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(Natural News) While no one knows what life is going to throw at us, it is safe to say that it won’t hurt to be prepared for an emergency, disaster, or SHTF (S**t Hits The Fan) scenario. According to Back Door Survival, some three million Americans, or 1 percent of the total population, are making detailed plans and taking measures to prepare themselves for a major catastrophic event.

Many people still believe governments will step in when disaster strikes. However, when we look back at the horrible scenarios during Katrina and Super-storm Sandy, we know that that isn’t going to happen. Those affected had to wait days for aid or face hour-long lines to get some water. It has become apparent that the government isn’t prepared to handle massive rescue operations, nor can they provide for everybody during a disaster. (RELATED: Read more survival news at Survival.news.)

Whether it’s another economic collapse, natural disaster, or the end of the world, preparing yourself for opportunities so that you can take advantage of them when things turn for the worst are paramount during these uncertain times. As the world continues to spin out of control and people start to lose their confidence in governments it is very likely the number of preppers will grow in the coming years.

Survival of the fittest

Being prepared for an emergency is as simple as planning ahead. However, what many people often forget is that prepping is more than just stocking up on survival essentials. If you are going to take prepping serious, it is also time to start working on your health and fitness level.

Should the worst happen, chances are your life and environment aren’t going to look the same. In a world that has erupted into chaos, life will become more physically demanding. You might have to run, jump, climb, and fight your way through out-of-control situations. However, if you are out of shape or in bad health, chances of surviving out there can be pretty slim.

Continue reading at Natural News: You Can’t Be Serious About Prepping If You’re Not Serious About Your Health

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By  – SurvivoPedia

Murphy’s Law will be proven to you in your first bad emergency injury situation. Anything that can go wrong usually does in some way or another, sooner or later, in any emergency.

You are in a SHTF scenario or a bad bug out expedition and you are on foot but you absolutely must keep moving or you won’t make it, but your companion is suddenly down with a bad enough injury where they can’t move under their own power. Then, as they say, you are seriously stuck between the proverbial ‘rock, and a very hard place’.

Depending on the particular surrounding situation you might not get away with just doing first aid, keeping the victim warm and comfortable, and leaving them in place while you wait or go for help. There might not BE any help anymore like there once was. And it’s up to you, alone, to make a critical decision.

Continue reading at SurvivoPedia: Leave No One Behind: How To Carry An Injured Person

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By Michael Snyder – End of The American Dream

Does the Army expect that there will soon be “disaster stricken” areas all over the country?  As you will see in this article, a job advertisement has been posted on a federal website seeking workers that “will provide emergency support to disaster stricken areas throughout the US“. This was originally reported by Shepard Ambellas of Intellihub, but it is not receiving nearly as much attention as it perhaps should.  What parts of the nation does the U.S. Army believe will soon be “disaster stricken”?  By itself, this job ad wouldn’t be raising that many eyebrows, but when you combine this with the unusual number of “military training exercises” that are taking place all around the country and with the very strange movements of military equipment that have been reported recently, it gives the appearance that the U.S. military is feverishly making preparations for something big.

You can find the job advertisement that I mentioned above right here.  The following is an excerpt from that job posting…

Employees occupying these positions will provide emergency support to disaster stricken areas throughout the US. Employees must pass a stringent medical screening and be prepared to live and work in extremely austere conditions. Work schedule will initially be arduous, with much overtime. Sleeping arrangements may be limited to using a sleeping bag or in the vehicle used to move from location to location. The duty station for pay purposes for these positions is Kennewick, WA with possible 75% or Greater Business Travel in various locations throughout the US.

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The duty station for pay purposes for these positions is Kennewick, WA.

On the surface, this ad could certainly be interpreted quite a number of different ways.  And maybe there is nothing strange about this ad at all.  But the reason why it is raising so many eyebrows is because of the overall context of what is happening right now.

An unusual number of large scale military exercises are being held all over America in 2015.  In the alternative media, most of the focus has been on the upcoming Jade Helm exercise, but that is only one of many that are being conducted.

And sometimes, local residents are not even being warned in advance that a major exercise is going to be held in their community.  This was certainly the case with one that took place in Flint, Michigan recently…

Continue reading this article at End of The American Dream: Why Is The Army Hiring People To Provide ‘Emergency Support To Disaster Stricken Areas Throughout The US’?

 

By Michael Snyder – The Economic Collapse Blog

Nearly two-thirds of all Americans are completely and totally unprepared for the next economic crisis.  As you will read about below, a new survey has found that only 38 percent of Americans have enough money on hand to cover “a $500 repair bill or a $1,000 emergency room visit”.  That essentially means that 62 percent of the people in this country do not have an emergency fund.  Even after the extremely bitter financial lessons that millions of Americans learned during the last recession, most of us are still choosing to live on the edge.  That is utter insanity, and when the next major economic downturn strikes most people are going to find themselves totally unprepared.

The number one thing that you need to do to get ready for the coming economic collapse is to build up an emergency fund.

I know that is not the most “sexy” piece of advice in the world, but it is the truth.  Just think about it.  During the last recession, millions of Americans suddenly lost their jobs.  Because they did not have any cushion to fall back on, millions of them also suddenly could not pay their bills and their mortgages.  Foreclosures skyrocketed and countless families went from living a very comfortable middle class lifestyle to being out on the street in very short order.

And now because the people of this country have been so foolish it is going to happen again.

Because of my website, people are constantly asking me what they should do to prepare for the coming economic collapse.

I think that they expect me to say something like this…

“Sell everything that you possibly can and buy gold and silver, go purchase a llama farm, and dig a bunker where you can bury 10,000 cases of MREs.”

Not that there is anything wrong with those kinds of preparations.

But before you do anything else, you have got to have an emergency fund.  My recommendation is to have an emergency fund that can cover at least six months of expenses in case something happens.

Sadly, a solid majority of Americans do not have any emergency cash at all.  The following comes from the Wall Street Journal

Only 38% of those polled said they could cover a $500 repair bill or a $1,000 emergency room visit with funds from their bank accounts, a new Bankrate report said. Most others would need to take on debt or cut back elsewhere.

“A solid majority of Americans say they have a household budget,” said Bankrate banking analyst Claes Bell. “But too few have the ability to cover expenses outside their budget without going into debt or turning to family and friends for help.”

The survey found that an unexpected bill would cause 26% to reduce spending elsewhere, while 16% would borrow from family or friends and 12% would put the expense on a credit card. The remainder didn’t know what they would do or would make other arrangements.

And of course this is not the only poll that has come up with these kinds of results.  In fact, a Federal Reserve survey from last year produced similar numbers

The findings are strikingly similar to a U.S. Federal Reserve survey of more than 4,000 adults released last year. “Savings are depleted for many households after the recession,” it found. Among those who had savings prior to 2008, 57% said they’d used up some or all of their savings in the Great Recession and its aftermath. What’s more, only 39% of respondents reported having a “rainy day” fund adequate to cover three months of expenses and only 48% of respondents said that they would completely cover a hypothetical emergency expense costing $400 without selling something or borrowing money.

Meanwhile, the financial condition of most American families is far worse than it was just prior to the last major economic crisis.  As a recent MarketWatch article detailed, the average family currently has far less wealth than it did back then…

But while the jobs market is improving and the Affordable Care Act has given an estimated 15 million people access to medical care, the Great Recession does appear to have taken its toll on Americans’ finances; in fact, they’re 40% poorer today than they were in 2007. The net worth of American families — that is, the difference between the values of their assets, including homes and investments, and liabilities — fell to $81,400 in 2013, down slightly from $82,300 in 2010, but a long way off the $135,700 in 2007, according to a report released last month by the nonprofit think tank Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C.

So we have a lot less wealth, and almost two-thirds of us have no emergency cushion to fall back on whatsoever.

What could go wrong?

In addition, there is lots of evidence that much of the country has not bothered to make any preparations at all for even a basic emergency that would last for just a few days.  For example, the following are results from a survey conducted by the Adelphi Center for Health Innovation that I featured in a previous article

  • 44 percent don’t have first-aid kits
  • 48 percent lack emergency supplies
  • 53 percent do not have a minimum three-day supply of nonperishable food and water at home
  • 55 percent believe local authorities will come to their rescue if disaster strikes
  • 52 percent have not designated a family meeting place if they are separated during an emergency
  • 42 percent do not know the phone numbers of all of their immediate family members
  • 21 percent don’t know if their workplace has an emergency preparedness plan
  • 37 percent do not have a list of the drugs they are taking
  • 52 percent do not have copies of health insurance documents

What are all of those people going to do if there is an extended crisis or disaster in this nation?

That is a very good question.

Meanwhile, the signs that we are on the verge of the next major economic crisis just continue to grow.  Yesterday, I shared 10 things that happened just prior to the financial crisis of 2008 that are happening again right now.

Today, we learned that a major oil driller down in Texas has just declared bankruptcy, and many more energy companies are expected to follow suit in the coming months.  The following is from the Wall Street Journal

[S]igns of strain are building in the oil patch, where revenue growth hasn’t kept pace with borrowing. On Sunday, a private company that drills in Texas, WBH Energy LP, and its partners, filed for bankruptcy protection, saying a lender refused to advance more money and citing debt of between $10 million and $50 million. Neither the Austin-based company nor its lawyers responded to requests for comment.

Energy analysts warn defaults could be coming. “The group is not positioned for this downturn,” said Daniel Katzenberg, an analyst at Robert W. Baird & Co. “There are too many ugly balance sheets.”

And we also learned today that teen retailer Wet Seal is going to be closing two-thirds of its stores.

Dozens more retailers are expected to make similar announcements over the coming months.

We are moving into the most chaotic time for the U.S. economy that any of us have ever seen, and most Americans are totally oblivious to what is happening and are totally unprepared.

So what is our country going to look like when tens of millions of unprepared people are blindsided by a crisis that they never saw coming?

This article first appeared at The Economic Collapse Blog: On The Verge Of The Next Economic Crisis, 62 Percent Of Americans Are Living Paycheck To Paycheck

About the author:

Michael T. Snyder is a graduate of the University of Florida law school and he worked as an attorney in the heart of Washington D.C. for a number of years.

Today, Michael is best known for his work as the publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog and The American Dream

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By Michael Snyder

In the event that a major crisis or emergency strikes the United States, you are not going to be able to eat your gold and silver.  If we get into a situation where supermarkets get cleaned out and food supplies get very tight, you are going to wish that you had stored some things away for your family.  Now don’t get me wrong – I actually love gold and silver.  I believe that they are both going to multiply in price during the years ahead.  I particularly love silver for a couple of reasons.  Unlike gold, silver is used in thousands upon thousands of different consumer products, so the physical supply is constantly diminishing.  And historically, silver comes out of the ground at about a 10 to 1 ratio compared to gold, but right now the price of gold is about 65 times the price of silver.  At some point there is going to be a massive adjustment there.  But if you just rely on accumulating gold and silver and you never store up any food, you could end up deeply regretting that choice someday.

If things get bad enough, people are not going to want to trade you their precious food no matter how much gold and silver you may have.

When a real crisis arrives, priorities change very rapidly.  When you realize that you can’t feed your family, the need for basic supplies become extremely important.  Just check out what is happening in Venezuela right now

Alvaro Villarueda starts his morning the same way every day — putting in a call to his friend who has a friend who works at a Caracas, Venezuela, supermarket.

Today, he’s looking for sugar, and he’s asking his friend if he knows if any shipments have arrived. As he talks on the phone, his wife Lisbeth Nello, is in the kitchen.

There are 10 mouths to feed every day in this family — five of them children. The two youngest are still in diapers.

“The things that are the scarcest are actually what we need the most,” Nello says. “Flour, cooking oil, butter, milk, diapers. I spent last week hunting for diapers everywhere. The situation is really tough for basic goods.”

And the truth is that what is happening in Venezuela is just a very small preview of what is going to happen in much of the world during the years ahead.

In such an environment, people become extremely desperate, and desperate people do desperate things.

That is why self-defense needs to be another high priority for preppers.  When desperate people in search of supplies get desperate enough to break into your home, things can get Medieval very rapidly.

For example, one homeowner in Detroit was recently forced to use a hammer to confront a man that had broken into his home late at night…

Police say an elderly man fended off a home intruder by hitting him on the head with a hammer.

On Sunday, March 9, 82-year-old George Bradford was asleep when he was woken up by the screams of his daughter and granddaughter.

Someone had broken into their house through a basement window.

“I could hear him walking up the stairs. … I had my choice to get ready,” Bradford tells FOX 2′s Andrea Isom. He says he went into the kitchen and got a hammer from the drawer.

Bradford says he asked the intruder to leave but he wouldn’t so that’s when Bradford says he “let him have it.”

Could something similar happen to you and your family when things start really getting crazy out there?

That is something to think about.

And even without a major emergency, food supplies in this country are already starting to get tighter.

The size of the U.S. cattle herd has been getting smaller for seven years in a row, and it is now the smallest size that it has been since 1951.

But back in 1951, the size of the U.S. population was less than half of what it is today.

A few days ago, we learned that during the month of February the price of beef increased at the fastest pace since November 2003, and it is now at a new all-time record high.

Earlier today, one of my readers sent me the following photo.  It shows a price of $24.32 for 0.695 pounds of beef tenderloin steak.  This isn’t even prime rib…

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And don’t think that you are just going to switch to pork either.  A highly contagious virus known as “Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus” has killed more than 4 million pigs in the United States since last May, and it continues to spread rapidly.  Experts acknowledge that this is going to drive up pork prices significantly as well.

In addition, the crippling California drought threatens to drive fruit and vegetable prices up to unprecedented levels.  Below, I have posted a recent video news report about the drought.  As you will notice, in this clip they use the term “Dust Bowl” to describe what many farmers fear may be happening…

So now is the time to get prepared while food prices are still relatively low.

They certainly aren’t going to go any lower than they are now.

To some, this type of talk is “gloom and doom”, but I do not believe that is the case at all.  I believe that there is great hope in understanding what is happening and in getting prepared.

These sentiments were echoed by a Canadian prepper named Daisy Luther in one of her recent articles…

Preparedness: It means that whatever may come, you intend to not only grimly survive, but to thrive. It means that you foresee a day when the imminent threat, whatever that may be, diminishes, and you will rebuild. It means that you have taken responsibility for yourself and your family, and that you will not be forced to rely on others. It means that your mind is focused on life itself, not some imaginary life of some reality star that actually has no grasp on reality whatsoever. You have chosen not to be misguided by the lies that the media uses to pacify you.

Preparing yourself is the most optimistic and hopeful thing you can do in a world that would prefer to choose immediate gratification over a firm grasp on reality. Readying yourself to deal with whatever might happen is a joyful act, an expression of gratitude to the Creator, peace made tangible, and the personification of faith itself.

So what do you think?

Is now the time to ramp up our preparation for the years ahead?

Please feel free to share your thoughts by posting a comment below…

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On average, most survival advice is more focused on surviving some grand apocalypse rather than some of the more common disasters that strike each and every day. However, just because these emergencies are more localized and less catastrophic doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t prepare for them. Therefore, let’s take a peek at some tips focused specifically on surviving these short-term disasters so that you’ll truly be prepared for everything

One key thing that doesn’t change

It should be emphasized that although there are differences in mentality and gear for shorter emergencies, one key point remains the same regardless: you and your family’s survival. People die from lack of preparedness during hurricanes and tornadoes just like they do during an economic collapse or EMP strike, so you should always have the necessary stocks unique to your family’s needs in order to meet basic survival needs. Shelter, food, water, and needed medications are still valuable!

A difference in focus

Generally speaking, most short-term disasters are focused in a specific area such as a particular town or state. As such, aid from unaffected areas will usually be quick to arrive and help restore power, medical facilities etc. This means that beyond the initial disaster your focus will probably be less on surviving as more on rebuilding and clearing debris to allow normalcy to resume as quickly as possible. Your preps will be useful for helping neighbors and maintaining comfort more than they will for basic survival. As such, preps made with an eye towards short-term preparedness will have a focus more towards immediate use rather than long-term sustainability.

For example, long-term survival might be better served with renewable and rationable sources of food like gardens, livestock, and self-replenishing wells for water but in the short-term a stack of MREs and some clean water in milk jugs would serve just as well without the need for rural living and the expense of maintaining a small farm. You have more flexibility in your options during a short-term emergency, which can allow you to be better prepared even if your location and budget aren’t 100% perfect.

Be ready to work with others

Generally speaking, a long-term disaster necessitates focusing on keeping your own dependents (family, friends, and other group members) alive first and foremost. It’s simply impractical to keep thousands of people alive on your minuscule stocks for any length of time during an economic collapse or war. During a short-term disaster though, your resources might be better used to help the community around you in order to get back to normal life as quickly as possible.

Not only does this mean that your current prep stocks might be helpful in giving a drink or bite to eat, but they might also greatly speed up transportation or facilitate repairs in some way. For example, having a generator and some extra fuel stocks could allow you to fill up neighborhood chainsaws and light up the streets so that you can work with your neighbors to clear fallen trees or home debris out of the road. This is a major shift from long-term thinking, since the nearness of overwhelming support means that most of the honest but unprepared folks near you will probably be helpful during a short-term emergency rather than turning into the Golden Horde.

Of course you don’t have to help anybody at all and its always up to you…but if your goal is to restore the common comforts and conveniences of modern life lending a helping hand could be to your benefit.

Some items that would be profitable to stock for short-term emergencies:

  • Comfort medications with short expiration dates. Allergy fighters for example, are much more useful when you know that you’ll be able to replenish your stock fairly quickly.
  • Rugged transportation suitable for less-than-perfect roads. In my area we have occasional power outages that can last for weeks at a time if the town where the power plant is located is heavily damaged. Being able to drive on roads that aren’t perfectly clear (mildly flooded or covered in deep mud, limbs and branches in the way etc) allows us to leave for areas where stores are still open, ice is still available, and we can stock up on extra fuel. A few spare tires wouldn’t go amiss either owing to the amount of splinters and nails that can decorate roads after a disaster.
  • Radios, including HAM radios. During the initial stages of a disaster, it can be helpful to get timetables for when aid will arrive, as well as the locations of emergency crews. For people who might suffer from heart attacks or injuries during the initial disaster, being able to send word through the HAM line that help is desperately needed could also be vital. Little handheld walkies can help coordinate neighborhood watches or be a way to convey information to local emergency personnel.
  • Ready to eat foods. If you plan on helping your neighbors out for a few days, you might not be able to trust that they’ll have emergency means of cooking food or boiling water. Having ready-made prepackaged foods makes things easier, particularly if you’ll be out working with a volunteer group of locals.
  • Portable water. Water bottles and gallon jugs of clean water could be much easier to spread around than a single water filter.
  • Solar or generator-powered lights. Not only do lights help deter looters, but they can also help people move about in the evening when they’re finishing up work or performing emergency first-aid in the dark.
  • Basic construction materials/tools such as screws, nails, and hammers. Although you may not be bartering here, it could still be a big deal to seal up a roof with holes in it or to shore up a partially collapsed building. Anything you can save from further damage until repairmen can arrive and fix things properly with all the right materials could be a big help. Sealing tapes that can cover over or temporarily slow gas or water leaks could also be a lifesaver.
  • Firefighting materials. A fire from a broken gas pipe or just general damage and mayhem could destroy more than the initial disaster if they’re not put out quickly. Having a few extinguishers on hand to give out to trusted individuals could keep you safer too!
  • Knowledge to share. Know how to explain to people how to turn off their electricity, gas, and water to their home to prevent leaks. Be able to explain to untrained people how to bandage or splint minor wounds until real EMTs arrive. Unlike a long-term situation where knowledge focuses on how to last in perpetuity with only a few people, in this short-term situation you’ll want to be delegating tasks and explaining things to many others.

And these are just a few things you can do to be better prepared for those short-term emergencies. Since these are by far more common than the larger-scale ones, you would do well to be prepared in this area as well!

Your thoughts?

What would you do to prepare for a short-term disaster? Let us know in the comments below!

This article first appeared at Prepared For That: Tips for Surviving Short-Term Disasters

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During lengthy survival situations you’ll need to rely on sustainable methods of gathering water such as manually pumped wells and purifying surface water. However, during shorter emergencies you might be able to get by with smaller prepared stockpiles and proper use of limited resources. Since conservation is often a cheaper and more immediately practical method of maximizing your water resources, let’s take a look at several ways to minimize the amount of water you use.

Set yourself up for minimal usage beforehand

Notice that the toilet features at the very top of the list. Getting an efficient one will save a great deal of water!

Notice that the toilet features at the very top of the list. Getting an efficient one will save a great deal of water!

Although most conservation methods involve changing your habits, it is also helpful to address any issues with your plumbing and fixtures before an emergency begins. The toilet is one major culprit in older homes, since toilets made before 1994 tend to use several more gallons of water per flush than those made after. Although it can be an unpleasant up front expense, replacing an inefficient toilet with a newer model could help you minimize waste now and when it really counts.

You should also check for those little leaks that don’t mean much now but will drain precious resources in an emergency. If you have a convenient access point to look at all the pipes a manual inspection is best. If that is not possible, you can also shut off all water fixtures and appliances for about 3-4 hours then check your water meter to see if you’re still draining water from somewhere. In some cases it’s as simple as re-tightening a loose piece or shutting a valve all the way, but more extreme pipe failures can be more expensive. Regardless, eliminating that constant drain is a definite boon to your water conservation plans.

Finally, the faucet and shower heads should be updated to models that reduce water usage without significantly reducing pressure. Arguably the least important feature on the list thus far since many emergencies make it pointless to use your shower or faucets, but still a good idea for droughts and other temporary water shortages.

Adjust your habits, or at least have a plan of action

If you want to reduce your water bill now and be better prepared for a future emergency, changing your habits to be less wasteful makes perfect sense. If you only want to be prepared for emergencies, I would recommend writing down some kind of checklist that will remind you of the proper water conservation protocols that you’ll need to switch to once an emergency begins. Regardless, here are some ideas for reducing water waste:

  • Take a “Navy Shower”. Warships at sea use a specific showering technique in order to conserve limited supplies of fresh water while still properly maintaining personal hygiene. Hot water is sprayed for about 30-40 seconds, then about a minute is permitted for lathering up with soap. Another minute is permitted to rinse off soap, and the shower is complete. To give you an idea of the water savings, a Navy shower only uses about 6 gallons of water while the average civilian shower uses roughly 60. It isn’t comfortable or relaxing like a normal shower, but in an emergency being able to use 1/10th of the water to stay clean is invaluable.
  • Minimize full-body washing by cleaning particularly dirty parts individually. Your feet and hands tend to get far dirtier on a regular basis than your face or chest, so avoid showering daily by washing dirt-covered extremities in a smaller basin. A secondary bonus is that people tend to be more open to washing just their hands or feet with cold water, allowing you to conserve hot water for that rarer precious full-body shower.
  • Don’t let most of your waste water vanish down a drain. Even 6 gallons of water from a Navy shower could be invaluable for watering survival vegetables in an emergency so don’t waste it! Instead of letting shower water drip down the drain, place a bucket to catch the runoff and use this “gray water” for certain specific uses. Obviously this kind of water is unsuitable for drinking or washing at this point, but plants aren’t harmed by some extra dirt and skin cells off of you. You can also use this water to flush your toilet!
  • Water garden plants deeply but less frequently. In normal situations we tend to water more frequently but spend less time per watering, which only lets the liquid soak a few inches deep. Spending extra time and a little extra water maximizes the benefit of the water to plant and keeps more moisture deeper below the earth, which reduces evaporation and actually conserves water in the long run.

 

And that is short-term water conservation in a nutshell. The main thing is to keep yourself clean, have enough to drink, and continue to keep needed plants alive with minimal waste. Focus on that goal and you will maximize your water during an emergency.

Your thoughts?

Are there other water conservation tips that would help a survivor? Let us know in the comments!

This article first appeared at Prepared For That: Conserving Water During Short-Term Survival Emergencies