Advice for Preppers
Time is running out ...
If you have five areas totally covered you will be in pretty good shape:
- Do not post pictures of money or gold or your preps on Facebook - If you do, you might get some unwelcome visitors to your home.
- Make sure that your preparations are not against the law - If you have any doubt about this, make sure that you do not go on national television and tell all of America what you are doing.
- In the event of a major disaster, there will likely be hordes of non-preppers running around looking to take away the things that all of the preppers have been storing up. - This is something that you will need to be prepared for.
6 excellent privacy tips for preppers that come from an article by an anonymous author on theintelhub.com
- Trust no one that you do not personally know. Even the little old lady down the road will rat on you if she is hungry when the SHTF.
- Keep your prepping to yourself. Again, do not tell anyone you are prepping. If they know you have stores of food, where do you think they will think of first when the SHTF? Oh and don't forget, the Department of Homeland Security thinks people with stockpiles of food and weapons as potential domestic terrorist.
- Don't share any prepping articles on Facebook or other social media. Don't draw attention to yourself by posting prepping articles or discussing the topic on the website. You may think you are educating your friends, but in reality you are just letting them know of your actions and plans.
- Make sure boxes are not labeled with the company name if you order emergency supplies. Most companies will publish this in their ordering information. You don't want to tip off the UPS driver that you just received a year's worth of freeze dried food.
- Do not tell anyone what you are up to. You don't know how hard it is for me not to tell people I meet that I was almost on the National Geographic TV show. That would be a disaster.
- Be alert to what others are saying. I was sitting in my dental hygienist chair a week ago and she told me about another customer that was storing food. She thought he might be prepping and she said if it ever got bad, she knew where to find some food. I just acknowledged the statement and let it rest.
In one article about preparation, there are 10 things that you can start doing right now to get yourself into a better position for the chaos that is coming....
- Get Out Of Debt
- Find New Sources Of Income
- Reduce Your Expenses
- Learn To Grow Your Own Food
- Make Sure You Have A Reliable Water Supply
- Buy Land
- Get Off The Grid
- Store Non-Perishable Supplies
- Develop Stronger Relationships
- Get Educated And Stay Flexible
Would another area of the country be best for you?
In an article entitled "What Is The Best Place To Live In The United States To Prepare For The Coming Economic Collapse?", the author detailed some of the pros and cons for living in various areas of the country.
- What is the best place to live in the United States?
- I get asked that question all the time.
- My answer can be summed up in two words: it depends.
- The truth is that the answer is going to be different for each person.
- All of us have different goals and different needs.
- If you have a very strong network of family and friends where you live right now, you might want to think twice before moving hundreds or thousands of miles away.
- If you have a great job where you live right now, you might want to hold on to it.
- You should not just assume that you are going to be able to pick up and move to another part of the country and be able to get a similar job right away.
- The United States is in the midst of a very serious economic decline right now, and wherever you live you are going to have to provide for your family.
- Just because you move somewhere new does not mean that you are going to leave your problems behind.
- In fact, you might find that they moved right along with you.
- With all that being said, the reality is that there are some places in the U.S. that are going to be much more desirable than others when the economy totally falls apart.
- For example, during a total economic collapse it will not be good to be living in a large city or in a densely populated area.
- Just think about what happened in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
- If the entire nation is going through something like that, you don't want to have hundreds of thousands of close neighbors at that point.
- So when thinking about where you want to be when everything falls apart, population density should be a major factor.
- But there are other factors as well and no area of the United States is perfect.
- If you live in or near a major city right now, that is okay.
- Most Americans do.
- Even if you have limited financial resources at the moment, you can start developing a plan that will get you where you eventually want to go.
- If you want to move to another part of the country you can start applying for jobs out there.
- You can also be working hard to develop a business that would enable you to move.
- Perhaps you have friends or family in more isolated areas that would allow you to stay with them during an economic collapse.
- Those that possess more financial resources could start thinking about getting a second home in a location that is more rural.
- The key is to come up with a plan and to be working towards accomplishing that plan.
- If you don't have a plan yet, hopefully the following information will give you something to think about.
- Not all areas of the United States are equal, and all of them do have problems.
- The following are some thoughts about the best place to live in the United States.
- A major problem with the Northeast is that it is just so darn crowded.
- Yes, there are some rural areas, but the overall population density of the region is so high that it would be really hard to go unnoticed for long in the event of a major economic collapse.
- Another thing that is not great about the Northeast is that so much of the population lives near the coast.
- As we saw in Japan recently, living near a coastline is not necessarily a good thing.
- While it is likely safer to live along the east coast then the west coast, the truth is that there is an inherent level of insecurity when it comes to living in coastal areas.
- You never know when the next hurricane, oil spill or tsunami is going to strike.
- Also, the Northeast is really quite cold.
- So staying warm and growing your own food would be more difficult than in some other areas of the country.
- The Mid-Atlantic is one of the most beautiful areas of the nation.
- Unfortunately, it suffers from many of the same problems that the Northeast does.
- The Mid-Atlantic has a very high population density. For example, the area around Washington D.C. is pretty much all suburbs for 50 miles in all directions.
- The weather is nicer than in the Northeast and there are some less dense areas once you get south of Washington D.C.
- If you think that the Mid-Atlantic might be for you, you might want to check out North Carolina or South Carolina.
- The people tend to get friendlier the further south you go and there are definitely some areas that could potentially work.
- Florida is generally not going to be a place that you want to be during an economic collapse.
- The housing market has absolutely collapsed down there and the crime rate is already very high.
- It is also very densely populated.
- The weather is very nice down in Florida, but one big thing that you need to consider when it comes to Florida is the fact that it is very flat and most of Florida is just barely above sea level.
- In fact, quite a bit of Florida is actually below sea level.
- In addition, hurricanes are always a major threat in Florida.
- It is a beautiful state, but there is a lot of risk to living down there.
- The Southeast has really taken a pounding over the last few years.
- First it was Hurricane Katrina, and then it was the BP oil spill and then it was the tornadoes of 2011.
- There is a lot of poverty in that area of the country.
- There is also a lot of crime.
- There are a lot of great people who live down in the Southeast, but if you do not know your way around it can be a very difficult place to move to.
- One of my favorite places east of the Mississippi River are the mountains along the Tennessee/North Carolina border.
- If you must be in the eastern half of the United States, that is not a bad choice.
- Where you do not want to be is anywhere near the New Madrid fault zone.
- The New Madrid fault zone covers portions of Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi.
- The biggest earthquakes in the history of the United States were caused by the New Madrid fault.
- Many are convinced that we are going to see an absolutely catastrophic earthquake along the New Madrid fault at some point.
- So if you want to live in the Mid-South, it is highly recommended that you stay far away from the New Madrid fault zone.
The Upper Midwest
- The Upper Midwest was once one of the great manufacturing regions of the world, but now much of it is known as the "rust belt".
- Formerly great manufacturing cities such as Detroit are now absolute hellholes.
- Tens of thousands of our factories and millions of our jobs have been shipped overseas.
- There are some really great people (including some good friends of this column) that live up there, but the truth is that the region is really cold and unemployment is rampant.
- The Upper Midwest is an area that people want to get out of.
- It is probably not a great place to move to.
- However, if you do need a job, one place to look is a little bit west of there.
- Thanks to an abundance of natural resources, unemployment in North Dakota and South Dakota is very low.
- If you really need a job you might want to look into those two states.
- In the Southwest there are a whole lot of freedom-loving Americans, the weather is very warm and there is a lot of space to get lost.
- However, the Southwest is also very dry and in many areas there is not a lot of water.
- Drought and wildfires are quite common.
- In addition, illegal immigration is rampant and is a constant security threat.
- If you are familiar with that area of the country it is not a bad choice, but if you do not know what you are doing it could end up being disastrous for you.
The Great Plains
- As long as you are far enough away from the New Madrid fault, the Great Plains is not a bad choice.
- It is very, very flat out there, and it can be quite windy, but the good news is that you should be able to grow your own food.
- In addition, the population density is generally very low in most areas.
- One big negative, as we have seen recently, is tornadoes.
- The United States experiences more tornadoes that anywhere else in the world, and "tornado alley" generally gets the worst of it.
The West Coast
- During an economic collapse, the West Coast is not a place that you will really want to be.
- Just take a look at the state of California already. It is an economic nightmare.
- Millions of people have left California over the past couple of decades.
- The millions of people that have left have been replaced mostly with illegal aliens.
- Oregon is better, although they have very high taxes and they are experiencing huge economic problems right now as well.
- The best area along the West Coast is the Seattle area, but you won't want to be anywhere near a major population center when things totally fall apart.
- Also, the West Coast lies along the "Ring of Fire".
- Considering what just happened in Japan and what has been happening in other areas along the Ring of Fire lately, the West Coast is not an area that a lot of people are recommending.
- Large numbers of freedom-loving Americans have been moving to the states of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.
- You can also throw eastern Washington and eastern Oregon into this category as well.
- It gets cold up in the Northwest, but not as cold as the Upper Midwest.
- There are lots of rivers, streams and lakes and in certain areas there is plenty of rain.
- The population density is very low in most areas and there is an abundance of wildlife.
- Housing prices are reasonable and in many areas you can grow your own food.
- The Northwest is one of the favorite areas of the United States for preppers.
- It is far from perfect, but it does have a lot of advantages.
Alaska And Hawaii
- Neither Alaska or Hawaii is recommended.
- Alaska lies along the "Ring of Fire" and it is very, very cold.
- Also, almost everything has to be either shipped or flown into Alaska.
- In the event of a real economic collapse, supplies to Alaska could be cut off and shortages could develop very quickly.
- Hawaii has a huge population and it does not have a lot of room.
- Like Alaska, most supplies have to be either shipped in or flown in.
- And one really bad tsunami could pretty much wipe Hawaii out.
There are areas of just about every U.S. state that could potentially work well during a major economic collapse.
When assessing where "the best place to live in the United States" is, it is important to examine your own personal factors.
What will work for me and for my family will not necessarily work for you and your family.
In a recent article posted on shtfplan.com, Norse Prepper shared 11 questions that all preppers should be asking themselves....
- What am I preparing for?
- Am I going to bug in or bug out?
- Can I defend my family, property and preps?
- Do I have enough to feed my family until order is restored?
- How will I heat my home?
- How will I keep clean?
- How will I provide light and electricity?
- How will I keep up on information and communicate with the outside world?
- What do I have to offer others?
- How will I fight off boredom?
- How do I pay for all of this?
In the years ahead food might cost a whole lot more than it does right now - Your food dollars are never going to go farther than they do right now.
Many people do not realize this, but you can grow herbs that have tremendous healing properties in your own garden.
Some of the things that you will want to consider in the event of a major economic collapse:
- Food Shortages Can Actually Happen
- Medicine Is One Of The First Things That Becomes Scarce During An Economic Collapse
- When An Economy Collapses, So Might The Power Grid
- During An Economic Collapse You Cannot Even Take Water For Granted
- During An Economic Crisis Your Credit Cards And Debit Cards May Stop Working
- Crime, Rioting And Looting Become Commonplace During An Economic Collapse
- During A Financial Meltdown Many Average Citizens Will Start Bartering
- Suicides Spike During An Economic Collapse
- Your Currency May Rapidly Lose Value During An Economic Crisis
- When Things Hit The Fan The Government Will Not Save You
20 Things You Will Need To Survive When The Economy Collapses And The Next Great Depression Begins - a list of 20 things that you will need when you are not able to rely on Wal-Mart or the grocery store any longer:
- Storable Food
- Clean Water
- Warm Clothing
- An Axe
- Lighters Or Matches
- Hiking Boots Or Comfortable Shoes
- A Flashlight And/Or Lantern
- A Radio
- Communication Equipment
- A Swiss Army Knife<
- Personal Hygiene Items
- A First Aid Kit And Other Medical Supplies
- Extra Gasoline (But Be Very Careful How You Store It)
- A Sewing Kit
- Self-Defense Equipment
- A Compass
- A Hiking Backpack
- A Community
- A Backup Plan
Readers have suggested a number of additional items to add to that list:
- A K-Bar Fighting Knife
- Extra Batteries
- A Camp Stove
- Pet Food
- Heirloom Seeds
- An LED Headlamp
- Calcium Hypochlorite
- Ziplock Bags
- Maps Of Your Area
- Sleeping Bags
- Rifle For Hunting
- Extra Socks
- Gold And Silver Coins For Bartering
In a recent article, Brandon Smith shared some of the factors to consider when choosing a location for a survival retreat:
- Property Placement
- Community Network
- Water Availability
- Food Production
- Proximity To National Forest
- Secondary Retreat Locations
Almost everyone can grow a survival garden - Even if you only have an apartment, you can still grow a few things on your balcony.
Don't underestimate the impact a major transportation disruption could have on our daily lives.
You would be surprised what you can actually do with limited resources - For example, there is one family that is actually producing 6000 pounds of produce a year on just 1/10th of an acre right in the middle of Pasadena, California.
Survival Mom once shared the top ten survival tips that nobody wants to talk about:
- Duct taping your windows will not save you from radiation poisoning.
- You may have to dig a latrine (more than one time).
- You may not receive any government benefits or payment from your place of employment during a disaster.
- It is possible that you may be sick or in the hospital during a disaster.
- Your pets may not survive.
- It is likely that your cell phone will not work.
- No one is coming to help you.
- Insurance doesn't cover everything, if there is an insurance company left.
- There will not be enough food and water for everyone.
- If it is the end of the world, the previous nine tips will not matter!!!
Spending a million dollars on a "survival condo" in an abandoned missile silo in Kansas is probably not a very efficient use of your limited resources.
Off Grid Survival recently posted a list of four powerful traits that most survivors have in common:
- Survivors stay Calm in the face of Danger
- Survivalists are Experts at Improvisation
- Survivors are D.I.Y Experts
- Survivors are Great Leaders
During the difficult times that are coming, in addition to physical preparation it is going to be absolutely crucial to be both mentally and spiritually tough.
Many have accused me of being a "doom and gloomer", but I don't see anything negative about being prepared.
In fact, having a plan can give you a tremendous amount of hope. There will be a lot of people out there that will be tremendously blessed in the midst of the chaos that is coming. Victory often goes to those who are most prepared.
But if you choose simply to have blind faith in the system and you choose to stick your head in the sand, you might find that "ignorance is bliss" for a little while but when the stuff hits the fan it is going to be incredibly painful for you.
Previous generations understood that it was wise to store up supplies in the good years in order to make things easier in the lean years.
Unfortunately, most people these days have never been through truly hard times so they have no idea what they are like.
Just because the world has enjoyed a tremendous amount of prosperity for the last several decades does not mean that things will always be this way.
Wake up, take a look at the storm on the horizon and get prepared while you still can.
If you choose not to prepare now, you will regret it later.