The rich elite will suffer if there is a collapse and rest of us working stiffs will be fine thank you very much. That is my belief anyway.
So why? Conventional wisdom and sense (if you want to call it that) tells us that those with fat bank accounts have it made: steady incomes, nice homes, luxury automobiles, and lots of help in the way of secretaries, personal chefs, housekeepers, gardeners, pool tenders and a myriad of other folks that make their day quite pleasant. In addition, they have all the latest and toys gadgets and when a new model comes out they are first in line to get it.
So initially, these fat cats will be just fine in the event of a global economic collapse. But wait? What will happen to their cushy life when money becomes devalued or even worthless? Well first of all, they will go through their pantries in a week or two – possibly a month – and then find that when they need basic supplies, the shelves at the grocery are empty.
And then there is fear. Fear that their money is worthless, fear that the zombies will come in and steal their possessions, and perhaps the biggest fear of all, the fear that someone will shoot them dead for no reason other than unmitigated chaos within our cities and society ion general.
This does not make a pretty picture.
So what about the preppers?
We already know how to make a decent meal out of rice, beans and home grown greens. While the rich elite have spent their summers vacationing and being pampered we have spent our free time learning and practicing survival methods and techniques to prepare ourselves.
We have extra water but we also know how to purify lake and stream water. We know how to get our hands dirty and how to barter our knowledge and skills that with someone who has a skill we lack. We also have medical supplies and weapons to defend ourselves. And equally important, we have walked around our neighborhoods and communities and established a “hi, how are you?” relationship with those around us so that they recognize us and we recognize them. In doing so we have built an extended family that will watch our backs – as we will watch theirs – if the SHTF.
We will have our wits about us because we have already survived the 21st century recession with self-reliance and and the perseverance to protect ourselves and our families no matter what. We live the preparedness lifestyle now and are not willing to wait for some horrible event in the future before we begin to take care of ourselves.
Our baby steps, taken week after week, month after month, year after year, will have taught us the value of hard work, austerity and loyalty as well as compassion and heart. If the SHTF these qualities will help us stay on our feet and to hold our heads high. For although we may be in shock and we may suffer hardships, we will be able to survive and use our skills to help build a better society.
Please share this message with your families, your friends and your colleagues at work. Remind them that you too started with baby steps and that you still are not finished and may never be. Be generous with your knowledge and point them to the myriad of resources available to help them become educated in the preparedness lifestyle. And most of all, remind them to be prepared, not scared.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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- Where There Is No Dentist
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From the Bargain Bin: Today I present a small selection of popular items the I consider survival essentials.
Kaito Voyager Solar Dynamo Weather Radio: This one has it all and a very reasonable price given its features. It will operate from any one of four different power sources including hand crank and solar and includes a radio, lantern, cell phone charger and more. It can be used with 3 AA batteries or an optional AC adapter. It is perfect for receiving NOA alerts and the LED flashlight on its side turns into a flashing red SOS for emergencies. There is even a USB port for charging a cell phone. About $50. A good alternative is the Etón American Red Cross Self-Powered Radio with Flashlight, Solar Power and Cell Phone Charger.
Rothco Type III Commercial Paracord: You can get 100 feet of Paracord for about $8. This is a real bargain but be aware that price can vary substantially depending on the color.
Stanley 3 Piece Plier Set: A basic plier set with a rust-resistant finish will protects them from the elements. The jaws are machined to provide a slip-resistant grip and , and the tool’s double-dipped handle gives extra comfort and a lifetime warranty is included.
Uniden Bearcat 200-Channel Portable Scanner: A hand scanner with ham band for less than $100. Very portable.
Fiskars 7855 8-Inch Hatchet: The Fiskars products are easily sharpened and will last a lifetime. For less than $25, what is not to like? Oh, and while you are at it, you might also like the Fiskars Axe & Knife Sharpener for an additional $10.
Emergency Shelter Tent: The Emergency Tent is a lightweight and compact emergency shelter. It is wind and waterproof and easy to set up and is roomy enough for two people. Less than $10.
Purell Sanitizing Wipes: These are the wipes I currently use. I personally called the manufacturer and confirmed that they have a two-year shelf life. This is an important consideration when purchasing hand sanitizers.
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