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
projects that can power your home without the big price
tag … but Solar Stirling Plant is one of the
best by far:

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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.

Last time, when we discussed how to ensure that your
children can carry on without you, we talked very briefly
about disaster plans. Every family needs a few of these.

This free video shows you some of the best disaster plans
that can be tailor-made to families:

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A single plan is never enough, however, since there is no
one-size-fits-all way to deal with a disaster.

How you best react to a flash flood, for example, may not
be how you best react to economic decline.

Furthermore, no one can give you THE plan for how to deal
with a flash flood or a new depression.

If your house is on a mountain, you may be safest there,
but if it's in the valley, you must flee.

With all of the available information about the unique
situation you're in, only you can fully determine what is
right for you and your family.

To help you formulate some plans for various scenarios,
here are the three main ways of dealing with a disaster:

* Bugging Out

If staying in your home is too dangerous, you will need to
leave for some more secure location. This is called
bugging out.

In order to bug out, though, you need somewhere to bug out
to. This is your planned bug-out location.

It's somewhere close enough that you could get in a
reasonable time by foot (most say three days), but far
enough away that it is less affected by the disaster.

Never expect to Bug Out to a hotel. Hotels have a tendency
to fill up the second an evacuation starts.

Your chosen spot can be anything from an old caravan on a
piece of property that you own to a friend or relative's
house.

If you own it, you should make sure to stock your bug-out
location with preps. Just because it is safer than your
home doesn't necessarily mean that it is entirely
unaffected by the crisis situation.

Secondly, you will need a way of getting there. This is a
bug-out vehicle. Most plan on using cars, but some will go
for bicycles or even horses.

Now you might be wondering why you had to expect to walk
to your bug-out location, if you are allowed to take your
car. The reason is simple:

You never know if the roads are blocked or unpassable, or
you simply won't be able to use your car.

Next, you will need to get a map and figure out how to get
from your home to your location with or without your
bug-out vehicle.

You should know how to exit your area in just about any
direction, but at least using three different paths. You
never know what roads may be blocked or which way danger
comes from.

Next, you should assemble a file folder or plastic pocket
with copies of all the documents that you will need if you
are forced to start your life over.

Your house may not still be standing when you get back, or
you may never get back, so you will need proof of identity,
proof of home ownership, banking and insurance information,
medical papers including inoculation records, etc.

You might even consider providing a family member with a
copy, or making a second copy on a USB drive.

Lastly, you will need a bug-out bag, also known as a
72-hour kit. This is a bag covering all of your needs for
three days.

It will get you from home to where you need to go, even if
forced to go by foot.

* Sheltering in place

If your home has not become too unsafe to stay in, you
will probably decide to shelter in place. This is also
called bugging in.

This is the kind of disaster planning that we have been
mostly dealing with so far in this newsletter series. But
there is more than one way to shelter in place.

There is the pure prepping way; you decide to amass all of
the things you may need during a disaster and keep them
somewhere safe.

You may make alterations to your home to make it safer and
to provide you with more prepping space, and you may take
up some prepping related hobbies…

…but there is really no reason this means why you can't
lead a day-to-day life that is essentially identical to that
of your neighbors.

There is also the homesteading way. Instead of prepping
for the very long term, you design systems in your daily
life that will keep functioning in a disaster.

Instead of buying large quantities of canned goods, you
may can your own foods which you grow in your garden. You
save seeds to ensure that you will have future crops.

Instead of adding one new set of preps, add new systems.
Don't buy dried or canned meat and milk powder, but invest
in a goat to provide you with both meat and dairy.

Your life, choosing this strategy, will be significantly
different from most people around you, but that is not a
bad thing.

You may also choose to live mostly as a prepper today, but
be prepared for a future homesteading lifestyle. Do a
little gardening on the side and save seeds for a future
emergency.

* Splitting up

A third way of dealing with a disaster scenario as a
family is one that we don't talk terribly much about in
today's survivalist scenario, but it's worth considering.

It's a strategy often employed in wartime.

If your home gets less safe, you do have the option of
splitting up. The children could be sent to grandparents
or other relatives living in a safer environment, while
you stay.

There are times when your home is not as safe as it could
be, but at the same time it is not so bad that you feel
comfortable leaving it high and dry.

You may be able to get by at home, but your children may
be in danger, and you might be in danger because you are
unable to stop worrying about and taking care of them.

Some food for thought, I hope. Now get to work detailing
your disaster plans!

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A lot of people think that if they have their bug-out bag packed and a general idea of where they want to go, they’re ready. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Oh, they might manage to get away from their home and maybe even to get out of town; but they probably won’t make it to their bug-out location. They’ll either give up and end up stuck in the wrong place, or they just won’t survive.

Bugging out is a complex task that takes planning and preparation. It is even more complicated if you’re taking off at the same time as thousands of other people, as in the case of a general evacuation from the path of a major hurricane.

If you want a successful bug-out, you not only have to think of what you are going to do, but how everyone else out there—all those unprepared people—is going to react. That way, you can develop your plan in such a way that you manage to avoid a lot of problems. In addition, you have to have alternate plans for just about everything you are going to do as things never seem to work out quite the way you want.

The Details

  • Avoid Highways. In a general bug-out, you can be sure that the highways will turn into parking lots. The U.S. highway system is not designed to handle the amount of traffic needed for a general evacuation of any major city. There are evacuation routes selected and even signs showing where they are, but that doesn’t mean that those evacuation routes will work.

You’re going to be a lot better off sticking to side streets, rather than going the same way as everyone else. Find yourself a number of ways to get out of town that are as far from the highways as possible. Don’t even think of using side streets that are close to major highways and thoroughfares; find the ones that nobody else will use. Those will be the quickest way out of town.

  • Avoid the Roads. If you have to leave your vehicle and set out on foot, then go cross-country. That way, you have much less chance of running into other people. While many of those other people will be self-sustaining, there will be some who see you as a means of supply and look for an opportunity to steal from you or kill you.
  • Avoid a Close Bug-Out Goal. If you are going to go through the trouble of bugging out, you want to make sure that you have a bug-out location that is far enough away from your home that it won’t be affected by any regional events. While having an alternate site is a good idea, you probably won’t be as prepared to use it as you will for your primary.
  • Avoid Looking Prepared. I know a lot of preppers like the idea of a nice big 4×4 truck for a bug-out vehicle. There might be good reason for having one, but don’t have it just because you think it makes a cool post-apocalyptic vehicle. Avoid dressing in camo and anything else that makes you look like you know what you’re doing. As people’s tempers rise and they get more desperate, you might just end up looking like a target.
  • Avoid Visible Weapons. While I am a firm believer in carrying weapons on a bug-out, I don’t think those weapons should be obvious. In much of the country, you don’t want to invite attention from the authorities. You might also attract those desperate people who didn’t bring any supplies with them. Just having a visible weapon might be enough for them to think that you have something worth stealing.

The big problem here is who surprises who. If you’re walking around with a gun, then anyone who wants to steal what you have will probably make sure that they’ve got the drop on you, if not shoot you outright before you know they’re hunting you. On the other hand, if you have it hidden, you can surprise them if they try and attack you.

  • Avoid Taking Too Much. While it is necessary to take enough equipment and supplies with you to survive, you don’t want to take so much with you that it will impede your movement if you have to abandon your vehicle. Since the possibility of having to abandon your vehicle is high, that really limits how much you can take.

One way that you can increase the amount you can take with you, without slowing yourself down, is to build a lightweight cart to carry your supplies. This needs to be something that you can use cross-country because staying on the roads on foot is a bad idea. With such a cart, you can carry much more and not tire yourself out.

  • Avoid Sharing Your Plans. As with any other tactics associated with prepping and survival, you need to keep your bug-out plans secret. Unless you have a survival group that you are going to meet up with, nobody outside your family needs to know your plans.
  • Avoid Leaving Too Late. If you think that it might be time to bug out, then do it. Don’t wait! That first inkling you get might just be the warning that keeps you alive. Remember, you can always head back home if it turns out everything is okay. But you can’t turn the clock back if you didn’t leave when you should have.

The Bottom Line

The biggest risk you will face if you have to bug out is from other people. While there may be hundreds of thousands of people in your city who are all trying to get out at the same time, only a handful will be truly prepared. Thinking proactively drastically increases your chances of survival, but stockpiling the right supplies also increases your chances of becoming a target to those who aren’t as well prepared. Keep that in mind in all your planning and develop ways to avoid becoming a target in a desperate survivor’s gun sights.

You might not be aware of it, but some scientists claim that there is a food shortage on it way. In fact, there is a food shortage going on right now.

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It's not too surprising to hear that parts of South and Southeast Asia, as well as parts of Africa, are currently suffering from food shortages.

Niger, Mali, Chad, Mauritania, Senegal and Yemen are just some of the places with ongoing, disastrous food crises.

But how about the Americas? In Venezuela sugar, oil, milk and rice are just some of the goods that were hard to find in 2013.

Venezuela is no stranger to food shortage. They suffered one in 2008 too, and the current one has lasted for almost a year.

Looking north, what about the world's leading economy?

The definition of “food insecurity” is not knowing when and where you might be able to find your next meal.

In 2013, 33.1 million adults and 15.9 million children in the USA were living under these insecure food conditions.

As for Europe?

In Spain, the economic crisis of 2012 led to a massive looting of grocery stores to feed the hungry. In Greece, people have been trampled to death in the scuffle for food.

In developed countries, food insecurity ties in closely with unemployment and poverty, but it also relates to food availability and rising prices due to decreasing access to food sources.

One bad year can sometimes be all it takes to decrease availability. A bad maize year, as in 2012, affects the prices not only on maize.

It also affects the cost of seemingly unrelated foods such as meat and dairy, since most conventionally farmed animals are to a large extent corn-fed.

But what can you do to get by in a food crisis?

Prepping

Much of the information that you will find for survivalists on surviving a food crisis will focus on prepping.

You are familiar with how prepping works, and prepping to deal with a food crisis does not differ much from prepping for any other disaster.

The main difference is that a food crisis may last longer. You must adapt your preps to deal with this, for example by moving into foods with very long shelf-life.

One way of making your preps last longer in a food crisis is to prepare for bartering.

Store items either beyond what you might need, or that are high-value goods in a disaster: everything from dry snacks like fruit and nuts to alcohol and over-the-counter medications.

This excess can be used in a crisis by either selling or trading it for the kinds of fresh foods and supplies that you would like to have.

Some survivalists go as far as to buy gold and silver, or high-value gemstones, which they can sell when inflation and food prices go up.

Self-sufficiency

But food crises can last a long time, and there is no telling whether you could possibly prep for the entire duration of an extended shortage or post-apocalyptic scenario.

Certainly, some food crises only last for a few months. Others, though, come with a long economic decline that will affect your ability to feed your family for years.

War is another one of these situations when a food crises may affect the masses.

Lately, developed countries have had the luxury of going to war without anyone at home even noticing, but you only have to look back less than a century to WWII for a time when feeding a family was tough!

Start your own victory garden. Self-sufficiency, or near self-sufficiency with some trading, is the smartest way to get through a long-term food crisis.

If you are not ready to start and manage a garden today, there are special seeds for sale that will last for decades without losing their viability.

These can then be stored to be brought out when a food crisis passes a certain point where your stockpiles may not see you through.

But even if you are not going to manage a garden today, you need to know how to propagate plants, keep pests away and collect seed.

These are not things you can put off until the day is here when you must dig into your seed packets!

In addition to growing your own food, you should learn how to store it. You will need the supplies for canning, or at least plans to build a solar dryer.

Defense

Last, but certainly not least, we have the unpleasant matter of self-defense.

It's sad to say, but history as well as current news stories show all too clearly that our fellow humans will both panic and act violently in the face of hunger.

It is not enough to have the preps to survive or a victory garden to feed you. You must be able to protect your food source; otherwise, you may as well not have prepped one at all.

How to do this is up to you. You might have secured buildings, weapons, guard dogs, fences, moats or traps, but you will need to invest in a system that works for your site and situation.

You should also invest in defense skills to fight off foes.