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20 Things You Will Need To Survive When The Economy Collapses And The Next Great Depression Begins

Today, millions of Americans say that they believe that the United States is on the verge of a major economic collapse and will soon be entering another Great Depression.  But only a small percentage of those same people are prepared for that to happen.  The sad truth is that the vast majority of Americans would last little more than a month on what they have stored up in their homes.  Most of us are so used to running out to the supermarket or to Wal-Mart for whatever we need that we never even stop to consider what would happen if suddenly we were not able to do that.  Already the U.S. economy is starting to stumble about like a drunken frat boy.  All it would take for the entire U.S. to resemble New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina would be for a major war, a terror attack, a deadly pandemic or a massive natural disaster to strike at just the right time and push the teetering U.S. economy over the edge.  So just how would you survive if you suddenly could not rely on the huge international corporate giants to feed, clothe and supply you and your family?  Do you have a plan?

Unless you already live in a cave or you are a complete and total mindless follower of the establishment media, you should be able to see very clearly that our society is more vulnerable now than it ever has been.  This year there have been an unprecedented number of large earthquakes around the world and volcanoes all over the globe are awakening.  You can just take a look at what has happened in Haiti and in Iceland to see how devastating a natural disaster can be.  Not only that, but we have a world that is full of lunatics in positions of power, and if one of them decides to set off a nuclear, chemical or biological weapon in a major city it could paralyze an entire region.  War could erupt in the Middle East at literally any moment, and if it does the price of oil will double or triple (at least) and there is the possibility that much of the entire world could be drawn into the conflict.  Scientists tell us that a massive high-altitude EMP (electromagnetic pulse) blast could send large portions of the United States back to the stone age in an instant.  In addition, there is the constant threat that the outbreak of a major viral pandemic (such as what happened with the 1918 Spanish Flu) could kill tens of millions of people around the globe and paralyze the economies of the world. 

But even without all of that, the truth is that the U.S. economy is going to collapse.  So just think of what will happen if one (or more) of those things does happen on top of all the economic problems that we are having.

Are you prepared?  

The following is a list of 20 things you and your family will need to survive when the economy totally collapses and the next Great Depression begins....

#1) Storable Food

Food is going to instantly become one of the most valuable commodities in existence in the event of an economic collapse.  If you do not have food you are not going to survive.  Most American families could not last much longer than a month on what they have in their house right now.  So what about you?  If disaster struck right now, how long could you survive on what you have?  The truth is that we all need to start storing up food.  If you and your family run out of food, you will suddenly find yourselves competing with the hordes of hungry people who are looting the stores and roaming the streets looking for something to eat.

Of course you can grow your own food, but that is going to take time.  So you need to have enough food stored up until the food that you plant has time to grow.  But if you have not stored up any seeds you might as well forget it.  When the economy totally collapses, the remaining seeds will disappear very quickly.  So if you think that you are going to need seeds, now is the time to get them.

#2) Clean Water

Most people can survive for a number of weeks without food, but without water you will die in just a few days.  So where would you get water if the water suddenly stopped flowing out of your taps?  Do you have a plan?  Is there an abundant supply of clean water near your home? Would you be able to boil water if you need to?

Besides storing water and figuring out how you are going to gather water if society breaks down, another thing to consider is water purification tablets.  The water you are able to gather during a time of crisis may not be suitable for drinking.  So you may find that water purification tablets come in very, very handy.

#3) Shelter

You can't sleep on the streets, can you?  Well, some people will be able to get by living on the streets, but the vast majority of us will need some form of shelter to survive for long.  So what would you do if you and your family lost your home or suddenly were forced from your home?  Where would you go? 

The best thing to do is to come up with several plans.  Do you have relatives that you can bunk with in case of emergency?  Do you own a tent and sleeping bags if you had to rough it?  If one day everything hits the fan and you and your family have to "bug out" somewhere, where would that be?  You need to have a plan.

#4) Warm Clothing

If you plan to survive for long in a nightmare economic situation, you are probably going to need some warm, functional clothing.  If you live in a cold climate, this is going to mean storing up plenty of blankets and cold weather clothes.  If you live in an area where it rains a lot, you will need to be sure to store up some rain gear.  If you think you may have to survive outdoors in an emergency situation, make sure that you and your family have something warm to put on your heads.  Someday after the economy has collapsed and people are scrambling to survive, a lot of folks are going to end up freezing to death.  In fact, in the coldest areas it is actually possible to freeze to death in your own home.  Don't let that happen to you.

#5) An Axe

Staying along the theme of staying warm, you may want to consider investing in a good axe.  In the event of a major emergency, gathering firewood will be a priority.  Without a good tool to cut the wood with that will be much more difficult.

#6) Lighters Or Matches

You will also want something to start a fire with.  If you can start a fire, you can cook food, you can boil water and you can stay warm.  So in a true emergency situation, how do you plan to start a fire?  By rubbing sticks together?  Now is the time to put away a supply of lighters or matches so that you will be prepared when you really need them.

In addition, you may want to consider storing up a good supply of candles.  Candles come in quite handy whenever the electricity goes out, and in the event of a long-term economic nightmare we will all see why our forefathers relied on candles so much.

#7) Hiking Boots Or Comfortable Shoes

When you ask most people to list things necessary for survival, this is not the first or the second thing that comes to mind.  But having hiking boots or very comfortable and functional shoes will be absolutely critical.  You may very well find yourself in a situation where you and your family must walk everywhere you want to go.  So how far do you think you will get in high heels?  You will want footwear that you would feel comfortable walking in for hours if necessary.  You will also want footwear that will last a long time, because when the economy truly collapses you may not be able to run out to the shoe store and get what you need at that point. 

#8) A Flashlight And/Or Lantern

When the power goes off in your home, what is the first thing that you grab?  Just think about it.  A flashlight or a lantern of course.  In a major emergency, a flashlight or a lantern is going to be a necessity - especially if you need to go anywhere at night. 

Solar powered or "crank style" flashlights or lanterns will probably be best during a long-term emergency.  If you have battery-powered units you will want to begin storing up lots and lots of batteries.   

#9) A Radio

If a major crisis does hit the United States, what will you and your family want?  Among other things, you will all want to know what in the world is going on.  A radio can be an invaluable tool for keeping up with the news. 

Once again, solar powered or "crank style" radios will probably work best for the long term.  A battery-powered until would work as well - but only for as long as your batteries are able to last.

#10) Communication Equipment

When things really hit the fan you are going to want to communicate with your family and friends.  You will also want to be able to contact an ambulance or law enforcement if necessary.  Having an emergency cell phone is great, but it may or may not work during a time of crisis.  The Internet also may or may not be available.  Be sure to have a plan (whether it be high-tech or low-tech) for staying in communication with others during a major emergency.

#11) A Swiss Army Knife

If you have ever owned a Swiss Army knife you probably already know how incredibly handy they can be.  It can be a very valuable and versatile tool.  In a true survival situation, a Swiss Army knife can literally do dozens of different things for you.  Make sure that you have at least one stored up for emergencies.

#12) Personal Hygiene Items 

While these may not be absolute "essentials", the truth is that life will get very unpleasant very quickly without them.  For example, what would you do without toilet paper?  Just think about it.  Imagine that you just finished your last roll of toilet paper and now you can't get any more.  What would you do? 

The truth is that soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, toilet paper and other hygiene products are things that we completely take for granted in society today.  So what would happen if we could not go out and buy them any longer?

#13) A First Aid Kit And Other Medical Supplies

One  a more serious note, you may not be able to access a hospital or a doctor during a major crisis.  In your survival supplies, be absolutely certain that you have a good first aid kit and any other medical supplies that you think you may need.

#14) Extra Gasoline

There may come a day when gasoline is rationed or is simply not available at all.  If that happens, how will you get around?  Be certain to have some extra gasoline stored away just in case you find yourself really needing to get somewhere someday.

#15) A Sewing Kit

If you were not able to run out and buy new clothes for you and your family, what would you do?  Well, you would want to repair the clothes that you have and make them last as long as possible.  Without a good sewing kit that will be very difficult to do.

#16) Self-Defense Equipment

Whether it is pepper spray to fend off wild animals or something more "robust" to fend off wild humans, millions of Americans will one day be thankful that they have something to defend themselves with.

#17) A Compass

In the event of a major emergency, you and your family may find yourselves having to be on the move.  If you are in a wilderness area, it will be very hard to tell what direction you are heading without a compass.  It is always a good idea to have at least one compass stored up. 

#18) A Hiking Backpack

If you and your family suddenly have to "bug out", what will you carry all of your survival supplies in?  Having a good hiking backpack or "survival bag" for everyone in your family is extremely important.  If something happened in the city where you live and you suddenly had to "go", what would you put your most important stuff in?  How would you carry it all if you had to travel by foot?  These are very important things to think about. 

#19) A Community

During a long-term crisis, it is those who are willing to work together that will have the best chance of making it.  Whether it is your family, your friends, a church or a local group of people that you know, make sure that you have some people that you can rely on and work together with in the event that everything hits the fan.  Loners are going to have a really hard time of surviving for long.

#20) A Backup Plan

Lastly, it is always, always, always important to have a backup plan for everything.

If someone comes in and steals all the food that you have stored up, what are you going to do?

If travel is restricted and your can't get to your "bug out" location immediately do you have a Plan B?

If you have built your house into an impregnable survival fortress but circumstances force you to leave do you have an alternate plan?

The truth is that crisis situations rarely unfold just as we envision.  It is important to be flexible and to be ready with backup plans when disaster strikes. 

You don't want to end up like the folks in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.  You don't want to have to rely on the government to take care of you if something really bad happens. 

Right now the U.S. strategic grain reserve contains only enough wheat to make half a loaf of bread for each of the approximately 300 million people in the United States.

How long do you think that is going to last?

Now is the time to get ready.

Now is the time to prepare.

The United States economy is going to collapse and incredibly hard times are coming.

Will you be able to survive when it happens?

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  • Kim

    Kelly…God love you…I read your post and felt compelled to pray for you. I pray you will come to know the lord Jesus Christ as your personal savior. Only he can give you peace in this world. I pray for his protection over you and your entire family. God bless you and help us all we surely live in perilous times.

  • Bigd

    Read “One Second After” Forward by Newt Gingrich (Don’t let this stop you if you are Dem.)

  • rkc

    Very interesting topic. All sounds like a doomsday movie but i realize the shape our economy is in that something major is right around the corner. I really don’t know where i should start to prepare for the coming economic collapse. I am married and have two children that will depend on me should something like this happen. Any suggestions from anyone where and how i should start to prepare. Thanks!!

  • Sonia

    I suggest that people buy seeds. YOu can buy them 2 or 3 for $1.00 (USD)at dollar General. after the initial melt down and food runs out, seeds will be priceless means of bartering with others. If you want to join with groups for protection you may have to bring something to the table that will benefit the group community. Seeds will feed alot of people, especially when they are able to hoe, plow and harvest together. When you buy frutis and vegetables, dr the seeds out on a paper towel and them store them in a cool, dry place. The seeds from a single cantaloupe is enough to plant 1/4 of an acre of cantaloupes.

    • Patty

      Um, I believe that you have to purchase seeds that aren’t genetically altered in order to dry and save them for replanting! You cannot use seeds from fruits and veggies from the local grocery store and you cannot use seeds from Walmart! You need to order them from a seed company, such as Victory Seed Company or similar.

  • Christie

    PLEASE ADVISE!!! I have just become awake and do not have much stored at all nor the money to. I have talked to my parents on numerous occasions about getting food, water, silver with at least some of their retirement money, and petty cash in the event of bank run or collapse. My mothers comment when I urged them to get silver was they had a good rate until 2013. I can’t seem to get them to understand…come 2013 thay may have NOTHING at ALL in that account!!! She is very smart but can’t believe it could happened to “them”.

    They think I am being silly for preparing what little I can!!!

    My question is what would you do if you warned your family REPEATEDLY and they did NOTHING to prepare..would you give yours away and risk going without yourself??? I am not trying to be selfish at all but have a really hard time feeling sorry for them when they have not even done ANYTHING.

    Please share your thoughts! :-)

    • Rachel

      I’ve known about trouble brewing for a while… It didn’t truly register until recently. My parents seem similar to yours- when I was younger, I’d casually mention stuff such as an economic collapse or things like that and they’d dismiss it all as crazy talk.

      I haven’t got much prepared either. I’m thinking of storing up some canned soup or something in my closet… It sounds ridiculous but at least I’m trying.

      If this is truly the end times or there is a going to be an economic collapse, I’m going to have to try to take them with me to wherever I go. They raised me for most of my life (long story there) and I owe them for that; not only that but I love them deeply. About what’s happening in the world around us- it’s either that they don’t know, they don’t understand, or I’m losing my mind and succumbing to paranoia (along with what appears to be a large group of others).

      Do what you can for them, and try to have sympathy. I won’t be able to do much real preparation until I’m 18 (which is 3 years away), and what little I can do may very well be under their radar, but I’m going to try. And if something happens, I’ll do my best to protect myself and those whom I love. I suggest that you do the same.

      So as for now, do what you can. Keep trying to help them understand, but accept that people sometimes just don’t want to admit the eventuality of anything that threatens their current way of life. If you’re a Christian, pray. It’s not selfish to prepare. May God be with you always.

      • cherie

        you are so young but you are thinking very wisely..there is something coming very soon you can see it with the high cost of gas and the high food prices..i have been stock piling just recently and been praying over the whole situation..i have been telling god what i need and he has been making it available..right away so that tells me he wants me prepared..i pray other people see the light and realize that we are in for some hard times i believe 2013 there is gonna be some type of economic collapse..

    • http://survivetheapocalypse.net ApocalypseGuide

      Christie, I have alot of teen visitors to my survival website, and they all share that common theme- parents that are blind to what is really going on, and happening faster and faster. So many people are, they are set in their beliefs- trusting in their government to “save” them when TSHTF. Honestly, those who are not prepared will not make it if a disaster strikes. Look at the East coast now that Sandy has devastated it! Millions without power, dumpster diving, and dying. And all the “preppers” who were scoffed at and naysayed are the ones who have the generators and helping people charge their iPhones, they’re the ones who are well fed and warm with the correct clothing and are now helping the less prepared, they are th ones who do not have to stand in line for two hours for gas at the local Chevron, only to be told two cars from filling up that they had run out of gas. Show your family the devastation that the unprepared are facing RIGHT NOW in the aftermath of hurricane Sandy.
      And if that doesn’t work, quietly store food, water, weaponry, ammo and knowledge yourself. You never know.

  • Paranoidchick

    So far, this is my plan:

    Watch films like “The Road”, “The Day After Tomorrow”, even, “Hunger Games” with family–discuss the films and survival scenarios with “what-ifs”. Don’t get involved in family arguments–keep it light but logical. What hobbies do you parents have or used to have that might be useful in the face of an economic collapse? My mom has a garden and has started growing tomatoes, etc. I figure, we could spend quality time gradually learning and employing survival techniques like water conservation, seed storage, etc. in her garden.

    My dad worked with his hands most of his life; we could learn how to make tools and such from salvaged things as a way of spending time with him.

    My sister wants us to take our kids camping–like we used to when we were kids. If we make that our yearly family vacations, we could incorporate activities like learning orienteering, cooking in a can, identifying edible plants as part of what we do.

    I was thinking about planning potluck meetups with some of my friends and their kids, some family and neighbors where we pool our knowledge and skills (like, I have a lot of nurses in my family), and watch survival films and shows like “Survivorman” and talk about “what-ifs”–casual, friendly gatherings. We can alternate survival skills with low-tech activities like card games, board games, stress management, making instruments from hardware store and recycled materials(people need to be able to keep themselves from going totally nuts), papermaking, crafts from recycled objects, clothing repair…

    I think that the most important things I need to do are to learn survival skills, acquire tools, and cultivate a community.

  • the jamaican

    I agree to almost every thing you guys been saying they are 13 family that rule the world they all are reptilians they feed on human blood to have their human form ok you don’t when you were young you have been earing about the lost city of atlantis hmmm ring a bell yes not every one on earth is human for example barack obama is a reptilian and the queen of england elizabeth. Barack obama is also the beast that is menstion in the bible the bible is writing in hebrews that is how you will find out that he his if barack become president again 2012 watch out my friends it is all a plan only the person in the blood line of reptilian can vote to make him become president it’s not you that votes is them in the organisation they control every watch out for them peace.

    • Patty

      I couldn’t understand a thing you said here…can you please use proper grammar and punctuation?

  • allen

    dont worry be happy!-man doesnt live by bread alone!

  • jc

    Sharon, there is no hell, and you are not going to heaven. I do agree with you on the bible part, however, just not the way you translate it.

  • no comment

    jamaican:
    don’t be smokin when ya reeedin da skipture mon

  • magick

    Didn’t realize I was in a church group discussion…

  • blevin

    what about a gun if this happenned ???

  • Ana

    I am from Florida but my husband and I recently packed up our stuff and our daughter and moved to NY (He has family here) because there just weren’t any jobs at all there. We couldn’t afford to feed our 2 year old. It’s slightly better here but not by much but at least he found a full time job here. The taxes here are insane! They take so much. I use coupons (yes coupons) to stockpile food mainly canned goods that I get for super cheap/free so if anything happens we have something. I love that stores double coupons here not like in FL.

  • owen callagahn

    only the strong will survive ……. Bottom Line.
    Good Luck

  • Doug

    The economists I follow have been forecasting the next Great Depression for quite some time. However, they consistently predict 2030 to be the year. The were spot on with the 2008 Great Recession, are forecasting a mild recession at eoy2013 through 2014, booming economy 2015-2018, another Great Recession in 2019 almost identical to 2008. I cent remember what they say for the next decade other than the economic cycles will continue. To accelerate. By the end of the 2020s, the world governments will be completely out of economic ammunition to help with troubled times and the SHTF. Their somewhat humorous advice on the best way to prepare? Buy a big house because all of your kids and their families are coming to live with you.

  • disqus_4vXqt6Whxz

    MAY ALLAH PROTECT ME THROUGHOUT!

  • John

    God is dead. Get over it and live your life.

    • Rebecca

      If you state God is dead, then He must have been alive. You make no sense.

  • quran

    Say He Allah is one, Allah He is self sufficient,
    He neither begets nor was He begotten,
    and their is nothing like Him in comparison.

    this is a verse from quran ( revelation sent by God)
    to mohammed pbuh the final messenger.

    Islam’s is A way of life, and you begin be declaring the shahada (no other deities are worthy of worship but Allah and mohammed is the messanger of Allah) you belive In day of judgement and you agree with truth hat Jesus was a major messanger.
    and you avoid all evil and do righteous deeds eg you pray salat and pay zakat to poor

    then lord will be pleased with you and your final abode is paradise
    a place for eternity pleasure.
    if you deny the warning from quran (direct word from Allah)
    then wait for at time of your death you will be certain and it will be too late, as you will face the angel of death who will take out the disbelivers soul in a painful manner , a everlasting punishments will start

  • Fearymongerton

    It’s 2014… Did I miss it??

  • Chris Kozlik

    Wow,
    This blog talks about survival but cannot muster the courage to say the word ‘gun’. ‘More robust’? Really? Let me say what should have been said by the author. Get a pistol and a rifle. Commonly available calipers only. Learn how to use and maintain them. Teach your family how to use and maintain them. Have plenty of ammo. Store the ammo properly. Learn how to reload ammo.

  • gorilla

    jeebus this and jeebus that, he didnt exist and neither does god, if god does exist he has a lot to explain for like rapists, pedophiles and murderers. science is what should be believed.

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