We all like to think we can “rough” it when the $h!+ hits the fan and that we are conditioned to be Mountain Men and Women if the times call for it. But I have to question, have you made any plans or contingencies beyond a bug out bag and a few weeks of food?
See, there is more to surviving a disaster than being a badass. It takes some thought and preparation to not only survive but thrive in face of a life changing disaster.
For instance, Iran will soon have a working nuclear bomb thanks to President Obama. For a quick moment Iran was all nicey nice with the US and before the spittle was dry on the Ayatollah’s boots from all the licking Obama was doing, the Iranians once again started the “death to America” rhetoric.
Our good friend and radio host Tamara Jackson, recently did a show on this subject and later receieved the following missive from one of her readers. Its a pretty good run down of things to think about if you want to be prepared for the looming disaster that the Obama administration has laid the groundwork for.
I heard your remarks to D.P. on 04-03-15 and I agree that many people are getting concerned about the Iran Nuclear Agreement and the lack of leadership by the White House.
Iran is the major threat according to a plethora of intelligence sources including ex-CIA Director Woolsey. Iranian military doctrine calls for an electromagnetic strike on North America whenever they can get around to it. Since electricity runs everything on our continent it is obvious that a strike against the electrical grid will kill millions. A congressional report on the topic suggests the casualty rate will be 90%.
I have the following suggestions to anyone who is concerned. These are very general tips. Each topic will require a modicum of research.
1. If you have the funds, buy a farm. Even 2-10 acres will help. Buy some beef cattle and chickens at first and when time and research permits, you can diversify to dairy cattle, honey bees, hogs or sheep. Beef cattle and chickens are very low maintenance. BTW do not purchase your livestock at an auction house. Many of the animals are the sick/lame animals that everyone wants to dump.
2. You need at least 1 gallon of water per person per day. If you have the funds, drill a well. If not collect water in plastic barrels or 2 litre soda bottles. Water never expires in spite of the “best before date” on your water bottle. A rain catch system will not meet all of your needs, but it is cheap and effective. Remember that a well may require a substantial power system.
3. Buy extra canned goods every time you go to the market. In a short period of time you will accumulate enough food for a few months. Learn how to can. Check out the shelf life for all your goodies. Pasta lasts a long time. Dairy products have to be refrigerated.
4. You absolutely need a portable toilet with a sealable lid. Septic fields may be okay but sewer systems require pumps. Naturally toilet paper and diaper wipes are compulsory.
5. Put all of your valuable papers ie car loans, life insurance, mortgages, birth certificates, family photos, resumes and licenses on a usb drive. After Katrina many people were dumped in Houston and they had no papers. Imagine trying to get a job in a new city without a resume or contacts. You may need a photo of your missing son or daughter if you get separated.
6. You may be without emergency services for a long time. This means having enough fire extinguishers and having the ability to protect your food, valuables your property, and your neighborhood.
7. You may be required to “bug out” of your current residence.Do all of your family members have bug out bags? You may not have the use of motorized transportation. Do you have bicycles, boots and inclement weather gear? Can you pack up and leave your property in 2 hours?
8. You will require a communications systems between you team/family members and also with the outside world. If you have the funds get an Amateur Radio License and the appropriate equipment. Wouxun and Baofeng hand held units are inexpensive yet effective. If not get some Motorola or Uniden GMRS or FRS radios for local communications.
9. Everyone has an opinion on security and weapons. However if you can shoot a small gun, you can shoot a large gun. You can also practice in your basement with a .177 pellet rifle with >1000 ft per velocity. Then buy a .22 pistol, a 12 GA pump shotgun, and a main battle rifle. (223 or 308 calibre) Several cans of bear spray and several edged weapons/pole arms will be useful for non-lethal situations. (IE teenagers trying to steal your gas)
You can read the rest of this insightful and helpful list at 14 Steps to survive disaster
Buy a farm. I never even thought of that. Now, do I (or you) have the cash flow to purchase a few acres and start a farm? Probably not. But that doesn’t mean a few like minded individuals and families can’t ban together and purchase a farm.
You can think of it as both insurance AND an investment.
Number 5 is a pretty good one. When we think of a life changing disaster it seems like many of us go to the farthest reaches of our minds to envision the Apocalypse. The odds would be more like a Katrina level catastrophe on a much larger scale. But to use Katrina as an analogy, the flood waters will recede and life will go on for those who survive. Having a durable backup of important documents is very important and a thing that gets overlooked by those who only envision the “Beyond Thunderdome” scenario.
The author of the above letter, R Casey finishes his list with some more insightful and deceptively obvious pointers. I suggest you give them a looksy and see how well you are prepared to live in an Obamanation.
And yes…everyone should have a sword.
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