20 Things You Will Need To Survive When the Economy Collapses and
the Next Great Depression Begins
of Americans say that they believe that the United States is on
the verge of a major economic collapse and will soon be entering
another Great Depression. But only a small percentage of those same
people are prepared for that to happen. The sad truth is that the
vast majority of Americans would last little more than a month on
what they have stored up in their homes. Most of us are so used
to running out to the supermarket or to Wal-Mart for whatever we
need that we never even stop to consider what would happen if suddenly
we were not able to do that. Already the U.S. economy is starting
to stumble about like a drunken frat boy. All it would take for
the entire U.S. to resemble New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina
would be for a major war, a terror attack, a deadly pandemic or
a massive natural disaster to strike at just the right time and
push the teetering U.S. economy over the edge. So just how would
you survive if you suddenly could not rely on the huge international
corporate giants to feed, clothe and supply you and your family?
Do you have a plan?
already live in a cave or you are a complete and total mindless
follower of the establishment media, you should be able to see very
clearly that our society is more vulnerable now than it ever has
been. This year there have been an unprecedented number of large
earthquakes around the world and volcanoes all over the globe are
awakening. You can just take a look at what has happened in Haiti
and in Iceland to see how devastating a natural disaster can be.
Not only that, but we have a world that is full of lunatics in positions
of power, and if one of them decides to set off a nuclear, chemical
or biological weapon in a major city it could paralyze an entire
region. War could erupt in the Middle East at literally any moment,
and if it does the price of oil will double or triple (at least)
and there is the possibility that much of the entire world could
be drawn into the conflict. Scientists tell us that a massive high-altitude
EMP (electromagnetic pulse) blast could send large portions of the
United States back to the stone age in an instant. In addition,
there is the constant threat that the outbreak of a major viral
pandemic (such as what happened with the 1918 Spanish Flu) could
kill tens of millions of people around the globe and paralyze the
economies of the world.
But even without
all of that, the truth is that the U.S. economy is going to collapse.
So just think of what will happen if one (or more) of those things
does happen on top of all the economic problems that we are having.
Are you prepared?
is a list of 20 things you and your family will need to survive
when the economy totally collapses and the next Great Depression
Food is going
to instantly become one of the most valuable commodities in existence
in the event of an economic collapse. If you do not have food you
are not going to survive. Most American families could not last
much longer than a month on what they have in their house right
now. So what about you? If disaster struck right now, how
long could you survive on what you have? The truth is that we all
need to start storing up food. If you and your family run out of
food, you will suddenly find yourselves competing with the hordes
of hungry people who are looting the stores and roaming the streets
looking for something to eat.
Of course you
can grow your own food, but that is going to take time. So you need
to have enough food stored up until the food that you plant has
time to grow. But if you have not stored up any seeds you might
as well forget it. When the economy totally collapses, the remaining
seeds will disappear very quickly. So if you think that you are
going to need seeds, now is the time to get them.
can survive for a number of weeks without food, but without water
you will die in just a few days. So where would you get water if
the water suddenly stopped flowing out of your taps? Do you have
a plan? Is there an abundant supply of clean water near your home?
Would you be able to boil water if you need to?
water and figuring out how you are going to gather water if society
breaks down, another thing to consider is water purification tablets.
The water you are able to gather during a time of crisis may not
be suitable for drinking. So you may find that water purification
tablets come in very, very handy.
You can't sleep
on the streets, can you? Well, some people will be able to get by
living on the streets, but the vast majority of us will need some
form of shelter to survive for long. So what would you do if you
and your family lost your home or suddenly were forced from your
home? Where would you go?
The best thing
to do is to come up with several plans. Do you have relatives that
you can bunk with in case of emergency? Do you own a tent and sleeping
bags if you had to rough it? If one day everything hits the fan
and you and your family have to "bug out" somewhere, where
would that be? You need to have a plan.
If you plan
to survive for long in a nightmare economic situation, you are probably
going to need some warm, functional clothing. If you live in a cold
climate, this is going to mean storing up plenty of blankets and
cold weather clothes. If you live in an area where it rains a lot,
you will need to be sure to store up some rain gear. If you think
you may have to survive outdoors in an emergency situation, make
sure that you and your family have something warm to put on your
heads. Someday after the economy has collapsed and people are scrambling
to survive, a lot of folks are going to end up freezing to death.
In fact, in the coldest areas it is actually possible to freeze
to death in your own home. Don't let that happen to you.
#5) An Axe
the theme of staying warm, you may want to consider investing in
a good axe. In the event of a major emergency, gathering firewood
will be a priority. Without a good tool to cut the wood with that
will be much more difficult.
You will also
want something to start a fire with. If you can start a fire, you
can cook food, you can boil water and you can stay warm. So in a
true emergency situation, how do you plan to start a fire? By rubbing
sticks together? Now is the time to put away a supply of lighters
or matches so that you will be prepared when you really need them.
you may want to consider storing up a good supply of candles. Candles
come in quite handy whenever the electricity goes out, and in the
event of a long-term economic nightmare we will all see why our
forefathers relied on candles so much.
Boots Or Comfortable Shoes
When you ask
most people to list things necessary for survival, this is not the
first or the second thing that comes to mind. But having hiking
boots or very comfortable and functional shoes will be absolutely
critical. You may very well find yourself in a situation where you
and your family must walk everywhere you want to go. So how far
do you think you will get in high heels? You will want footwear
that you would feel comfortable walking in for hours if necessary.
You will also want footwear that will last a long time, because
when the economy truly collapses you may not be able to run out
to the shoe store and get what you need at that point.
#8) A Flashlight
When the power
goes off in your home, what is the first thing that you grab? Just
think about it. A flashlight or a lantern of course. In a major
emergency, a flashlight or a lantern is going to be a necessity especially if you need to go anywhere at night.
or "crank style" flashlights or lanterns will probably
be best during a long-term emergency. If you have battery-powered
units you will want to begin storing up lots and lots of batteries.
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