You are on page 1of 10

How to Survive Total Economic Collapse

Is total economic collapse just around the corner? As the U.S. dollar weakens and the price of goods such as oil, grain and gold rise, many fear for the economic stability of the country. So how does one survive total economic collapse? The U.S. dollar is weak and it may be too late to save the finances of this debt-driven economy. However, it's not too late to learn some basic survivalist skills. Following are some tips and resources. Here's how to survive a total economic collapse. Surviving Economic Collapse 1. Educate yourself beforehand if possible. Read everything you can on how to survive a total economic collapse. Start with "Financial Reckoning Day: Surviving the Soft Depression of the 21st Century" and "Empire of Debt: The Rise of an Epic Financial Crisis", both by William Bonner, for a historical perspective and very well-written analysis of the current situation. Also read "The Great Bust Ahead: The Greatest Depression in American History" by Daniel A. Arnold. Make a plan for how to survive a total economic collapse . List your debts and assets. How quickly can you pay down your debt, while still purchasing necessary supplies? Your goals should include no debt and the procurement & storage of valuable assets. Your preparation timetable should be as short as possible. Pay off debt and avoid new debt by paying with cash instead of credit cards. Concentrate on paying off high-interest debt, loans with adjustable rates and unsecured debts first. Sell expensive vehicles that have loans to pay off what you owe, and buy cheaper replacements using cash. In order to survive a total economic collapse, you need to have assets, not liabilities. (Note: storing food and resources are higher priority than paying down debt for families of modest means.) Change liquid savings into silver and gold. If the dollar collapses, having precious metals will preserve your money and it can be used as currency or exchanged for a currency with value, such as Swiss francs. As the dollar continues to lose value, silver dollars preserve their value or go up in value, thus protecting your assets in the event of economic recession, allowing you to financially survive a depression. Re-evaluate your stocks and mutual funds. In order to financially survive a total economic collapse, your investments must be secure. Consider putting some of your stocks into gold (GLD) or opening a precious metals IRA. Research stocks that will survive an economic collapse through sites like Daily Reckoning Day. Purchase goods and valuables such as guns for hunting and personal protection, and basic food supplies such as whole grains and legumes, which are easy to store. Invest in water purification bottles and tablets, and keep some bottled water on hand to meet immediate needs in the event of a shortage. All of these will make it more possible to survive a total economic collapse. Prepare a First Aid Kit, sewing kit and other practical necessities of daily life to aid in survival of a total economic collapse. These are good things to have on hand anyway, for regular daily life as well as unforeseen emergencies. Get to know your neighbors and build a community wherever you are. In the event of total economic collapse, life will become very local and survival will depend on working together with others, beginning with families. Grow some of your own food and raise animals for meat. Chickens and rabbits are small and easy to tend. Chickens provide eggs as well as meat and are excellent sources of protein and fat, both critical for survival. In economic downturns such as a recession or depression, being able to produce food is a important skill to have. Well in advance start putting away non-perishable goods. There are many sites on the internet which detail how to safely store foods. There are also many videos on youtube which describe how to store foods for long term. You will need many beans, grains, rice, powdered milk, sugar, and yeast. Collect many staples that are eaten around the world. Store dehydrated fruits and vegetables as well. Plant several fruit trees on your property if possible. Learn how to garden and garden well. Plant foods that have a high volume of productivity (plant cherry tomatoes vs. large big pretty ones because they yield higher volumes & weight). Plant what grows well for your area and concentrate on that. In an economic collapse, experimental plants should be out of the question. Focus on what you can grow well.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10. Learn how to barter, and stock items to trade. Think about necessities (wool blankets, soap, boots, duct tape, ammunition) as well as luxuries (chocolate, tobacco, alcohol). Useful tools will be more valuable than money if there is a currency collapse. Useful barter items will be helpful to have on hand as you prepare to survive an economic collapse. 11. Take up trades like sewing, mechanics work, and construction. If you are at a desk job now, be sure that you are skilled in these areas. These types of trades can help you repair your home or somebody else's home if needed without having to call a pro. 12. Have spare 2X4's in the garage or tucked away somewhere ready to go. You can secure your windows and doors with these if needed (in the event of mass rioting). 13. A 12 gauge you will need. Many many people argue and debate what type of gun or what kind of bullets, clips, and defensive / hunting weapons you will need. A 12 gauge is simple, cheap, widely available, and nobody will argue that a 12 gauge is a wonderful gun to own. It's great for hunting, and great for general home defense if needed. 14. Put away extra clothing. Stock good quality clothes with fabrics made of wool & high quality cotton mixed with polyester. A good wool sweater will keep you through any temperatures and cotton + polyester TShirts will last for years in the summers. Stock good quality boots, work boots, and shoes. 15. Stock a good quality pellet gun. The ammunition is cheap, they are very quiet, and you will be able to hunt all the fowl you want if needed. These are also great for getting small critters too. 16. Stock some supplies for camping. These can help you in a pinch. Stock propane & gasoline too. 17. Google articles on economic collapses in Argentina & Zimbabwe. These are great resources as well to help you survive. In a collapse, do not trust anybody. It is reported that people will come up to you dressed well and who look decent & rob you. 18. Use your wits, trust your gut feelings always, and don't give benefits of doubt ever. Take care and good luck, we'll all need it! 19. Have emergency heating supplies on hand. Electricity, gas and oil might be unattainable. It might be prudent to have a stove and a surplus of firewood at your home. It wouldnt hurt to have excess supplies of your preferred heating fuel stored away safely somewhere. 20. Prepare food kits and supplies for your pets and livestock as well medical kits (antibiotics/vaccinations, etc.), food supplies (pet food, grain, corn, hay, etc.) and water. Tips & Warnings Learn how to store food (library, internet research). Investigate the best ways to store assets such as silver. Secure all guns and ammunition safely. Talk with your family members to get everyone in the mindset of preparing for an economic collapse or depression. Don't lose your food due to improper storage. Ensure everything is stored and sealed correctly.

Surviving Total Economic Collapse (Part 2) 1. To survive and thrive in a total economic collapse, you first need to build up your resources. Many everyday items and services will be sporadically available, or even nonexistent. Preserved foods, vitamins, water purification systems, household items, fuel, medical necessities, sanitation and transportation are things you need to consider when you are building up your storage system and resources. Protect your assets. Consider that if you have a lot of resources, there will be people who don't, and some of them will attempt any means to get them. Protect your family and your things. Keep a low profile, hide your hoard, have a few well-trained dogs, build up friendships with your neighbors for community protection. Oh, and have plenty of ammunition hoarded too. You can thrive after a total economic collapse if you keep your eyes open for opportunity. Do you have skills that are needed by others? Can you fix things? Do you have plumbing or carpentry

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

skills? Medical skills? What kinds of resources do you have? If you have luxuries hoarded, you can start a business in trading or barter. If you own good land (and you have the means to protect it) you can learn organic gardening and sell your produce, or start a farm, meat and fresh produce may be in short supply. There will be people willing to work for you in bad economic times. Panic, looting and riot due to lack of food supply might ensue. Hungry people often resort to desperate measures, so stay away from places where there is an imminent food shortage. Safety should be the foremost consideration. Families should unite. Married kids could move in back with their parents, or whichever place is ideal for big families, so they can contribute to the daily budget at the same time stop paying the mortgage for another house. They can consolidate payment on one house instead of paying for a number of houses. Choose the house with bigger acreage and with a garden so you can plant and raise livestock. Solve the problem. What is your problem? No money? Then find ways to secure money - legally. No food? Then look for food or better still, grow it. For every problem there is a corresponding solution. Don't panic. You need your wits around you when the going gets tough. Remember, don't dwell on the problem. Focus your mind arriving at a solution! Pray. Prayer will calm you, give you clarity. A clear mind can easily think of solutions and alternatives.

Natural disaster (New Madrid fault earthquake, tornado, flooding, fire, etc.)
THE NEW MADRID FAULT SYSTEM EXTENDS 120 MILES SOUTHWARD from the area of Charleston, Missouri, and Cairo, Illinois, through New Madrid and Caruthersville, following Interstate 55 to Blytheville and on down to Marked Tree, Arkansas. It crosses five state lines and cuts across the Mississippi River in three places and the Ohio River in two places. THE FAULT IS ACTIVE, AVERAGING MORE THAN 200 MEASURED EVENTS per YEAR (1.0 or more on the Richter scale), about 20 per month. Tremors large enough to be felt (2.5 - 3.0 on the Richter scale) are noted annually. Every 18 months the fault releases a shock of 4.0 or more, capable of local minor damage. The most recent registering 4.3 along the New Madrid Fault on Thanksgiving evening, 1996, which was felt by citizens in the states of Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky, Illinois and Mississippi. Magnitudes of 5.0 or greater occurring about once per decade, can do significant damage, and be felt in several states. THE HIGHEST EARTHQUAKE RISK in the UNITED STATES outside the West Coast is along the New Madrid Fault. Damaging tremors are not as frequent as in California, but when they occur, the destruction covers over more than 20 times the area because of underlying geology. A DAMAGING EARTHQUAKE in this AREA, 6.0 or greater, occur about every 80 years (the last one in 1895). The results would cause serious damage to schools and masonry buildings from Memphis to St Louis. A MAJOR EARTHQUAKE in this AREA, 7.5 or greater, happens every 200- 300 years (the last one in 1812). There is a 25% chance by 2040. A New Madrid Fault rupture this size would be felt throughout half the United States and damage 20 states or more. Missouri alone could anticipate losses of at least $6 billion from such an event. THE GREAT NEW MADRID EARTHQUAKE OF 1811-1812 was actually a series of over 2000 shocks in five months, five of which were 8.0 or more in magnitude. Eighteen of these rang church bells on the Eastern seaboard. The very land itself was destroyed in the Missouri Bootheel, making it unfit even for farmers for many years. It was the largest burst of seismic energy east of the Rocky Mountains in the history of the United States and was several times larger than the San Francisco quake of 1906.

WHEN WILL ANOTHER EARTHQUAKE HAPPEN THE SIZE OF THOSE IN 1811-1812? Several lines of research suggest that the catastrophic upheavals like those in 1811-12 visit the New Madrid region every 500-600 years. Hence, emergency planners, engineers, and seismologists do not expect a repeat of the intensity of the 1811-12 series for at least 100 years or more. However, even though the chance is remote, experts assign a 3% probability of a major earthquake by the year 2040. Earthquake probabilities for known active faults always increase with time, because stresses within the earth slowly and inexorably mount, year by year, until the rocks can take no more, and sudden rupture becomes inevitable. OUR GREATEST CONCERNS ARE THE 6.0-7.6 SIZED EVENTS, which do have significant probabilities in the near future. A 6.0 shock has a 90% chance by the year 2040. Damaging earthquakes of this magnitude are a virtual certainly within the lifetimes of our children. WHAT is the RICHTER SCALE? The Richter Scale of earthquake magnitude is a measure of the energy released at the source of an earthquake deep within the earth. It is determined by measuring the amplitudes of ground motion on seismograms. An earthquake has a fixed amount of energy and only one Richter magnitude. HOW MUCH INCREASE in ENERGY DOES EACH UNIT of the RICHTER SCALE REPRESENT? It is incorrect to say that each unit of the Richter scale corresponds to a tenfold increase in energy. Each unit, say from 5.2 to 6.2, actually represents 31.6 times difference in energy release. Every two units represent 1,000 times more energy, and every two-tenths of a unit represents double the energy. IF a FAULT HAS LOTS of LITTLE EARTHQUAKES, WILL LARGER ONES BE PREVENTED? The answer is, "NO". A magnitude 6.0 (which is damaging) is 1,000 times more energy than a 4.0 (which is not damaging). An 8.0 (which is devastating) is 1,000 times larger than a 6.0. In other words, a fault would have to have 1,000 4.0 events to prevent the occurrence of a single 6.0, or a million 4.0 events (1,000 times 1,000) to prevent a single 8.0. Before an Earthquake strikes there are a few simple and inexpensive precautions you can take to lessen the potential damage but more importantly to lessen injuries. Know your environment, understand what has the potential for falling, rolling or swinging when an earthquake strikes.

Nuclear war (Iran, Libya, North Korea, etc.)


What To Do if Nuclear War Breaks Out The world is probably closer to the use of nuclear arms in an aggressive manner today than it has been since the Cuban Missile Crisis. Theres the possibility of a terrorist attack with nuclear weapons, the possibility that Iran has nuclear weapons, North Korea's growing nuclear arsenal and the sorry state of security for old Soviet Union weapons. So lets say the worst happens and you hear on the radio that a nuclear device has exploded somewhere in the world. Here are suggestions for what to do: 1. Dont Panic. Those of us who grew up during the cold war have a grave fear of nuclear war and many are likely to assume that because one or more nuclear warheads or device has exploded, the world as we know it will end. This could result in all sorts of panic, especially since it will take some time for real facts and figures to be known. (Well cover the effects of panic more extensively below.) So your first step is to separate yourself from the masses by not panicking. Take a deep breath and remember that if you are not in the blast radius or down wind from it, you are in no immediate danger form the blast. So calm down

and dont do anything foolish. Instead of acting out of panic, take a few minutes to make a plan or to activate an existing plan (which we can help you develop). Remember, just because those around you are losing their heads does not mean you need to do so also. 2. Keep Informed. Turn on the news and try to learn as much as you can about the attack as well as local events. This will affect how your plan. Later, you will need to monitor reports of fallout (see below.) The location, number and size of the detonations are important, as are the wind currents and weather patterns. How people around the world and around your neighborhood react is also something you should monitor, as it will effect your immediate well being more than the actual explosions will. 3. Gather Your Family. During any period of unrest, its best to have your immediate family around you. People who are traveling should return home on the first available flight or should rent cars and drive home if flights are booked or grounded. Everyone will perform better knowing that their loved ones are safe. If your kids are in school or day care, there is probably no reason to get them immediately. They should return home safely through regular means, such as the school bus or carpool. Remember Rule One (dont panic) and do nothing to panic your children. This will be a stressful time for everyone, and getting young children panicky or upset will not help the situation. You will have to decided whether or not to send them back to school the following days based on your plan and what you have learned from Step 2. If your children are at an away camp or boarding school, you will have to determine if they are possibly safer there than at your residence. Cancel extracurricular activities and plans outside the home until you can be sure (by monitoring the news) that the situation is stabilized and there is no danger or unrest locally. 4. Lock Your Doors. Once you have all gathered at home, lock your doors and secure your perimeter as best as possible. Then try to go about life as you normally would. Have a good dinner and play a game with the kids. Watch a video. Try to seek normalcy and be reassuring so that the kids can sleep well. Dont bombard them or yourself with repeated images of death and destruction on TV, as this is not healthy. Dont do anything dangerous or risky as police, fire and ambulance services may be responding to other emergencies. But remember, unless civil unrest develops as a result of panic, a nuclear detonation in the Middle East or Asia will cause no immediate danger to people in North America. A detonation in the U.S. could have much more serious effects, but this really depends on the target and your location. The closed you are to the blast radius, the more immediate the danger. Now, you may think it is foolish to watch TV and take it easy, but if you have planned and prepared and have ample supplies of food and survival gods, there is no reason to act otherwise. If you have not prepared, then going out to buy up supplies at the last minute will only add to the panic and endanger you. So take advantage of what may be your last day of calm and family togetherness. 5. Understand What Panic May Do. If a large number of people learn of the nuclear exchange at the same time several things may be expected to happen at once: Telephone lines will be clogged as people immediately call loved ones and decide what to do. The Internet will also grow much busier, especially news sites, as people at work look for breaking information. The stock market will crash until trading is suspended. And even when trading resumes, prices will continue to fall. A nuclear exchange will create tremendous economic disruption, and this will be reflected in the markets. Have some money available if the ATMs are empty and the credit card machines go down, and have some liquid wealth outside the market.

Major roads will be jammed as people leave work and return home, creating a super rush hour. Other people will leave their homes for "safer" locations, such as friends in the country, vacation homes or even campgrounds. Clogged highways will be especially bad in cities and in areas with a limited numbers of bridges and tunnels, such as New York and Washington, D.C. This is a situation where civil violence could break out. There may be lines or delays at gas stations as everyone decides to fill their tanks before it is "too late." Some stations could run out of gas. Others may rise prices or ask for cash only. This is another situation where civil violence could break out. People will shop for food and supplies, causing lines and shortages of everything from bread and milk to bottled waterbatteries and toilet paper. Most grocery stores rotate their stock so quickly they have only a two to three day supply of key items in stock. Thanks to just-in-time production and distribution methods, if everyone panics and shops at one time, we could well see empty shelves very quickly. There may be civil unrest as people panic, especially if there are shortages at the grocery store. If local police forces are overwhelmed, this could escalate to riots and looting, especially in densely populated urban areas. Riots and civil unrest could cause general lawlessness, as law enforcement is overwhelmed and unable to respond to calls. Depending on where you live, you could be in danger form fires (arson), or you could be targeted for home invasion robberies and other acts of violence. You could also get caught up in a riot or random acts of violence. Again, proper planning for this possibility will help you be prepared. Remember that the Korean merchants in South Central demonstrated the value of firearm ownership in this type of situation.

Having a plan can save you from getting caught up in the worst panic. Know where to go and what to do once you are there. Once all family members are at home and you know whether or not there is local civil unrest, you can plan for the next few days or, better yet, implement your existing plan. Your key concerns will be protecting yourself and your loved ones from possible radiation dangers, making sure you are safe from local unrest and ensuring that you have enough supplies to live through the next few weeks or even months. Protecting Yourself from Fallout Fallout can be deadly. Radiation poisoning is an ugly wan to die. Protect yourself and your loved ones by understanding how fallout works and how to shelter from it. 1. Understand Fallout. Simply put, fallout is radioactive dust created when a nuclear explosion throws dust and dirt (made radioactive by the bomb) miles into the air. The heaviest dirt and dust "fall out" and land downwind of the explosion, creating "hot zones" or areas of radioactive danger outside the area where the bombs explosive effects are felt. It is people caught in these zones that will need to shelter underground or in fallout shelters to avoid death and serious illness from radiation poisoning. So in a nuclear exchange between India and Pakistan, this will be in Pakistan and points east, including India and parts of China. (Korea, Japan and other parts of Eastern Asia will also suffer from fallout, though less than in the immediate area downwind of the detonations.) Whether there is an exchange in the Middle East, the Korean Peninsula or India, none of the heavy fallout will reach the United States, but lighter particles are carried by the winds for thousands of miles and may drift to the ground days or even weeks later. These particles could reach the West Coast of the United States a week or so after the initial explosions. Some parts of the country could miss the fallout entirely as the jet stream and prevailing weather conditions will carry it across some regions wile avoiding others. The government and major broadcasters will track the fallout clouds, juts as they track hurricanes. Again,

keeping informed (Rule 2) will help you plan to avoid the fallout danger. The good news is that the radioactive isotopes degrade and lose their radioactivity relatively quickly over th time. So a particle of fallout that lands on Korea two days after an explosion is only 1/100 as dangerous as the fallout than landed during the first hour. And the fallout that drifts to earth two weeks after an th explosion is only 1/1000 as dangerous as it was in the first hour after the explosion. Fallout particles that land on your home and nearby can be disturbed by the wind and washed away by rainwater or a blast from your hose. While this means that a good rain should wash away much of it and reduce the level of ambient radiation, it also means that fallout may be washed into low lying areas where puddles form leaving behind pockets of higher background radiation. Having a good Geiger counter can help identify these areas and other hot spots both during fallout and afterwards. While expensive, a Geiger counter takes the guesswork out of exposure monitoring. 2. Protect Yourself from Fallout. Even low levels of radiation can be dangerous when you are exposed for prolonged periods of time. And it is especially dangerous to young children, who should be protected to the greatest extent possible. If you cannot avoid being in an area where fallout lands, then you should minimize your exposure and create a barrier between yourself and the fallout. This is especially important for young children and pregnant women. Dirt, concrete, bricks and other dense, solid objects offer the best protection from fallout. While people immediately downwind of a nuclear event should have at least three feet of cement or four feet of dirt around them to form a good fallout shelter, a traditional basement offers significant protection from the low levels of fallout expected in the United States after a bomb blast in Asia of th Middle East. Once fallout is predicted to start, sleep in the basement, especially along the walls that are underground, to enhance the minimal protection offered by your house. Pile items on the floor above you such as books and heavy or thick furniture, because everything between you and the fallout on your roof will offer you some degree of protection, and when dealing with long-term exposures, even a slight improvement in your protection is worth it. If you do not have a basement, sleeping in an interior room as far as possible from exterior walls and the roof will offer a small degree of protection. Again, pile thing along the outside of the walls and floor above the room to absorb as many rays emitted by the fallout as possible. Some people advocate piling dirt on the floor of the room above the basement in which you are sleeping. While this will absorb additional radiation, it is not likely to be necessary with the low levels of radiation expected from blasts on the other side of the pacific. If terrorists hit Seattle, however, and you are down wind 1,000 miles, that could be a different story. Again, a Geiger Counter will help you determine this, as will watching the newscasts. Should a nuclear bomb detonate closer to your home, this might be a good spur-of-the-moment tactic to consider. The most dangerous form of fallout is particles that you breathe in, as they will expose your internal organs to whatever radioactive power they posses. So do not go outside during periods of active fallout and avoid breathing unfiltered air at any time the forecast predicts heavy fallout. Also during period of fallout, turn off heating or air conditioning systems that bring outside air into the house, unless they are equipped with a HEPA filter (and few residential systems are). Dusts masks will help some, N95 or N100 particlate masks will help mor and gas masks with a NBC (nuclear, biological and chemical) rating will provide the best protection. Also, if you go outside during periods of fallout, avoid bringing clothes contaminated with fallout into your house. Remove your clothes and wash yourself under a hose to remove accumulated fallout. Leave the clothes outside to be disposed of or decontaminated later. Once inside, immediately shower again with a good soap to remove radioactive particles from your skin and hair. This will protect you and other members of your household.

3. Take Potassium Iodide or Iodate. One proven long-term effect of exposure to low levels of radioactive fallout is cancer of the thyroid. This is because the thyroid absorbs radioactive iodine, concentrating the dangerous isotopes and causing long-term harm. You probably wont get sick that week, but years down the road it could cause serious problems, including cancer. Medical science has demonstrated that by taking potassium iodide or iodate orally before and during fallout, the thyroid will be flush with iodine and, as a result, will not absorb damaging amounts of radioactive iodine isotopes. You should obtain a source ahead of time, as the pills can be safely kept for years. You can order these products online or talk to your pharmacist. Some communities are providing pills to consumers who live near nuclear plants. 4. Do not Ingest Fallout. In Russia, cows downwind of Chernobyl ate grass that had radioactive particles on it. Radioactive isotopes were excreted in their milk, which was then consumed by children, to their detriment. In other places, crops with fallout on them were consumed. So be careful not to gather food during or shortly after periods of fallout. Do not drink fresh milk after fallout. Vigorous washing will reduce fallout on vegetables, and peeling items will also remove it. But care must be utilized for a year or more to avoid consuming reductive particles. Canned food and other commercially packaged food that was grown and packaged prior to exposure to fallout will be safe as long as the packaging is well sealed and the containers are rinsed before opening. If you drink water from surface sources such as ponds, rivers or streams or collect rainwater, it must be filtered to remove tiny radioactive particles. The water itself will not become radioactive, but fallout particles in it will need to be filtered out. And remember that when enough particles are trapped in your filter, it will be radioactive, so don't store it in your shelter. Every day the sun shines, your body absorbs radiation, but the gamma rays and other radiation you can pick up from fallout is much worse than a sun burn. Radiation sickness is serious and high levels of exposure are terminal. Your goal is to minimize exposure to radiation by: A. Reducing its intensity by blocking it with mass (dirt and concrete or even books, stacks of newspaper or water) and the passage of time (its power fades over time). B. Reducing avenues of exposure by filtering drinking water and washing foods, so that you do not ingest it, and by filtering the air so you do not breath it. C. Reducing the time you are exposed to radiation by taking shelter. The longer you can stay in your shelter (basement) the better, especially when fallout is predicted. Nuclear War: Planning and Preparing for the Worst As you can see, coming through a nuclear emergency unscathed is unlikely to be accomplished by simple chance. You stand a much better chance of protecting yourself and your family if you are prepared and have a plan before hand. One thing you should plan for is shortages. You can avoid problems with shortages by preparing ahead of time and keeping some basics on hand. 1. Stock up on Food. If panic breaks out, you can expect shortages similar to those before a blizzard strikes an area or during a hurricane warning. That means many staple items such as milk, bread, bottled water, flashlights, batteries, gasoline and ammunition -- will be purchased by people who are concerned that there may be shortages in a few days. Their panicked buying will, of course, cause prices to rise and create the very shortages they fear. We suggest having plenty of these items stored at home prior to the emergency, as well as foods that can

be safely stored without refrigeration for some time such as rice, dried beans, pasta, breakfast cereals, oatmeal, peanut butter, crackers, canned goods, powdered milk, pancake mix, flour, sugar, dried soups, powdered milk, powdered drink mixes, hard candy, etc. In addition to store bought foods, MREs are good to have on hand, as are special foods designed to store 10, 12 or even 15 years, such as the Ready Reserve Foods we sell. These items are available in special units designed to feed a person, a couple or a family of four for three months, six months, a year, or longer. Worse than the immediate panic are possible long-term effects of radiation on crop and even animal proteins. Will you still want to eat vegetables grown in the San Fernando Valley if a nuclear weapon went off in Asia? What about corn that was exposed to fallout when it was in the field. Is it safe to eat bread made from flour that came from wheat that was planted on ground that had fallout on it? Can you eat a steak from a cow that ate cantaminated corn or grass? What about eggs from a chicken fed corn or other grain that was exposed? And if the government tells you that it is safe, what happens if 10 or 20 years down the road, they decide they made a mistake? These are difficult questions to answer. But having a large supply of food that you know is radiation-free can make you feel better and may well protect you and your family in the long term. The ultimate survival food is grain, which you can buy and store yourself, or buy pre-packed for long term storage. Rice is a staple in the diets of billions of people and a 5-gallon plastic pail can hold close to 50 pounds. The plastic pail will keep fallout out of your food, an protect it from rodents. Wheat is one of the best food storage products. It can be ground for flour, sprouted for greens, cracked or broken to make wheat pilaf, or boiled and eaten as porridge. A 50-pound bag of rice at the warehouse club or a bushel of grain can feed your family for weeks. Wheat is not as easily available as rice, but you can buy it from feed stores and farmers. Just make sure your wheat is dry and is not treated with pesticides or other chemicals. 2. Stock up on Essentials. If you or your family rely on medications, try to have at least a months supply on hand. To be safe, get your key prescription(s) filled as soon as things calm down or in the lull between the news of an attack and the arrival of the fallout. If you have young children, stock diapers and formula. If you have pets, make sure you have ample pet food. What you consider essential may be different than what I consider essential. People with addictions, for example, should have coffee, cigarettes or whatever they are addicted to available so they can weather tough times more easily. 3. Stock up on Items from the Far East and South Asia. What if our government bans imports from the Far East for six months or a year after bombs explode there? Not only will imports have to be screened to prevent radiation from entering the country, but also sanctions against any country that uses nuclear weapons will immediately go into effect. So anything from India or Korea or wherever will suddenly be in short supply. There could be massive disruption of commerce. So while these are not critical items, you might be well served to buy videotapes, computer memory, spices and consumer electronics before such shortages take place. 4. Stock up on Cash and Pay down Debt. Nuclear war will play havoc with not only our economy, but with the global economy. Expect the stock market to crash, imports and exports to be disrupted and to experience unpredictable swings in currency values. Consumer confidence will probably plunge and we could be sent into a recession or depression. Will your job survive? Will you be able to pay your rent or mortgage? The best way to survive financially is to avoid debt and stash some extra cash for a rainy day. Outside of long-term storage food, we believe gold, silver and real estate are the best investments in such a scenario.

Survivalists who believe the world as we know will come to an end stock up on everything from beans and bullion to Bibles and bullets. They store extra laundry detergent, nails, chains for the chainsaw, automotive fluids and spare parts, extra boots and just about anything else they can think of. In the event of a nuclear exchange between India and Pakistan or Iraq and Israel, you probably wont need all that because while our world will be changed, no one expects the electrical power grid to be disrupted in the U.S. (although the flow of oil to our tanks could be disrupted.) But there will be changes, and anything you can do to prepare for the change is worthwhile. So stock up on anything you think you might need. What you decide to store should work hand in hand with your plan, so lets take a look at planning: 5. Plan Where to Go Under What Circumstances and How to Get There. You should make a plan with your immediate family members on where to go in the event of a nuclear war, and it should include alternate locations and transportation modes. So if you decide you will meet at home (a logical choice unless you have reason to believe you could be at ground zero) then you should have several plans on how everyone will get there. And if you cannot meet at home for some unknown reason, then there should be alternate meeting spots. 6. Inventory what Resources You Have on Hand and Identify What You Need. Inventory what survival needs are already filled. For example, you might have camping gear that includes a water filter. Or perhaps your larder is well stocked because you grow and can your own vegetables. Maybe you always buy on sale and have 20 rolls of toilet paper in the linen closet. All of these items should go on your list. You should also look at what you have and do not have under these primary categories: Food: Enough to feed your family for a minimum of three weeks and preferably three months or, ideally, a year. Water: A way to store it and filter or purify it, plus a list of local natural water sources. Nuclear protection: Potassium Iodate or Iodide, gas masks and a basement in which to shelter. Make a list of ways you could improve your basement's ability to block radiation. Self defense: Traditionally firearms, but includes keeping a low profile and avoiding conflict. Communications gear: cell phones, portable AM/FM and short wave radios to monitor world news, spare batteries, lists of people to call. Household goods, such as toiletries and cleaning supplies.

Again, perhaps you can use items you already own to fill in some blanks on your list. For example, maybe your hunting rifle or target pistol will be sufficient for self defense, but you should add some extra ammo, just to be safe, because it will be difficult to find afterwards. (When 9/11 hit, stores like K-Mart stopped selling guns and ammo. Of course, K-Mart later went bankrupt Hmm, I wonder if there is a connection? In any case, flags and ammunition were two of the biggest sellers.) Preparing for the unknown of a nuclear exchange isnt an easy topic that can q uickly be covered. Entire books have been written on it. Many of the general topics on this site can help, and we also encourage you to read Nuclear War Survival Skills. Resource: http://www.oism.org/nwss - Book by Cresson H. Kearny Nuclear War Survival Skills with details on building various types of shelters, ventilation systems, etc. available free on-line.