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Read This First Before You Decide That Preppers Are Crazy

Do you believe that preppers are a few cards short of a full deck?  Do you assume that anyone that is "preparing for doomsday" does not have their elevator going all the way to the top floor?  Well, you might want to read this first before you make a final decision that all preppers are crazy.  The information that you are about to read shook me up a bit when I first looked it over.  To be honest, I had no idea how incredibly vulnerable our economic system is to a transportation disruption.  I am continually getting emails and comments on my websites asking "how to prepare" for what is coming, so when I came across this information I knew that I had to share it with all of you.  Hopefully what you are about to read will motivate you to prepare like never before, and hopefully you will share this information with others.

Originally, I was going to write an article about the rising unemployment in Europe today.  Did you know that unemployment in the eurozone is now at a 15 year high?  It has risen for 10 months in a row with no end in sight.

But I have written dozens of articles about the economic crisis in Europe already.  So before starting on that article I started thinking of all the "preparation" questions I have been getting lately and I went over and checked out one of my favorite preparation websites: shtfplan.com.

Well, an article had just been posted over there about a report put out by the American Trucker Associations entitled "When Trucks Stop, America Stops".

I went and found that original report and I was stunned as I read it.

The truth is that our "just in time" inventory and delivery systems leave us incredibly vulnerable to a nationwide disaster.

You see, it is very expensive to hold and store inventory, so most manufacturers and retailers rely on a continual flow of deliveries that are scheduled to arrive "just in time", and this significantly reduces their operating expenses.

This is considered to be good business practice for manufacturers and retailers, but it also means that if there was a major nationwide transportation disruption that our economic system would grind to a halt almost immediately.

Once store shelves are picked clean, they would not be able to be replenished until trucks could get back on the road.  In the event of a major nationwide disaster, that could be quite a while.

So what could potentially cause a nationwide transportation shutdown?

Well, it is easy to imagine a lot of potential scenarios - a volcanic eruption, a historic earthquake, an EMP attack, a solar megastorm, a war, a major terror attack, an asteroid strike, a killer pandemic, mass rioting in U.S. cities, or even martial law.

If something caused the trucks to stop running, life in America would immediately start changing.

So exactly what would that look like?

The following is an excerpt from the report mentioned above put out by the American Trucker Associations entitled "When Trucks Stop, America Stops"....

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A Timeline Showing the Deterioration of Major Industries Following a Truck Stoppage

The first 24 hours

• Delivery of medical supplies to the affected area will cease.
• Hospitals will run out of basic supplies such as syringes and catheters within hours. Radiopharmaceuticals will deteriorate and become unusable.
• Service stations will begin to run out of fuel.
• Manufacturers using just-in-time manufacturing will develop component shortages.
• U.S. mail and other package delivery will cease.

Within one day

• Food shortages will begin to develop.
• Automobile fuel availability and delivery will dwindle, leading to skyrocketing prices and long lines at the gas pumps.
• Without manufacturing components and trucks for product delivery,
assembly lines will shut down, putting thousands out of work.

Within two to three days

• Food shortages will escalate, especially in the face of hoarding and consumer panic.
• Supplies of essentials—such as bottled water, powdered milk, and
canned meat—at major retailers will disappear.
• ATMs will run out of cash and banks will be unable to process
transactions.
• Service stations will completely run out of fuel for autos and trucks.
• Garbage will start piling up in urban and suburban areas.
• Container ships will sit idle in ports and rail transport will be disrupted, eventually coming to a standstill.

Within a week

• Automobile travel will cease due to the lack of fuel. Without autos and busses, many people will not be able to get to work, shop for groceries, or access medical care.
• Hospitals will begin to exhaust oxygen supplies.

Within two weeks

• The nation’s clean water supply will begin to run dry.

Within four weeks

• The nation will exhaust its clean water supply and water will be safe for drinking only after boiling. As a result gastrointestinal illnesses will increase, further taxing an already weakened health care system.

This timeline presents only the primary effects of a freeze on truck travel. Secondary effects must be considered as well, such as inability to maintain telecommunications service, reduced law enforcement, increased crime, increased illness and injury, higher death rates, and likely, civil unrest.

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Earlier in the report, the reasons why America's water supply would be in such jeopardy are described in greater detail....

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.

Can you see why I always recommend that you make sure that you and your family have access to fresh water and a way to purify it?

This report should be very sobering for all of us.

What would you and your family do if you had no food, no clean water and the stores were shut down because their supplies were gone?

An article by Tess Pennington entitled "Emergency Items: What Will Disappear First" contains a list of 100 things that are likely to disappear from store shelves first.  The following are the first 10 things on her list....

1. Generators (Good ones cost dearly. Gas storage, risky. Noisy…target of
thieves; maintenance etc.)
2. Water Filters/Purifiers
3. Portable Toilets
4. Seasoned Firewood. Wood takes about 6 – 12 months to become dried, for home
uses.
5. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps (First Choice: Buy CLEAR oil. If scarce, stockpile
ANY!)
6. Coleman Fuel. Impossible to stockpile too much.
7. Guns, Ammunition, Pepper Spray, Knives, Clubs, Bats & Slingshots.
8. Hand-can openers, & hand egg beaters, whisks.
9. Honey/Syrups/white, brown sugar
10. Rice – Beans – Wheat

You can find the rest of the list right here.

Most Americans just assume that they will always be able to run out to the supermarket or to Wal-Mart and buy anything that they need.

But if the trucks stop running that will change almost overnight.

After reading the information above, does anyone out there still believe that preppers are crazy?

The truth is that there are good, solid reasons why millions of Americans have been storing up food, water filters and other supplies.

Our world is becoming increasingly unstable, and all of us need to get educated about how to prepare for the difficult years that are coming.

One nightmarish event can change everything that we take for granted in a single moment.

Just remember what happened after Hurricane Katrina.  Even though that was only a regional disaster, millions of people had their lives completely turned upside down by that tragedy.

Don't make the mistake of assuming that just because the U.S. has always known tremendous peace and prosperity since World War II that things will always be that way.

Our lives will only continue to be "normal" as long as the trucks continue running.

When the trucks stop running in America, there will be mass chaos.

Are you prepared for that?

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  • Thomas James

    When Hurricane Irene hit last August you could not find a single flashlight or even batteries anywhere ! Now imagine if there was a REAL disaster or crisis that strecthed on for weeks or months !! I really think a lot of people will be killing themselves if they can’t obtain food, water, normal supplies.

    • Steve

      It has been suggested that when the ‘pole shift event’ takes place, that 90% will die, mostly due to the lack of will to live……………

  • http://www.magnifiedview.com Yoda

    Kudos Economic Collapse: Outstanding expose!

    Our great leader President Obama has facilitated the Muslim Brotherhood control of Libya and Egypt. The MB is on-a-roll thrughout North Africa, the Middle East and elsewhere in the world.

    Our great leader will have us starving and freezing in the dark waiting for our windmills to turn around.

    The Arab Spring has sprung and a Burka’s R US store is coming to a Sharia mall near you
    http://www.magnifiedview.com/2011/10/18/occupying-wall-street-style-uprisings-and-the-arab-spring-revolution

    Right on Economic Collapse – WRITE ON!

    Cordially, Yoda@magnifiedview.com

    P.S.: “May you live in interesting times.” Ancient Chinese curse.

    • Gay Veteran

      Yoda, you need to change your urine soaked pants.

      Sharia Law? we’re more likely to get “Christian” Sharia Law

      • wisefool

        And what would possess you to think that? The degenerates are clearly in more control than Christians. The closest thing to Christian Sharia would be observing the recent past. You are a moron.

        • Gay Veteran

          wisefool? got the last part right

          what about all the anti-abortion/anti-birth control laws being passed?

          • http://Logicalprepper.com The Logical Prepper

            Vet,

            Tell me please, who has authored and an anti-birth control law been passed? I would like to know. If you are referring to the Catholic Church rebelling against being forced to pay for birth control under their insurance plan, look at it like this; That would be like government telling you that you must, by law, use a woman for your sexual satisfaction. I am sure you would rebel in kind. As far as anti-abortion laws are concerned… better than pro-abortion laws. We need more natural born citizens.

          • http://Logicalprepper.com The Logical Prepper

            Meant to write, “Who has authored and passed anti-birth control laws?”

          • rickisadick

            you are gay, how do those laws affect you anyhow?

      • ScoutMotto

        “we’re more likely to get “Christian” Sharia Law”

        There is no such thing.

  • Marie

    Don’t forget toliet paper! Oh, and a shovel.

    • http://Logicalprepper.com The Logical Prepper

      Funny Marie!

    • Charles

      Lots of antacids! Stress levels will be through the roof.

  • Frank C

    Excellent article Michael…
    Although I don’t ever comment, I just want to say please keep up the good work and stay with the cause…
    Best Regards,
    Frank C.

    • Michael

      Frank:

      Thank you for the kinds words and I hope that you will comment more often. :)

      Michael

  • http://doomsdayprepperforums.com Krime

    i am a prepper, alot will tell you your full of it, and look down on you like your not right in the head!
    if i prep and nothing happens that will be great, but id rather prep and nothing happen, than not prep and something does, if your interested join our prepper forum, doomsdayprepperforums.com
    god bless!

  • A Prepper

    A single disaster, attack, skyrocketing fuel prices or other unforseen problem would not cause a nationwide panic, or breakdown of society. However, if one problem occurs it will not occur alone! One problem will lead to another, and so on. Skyrocketing fuel prices for example: Trucking companies will not be able to afford to run their trucks, the ones that do will have to charge outrageous prices for delivery, prices at stores, gas stations, ect will go through the roof, people will not be able to afford the higher prices, they wont be able to afford to go to work, riots will break out with untold of looting for the basics of which there wont be much! Martial law will be declared, the government will attempt to seize products and goods to stop people from hoarding them with the excuse that they are going to share them amongst all citizens. Gun fights will breakout with armed government troops and regular citizens! You see where this is going? Any one problem will lead to many more problems, and it’s just a matter of time.

  • Steve

    To stop trucking commerce just a simple blackout of our beloved Internet. Brought to you by our Government Martial-Law and the Kill-Switch, or something else, even a really bad Malware attack. On a bigger scale, yes if the Electric-Grid stops working. Maybe a Pan-Demic via Disease Epidemic where truckers just refuse to go to where people are dropping like flies. Maybe another Middle-East war where Diesel is $20 a gallon and everyone is stealing to get some. Or something simple where Truckers go out of business because a slow Economic decline that people do not have money to buy goods.

  • http://ginafrost6@gmail.com Gina Frost

    The only way to prepare for the future is by asking Christ in your heart ,to be your Savior. For what shall it profit a man if he should gain the whole world and loose his own soul. John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whosoever believeth in me should not perish but have everlasting life.

    • http://Logicalprepper.com The Logical Prepper

      Nice thought Gina, and that is the ultimate prep. I think the subject here has to do with survival in the mean time. Think about it. Should the world fall apart, wouldn’t you rather survive to spread the Word more and for a longer period of time? Or would you rather just give up the ghost and quit?

  • Proftel
  • http://goto.glocalnet.net/pdn/ Urtica dioica

    Many christians today is by internet enlightened of our situation here on Earth. Yet an awful lot of us refuse to prepare of the simple reason called… PRIDE! If any christian was preparing, he would be called unfaithful to God. If Pre-trib rapture is false, expect christians like Rawfoodmommy on Youtube to break into your home!

  • SandiK

    Go preppers, few of us in Australia – they are too busy watching sport on TV!

    • Col B.

      Hi. I live in Australia. I’m preparing to be a prepper. Do you know of any prepper communities that has sprung up here?. I need to find one.

  • Michelle

    I know many Christian people that would like to prepare but they seem to focus on guns for their safety. My husband and I would like to learn how to effectively prepare so that we can protect our family members. We believe in Pretribulation or midtribulation but despite the religious belief, it is nonsense not to prepare.

    • http://Gardenforyourlife.blogspot.com Ken

      Pre, mid, post tribulation is a lot like the different theories of evolution is that they prove the others don’t work! It will happen when it happens. Til then your stuck here with whatever happens. Are you ready for whatever or not?

      • GSOB

        yeah right….evolution
        from goo to you by way of the zoo.

        Michelle,

        Your family should consider a bug in and bug out plan.
        The buggin in plan takes into consideration how long you will want to stay on your residence before the gangs and thugs become the local government in your neighborhood. Pick a point of no return and plan all your supplies needs for the buggin part to last you to that point of no return.
        For instance… 1 gal water per day per person and 2000 cals per person of food.

        The bugout plan is into two parts:

        Bugout from the bugging in is to leave with the idea of not coming back to your bugin place. Now you are looking for, (preepers already planned for this) a place to hide out, away from the violence and
        murders. People are desperate. You’ll need to protect your loved ones from danger. Prepare to live in the wilderness, being able to carry your house on your back.

        The other part is to leave the country.

        All three parts can be planned and you start with your residence, which means you can start now. Overall planning takes into consideration the needs to meet the defined goals of each stage.
        That way you will not spend money on great ideas that are not specific to your planning needs.

        Keep assessing the state of nation and adjust accordingly your plan, try to make the implementation of the three part plan to be commesurative to the faltering slide of the economy. Stay ahead of everyone else.

        Your family should plan to drop off the face of the map… meaning
        the enemy can not find you.

        Water
        Food
        Shelter
        Protection

        Grace and Faith.

  • http://theheirloom.blogspot.com/ Cherenkov

    The thing is most people do not realize that the countryside does not have the wildlife and wild flora to feed all 300,000,000 of us. Plus, you must take into account that the coasts, all three of them, are packed with people far too numerous to be fed from local resources. The Southwest will be worse off with its inherent lack of water or food sources.

    Fuel will also be a real problem. The idea that we will all simply go into the “forest” and chop down a few trees and make it through winter is pretty much insane. How will you transport all that very heavy wood to the population centers? Well, you won’t without cheap fossil fuel. So, those people in cold climes, which is far more of the US that you think, will find themselves freezing or suffering from exposure.

    Ultimately, that means refugees. Millions of refugees. All wandering around seeking someplace that is not suffering the same privation that they are fleeing. The problem is that those very few places which are not in the dumper will likely not take kindly to strangers marching in and taking their stuff. But, let’s say they do manage to overcome a well-armed region and swarm over the resources. Then those resources are picked over.

    If the U.S. military gets involved, as all of their planning and material prepositioning and ongoing restriction of rights indicates they are already involved, then what are their choices? If we game it out, what happens? 1. Stand by and let the people savage each other, then step in and clean up the aftermath. (A pretty good scenario strategically.) 2. They intervene immediately and force people into camps and relocation in order to prepare the population for land reform. The problem is they will be unable to train people to farm sustainably, let alone equip them, and the food will still run out causing starvation and food riots followed by extreme repression. 3. The military pulls back to preplanned positions designed to protect key facilities and populations. This would mean government personnel, productive farm regions adjacent to these reservations, power plants connected directly to the govt. reservations, military facilities, essential transportation corridors, and government warehouses pre-stocked with survival foods and equipment for post population crash recovery. Of course, they would wipe out anyone who attempted to overwhelm these protected reservations. Once the surplus population died out, they would expand back into the countryside in a gradual manner using more sustainable methods of living.

    Individual survivalists will only make do if they are lucky. A survivalist in New York City will have a minuscule chance of survival over a well-trained, equipped, and provisioned person who is in a remote area with good water and soil.

    But, the luck of the draw is a fickle thing. Like Sarge said in basic training, “Look to your right and to your left. Someone is not coming back. The enemy does not care which one of you it is.”

  • hidflect

    After the earthquake in Tokyo transport stopped so I slept till 4am in my office and then walked 10km home. As I passed each successive convenience store I noticed them emptier and emptier until the one near my house finding it stripped bare. I suddenly realised if they weren’t replenished I would have no food and could easily starve before walking far enough to find any food not already taken by my 22 million neighbours. Chilling.

  • Go veg

    I think the people who think preppers are crazy are morons so there. lol no really preppers are not crazy they are just smarter than non preppers. Sometimes intelligence is mistaken for crazy… Maybe because most people are too dumb to wrap their heads around anything logical, so to them it doesn’t make sense.

  • CitznKate

    To prepare for contingencies enables knowledge and confidence to replace abject fear of the unknown, and this is just common sense. To remain unprepared and to plan to be dependent on the government for assistance, or to plan to use violence to meet one’s needs in an emergency –now, THAT is crazy.

  • Steve

    Job destruction is permanent and escalating. U.S. employers and employers around the world are automating all jobs to do away with salaries, wages, commissions and bonuses along with all human workers so that they can make more and more money. They are too savage to care that if there are no longer any human workers no one will have the money to buy their goods and services. The private sector and governments are merging so the government will do next to nothing to help the displaced workers of the world. The middle class is being destroyed and the world will consist of 5% of the population who are rich and 95% of the population who are dirt poor. This change will create a tinderbox that will explode into a conflagration that the world hasn’t seen since the Peasant Rebellions of Europe and China in the 15th and 16th Centuries. The anti-Vietnam War protests were defused by the end of the military draft (1973) and the end of the war (1975). There is nothing to stop job destruction and wage stagnation. Worldwide protests will continue and increase in intensity until capitalism joins communism in the scrap heap of history.

  • scott

    I look at prepping this way. The people that prep do not mind if you (non-preppers) laugh at us, as long as you dont mind us laughing at you when we are feeding ourselves while you are going without because you failed to stock up.

    • rickisadick

      yeahhhhhhhhhhhh, buoyyyyyyy!!

  • DCA

    Save 2-liter PET soda bottles and store tap water in them – this is a good idea for people who live in apartments. If you live in a place where sunlight is plentiful you can also disinfect water in 2-liter bottles – this method has been used in developing countries and takes time but is cheaper than water filters or boiling(if fuel, matches, etc. are scarce). You might also want to stock upon coffee filters – they can be used in conjunction with chemical disinfection which does not kill Giardia or Cryptospora cysts.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_water_disinfection

  • Skip

    Yucca are nasty plants but can be eaten for food, when none is available! Same thing with prickley pear cattuce. Plant them all over your yards for emegecny rations. Start an herb garden, chives and rosemarry will be good on those squirels you knock out of those trees.

  • Nobody

    I can’t wait !!

  • Sky King

    First of all, people do not realize that when the earth is going to shift on it’s axis, as a similar planetary alignment did 26,000 yrs. ago, there is no amount of prepping anyone can do about it’s massive destruction…
    Earth will erupt and explode all over the place and the only way to survive will be in a high altitude solar blimp or possibly in ocean going spheres that can withstand the force of a boiling Niagra Falls.
    Aliens will be fetching a few of us, but there is no hope…

    • GSOB

      Pick me up at 12

    • Steve

      Happens every 3,657 years or so…………BTW……..people do survive, about 10% or so.

  • http://www.EcoReality.org Jan Steinman

    There’s going to be a lot of skeletons lying next to a pile of wrappers of survival food pulled out their “bug out” bag.

    People seem to think “prepping” means hoarding. But having a stash of food or ammo or water or whatever is not sustainable. It just means you get to live a few months longer than others.

    The survivors will be those who have turned “prepping” into a life-style. These people don’t stash food; they grow it. They don’t hoard ammo and guns; they are part of tight, mutually-dependent communities that will stand together in the face of civil strife. They don’t work a “nine-to-five” job while waiting for the end; they are used to the “five-to-nine” job that humanity has always had until they discovered fossil sunlight.

    So many so-called “preppers” are going to last just a bit longer than the totally unprepared, because we are in a “boiling frog” situation. Don’t prepare for an “event;” it’s going to be a process.

    Humanity will go out with a whimper, not a bang. According to the Club of Rome report of 1972, Limits to Growth, (recently validated in Smithsonian Magazine) things are going to just get steadily worse over the next 18 years or so before there’s any sort of big “die off” event, but half the population will be living in misery for the next 18 years, until they die of extended effects of malnutrition and poor health care.

    So if you’ve got your generator and bags of rice and beans, you’re no “prepper,” you’re just delusional. “Real preppers” are growing food and forming Transition Town groups of mutual support. The days of the rugged individualist are coming to an end. The only way to get through this with any grace will be working with others. We could use some help!

    • Steve

      Jan, well said.

      Store seeds or better yet…………..get them in the ground now and start the learning experience when you can make mistakes with little consequence.

      As things get closer, your friends and neighbors will wake up and see that you are on the right track.

      Keep giving them hints as you continue with your plan.

      Remember……..it’s not hoarding if you share with everyone.

      Learn what weeds and plants are edible where you live.

      Store spices to barter with that help the weeds taste better.

      You can never have too much toilet paper.

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  • Cheryl

    Reading this thread, it has struck me that “doomsday preppers” would rather have a large percentage of the population die off, rather than relinquish their unsustainable lifestyle. And by unsustainable, I mean treating women like breeding cows, with the prize going to whatever group of men who can contrive a situation whereby women are encouraged to perceive security in large numbers of offspring.

    Look at this chart and tell me women aren’t breeding cows: http://predatorhaven.blogspot.com/2010/12/2010-census-disturbing-ads.html

    Until 1850 there were less than 20 million americans; now a hundred and fifty years later there are 300 million of us and that number is climbing straight up. You NEED people to die off so you can continue encouraging the same old chattel husbandry which men have practiced for eons.

    How about stop having so many freaking kids? TWO is replacement, Mrs. Dugger… There would have been PLENTY of everything to go around that way!

    • GSOB

      Who needs people to die off?

    • http://andrewcroke1@shaw.ca Andrew

      I’m a true prepper, I got guns and ammo and I’ll find other preppers and take what they got for me and my family. Sorry, only the strong will last.
      Please send me your address :-)
      Or, would it be the right thing to learn who are and join other preppers. Strength in numbers..

    • JSebastian

      Cheryl,

      I know your post is seven months old but the vast increase in population since 1970, adding 100M new persons, an increase of 50% in only 40 years, was due only to immigration (both legal and illegal) and its progeny. If it were not for the disastrous Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 then America would have had a stable population and might still be the greatest country on the planet. However I do see your point about the overpopulation crisis in general although it is far less pronounced here than in many other first world nations. A global population level of 1B (approximately the same population as in 1830) would be “sustainable”. And citizens should press their governments to stop subsidizing over-procreation in favor of truly sustainable populations. The reason that the US federal government does not do this is because it is running Ponzi schemes (SS and MediCare) that require new victims constantly and because they operate under the chattel slavery math of a human being worth 4% per year, (calculated by Thomas Jefferson). Now of course they have vastly increased the yield of the average subject/slave, even though they are not taking 100% of the labors, it is on higher value production and for a longer period of time.

    • Glenda

      wow…our unsustainable lifestyle…I suppose you are a member of PETA and pro-abortion…we are aware of the situation to come…we are getting prepared…a breeding cow…what kind of idiot would ever compare a woman to a breeding cow…do you actually think about and research your information before you open your mouth…your post has proven your ignorance…if you knew anything about people like us, then you would also know that we are not only preparing for ourselves but the masses of idiots like yourself, that will need help…please note that our unsustainable lifestyle is what puts the food onto your table that so many think they can always just run down to the grocery store and get…seems you need a huge reality check

  • Dr. Dave

    My children laughed when I prepped for Y2K. But when Katrina passed over our house here in south Ms. we had 10 to 14 days of power grid down~! as well as roads blocked with trees & elect. poles, blocking roads the laughing turned to grateful tears! With the generator, 300 gallons of Stabil gas, cases of H20, plenty food, and lanterns we did just fine. Most had a very tough time indeed. New Orleans overshadowed panic & mahem. One man was followed home, shot & killed for his generator. We would hear gunfire at night, mostly warning shots. Fights & gunfire at gas stations as they ran out in less than 2 days! The hospital ran out of diesel & had no running water of course. In the end all agreed it was good for us all to see how fast society deteriorates, & mass panic sets in! We finally had National Guard on every corner but that took a week!! FEMA just couldn’t grasp how bad it was in New Orleans, much less a town of 50,000 in Ms. What’s coming will be nationwide & the “power grid” Calvary will NOT be coming! God help us all as we will all need him prepared or not.

  • Bluez

    PLEASE HELP.

    The TV show about Preppers showed a gal who developed a portable water filter that she uses at a lake. Any info on where to buy?

  • Caroline

    I remember when the East Coast Indie Truckers went on strike and drove to Washington D.C. in the late 70′s- many non-indie drivers laid out of work as well. Not much moved those days. Over the years they have been pulling up railroad tracks, so the options decline even more.
    Besides the obvious items…consider learning how to make soap, even if you don’t do anything but stock a melt-and-pour because you don’t have tallow/ash access. Every survival action eventually has the component of ‘clean up’. Too often soap making is a skill overlooked, dismissed and under rated.

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  • Andrew Tighe

    To the person who mentioned diesels as a better power source, please be aware that the majority of modern diesel engines are “electronic”, using a solid state control box, which is subject to power surges, EMP, corrosion of wires and other influences. If serious regarding diesel, find a MOD Land Rover, early Ford Diesel 4×4 or a surplus M35 or M800 series truck. Those are “mechanical” diesels, with pushrod activated valve sets, not subject to electronic foolishness. The CUCV series military trucks are “system hardened” and also are viable candidates for transport. Now tell me if you’ve calculated fuel use and storage – if so, triple your final result. And that’s for the first year.

    But seriously, all the preparation is useless unless a “bugout” site is available.

    As a last resort, be prepared to simply turn away and run for it. I find so many of the scenarios involve making some sort of stand.

    Always have a “bugout” plan, a route out of town, an alternative site that will enable you to refit, reconstitute and yes, if necessary, rearm and reload.

    Just sayin’.

  • Born for this

    Things I have not seen mentioned: Food in the ground and meat on the hoof and wing. If you think you’re going to hunt and forage you’ll live like a chicken because that is all you will do with your every waking minute. Consider all the ‘hunters’ out there with you who have never fired a weapon – let alone taken a hunters safety course.

    I get 7 eggs a day from 9 hens and chicks are hatching this week. Eggs can be stored for up to a year without refrigeration – google it.

    My three rabbits turned into 19 rabbits in 4 months even with losing several litters to hypothermia and one to an under experienced doe – she has experience now. 21 day gestation. Checkered Giants, one buc and two does can produce 300 lbs of meat per year. They grow incredibly fast and reach ave weight of 11 lbs at maturity but can be eaten long before maturity. (Rabbit is too lean to sustain optimal health so you’ll need to add some fat to your diet). I feed the rabbits and chickens a bulk mix from the local rural feed mill. Two 55 gal barrels will hold 500 lbs of feed at $10. to $11. per 100 lbs. ($56 last trip)
    Freeze dried food, Katadyn or Berkeley silver-impregnated candle style water filters, rain barrels and lengths of guttering/spouts.
    5 gal buckets are essential and make great toilets, seating, water tight containers, planters, misc storage, water filtration/collection, washing ‘machine’, and the list could go on and on. TOILET PAPER. Barrels of sawdust/wood chips for composting toilets and essential garden mulch. Gardening tools. Get a $98 roll of 6 mil clear plastic from Lowe’s – 20′ by 100′; You’ll need it for ground cover/water barrier under any alt housing and to make greenhouses with.

    Know this: If you live in a city you are absolutely screwed and that is a fact. GET OUT of the cities NOW. You will not survive in a large or even medium sized city – or within a 50 mile radius on a major route. If you do not already have land, I am sorry to say, it is my belief you are too late to get started. Get on preppergroups (dot) com and find yourself a situation. Make sure there is live water on the ground in the way of springs or large stocked ponds – springs are best. Municipalities will commandeer rivers and lakes. Rivers and lakes are a bad choice because human waste and filth from dead carcases will find their way to these very quickly – not to mention the idiots you’ll encounter on the banks and routes of either.
    I could write a book but many are published, and still yet, people believe they can survive in a city.

    • GSOB

      But I’ve seen them survive in the movies?

    • Steve

      again, alot of good advice.

      It takes time to grow food.

      Consider microgreens or sprouts which are fast growing. 3 days to a week or 10 days depending on what seed it is.

      Figure 3 months for other vegies from seed to harvest. Chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs(the cubans grew these during their gasoline crisis), goats, and fish if you have access to a pool or pond.

  • Earl Conlon

    I wrote a book about this about 6 years ago. title “And the trucks quit running”

  • anonymous

    Always good to be prepared, no offense but the start of that list is shit except water filters and guns/weapons. This list is of one who plans to sit around and wait for someone else to bring help and hope you have enough to last,whisks?wtf? People need to ne thinkin long term,what if help never comes? Need to learn to live off the land.ill be deep in the woods hunting and fishing to survive while these fools in town will be killing eachother for the last can of food.

  • Ron

    Yep most folks think there is a warehouse of stuff in the back of the store.
    Our grocery store starts to get bare once in awhile when the roads get closed down in the winter.
    Katrina should have been a wake up call for folks about having some food and water.All those people living below sea level with no inflatable rafts or anything.Getting out of big citys is good advice.

  • Joe Bassett

    The pizza store will always have pizza and what about McDonald’s and Subway? They will make sure they have food. I think you guys are prepping for no reason. Of course country folks will be able to feed themselves, but city folks have to rely on processed nutritious fast food.

    • Glenda

      I see posts like this and just go wow…seriously?

  • vtlasher

    Prepping is just like buying insurance but only a better deal. Each year we buy insurance to cover our homes, autos and health in case something should happen, and in most cases those thousands of dollars don’t return anything on the investment. Spending a few grand on a 20-25 year investment in food is a no-brainer. It’s very cheap insurance on your life should you need it. In light of the current global economic crisis and it’s potential for systemic break downs that will last for decades it is a smart investment. Today Hedgefund managers are buying up “land” by the thousands of acres. These are very rich people who are in the know about the potential risks that we face in the near future. Take a lesson from their actions.

    http://observer.com/2011/05/hedge-farm-the-doomsday-food-price-scenario-turning-hedgies-into-survivalists/

    It’s better to be a little nuts and have something to buy you some time to plan long term than to be starving or worse.

    Cheers.

    • Steve

      those hedge fund managers better have some serious firepower cause the populace will take that land and there will be nothing that those managers can do about it

    • Jackie Bautista

      I just read your comment and I totally agree! at first, I was against prepping but NOW I definitely see the value in simply … being prepared. I am new to this so I don’t really know where to begin. I currently rent a condo and space is limited. My home won’t be finished until Spring of 2014. Therefore, I’m hesitant about prepping since I don’t have any space. What do you recommend for now? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

      - Jackie Bautista

  • http://rense bruce

    I personally would suggest getting ready and get a BOAT. no problems offshore methinks. (given you go far enough away from the u.s.) you can be totally self suficient with batteries, wind and solar. water maker, on board sprouts and a garden. this is do-able, with willpower. just sayin…..other parts of the world (i.e. 3rd world) will not even notice the events, which most probably won’t even change their daily routine.

  • pua mana

    Having lived “off grid” for over 30 yrs, I’ve picked up a few tips. An LED headlamp is far superior to any flashlight, leaves your hands free. a staple gun and 1/2″ staples has a million uses. also seeds for sprouting gives fresh vegies every few days.

    • Steve

      pua, thanks for the tip on the led headlite.

      I need to refresh the batteries in mine.

      I have a couple of hand driven staple guns with a few thousand staples.

      Getting ready to buy a roll of 250 micron poly plastic for whatever.

      Buy lots of rope.

      I have enough sprout seeds to feed 4 people for 3/4 of a year while I grow sprouts to seed to keep it going.

      Seeds, seeds, and more seeds.

      Learn how to build a rabbit cage now.

      Stock up on things you can barter with.

  • DB RN

    I have a certification in Just In Time production from the Inventory Control Society (APICS). Everything stated above is 100% true.

  • Veryoldtimer

    I see little to do with health products other than stockpiling medicines and water purifying materials, let me add a little.
    Other water purifying products that don’t take up much space.

    Citrus fruit SEED extract or grapefruit SEED extract. Only a drop or two to a glass. Good for UTI infections and general stomach upsets as well
    Oral Aqueous Iodine Solution AKA Lugol,s Iodine Solution or SSKI. One drop per glass to purify, adults need 3 drops per day for optimum health unless you have an overactive Thyroid. Do not exceed three drops a day total for any long period. Betadine. 1% iodine good for skin cuts burns outbreaks, used in surgery to sterilize skin. Five drops of this equals one of Lugols’s

    Permanganate of potash AKA potassium permanganate, Condy’s Crytstals. Enough crystals to give a distinct Mauve color will sterilize utensils, water cooling porous canvas bags or unglazed stoneware and for drinking and sterilising fruit and vegs, again not for long term use for drinking.
    Some mentioned sterilising water in plastic bottles, putting them in a solar oven might speed the process, several hours over 165°F will fix most pathogens.
    Herbs and Spices
    Heart conditions. Cayenne Pepper can stop a heart attack in its tracks. One teaspoon in a glass of water or as is if no water available. It has worked for me and I always have it with me now, house car or shopping. For heart health eat some Hawthorn berries four or five a day, they can be dried. If berries are not available leaves and small twigs have the same effect, they can be dried or make an extract with alcohol. Look up how to make extracts.

    Turmeric which has the active ingredient Curcumin. Good for Arthritis, Cancer, clogged arteries, and a host of other ailments. Turmeric powder can be bought in bulk at heath food shops, store in screw top plastic or glass jars. Helps flavour spoiled meat as in curry and makes beans more palatable. Best taken with Black Pepper Powder as this increases absorption by orders of magnitude. Curcumin is one of the most researched health foods by University studies and has amazing health properties.

    Cinnamon flakes or powder for type 2 diabetics, teaspoon daily for average, look this up, although a month on hunter gatherer diet will fix this anyway!

    Coconut oil, cold pressed from health food store, most commercial stuff is hydrogenated and is almost poisonous. Coconut oil keeps at normal temperature for a year or so, has a high safe cooking temp, fixes first and second degree burns without scars and creates energy without fattening. Good for skin complaints.

    Olive leaf extract. Immune booster and parasite fungus and unhealthy bug killer taken internally. Topically, antiseptic qualities. Make your own from olive leaves as a tea for external use but is not so effective as commercial stuff internally as there is a process that stops stomach acid deactivating it.

    Tea Tree Oil, Cuts bites stings, may help with midges and mozzie protection.

    Young pine needles are a good source of vit C in spring.

    When cattle and game are all gone there will be plenty of grass. We can’t live on grass? wrong, we can’t eat it but macerated grass provides all the nutrients to build game and cattle if we discard the fibre. A hand juicer may be too cumbersome to take but you can improvise with two flat stones or pieces of concrete and a bowl, squeeze out the juice for the thicker juice and wash the remainder to get the rest out. Wheatgrass juice is very healthy, but it does taste pretty awful, mint helps, so don’t forget flavourings.

    Get a book on edible weeds and fungi, it may save your life. Many weeds are poisonous so with fungi. No grass is poisonous. Pits of apricot, plums cherries and other stone fruit have a type of cyanide in them but if you do not eat more of them than you would the whole fruit in one day they are pretty safe, I eat them, all but the strongest bitter almond taste. Elder berries are edible in moderation, (terrific wine) Some berries are ok if fully ripe, like the night shade family is supposed to be poisonous, but as some authorities said they are ok if ripe and I tried them, I’m still here. Like our Australian Gov. Botanical list of poisonous plants list Barberry and Field Mushrooms as poisonous, I haven’t found it so, and I enjoy a giant puffball too if found while it is white all through, big enough for one slice to fill a frypan.

  • Veryoldtimer

    A few afterthoughts, Dentists won’t be available so you must look after your teeth and gums. Bicarbonate of soda aka sodium bicarbonate not baking soda is good for a toothpaste, just dip the damp toothbrush in it. Toothache, Oil of Cloves is a painkiller for a bad filling and disinfects it too.

    Xylitol is a sugar made from birch-bark or now wood that has a marvellous preventative effect on tooth decay. It can be found at health food shops for around $20 a pound. Well researched by the Finnish Government, children who used chewing gum sweetend with xylitol for a few weeks had virtually no caries for 8 years after. Couln’t be too hard to fold some into softened chewing gum, or just let a small spoonful swill around the mouth occaisionally. It is also very effective for ear infections, even of long standing ones, just put a few drops of a solution in the ear.

  • CLB RN

    After reading the comments it appears we all have some work to do. A NOTE OF INTEREST; There is another web site you might want to look at. It is called AVOW- A Voice of Warning, Hosted by a fellow prepper. On it there is a free download. A 500 page book that covers everything people can do to prepare; called, LDS PREPAREDNESS MANUAL, Handbook 2. Also on ebay there are water filters made by the Sawyer Company which sell for $50.00 to $125.00, depending on what you want, which will filter over 1 million gallons without replacing the filter. They use hollow fiber filters and a two bucket method; and you backflush when the flow slows down.They remove 999.9% of everything down to less than 1 micron, all bacteria. Great website!! KEEP IT COMING.

  • http://google Garry

    I’ve been reading about 3/4 of the comments by a cross section of
    you preppers. All I can say is, we’re in a world of hurt. We can’t eat a bar of soap, you soap makers, or live on dog food, you pet owners. Food, even dog-food runs out. We can’t live on a hand-full of newly germinated sprouts. They run-out too. If you feel you can stay and defend your house by shooting a crook, his buddies will burn you out. The cities will burn down from there being no fire departments. No police (they’ll be at their own homes trying to protect their own families)..The freeways will become a parking lot with cars out of gas. The stores will be empty. People will be shot by others who think others will have something, anything of value. No one will want gold or diamonds. Food and water will be what desperate people will kill for. There will be dead bodies on the street, looting and the worst side of society will wander free.
    The fantasy of living through this in a populated area is a sad joke.
    If you’re seen outdoors you will be killed for anything you might have .Every river will be lined with the hungry, and the dead will be floating by. Everyone will be wanting to leave, just like you. Walking. Thieves will steal the bicycles after shooting the riders.
    Now picture yourself walking for two days and coming face to face with the people hoping where you just left is better than where they’re coming from, that’s the direction you’ve been walking towards for two days. (meaning there is no place to go) Hospitals and drug stores would be stripped clean. First by the junkies and then the hungry and the sick. People will resort to cannibalism and worse. Life will have no value. Now when solutions are suggested like buying WD-40 and duct tape, and backyard gardens, I’m shaking my head knowing these suggestions are being made by the people who’s bodies will be dead in the streets. This is what it means for when ‘the Shit Hits The Fan’..
    May God help us all from what’s coming our way.

  • http://google Garry

    I’m sorry for losing control with the picture I’ve painted above.
    I was talking out of turn and not considering every effort to prepare is a positive effort. What I accomplished was destroying
    positive efforts by good people. I wish I were able to erase what I said. Again, I’m so sorry.

  • Ernie

    Wow Garry, thanks for stating the obvious. I think the article was intended to help people to see that prepared people will be better off than non-prepared people in a crisis event. I don’t think the intent was to make anyone think they can prepare for TEOTWAWKI scenario or a near extinction-like event that you described.

  • Garry

    Yeah Ernie,
    I truly am sorry. I was out of line. A darker side of me got loose while my big mouth was open.
    Speaking at a more sane level, I agree with you. Any effort made to prepare for unforeseen circumstances is always a step in the right direction.

  • Justin

    How about take all your guns ammo, and other useful things and head over to a local farmer or rancher… Plenty of food and they’d probably be happy to have a hired hand/ guard. Just don’t whine about a little hard labor. Even after the infrastructure falls Agriculture won’t end. Some of us aren’t dumb

  • http://www.inthetropics.net mark

    People elsewhere are doing it now! I live in the SAFE HAVEN of Belize, a stable, english-speaking democracy, on the Caribbean coast of Central America. I live TOTALLY OFF-GRID. All our electricity and water comes from the sky! I have enough electricity (solar & wind) for AC, a modern kitchen, and a workshop. Go ahead, leave the light on, I don’t care, the sun will be out tomorrow, and the Caribbean breeze is constant. We can grow 3 CROP HARVESTS PER YEAR. We are on the Caribbean coast, with all the fish we can eat. By road (4WD) or by boat, we can get ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. We’ve even got private airstrips nearby.

    We are remote and lock-down secure. DEFWU. What we don’t grow on site (we do grow oranges, grapefruit, bananas, plantain, mangos, coffee, cacao, tropical fruits & vegetables, chickens, etc) we buy & trade from local bush farmers. 80 inches of rainfall/year. Everybody here knows how to weather hurricanes, in 2010 we hunkered down and withstood a direct hit from Hurricane Richard with little damage – however many more hurricanes hit the US every year.

    More people live in Colorado Springs than the entire country of Belize. We have zero neighbors, and are surrounded by thousands of hectares of wild, national lands. Jaguars have eaten two of our watchdogs, but they were here first so we dont bother them. Monkeys & parrots sometimes eat or bananas and corn, but we will figure a way limit that.

    There are many tropical safe havens throughout the world, with PEACEFUL & WISE residents who know how to thrive close to the land, and are glad to teach others. But Belize is where I will be when grids fail. If my sat-dish stops working at about the same time I see a dim flash way up in the northern sky, I might wonder in a week or so – why don’t they write?

    There is room for others. You really should check this out.

  • http://twopooches.com Robin

    Prepper… funny how a TV show brings to us the term that relates to “crazy people”. It does sound better than “survivalist” though. Reality needs to kick in and we need to stop thinking about some unrealistic scenario. Then preppers won’t be labeled as crazy. We need to see what is right in front of us. Bad weather, power outages, loss of income. These are all realistic situations that can quickly deplete what we have or able to get. Along with all of the extra food and supplies people should have on hand; they also need the skills that go along with the lack of electricity and other power sources. All my life we have camped, cooked things from scratch, canned, had a garden etc.. I have always had at minimum a 3 day supply of food and water for my family. I took my skills for granted. I am amazed at how many people really can’t survive well without everyday conveniences. I know people that are “Prepping” can’t even start a fire or even know what to do with all of that food they have stashed. Most people don’t even have a good emergency first aid book on hand. As “Preppers” we should help out our friends and neighbors, share what we learn along the way, learn the skills, network our skills,and know what is available so in a bad situation we can all work together.
    You don’t need to buy all of that expensive food and equipment, learn how to work with everyday items. I recently read a book that gave some common sense advice and suggestions. “Poverty Prepping: How to Stock up For Tomorrow When You Can’t Afford To Eat Today”. Also I strongly recommend “SAS Survival Handbook, Revised Edition: For Any Climate, in Any Situation”.
    Being a “Prepper” is not crazy, it’s just smart!

  • http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/read-this-first-before-you-decide-that-preppers-are-crazy nattyis

    Most companies like Walmart have their own trucks. The Mexicans are more than willing to take American trucking jobs for less pay. I am opposed to this but truckers can be replaced. Truth hurts but the dirty dogs in Washington has already calculated a plan B approach; “should truckers quit trucking products to the consumers”. Then you have SCHWANS who already bring frozen food, drink boxes, and ice cream to your door. YES, I buy from SCHWANS where most of their trucks are ran on propane gas. For those unfamiliar with Schwans they are those yellow trucks with a Schwan on the side. There are similar companies with their own trucks. Not to mention the Canadian trucks……there are still trains that run product. Some way or some how somebody will step up to the plate and be more than willing to get the job done.

    • dmw1122

      Ok problems with your statment first if truckers stop driving that means the trucks will be sitting on the side of the road second mexicans cant drive worth ******* jkjk lmfao third how in the hell do u think schwans gets that food trains deliver to warehouses then the trucks distribute it out to stores and not to forget a lot of trucks own there trucks i know my spelling and grammer suck so bite me

      • dmw1122

        Truckers^

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  • Morgan

    What is described here is probably going to be the result of ONE event which is virtually inevitable. All of our trucking, ships, aircraft, monitary system, communication systems, and (most importantly) the power grid are controlled by the internet. Over the last twenty years it has grown to the point where it has become essential to our survival. As it has grown ever larger it has also become ever more vulnerable to attack, natural disaster, or just accidental failure. There are terrorist groups and governments (like Iran and North Korea) who are expending huge amounts of money and effort to find a way to bring down the Net. When one of them succeeds, the results will be immediate and it would take weeks or longer to rebuild it. The power generation and distribution systems all over the country will immediately go open-loop and shut down. Take a look at what happened in southwest Arizona, Southern California, and northern Mexico last year when a technician flipped the wrong switch at one distribution station. The resulting loss of power and communication would probably make it nearly impossible to reestablish the Net.
    Remember, we only experience the prosperity that we are enjoying because of our ability to distribute food, raw materials, power, money, and finished products over the entire country and our trading partners. The world does not have the ability to support the current population without this system.

    • TotallyRandomName

      Trucks can run just fine without the internet. We’d just work a little less efficiently. I bet you stockpiled like crazy for Y2K, didn’t you?

      • lisa

        you are not uderstanding that trucks won’t need to run . Especially if the rest of the world has no use for our money. The dollar is becoming less desireable all the time. The bigger you are the faster you fall. Look how hard it is to do without water or electricity for just a few days. One last note— Noah’s Ark—- Henny Penny read the stories!!

        • Glenda

          you can’t help someone who does not want to be helped…they are happy in their ignorance…they would rather live in their lit’l fantasy world than face reality…and so these people will mock, make fun of, and ridicule those who don’t

      • Glenda

        I read this and still am just going…wow…Y2K…what did ‘I’ buy…toilet paper…why because I was already prepared…just how I live…not paranoid…just prepared

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  • Pinball

    Hello US, I’ve only just picked up on the lead article by Michael back in April but readily concur with the sentiment that ‘disaster’ might only be moments away. I base that opinion on my observations of relatively minor incidents that have happened here in the UK in recent years, interestingly based on weather as opposed to ‘zombie making’ events. The first is that everytime we get caught out by a sudden spell of cold, snowy weather that lasts even only a couple of days our road and sometimes rail systems grind to a halt. Within days there are shortages in supermarkets, panic buying and a run on what few local shops that are left, totally depletes them. The second relates to excessive rainfall that we seem to be getting here in recent years causing widespread flooding. One (relatively localised)flood caused not only extensive water damage to private property but also knocked out only ONE electricity sub station. The knock-on effect was that water pumping stations couldn’t function. No tap water meant the distribution of tankered and bottled water. And here lays the issue – during the distribution of that water it didn’t take very long for law and order to break down – people gave up queing for it in an orderly manor, they just started to help themselves – and the (limited resourced)local police stood by and watched! (A water trailer was even stolen!) So for those who think Preppers are ‘a sandwich short of a full picnic’ my response is – if you have the confidence in the authorities to deal with such an emergency if it ever occurs on a national (or even international) basis effectively – you’ll be thristy before I will!

  • TotallyRandomName

    This article is about six kinds of dumb. As if all truckers are going to decide at once that they no longer need a paycheck.

    • Glenda

      with no electricity…there is no fuel…with no fuel…there is no trucking…simple actually if you think about it…do you have a horse? there might be grass.

  • Responsible Adult !!!

    Fail To Plan?
    Plan To Fail.

    The people who fail to plan for anything are always the ones complaining that no one was there to help them after something happens. While some of you may disagree with the author’s specific concern of the trucks stopping, there are many other realistic things will happen (only a matter of time) that the foolish masses have ZERO plans for, a good example would be a lot of people that ended up in the SuperDome after Katrina, with dead bodies literally laying in the streets outside for days.

    Even FEMA and the CDC have spent huge amounts of money for years to convince people to AT A MINIMUM prepare so that their household can be completely self sufficient for at least 3 days… Wow, 3 days? FEMA is trying to get that across to the masses and its truly scary that most people couldn’t last THAT long.

    If you’re not in a financial position to get out (of wherever you are) and stay out for at least a month, you better be prepared to survive at home. Even Hurricane Wilma, only a category 1, that hit south Florida, an area where the population is supposedly educated and knowledgeable in Hurricane preparation, saw HUGE (like 4-5 hours huge) lines to get gas, water, ice and food for about 10 days after the storm hit. Even after that it was slow to get back to normal. Most people were without power for 7-10 days as well. Andrew was way worse. I’ll bet those people in the 5 hour water lines thought preppers were crazy too.

    Sure, maybe the trucks across the country won’t stop running, but somehow I’m thinking the odds of a strong hurricane hitting the southeast US sometime in my life is pretty darn realistic. And yes, there are some crazy friggin’ preppers out there, but how crazy is living in south Florida or in the New Orleans flood plain with no insurance, no food or water and no preparations in place for something that hits somewhere almost EVERY year.

    Call me crazy, but I think my month’s supply of food, water and generator fuel is simply being a RESPONSIBLE person who won’t be relying on the government to come save me WHEN the SHTF…

  • Devil dog

    You people are all nuts

  • Glenda

    my husband was sharing some of the comments from this site, as well as some others, with me…I guess I am amazed at how many people are freaking out about some of this and then at how many others just seem oblivious…we all should be prepared for the natural disasters that occur…I also believe that much worse is to come…so the question everyone needs to ask themselves…’would your lifestyle sustain you in the event that there is no electricity, no access to food and water’…if not, then where and how would you get these basic commodities needed for survival…there will come a time when there will be no restaurants, no grocery stores, no gas, and most of all…no help…are you ready?

  • Tracey

    I live way off the coast of australia, actually above a mountain range that would hopefully stop a tsunami of high magnitude. A few years ago we had a tsunami hit our town, this is not a joke just youtube tsunami toowoomba. This happened without warning, lives were lost. People driving down town did get washed away and were killed. We’ve had floods before but no one could’ve ever imagined what was comming. I’m getting to the point ! This happened early afternoon, and by that same time the next day- milk was GONE, bread was GONE, water was GONE- I remember going to the shops early that morning and being in complete shock that alot of the shelves were empty. Canned goods also disappeared quickly. It can happen anywhere, at anytime! And if you think because of your geographical location that you’re safe from these life changing events- you’re NUTS! Preppers are helping people become aware that you’re not always safe. Is it really going to hurt to be a little prepared? No. But it’ll hurt not being prepared.

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