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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:

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“….


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
• 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.


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
5. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps (First Choice: Buy CLEAR oil. If scarce, stockpile
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?

  • callmecordelia1

    The water is what worries me the most. We use water for EVERYTHING. Just try to not use water for even a couple hours. I have quite a bit of water stored, but even “quite a bit” will be gone in a few weeks. I don’t think most people realize how precarious our supply chain is.

    • Michael

      Yes, what you have said is very, very true.


      • Scott

        Michael, there is a good website for locating nearby springs for good quality free spring water:

        Purchase some clean new bottles and start stocking up now, the water can be stored indefinitely as long as they’re capped and sealed properly. If the bottles need to be re-filled in an emergency though, they will have to be cleaned and sterilized to prevent algae buildup.

    • Gary2

      When you live next to the great lakes water is not an issue. I can not imagine living in a place where water shortages exist. All I have even known is almost too much water.

      • StrayCat1911

        Hate to bust your bubble, but the water in the Great Lakes is NOT the cleanest in the world, especially near big cities like Chicago. Every summer, the authorities have to close the beaches because the E. Coli count goes through the roof.
        In addition on the Michigan side, you get a lot of minerals in the water; that’s why it’s brown coming out of the rivers. Not sure what that would do to your guts but it probably won’t be nice.
        If I was gonna use lake water, I’d make sure I was way away from a big city and filter the hell out of the water to be sure.

        • rickisadick

          go to youtube and learn how to make a home made water filter with 2 5 gallon buckets and ceramic water filters. You can dump very nasty water in and get great drinking water out. Look into a berkey water filter system also.
          p.s. Hate to burst your bubble!! :)

    • Bone Idle

      Water is even more important for pushing the waste products (sewage) through the system. In large cities underground sewage is moved away by electric pumps to treatment areas. No power = No power for pumps. Sewage backs up and you have a disease problem within 10 days.

      The introduction of underground sewage removal in London during the 1800’s virtually wiped out cholera from the city within weeks.

      Within a couple of weeks large cities with many apartment buildings become inhabitable.

    • MisterC

      You can thank the “Just On Time” system for running inventory. JIT just doesn’t work. Where I work people all to often will be standing around not able to do anything because they have no parts, on overtime! Ugh.

    • Rhynn

      This is pretty dire. As far as water goes however at least dirty water is better than none at all. So long as you can make a fire for boiling, that is. Even toilet water will do. The problem is what happens if water pressure disappears altogether and water can’t be drawn from a tap, toilet, hydrant or hose anywhere.

      Purification tablets and filters are all well and good but those supplies are a lot more finite than good old matches. People have been purifying water for a long time. This might be one of the few things mentioned that can always be worked out.

      I would be more concerned about having to either jerry-rig a waste removal system on the fly, inside. Talk about gastrointestinal and other problems. Try having nowhere to dispose of waste for days on end because of something like fallout or other radiation, firefights between citizens and each other or police/military, or extreme climate issues.

    • Jodi

      Water is a worry for me too! We have those blue 55 gallon jugs and I was reading yesterday that those will sustain a family of 4 for only 14 days. We only have 3 of them and not much space. Kinda scary! We are stocking up on the 5 gallon containers and those stack pretty well and they are affordable!

    • Karel

      I will call you Anne!

      • callmecordelia1

        :) Just make sure it’s with an E!

  • Laura

    My emergency supply includes a good stash of duct tape!

    • Joel

      haaa, you probably watch the last Mythbusters episode. “Duct Tape Island”. You can do a lot of things with duct tape… :o)

  • Michael Crisafulli

    From the article…”Consider a truck stoppage in the states around Washington, D.C. The federal government will be slowed down within a week and could grind to a halt within two or three weeks.”

    This is good news. Perhaps we should blockade D.C. now…

  • mondobeyondo

    SHTFplan is one of my fave websites as well, even though I’m not an active commenter on there. (So many websites, so little time. hehe!) But I enjoy reading the articles, discussions and comments on there.

    When the trucks stop running, and the planes stop flying, and the trains stop rolling – the country will grind to a halt.

    What do planes, trains and trucks have in common?
    They all run on fuel based on petroleum products, namely oil, jet fuel, diesel and gasoline. Shut off or control the oil, and you have a choke hold on the American economy.

  • CJ

    I’ve passed it on to family. What loss could there really be if you store goods? So I’m crazy! Twenty-five years from now I won’t have to buy breakfast, lunch and/or dinner.

    Quite honestly, I’m about to give up on friends and family…


    Lone Ant in a world of laughing Grasshoppers

    • Jodi

      There is no loss! I feel the same way about my food storage. I’ll have plenty to eat in the future.

    • richard swank


      • rickisadick

        Just wait, in a couple of years they will be calling you a genius! Or kill you and take your food! :)

  • Ozmo


    Great Article!!!!!

    I cannot say that enough. I do wish you would write more articles about how fragile our system is in this aspect. People do not realize how quickly they will run out of food. I realized this when I had to move out of the corrections business.

    I can honestly say I don’t care what people think of me. I prep for my family, and I believe God has awoken this in me for the dark times ahead.

    Again, I loved this article…..This my be typical American thought going on here and I will apologize in advance, but I really don’t care about the Greek government. Sorry, I know several people who live there now and they are considered preppers and they are doing just fine. Again I think it goes to show those who have taken time and listened to what God is saying and showing us we will make it through these hard times.


    God Bless, I hope all is well with you and your family.

    P.S. I’m still working on organization of that information for you. (If you want to edit this last part please feel free)

    • Michael


      I know sometimes you disagree with me (which is perfectly okay), and I am glad that you really enjoyed this article. :)


  • mondobeyondo

    The hand that rocks the [oil] cradle, is the hand that rules the world. Once you realize that, you’ll begin to understand world politics a little better. You’ll have a few more pieces to add to the big puzzle picture.

    What does Iraq have a lot of? Oil. What does Iran have a lot of? Even more oil. China, India and emerging third world economies want oil. America NEEDS oil. This country’s economy would collapse without easy access to oil. Our domestic economy is based on cheap oil. Planes, trains, and automobiles, not to mention farms, all need oil based products to function..

    Afghanistan has no oil. So why are our soldiers there? Because it’s a potential gateway for countries that DO have oil!! Our government could care less about “freedom and democracy for the Afghan people” and so forth. That excuse is just a front – a nice cover story for the evening news.

    • Ken

      We have more oil than Saudi Arabia! Our government, Obama, won’t let us drill for it.

  • Alex

    I am glad that we have a lot of mineral springs here, a lot of highlands and natural springs as well. One day clean water for drinking will be a valuable currency.

  • Craig

    That first picture reminds me of the movie “Fargo”.

  • tappedops

    Speaking of prep… there was a group of well informed (culturally)people in my home town that over the past few years bought up thousands of cases of 45ACP ammo at very reasonable prices…NOW there rolling in it… all the ammos gone and there writing there own ticket…

  • 007

    An economic collapse will stop those trucks. A good round of inflation or deflation will keep the goods from coming. Riots will stop the trucks. A spike in gas prices or a gas shortage could stop the trucks. And of course, a public that has no income and no jobs will stop the trucks. These are the most likely causes for transportation disruption.

  • Hans

    Comments from an outsider:

    The scenario shown above does not need any specific big event to kick in. It seems to be inevitable through a combination of factors.

    1.Involvement in costly wars. It costs resources, money, equipment and manpower. It shows vulnerabilities. If Afghanistan and Iraq keeps you busy for so long, will others not try their luck? Even if you win militarily, you lose “hearts & minds”.

    2.Financial system fraud. Wall Street and the big banks are largely responsible for the current financial crisis. This, coupled with a dysfunctional political system, leads to a lack of trust in the US. Fewer outsiders are interested in US bonds. The unsustainable debt levels and artificial stock and derivates markets shows that a collapse has to happen. Is it any wonder that the BRICS countries are moving away from the dollar?

    3.Dollar collapse/devaluation. Higher prices for everything, including fuel. How many truckers will work at a loss? How many shops will want products if the public is unable to buy it? Will the US be able to afford fuel on the open market if nobody wants the dollar?

    4.Infrastructure collapse. Just one example. is your power grid reliable? How much was invested here recently and how is it maintained? Any long disruption to your electricity supply will also mean that water purification plants will cease to function. People with “money” in the banks will face a rude surprise. Most “money” and stocks exist only as data on computer systems. Computers rely on electricity.

    5.Unemployment will not improve. You have moved manufacturing offshore in the interest of short- time profit. Not only do you lose the factories, but also the skills required to operate factories.

    A combination of spending more than you earn and consuming more than you produce can only have a bad ending. Prepping does have merits.

  • Pat

    Two years ago here in Spain we had a strike of truckers. Food disappeared off the shelf in two days! There was no gasoline at the gas stations, and we had no cooking fuel since our fuel is brought in by truck.

    Thankfully the strike was over in a week. But it was scary and a lesson learned.

    I might also add that the government and the unions worked together in creating this strike. Here in Europe there are no strikes that are not part of a bigger political agenda and under government control. We just had a teachers strike on Friday.

    Many countries have been exempted from the U.S. sanctions against Iranian oil including Spain. But in the U.S. oil is slowly being cut off so that you will be more dependent on foreign oil.

    Also, it has recently come to light that Mexican truckers are being given preferential treatment on American roads at the complete disregard of the American independent trucker.

    My advice is that you get ready. If I were you I would expect strikes due to rising fuel costs, a very hot summer leading to the absence of necessities. Next winter will be very cold with many people without provisions.

    This is done on purpose and you must fight back. You need at least three months of supplies including water.

    The best thing is to have a small garden and raise your own food. If that is not the possible I suggest the following for your food: 1. Protein from hemp or whey. (Meat is not a good source of protein because of the hormones and anti biotics they use). 2. flax seed containing Essential Fatty Acids (Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 9). 3. Vitamins: D3, E (8 forms), A, K, (Q10 if you are elderly or have any chronic disease) in therapeutic amounts. 4. minerals: Magnesium, Zinc, Selenium; Lysine L.Arginine 5. Broad spectrum probiotics. You must have 4 liters of water per day per person. You can not buy it all at once so you must store a little at a time. I prefer distilled water instead of the usual bottled water. 5. Do not forget toilet paper and other personal hygene items. If you need pharmaceuticals you must stock up.

    Use Himalayan crystal salt not table salt. It has 84 minerals not just 1. Nuts are good. Avoid complex carbohydrates like pastas, rice, potatoes (sweet potatoes are good),artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, GMO foods, additives, junk foods, manufactured foods, soda pops, cookies, potato chips,white flour, etc. These things cause diabetes and other problems. You may need other foods but these are the basics in my opinion.

    Reduce your caloric intake. Use coconut oil. Stay fit, healthy, avoid medications. How can you survive if you are ill?

    I like the idea of trapping your own food but that involves going outside and exposing yourself to roving gangs.

    Be aware that most people will not be prepared and will try to take your survival provisions. Even your government has stated that they have a right to your stuff. Hide your stuff and protect it.

    Finally, buy cheap stuff with which to barter. I like to sell affordable bits of gold. But you can buy copper pennies, seeds, batteries, flashlights, first aid kits, band aids, shoes, alcohol, etc. The list goes on.

    There is plenty of information around. My family and I discuss this situation daily. We can not afford all that we need. In fact, most of what is available to Americans are not available here in Europe. But we do the best we can.

    We have found youtube an excellent source of information to learn things that we would otherwise have no access to here in Europe.

    We are planning to return to North America to take care of my mother. We have located cheap rural land on which to build a house and farm.

    Finally, you are welcome to contact me if you have any questions. Read more about the take over of your water supply here:

    • richard swank


    • Ken

      You can grow a lot on a small plot, but you must condition the soil as most soil is so depleted. It only grows grass if you use enough fertilizer. I grow a lot on my corner lot in a suburban subdivision. You can too.

  • Airborne 71

    The best Hand operated portable water filter is the Katardin water filter ,YES ITS EXPENSIVE ! But one filter lasts for a long time and the last thing you want to expierence is drinking bad water . The least expensive I have found is on E-Bay , you will pay about $ 200.00 for one . but you can use it anywhere ,I have one thing to add to the above list in the article : A well stocked First aid kit ! To include the blood stopper packets used by our Military . REI has those in stock and of course E-Bay as well .

  • James Potkins

    Hi Michael

    Have been reading for months but this is my first time post. I live in the UK and we have just had direct expierence of fuel shortages. We have a potential strike for the fuel lorry drivers coming up. The government gave advice to fill up our tanks and keep fuel in jerry cans. The result? Panic buying, petrol shortages, price increases and every petrol station in my area running out. In TWO days. So that timeline is accurate. We are truly vunerable to this supply problem and petrol is still going up in price. Thats £6.37 or $10.21 a gallon!

    • Michael


      Great comment and it is always good to hear from someone in the UK. :)


  • Observer

    Rain catchment and Millbank bags would be the answer to the water problem.

    With the bags, you still have to boil the water after it drips out but it filters any bits of bugs/bird crap/dirt/etc in the water that you would rather not drink with the water.

    God help us.

    • Observer

      Something I should add, I can’t find a place that sells millbank bags anywhere, there was one place in the UK that did but they stopped as far as I know.

      If anyone knows where to get them, It would be great if you could put a link in the comments here.

  • Big Dave

    Water was the biggest concern I had until I attached gutters to my metal roof and started collecting rain. I can collect 1500 gallons an inch. I then use a five gallon jug to fill a Berky water filter in the house. We have been drinking filtered rain water for five years exclusively. It tastes so pure my boys will drink nothing else. My brother does not have a metal roof and he does likewise. Unless your shingles are more than 10 years old it is safe to filter and drink. Check with the manufacturer. We have more water than we need!

    • richard swank


      • rickisadick

        go on ebay and buy the filters and parts and then you go to youtube and find a video on how to make your own with 2 five gallon food grade buckets with lids. Wah Lah! You just saved over $100.

      • rickisadick

        type in BERKEY REPLACEMENT KIT on ebay for all you need and a seperate search for BERKEY FILTER. The black ones are better than the white ones. They filter chlorine I think.

      • MisterC

        Get a Dalton filter from Survival Enterprises, They are better than Berkey filters.

      • Ken

        Take a trip to the nearest other state and get one. Have a out of state family member get you one and send it to you. They won’t sell to Kalifornia as there are to many stupid nanny state regulations. Better yet MOVE OUT! Vote to better your chances of survival by voting with your feet.

    • Horse

      You enjoy that little bit of Fukushima 131 you get in every last yummy glass full.

  • anne bright

    Buy a quality water purifier. If one cannot afford the few hundred dollars cancel cable and fancy cell phone programs for a few months and SAVE the money. Also, buy a pound of Pool Shock – store in GLASS container AWAY from any food, etc. It is enough to purify 16,000 gallons of water. Visit and read pertinent articles from the more than HALF MILLION archived. STOCKPILE all essentials to survive for at least a month or two. After that, we are all probably dead anyway.

  • ScoutMotto

    At this point, the ONLY thing I don’t feel prepared for is having to defend my residence when all this breaks loose. Oh, I have arms and ammo, but just the idea of having to fend people off with hefty force is a thought I wish I did not have to entertain.

  • Aaron

    I have a 520 gallon SureWater Tank for storage inside my garage. However, I became worried about me having to shoot a robber inside my house and the risk that a bullet may go through the wall which would puncture my water storage tank.

    So now I have also invested in a large number of 5 gallon tanks and a crate of bottled 16.9 ounce bottles. You may laugh but a bullet through the cases of water will cause me to loose far fewer gallons than if a bullet goes through the big tank!

    Something to thing about – Backups for your Backups!

    God Bless and Be Safe!

  • TX4Life

    I would like to know how water can be purified with pool chlorine. I have some but have no idea how much to use to purify a gallon of water for drinking.

  • Paul

    Prudence is thinking in the hot summer of the cold winter.

  • Paul

    Storage sucks up peaks and levels out valleys.

    If you put your storage from the warehouse onto the road, you are dependent on road conditions.

    Just-in-time was thought up by those MBA guys to minimise “dead” costs.

    Storage was thought up by engineers to minimise disruptions.

    When engineering counts less than accountancy an organization goes down the drain.

    • Optimistic Pessimist

      From the UK
      Unfortunately I can fully verify your last two statements.
      Last Engineering company I worked for we (Engineers) had a constant battle with management as they just saw the storage cost rather than the value of having a part in stock. Less inventory = less cost = happier shareholder = Dismayed engineer who can’t get the part due to Just in time suppliers who don’t have the part in stock as they manufacture just in time = 2 weeks manufacture + 2 weeks delivery from China = Pushes the Critical Path out on the gantt chart = Frustrates many people in the company trying to do a good job = Customer wondering why the service department can’t turn their product round in a week

      What a life!

  • Paul

    Who needs bottled water, when the pipe delivers higher quality directly into the home at much lower costs?

    On vacation, when I drive every day, my tank lasts about a week. If there is fuel shortage, it would last much longer, if nobody steals it.

    My garbage can needs 2 weeks to fill up.

    I’d probably need to buy a bicycle. Current bicycles let you drive 20km/h quite easily. Make sure you take a good chain and lock with you, lock frame and both wheels to something immovable, and put your bike beside a better looking one. :-)

    With the motorway empty of cars, I could use it for a direct route to my office.

    I just bought myself some LED torches with handcrank.

    And if the trucks fail, there is still the army.

    And yes, if the trucks stop, then they stand somewhere. All you need is to hotwire them …

  • grandpa

    If people play their cards right ,doing away with those who stand in the way of keeping things from getting worse is key. Not only that but actually things would recover beyond the false talk of an actual recovery and stores would be stocked nice and possibly function under their own line of credit.

  • James in OK

    They think preppers are crazy, because we question society’s “easy life” nature. America needs to wake up. Prepping is a personal responsibility. You can’t rely on others, especially the Gov’t.

  • paul
  • Survivor Mike

    Love the site. Agree with you that Mac over at is awesome. Read it everyday.

    Also agree that these past natural disasters are a sign of things to come. I’ve written on my site that living through hurricanes, outages, etc. have made us realize that we are only a few days away from chaos.

    Great post.

  • paul

    Water is easy to come by if you have electricity.

    Humidity in the air condenses on cold surfaces, like inside a fridge. Operate the fridge with open doors and collect the water that is running down.

    You can get electricity from solar cells and windmills.
    A camping fridge operates with heat. The sun supplies heat.

    It isn’t really rocket science.

  • hefsmaster

    Michael, Why do you leave comments restricted. It has done nothing to prevent people from getting abusive and rude. Least of all gary…
    Who has been increasingly getting more vitriolic and abusive….
    One apple is ruining the tree, just saying…

    • Michael

      You should see all of the stuff that I do censor out.


      • mondobeyondo

        And people wonder why I don’t start my own blog.. heheh!

        I will, eventually – provided I have the time and resources. Now is not the time, though.

      • hefsmaster

        I’m sure of that. But my point comes to this. Bloggers do what they do for the sake of getting the truth. Now i cannot tell who is being a true schmuck because we will never see their true colors. Being anonymous or the semblance thereof is likening it to alcohol and it’s ability to tell the truth.

        If you’re reading them all then put them (violators) on complete censorship till they clean it up. I want to know what people are thinking, even if it’s completely devoid of logic.

        Who’s kidding who? There is no decorum anymore….

  • Paul

    A solar cooker cooks and bakes without firewood, gas or electricity:

    • TX4Life

      I can brown a casserole in one in less than 2 hours. It is amazing how quickly a solar cooker heats up with no work involved. Love the Sun Oven.

  • wheedle

    WOW :-(

  • Barn Cat

    Hyperinflation and the resulting economic collapse is the biggest danger to the transportation of goods across the country. The Fed has printed trillions of bogus dollars over the last few years. Eventually we’ll have hyperinflation like Zimbabwe did. Zimbabwe once had 100 trillion dollar notes. Think about what that means for our economy. The other consequence of hyperinflation is the world abandoning the dollar as the world’s reserve currency. We will see the day when OPEC no longer accepts dollars as payment for oil. Once people can’t afford their $5,000 electric bills the whole electrical grid will go down. No electricity, no commerce, no working truck stops and gas stations. Hyperinflation and the complete destruction of our economy is a 100% certainty. The only question is when. 6 months? 1 year? 2 years?

  • Josh

    In honor of the truckers who keep my belly full:
    East Bound and Down by Jerry Reed

    • mondobeyondo

      Every time I watch the 1977 movie “Convoy”, I think about what truckers do to help our economy. Even though that movie is about truckers delivering alcoholic beverages across state lines.

      • Beth

        No, that was Smokey and the Bandit, right? LOVED Jackie Gleason in it! I run a true blue Mom and Pop truckstop, definitely a dinosaur in the time of super-truck plazas. We’re really well known for our home cooking. General consensus of truckers is that of being disgruntled for high and rising fuel prices, big companies underbidding on the independent drivers, and a complete lack of appreciation. THEY know what would happen if they all decided to shut down their rigs for a day!

  • Gina Frost

    John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
    Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
    Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death,but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
    Romans 5:8 But God commended His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.
    Ephesians 2:8-9 For by Grace are you saved through faith ,it is the gift of God and not of ourselves.
    Not of works lest any man should boast.

    Because God is righteous He has to punish sin,but because He is merciful,He sent His Son to die and pay for our sins. This Easter season I wish everyone would stop and think of why we celebrate Easter. The only way to prepare for whats to come is to acknowledge the fact that we were all born sinners . Acknowledge the fact that Christ died on the cross for our sins and ask him for forgiveness for our sins and accept Him as the only way to get to Heaven. It was Christ shed blood. Christ paid the price. It was our sin that has separated us from God . He has always loved us and has made a way for us to get to Heaven. We just have to accept it. it is a free gift. Our you prepared?

  • Mainuh1

    You can only store so much and technology fails with time unless maintained – eventually you will have to live off the land – forage for food and water. You will also have to fight to keep it. We will have a Mad Max world.

    • rickisadick

      buy heirloom seeds now, learn to garden, raise rabbits and chickens.

  • Syrin

    I have been telling people to be ready. I know I am. You will need weapons. Once supplies become scarce, you’ll have brain dead hordes of GARYS running around feeling entitled to take what ever they want by force.

    FYI- Grocery stores only keep a three day supply of food on hand. That’s how long you have.

    • Optimistic Pessimist

      RE: FYI
      If there is a rush then you’ll be lucky if the stores goods are there for a day.

      As we have proved in the UK over the past week that petrol stations run out within a day given a rush.

  • Robert

    Remember that the Feds own the interstate system and have the authority to close it to non-government use. That is really all it would take to trigger this, which would be an excuse for martial law.

  • karen

    All you need is a strike and truckers will not be on the highway, look at the price for fuel can you guess how much it is to fill up a semi, both tanks hundreds of dollar you have a lot of independent drivers, and the price for tags on the trailer VERY high. You should not depend on anyone but yourself in hard times, because most people are not going to help you, they will rob you that you can be sure of. I know it boggles the mind with all that will happen but when I first found out 6 years ago I was very scared and upset, took me awhile to believe, but now you don’t have the time to sit and ponder, I am a single parent my daughter is grown now and I have grandchildren. At first people called me crazy even my daughter and did that hurt because we are very close. But I had a purpose and nothing could stop me my sister thinks I’m nuts but I know it going to get very bad and I will do or die my family will not starve my daughter finally understands she knows what is to happen and who cares if others think your off your rocker. They are nothing but words and I will be ready. I do all of this buy myself for 6 years it’s hard to have small children working the garden I won’t have a garden left ha!!! I work and raise a large garden always have chickens and so on, and I love it 24/7 there is all kinds of help on the web everything you can image about gardening just remember the area you live in so it will be right with your seasons. Buy adult chickens you can have eggs then, not having to wait until there grown which takes months, Mcmurry hatcher has a web where you can buy meat chickens X jumbo they will be sent through the mail, they go real fast in about 4 months they are ready to eat. You can do it, it’s all in the mind.

  • Pete Bromley

    The worst thing I think we should prep for would be a zombie apocolypse.Just the idea of the dead rising to eat the living,plus all of the breakdown of basic services and no more organized government as the dead overrun military positions and the infection spreads geometrically….the horrors that await us……

    • rickisadick

      I should change my handle from ************** to peteis…. well you get my drift don’cha petey!

  • Rancher

    Countryside folks are the best IMHO to handle any and all the above. Most countryside folks are not grid tied other than electricity and that can be overcome. Been there done that.

    It is the hoards depending on public utilities which will primarily suffer and die off. Good luck on that as all good things come to an end.

    The other day I was showing another prepper wishing to join us the ant hills scattered around the Ranch here. He learned they were at work already with snow still remaining feet away. They were out gathering debris and bugs to repair and improve their hill.

    All spring/summer/fall they labor endlessly to gather in their prepper supplies so they can endure the long winter buried alive under feet of snow. They are warm and cozy then surrounded by their heat producing pile of decomposing plant debris and insulation from pine needles and small stuff surrounding them.

    If another bug who did not prep comes along and wants into their heated well stocked home during the long winter crisis… they are attacked and killed and dragged into the mound for dinner. The ants do not share with non preppers…. get my drift?

    By the way most self titled preppers will also perish rather quickly…. they just refuse to prep in a well balanced way and spend the cash to do it.

  • Andy Cowling

    In the UK we have had some “dress rehearsals” for this.

    Fuel transport strikes – or the threat of them – caused a panic which led to garages being depleted of their stocks within hours of the warning. The strikes didn’t happen yet – but already many motorists were unable to get fuel after most petrol stations ran out. The stocks kept by garages don’t cope for for long
    Being snowed in – last winter our town got snowed in for a week. People panicked that this could go on weeks, so went and picked the shelves of the local store clean. The local store is normally always stocked – but within a day it was out of all the essentials. The trucks then couldn’t get in to re-supply the store due to the snow – but if people hadn’t have panicked, we probably would not have been in such a bad situation.

    So its not just the stock levels, its the demand peaks which seem to kick in during events like this which only make things worse.

    Neither of these 2 events were significant in the end, but they certainly highlighted our dependency on supply chains in the UK.

  • JAH666

    Supply chain disruption would affect water purification and delivery rapidly, oh yeah. Large metropolitan areas, and even smaller cities, have in recent years bowed to the green movements and begun switching to costly waste-water recycling systems to recover potable water. The systems and chemicals used for these processes are more involved both in use of high-tech and electricity. As the supplies run out during a transport disruption the processes involved in water purification would dwindle. The systems that purify the water would necessarily be shut down. Even water from rivers and reservoirs would have to be purified. The simple methods that rely on chlorine would then be stressed. Water rationing would be enforced quickly in such areas. “Unwashed Masses” would take on a whole new meaning in the hives that are our metropolitan centers.

  • Metzen

    The first video on this page will show you how to make a 1000 gallon cistern as cheaply as I know how: Of course you would want to stagger the blocks as usual, and fill them with concrete and rebar (though mortar between blocks shouldn’t be necessary, so even a novice can do it, as long as you can pour the base and put the first row in while it’s wet).

  • K

    Good article. However, you have missed the most likely reason the trucks will stop. Economic. Fuel prices are already causing the price of everything to rise. A sudden spike in fuel prices, such as war with Iran, would cause fuel to increase as much as two dollars a gallon. Seven dollar a gallon diesel. The price to now deliver things, would exceed what most people could pay. No buyers, no reason for the trucks to run.

  • Ashley B.

    Shelves most certainly will be empty and FAST! Anyone that believes otherwise is a fool.
    I am a “couponer” (but not to the extreme of those people on tv) and run across quite a few empty shelves because of a good deal on cheap vitamins, cereal, dog food and so many other things.

    If a good deal can keep shelves empty for a week or more (it happens a lot to me, deliveries can’t keep up with demand) what will a disaster be like? Can’t even stand the thought.

    Great article, love the site!

    • Michael

      I hope you will comment more often Ashley and I am glad you are enjoying the articles. :)


  • MisterD

    Very good article! There is one thing that I haven’t been able to sort out concerning the access of clean water. We have stored water as well, but does anyone know what would be some of the best ways for the purification of water when everything begins to fall apart? I don’t think having stored water alone will be long enough to last.

  • Prepared Pastor

    One of the hardest things to teach my wilderness survival students is how to ‘see’ firewood in a forest. This article is correct that it takes several months to cure firewood, but deadfall wood is all over the place even in the wooded areas in city parks. Certainly, it is better to have several cords of wood ready to go, but those who learn to see differently there are alternatives – at least at the beginning of a crises.

    We live beneath the water tank so can immediately fill our 100 gallon $25 waterbob when the times comes and our hot water heater is quite large. We also leave between a river and a lake and have rain barrels and a 550 gallon water tank with three ways to treat/purify water.

  • jeff

    Living in a northern climate means that heating your home in the dead of winter is one of the biggest challenges. If you have a generator (like I do) that is great…until the fuel runs out. Does anyone know of a heater that uses kerosene or propane that can be used indoors?

    • Jeff

      assuming you do not have a wood stove of course…

    • Highspeedloafer

      Go to a local propane dealer, they have deals this time of year on propane wall mounted heaters. I have one in my rec room and it works very well without electricity.

      You can buy a kerosene heater at lowes home improvement for about $100.00.

    • Bob

      I have developed an easily constructed wood stove and published the instructions here:
      I use this to heat my house.

  • Chris

    Interesting read.

    I am all for having a few weeks supplies, maybe a month. I think the Doomsday preppers are another story.

    I know that things can happen. But, while the world groans and talk of “the end of the world is near,” we, who are true believers in Jesus as our savior, know that when it gets really bad, and it will, we will be taken up to heaven as we are not meant to go through the coming tribulation.

    Now, of course that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t stock up a little in case of a tornado, hurricane, etc. But, stocking up for a year or more, to me, just shows that either they don’t know Jesus as their savior, or they think the tribulation period to come is for them to suffer through as well.

    Without getting into much more of that, I say all this to say, yes, we should all prepare for a little, but doesn’t the Bible tell us that His children will never beg for food. God will provide.

    For those that don’t believe, then I ask that you pray and consider. You have no blessed assurance and you will go through terrible things to come. You can prep all you want, but someone will always be stronger or have more. You may think all the prepping will save you, but then a militia or army comes along and takes it.

    I trust that Jesus will supply my needs for me and my family – long term. I don’t think there is anything wrong prepping for short term scenarios… bad things happen to everyone, good or bad.

    Just my 2 cents! Thanks for the great read!

    • Sunday

      There is no rapture before the tribulation. Dont listen to this “self preservation” rhetoric. It’s prepping you for all the wrong reasons. What will you do when the Beast demands you get his mark to replenish your food items. If you arent willing to starve now, why would you be willing to starve when the Beast comes?

      • TK

        Good point Sunday!

  • YHVH

    Very true article. But there’s only one problem. If people know that you have survival items then you will become a target!

  • Cleo

    In regards to the ATA article, one thing that is not mentioned are all of the unintended consequences of all of the DOT and FMCSA (fed motor carrier safety administration. Not only have CDL holders lost many personal freedoms, regulations are driving (pardon the pun) seasoned drivers out of the industry by finding other means of employment or by retiring early if they are set up financially. Consequently, even in a down economy we are experiencing a severe shortage of “experienced” drivers. The void is being filled by foreigners (Mexican, Bosnians, Serbs, Russians, etc. You should try communicating with them…not an easy thing to do.

    Here’s just a couple of regs. In 2010, a program called CASA was started and still being added to. It’s supposed to weed “bad” drivers out of the system. You get points against your record for any required light that is out. Trucks have always been designed redundantly with lots of lights so if a turn signal goes out, there is always another one blinking. Doesn’t matter that it just went out and you haven’t had time to fix it.

    Now with a CDL, the blood alcohol limit has been reduced to .04%. So, if I’ve had a beer or two and get pulled over in my car, if I have a .04% blood alcohol, I can have my CDL suspended even though the limit is .08 for drivers in their cars. Well, I don’t plan on or advocate driving after a beer or two, but cut us some slack. Go figure, huh? Same way with speeding (my last speeding ticket was in 10/85 61 in a 55). I can have my CDL suspended even if the offense is in my car.

    So, older, experienced, safe drivers are leaving the industry and being replaced by inexperienced and sometimes foreign drivers. Our bureaucrats at work! They know best how to drive a truck, even though the majority of them have never driven.

  • mark

    In a talk by Ezra Taft Benson October 1980 he said ” Have you ever paused to realize what would happen to your community or nation if transportation were paralyzed or if we had a war or depression? How would you and your neighbors obtain food? How long would the corner grocery store or supermarket sustain the needs of the community?” It is nice to see many of you wake up to what many members of the LDS Church have known for a long time. We have been living much of what is said on some of these blogs for many years. We have been grinding our own wheat from storage for over 25 years. We have been raising a garden for many years. We bought a ranch in the spring of 2001 and raise our own beef. I understand that many of you would not want to live in the quiet of the country and the hard work that comes with taking care of a large ranch, but at least many of you can prepare along with your neighbors for what could be coming. It can’t hurt to be prepared. Start today by thinking about a plan and get together with your families and neighbors to work on one.

  • Already Preppin

    I have heard some people say that when food is scarce they will just go hunt and fish for food. They truely seem to think that each one of them is the only one with that idea. I have helped people accept the need for prepping but I encourage them to start slowly. I read somewhere that any major city has only 3 days of food in it. I started with the “If you have 2 months of food and water you could hunker down and wait for the worst of it to go by”. Almost all of the people. as they gathered up the 2 months supply started reading and researching more. As a result almost all of them are striving to get a years worth of food, personal protection devices, seeds, and books on how to grow vegetables,slaughter animals, and food preservation. The baby step for getting 2 months supply seemed to be a good transition time to full on preppin’

  • Larry

    Water is one heavy mother trucker. 1 gallon is 8 pounds. A five gallon bucket filled with water is 40+ pounds. Its difficult to carry for any distance.

    Imagine the whole neighborhood down at the local creek trying to fill their jars, waterbottles, or buckets. It will look like a story out of national geographic. I’m sure order and civility will be held up to the highest standard.

  • Erin

    Hi Michael, :)

    I’m a newbie to all this. I suppose you could say that I’m “just starting to wake up and prepare.” I must say that all the info I’ve been reading on your site is very disturbing but I don’t want to be one of those people that simply sticks their head in the sand anymore.

    If things don’t go bad, then I can simply sit back, take a big sigh of relief and have a good laugh at myself. However, if things do end up going south, I’d like to be able to prep as wisely as I can (even at this late date).

    If it’s at all possible, do you think you could email me some tips about what you’ve been doing with your money? I have a comfortable amount in savings and I really don’t know who to trust about what I should do with it in order to protect it. I’ve already taken steps as far as food, water and other things around my house. I’m out of debt and own the house free and clear.

    Any good, solid advice you could give me would be greatly appreciated. Should I buy gold, silver? Move some of my dollars into another currency? I just have no clue and have never played “the Market”.

    Btw, thanks for all your articles. As scary as some of them seem, it’s better to be aware and prepare for rainy days than to think the “party” will last forever.

    • Michael


      In the short-term the number one thing I recommend is that people have enough money stored up to be able to pay at least six months (preferably one year) of your household expenses.

      During the last economic downturn, millions of people lost their jobs and then they lost their homes because they had no cushion.

      Don’t let that happen to you.


    • Optimistic Pessimist

      BIG THUMBS UP to this advice. Glad you have come across this site and started down the road.

      I’ve been working for myself the last year and had a bit of trouble after the fourth month when the realisation hit me: What happens if I run out of money and cannot buy food in a couple of months. After that enlightening and disturbing thought I have a well stocked kitchen now.

      It gives peace of mind to know that if I have a bad month working I only have to pay the rent and can feed myself for free until I can replenish.

      This is the right sort of mindset that you should be looking at. If you prepare for the future, when it comes you should be able to deal with it in an easier way.

      • Zedge Hero

        Prep for diaster, prep for unemployment, or my buddy says it best -prep for retirement and self suffiency!

        Get busy living or get busy dying! -Shawshank Redemption.

  • matt

    I have always assumed that this was a given. I mean really? The Economic Collapse. The name of the site kind of gives you the first clue. But seriously Michael i would like to thank you for your tireless posting. I know it is, at it’s base an advertising platform. You also have to pay the bills. How else could you possibly have the time to bring us this information. I ‘woke up’ late in 2010. tried for a time to convince others of coming danger,geeze talk about a thankless task. Gave that up and started getting ready. I figured I had been given a chance to prepare to help others who are at present to blind to see. the normalcy bias is going to wack the living crap out of most folks. They just cannot envision an America where the rule of law is gone, the healthcare system is gone, the very fabric of their nice soft lives will be torn asunder. Your site is a beacon. the truth is right there for all to see, if they would but open their eyes and WAKE UP! There has been no misdirection, no agenda. Just the truth. Take from it what you will, ignore and dismiss at you own peril. Thanks again. Matthew

  • M. Hapney

    A very small percentage of the population is preparing in any way for the coming collapse. What amazes me is the effort by the banker media to try and marginalize and ridicule people who are smart enough to prepare.

    Shows like Doomsday Preppers are nothing more than hit pieces, no doubt about that. Showing mentally unstable, irrational people as ‘preppers.’

    It just goes to show how greedy the banksters really are, and how badly they want every individual entirely dependent on them and their puppet gov/control/rules.

    So greedy that they don’t want even the 2% that prep to slip out of their grasp when they decide to pull the plug.

    Been learning things in that regard since 2004 and my best guess is 2013 will be the year they do a couple false flags and push us over the cliff.

    As Jim Rogers said, 2012 is when people EXPECT a collapse, it is a puppet/political year; they will keep the ponzi going until 2013. Just when people start to believe that truly all things are well and fine.

  • http://www, Old Timer

    The trucking industry has changed over the past 3 years or more. Wherein it used to be a corporate – usualy family bsiness – who owned dozens of big rigs; they have sold out. Today most of the truckers are indcependent, buying their own trucks with short term hauling back and forth,.

    For an example in cattle pick up here in Virginia they are hauled across the country -long expensive runs that require time consideratyions for perishable cargo.They then search for another load to haul elsewhere.

    This implies that the trucker, usually a husband and wife team, appear to make a lot of money but it all goes out quickly in health, wear and tear on the truck with tires, licenses, road fees and of copurse fuel costs now over $4.00 a gallon.

    Local short hauls just fold up. Small back hoe and such businesses just die since you can not pass on the costs of fuel and increased maintainence to a once in a while customer. You are still paying for that rig or equipment, and you have to keep it going and going and going. Credit costs imply interest costs.

    The trucking industry is one of our most valuable and risky businesses today.

    A Truckers strike would be liklely but with independent truckers in the majority they could strike for Government fuel coupons – subsidies. This of course would move D>C> along when Wally shuts down.

    Railroads move more than you think, but with urban sprawl you still have to have trucks that deliver.

    Prepping is several years of learning, planning and bit by bit accumulation of what you think you will need at your location. Try dealing with out paper products for a month. Water, well I have wrote several articles on this subject.

    OT- back in the garden.

  • rancher

    If Christians foolishly think the rapture is going to save their butts they are sadly mistaken. Just like the thousands or world wide disasters, wars and plagues which have destroyed humans from before recorded time.

    Mankind has been around a lot longer than 6k years or so and has been wasted more times than we care to admit. Since Jesus Christians have been tricking themselves into believing the next disaster will be the tribulation and they will exit early and go to the streets of gold. They died and did not get raptures…even once.

    I do not deny the rapture but I will also say only fools believe God will protect them in a disaster. Especially thinking God will trigger the rapture just to save them from undo suffering, starvation, rape and death. He gave you a brain…so use it and make Him proud of you. Learn from History and stop denying it….,

    • TK

      Amen Rancher, the idea of a rapture to keep us from suffering is a myth for sure. Click on my name to learn more about “The Last Day Rapture”

  • Zak

    M. Hapney, my guess is that the percentage of bankers that are Preppers might be higher than the general population. They just can talk about it in public because that would put them out of business.

    I feel that that a case study of Greece and Europe in general can provide a wealth of knowledge to the Prepper community. Michael, are there articles or forums discussing this topic?



  • Schwarzer Peter

    My adult son was making fun of my stash containing freeze dried food. He wanted to know if he is allowed to feed it to me in 20 years from now, after I become old and feeble. Yes, if it were to take that long to get used, by all means. The food will last for 25 years, but I have a feeling that our whole family will be using it long before the expiring date.

    • http://mozilla mr

      yes son and daughters ….make fun but when the time comes no matter what!! the disaster!!..readiness will not be on your shelves

  • Tony Lamb

    I have been an over the road trucker for about 12 years I quit back in 2000 and back then I saw owner/operators doing their laundry in truck stop restrooms using their free hand soap to soap up their laundry and wash their clothes in the sink and using a hand dryer to dry their clothes. IF it was that bad in 1998 to 2000 how bad do you think it is for owner operators today with $4.00 a gallon diesel fuel. Owner operators have all but dissapeared from America. Is this for better or worse? When SHTF we will all be drinking from lakes and streams and eating rat meat and loving it….

  • Paranoid

    Having been one for over 50 years; I can state with assuramce preppers are nuts. The question is however, are we right?

    • J Gibbs, PhD

      Noah was a prepper for 150 years, and he was laughed at, scorned, mocked, etc. However, we all know the end of that story. ;)

      • Kim

        I like the Noah analogy!!! Reading The Harbinger rt. all goes back to scripture, I feel soory for those who donot believe:(

  • Gay Veteran

    Prepping is like buying insurance, you hope you don’t need it but is valuable if you do need it.

    You need to get barter items: booze, tobacco, sugar, coffee

    So prepare now! But when a crisis hits don’t forget to go to the stores and buy as much as you can, everyone else will be.

    • rickisadick

      Me thinks I will prep now and stay home away from the stores when the ********* hits the fan.

  • J.J.C.

    I live in the Southwest.
    Without water, we will die first.

  • ky survivor

    remember opsec when prepping. when others know you have it they will try to take it shtf. dont forget archery as a option for hunting and defense.

    • Paranoid

      Or just pretend tp prep and make them into jerkey when they try to rob you.

      • wisefool

        I wouldn’t even joke about cannibalism, yuck. Eating the neighbors dog however, is no joke, and going on right now.

        • ann

          Tell me you aren’t eating the neighbors dog

    • GSOB

      As a back up plan to a shot gun, 22, blades and C-4.

  • davidmpark

    This is why home production and storage is essential.

    A family is capable of creating most of their needed commodities at their home. Grow food, build items, reuse and rework what is considered waste.

    Research how to do things, and then experiment – try your strengths and weaknesses.

  • James

    People will have to learn how to do without even the things on the list. If the trucks never regain their ability to run regular routes, people will have to use what is at hand, or found on the land. For thousands of years, man has been able to survive without the modern conveniences we have today. Food can be found all over nature if you know where to look. You don’t need Coleman fuel (petroleum derivative)when you can start a fire on your own. Portable toilets? Give me a break. You can dig a hole in the ground and do your business and cover it up. Leaves make wonderful toilet paper. Sand can be used to filter water, and then boiled to kill the bacteria. Weapons should include knives, clubs, bow and arrows, and your mind. Guns use gunpowder which won’t be available after the shutdown. Wood will be plentiful and it doesn’t need to be bone dry, you keep the wet wood near a fire to dry the bulk of your wood for use in a fire. Keep the semi-wet wood near the fire so it gets dry enough to ignite. You’re not going to want to build a big fire, just a fire big enough to cook with and to keep warm. There are large amounts of dry tinder in the woods and fields if you know how to find it. Animal dung makes good fuel. India has been using dung for ages. Source of light could come from campfires and other various natural materials. You don’t want to have a big light source to draw unfriendly people to your camp. Most people during this time period will be angry and desperate and will do anything to deprive you of your belongings and resources. Can openers can be made out of a hunting knife, if there are any cans to be found. The government will probably be giving out commodities such as beans, rice, and other dry foods for a limited time. Just enough time for you to adjust to the new norm, and to learn how to subsist on things found in the environment. Buy the latest copy of the Army Survival Manual and learn it. Small mammals make good food, most people would not eat the things found in nature. They wouldn’t know how to catch it, or prepare it in such a way that it doesn’t pass on disease and parasites.

    • Ranger2012

      You are right up to a point, like 150 years ago when the NA pop. was only 40 million. Now at 350 million, it means that compitition for that dandylion in your front yard is going to be fierce.

      • occumommy

        with the apathy of today’s people and their reliance on modern conviniences many people will die quickly lowering the competition quickly. as horrible as that sounds. if you take up a nice position in the woods with a natural shelter. you have a better chance of living already, knowing how to find your own food and drinkable water will also make your chances of surviveing a lot higher. the earth can support us, we just have to learn how to use the resources correctly. and you can take stock that there are a lot of people who will die because they never took the time to learn.

  • davidmpark

    1. Generators (Good ones cost dearly. Gas storage, risky. Noisy…target of
    thieves; maintenance etc.)
    *** I’ve made thirteen windmill generators from scrap lumber, junkyard alternators, and other leftovers. Hydro-power is the second easiest to build.***

    2. Water Filters/Purifiers
    *** Filters can be made from sand, gravel, and charcoal. Purifiers from cholrine can be chemically made from salt water. Seriously.***

    3. Portable Toilets
    *** extra 5-gal bucket with shopping bags, or build a good outhouse.***

    4. Seasoned Firewood. Wood takes about 6 – 12 months to become dried, for home
    *** 3-4 weeks if kept under black plastic. Can also burn corn cobs, useless papers from work. Even dog poop can be made into charcoal. Most animal manures can be anaerobically digested to extract methane, or extract methanol from wood.***

    5. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps (First Choice: Buy CLEAR oil. If scarce, stockpile
    Can be made, extracted from fats***

    6. Coleman Fuel. Impossible to stockpile too much.
    ***extract methane from animal manure, or even humanure.***

    7. Guns, Ammunition, Pepper Spray, Knives, Clubs, Bats & Slingshots.
    *** Make ‘em. Not hard to do.***

    8. Hand-can openers, & hand egg beaters, whisks.
    *** Most folks already have these. Trade or make ‘em. Again, not hard to do.***

    9. Honey/Syrups/white, brown sugar
    *** honeybees, maple trees, and sugar canes, sugar beets, and sorghum plants are where these come from. Raise ‘em and process.***

    10. Rice – Beans – Wheat
    *** Save seed, grow wherever and when you can.***

    Not hard to prepare and do these things if your willing to do.

    • mjfalken

      I’m interested in your comment about hydropower and how it’s the second easiest to build.You have any info on how to build the hydropower or where I can find the info online? I would appreciate any feedback you have.

      • Ranger2012

        If you have a stream/river, that has enough volume/speed, then you could make an hydroelectric generator. Go to You Tube, to see the simple to the complex systems.

      • davidmpark

        Just funnel any naturally moving stream of water through a channel into a pipe that’s connected the proper generator. Practical Action has the blueprints on how to build it.

        The hydropower that I’ve been toying lately with isn’t based on water movements from streams. I’ve been trying to get the water to cycle through low-energy distillation (kinda like how the ocean currents work with hot and cold extremes) to run the alternators. I’ve had some success; but nothing great yet.

    • rickisadick

      out of curiosity, how the heck do you extract methane from human poop? Never mind. I am just going to buy a bunch of coleman propane canisters and add to the ones I have. :)

      • davidmpark

        Anaerobic digestion done by bacteria in a oxygen-void space.

    • judiannisbadass

      @davidmpark will you please email me about the windmill generators? Id like to pick your brain! Lol


      judiannisbadass28 @ gmail .com

    • Ken

      Get paraffin oil for lamps. Much less smoke than kerosene from Walmart or other sources. Use a short half pint ball canning jar. Use a chisel to make a thre quarter inch slit in the top and insert a wide wick with less than 1/8 inch extended out. Fill with paraffin oil and you have a long lasting lamp. Use a extra jar top to seal it when not in use. I bought some small glass lamp shades use in ceiling fan light as a shade to protect the flame.

      • Ken

        Ps. Local church supply stores are your cheaper sources for pure paraffin oil.

  • rickisadick

    It will be terrible, imagine having to eat fido.

    • kathy

      no, we’re not going to eat Fido. He is our guardian, and alarm system.

      • rickisadick

        Spoken like someone that has never REALLY been that hungry before. If it comes down to fido or the kids starving…………..

        • Lorri

          Fido is family – and if the kids are starving and you eat fido then who do you eat after fido is gone?

  • md

    Noah was the first prepper in recorded history

    • DownWithLibs


  • Maxx

    I’ve been prepping for a couple years – a little at a time as I can afford. My wife has been appreciative but probably thinks I’m a little over the edge. With all that I see happening in the world, I must admit, some preparation helps me sleep at night; just in case.

    Friends and family not so keen on any sense of urgency. Hopefully, we’ll never find out if the prepping becomes a life-saver.

    • GSOB

      I feel ya

  • KHill

    There have been times that blizzards and hurricanes have made it impossible for trucks to deliver to a region for over a week or more and it was not good but not as bad as this article makes it out to be. All the things in the article are bound to happen if trucks stop running, but I think it would take longer than the breakdown here. I believe everyone should be prepared with at least the basics regardless of where they live or what they believe the future holds. I can make anything i need from found items, hunt, skin and tan, farm, purify water, and I’m in the medical field. I feel sorry for people who can’t live without cellophane wrapped cuts of meat and a microwave.What will happen to all the elderly who rely on meals on wheels and oxygen tanks? That bothers me.

    • TripodXL

      KHill; The flaw in your logic about “it was not as bad as this article makes it out” is that a regional issue has the resources outside the region to draw on to mitigate the circumstances of a disaster. If there is a systemic issue and there are no “other resources” to draw from, IT WILL be that bad. Go to your local grocery store and have the manager explain to you how goods are ordered and how often a truck comes “just in time” to deliver groceries. You’ll be surprised and more so when you ask him how they would handle “manual orders” in the event the computers don’t work and trucks don’t run. Then ask him how long the shelves would have stock on them if a truck didn’t come in for a week.

    • kat

      Canning jars.
      Canning lids {rotate your supply to keep seals fresh] this year buy 5 yrs worth, next year buy fresh. but use out of your stash so you always are keeping fresh supply. “Lids could become currency. Not all foods dry well. And weather may not cooperate for large drying. Could dry down as much as possible then can.
      Pressure canner and extra gasket.

      Know where your local hypnotist is for emergency anesthesia for surgeries.

      Don’t eat all the cattle,oxen maybe needed to plow.

      Silver dollars for antimicrobial use in water containers

      • Ken

        Buy tattler reusable lids.

    • Ken

      I’m in the medical field too. I used to work in an er. There were many times that we would run out of supplies like Iv caths and 4×4’s over the weekend if we were really busy. And this was in a large city! I was in new Orleans on an ambulance the day after katrina hit. I became a real prepper that day. I spent a full week there before there was enough resources to relieve us. Most of the ambulances were private too. Fuel to take folks from NL to baton rouge was in short supply and night runs was out of the question due to safety. If your life saving plan includes the government coming to your rescue, your plan has a fatal flaw

  • Jeremy

    No, preppers are not crazy, but don’t assume that all Americans should do the same thing. The scenario you described could have happened at any time in the past, present or future.

    There is a country to fight for, and if everyone just goes underground, then there will be no one left to fight.

    Times are unprecedentally tough (for those of us who are young), and the situation has not gotten better, but this does not mean we should read this site everyday and fret from all the possible things that could go wrong.

  • JackieG

    About $10 worth of calcium chlorite (pool shock) will purify 20 thousand gallons of water.
    A one litre bottle of 50% food grade hydrogen peroxide will purify 1000 gallons of water.
    or 12 drops to a gallon.

    • Steve

      50% h2o2 can be very dangerous. Use extreme caution when handling this product.

      3% is normal dilution for all around use.

  • James

    It is very, very unlikely that a catostrophic event on a scale suffecient enough to completley demobilze the entire transportation infrustructure of the nation will ever occur. Where such an event to occur, it would most certainly not be permenant, why would it be? Would anyone honestly be content to merely survive in the animalistic sense of the word, when we have the knowledge and capability to do otherwise. If something like that was to happen, everyone would doubtlessly do everything possiable to reverse it, anyone who would’nt, would only be contributing to their own misery. Furthermore, believe it or not, the government would do everything possible to restore order, not for the benefit of the citizenzary, but for without oderly stability, they would become powerless, and power after all is what they value above everything.

    • GSOB


    • jimmy

      That is an incredibly naive view.

    • Steve

      what about a ‘pole shift’?

      I’m glad you are not my neighbor.

      Go stick your head back in the sand or go watch some more tv.

  • cletus van damme

    Ive been prepping for a while now as well, even though I do not have a steady, full time job. But, Ive always been like that, I remember making bug out bags when I was 10 in the 1990s. This article shows how fragile our whole transportation system is. One shock from oil prices or disruption in them for a few days can cause total turmoil. Its really foolish that we have based our whole society on a finite resource. I guess when something happens, the fema camps will be open for those non preppers.

  • MatS

    I’d like to suggest a few things, and I’m sure I’ll think of many more after I hit “send”

    Baby diaper rash lotion, cheap at 99 cent stores

    Hand lotions, ditto

    A yachtsmen’s emergency dental kit that will allow you to replace fillings, etc.

    A CB or Ham radio (go ahead and get an FCC license…it’s easy. I did it at 71). Cell systems may be down, or you can’t afford it, but CB radios run on 12 volts, as do many ham walky-talkies. By becoming a ham now you can befriend some local hams, and learn how to stay on the air if there’s an emergency. They practice emergency communications once a year in the summer, called “Field Day”. (I might add that my brother who is 60 and works for a three-letter agency recently got a ham license out of the blue…he’d never expressed interest at all, yet he said he was doing it for emergency reasons. huh?)

    Some sort of filter that’ll allow you to drink pool water (a lot of pools out here).

    If you get a generator, try to get one that will use propane; the fuel doesn’t deteriorate and you can get a local company to install a tank for free if you tell them it’s for cooking. Of course you’ll have to pay to fill it.

    Get spare electric computers for your cars in case there’s an EMP strike. I’m told diesels are immune.

    Get a hand air pump for bicycles; get a tire patch kit for your car. And pickup a cheap bike and learn how it works.

    Stock up on WD-40, lithium grease, and duct tape. Get plenty of those strong tie wraps.

    You might want to buy bug sprays, but use them sparingly.

    Get a tow rope or chain for pulling a car.

    Get clothesline and clothes pins.

    • Cathi

      I totally agree. Especially the ham radio…it seems many hams are in gov,t work and seem to have a lot of knowledge about what the Feds are prepping for-maybe they(the Feds) know something we don’t. It’s funny that you mentioned Field day,since it was just this past weekend! And the higher you go,(there are 3levels) the more useful you can be in the event of a nationwide breakdown…

  • Thomas James

    Michael, I read that same article yesterday too then thought it was ironic how a truck depot was hit by the tornado yesterday and all the pictures of wrecked trucks!!

    • Michael

      That is a good point – I had not thought of that connection.


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