat piece of crap to quit drinking so much. The problem might be that I don’t any more, once your unplugged from the matrix, it’s impossible to go back if you have any spine or any sort of morals. But to think that the Black guy that works for Goldman Sachs or the white guy will make a differnce in November is just plain insane.

            Your lack of preparation does not constitute an emergency on my behalf, prepare now or forever hold your peace or piece.

            It’s the united banking cartel versus us, not me versus you, for we are the many, and they are the few.

          • El Pollo de Oro

            Zedge Hero: Gracias, jefe! People like John W. have a very simplistic viewpoint and believe that the failed two-party system will save the BRA from the hell that lies ahead. His idol is Sarah Palin, and he believes that either you get on your knees and worship the simpleton from Alaska or you’re a supporter of Barack “Goldman Sachs” Obama. There’s no in-between for guys like that. Similarly, I know some Democrap ideologues who believe that if you say one word against Mr. Goldman Sachs, you must be working for the RNC. But neither Barack “Goldman Sachs” Obama nor Mitt “Wall Street” Romney will save the BRA from sinking into Third World squalor. Bailout Barack or Wall Street Mittens, it’s a win-win situation for the fascist oligarchy in November.

    • Mal R.

      Normal people would buy a gun and train on how to use it. But we know you dont believe in that because your gun may one day jump outta your butt crack and start mass murdering ppl, so good luck – you’ll need it.

  • This is a very good list, I get asked several of these questions on a regular basis and this will help me to give better answers.

  • chiller

    People are preppers. Car insurance, life insurance, home insurance, flood insurance, etc…etc… Prepping for a calamity has been going on for hundreds of years through insurance companies. If you talk about a car crash where you were hit by an uninsured motorist, that was unfortunate but your insurance will cover you, why…because you PREPARED for it! Preparing for a financial crash is exactly the same thing.

  • Mike

    Michael, when do you think the next wave will hit us?

    • Michael


      I believe that the next wave has already begun in Europe and it is rapidly approaching.


  • Tom

    I find that the easiest way to plan for preparing for your own personal situation is to define the major categories of preparedness and then brainstorm solutions and costs for each item. My list goes something like this – I live in a mid-Atlantic state on a 4 acre farm, so I take winter into account.

    1. water
    – on-site well with electric and hand pump
    – add solar to electric well pump when possible
    -rain barrels
    2. heat
    -fireplace insert to heat 4 rooms
    -2 cords of wood
    -chainsaw, bar oil, gas, spare chain, axe, maul and wedge
    -propane, heat pump
    3. electric
    -led lantern, candles, hurricane lamps, lamp oil, rechargeable batteries, solar and electric charger, matches
    – 6500w generator and transfer switch, 25 gallons stored gas, manual siphon – runs propane heat, microwave, coffee pot, one circuit for lights, refrigerator/freezer
    4. food – humans
    -6 months of stored food – dried, canned, etc (gets me thru winter and into food-growing season, worst case)
    – add another 6 months when possible (add extra each week)
    – toiletries, cleaning supplies
    – orchard
    -berry bushes
    – 1200 sq ft garden, tools
    -12×16 greenhouse
    – chickens, ducks (also provide scratching, bug control and compost services) 🙂
    5. food – animals
    – 6 months of hay, 3 months of grain (horses)
    – 3 months chicken food
    – 6 months inside animal food
    6. transportation (town is 2 miles away)
    – car, 4×4 truck
    – bicycle
    – 130cc dirt bike
    – horses 🙂 (also provides compost services)
    – walking
    – 1.5 miles to train station
    7. personal protection
    – shotguns, rifles
    – handguns
    – ammo, cleaning kit
    – indoor/outdoor cameras, security system
    8. hot water
    – heat pump
    – shower bag
    – add solar when possible
    9. cooking
    – electric range
    – propane grill
    – campstove
    – fire pit with grill
    – fireplace
    – solar oven
    – add wood cookstove when possible
    10. clothes
    – plenty of work clothes, work boots
    – rain gear
    – winter gear, hats, mittens, waterproof winter gloves, insulated boots
    – wool socks, long underwear
    – insulated coveralls

    • Michael

      Great list.


  • joe

    The following are not only things you can and will use, they are a good investment: Food (water of course); guns; ammo; and other essentials such as toilet paper. Forget what the media says about inflation, just keep a record of prices. In less than one year, canned goods have risen dramatically (e.g. tuna that use to cost 50 cents on sale is now a sale item at 98 cents). Ammo is up 20-25% depending upon caliber; guns are more expensive. I could go on, but the fact is, you will eat the food regardless of whether there are later food shortages and it is a good investment because inflation is not coming, it is already here. We view guns an ammo in the same manner as we view insurance. You hope you will never need it, but you have it just in case. If you can afford to pay cash for a place to live, that is best. Something small and modest that you own, is better than something lavish that is mortgaged to the hilt. The same goes for your car and other essential items.

  • Wilson

    Excellent picture.
    Excellent article, one of your better ones.
    Regarding #7: This includes getting off the extra weight, and regular physical exercise. Even if it is a brisk walk and a bike ride that is better than nothing. Stop using tobacco, booze, and “recreational drugs”.

  • Trent

    Great advice. I would suggest that if your funds are limited for obtaining prepping supplies gaining knowledge is a good bang for your buck. I am reading up on wild edible plants for one example. Good luck to all in these challenging times and never loose your humanity.

  • Cindy Sue

    found your picture of the food storage to be very inspirational and stimulating, printed it out and it’s now on the fridge, sometimes something visual can say a lot… this did.

  • Rancher


    Good sound advise. Sadly “Normalcy Bias” will cause the vast majority to ignore your posting. In fact they will not even see it… in order to ignore it… as they are to busy in their own little world to get above the crowd and view the cliff coming up ahead.
    #1. true
    #2. true
    #3. true. I just ignore the pricing as it drops. I know from Genesis on these metals have stood the test of time. Fiat paper money has also failed over the course of history. Again sadly most people do not do the math and even do not know what the term fist means I mentioned above. So how can one expect them to open their eyes.
    #4.True. But folks just refuse to liquidate “things” to do with less so the “things” they keep and need to maintain keep them broke and under debt.
    #5. So so true.
    #7. True again.
    #8.Some people never will learn…true.
    #9. True. Grid down and no power to pressurize even clean water to your sink. Toilets will not flush, no bathing, animals and pets die a slow death, sewers back up as transfer pumps fail with no power. Have a nice day fool.
    #10. Again some folks will not even buy that stuff as they refuse to convert to long term thinking.
    #11.True. A genset in a neighborhood running while the others do without will get you killed.
    #12.True and many just keep making the wrong choices. They are their own worst enemy….
    #13.True. But it better to have relocated to a safer location with other as well so you can sleep while they answer the door so to speak.
    #14. True. But even you can not create a multi year stash of well rounded supplies for others. It is easy to post you can but do you have it done? Years of everything they will need when they show up empty handed?

    The moment these so called last minute converts arrive you will find you forgot stuff and now your life and long term outlook is being shortened for their sake? No thanks Michael…no thanks. Prepping for us has cost us dearly. Both in treasure, time, sacrifice, hard never ending work and relationships. We did not do all this to just die because other did not prep but now suddenly want to live here because we did. Entitlement mental illness disorder Michael…

    On the other hand we are gaining more friends and numbers of people who have woken up to see their grown children as adults and friends and family as adults. Either adults who will drag them under in a crisis or adults who will be turned away. They all have reached to point that this is about working with others who currently wish to help themselves as well. 99% of my family will never get in here and could well die. If I let them in then I will die for sure. MY group will probably replace me permanently as well as such a move will kill them to. Our group has not sacrificed so much to just foolishly die.

    Besides storing food away will not create a sound mind and thinking change if you let non prepper believers in. Once they get in they will disrupt the established core thinking, challenge core plans, goals and methods. Argue others they love also need to come in or they will rebel and resist the leadership within the group and the freaking list goes on and on. It will not be long before those people hear the safeties being released and the issues are settled. Why even go there?

    Good preppers must envision the future as per this subject as much as food storage, water, shelter and all the rest. Being an honest realist requires honesty in all areas…not just what sounds good.

    • r.bitting

      ” 99% of my family will never get in here and die ” . Sounds like they really weren’t your family at all now huh? Anybody who would forsake his own family for a group of preppers just so he can save himself is already dead inside. You should spend some of that time when you would be prepping, looking in a mirror. You need help.

      • Rancher

        My family sisters and others will not prep. They are also socialist bleeding hearts and live over 1800 miles away. Other are closer and also will not prep or help here…reap and sow baby reap and sow… by the way that is right from the Bible 😉 When it comes to real prepping family means squat. What counts are like minded preppers. They become friends and at least will help themselves. You will die in a crisis with your ill thinking my friend.

        • HecatesMoon

          I understand, Rancher. You cannot save people that won’t save themselves or you ALL die. I have talked to plenty of people, know people- family included- who are well aware that things are heading south…AND THEY DO NOTHING.
          Now, I am sorry, but I will not die and my children will not die to prop up an ass that knowingly sat, that made lame excuses- “I don’t have a shovel.” was why someone didn’t start a garden this year- and I won’t die for any ass that I already know will CONTINUE to sit while I bust mine to feed them. Nope. No way. Not happening. Not. a. chance.
          Furthermore, I certainly am not financially equipped to do other people’s self insuring for them.
          Those sitting I have told simply, “If you have nothing to bring to the table, you will not be coming here.” and “good luck”. I have already made it known that if they will not help themselves now, I will not help them later, because I have children to take care of, and they are helpless by circumstance, not choice.
          They have all been warned, and I have finished trying to talk to them. Now it is about my own.
          If people like you or people like me are dead inside, so be it.

        • r.bitting

          On the contrary, nothing can happen to me unless God allows it to happen, you are ignorant of the word of God which you profess to believe ( even Satan believes ).

          • GSOB

            To r.bitting

            It is true that nothing happens to any one of us unless God allows it.

            Eventually, God kills each one of us.

  • The smartest way to keep warm in an emergency is to but those heat wraps that people,wrap around their backs for back pain. they come in several,sizes. theu will keep you warm for more than eight hours .
    keep a few in the car or van in case of emergency in the winter.

    more people die from neat than cold. What can a person do to keep cool,if there is no power? What do people do in countries that are extremely hot?

    • sharonsj

      Or you can sleep with your dogs….

    • Orange Jean

      One small but helpful thing (other than water & shade)… make a thing to tie around your neck, fill it with those polymer crystals that are sold in garden centers that are for watering/storing water in pots). When it’s hot, soak the thing in water til crystals expand and wrap around your neck when you need to work outside. I got that hint from some people I knew who had outdoor jobs, working in Southern CA. They were able to buy the things, but I don’t know where they got them. Easy to make (hollow tube big enough to go around your neck and something to tie it with… around an inch around, fill and close)

  • Pastor Glenn

    As always, Michael, excellent advice.

    I might add this; get spiritually and morally prepared. We’re more than just ‘bodies’ as beings.

    In fact, instead of bodies with souls, we’re actually just the opposite. We’re souls, temporarily with bodies.

    Obviously, being a Christian Pastor, I would advise people to go find a decent, Bible oriented church and become part of a Christian community so that others may have the benefit of your support and so that you may the benefit of their support.

    Read your Bible, pray quietly, read other decent books.

    One really excellent book I recently read is called Radical; Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream, by David Platt.

    Another very excellent book I’m now reading is called Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Unleash a Revolution in Your Life In Christ by Peter Scazzero

    For those with ears, let them hear.

    Pastor Glenn

    • J. Ringer

      Thank you for pointing out the spiritual preparation we can all make.

  • Cleo

    Another good article as always.

    Additionally, I would add getting physically fit to the list of preparation.

    One of the first things to become short will be health care and drugs…just look at Greece.

    Being fit boosts the immune system, lowers blood pressure, relieves depression,reduces weight,improves sleep, and lifts self esteem. If you’re not physically fit, then start walking. Start out (depends on you) with 1 or 2 miles per day. Work up from there to whatever you can tolerate. I normally run as I have been running regularly since my junior year in high school. But I walk sometimes when I have a muscle strain. I try and walk 4 to 6 miles when I do.

    What if you have to bug out? Will your body handle it? It will if you’re fit. Most can walk 4 miles per hour, 2 to 3 mph with a backpack.

    • Michael


      Very, very good tips.

      We all definitely need to get into better shape – me included.


      • Gay Veteran

        great article, as usual

        would appreciate some tips for us in urban areas. bug out can be dangerous if you get stuck in a massive traffic gas and run out of gas

        stock food even if you don’t eat it by the expiration date, you can still donate it to a food bank for the benefit of others

        4 things to barter: sugar, coffee, tobacco, alcohol

        • Mal R.

          “stock food even if you don’t eat it by the expiration date, you can still donate it to a food bank for the benefit of others”

          Said the guy that’s obviously never given food to a shelter. They will not take damaged packaging nor expired food. It’s irritating to organize our entire Scouting organization to do a food drive to get it all to the shelter and find alot of the ppl giving are giving expired and damaged stuff (what a waste).

          • Gay Veteran

            food is still good months after the “expiration” date

            many food banks in the country and they all don’t have the same rules

          • Mal R.

            I work with 3 and none of them have ever taken expired food from us. Maybe yours just hasn’t been sued yet by some democrat operative.

        • GSOB

          tips to Gay Veteran

          Bug out on a road/trail motorcyle, house on your back. Prep stashes of gas/supplies along plan a, b an c routes – to destinations predestined.

          Rotate your prep and leave your prep in your inheritance to others if you were blessed to not have to actually bug out.

    • Annette Jimison

      Disabled, but I started walking. We can walk at night here, it’s a small town. I walk with my 6’5″ football linebacker son, and have no problems. The humidity here is tough during the day, so evening when the kids are all indoors is best. I ended my muscle spasms by adding D3 vitamins to my diet. That stuff really does work! I am bi-polar and have to take Seroquel. I don’t know how to get around it. I am changing my diet to remove red meat and lower cholesterol. I would hate to give myself a heart attack and find myself waiting 8 hours for a doctor in the ER. I also lived in Las Vegas and know how real that long wait for medical care is!

  • Doug the urban farmer

    Capitalism is a wonderful thing. It creates value from productivity in the form of wealth. A capitalistic society, as is true of every society, requires interdependence, not independence. The independent person scares society. Society (especially bankers) needs to be needed because true independence is true freedom from the need to engage in exchange.

    Unfortunately, society in the process of nurturing interdependence must deal with the chronically dependent – those who have nothing of value to offer in exchange for goods and services, which is fine if through no fault of their own the chronically dependent are defined by their challenges (physical or mental) and, importantly, their numbers are small. Society cannot develop with large numbers are of the challenged.

    Our current society has moved too far past the tipping point toward socialism, classifying too many as challenged…with too many people’s survival dependent on the good graces of the state, which takes from the productive members and gives to the non-productive members who in turn, minus a state overhead, give some of it back to the productive members through purchase. This cycle slowly depletes the value of productivity as more and more is eaten away by managing the chronically dependent and maintaining the state payroll of non-productive managers.

    Those who lack skills for basic survival are just a step away from chronic dependence. All that protects them is purchasing power, but inflation and other forms of loss erode that purchasing power. A collapse of an industry or, as this blog expresses, a (socio?) economic collapse of our society, will highlight how we have lost interdependence, with the vast majority chronically dependent on the state and without any true value to a productive society.

    When times are tough…when you need someone else to feed you yet you have nothing of value to offer that person in exchange for food – nothing that will help that person grow your food or care for his family, then the person who can offer something of value will get fed before you.

  • madsr

    We live on the same land that my forefathers lived on during and before the great depression. They lived through it, so can we. In some ways I think we as a people can be better prepared than they were. They didn’t really know what was coming like we do. I started writing a huge letter to guide you, it would take pages. Let me say this instead. Go to and buy everything that interests you in Storey publishing. These are great books of old wisdom. They are not the world is ending run for your life books. They are the knowledge every man and woman had 50 to 100 years ago. These books will save your families lives. My wife is from Boston and knew very little about the old ways. Today she has a vast knowledge of raising animals, gardening, making baskets, soap, lotions, herbal medicine and canning mostly all thanks to this series of books. One piece of advice I would add prepare a garden spot now as big as you can handle, plant it for a fall garden, then replant in the spring. You need the practice. You need hoes for every member of the family. Buy a few years worth of non hybrid seeds, I buy 2 a year use one save one. God bless you all!

  • Alvin

    Add one more #15

    Pray for wisdom, guidance, safety for yourself and loved ones and that
    the USA leadership ( both parties) turns from their wicked ways.

  • sharonsj

    First, prepare as you would for a natural disaster. I have a lot of stuff used for camping that runs on propane or batteries. So I will still have light, a radio, a stove, and a portable heater.

    I stock up on things I know I can’t do without, like coffee and sugar and water. I learned how to do food canning. I have a ton of reference books on herbs, plants, mushrooms, and alternative health. I have a lot of second-hand jewelry I bought at yard sales and flea markets. And I have some rifles.

    Finally, make friends with people who think the same way.

  • r.bitting

    Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Trust in Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, without which, no amount of prepping can possibly save you.

    • GSOB

      to r.bitting

      You are right.

      Jesus Christ, the incarnation of God, is the centrality and universality of God’s economy.
      He is the ultimate bugout plan, prepared for the elect – before the foundation of the world!

      Praise the Lord!

  • Chris

    One question you missed out. What should I do if instead of criminals coming to my house to take my stuff it’s the Feds and/or a goon squad?

    • madsr

      I am not trying to be funny, but who do think those people will be? It won’t be a group of Christian conservatives coming to your house robbing, raping and pillaging. You are the DPDDTT. You hate the rich, you hate the conservative, you curse the Christian. Today in your mind the rich are worth what 100’s of millions, 10’s of millions, 1 million? When there is nothing the rich will be the little old lady down the street with enough food for a year and you are out. The young couple who worked and saved so their children will not go hungry, but yours will. You will then hate them, because they have what you need and want. I do not for one seconded fear any of the Christian people in the town I live in. The people like you, I fear! The world owes me nothing! My family will live or die with honor. I will not rob or steal to feed my children. Maybe I am the exception I don’t know. You may think you wait until one of you kids is starving and tell me that. I know right and wrong, I choose right. For people like you where the world is gray, you can justify anything if you have a need. I do not hate those whom are unlike me, I do not wish them destruction or failure. Don’t get me wrong I am no sissy Christian, I am a warrior Christian you try to take with force from my family and you will have a battle on your hands. Greed is destroying our country not conservatives, Obama is filled with it, Romney is filled with it, businesses are filled with it, your liberal Hollywood is filled with it, you are filled with it, even the welfare recipiants are filled with it. All of you want the same thing something you didn’t earn just like the DPDDTT!

      • Gary2

        conservatives have done WAY more damage to this country than any gang of thugs. With their funnel the wealth to the rich and screw everyone else they have made this country into a third world banana republic where 1% pretty much own everything and these retarded conservatives keep voting for their rich masters because they say they are against the gays etc.


        • Mal R.

          Yer an idiot Gary. Progressive Democrats have done more to overturn the US constitution and turn this country into a 3rd world banana republic than any conservative ever had a dream of doing. And the best part of it is that a progressive democrat will TELL YOU he doesn’t like the Const. while conservatives are constantly LAMBASTED for adherence to it.

          Rich people making money doesn’t turn the country into a banana republic you dope. Things like judicial fiat, your ‘living document’ approach to the Const and your leftist fascist/communist long march thru the institutions to undermine EVERYTHING that once made the country great are what have made this country a banana republic.

          What conservative said they are ‘against gays’? Name him or her. Nothing but projection and fantasy. disagreeing != against. I mean if that’s the case, then YOU are against America.


          • Gay Veteran

            Obama built on the foundation laid by George W. Bush. You remember him? The guy conservatives were hailing as great leader!

            and if you still believe in the liberal/conservatie fraud then you have learned nothing

    • Annette Jimison

      Chris, I worry about that, too. I also read that there is a law against “hoarding” ? What is that all about? Tons of Mormons going to jail. It’s part of their religion to put up enough food for the whole family for a year, at least. Also, somewhere there is a law that says you can’t collect rain water.

    • GSOB


      If that happens, give them your shirt.

  • Trevor

    Wow! Once again a great post! I check this site every day because I know I will find valuable information. Share this post with your neighbors and friends and find out if they are preparing or sheeple. I found out my neighbors were not prepared, NOR interested. It’s good to know ahead of time that I needed to keep my preps quiet. I finally found a company that offers an OPSEC way to get our food storage. A years worth of food all stacked up on a pallet and wrapped in black plastic. It’s called the CUBE. You can find it at on the special deals page. Don’t know how to cook with food storage? They have some good videos that shows you several recipes. It’s easier than I thought it would be to be prepared, you just have to know where to look.

    • Michael


      Thank you for the kind words. It means a lot to me that people consider my work to be valuable. 🙂


  • Jodi

    I just bought myself one of these recently, Volcano Grills are great for emergency prep. If we ever have power issues, you’re going to have to have alternative ways to cook.

    I know many people who have know clue on what is going on, but I do have a bit of good news, I successfully convinced a neighbor to prepare. She told me the other day she has been storing up food, I was quite surprised to hear that. I’m not taking full credit though her son had been saying the same thing and it’s possible if she heard it from more than one person it would change her mind. The more people know the easier it is to convince others.

    • Annette Jimison

      I am buying one of the grills! You should get a kickback for this! I will ask that God bless you in a neat way, today!

  • GA

    Pay attention and follow Michael’s advice. Unlike a lot of other sources he always has and presents the data to back up what he is saying!

    Everything you do with your preps should have a back-up. Make certain you have additional or duplicate systems, equipment, etc., that function in case an operating part or system fails.  If you’re just starting out check us out at

  • Pip

    Think! Debt is a tool for those that have nothing. If you have no assets and no breathing space, use debt wisely! This is a very personal area, but those giving such advise should be careful. If paying down debt leaves you nothing and you own nothing (if you have a mortgage you don’t own it), then think very carefully about parting with what you have……

  • The Claymobile

    Michael, you said if you are under the age of 60 it would be a good idea to read a book about The Great Depression. I am 59. Could you recomend a good book or books about that time in our countrys history???

    • Michael

      There are so many out there. There is one entitled “The Great Depression: A Diary” that came out in 2010 that I have not read yet but that looks very intriguing. It is rated 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon.


    • Orange Jean

      The best book I’ve ever read on the Great Depression is fiction – Steinback’s Grapes of Wrath.

      I also found it very helpful to read in times when I was feeling depressed or feeling sorry for myself when I was low on money … kind of helps you put things in perspective.

  • Micheal

    Micheal if you stare into abyss, abyss stares at you-

    Nothing is happening , get some skills and make a living rather living on scaremongering.

    • GSOB

      To Micheal’s abyss response to Michael the prepper…

      What are you talking about?

      Imagine how those people felt, how terrified they were when Noah closed the hatch and it starting pouring rain. Don’t you know how to add?

      That idiot Noah must have had pity in his heart towards those left to the global baptism. He stayed firm though, as they must have been screaming in their horrific wake up calls – realizing it was the end, of the world as they knew it and….Noah was right!
      Noah was building this ark on dry land and folks like you Micheal, they had there fun with Noah and his family while preparing for the global abyss.

      Why don’t you support Michael and help yourself at the same time?
      To say that nothings happening is to place a premium on willful ignorance.
      Do you even know what comes after trillion?
      It’s not 1,2,3,4….like most people like you probably think.

      I hope you can survive, tread water at least, or count even.


      • Gary2

        if you live next to a guy building an ark maybe you should build one too.

        • GSOB

          No Gary 2 Sir,

          I would combine our efforts in building his.
          Thanks anyways for the suggestion.

          I like your puppet face.

  • “A lot of people that write about the economic crisis in this country really advocate investing in precious metals because they tend to hold value over time (unlike fiat currencies). I like precious metals myself, but if you are going to invest you need to get educated so that you know what you are doing. If you go in blindly you are likely to get burned at some point.”

    When I teach people about buying gold and silver I try to get them to imagine they are “freezing their money” at the value in goods, commodities, and perishables the “money” has at the moment they purchase the gold or silver.

    For instance, the U.S. Silver Eagle…

    …is, at the time of this posting, selling for around $30.00 (the link provided, though I have used this vendor in the past, is not an endorsement but merely an example provided for your convenience). Now think of what thirty dollars in FRNs could buy you at Wal-mart on this date (gallons of milk, dozens of eggs, children’s clothing, etc.). In a few years when the Silver Eagle is worth around $100, you will have not earned or made a $70 profit because this only shows how much more the dollar has weakened, but with the Silver Eagle you can then still buy or trade for the same amount of goods that you once could buy for $30 that are by then probably worth $100. You have preserved the purchasing power of your money by “freezing it in Silver.”

    My own two cents worth of advice to add to Michael’s is to never, ever depend on the government, even if you have to depend on it now for your sustenance (veterans, SS recipients, retirees). In the end it will only disappoint…

  • Deborah

    Thank you, Michael…again…another awesome article. Once again pointing out faith and love as the #1 preparedness steps to take.

  • Mr. G

    You are right about the debts not going away. They will hold the regular, responsible person to his or her debts no matter what happens. Of this, you can be sure!

    Now, if you are a jakey welfare person with a million dollar home bought on a NINJA loan, they may have some help to come your way.

    But if you bought a house within your means, paid cash for a used car, and so on, then you are a responsible person and you must pay your debts, sucker!

    What a sick, disgusting way to run a society!

    • Mr. G

      I would like to point out that I am not against welfare people, overall.

      Not every welfare person is a cheat or is living high, that’s for sure. Most are not, in fact.

      But there are two sets of rules. Responsible people are expected to pay their bills just because they are, well, responsible.

      Irresponsible people are not expected to do right because they are, after all, irresponsible.

      Come to think of it, there are also perverted sets of rules for the rich and famous.

      But the point is, you need consistency. I was a responsible person but when I fell ill, I could get nothing, simply because I had been responsible and had a five-figure bank account! That was gone after the six-figure bills arrived!

      It is time to end the punishment of us who keep the country running. If enough people become discouraged and cease working, what will happen?

      Mr. G

      • J. Ringer

        I did not chose to become disabled and have three hip surgeries in my early 40’s. I have a close friend who is also on disability, due to macular degeneration (going blind.) Both of us garden, volunteer, can, dry, support younger women in every way we can, pray. etc. We are not leeches on society. It is hard for me every time the politicians of all stripes lump all those who receive gov’t benefits together. What would happen if you became permanently disabled tomorrow?

        So I thank you for your comments that not everyone getting gov’t cash is no good and do not deserve to live in the times ahead.

      • Annette Jimison

        Responsible people have money. Irresponsible people don’t have money. Follow the money…that’s who gets the bill. And, since there are more irresponsible people out there, and they all have a vote…welfare survives again!

  • citezens

    I saw someone mention water from the roof being toxic and thought I would share a little old school tech. The simple answer to “bad” water is a slow sand filter. Where I live ther is no city tap but we have 2 springs on site. Each spring is piped by gravity to a plastic 55 gallon drum with sand and gravel layers. A biological film of bacteria forms on the top and feasts on any microbes, virus’, or any “bad” bacteria that comes into contact with it. These type filters are also great @ removing anything suspended in the incoming water as well. I honestly think. You could pour mud in these things and drink what flows out. They’re are many good websites that have detailed construction details…… but the simpler the better. PS a slow sand filter is the only thing other than chlorine that will remove the raccoon fecal virus, a common virus in rural living.

    • Annette Jimison

      This was incredibly important! Most people think that if they just boil the water they get it all. Guess where that stomach ache comes from? You idea of filtering like this is priceless!

  • Seratone

    Great article! Definitely helped me figure a few things out. GL fellow preppers.

  • J. Ringer

    I am alone, age 60, plus two dogs. I live on disability and $600. per month from part-time job in local gov’t. I expanded my garden a lot this year (from one tomato plant in past) and am canning and drying produce. I have improved my physical health by using a gym and losing 40 lbs. I have gotten off nearly all my meds. I am attending local Bible study so I can get to know my neighbors better (they are Christian, I am a Jew.) We still serve the same God.

    I give in to despair some days because I cannot save enough food, enough money, cannot protect myself from marauders, etc. But, as Erich Fromm said after enduring concentration camps, “I can make my life meaningful.” For me, that is teaching the Bible and encouraging younger women as they raise kids and support their husbands.
    There has to be a spiritual component to one’s preparation.

    I have been horrified at all the Christians I know (here in Idaho) who are toting guns to protect their families (against anyone who is not white). They don’t say that but when I ask “What will you do if a desperately hungry Hispanic woman and children shows up? Will you turn her away?” They have no answer.

    There has to be a connection to God and His divine purposes on earth. Crises have come and gone on the earth forever. How will you conduct yourself as a religious person? I do not see this on any prepper website. Just me and mine–forget the rest of the world.

    Preparation is sensible and I encourage everyone I know to garden, can, freeze, store water, save money. Even better is spiritual connections and study to prepare for the winter of our souls.

    • Annette Jimison

      Hey! What part of Idaho do you live in? That is Mormon territory. We lived in Twin Falls for awhile. There are Christians there. They have a Christian radio station there, too. But, you are right. In Idaho they are very pro-white and don’t like minorities. I can see why. Most of the Mexicans that are there are illegal. They sap the health care dry. Now our gov is going to give Mexico food stamps privileges? What is that about? We can barely survive and this happens? Anyway, who wants to be around skinheads (white guys), or black youth who don’t know how to wear their pants properly? If you tried to help someone who came to your door, there could be someone watching from a distance to see what you have, how much food, and they would rob you later on. That “woman with children” can be a decoy to do you harm. Illegals can get food stamps, so I don’t know why she would be coming to your door.

      • GSOB

        Tack on to Annette Jimisons’ remark,

        “youth who don’t know how to wear their pants properly?”

        I find it very vulgar when the pants are halfway down the butt and you see the underwares,… then they turn around and are grabbing their privates, displaying immoral behaviour with a streak of rebellion and pride. What a lost segment of our society. I suspect that as things get worse, that is – as the economic collapse continues – we will see more of this.

        I have never seen females dress that way, it’s always the males, and on top of that, they wear their baseball caps backwards or crooked…. where does that all come from? They just don’t care and are in your face about it.

        It’s just vulgar. I don’t get it… just don’t get it. Then, you are driving on in your car and they pull up with a massive base sound that makes my car windows vibrate. Three cars back… they love their music and want you to feel the beat, by all means. Very self absorbed, self centered,… at times it makes me angry at for their lack of consideration for others.

        This part of our culture’s value system is alarming to me and the message conveyed is ‘I dare you to tell me to pull up my trousers, or turn down your thumping music’, but they want to harass you if you do. What gives with that?

        Where does that come from? It’s just disgusting.
        I would support laws that prohibit this kind of
        display in public places and limit the audio levels when driving.

        • bobcat

          Concerning youth who don’t wear their pants properly … I have a different perspective. Tactically, the practice of wearing their pants partially shucked makes them vulnerable. They won’t be able fight or run as well. So if they want to wear their pants this way, I say fine. If a violent confrontation develops, I will take advantage of their self imposed vulnerability. I am not offended when I see this clothing style. I just think those who wear their pants like this should also pin a sign on them saying they are a fool. Ditto for piercings and dreadlocks.

          • droflex

            I have always thought the same thing about the pants thing. I carry concealed but have considered that if I ever had to have a hand-to-hand fight with somebody that wears their pants like (or chase them down) that I wouldn’t have too much of a problem. I guess I could make it fair by tying one hand behind my back as they are using one hand to hold their pants up. Oh, and those ear, lip and nose rings? The pain of getting them ripped out is far greater that having them put in.

          • EnlightenedIllumination

            Is your problem with dreadlocks? It is simply a hairstyle. Now I can agree completely about the trousers below the waist which is very ignorant but hair? Oh I’m sorry not everyone wants to confirm to your white culture. Hair is not the defining factor of moral being. If that’s the case I will take your buzz cut rather than your actions/words as ignorant and racist

          • YoureIgnorant

            As far as any of this goes, it has nothing to do with the above article. You’re all showing your ignorance and your shallowness when it comes to your fellow man. Some of you call yourselves Christians etc. but the first thing you do is judge someone. That’s just typical of religious people these days. You worship someone you says not to judge but it’s always the first thing you do.
            If you want to get technical about the whole pants thing though, it actually originated in prisons. The guys who wore their pants with their asses hanging out were actually signaling that they would give it up to other inmates. Today’s youth wears it like that as a fashion sense and are totally ignorant to how it began and what it actually means.
            I don’t judge them for it but I do think it looks ridiculous. That’s besides the point and it is only my opinion in a fashion sense and not a judge of their character, which is what you are judging. Same thing when you say they are fools for having piercings and dreadlocks. I for one used to have dreadlocks, all it is is a hairstyle, plain n’ simple. Calling someone a fool because of their hairstyle choice is a bigger example of a fool. Same goes with piercings. In your day it was probably one earring and if you had it in the wrong ear you were homosexual.
            So basically what I’m getting at here is that you are from a generation of god fearing, judgmental, ignorant people that look down upon anything that goes against your opinions of what a society should be. If you call yourselves Christian, Catholic, etc. etc. you should be ashamed of yourselves and probably shouldn’t bother preparing for the coming collapse because people like you are going to be the biggest targets for looters and thieves, etc. because you’re so quick to judge and you’ve made life difficult for the younger generations who are just trying to mind their own business and enjoy their youth. I pity you and your ignorant comments like “I just think those who wear their pants like this should also pin a sign on them saying they are a fool. Ditto for piercings and dreadlocks.”
            You my friends are the fools, no I take that back, you’re all sheep. Have a good day.

        • jjones

          The pants down around their knees comes from a “ritual”
          so to say, from the males locked up in prisons. This
          behavior is a “sign” they’re “available.” Once getting
          out of a facility, they bring this new knowledge to the
          streets with ’em. Obviously the ones they hang around
          with are *impressed?* And so it goes on and on…….

    • I do understand your dilemma as I am sixty-seven and a missionary in Alaska. The steps you have taken are great steps. I would also encourage dehydration of food (less weight and bulk), and working together with the members of the congregation. Are you in position to find assistance at the local food pantry or a cooperative? It might add to your preparations. Spiritual preparation is first, but remember that God is your security and everyone will find themselves lacking at some point in their preparations. Blessings

    • RainbowWorms

      “I have been horrified at all the Christians I know (here in Idaho) who are toting guns to protect their families (against anyone who is not white). They don’t say that”

      It is your assumption that speaks, mr Racecard. You don´t have guns? Haha, good luck with that! No waite, guess you´ll run straight to them at the first bro you see, like pretty much every other white guilt PC smuck.
      Except, decades of political correcvtness lead to this crisis, when it hit, all the race cards may be maxed out. No more preferential treatements anymore.

      ” but when I ask “What will you do if a desperately hungry Hispanic woman and children shows up? Will you turn her away?” They have no answer.”

      Such hypocrisy.

      You know very well that if you where going to hand over your food to anyone in need, “hispanic” or not, you yourself would rapidly become needy too.

      • Corwin

        RainbowWorms, You obviously didn’t read J. Ringer’s full comments. SHE is a 60 year old woman that loves other people. She’s not pulling a race card and you are shaming her for not having guns. You are mean, narrow, and arrogant. Good luck with that….

        I am a young Christian woman and I will be handing out food to anybody who asks. Indefinitely, and I don’t care if I “survive” I only care about what my Savior cares about….

        Get beyond yourself.

    • Debra

      They may use the woman and children to gain your sympathy, then they (group) will know you have food and attack your house. I can’t say what I would do because I wouldn’t want to see children suffering. But it’s something to think and definitely pray about, not everyone plays by the same rules.

    • Marco

      You bring up a very good point J. Ringer – if/when crap hits the fan, I hope the people who are doing prepping of some kind will not forget their humanity. Maybe it isn’t explicitly called out, but I truly believe most people who prep will help their fellow man – but only if that fellow asks with some measure of humility.

      Some panhandlers demand money and get angry when you don’t. Some don’t say a word – even when you give them money. But some are very thankful and look you in the eye. I think preppers will help those types of folks. The others that attempt to take what you have will be the ones that will be shot.

    • davidmpark

      Not sure about the “guns are the solution” stuff. I have a few and did all the gunsmithing courses, but something deep down says they won’t do much good.

      Agree on being closer the God and getting life in order. That’ll save us all here and later.

    • Rancher

      Sorry Ringer all the Idaho folks I know pack guns to just protect themselves. Here in North Idaho it is about 96% all white meat so what are you talking about hispanics for? One of my best friends was a hisapnic. So what? You sound like a racist to me…

      • Sonnikku

        I agree too. You all are SO SCARED of us blacks and Hispanics. You’ve spent your lives living in your all white perfect world, not bothering to try to get to know us. You spend your lives building up fear based on what your grandparents or your friends taught/teaches you. “Oh, I am so scared of their loud music and baggy clothes.”. The scary thing is what the white man has done to this planet and now ALL OF US are going to go down because of his need for greed and control. This is simply the end of the white man’s world as we know it. Our Savior, Yahushuah is going to break open those clouds very soon, so if you are talking about SURVIVAL, better try to learn how to prepare for the world to come. If you can’t deal with your fellow man NOW, how are some of you going to deal with me as your neighbor in The New Jerusalem?

        • GSOB

          Hey Sonnikku,

          You speak with a vengeful and divisive manner in the same breath mentioning the New Jerusalem.

          Isn’t comforting to know that God is merciful and that His mercy endures forever?


          Let’s stay focused on Him and prep up our act.
          I taught Micheal Jackson how to dance. I grew up listening to Bill Cosby, his take on Noahs’s
          called to build an ark.


    • Jeff Panek

      This article was about preparing for the collapse of our system, not preparing to divide us even more using close minded views at a time we will all need to come together. Getting rid of these views will be the best way for you to survive. Heaven forbid you should require help from someone you would look down on today.

  • Charles Larson

    Very thoughtful article. On the vital subject of water storage, I would suggest that you tell people that there are water purification devices, some large, but some quite small that really do work. I own a small but very effective Berkey Bottle along with a backup filter. Check this out. Very important tool. I have a pool and if the grid goes down, I have at hand almost 10,000 gallons of water which will start to go “bad” very quickly. But with that simple bottle I can safely filter that water without the need to waste stored propane to boil it. The Berkey bottle is small, and of course portable. If I have to “bug out” it will be along for the ride.

    • Michael

      Very good point. I should have definitely mentioned water filters.


    • something to think about charles,I to have a pool but I have bought some dry chlorine. you can alway take the water in a container and put a little chlorine in it before you run it through your filter. I to have a royal berkey filter. something to think about.

      • susy b

        i too have a pool 17,000 gal. ive read that pool shock is the VERY BEST thing to have/use. cheap enough and several bags should keep you going for awhile. dont remember which site, but they calculated how much to use per liter or whatever. berkey also. so def set in h2o dept.for a while…..i hope……

    • jayjay

      Yes, charles, that bottle is important…how long will the filter last, how many times will it filter after being filled with dirty water?
      I have 3 free with the Berkey Light we bought 2 years ago. Two are in our BOBs and one in kitchen.
      Thanks for replying anyone with these answers.

  • Washington

    Marine Corps creates law enforcement battalions Posted date: July 22, 2012

  • myra lemmons

    I have visited numerous websites that offer advice on these subjects, and most of them eventually leave me feeling that I should run into the hills screaming! However, on your site, I receive valuable information without all the hype and fear-mongering and feel that there is some credibility to the fact that we are entering a major challenge unlike any we have ever experienced. Thank you for maintaining a level of common sense in your articles that helps people like me take the information seriously. Each day I look forward to reading your next article and have recommended your site to many friends and family. Don’t stop writing, because we are listening!!

    • Michael


      Thank you so much for saying that.

      I try to stay grounded and approach things from a common sense perspective. I am glad that people are getting that through my writing.


    • susy b

      ditto on that myra…..

  • Robert

    Thanks, Michael.

    A lot of hope in this article. If that picture is your food cache, are you eating from this and rotating in new stock?

    • Michael


      That is not a picture from my home. My wife and I do store food, but we don’t like to publicize the exact things we are doing.


  • Lin S

    Look all around you, people. Collapse is already here. Now.

  • deegee

    One thing I don’t see mentioned is a heat source,for both house and cooking.I made sure I bought a house with a insert fire place.You can always find wood but in a crisis propane will be scarce.

  • A.S.

    There are ways to get free food and supplies: watch the extreme coupons videos on youtube. Most of the food is poison, but occasionally you can find healthy foods. I would recommend foods high in fiber and non-animal protein. As for supplies, whatever it is, whether you think you may use it or not, if you can get it for free, take as much as possible (because you can it for barter). This is not hoarding. This is preparing a stockpile for your family and extended family that may have not prepared at all.

    As for protecting yourself and your family…self-defense is not going to work if they come with guns. Even if you have to get a gun illegally, if you are a good, G-d fearing person, DO SO! Your first priority is to protect your family, with whatever means.

    And I guess it would help to speak to people who lived through the Great Depression, Dust Bowl, and even the Holocaust how they survived. Actually, you would get the best advice from Holocaust survivors, because they lived with practically nothing for at least 4 years! Could you live with nothing but the clothes on your back, scraps of bread, little water, unsanitary bathrooms (more like porty-potties), and hard-labor, for 4 years straight? If so, you may make it through the economic collapse.

  • HELLO TO ALL Just read your article michael , recommend this to all who want to be prepared it is a great poem called IF by rudyard kipling . your list is a great start , please look up a great survival site call BE PREPARED . Also a great read is a simple hand out called 37 FOOD ITEMS . I build a simple offroad trailer that can be a bug out system . if it is ok with you , you can list my site for people to write or call me and I can help them get prepared to stay in place or bug out and why it must be in people plans . Thank you for your time . regards mike day

  • J. Ringer

    NBC is starting a new show called REVOLUTION, 15 years post EMP. Are they warning the public? If so, that is a public service.

    • susy b

      theres more than one. think the other is last resort?? yea, i wondered the same thing my own self…

  • andrea

    Does anyone have any recommendations for an affordable WATER FILTER that would be transportable just in case?

    • K

      Andrea, some of the Katadyn filters are sub one hundred dollars and very portable. Also remember, as long as the water does not have a lot of sediment. Boiling the water, or adding a little bleach, will render it safe.

    • Prepping for the Future

      Berkey sports bottle are good for the bug out bag. Katadin are very good too. I prefer the Berkey stand up filter you pour the water in the top container and it goes thru the filter to the botton tank. Direct 21 is very fast shipping on Berkey filters

    • Brian Marvin

      Andrea–I have 4 different ways to filter (not counting and they are inexpensive and cover different needs. 1st- is a ceramic filter system (that you need to have 2 food grade buckets to utilize) that I paid $30.00and will filter 500 gallons. 2nd- are Frontier Aqua Water Filter Straws–$10.00 and are in my ‘get home’ bags and filter up to 20 gallons. 3rd-Water purification packets–each on filters one liter and each packet has instructions and is in powder form–similar to water military uses—they cost $13.00 for 30 packets and I have several packets in my ‘get home’ bags. 4th-I have water bottles with filters on them that can filter up to 100 gallons. These bottles came in an emergency food bucket (30 days food for one + water filter/bottle) I purchased from Sam’s Club for $92.00 delivered to my door w/25 yr shelf life.

  • Scott

    “And you should be rotating whatever water you currently have on hand because you don’t want water sitting around indefinitely.”

    Rotating water is a good idea, you can also store sealed bottled water that will last for years by storing it in a cool dark place in the basement, keep it away from sunlight.

  • ben

    People might want to plan for waste disposal. That is something Im having a hard time figuring out. How to get rid of it while bugging in and trying not to go outside to draw alot of attention. I would love to hear others suggestions.

    • Orange Jean

      Get or build an indoor outdoor privy. Yes, there is such a thing!

      The old fashioned way – up in Maine and other cold places they often would build a house with an attached barn. It was done so in the cold weather you could feed your animals without having to go outdoors. Then, you simply put your privy at the far end of the barn away from the house. I’ve used one of those, it’s not a lot of fun but a LOT better than having to go outside in the dead of night (especially in a cold or dangerous place – animals, etc.)! Has to get dug out about once a year.

      If you have the $ to do so, you might want to investigate there are some from Sweden that are composting; I had friends in Maine who had 10 kids and one of those. It was supposed to be totally composting … that part didn’t quite work out (maybe all those kids); they still had to dig it out about once a year. They put it in a conventional looking bathroom BTW.

    • Prepping for the Future

      Ben there is a couple of things you can do. Lime is very good for keeping the odor down. Because human waste stinks to high heaven. Another thing you can do is make a compost toilet with a vent 4 inch pipe does not require a fan. Mixed with sawdust actually you can make fertilizer from it. Do some research on it most places recommend you only use for fruit trees and not in your garden. Save your old phone books for emergency TP.

    • susy b

      my only solution ive thought of is keep your plastic grocery bags. 5 gal bucket. get yourself some lime, sawdust. dig hole etc,etc.

  • Washington

    SP’s Chambers: I Stand by My 2011 Decision to Downgrade US Wednesday, 08 Aug 2012 By Forrest Jones

  • Moses

    Awesome article Micheal! I think it’s very inspiring, especially for a college student like me. Lol. I guess I’ll have to take out a loan so I can buy some gold and plan accordingly. It’s funny if you think about it, in our capitalistic society, it seems that selfishness and cunningness is what runs our economic system. And these characteristics have no limits or compassion for others. But in a way, I guess that’s what the America dream was. To be more ambitious then others. Some people “took that to heart”, but destroyed their hearts in the process. That’s why these bankers, politicians, etc, don’t care about people. But People don’t want to realize it! Even my own family!! oh well, maybe it’s the sodium fluoride keeping some docile.

    Anyways, I’ve come across some great prepper tools!

    Like this water filter that absorbs water from the air.

    Stock up on some vitamins, preferably in liquid form, grow plants, reduce consumption of meat and other worthless foods. This website has a great list of foods needed for optimal health.

    and don’t get distracted by this silly, yet tragic comedy. It really didnt, and Shouldnt, be like this. And we tell our children that everything is fine. Bah

    • Michael

      It is good to hear from a college student! We need more college students to visit the site. 🙂


    • davidmpark

      Just looked at that air/water filter. It definitely works. Operates off a water condensation principle – easy enough to replicate at home, but this unit looks like the filters and mathematics are far more precise. Great find!

      • susy b

        yup!! ive actually been taking h20 from my dehumidifier and putting it into containers for storage. doesnt necessarily have to be used for consumption. get about gal a day.

    • GSOB


      Is that your real name? Interesting character in the Bible,…. especially chapter 20 of Exodus.

      Your statement,

      ‘… think about it, in our capitalistic society, it seems that selfishness and cunningness is what runs our economic system. And these characteristics have no limits or compassion for others. But in a way, I guess that’s what the America dream was.’

      I’m 50 and live in Aurora CO,…
      The sin nature
      is evident in all types of government because it is in all of mankind….
      including me.

      Just how capitalistic is our constitution?
      It actually guarantee’s it… I think.

      A more free and moral society is one out from under tyranny.
      What makes America so great is because of it’s most sublime constitution.

      Though very much on the decline, this country is still great. Under this meant to be government, more people are more properous and more potentially so then any other system of government.

      Time for a reformation.

      Hear of Ron Paul?

  • Rodster

    And you wonder why we are heading for a collapse? 🙄

    “Over 100 Million Now Receiving Federal Welfare”

    • Rodster

      and why don’t you add all the recent unemployed who decided to qualify for Gov’t disability.

      It’s a recipe for disaster. 🙄

  • David H

    Very insightful article. I often ask myself this question. You are correct the answer will be different for everyone. Food, Water, Liquid assets, Shelter,, protection. This can be in many different forms. Honestly, everyone should be saving anyway. Has anyone been a week without electricity, water, money? I have. Even a minor temporary outage can wreck havoc on your life. It’s best to be prepared and have a plan. Even a little stored is batter than NOTHING!
    Great article…Thank you!


    I know that the value of my home has collapsed, the job market has too, and confidence is gone. Interest rates are very low, debt is high, people are very stressed, nowhere to run to..You wonder why Pres.Obama doesn’t want to talk about the economy? Can you imagine what would happen if we continued borrowing and spending 6 trillion dollars every 4 years, and interest rates rose a couple percentage points? Forget about it! Our goose is cooked…

    • jayjay

      That’s so strange–we just tried to refi, not successful, and our appraisal was $18,000 more than we paid for the house 5 years ago.

  • LM

    There is so much awesome advice here!

    My advice is to get yourself off all pharmaceutical drugs that are not critical to your survival. I am talking primarily about antidepressants. SSRIs in particular are highly addictive and getting off them is often a long and terrible ordeal. You don’t want to have to go cold turkey. God help us if millions of people are suddenly forced to do so.

    • John W.

      Withdrawal will kill alot of them, the problem is all the mayhem they will cause getting more drugs.

  • Piglet

    #14: This is a tough one. No one wants to believe what’s coming. It’s so much more comforting to simply bury one’s head in the sand, to believe the lies coming from the lips of politicians, to accept the propaganda coming from newspapers and TV news, and to occupy one’s mind with who should win on American Idol and Dancing With The Stars.

    “Keep sending them articles that are packed with statistics and information that show why an economic collapse is going to happen.” I haven’t noticed this to be an effective strategy. For most people, their minds are made up and they’ll only regard you as an annoying crank. Sadly, most of us will have to face the prospect of someday having to bug out and leaving behind family members and friends who still insist the government will take care of them, that “it can’t happen here” because this is America, by God, blah, blah, blah. They will only change their minds long after it is too late.

  • Chuck

    Spot on Michael!
    My wife and I are both professional people and we started prepping 10 years ago. We both agreed that after the country was taken off the gold standard, the scam would not go on forever. We purchased 11 acres (in a small town in the Midwest) and built an Earth Sheathed home, which is equipped with solar, photo voltaic, wind and geo thermal. We even have fish in our spring fed pound.
    When our friends went on vacation, we worked on our retreat
    When they purchased boats and cars, we purchased solar systems and food storage,
    We put in a lot of 18 hour days at first, however now that we are completed, we spend a few hours working on the small items left to be done and then relax knowing we are ready!
    We accomplished all this without disrupting our day to day life’s by not indulging in an Entertainment driven life style!
    Needless to say, our friends are singing a different tune now, as they too see the hand writing on the wall!
    We have found one unexpected bonus to what we have done. Now that we are closing in on retirement, with our self sufficiency, we are able to control our monthly expenses, thus not having to play the inflation game on a fixed income!
    Keep up the good word!

    • Michael

      It sounds like you have a wonderful set up.

      I wish that I could see what you have done.


    • The Wiseman

      Keep your guard up! If SHTF comes quickly and they are out of food/water, those “friends” know where to come to to take yours.

  • mondobeyondo

    Learn all you can about potatoes and how to cook them. That’s what my Grandpa and Grandma said when they were still alive. They made it through the Depression by eating mostly potatoes. Not the world’s most nutritious food, but it’s starchy and it fills the stomach. For protein, they ate mostly eggs. Meat was too expensive.

    We’ve forgotten our not so distant past. The past couple of generations have been incredibly spoiled. Fast food, for the most part, didn’t exist during the Depression. No McDonald’s, Burger Kings, Wendy’s, or Kentucky Fried Chicken. You want Kentucky Fried Chicken? Move to Louisville, buy a broiler, cut it up, and add the flour and seasoning. Then drop the pieces in hot oil. There ya go – Kentucky fried chicken!

    Ah yes, the mighty potato. Relatively inexpensive, and it works for a variety of recipes. Potato salad, potato soup, mashed potatoes, potatoes Julienne, shredded potatoes, potatoes with butter and thyme, potato chips, French fries, and vodka, to name a few.

    For those of you who want to experiment with Depression era cooking, you can do a quick search for “Depression Cooking with Clara”, among other items. Be forewarned, though – if you’re the type who enjoys porterhouse steaks with lobster and fine wine on a Friday or Saturday night, you are in for a tremendous shock. In other words – welcome to how much of the Third World lives.

    • Grover Lembeck

      If you eat the entire potato, they are very nutritious, and an excellent source of potassium. If you couple potatoes with fresh greens (it doesn’t take much, and even in cold climates a small greenhouse is feasible) a LOT of your nutrition is covered. Add some eggs, and you are pretty well set except maybe beta carotene.

      I would also like to add that learning how to deal with poultry and livestock (I recommend sheep) is a very good idea right now. Protein will get unaffordable first, and having some laying hens or meat on the hoof could well be worth more than gold.

    • Louise in MO

      My Mother was Irish; we had potatoes at almost every meal. She must have cooked them 50 different ways. We also had bread at every meal. The only time we didn’t have potatoes is when we had spaghetti.

      She grew up during the depression.

  • Debra

    Like a lot of families who don’t have extra money to by extra food, there are some inexpensive ways to plan ahead. Rice, beans, pasta, salt, honey and dried fruit like raisins and cranberries. Oh, and bleach for drinking water from natural sources and disinfecting. Very basic emergency food that won’t break a family. Don’t forget to rotate though.

    • davidmpark

      Most of which can be grown at home. Good suggestions!

    • jayjay

      For purifying water, try calcium hypochlorite, pool shock.
      Cheap, lasts a life time, comes in a little packet and will purify thousands of gallons.
      Won’t hurt your stomach like bleach will.

  • How about using some common sense?

  • Well at this point i dont think getting out of debt is the most important thing on ones list,water,food,meds,and self protection ranks up there first but this was a great article,keep them coming,and the collapse has already started,so do what you can to survive

    • firehawk

      I agree I hear a lot of this get out of dept talk. Why? Take the credit you have left to help your prep work. Just make the min payments. If the shtf and most here are sure of it. Are you really going to be worried about dept collectors? Right now you can still get a good amount of credit. but when this goes down credit cards will all be frozen.

  • Cinderella Man

    Youre right to an extent about the food shortages Michael. There WILL be a shortage of food but it will be so expensive that the average family will not be able to afford it. Thats why Im so grateful to have these hogs right now because pork will be following beef inn quantity and price. I cant stress to you guys enough BUY A FREEZER AND GET AS MUCH MEAT AS YOU CAN RIGHT NOW!!!! This winter Christmas presents will be packs of steaks and bacon mark my words.

  • davidmpark

    We began with a phrase:

    “Use it up, wear it out. Build it strong, build it stout. Make do, or do without.”

    This is the basis of every plan, every transaction; every necessity.

    When we look at something to buy the first question is, “How much does it cost?” If not in our price range or just not practical to buy it now, we ask, “Can we make it?” If not with what’s at hand, or requires too many raw materials outside the home, we ask, “Do we need it?” If yes, then we get it or make it. Then we ask, “Do we need a larger supply for the storage program?”

    It’s just good economy. 🙂

  • Kevin2

    Get an Italian food cookbook. The true Italian foods (not Italian / American) are peasant food. The most common is pasta fazole. Basically it’s bean and pasta soup as thick as a stew. I guarantee Joe DiMaggio and Rocky Marciano were fueled by it.

    Just because it’s cheap does not mean it can’t be both nutritious and flavorful.

  • Jet Graphics

    Most of the article is sound advice – based on typical assumptions. I would augment it with the following observations and suggestions.
    1. Money is a medium of exchange to facilitate trade. Its function is not to store value over the long term. Hoarding any money is contrary to its function. In short, instead of stockpiling money tokens, trade them for what you need or will need. (Assuming you are already out of debt, etc.)
    2. Investigate the republican form of government and ancillary concepts such as absolute ownership of private property, natural and personal liberty, sovereignty, and domicile.
    3. As to the question: “rent or buy”, IMHO if one wishes to establish a domicile, then there is only one option – buy private property (not estate) with lawful money.
    BTW – private property absolutely owned is constitutionally protected, whereas estate ownership is not, and is subject to ad valorem taxes. Check your own state constitution and laws regarding the distinction between inhabitants with domiciles on private property versus residents with residences on real estate. (Don’t be surprised if they only mention “non-residents” instead of inhabitants)
    4. Since rights are never subject to taxation in the USA, where governments were instituted to secure rights, only government privileges are taxed. Ergo, one may need to investigate how and when rights were converted to privileges, and withdraw consent. Once one has extricated himself, and eliminated the bulk of excise taxes, the economic burdens imposed by the socialist government will be gone. However, once you leave the “socialist safety net”, you’re on your own.
    5. Accumulating a store of supplies, food, necessities, etc, is very prudent. A man with a year’s supply of money will not outlive a man with a year’s supply of food.
    6. Wealth (i.e., money, precious metal, jewels) is not prosperity. Prosperity is the creation, trade and enjoyment of surplus usable goods and services. Doing more with less so more can enjoy is the recipe for happiness. Doing less with more so fewer can enjoy is the recipe for misery. In other words, find a vocation that generates goods and services, not wealth.
    7. It would be prudent to consider the benefits of an “Autonomous House” – one that can operate or function without connection to utilities, or when resupply is interrupted. One might not achieve 100% independence, but living at 90% functionality is better than being forced to flee because one’s dwelling is unlivable without water, electricity, fuel, sewer, communications, air conditioning, heating, etc.

  • BFH

    It is simply not reasonable to expect that most can prepare by saving 6 months operating expenses. With wages cut, hours cut and no jobs most are just trying to survive at present. No matter how tight most budgets can afford to store some beans, rice and some canned items. Second thing would be a weapon and the ability to use it. No matter how stocked your pantry you DON’T have it if you can’t keep it.
    Some actually think that when the SHTF people will behave and we will not have chaos in the streets. I got news for those negligent people. The populace is NOT going to peacefully sit in their doorways and stave to death. They will come after your stuff or anyone they feel they an steal it from.
    Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

  • NorthernCanuck

    WOW! Just take a look at this!

    “The Mighty Mississippi to Run Dry?

    August 7, 2012
    Robert Morley, Columnist,

    If the world’s largest navigable river system goes dry, the economic consequences will be felt around the world.

    What is the single greatest reason America is so wealthy? According to the analysts at Stratfor, it is because of a river.

    They have to be joking, right?

    What about America’s vast gold resources? What about its mountains of coal? America is the world’s third-largest oil producer—surely that is why. Then there is America’s temperate climate and fertile soils that traditionally make it the world’s breadbasket. And don’t forget America’s human capital, Yankee ingenuity, and Protestant work ethic. Surely these factors are cumulatively more important than a river.

    Not according to one of America’s premier think tanks. Many countries have large natural resources and hospitable climates, but don’t even come close to having America’s wealth. What sets America apart from the rest of the world is the Mississippi River basin. It is what makes exploiting America’s resources economically possible.

    But now, due to the worst drought since the 1950s, the Mississippi may be about to go dry.

    In Memphis and Vicksburg, the shrinking river is obvious: slower river, exposed river banks, and more sandbars. The water is down more than 13 and 20 feet in each city respectively. The Mississippi on average is about 13 feet below normal—and a whopping 55 feet below where it was at this time last year. On some stretches, the water level is perilously low. On July 17 it was reported that a 100-mile stretch of the Platte River in Nebraska, had dried up.

    In fact, water levels are now so low that barge operators are no longer able to operate at full capacity and have to shed both weight and number of towed barges.

    For each one-inch loss of water, the standard barge must unload 17 tons of cargo—that is a loss of 204 tons, per barge, for every one-foot loss. A typical tow on the upper Mississippi river may have 15 barges. A one-foot loss of water translates into a loss of 3,000 tons of capacity. Tows on the lower Mississippi River may have up to 45 barges, resulting in a loss of capacity of over 9,000 tons. It would take almost 600 semitrucks to haul the freight unloaded by one large barge grouping under those conditions! There are thousands and thousands of barge strings that ply the Mississippi each year. The shutdown of the Mississippi would be an absolute catastrophe!

    Already, the cost to ship bulk goods is rising. As the weight that can be put on barges shrinks, the cost per unit weight is rising. And that translates into higher costs on the consumers’ end. Products that are already only marginally profitable may not be economic at these higher transport costs.

    The last time the Mississippi shut down due to low water was in 1988. Then just a small section of the river became unnavigable—but it cost the shipping industry $1 billion.

    If the Mississippi shut down today, sources quoted by nbc estimate that the direct costs to the economy would be a massive $300 million per day—a cost that would skyrocket exponentially if the river did not reopen after more than a few days!

    We are still a few feet of water away from that, but the summer isn’t over either…”
    Continues at:

    • susy b

      where we live, they do a yearly cleanup of the riverside. this year they are going to be able to clean where people have thrown their @#$% into the river. they have shut down barges in certain places as they are getting stuck. in spots, its only 4 ft. in middle. yup, i never thought id see the day….

  • NorthernCanuck

    WOW! Just take a look at this!

    “The Mighty Mississippi to Run Dry?

    August 7, 2012
    Robert Morley, Columnist,

    If the world’s largest navigable river system goes dry, the economic consequences will be felt around the world.

    What is the single greatest reason America is so wealthy? According to the analysts at Stratfor, it is because of a river.

    They have to be joking, right?

    What about America’s vast gold resources? What about its mountains of coal? America is the world’s third-largest oil producer—surely that is why. Then there is America’s temperate climate and fertile soils that traditionally make it the world’s breadbasket. And don’t forget America’s human capital, Yankee ingenuity, and Protestant work ethic. Surely these factors are cumulatively more important than a river.

    Not according to one of America’s premier think tanks. Many countries have large natural resources and hospitable climates, but don’t even come close to having America’s wealth. What sets America apart from the rest of the world is the Mississippi River basin. It is what makes exploiting America’s resources economically possible.

    But now, due to the worst drought since the 1950s, the Mississippi may be about to go dry.

    In Memphis and Vicksburg, the shrinking river is obvious: slower river, exposed river banks, and more sandbars. The water is down more than 13 and 20 feet in each city respectively. The Mississippi on average is about 13 feet below normal—and a whopping 55 feet below where it was at this time last year. On some stretches, the water level is perilously low. On July 17 it was reported that a 100-mile stretch of the Platte River in Nebraska, had dried up.

    In fact, water levels are now so low that barge operators are no longer able to operate at full capacity and have to shed both weight and number of towed barges.

    For each one-inch loss of water, the standard barge must unload 17 tons of cargo—that is a loss of 204 tons, per barge, for every one-foot loss. A typical tow on the upper Mississippi river may have 15 barges. A one-foot loss of water translates into a loss of 3,000 tons of capacity. Tows on the lower Mississippi River may have up to 45 barges, resulting in a loss of capacity of over 9,000 tons. It would take almost 600 semitrucks to haul the freight unloaded by one large barge grouping under those conditions! There are thousands and thousands of barge strings that ply the Mississippi each year. The shutdown of the Mississippi would be an absolute catastrophe!

    Already, the cost to ship bulk goods is rising. As the weight that can be put on barges shrinks, the cost per unit weight is rising. And that translates into higher costs on the consumers’ end. Products that are already only marginally profitable may not be economic at these higher transport costs.

    The last time the Mississippi shut down due to low water was in 1988. Then just a small section of the river became unnavigable—but it cost the shipping industry $1 billion.

    If the Mississippi shut down today, sources quoted by nbc estimate that the direct costs to the economy would be a massive $300 million per day—a cost that would skyrocket exponentially if the river did not reopen after more than a few days!

    We are still a few feet of water away from that, but the summer isn’t over either…”
    Continue at:

  • NorthernCanuck

    …and this:

    “The Global Consequences of America’s Drought

    July 26, 2012,
    Brad Macdonald, Columnis,t

    There’s far more at stake than the price of corn on the cob and soy milk.

    Most people are aware of the historic, unrelenting drought tightening its grip on the United States. But too few are seriously contemplating what this means, not just for America, but for the world.

    To most people in wealthier nations, drought simply means ridiculously hot weather, parched lawns and plants, and perhaps a higher-than-normal electric bill. A lack of rain is an annoyance, like an itch, uncomfortable, irritating. Few consider drought to be catastrophic, even fatal.

    It wasn’t always this way. There was a time when people understood that severe, prolonged drought meant extreme hardship, suffering and, if it persisted, eventual death. People understood that without rain, crops, fruit trees and pastures died, lakes and watering holes dried up, livestock starved. In the past, when a drought tightened its grip, farmers and their families, and even entire towns and cities, recognized early that they had two options: relocate or starve.

    Although we’re in the 21st century, this reality has not changed. Except that unlike yesteryear, people today are ignorant to the fact that extreme drought kills.

    Our ignorance stems largely from the fact that very few of us actually grow our own food. These days, cultivating food means strolling through the local, air-conditioned Walmart munching on free food samples while filling an oversize cart with all sorts of bright, colorful, plastic containers. Our food, in its journey from garden to gut, passes through an extensive network of tractors, conveyer belts, factories, blenders, chemical additives, trucks and stores. It’s prepared, processed and packaged, tied, dyed and fried, and in some cases, even buffed and waxed.

    For many, this detachment has severed the connection between food production and nature.

    But alas! Even in 2012, our food, at least the kind worth eating, still comes from the ground—and it still needs rain.

    It’s true that the effects of drought have been somewhat mitigated by the use of wells and sophisticated irrigation systems, by globalizing the responsibility of food production, and by the creation of genetically modified, drought-tolerant seeds. But if the drought is extreme, or persists, such measures fall short. It’s like shooting a bear with a pellet gun: we can slow it down, create time and perhaps temporarily alleviate our fears. But in the end, the inevitable effects of drought will devour us.

    And devouring us it is! Did you know that this is America’s worst drought in more than 50 years? Some are comparing conditions to the Dust Bowl conditions of the 1930s. It’s been described as a full-scale catastrophe, a “natural disaster of epic proportions.” By the end of June, more than 50 percent of the U.S. was experiencing moderate to extreme drought. The beginning of July brought no relief, and the plight has only intensified. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (noaa), this summer, 80 percent of the U.S. has been abnormally dry.

    The United States Agriculture Department (usda) has already declared more than 1,000 counties in 26 states natural-disaster areas due to drought conditions. More counties are being added to the list every week, and summer’s only half over.

    The impact is dramatic and far-reaching. Across America, farmers are slaughtering livestock because there’s not enough pasture, and feed is far too expensive. This may mean lower beef prices in the short term. In the long term, it means most of us will be eating more artificially fed, hormone-filled chicken. Last Friday, the usda reported that America’s cattle inventory was the smallest since the agency began a July count in 1973. In other words, America has as many cows today as it did nearly 40 years ago. Meanwhile, its population has shot up by nearly 100 million.

    The same goes for the price of food and the many household items that contain corn, soybeans and wheat. It’s shocking how many items today, from soda to baby food, peanut butter to powdered sugar, talcum to toothpaste, contain corn in some form. It’s the same with wheat and soybeans. Now, according to the United States Drought Monitor, almost 90 percent of America’s corn and soybean crops have been damaged or destroyed as a result of the drought. Get this: The price of corn has jumped 50 percent in the last month, while soybeans are at record prices too. Meanwhile, the price of wheat, another critical staple, has increased 50 percent in the last five weeks.

    It’s not hard to see how this will drive up food prices, which would most likely further undermine the economy. In fact, one economist believes the drought will knock 0.5 percent off the U.S. gdp this year.

    But think beyond the rising cost of food. What happens if the drought continues to worsen, or even continues into next year, or even the year after?

    Anxieties about increasing food prices will be replaced by anxieties about actual shortages of corn, soybeans and wheat!

    Consider too that America is responsible for half of the world’s corn, and the majority of the world’s soybean and wheat. Reuters reported yesterday that “the soaring prices in the United States—the world’s largest exporter of corn, soybeans and wheat—has rattled food markets worldwide on fears that food inflation will be imported, food aid or supplies for hungry nations from China to Egypt will not be available, and food riots could occur as in the past.”

    The price of corn, wheat and soybeans has already surpassed levels reached during the drought of 2007/08, when rocketing food prices sparked riots in more than 30 countries.

    Can you begin to grasp the magnitude of this crisis? In this globalized, interconnected world, persistent, widespread drought in a critical region—such as America’s breadbasket—doesn’t just mean agricultural disaster. It can mean financial and economic malaise, political and social chaos, even large-scale violence and wars…”
    Continues at:

  • Tmax

    #15 – Don’t rely on god to solve your problems.
    Preparation time could very well trump preying time.

  • Prut

    So your advice is to “get lots of money.” Nice.

  • i’vegivenup


    Yet again…another good article :-).

    My wife and I have lost over $40K per yr in income since around 2005 and it has been very difficult at times. We have accumulated a lot of debt as a result (some out of foolishness but most out of our control). Now we literally live paycheck to paycheck. We rent because we lost the opportunity to buy but considering how bad the economy has gotten I’m glad we didn’t. I have been stocking up on some food but fall short in a lot of areas as money is very tight. Any chance of having 6 months of income saved up is impossible at this point (other than my 401K). Paying off debt prevents saving any other money.

    Speaking of my 401K. Should I keep paying into it or put a freeze on contributing to concentrate on paying off debt? My wife’s is from a former company and she is not contributing but is earning currently (until/unless the stock market crashes)…

    Look forward to your next article as always…

    • Michael

      So many people are living paycheck to paycheck these days, and it is due to no fault of their own.

      Keep hanging in there.

      And in my opinion having an emergency fund is much more important than building up a 401k.


  • chris

    i am 39 yrs old. Should I cash out my IRA and pay the penalty to have more cash on hand. Also, Should i stop contributing to my IRA now? Thanks,


    • Mal R.

      Robert Kiyosaki(sp?) of Rich Dad Poor Dad fame will tell you retirement investments are a govt meddling scam. Yep, I got rid of mine.

  • viciousjrobinson

    I am of the opinion that, no matter what the situation, training is of the essence. We all revert to what we know to our level of training in a stressful situation. I have gotten TONS of HIGH SPEED TACTICAL and SURVIVAL TRAINING from Sigma 3 Survival School
    Get with them, get with SOMEONE because you NEED some kind of training for when disasters strike! Train, train, train!

    • NorthernCanuck

      One skill worth quickly mastering for street or home self-defence, if you’re caught without any other means of defence, is the highly-effective ‘SAS 5-Second Knockout’. Many women can probably quickly master this, too.

      Although the SAS is regarded with awe as an elite fighting unit today, it’s often forgotten that its main purpose has always been primarily long-range surveillance and intelligence-gathering, usually behind hostile or enemy lines.

      David Stirling, its remarkable founder, was a strong Christian and had an absolute aversion to any unneccesary killing (he once, rather than killing them, ‘paroled’ several German prisoners in the Western Desert on condition that they didn’t return to the German lines for 24 hours to allow his long-range unit to safely escape: they kept their word, and – amazingly – two of them as officers later separately saved the lives of two SAS troopers who had been captured and, if they had been correctly identified, would have been immediately executed under Hitler’s strict ‘anti-commando edict’).

      So, rather than ‘disposing of’, commando-style, anyone who crossed their path and obstructed their rapid withdrawal from a recce mission, the SAS developed the highly-effective ‘5-second knockout’ so that they could quickly immobilize them if possible instead and continue to move on.

      There are several slight variants and refinements of this proven technique. Here is the basic one. Remember, you should only ever use a potentially-deadly technique like this against an unlawful assailant if your own life is in imminent danger and you cannot safely withdraw or retreat.

      I’ve taken this description from

      “An unarmed self-defense technique advised by the SAS (Special Air Service). Although brutal, it is highly effective, and will take down almost any assailant. Personally, I’d rather be armed than unarmed if I’m caught in a situation like this. Screw gun control. In any case, here it is.

      1. Since most people are right-handed, their first attack is likely to a right-handed punch. Block it with your left arm. If the attacker is left-handed, reverse the left-rights in this sequence of moves.

      2. Continuing the blocking motion of your left arm, continue with a two-finger jab to the eyes. Although this is a very brutal move, it is extremely important to throw the attacker off balance and hence allow you to follow up with the rest of the sequence, and this does an excellent job. Anyways, better him than you.

      3. The last move should have left the attacker wide open. Follow up with a right-handed palm strike to the chin. This should put the attacker on the ground and convince him to leave.

      4. If the person is still unconvinced, step forward with your left leg, swing your body around, lean in and strike with your left elbow on the chin or face. Use your hips to maximize the force of the attack. This usually guarantees a knockout.

      5. If somehow the person is still acting hostile, step in, grab his shoulders, and knee him in the groin as hard as you can. At this point, you can simply walk away.

      This technique has been tried and tested. However, hesitation at any step would ruin the sequence and open you to attack. Admittedly, some of these moves are very violent, but it is self-defense, after all. Practice it and make it one fluid motion. It will discourage any attacker.”

  • I really appreciate the time you took to craft this post. When 2008, hit I began thinking in this direction on what I should do to get ready for what looked like a coming collapse of the economy.

    I held the view then, and still do, it would be a slow going train wreck and that there would be time to make preparation. One of the big things for me was getting out of all the debt I carried for the precise reason you listed that banks would not go away and bill collectors would be doing their darnedest to get what they could

    I expect debtors prisons to be an outcome.

    I do live in a big city and that does bother me some but like you mention having a job is as good as gold right now and I can’t give that up.

  • CatNap

    Learn the art of reloading ammunition and stock up on the supplies needed while it’s still legal.

    It’s surprising how many preppers assume they will be alive to provide for their little ones. Teach your children, as SOON as they are able to understand, how to survive without you:

    How to access clean water.

    How to use a manual can opener.

    Recognizing what a safe vs. unsafe can of food looks like, and teaching that it’s okay to eat canned food and drink it’s water pack without heating.

    How to care for a minor wound to avoid later infection.

    How to garden and how to find edible plants in the wild.

    How to start a fire and how to put it out.

    How to use a gun/bow.

    How to set a snare/fish.

    How to clean an animal/fish.

    How and when to hide.

  • JanZizka

    God bless you, Michael. It was your site two years ago that finally got my head out of the sand. I’m not nearly as prepared as I would like to be but am doing what I can and taking it a day at a time. Plan for the worst, hope and work to make the best happen, the rest is in God’s hands. It is at times hard to live that out when what lies ahead absolutely horrifies me but there is freedom in facing it rather than trying to hide from it as I do not think there will be any ‘safe’ place when it comes, just degrees of it.

    • Michael


      Thank you for saying that. I am amazed at how much of an impact this site has had on people all over the world.

      I hope that I can continue to bless everyone that comes to the site, because you all have been a tremendous blessing to me.


  • Optimistic Pessimist

    When I was young I went on camping holidays run by a volunteer organisation. Proper camping this is – I learnt how to dig a latrine (toilet outside), cook on open fires etc.

    Focusing on the toilet, if the toilet won’t flush and you don’t see the sewage system coming back online for a while here is an outline of how to build a makeshift latrine 6ft long x 1ft wide x 5ft deep in your back garden.
    Good for 2 weeks for a family of 4-6 depending on how regular you are before another needs to be built:

    Bare in mind you don’t want to be running to far down the garden during the night or in the early morning and try to locate it in a place the neighbours cannot see as I’m sure you enjoy your privacy as much as I do.

    You will need:
    4 long wooden poles (7ft by an inch round)
    4 nails (1.5 inch long)
    Ball of string or heavy twine
    8 tent pegs
    A few small stones
    1 mallet
    1 40ft by 7ft non see through tarp or other material)
    1 tarp or a ripped open black bin liner will do to make a long sheet for the earth pile
    1 shovel
    1 pic-axe
    1 spade
    1 hand trowel
    1 bucket
    1 bar of soap
    1 nail scrubbing brush
    1 towel
    1 sealed container (containing toilet roll)

    Using the spade cut out the turf to form a trench 6ft long by 1ft wide (remember it has to be thin enough to get your legs standing comfortably either side so the 1ft may have to be adapted if you have young children). Set this turf aside somewhere away from the trench but do retain it as it will be used to go back on top when you’ve finished with the lat.

    Lay the small tarp or ripped open bin liner a foot away from the trench. This is where you are going to put all the dirt that is going to come out of the hole. Now comes the graft – start digging with the pic-axe to loosen the earth then shovel it out onto the bin liner to form a pile of earth. Once the trench is about 5ft deep it is good, for smaller children using it you may only want to go 3ft.

    Now you need help to erect the non see through tarp or sheeting around the hole. Take the 4 wooden poles and bang a nail into the end of each, you may wish to make a pilot hole with a drill to prevent the wood cracking. These poles are your uprights and the 40ft tarp will wrap around them to form a rectangular shape. Use the string to tie the tarp to the nail at the top of each pole by wrapping it over the nail. From the top of each pole take two guy lines of string at 90 degrees to each other to hold the pole in place. Make sure the tarp is tight so the tension from each pole holds the others up. Secure the guy lines in place with the tent pegs. Make sure there is an entrance at one of the poles, just a flap to get through.

    Fill the bucket with water and put it outside the entrance with the soap, nailbrush and towel. Stick the hand trowel in the mound of earth inside the lat so that as you do your business you can cover it up and any toilet paper to prevent attracting flies and other insects to the excrement.

    Put the toilet paper in the sealed box inside the lat.

    To stop the sides of the tarp riding up in winds tie a few stones in place with the string down the bottom of each side of the tarp.

    Make sure to change the water everyday as hygiene is important. You now have a latrine ready to go.

    Once it gets full(as in the level of the lat is at the same height as the grass around it) replace the turf so it sits proud – on top of the lat. This does two things – 1) it shows where a lat has been and 2) as the material decomposes the turf should shrink back into the ground to roughly the same level as the surrounding grass.

    If you have enough spare materials dig a new lat a couple of days before finishing the old one. No-one likes holding it while someone is trying to dig a new lat.

    If young children find it difficult to straddle the lat they can always stand at the side and aim. Alternatively using an old toilet seat and some metal framing a suitable makeshift seat can be made to sit on over the lat for the younger and elder generations.

    Hope I haven’t missed anything out.

    Happy Lat building!!!


  • DownWithLibs

    My mom has had a subscription to Reminisce Magazine for about 15 years now. She has also purchased the books dealing with the depression for me for birthday and Christmas gifts. I would always read them (books and magazines) and wonder what it would have been like, what I would have done in their place. The stories are always uplifting and awe inspiring. If you have the means, that would be a worthwhile publication to subscribe to. You do glean a lot of ideas on surviving the “rough” times. Plus you get a glimpse into a friendlier time in our nations history.

    As they say “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without”!

  • Accroyer

    The health care system may not be around the next few years.

  • Washington

    Libertarian Party Presidential nominee Gary Johnson reveals his latest ad spot.

    • Gay Veteran

      Gary Johnson thinks that the banksters didn’t break any laws

  • ken

    I don’t hear much about hunting and fishing to survive. I would suggest procuring a shotgun and learning how to use it, also a good bow and some broadhead arrows. They could also be used for protection if necessary. I have lots of fishing gear and lures as well as a kayak and a canoe (don’t rely on outboard motors, they use gas!) Tents, sleeping bags, any camping equipment items as well as a well stocked first aid kit. Stock up on dried medicinal herbs. When I bug out I am heading to a wooded area close to a lake that is accessable only by water. Start hiking, working out and getting strong. Learn to fast, one day to start, then gradually work up to about 3 to 4 days. Your body will acclimate. Get rid of all material possessions that don’t contribute to survival especially sofas and TV sets. Develop a warrior spirit and believe that you will get through it. It won’t last forever.

  • McKinley Morganfield

    I’m going to put my 2 cents in at the tail end: of this thread. Priority 1). 6 months of canned/dried food you would normally eat. 2.) 6 months of dehydrated foods. 3.) stored water to supply drinking and cooking needs for 3 months. 4.) Reasonable access to a constant source of what you can purify with low tex means. 5.) fuel that you can burn without attracting attention. Alcohol stoves are the best option. 6.) candles, matches, and wind up flashlights that require no batteries. 7.)Heirloom vegetable seeds and means to can/dry your harvest.

    8.) Basic firearms. This will always be a subjective list but for bare bones I suggest: ( a) The SKS rifle with 30 stripper clips and at least 1000 rounds of ammo, (b) a good 22rl rifle.., Ruger 1022 comes to mind, and 5,000 rounds of ammo. (c) A NEF 12 gauge single shot.with 100 sh(d)ells of bird shot, 100 shells of 00 buck, 50 shells of 04 buchshot, and 50 slugs. (d) a good quality revolver with 500 rounds of 357 and 500 rounds of 38 Spl.

    Those are just my prep precaussions. Ic

    • susy b

      yea, seriously, ill get right on that ammo part. got a few thou sittin round? nor tryin to be sarcastic….. just sayin…..

    • tryin’ to understand

      Wait a sec, back up here: 6 (SIX) – months worth of DEHYDRATED foods, yet only THREE months worth of water? Seriously?

  • Sylan

    Gold coins and silver metal, don’t forget !!!

  • BringItOn

    People,you need to wake up and understand that living in fear of anticipated events that will never happen is what the power elite want from you.The world isn’t about to end anytime soon,it’s just going to change and there will be a greater level of uncertainty.Expect the best,prepare for the worst,get on with enjoying your life while finding ways to create more value for yourself and others.Simple.

    • Brian Marvin

      I don’t think Michael’s point in this article (or any of his articles) is to have us live in fear, but rather to realize the severity of what is coming and take appropriate steps to be prepared for it.
      I take the approach of putting 90-95% of my resources into what I know is going to happen–inflation & supply disrution(storms/droughts/grid-infastructure decay). The remaining 5-10% is directed towards the most likely and dangerous possibilities. By preparing for what I know will happen, I am almost 90% prepared for those possibilities. I do not considered myself to be worried(or living in fear), but concerned and therefore taking the appropriate steps to better ensure my family can not just survive, but thrive in the future.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble


    Long time reader first time commenter. Excellent blog, one of the very best.

    Here is an EXCELLENT article by Austrian Economist/historian Richard Maybury

    How to prepare for the coming riots:

    I am one of Richard Maybury’s subscribers, unfortunately, it costs about $300/year, but he is right on the money about everything – as is this site.

    Keep up the great work.


  • Laura

    For many of us, the thought of saving up 6 months of living expenses is huge, not to mention paying off all the debt we have. So I suggest that people don’t think about it, just do a little at a time.

    By not freaking out, in the last 6 months, I’ve managed to put aside 2 months of expenses, and continued to pay down debt. I also have a small amount of food stored.

    Do I feel prepared? No, not really, but I do feel like I’ve bought myself a little time. I don’t expect things to implode overnight, but rather to continue to crumble as they are now.

    I thought about whether or not to get out of the city, but frankly I think we generally should stay with whatever we know. By staying with what we know, we can better protect ourselves. I have gotten to know my neighbors better. A huge percentage are awake and preparing.

    So instead of a “bugout” plan, as they call it, I simply focus on expanding my skills, becoming more self-reliant, and making sure my children and I are healthy. We go on very long hikes, and I have even begun to feed them foods that are more similar to what we have in storage. This has the added benefit that I can save more.

    And as for whether I would help those who come to my door, yes, I will help anyone who is genuine and kind. And they will help in return.

    On the flip side, I do have it in me to respond to evil with evil.

  • Great article Mike. I’ve often had a hard time convincing extended family to begin prepping. This is a great jumping off point for folks just starting out.

    Thanks for this.

    • Michael

      Survivor Mike:

      Thanks for saying that. Hopefully this article will be useful for a lot of people out there.


  • alice

    I would try to get Iboga, it literally kills any illness and detoxes your body from all these crazy particles they’ve been spraying – it’s nature’s answer to the mark of the beast, being proactive and going to an iboga healing center would be ideal if you can afford it to get clean / healthy now. Completely changed my life from a fatigued weak minded sick person to a healthy strong and aware one who is now ready for what’s to come…

    • glittermama

      What is iboga? My daughter has been seeing a naturalistic doctor. I need to go but have to save money first. I need something. I went off of synthetic thyroid medicines but the depression is severe now. I am having extreme anxiety especially over everything going on in our country. I want to just bug out to another country with my kids but don’t know where I should go.

      • momofsix

        Glittermama • I’ve found help with my hypothyroidism when I found the book Stop The Thyroid Madness and its website, a Forum where hypo sufferers offer experiences, finding doctors who look at symptoms – not just TSH lab reports – and the solutions they have found that work for them. You can find the book and Forum online. The Forum is essentially patients talking to patients. It’s a godsend.

  • BigLoner

    Mean Streets getting meaner…..

    Note that the comments feature is disabled. Dont want no hate crime talk now…

  • Jeff Panek

    Stock up on seeds and know in advance what foods you can grow in the area you live. The more varieties of food you grow the happier you’ll be. Learn to compost and about crop rotation. A garden planted one year will not grow as well the next if you do not replenish the soils nutrients. Also, if you have rainwater collection systems, if some of your water happens to go bad, don’t dump it. It can still water crops or be used for other purposes.

  • Stefanne

    I’m canadian
    Do you think your article Aply to canadian peuple as well ?

  • David

    Thanks Micheal. This is the first time I have read your sight. Lots of cool information. I am an American living in Beijing. Do you feel that the same type of preparedness needs to be done here? It is a totally different government, and people don’t have guns here, so… maybe just learn hand to hand self defense and stock up on food, water and supplies?

  • Cal Ulating

    I got tired of reading all the postings so skipped to the only doable solution. Vote with your feet and get the heck out of Dodge.

  • Dorian

    A lot of the suggestions and discussion here are very wise and useful,but it seems like most have forgotten to power of community in mutual survival. It was THE key for those who survived both the Great Depression and the Holocaust.
    While storing what we need and managing our affairs better are simple common sense, working to create and maintain a supportive community is essential to survival.
    Check out the Transition Towns initiative. It has been taking off both in the US and globally among people who are aware of the multiple problems facing us as far as our survival-from financial collapse, to peak oil, they’ve been researching and preparing their communities–and creating manuals and collected wisdom for other communities to use to do the same.
    No matter how much you store you will eventually run out of food and bullets-but if you prepare your community to be resilient, to work together to maintain safety, food and water supplies and other needs you can not only survive but thrive not just for a few years but indefinitely.
    Instead of preparing to defend against hungry violent people as families, we can prepare to feed them while expecting them to join in the work and the community-for all but the few real psychopaths, once the reality of the situation hits them this will produce more strong backs to get the work done instead of more stinky corpses attracting vermin. (and save the bullets for the real psychos no one can deal with!)
    Using permaculture principles, and sharing the work among larger groups even a small community can ensure security, and eventually abundance and comfort in most situations(permaculture designs for minimizing disaster damage as from fires, earthquakes, hurricanes etc)
    Also when we prepare as communities we don’t have to abandon our spiritual and moral values in order to provide for our families survival.
    Don’t worry about affording gold you can hoard, look into LETS systems and other local currencies and barter systems, many communities have already got them going and they are getting more and more successful as the “real money” situation gets worse. (google Local exchange systems, or Ithaca HOURS for tons of info and links to joining or creating one of these)

    I feel that as conditions worsen, the pointless divisions between people, such as race, old/young, conservative/liberal etc will start to quickly fade in importance.

    When conditions are truly harsh, throughout history most humans will band together to help one another, and compassion for one’s fellows will outweigh fear and prejudice. (Much like people will pick up any hitchhiker in the desert)
    Studies have shown that altruism, the ability to work together for the overall good of the group is THE difference that allowed humanity to survive the ice ages and become the dominant species on planet Earth.

  • Margie Hurt

    I think one of the most important things to do is stock up on heirloom vegetable seeds. Learn how to garden and can. Make sure you have canning supplies on hand. You can find canning supplies at garage sales and thrift shops. Even if you live in a city you can do square foot gardening.

  • Claire E. McCue

    What are the absolute critical items to acquire ?

    • reply

      Look at the crisis happening right now in Spain and Greece and what people are looking for…

      Food is top of the list. Some people in Europe are even looking for that in garbage…

      Just stock enough food for a long time (cans for example) and rotate them. Don’t forget at least 2 cans openers, in case one breaks or rust. Learn/check some ideas of what to do with used cans.

      Speaking of food, you may want to get your own garden so stocking seeds is another thing to do.

      There are many items (paper toilet, toothpaste, bleaching products, laundry soaps, and more) you can get while they are discounted. So when you see what you believe is a good deal (end of stock, or whatever): buy enough. I don’t need or buy the big brands. I mean: I have lots of paper toilets but the not-so-known brand is good enough for my needs.

      You may also want to buy some extra-clothes/shoes. What you will need if you were 6 months without being able to buy anything new. Don’t forget mothballs.

  • Arby

    I have heard it said several times. Better to be a year early than one day too late. The last place I want to be is at the grocery/ supply store after everyone figures out that this is it!!

  • Polarbear

    One thing I find that isn’t mentioned on a lot sites is that when storing water you can also store your silver in the containers. This was a common practice of the early settlers, to keep their water fresh. Silver is an excellent anti-bacterial.

  • Loop Garoo

    My experience is that NOBODY appreciates any help of bad news…better to let them all starve in the dark. I am tired of being called names.


    Do you know how much silver is “given off” into the water to provide antibacterial benefit?

  • bernie

    i am a prepper been one for years you will need med when ******* comes your way so here is something you will fine easy to do you need PENICILLIN =250mgfish pen 500mg fish pen forte AMOXICILLIN=250mg fish mox for children 500mg fish mox forte for adalts CIPROFLOXACIN orCIPRO= 500mg fish flox forte CEPHALEXINor KEFLEX 250mg fish flex 500mg fish flex forte DOXYCYCLINE =100mg bird biolic these are veterinariar equivalent this might save your life there is so much i can show you and the cost is 1/3 the cost of the outher med thank you for letting me vent

    • Dear Bernie can you send me more of those
      good suggestions about alternative medical
      In case we are not able to get medicine!!
      thank you

    • More links Bernie to Alternative medicine! Thanks!

    • newprepper

      how do you get these meds without a prescription?

  • elsie

    do your own research on meds etc. also throw in a first aid book to your kit and the physician’s desk manual to reference drugs what they are used for, etc. For example, different penecillins for ear infections, urinary tract infections, strep.

  • I certainly enjoyed reading your article and support your view.
    Unfortuantely, my husband does not. Still, As a retired couple of 75 and 80 yrs. who live in a very small condo, how do we store all you have suggested?

  • Jeronimo Briggz

    Store some intelligence if you can get any because I doubt stockpiling items of self interest will protect you from the “human element”. If you cannot read people, negotiate and persuade then you are doomed. Learn a skill, if you want to survive and learn to control your emotions. Lol you are all ******************!

    • Joey Sizzle

      Easily the best advice is the human elements aka unpredictability

  • JessicaA

    Hello, I am curious how everyone weighs in on where to live? Assuming everything else is equal, (house size, debt, prepping ,etc) What location would be ideal? Our options are:
    1.(current) centrally located in a large midwestern town. close location to highways & neighbors, small yard, etc.
    2. just outside of town – distance from neighbors, wooded area, large yard, etc
    3. way out of town – hidden in the trees and secluded

    Also, we have a lot of equity in our home and only 4 years left of a 10 year note. We’ve discussed refinancing to have $ to fortify, install geothermal heating, etc, and also make very small fixed monthly payments for ourselves. Since the dollar will be worthless, what will that do to debt? Is it better to have debt and be prepared?

    • Lexxs

      Your # 2 is best. Isolated is the environment where gangs rape and kill

  • JessicaA

    Another question – in regards to cleaning supplies, personal hygene, etc.. there are some very basic things that can take on all kinds of uses…

    hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, baking soda, borax, essential oils, etc. Do any of you have some knowledge on this? or know of a good resource regarding uses, shelf-life, etc for these types of things?

    • Sandy

      Also stockpile white vinegar. Research…lots of uses. Anti bacterial.

      • Laureli Illoura

        I think this is true, but you also get awesome benefits from apple-cider vinegar “with the mother” (this cider is easier to drink as a medicinal). You can make it yourself with wild apples, or peels from organic apples. It’s worth learning how. It takes about 3 weeks to produce. I use it for all our animals and us too – a tsp or two per gallon of water.

  • Alicia

    Go to google and type in 100 items to dissappear first in a disaster. It will give a very comprehensive list.

  • Dee

    Maybe I just don’t know enough..but I have seen very few posts that suggest building a seed collection. To might have a money stash..but if there is an economic collapse and our dollar is just a piece of paper…You can’t eat that! And, will people even want useless money for goods? Just curious…
    Anyway..seems to me that bartering will be essential..and I think I read somewhere that seeds were once worth more than gold in this country. I have spent the last several years acquiring and saving (from my own garden) a large quantity of heirlooms seeds. I think that is going to be essential.
    Just my thoughts:)

  • lutman59

    The advice about paying down debt was stupid. You need to understand something. Just as money in the bank will become worthless if the financial system collapses, so will debt. It won’t matter. They aren’t going to kick half the country out of their houses and make them live in the woods if everyone is defaulting on loans. Both assets and debts will be meaningless if it all goes south. It’s much better to have liquid assets (i.e. gold or silver) with a ton of debt on paper than no debt and no assets. Make sense?

    • lutman59

      You can’t buy a bag of groceries by presenting a bank statement showing you are debt free. Get it?

      • The Wiseman

        Likewise,with gold and silver, you will have difficulty buying food/gas/water with bullion or coins – because the seller can’t/won’t give you appropriate change for your purchase. Take a $1,500 gold ingot. You buy a loaf of bread and a six-pack of beer – how in the world is your average deli clerk going to handle this? You will end up with a stack of “IOU”‘s and no more physical gold/silver.

    • marie

      Yes, I think this is a valid point, you have to look out for yourself first and family, I would invest more in seeds and learning how to desalinate water, etc. I am already living with no city water and It was hard at first but now I’ve adjusted and I never thought I could but I did.

      , gas food water and shelter. number one priority.

    • standfreeman

      #59, I do agree with a few of your points, however,
      there are many types of national financial problems. Everything from EMP, Hack, Sovereign debt etc. failure .
      To use the Great Depression of the 1930’s, people were evicted from their homes and farms by banks for failure to pay their mortgage. The author wants us to seek a balance in our assets and preps going forward.

  • zardoz911

    i am basically debt free. i keep 3 10000$ credit cards at the ready and will not hesitate to use them in the future for necessities / barter stores. there could come a time when the gov-corp just to stay in power declare all personal debt null. all empires have done this historically.

    • kathryn

      Just remember, credit card companies can, and will, suspend/ modify all credit available whenever they want. During downturns in the economy our available credit has been suspended, even when all our payments have been made on time, everytime.
      Consider having actual cash available to you.

    • standfreeman

      Congratulations on being debt free.
      Please consider Kathryn’s advice. Even today cash is king in any power outage. Please also consider many others will be seeking those necessities. Big box stores are emptied quickly in emergencies now. Price gouging is not unheard of in those situations. Please consider stocking up now!!
      Good Luck… Be Well

  • Kathryn

    Let’s hope our preparations are not needed!

  • BNandcompany

    web link are very useable and thanks for contacting us.

  • supercuddlegirl

    I am about to move and was going to sell some rabbit cages I have. I used to have angora rabbits to spin their hair. Now I am wondering if I should keep the cages instead of selling them for a fraction of new. Do you think meat rabbits or other small meat animals make viable barter investments?

    • Ann_Onymous

      Yes. Absolutely. One buck and two does can breed over 200 lbs (100kg) of meat per year, in addition to providing phenomenal, nitrogen rich fertilizer.

  • I’m sure electricity will be shut down. My question….I’m sure the military will need the satellite systems up and running to dominate and keep citizens in control. Therefore I could use my gps to stash and bury several caches? I’d hate to lose supplies by forgetting where they are buried, and I don’t want a raid on my home to cause me to lose all my supplies.

    • standfreeman

      Hello D.G., Please check out G>P>S. systems for the
      military/Federal government run off of separate satellites.
      Great idea for multiple secure stashes. As a backup to GPS
      consider hard copy USGS maps. In the military we would use as small as possible “overlay” to the map to record positions, compass bearings. The overlay would prevent potential loss of info contained on the whole map.
      I know paper maps seem old fashioned: USGS maps contain
      much information. A flat map compass is a must have as well as getting ‘current’ “declination” for the map from USGS website as declination on map may be out of date.
      Good Luck… Be Well.

  • Eddie B

    If we do survive the social collapse, what kind of a world would be left and do you really want to live in that kind of world.

    • Mike Knox

      yes I do. want to live that is

  • Mightypie the patriot!

    AMERICA WILL NOT DIE, WE CAN ALWAYS COME OUT OF ANYTHING, AS WE ALWAYS HAVE BEEN THROUGH HISTORY!!! IT’S NOT EVEN CLOSE TO THE END MY FRIENDS! although I’ll admit we really need to stop spending more then our income…..

    • disqus_DZZrGaOfFy

      America can die and it is dieing. Obama has run us into the ground. Our us dollar is the main reserve in the world. WAS. Not anymore. China, japan, Russia, brazil, and ten others have already dropped us dollar. They are fed up with our spending. How much longer do you think they will keep handing us money! Obama is spending it like it grows on trees. On purpose. He hates americans and America! The military (Obama’s own private military) are doing drills all over this country. They have opened up hundreds of internment camps! We r about to see our dollar fail and Obama bring on martial law! Get ready! They’ve known this for years! They stockpiled millions of dollars worth of food. They have over 3 billion hollowpoints stockpiled! It’s sad what she is coming to but get ready. Obama want’s to b the ruler of the world and nothing is going to stop him. He is antichrist.

      • Seriously

        Slow your roll there, Obama isn’t the only President who has assisted in undermining this country. He is but ONE MORE player in the dismantling of this country. And if you know your bible the antichrist comes out of somewhere around the Russian area…Anyways…

    • Seriously

      What a romantic view of America you have, but it’s not the same place it once was. Sorry to have to break it to you…do you even know who owns us? Anyways…

    • Lexxs

      America that once existed is already dead and never coming back.

    • standfreeman

      No offense please What you are saying is considered
      “Normalcy Bias” What we may all have to endure will
      be unendurable by many of those who will have to without.
      Please consider how people will react should they be pushed to the edge of desperation. All the best to you.

  • Ronnie

    Thanks for a very interesting post/blog. The book is about America, but I noticed the food being stocked in the photo looks like the stuff I buy in Thailand (though I guess it’s also Australian). Anyway, some very logical advice – appreciated

  • Cassandra

    I have 3 kids 8yr, 6yr, and 5 months. Any special suggestions for getting them prepared?

    • standfreeman

      Hello Cassandra, Consider board games, Legos and similar items for the two older. Including them wherever possible in everyday activities inside and outside can instill a sense of pride in them. Having a supply of clothes for them all to grow into for all seasons will be important to you. For the youngest consider cloth diapers and a stock of formula/baby food. All the best to you!!!

  • curtis

    my home is paid for and we have zero debt, I have heard that in the case of a collapse certain unscrupulous folks will try and come after folks with paid for homes, They will hit the county records and come after you monetarily via lawsuits and fake claims Is this possible or true?

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