I hope your food stockpiling is going well now. Don't lose
hope; as long as you are moving forward, you're making
progress. You're accomplishing what you set out to do. I
know you preps probably aren't coming along as fast as
you'd like, but don't worry. Before long, you'll be
looking back and seeing how far you've come.

There are a lot of things that are going on around us,
which give us all cause for concern. One of the biggest
going on today is the potential collapse of the dollar.
Actually, I'd have to say that there isn't a potential
collapse but that a definite collapse coming along.

The only real questions we face are when the collapse is
going to happen and how bad it will be when it comes. It
seems like every month we're hearing things in the news
that could indicate that the collapse is coming soon; yet
somehow we keep moving on.

Each time that happens, it just means that the next time
it will be worse. One of these times, they won't be able
to stop the crisis, and the whole house of cards is going
to come tumbling down.

That won't be pretty when it happens. When Argentina had
their financial collapse, many lives were destroyed.
People went from owning businesses and having everything
they need one day, to collecting cardboard to sell for
recycling the next.

It took three years for Argentina to dig out of that mess.
Things won't be that quick and easy when it happens in big
developed nations. When Argentina's economy collapsed, the
rest of the world was there to pull them out; who will be
left to pull us out?

When the U.S. had the housing collapse in 2009, it affected
the economy around the world. We can be sure that the next
one will do so as well. There won't be anyone around that
can help Americans get over an economic depression.

So, with such a high risk of financial collapse coming and
literally no hope of receiving help from other countries,
what are we going to do? I hope you're not one of the
people who are expecting the government to take care of
us. They've already proven that they can't do that.

This is something that most preppers are expecting. While
they might also be prepping for other things, they are
also preparing for this financial crash.

Preparing for a financial crash could be the hardest thing
to plam for because so many things that we all depend upon
will be gone. The infrastructure will probably fall apart.
There might even be a general collapse of society.

That's what happened in Argentina. The financial collapse
ended up causing a general social collapse. Mob violence
became the norm. Vandalism and looting were happening all
around.

People who weren't prepared were the hardest hit. Even
those who were prepared had a hard time, but at least they
had something to fall back on; they had food and water
stored for an emergency.

While the collapse will be a horrible event that may even
destroy this country. It doesn't have to destroy your
life. By preparing now to live without the help of the
infrastructure that we now depend on, you can be ready
when the collapse happens.

That's the true key to prepping. It's not just about
stockpiling food, water and supplies. It's learning how to
live independently. More than anything, it's learning how
to do things in other ways so that you don't need society
as it is now to survive.

Any food stockpile will run out eventually. In order to be
ready to face the financial crash, you need more than just
a stash of food. You need to be able to produce you own
food as well. After all, how many of us can actually
stockpile three or more years of food?

Many preppers are going far beyond stockpiling food and
water. These people are going back to the old idea of
homesteading: changing their backyards into mini farms
so that they can grow their own food.

While it may be difficult to grow enough food to live off
of, every tomato you can grow is one that you don't need
to buy. The same can be said for every egg your chickens
lay.

Food produced on your land is the most secure food source
there is. It's not perfect, however. If you have chickens,
you can be sure that you'll have predators that want to
eat them and rats that want their feed; but you'll also
have fresh eggs to eat.

You can't stop your thinking with food either. With much
of the infrastructure down, you'll have to do a lot of
things for yourself. Things like electricity, water and
sewage may not be available.

That's why it's so important to become as independent as
you can. We really can't predict exactly what will happen
when the economic collapse comes. You and I have to be
ready for anything.

While being ready for anything is a goal, it may be seen
as an unreachable one. There are so many possible
problems, each of which contains options we can't see.
However, that's really no excuse for not trying.

I mentioned a bit about some of the things that can go
wrong when the economic collapse comes. We really need to
talk about that some more. I'll share my ideas on the
topic next time we get together.

While you are waiting, check out this video on how you
can deal with the food crisis coming from the current
situation:

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Over the past few newsletters we have focused very much on
basic survival, specifically staying fed.

Survival is our first and foremost priority for obvious
reasons. But there is one thing separating the great
preppers from the good:

Comfort.

At first glance, the idea of comfort may seem like a bit
of a luxury, when faced with a brave new world, or at
least very extreme weather.

A little bit of discomfort doesn't kill, after all.

But it does affect your energy levels, how you sleep and
how many calories you burn.

Even more so, it affects your mood, and being good spirits
is important. The main comforts you'll need in a disaster
include staying entirely dry and not feeling cold, eating
something that you like, and having enough food that you
are not constantly fighting hunger.

Those are good for the body.

But something that goes a very long way for the spirit,
helping retain a sense of normalcy, is electricity. With
some planning, you could keep your house lit even when the
whole neighborhood goes dark.

* Generators

For the survivalist who doesn't want to invest too much
money into something permanent, or who is not allowed to,
a generator is the obvious choice.

The size of your generator is going to depend on your
power needs.

You will have to figure out how many watts each of your
devices, primarily lights, need to run.

This may be listed on the packaging; if not, there are
general wattage worksheets available online.

Add up all the devices that will be running at once, and
you will know what size of generator to get.

Bigger is not better. The biggest generator available
might be able to handle your entire electric usage, but
all of those watts you aren't using are wasting valuable
fuel.

Secondly, you are going to have to decide what fuel you
want to use. A generator can run on petrol (gasoline),
natural gas, vegetable oils or bio diesel.

* Solar power

Solar power can be a big investment, especially if you
intend to cover your roof with photovoltaic cells. To
minimize grid reliance, though, it can be a worthwhile
investment.

Depending on where you live, you might even be able to get
a government grant or 0% interest loan to help with the
installation. In some locations, you can also rent
photovoltaic systems.

Even if you only want a secondary system for those times
when the power goes out, solar may still be an option for
you. There are plenty of portable systems that can be set
up to run temporarily.

You might not even need quite as much direct sunlight as
you think. Gloomy Germany is currently the world's largest
solar power producer!

There are also ways of getting around a less than ideal
house alignment.

If you choose a system with a battery, you will be able to
save the energy that you create during sunny days and save
it for the night and cloudy skies. This certainly has its
benefit.

If you don't choose a system with a battery, you will only
be able to run your devices in sunlight – hardly the time
when you'll need your lights!

* Wind power

Every location has sunlight, but not every location has
winds strong enough to power a house. If you are in the
right location, though, wind power has its benefits.

Wind power is less of an investment than any of the other
renewable energy sources. The turbines are also generally
quite easy to install.

If they are going to pay off, however, they need a fair
bit of wind, and that generally means buying an incredibly
tall turbine or installing it on the top of a building.

If you live in New Zealand, you just might be in luck!
These fair isles have such impressive winds that quite low
turbines can often power entire houses.

But as with solar power, you are going to need some kind
of battery to keep you going when the wind is less strong.

It might be more difficult getting nearby neighbors to
sign off on a wind turbine than solar power, though, as
they can be quite unsightly and make lots of noise.

It is also difficult to get a wind power system only as a
backup.

While a solar cell system can be brought out and placed on
the ground when the grid goes down, due to its size the
wind turbine must be a permanent fixture.

* Water power

Speaking of permanent fixtures, if you want to really
minimize your grid reliance and earn some major
alternative energy points, consider water power – that is,
if you have a source of flowing water or a reservoir of
some sort on your land.

There is a common misconception that a very high water
flow is necessary to produce energy. This is not the case
at all.

There are systems that can run on streams with as little
as 1.3 feet (0.4 meters) of water and no elevation drop.

The cost of installing a micro hydro plant on your land
will vary greatly on your site, the water flow and the
distance to your house, but it may be cheaper than you
think.

Kits are generally available for the DIY-minded, but you
have to be careful and ensure that the generator and
turbine are a good match.

But a micro hydro plant is definitely not for the prepper
who only wants a secondary system to pull out in an
emergency. Water power can, in some places, be highly
seasonal.

I hope that this newsletter helped you think outside the
(power) box and better prepare for the future. Next time
we will explore alternative energy more in-depth.

Get a jump start by taking a look at the Solar Stirling
Plant system. There are loads of guides to DIY energy
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Introduction

Pretty much all modern communications depend upon electricity. It doesn’t matter if you’re talking about radio, television, the Internet or telephones, every device we count on to communicate uses electricity for its power source. Should the grid go down, those devices will cease to function.

Nevertheless, if there is one time when some form of communication is needed, it’s during a major catastrophe. You’ll need to be able to find out what’s going on, inform family members that you’re okay, and find information to survive. Without the ability to communicate, all problems will be magnified.

While the power might be out, there will probably still be some communications available. The federal government established emergency communications procedures that radio stations are required to practice. Many of those radio stations have generators for emergency power.

The Details

  • Battery-Powered Radios. To start with, you should have a battery powered radio. Even better is to have a radio with a built-in generator. While not common, these devices are specifically designed for use in undeveloped areas or in the case of emergency. With one, it is possible to tune in on the emergency radio broadcasts to receive important information about what’s happening.
  • Cell Phones. The main landline phone system may not have the same emergency power system available, but since most cell phone services have emergency power systems at their retransmission towers, you may have limited cell phone use during a grid-down situation. However, circuits will probably be overloaded, and you’ll likely have trouble getting your call to go through.
  • Ham Radio. The worldwide ham radio network is probably the most reliable communications system in existence, perhaps even more reliable than government systems. The thousands of ham radio operators use their radios to communicate with friends around the world. They also stand ready to serve the community during all types of emergencies. While other communications might be down, if you have a short-wave radio, you’ll be able to find out what’s happening by listening to the news that these hobbyists provide.

Taking that a step further, you may want to consider getting your own ham radio license. To do so, you have to take a class and pass a test on basic radio theory. The Morse code test is no longer necessary and has been eliminated. With a license, you are able to both transmit and receive over ham radio frequencies.

  • Portable Two-Way Radios. There are a number of short-range two-way radios on the market that could be excellent for family communications in a grid-down situation. Typically, these radios have a range of three to five miles, enough for your home and neighborhood. If the power outage is accompanied by general social unrest, these radios would be a necessary part of your home defense system, allowing family members to contact each other when an attack is imminent.
  • Internet. Depending upon your means of connecting to the Internet, you may still have service during a power outage. You’ll need to be operating off of battery power to connect to it, but many services are likely to be operating off of emergency power systems.
  • Lots of Batteries. In today’s world, where we use so much electronic equipment, batteries are important. Whatever communications devices you use, you’ll need batteries to run them. Stock up. Fortunately, one of the major manufacturers is now advertising a ten-year shelf life for its products.
  • Solar Charging. In addition to a good stock of batteries, it makes sense to get a solar battery charger. Unless you live in a place where it rains 350 days per year, you probably have enough sun to charge your batteries and keep your communications running.

The Bottom Line

The biggest problem people will face in communicating during a grid down situation actually resides in their homes. Without electrical power in the home, many of the items we use to communicate won’t be functional. However, with battery-operated devices, such as cell phones and laptop computers, we can have some communications available to us, even if extremely limited.

The key to ensuring communications in such a situation is to have several means available to you, as well as a reliable source of power. Each situation will be unique, and the communications that are functional in one situation may be different than those available during a crisis of a different kind. With a variety of systems available, you can continue trying until you find one that is up and running.

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