Guest Post: Take These Steps Today To Survive An International Crisis

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Brandon Smith of Alt-Market blog,

With the Crimea referendum passed and Russia ready to annex the region, the United States and the European Union have threatened sanctions. The full extent of these sanctions is not yet known, and announcements are pending for the end of March. If these measures are concrete, they will of course be followed inevitably by economic warfare, including a reduction of natural gas exports to the EU and the eventually full dump of the U.S. dollar by Russia and China. As I have discussed in recent articles, the result of these actions will be disastrous.

For those of us in the liberty movement, it is now impossible to ignore the potential threat to our economy. No longer can people claim that “perhaps” there will be a crisis someday, that perhaps “five or 10 years” down the road we will have to face the music. No, the threat is here now, and it is very real.

The loss of the dollar’s world reserve status will destroy the only thread holding up its value, namely, investor faith. There are only two possible outcomes from that point onward:

A) The U.S. will be forced to default because no nation will purchase our Treasury bonds and support our debt spending, causing the dollar’s value to implode.

B) The Fed will choose to restart and expand quantitative easing measures, confiscate pension funds, raid bank accounts or issue new taxes in order to keep the system afloat; this will also end in the eventual collapse of dollar value and hyperinflation.

The consequences will lead to an explosion in prices — first in commodities and necessities like petroleum, imported raw materials, food, electricity, etc. and then in all other goods and services. Austerity measures will be instituted by Federal and State governments. Cuts to social welfare programs, including food stamps, are probable. Civil infrastructure will suffer. The cost effectiveness of maintaining public utilities could become unrealistic. Anyone relying on such services may find themselves cut off for days, weeks or indefinitely. Public suffering will invariably rise, along with public crime.

If events like Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans are any indication, the Federal government’s response will be inadequate, to say the least. The Federal Emergency Management Agency clearly cannot be relied upon to provide food, shelter, medical care or protection for communities. In fact, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Feds did far more harm than good, corralling people into camps where death was rampant and disarming outlying neighborhoods so that they could not defend themselves. Tens of millions of dollars in donated and Federally purchased necessities were never delivered to aid survivors. Trucks were turned away, and help from civilian sources was denied.

The point is, if you find yourself in the midst of a national or international catastrophe, you should assume that you will be on your own with whatever preparations you made beforehand. To assume otherwise would be foolish, given our government’s track record.

There are some people who will argue that during an international crisis, such as an economic war or a world war, there is no purpose to preparedness. They will argue that there is nothing an individual or family can do to weather the storm or fight back, because the scale of the threat would be “too great.” There is no place for such defeatism in the life of the liberty-minded. The scale of the threat is irrelevant, and only cowards give up a fight before it even begins. Survival and freedom require an unwavering conviction. Nihilists will fulfill their own prophecies, suffering a fate exactly as they imagine for the rest of us; living in fear, slavery, and obscurity.

That said, it is also important to acknowledge the truth that the majority of Americans today are utterly unready for a minor localized disaster, let alone a national or global crisis. This problem, though, could be easily remedied with a few simple beginning steps. I find that most people are not averse to the idea of preparedness, but many have trouble taking the first steps in the right direction. For longtime preparedness champions, the information listed here might seem like old-hat. However, I challenge each liberty movement member to approach at least one friend or family member who could benefit from the steps below. Prepping appears daunting to the uninitiated; show them how simple it can actually be.

Below is a list of goals that every liberty movement member and American can easily achieve starting today and continuing over the course of the next month. If enough citizens were to take the initiative to do these things, all threats — no matter how imposing — could be overcome.

Buy Three Months Of Food Stock

Food supply is the greatest Achilles’ heel of the American populace. Most homes store less than one week’s worth of food items at any given time. The average person needs between 2,000 and 3,000 calories per day to maintain sufficient energy for survival. It takes around four to six weeks for a person to die of starvation and malnutrition. In a collapse scenario, most deaths will likely occur within the first few months, either by weakness and illness, or by looting and violence. The idea is to at least get through this first catastrophic phase without becoming a villain, or falling victim to one. One person removed from starvation is one possible threat removed from the equation.

Three months of supply is not ideal by any means, but it will buy you precious time. Start with 2,000 calories per day per person. Bulk foods can be purchased cheaply (for now) and can at the very least provide sustenance during emergencies. A 20-pound bag of rice, for instance, can be had for less than $15 and provides about 30,000 calories, or 2,000 calories per day for 15 days for one person. Supplement with beans, canned vegetables and meats, honey for sugar, or freeze-dried goods, and you will be living more comfortably than 90 percent of the population.

Food stockpiling is one of the easiest and most vital measures a person could take. Yet, sadly, it is one of the last preparations on people’s minds.

Buy A Water Filter

Do not count on city water to remain functional. Even during a drawn-out economic downturn rather than an immediate crisis, there is a good chance that some utilities will be sporadic and unreliable. This means you will have to focus on rainwater collection, as well as water from unclean sources. Boiling the water will kill any bacteria, but it will not kill the taste of sediments and other materials floating around. A high-grade survival filter is the best way to get clean water that tastes good.

The average person needs about a gallon of water per day to remain healthy and hydrated. I highly recommend the Sawyer Mini Water Filter, which is a compact washable filter that can cleanse up to 100,000 gallons of water. It uses no moving parts, making it harder to break; and it costs only $20.

Buy A Small Solar Kit

Try going a week or two without electricity, and you may find how dismal life can truly be. The very absence of light at night reduces one’s productivity time drastically, and using fuel for lanterns is not practical in the long term. Solar power is truly the way to go for a grid-collapse scenario.

I’ve heard much whining about the cost of solar power, but small systems that will serve most electrical needs can be set up for less than $1,000. Two 100-watt panels, a power inverter, charge controller and four to six 12-volt deep-cycle batteries are enough to deal with most electrical needs in a survival situation; and all these items can be contained in a portable foot locker for minimal cost. New solar panels are much more effective in low-light conditions and winter weather as well, making solar a must-have prep item.

Store A Fuel Source

Twenty gallons of gasoline treated with fuel saver is not expensive to purchase today, but in the midst of hyperinflation, it may be impossible to obtain tomorrow. Kerosene is useful for heating and cooking. Propane can be stored for decades and runs numerous appliances. If you live in a forested area, dried wood can be had for free, and can keep you warm throughout the winter months (keep in mind the your local danger factor when using fire). It is vital to have a means to stay warm and fed during the most difficult seasonal changes, especially during a grid down scenario.

Find Alternative Shelter

There are no guarantees during a full-spectrum disaster. Having all your eggs in one basket is not only stupid, but unnecessary. Always have a plan B. That means scouting an alternative location for you and your family in the event that your current shelter comes under threat. This location should be far enough away from large population centers but still within a practical range for you to reach them. It should also have a nearby water source, and be defensible. Establishing supply caches near this site is imperative. Do not assume that you will be able to take all of your survival supplies with you from your home. Expect that surprises of a frightening variety will arise.

Buy One Semi-Automatic Rifle

At this point I really don’t care what model of rifle people purchase, as long as they have one, preferably in high capacity and semi-automatic. AR-15, AK-47, Saiga, SKS, M1A: just get one! Every American should be armed with a military-grade rifle. If you are not, you are not only negligent in your duty as a free citizen, but you are also at a distinct disadvantage against the kind of opponents you are likely to face in a collapse situation.

Buy 1,000 Rounds Of Ammunition

Again, this is by no means an ideal stockpile, but it is enough to get you through a couple rough patches if you train furiously. Cheap AK-47 ammo can be had for $5 for a box of 20 rounds. Get what you can while you can, because the prices are only going to skyrocket in the near term.

Approach One Friend Or Neighbor

Community is what will make the difference between life and death during a SHTF collapse. I challenge everyone in the liberty movement to find at least ONE other person to work with in the event of disaster. Lone-wolf operations may be strategically practical for short periods of time; but everyone needs rest, and everyone needs someone else to watch his back. Do not fall into the delusion that you will be able to handle everything on your own.

Learn One Barter Skill

Learn how to fix one vital thing or provide one vital service. Try emergency medical training, gunsmithing or metal working, as long as it is an ability that people will value. You have to be able to produce something that people want in order to sustain yourself beyond the point at which your survival stockpile runs out. Be sure that you are seen as indispensable to those around you.

Grow A Garden

Spring is upon us, and now is the perfect opportunity to grow your own food supply. If you have even a small yard, use that space to grow produce. Focus on high-protein and high-vitamin foods. Buy a dehydrator or canning supplies and save everything. Use heirloom seeds so that you can collect new seed from each crop to replant in the future. If every American had a garden in his backyard, I wouldn’t be half as worried about our survival as I am today.

Prepare Your Mind For Calamity

The most valuable resource you will ever have is your own mind. The information held within it and the speed at which you adapt will determine your survival, whether you have massive preparations or minimal preparations. Most people are not trained psychologically to handle severe stress, and this is why they die. Panic equals extinction. Calm readiness equals greater success.

The state of our financial system is one of perpetual tension. The structure is so weak that any catalyst or trigger event could send it tumbling into the abyss. Make no mistake; time is running out. We may witness a terrifying breakdown tomorrow, in a year, or if we are lucky, a little longer. The path, though, has been set and there is no turning back. All of the items above can be undertaken with minimal cash flow. If you receive a regular paycheck, you can establish a survival supply for yourself and your family. There are no excuses.

Take the steps above seriously. Set your goals for the next four weeks and see how many of them you can accomplish. Do what you can today, or curse yourself tomorrow. What’s it going to be?

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Bonapartist's picture

2000-3000 calories a day? the fat-asses here in the US would do well to have to cut down to 1000 a day. 1000 is about all the calories you need to sit around playing X-Box, Facefucking and jerking off to online porn all day anyway.

Clueless Economist's picture

Oh please, Mel Tappen had been talking this BS since the early 1970's, and he died not from any government calamities, but from cutting his foot on broken glass in a pool.

Some prep is OK, but nonsense like Tappen and this clown is over the top.

Bonapartist's picture

Also 1000 rounds would last me about a day if the SHTF- there's a lot of MFers on my shit list. Don't forget- Level 4 body armor is a must.

Mister Kitty's picture

Survive an international crisis?  Now why would I want to do that?  Bastards.

A Lunatic's picture

So you have a blog eh? Would you enjoy every single ZH poster spamming it? No? Get lost......

beyondtheprogramming's picture

i skimmed that blog, dont even bother with the spam. your energy will be better invested elsewhere

A Lunatic's picture

I skimmed it about 75 user profiles ago. This weirdo keeps beating the spam filters here and posting this nonsense. The worst part is he's not even a decent troll.......

Calmyourself's picture

The dragon lady will stick a knife in his back sooner or later.. 

StandardDeviant's picture

Just another sock puppet account.

runningman18's picture

If your are putting yourself in situations where you need 1000 rounds a day then you're not a very smart survivalist.

StandardDeviant's picture

Er, I think that was in total, not per day.  (That'd be one helluva day...)

zuuma's picture


But if it was in just one day, it'd be

A Super, Maxi, Bueno - helluva day!

Get yourself a C93. 

It could do 1000 in a day without a cleaning -- if that's your thing.

WakeUpPeeeeeople's picture

A shitload of lawyers out there. 1000 rds may not get it done.

Dr. Engali's picture

Just because it hasn't happened here doesn't mean that it can't. History is ripe with societies that have collapsed. We have been fortunate that we live in the period of time that we do. I would rather be prepared and nothing happen then have the world fall go to shit and be totally screwed.

weburke's picture

its the poisoning you are not watching.

stacking12321's picture

"History is ripe with societies that have collapsed."

did you just say ripe instead of rife?

your doctorate is hereby revoked!



Dr. Engali's picture

Actually I went back to change it and somebody had replied before I could. Oh well I'll take my lumps.

JoBob's picture

"Ripe" is appropriate when taken as history being filled with fruit to be picked as examples.  Rife would refer ro examples being found throughout history.


Dr. Engali is vindicated and may re-don his robes!

STG5IVE's picture

One thing is for will be interesting to see how everyone will fare when this thing goes--those who prepped and those who didn't.  Pretty sure we're going to see some insane things.

kaiserhoff's picture

No, you will see the obvious consequences and the inevitable.

Greenskeeper_Carl's picture

No shit. The average person is at least 20-30 pounds over weight. 1000 calorie a day diet for a couple months would do wonders for this society. Pretty sure the average food stamp recipient has enough chips and cookies stored in their body fat to last a couple months anyway

STG5IVE's picture

Fat people can go ballistic without their calories

El Vaquero's picture

Fat people are bigger targets.

g'kar's picture

They render out well for fuel too.

zuuma's picture

"They render out well for fuel too."

Funny that you say that...

millions of barrels of pure, sulphur-free diesel

just sitting around, watching 'Elllen'; talkin on that obamafone, eatin' those EBT-paid twinkies & chips.Washing it all down with sugary Sunny Delight.

Forget Soylent Green. 

I think I might go buy a Volkswagon TDI.

g'kar's picture

We have finally realized a real purpose for the FSA. They are the modern day dinosaurs.

RabbitChow's picture

That's a dead giveaway in the future. The heavy set people willbe thought to have lots of food somewhere.  If you start out thin no one will bother you.

Dr. Engali's picture

Can't argue with you there. Judging by the junks it appears that there are a few of the NSA trolls reading your post who are pissed for being called out.

The Wisp's picture

Buy Now ? Buy Now Buy Now...? why pay for Info that is already out there for free.

SeattleBruce's picture

"Buy Now ? Buy Now Buy Now...?"

And this guy is a prepper?  What's he want fiat $$ for?

LetThemEatRand's picture

Build a still or buy a shit ton of booze.  For barter and cleaning infections.  You know.

Dr. Engali's picture

Buy cigarettes too. Tobacco is as good as gold in some situations.

americanspirit's picture

Sorry Dr E - I usually agree with you but in this case it would be far better to learn to grow your own tobacco. It's easy and not only better smoke than anything you can buy, it is also ( as you say) very useful for barter. And its legal everywhere. If I may talk my book just a bit here - The Cultivators Handbook of Natural Tobacco.

Dr. Engali's picture

Interesting route to take. Not being a smoker, I have never put much thought into growing tobacco. Actually I've never put any thought into it. However, after witnessing the addictive power of tobacco and being in situations where having it has proven beneficial, I believe it is an important part of preparations.

kaiserhoff's picture

Just so, and while we're on the subject,

  did you ever see a chick without her caffeine and Midol?  It sticks in your memory;)

WakeUpPeeeeeople's picture

Note to self, stock up on tampons. Should be a good barter item.

El Vaquero's picture

While not legal, knowing how to grow Marijuana may be helpful too.  People are going to want an escape from having their world destroyed. 

Ironmaan's picture

Better get a fuck pile of sugar and yeast or your still (and mine) won't be good for anything.

El Vaquero's picture

You don't need sugar.  You need to learn how to malt grains.  Sugar is the easy way to do it, but when you malt grains, you get amalayase enzimes which break the starches in the grain down into sugars.  People have been brewing beer and making spirits since before sugar was widely avaliable. 

N2OJoe's picture

The yeast though, is still essential. You can preserve the culture from bath to batch, but you will screw up sometimes and kill the culture by accident.

salvadordaly's picture

Funny thing, I have done all above plus the still! Even the corn, yeast and sugar to do just that. Of coarse I have not put any of that into use, that would be illegal, but I have just in case.

Simple water filter for the price and conveience -


N2OJoe's picture

Careful, just having a still above a certain (1 gallon ish) size is illegal all by itself.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

FYI, Hope or Prayer are feel-good exercises, not a viable Action Plan. No matter what your clerics or ploticians tell you.

Cloud9.5's picture

Nothing wrong with prayer.  It calms the nerves.

general ambivalent's picture

And seems to be much more beneficial than science lately.