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This week, the Fed borrowed and spent $56 dollars for every man, woman and child in the US ($17 Billion) to give to the IMF to bail out Greece.
AND, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac asked for another $8.4 and 10.6 billion in bailouts, which currently look likely.
Again, I really don’t care if it’s Republicans, Democrats, or pink unicorns doing the spending…the end result is BAD. We don’t have the money to spend and this spending is going to weaken the dollar and cause everything we buy to cost more.
On the bright side, the dollar may not be the first currency to fall. Right now, it looks like the Euro might go first. As it does, people with money in Euros are likely to move it to Yen and Dollars.
Why? Because they are the only two other currencies with enough money in circulation to handle a large influx of money without skyrocketing. Even gold can’t handle a large influx of money without massive jumps in prices.
That leaves the Yen and the Dollar. Right now, Japan’s economy is so far beyond bankrupt, it’s amazing that it is still able to function. It’s likely that as Euros stop moving into Yen, the Yen will start collapsing too.
That leaves the Dollar. And since DC and the Fed are borrowing, looting, and spending like drunken pirates in port, it doesn’t look good for the dollar either.
So, how long will this whole process take?
It’s anyone’s guess. It could be sped up by politicians, natural, and manmade disasters.
What can I do?
For one, prepare yourself and your family for these natural, manmade, and economic disasters by stocking up on the things you use most, develop a team of like minded people, learn medical and self-defense skills, AND work to make your mind more resilient to bad times. I do that through prayer, reading my Bible, and exercise. You might have another combination that you prefer. Whatever it is, make sure you are doing it daily.
I receive a few emails a week asking me for strategies to get churches/offices/etc. on board with storing up food for disasters.
I got one this week, and I’m including it and my response here:
Having spoken to our Sr. Pastor of our church about preparedness, he requested I bring up the issue of preparedness to the board members at the next meeting in June. I’d like some input on how to begin an introduction on the matter. Thank you for all your help and may God Bless you in all you do.
And here was my response:
This is a big issue, and I can’t say that there is one perfectly correct answer to it.
Whether it is talking with church leadership, business owners, or family patriarchs, you’re going to run into three big hurdles:
1. Recognition of the need
3. Centralized vs. individual preparedness
Recognition of the need. Many people think that, “God will provide” when disaster strikes and that preparing is a sign of a lack of faith. To them, I say, “poppycock!” That’s just silly talk and is indicative of someone who hasn’t read the story of Joseph, the book of Proverbs, or ANY of what the New Testament says about preparedness.
Even Jesus told the disciples to prepare for bad times when he told them to sell their extra tunics so they could go out and buy a sword.
The Bible continually tells people to be responsible and voluntarily save up during good times so that they will have provisions during bad times. If you want specific verses on this, get back to me. If there’s enough demand, I’ll do a lesson on it.
If your church leadership, business owners, or family patriarchs don’t know how unstable our food supply and economy is, here are some bullet point facts you can share with them:
1. The average US city has 9 meals worth of food on the shelves. After that they have to be resupplied by an outside source.
2. The 2nd (bigger) wave of residential mortgage defaults will hit sometime in 2010 as Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARMs) reset.
3. Towns and counties have less tax revenue and the number of bond defaults are likely to increase. The end effect is that properties will have access to fewer services and home prices will drop more.
4. The amount of distressed commercial mortgages is increasing at a rate of $3-$5BILLION per month.
5. MANY borrowers who got their mortgages modified by their mortgage companies last year are being foreclosed on 6-12 months later.
6. Unemployment is at 9.9%, (over 10% when you back out Census workers) and the UNDERemployment rate is over 17%.
Add these together and you see that MANY families are fighting for survival and may be eating through any reserve or long term food storage for their daily meals without being able to replace it. As defaults increase, more families will be in this situation.
What this all means is that if there is a natural or manmade disaster that affects your area, not only will the shelves quickly be bare, you can count on 20-40% of households to have little to nothing in the way of even short term food storage.
I agree that churches, business owners, and family patriarchs should do SOMETHING, but what?
Resources/Storage. Let’s say that you want to be able to feed 500 people for 30 days. The cost is going to vary. In the SurviveInPlace.com Urban Survival course, I laid out a plan to feed 500 people on $1.75 per day, including fuel, using bulk, pre-packaged containers with internal mylar bags.
Some prison systems, including Philadelphia’s and Alabama’s hit that same $1.75/day mark for prisoners. Some county jails in Louisiana are under $1/day for prisoners, and foreign aid agencies feed a fortified Corn-Soy Blend or Wheat-Soy Blend with rice, oil, sugar, and salt for about 25c per day.
Let’s go with the $1.75/day number. Take that times 500 people and you’re looking at $875 per day and 25 or so 5 gallon buckets (roughly a pallet stacked 3 high). Take that times 30 days and you’re at $26,250 (or 30 pallets). That’s a lot of food and requires a lot of storage space. Keep in mind that this doesn’t address water yet.
Somehow, you’ve also got to figure out how to store that much food without more than 2-3 people knowing where it is…otherwise, people WILL talk and it will be a security threat in the event of a disaster.
Centralized vs. Individual Preparedness. Frankly, as time has gone on, I don’t agree with churches letting their members know that they are planning to feed the people in the congregation who haven’t made preparations. The worst thing that can happen in those cases is that people who DO have the ability to prepare think, “Oh…I don’t need to prepare and be responsible…I’ll just run to my church for food if anything happens.”
The reason is simple…centralized solutions are MUCH more likely to have big problems than individual family solutions.
A better approach for churches, in my opinion, is to promote preparedness. You can get into the Biblical reasons for it, or you can just say something to the effect of, “Hey…I care about you. I see trouble coming and I want you to be prepared when it gets here.”
I do see benefit in churches sponsoring bulk food buys or buying a high quality canner (Like the LDS church does) that people can use to can their own food.
Now…what about the 20-40% of households that I mentioned that have no short term food storage?
Well, if you’ve encouraged a sense of responsibility among your group and made it known that there won’t be food available in the event of a disaster, then you’ve got two things working in your favor. First, when there is a disaster, families who did have the resources and chose to prepare will have the ability to help those who didn’t.
Second, your church could choose to keep some food on hand from each bulk food buy for outreach/aid purposes.
There are some obvious Operational Security holes in doing bulk buys like this. Namely, if you buy more than everyone else does, you make yourself a target to anyone paying attention. That being said, you may decide that the opportunity to provide aid and outreach and help people prepare for disasters outweighs the possible risks.
Nashville’s response to disaster–The way things SHOULD be!
The flooding in Nashville has been horrible. My prayers go out to those who lost friends, loved ones, homes, and businesses.
But Nashville is proof positive that surviving in an urban area after a disaster is realistic, even without the help of big government.
Not everyone riots and resorts to violence at the drop of a hat. And not everyone sits around whining when a disaster hits about when “they” are going to come help “us.”
No. There are plenty of good people out there who are going to “bloom where they’re planted” in the event of a disaster, just like we’re seeing in Nashville.
We just need to get as many of or friends and neighbors equipped with the skills and tools to do so.
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I’ve got some great stuff coming up for you next week on the self-defense front. Self-defense should be a core of anyone’s survival planning. It’s one of those skills that will make your life better, regardless of whether you ever have to use it.
Until Next Week,Until next week.
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