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12 Simple Things You Can Start Doing Right Now To Prepare For The Coming Financial Apocalypse

It is becoming increasingly apparent that the U.S. economy is heading for complete and total disaster.  State and local governments across the nation are uncontrollably bleeding red ink.  The federal government has accumulated the largest debt in world history.  Every year we buy hundreds of billions of dollars more from the rest of the world than they buy from us.  That means that we are getting hundreds of billions of dollars poorer as a nation every single year.  Meanwhile, thousands of factories and millions of jobs continue to be sent overseas as American cities turn into post-industrial wastelands.  Incomes are down, unemployment remains at depressingly high levels and very few of our politicians seem to have any idea how to fix things.  Yes, things are really, really bad.  So what are some things that we can all be doing to prepare for the coming financial apocalypse?

Well, the truth is that we all need to start becoming less dependent on “the system”.  If the economy does completely fall apart at some point, your employer is probably not going to take care of you.  Neither is the federal government – just look at what happened in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.  In the end, you are going to have to take care of yourself and your family.

So are you ready?

Now is the time to prepare.  If you wait until things totally fall apart it will be far too late.

The following are 12 simple things that you can start doing right now to prepare for the coming financial apocalypse….

#1 Become Less Dependent On Your Job

Many people define a job as the state of being “just over broke”.  The truth is that it is incredibly difficult to become financially independent working for someone else.  Now, the truth is that most Americans would not be able to survive without a job, but what would you do if someday you suddenly lost your job during a financial apocalypse?  Now is the time to start investigating alternate sources of income and different ways to build wealth.  Today it takes the average unemployed American over 33 weeks to find a job.  You may not always be able to count on being able to get a good job, and the economy is only going to get worse over the long-term.  All of us should be operating under the assumption that any jobs we now have will someday be taken away.

#2 Get Out Of Debt

Some people disagree with this, but unless society degenerates into complete chaos or we experience Weimar Republic-type hyperinflation, the truth is that your debts are going to continue to hang over you wherever you go.  Getting out of debt can be completely and totally liberating.  It will give you much more freedom and will make you far less dependent on your job.  In fact, it looks like a lot of Americans are already moving in this direction.  It was recently announced that 8 million Americans have stopped using their credit cards over the past year.  Why not join them?  When things start really falling apart and it is incredibly difficult for anyone to get a job, the last thing you want is a huge amount of debt hanging over your head.

#3 Reduce Expenses

For decades, most Americans have been living far beyond their means.  In the future, times are going to be really tough and we are all going to have to learn to tighten our belts.  Do you and your family waste money right now?  If you can eliminate that, you can live on a smaller income and you will have more money to invest in the things that are really going to matter.

#4 Purchase Land

Real estate is still priced too high in most areas of the United States, but the truth is that you don’t want to wait forever to get your hands on a piece of land.  If a “financial apocalypse” does happen, you don’t want to be stuck in a big city with no place to go.  You always want to have somewhere that you can “bug out” to.  The U.S. real estate market is continuing to struggle right now, so hopefully prices will come down even more and there will be some really great deals available over the next couple of years.

#5 Learn To Grow Food

Another reason why you want to purchase some land is so that you will have somewhere to grow food if you need to.  100 years ago almost all Americans knew how to grow their own food, and most of them also knew how to raise farm animals.  Today, relatively few Americans have those skills.  A great way to begin is by starting your own “survival garden”.  If you are not already doing this, then why not start this upcoming year?

#6 Find A Reliable Source Of Water

Water is going to become a very, very valuable resource in the years to come.  It will be absolutely key for you and your family to have a dependable source of clean drinking water.  If you do not have water you will not be able to survive for long.  In the event of an economic meltdown, basic services such as power and water may not be there.  So be certain that you and your family have an alternate source of water to depend upon.

#7 Explore Alternative Energy Sources

This point is similar to the one above.  Do you think that if a financial apocalypse happens that you will always be able to depend on the power company?  The truth is that there is a good reason why so many Americans have been trying to go “off the grid”.  Without power, life gets really difficult very quickly.  But if you are generating your own power then you won’t have to worry about that.

#8 Store Supplies

In the event of a major disaster or emergency, store shelves are going to empty really fast.  If supplies are disrupted on a permanent basis, you may have to get by on what you already have in your home.  So do you and your family have enough warm clothes, personal hygiene products and medical supplies to last for an extended period of time?  Hopefully your local stores will always be able to supply what you need, but we need to prepare as if that is not guaranteed.

#9 Protect Your Assets With Gold And Silver

The way that the Federal Reserve is abusing the U.S. dollar, it is only a matter of time before rampant inflation sets in.  Even now, the U.S. dollar has already been seriously declining and precious metals like gold and silver have been shooting into the stratosphere.  In the future, your paper money may not buy much for you at all, but if you have some gold or silver coins you can always exchange them for the things that you are going to need.

#10 Learn Self-Defense

Did you see what happened at stores from coast to coast this past Black Friday?  Americans were literally trampling one another just to get their hands on some cheap foreign-made plastic crap.  So what do you think is going to happen once these people have been without food for two or three days?  Now is the time to think about how you will defend your home and your family from crazed looters.  It is not a fun thing to think about, but unfortunately we are heading for times that will not always be pretty.

#11 Keep Yourself Fit

As Americans, we live such “cushy” lives.  But when times get hard things will not be so cushy.  In fact, the years ahead are likely to demand quite a bit of physical activity.  So keep yourself in good physical condition right now.  In the future you will be very glad that you did.

#12 Make Friends

It is really, really hard to “survive” by yourself.  Those who will thrive the most in the future are those who will have a community that they can depend on.  Americans are always at their best when they work together.  Don’t be afraid to reach out to your family and friends.  In the times ahead the world will be a very cold place, and a little love and compassion will go a long way.

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  • http://www.planorperish.com Gutter Economist

    And here are three dozen more:

    http://www.planorperish.com/?page_id=233

  • Neddy

    For gosh sakes let the s*it hit the fan.
    Let the second boot drop.

    We have been expecting this for years so let’s have at it and get it over with.

  • http://globalpoliticalawakening.blogspot.com Global Political Awakening

    Knowledge is something that no one can take from you. It’s the eternal wealth that will help you thrive in a Post-Collapse world.

    10 Skills Needed to Thrive in a Post-Collapse World

    Some experts see the perfect storm emerging for a dramatic collapse of Western civilization claiming we’ve reached environmental, economic, and geopolitical tipping points. Clearly, some skills will be far more valuable than others if this societal breakdown occurs. Sorry bankers, lawyers, and accountants, there won’t be a need for you in a post-collapse world.

    Before we quantify the skill sets that will be viable, it is important to define the severity of a “post-collapse” scenario. When taken as a whole, together these tipping points could potentially converge to create a post-apocalyptic Mad Max-type world for the vast majority of humanity. However, given the advanced technology that we possess today, it is unlikely to ever become quite that primitive ever again. Surely there will be pockets of energy and food independence no matter what possible scenario unfolds, but the vast majority may be left to fend for themselves.

    It would take a serious cataclysmic earth event like a super volcano, a meteor impact, major electromagnetic pulse event, or dramatic pole shift to effect the entirety of humanity. Man-made events like nuclear war, environmental damage, or total economic collapse, no matter how devastating, will be somewhat isolated and contained to specific areas and populations. Incidentally, every nation or territory that has experienced these man-made catastrophes has roared back to life in less than one generation. The only example of nuclear survival was in Japan, while the largest recent big economic collapse was the break-up of the Soviet Union. In both cases those countries went through a very tough period, but ultimately they persevered.

    For sake of this article, let’s assume that some level of devastation is caused by each type of tipping point in the United States. Our ever escalating wars finally reach our shores by way of long-range nuclear missiles, total economic collapse occurs rendering the dollar worthless, and we would likely have less electricity and water than Iraq did after Bush’s “shock and awe” campaign. Gasoline and oil supplies would likely be down to a trickle, halting all supply lines of food and other goods to big box stores. Factory farming will be impossible without cheap oil products readily available. The suffering will be dramatic.

    The only question will become, how do the citizens react? Both the USSR and early 1950s Japan were far more agrarian, and far less dependent on big box stores than America currently is. American dependence on long supply lines, interconnected yet vulnerable electric grid, and pharmaceutical-based healthcare may lead to a more severe breakdown of society than witnessed in those countries. Although, innovative technology for alternative energy and agriculture practices will play a part in surviving; but they can only help the few with the knowledge, means, and stability to use them. And stability will be in low supply for some time, resulting in only small groups with relative comfort — those who planned for the worse. However, as an optimist, I believe that after the initial chaos Americans will rediscover solidarity for one-another, much like they did after 9/11, but this time it will be more sustained out of absolute necessity.

    Many articles have been written about how to survive the coming collapse, or what is needed to survive, but not many articles have been written about what skills will have value in a post-collapse world. Imagine fulfilling human necessity without consistent fuel or electricity, large-scale food production, or fully-stocked pharmacies and hospitals. The only form of wealth in a collapsed civilization is the knowledge and skills to produce something of human value.

    Here are 10 invaluable skills that will likely help you sustain yourself in a hand-made local world:

    http://globalpoliticalawakening.blogspot.com/2010/11/10-skills-needed-to-thrive-in-post.html

  • zack

    Extending #12 “Making Friends” even further – it makes sense to befriend key local service providers like plumbers, building contractors, etc. I would also recommend that you consider getting EMT training, which grants one access into the law enforcement community. Check out “Emergency” by Neil Strauss for an entertaining read on the topic.

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  • CHARLES STEINER

    ALL OF IT IS BULL***, AND YOU KNOW WHY? BECAUSE NONE OF IT IS “SIMPLE.” THE TITLE IS A GIVE-AWAY. IN THIS WORLD, NOTHING’S SIMPLE. WHO KNOWS WHO’S BEHIND THIS! WE’VE BEEN TOLD THE SKY IS FALLING NOW FOR A VERY LONG TIME — SOMEBODY’S MAKING MONEY SCARING PEOPLE. . .

    THIS IS ALL BULL***,.

  • Damon

    “#10 Learn Self-Defense”. Should also add this: purchase a firearm while you still can. The Fed. government is finding more ways to confiscate guns with every passing day. Regardless of how advanced your martial arts skills are, it won’t protect you and your family from a variety of scenarios (ex. a group of armed individuals trying to break into your home).

    • Bobby

      No the federal government hasnt pushed much gun legislation at all in the past 7-10 years. Individual states however are making it hardto get firearms. But the NRA NEEDS you to believe that its the feds so that youll keep giving them money to lobby for gun rights, even though they’ve already made deals with anti gun groups to postpone certain legislation. The NRA knows that if gun ownwers get what they want than they have no need for the NRA anymore, and theyll go broke. I owns guns but screw that disgrace that is the NRA. YOU DONT NEED THEM

  • http://resourcebasedliving.com Resource Based Living

    This is an awesome list to prepare for it, I am sharing it everywhere.

    You should also withdraw your support from the system to weaken it and increase your freedom.

  • A Dodgy Bloke

    This is a variation of a list I’ve seen a couple dozen places, the only idea I haven’t seen is EMT training which is good one. Mike Rupert had Dmitry Orlov on his collapse next pod cast and Dmitry talks about the Iron Triangle A Job, a Car, and a House, break that and you are a half way to self reliance.
    I’ve been prepping for not quite a year and trust me it’s not quite that simple. One of the things I’ve become convinced of is the need to become part of a collection of like-minded people. This helps with skill sets, defense, and gathering food helping with resources. Even mundane things like bouncing off ideas I think this is not getting enough emphasis in the prepping community.

  • Joe Green

    The two most important things that you need, in the coming is your mind and being in good health.If your health is bad and you are dependent on a lot of drugs to stay alive, you and people like you will be the first to go.
    Most people I talk to think I’m crazy about the meltdown of our country and riots in the streets. They are too busy watching that crap on TV or doing sports.
    I’m going target shooting, again this weekend, I hope everyone of like mind does the same.

  • mondobeyondo

    What’s really worrying is the increasing cost of health care. It’s already in the stratosphere, and in the future, it’s bound to zoom past the moon and head towards Jupiter.

    How will you be able to afford a root canal or a checkup, in a hyperinflationary environment?

    Your doctor or dentist should become your new best friend. Perhaps you could barter with him/her… annual physical for a prime rib dinner.

  • El Pollo de Oro

    I would add: “Get The Hell Out Of The Banana Republic of America If You Can.” But then, this is a GLOBAL economic nightmare—and when the BRA’s economy goes into full cardiac arrest, there will be major repercussions far from the BRA. Even if you can run, you can’t necessarily hide. Besides, immigrating to other countries is much easier said than done. Europe, Australia and New Zealand are very serious about enforcing their immigration laws, and do they really want a bunch of American refugees? I don’t think so. Plus, many Americans simply won’t have the means to leave this Third World hellhole when their currency becomes worthless. They’ll be stuck in hell.

    Oh, and learn some first aid because if you or a loved one is injured by a thug who is poor, hungry and desperate, there might not be any medical care readily available when all hell is breaking loose.

    Things are going to get really nasty around here. God help The Banana Republic of America.

  • El Pollo de Oro

    As for #11…….very good advice. Unfortunately, Americans are some of the least fit, most sedentary, most obese people in the world because they eat a ton of processed crap and get little or no exercise. Americans don’t get nearly as much exercise as your average European. Start walking an hour a day, or more. The physically fit will be stand a much better chance of surviving the horrors that lie ahead in the BRA.

  • William

    Well, I must admit that I had (past tense) some hope, but that was crushed by the Bowles/Simpson deficit/debt commission report being rejected. It did not even get to the point of submission to the Congress. And, today, we see FOOL Republicans insisting on maintaining tax cuts for the rich, in the face of $14 Trillion of debt and stunning annual deficits coming up year after year. WOW! America is DOOMED. There is no hope now. Hope you are stocking up on long shelf life food, clothing, personal care and cleaning supplies, firearms and ammo and gold and silver.

  • Voice in the wilderness

    The only thing you can do now, and quickly, is to turn to Jesus Christ. Tell him your sorry for your sins. Tell him you want his “free gift” of pardon. Ask him into your heart today as your Lord and Savior.

    He’s returning for those who love him very soon. Don’t be caught off guard. Don’t be left behind!

  • stefen

    none of this will work. if such a thing will happen our political arena will sell us out to china (literally) or we will be attached by weapons of mass destruction make it impossible to live in this country. the fact is the WORLD hates us as much as it hates Israel.

  • http://home.comcast.net/~sheilareynolds arial

    By all means TALK to your parents and grandparents who’ve lived through the Depression. Find out what they did and didn’t do and how they made it through. My guess is that they had a strong faith based in a spiritual world.

  • WhiteRose

    Whew!! I’ve done 6 of the 8. I recommend to everyone to buy canned food now (expiration date of 2013). A can of beans for $1 today will sell for $3 in 2013 so you saved $2 & didn’t have to pay capital gains.

    Also, just read a new book that’s a must read to prepare cause it’s about each of us & standing up to tyranny as these Americans did. It’s a great read & I’m not having much spending money this holiday so everyone gets a copy. It’s so real so I recommend it.

    http://www.booksbyoliver.com

    You can buy gold/silver & bury it in the yard. Why? Well, criminals can tear up your house looking for the coins but I’ve never heard of the criminals digging up anybody’s yard in the performance of a crime. Good article!! Thanks.

  • missy

    Wow! You guys are hilarious! Can everyone spell Apocalypse?… all together now…
    A shortage of funds has never kept a great man/woman down — read your history of how poor the average immigrant to Ellis Island was at the turn of the last century — and they were happy just to find a land that allowed freedom of religion — read the bio of Irving Berlin who came with NOTHING to your shores. Read the bio of Kirk Douglas called “The Ragman’s Son” and how he was so poor he had to put layers of animal excrement on their humble home to insulate it during the winter. The problem with so many feel-sorry-for-me Americans that comment on this post is that too many are spoiled brats who are angry that they no longer have the goose that laid the golden egg! Why shouldn’t the USA get its share of economic woes? Should poverty only belong to certain parts of the world that offer us cheap labour so that we can buy endless supplies at Dollar stores, rugs woven by children under 10 in India, coffee beans harvested by slaves, diamond engagement rings from miners living in poverty, dump our electronics in Third World cesspools, dump endless tons of junk into outerspace? The majority of you seem to enjoy spending your leisure watching others suffer (thus your tv fixation with murders, rapes, and other crimes on such shows as CSIS, ColdCase, etc.) I guess your self-proclaimed right to happiness explains why so many of you think marijuana should be legalized — who cares if it destroys entire Mexican towns who are now owned by drug lords? And those of you who look at porn… do you care that a prostitute endangers her life providing those images? As long as you guys get your fix. Listen, money is a fix. Learn to live with less like so many of your fellow human beings. It’s time to join the rest of us in the real world. There’s nothing wrong in dreaming big, but when you step on so many others to get your lifestyle, it’s only a matter of time before it will come back to bite you. The worst may yet come to pass, but you will survive and hopefully become more compassionate people rather than the type who bemoan their loss of wealth. It wasn’t really yours anyway.

  • Lela

    I’m a rookie, help, advice!

    #4 Purchase Land:
    Bank owned properties in my area are now beginning to list at 50% of their pre-housing crisis prices. I’ll wait till spring or summer, then just move and get settled.

    1.Any projections on tipping point indicators?

    2.How far out is recommended? 40-60 miles outside a major city? Rural or desolate?

    3.Reliable water source, as in a well with hand pump or near a river or lake?

    Your input is appreciated. I’ve been looking for comments on these questions, glad to have finally found someone raise the issue.

  • http://4ursolar.com/GARDEN.html Jo

    All Americans should know how to grow their own food! This is something that should be taught in schools, everyone should have those skills. An easy way to stay alive is by starting your own “survival garden”. If you are not doing this, Why not? Start a Garden this year!
    Good Luck, JO

  • mondobeyondo

    This country made it through the Depression through the grace of God. He was the light that guided us through those awful times, and WWII afterwards. Don’t forget, the Allies could have very easily lost WWII.

    But in the following decades, we’ve kicked God out of our public schools, out of our government, and out of our daily lives. There will come a time when God will tell us, “You don’t want Me anymore? Fine then, go it alone”.

    I honestly doubt we’ll get through the present crisis. Read Leviticus 26 (it’s relevant to modern day America). And grow some radishes and potatoes.

  • Karl Drumm

    Where to hell is the land of the FREE and the home of the BRAVE?It surely it is not the United States of American where everybody snoops on each other and the crooked politicians lie to you and keep you scared!
    If you live in FEAR you are NOT FREE !The LIBERTY and the JUSTICE never existed in the first place.

  • Nancy

    @Missy, your self righteousness is astounding. Stop presuming to know what the economic backgrounds or television watching habits of any of these people are. Most people willing to prepare that I know are all too willing to live with a LOT less than the people who laugh at (and scorn) them. What’s more, is that they are usually the first to offer to help another–because they were smart enough to cut back, preserve and prepare. While you are busy bashing people about whom you know nothing, and patting yourself on the back for apparently owning NOTHING obtained in the current capitalist climate, (do you live in a cave??) you may want to watch who you piss off. You may just need one of these people to save your a$$ someday.

  • John Schinnerer

    I think the use of the word “simple” in the title must be some kind of a cruel joke on those who don’t understand satire.
    1, 2, and 3 are good advice in general.
    In a true “apocalypse” 1, 2, and 3 might be pretty much irrelevant because jobs, debt and ‘expenses’ as we know them will cease to exist.
    4 might be useful if one would prefer to die miserably (exposure, starvation or both) mostly or completely alone somewhere out in the sticks rather than with large numbers of others in urban centers.
    5 ought to give a good laugh to anyone who really has spent some time working on feeding themselves adequately by their own efforts without prior experience or knowledge (or manufactured imported fertility).
    6, 7, 8 and 9 will also likely be rather pointless in a true “apocalypse” since one will either be taking said resources from another by force, or having them taken from one by force (except for 9, since gold and silver have no nutritional or insulative value and don’t burn worth a darn either).
    10 has got to be intentional satire, or written by someone who watched way too many B-grade war/samurai/chop-socky/western movies. By definition one cannot defend much of anything from “crazed looters.” They’re crazed, after all. If the first hundred don’t get ya, the next five hundred will.
    11 is a good idea in any case, apocalypse or no.
    12 gets my only unconditional satire-free approval. If we all focused primarily on 12, we might not even need an apocalypse.

  • Not a fan of Missy

    Thank you Nancy. I was thinking the same thing.

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  • The Young Sir

    @Lela
    On the tipping point indicators: watch treasury bond yields. The higher yields are, the more people are selling them off. Just this week we saw a huge increase in yields. If we see yields on the 10-yr. Treasury note get up above 5,6,7% for a while, I think we can expect the great unraveling to happen soon.
    http://gonzalolira.blogspot.com/2010/08/how-hyperinflation-will-happen.html
    On how far away from the cities: a good rule of thumb is at least one tank of gas away, depending on the city. If we’re talking about a gang ridden city that already looks like it’s been hit by a total economic and societal collapse, I would want to be a few tanks of gas away, or preferably on the other side of the country (big, empty western states like Montana).
    On the water source: a spring would be ideal, but otherwise a well that can be used without electricity, or a river/lake (but you’ll have to treat river/lake water by boiling it/filtering it).
    There are so many different ways society can be fucked over, it’s bordering on the lunatic fringe to NOT prepare. Stock up on nonperishable foods (rice, beans, whole wheat) and canned goods, and make sure you have a good supply of basic personal hygiene products. Be sure to keep up to date on medical and dental. Buy silver, get a gun, stock up on ammo.
    http://www.survivalblog.com
    Best of luck to you, and God bless.
    PS- We all know how Western civilization depends on oil, right? Look at it this way: our elected officials say we have more than enough oil here to last us for forever, then they go start a war to get oil. Think about it.

  • Sinag-Araw

    And YAHWEH appeared to Solomon by night, and said to him, I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place to Myself for a house of sacrifice.

    and My people, on whom My name is called, shall be humbled, and shall pray, and shall seek My face, and shall turn back from their evil ways, then I will hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chr 7: 12&14

    In Yahweh we trust.

  • Gary

    Well its all fine and dandy to plan, nothing wrong with that, however if things break down as described it will be quite lawless and shortages of all kinds that will make living for most people unbearable. Have you tried to grow a garden lately, I have, its really difficult to get enough food without a huge garden, and then it rots quickly. Jars for canning, drying the food, give it a try, its not so easily done. No, methinks there will be a huge number of murders etc until things settle down. All the trees will be cut down for wood, garbage thrown everywhere, barnyard animals slaughtered with no thought of tomorrow. Not a pretty sight. I think if it gets that ugly a lot of people will just off themselves.

  • Javik

    Probably the number one thing you need to do if you plan to store things and do survival preparedness is to teach your family to SHUT THE HELL UP about it, and not talk about it to other people.

    It doesn’t do you much good if your teenage daughter brags to the other kids at school about how you have a 5 year supply of food in the basement, and she’s gonna be eating good while the rest of the ingrates at school starve.

    If this whole doom scenario plays out, every one of those school kids and their family will be on your doorstep either begging for a handout or demanding it by force.

    This website appears to be run by some religious type, what with a “Moral Crisis” tab. Well the survivalists who make it during a disaster like this are going to have to be really immoral and think about themselves first. They must be willing to let other people around them starve so that they can survive.

    —-
    Now some serious survival tips that are not hard but do take some time and investment.

    If you live out in the country and have a private water well and a septic system, and a few acres of land, good news! You are already partially prepared. Septic systems are extremely low-tech and can operate for several years between cleanout, so if a disaster happens you won’t be out crapping in an outhouse… at least not all the time…

    But when the septic tank gets full, hoo boy is that going to be fun. Cleaning out a modern septic tank is usually done with a vacuum hose on a big truck. Good luck finding one of those after the apocalypse. Septic tanks do have manholes, and can be cleaned out by hand, but it is an incredibly gross job, and you can die climbing into the tank, because the decaying solids produce poisonous hydrogen sulfide gas, explosive methane, and carbon dioxide.

    It may be necessary to open the cover, use a hand pump to drain the liquids onto the lawn (yuck!), and then just let the solids inside dry out so the gas dissipates and the contents can be scooped into a bucket and lifted out. You are going to be using another hole in the ground called an outhouse for a few weeks while doing this.

    A really long-term plan to keep a high standard of living would be to build two septic tanks in parallel, and be able to switch between them with a diverter valve. This way one can be opened for drying and clean-out for several months in the summer while you use the other.

    =========

    A rural water well may need some changes. You need electricity to run the pump, and if the power grid collapses you aren’t going to be drinking anything.

    A generator to run the water pump would be a good investment, though this still makes you heavily dependent on complex technology to survive. Engines need maintenance and oil changes to keep running. If a generator bearing goes out, gook luck fixing that.

    It is possible to install a manual hand pump on an electric water well. This is very reliable, but there are many different types of well piping and this may not work on all of them. There may not be room to insert a second “sucker pipe” down past the other pipes.

    If you don’t have a shallow well (less than 25ft deep) you will need a more expensive deep well hand pump that puts the pump chamber way down in the water and has a long “sucker rod” going up to ground level to operate it.

    If you put up a manual pump, be warned that it is going to be permanently attached to the top of your well. An open-air hand pump advertises it to anyone nearby, and old-style-looking manual water pumps heads are sometimes stolen, with the sucker piping cut off by the thief and dropped into the well.

    So the best thing you can do is hide it. Put a small building over the well head, like one of those $500 garden sheds with a hole cut in the floor, with the doors facing away from roads so people don’t see you in there pumping the water. If you cut a wide slot from the open doors to the center of the structure, you can slide it into place over the manual pump head.

    For frost protection, the manual pump should be designed to slowly leak water back below the frost line. When you stop pumping and it is -30F outside, the water drains out of the upper wellhead so it does not freeze solid.

    ———-

    Using water from a lake or river is possible but open water can contain microorganisms that will trigger violent digestive problems. A reverse osmosis filter may help, but once again you are relying on a complex technology that if it breaks may be very hard to fix. There are water purifying tablets, but what happens when you run out of those?

    Low-tech and high-reliability is the ideal way to go. Stock spare parts while you are at it, like spare pump seals, foot valves, and so forth, sealed in bags to slow degrading or rusting.

  • http://endofamericandreams.com mary

    Warm blankets,clothes,personal products t.p. ect..not a bad idea.

  • V Magdalena

    Thank you SO MUCH for this sobering and insightful article. Much common sense and logic in your suggestions; good for all to adopt, even in times of prosperity. Thank you for reminder. God bless you. I intend to follow your valuable advice.

  • Maryanne

    While preparations for this world are fine and should be done, we must realize our time here is short compared to eternity. First and foremost should be your prayer life, your turning your life over to God. Eternity lasts forever and I want to be with my Lord and Savior.

  • Nance

    Gary-It sounds to me like you’re a bit cynical. Yes, I do expect events to “SNOWBALL”, but we have to remember, God is still in control. I have grown my own vegetables for the last couple of years, and started canning this past Summer. It is hard work, but I enjoy having staples put back in case of emergency. My daughter is a Nurse, and will come in VERY HANDY should we need medical attention. I can’t afford Gold or land, but believe me, I would absolutely LOVE to have some land in the sticks somewhere! I have been reading and studying the NWO for almost 20 years. I also read articles from different Visionaries. MANY have said that when the collapse begins, sometime shortly after the “Warning”, that our Guardian Angels will show us where to go for protection. I truly believe this to be the case.

  • Laura

    About growing your own food…yes, it’s difficult, but it can be done, even if you don’t have a whole lot of land. Check out books like The All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew. Storing the produce can be difficult, but not impossible. Home canning and/ or drying are good ways, but without energy, canning is difficult. Look into natural ways, like root cellaring, where you can store your harvest over the winter. If you have a hill in your yard, dig out the hill. Find a suitable corner in your basement. Any little nook and cranny where you can rig the right moisture and fresh air levels will work. I’ve even read of burying a “dead” refrigerator to store root veggies in. These are the kinds of skills we will need, plus strong faith and good ol’ fashioned gumption.

  • Humble heart

    We are and have been in a spiritual battle. Have you ever heard of the Virgin Mary’s apparitions throughout the world? She has been coming with messages for all humanity. So if you want to know how to prepare for what is coming…read her messages.
    Reading the article it reminded me of a passage in the Bible where it talks about a man that had accumulated so much wealth that he makes plans to build another storage place to put the extra and to live happily ever after. But God said: You fool; tonight you will die. (I am parafrasing to the max)
    The point is that we should not worry so much about our wealth, our confort or even our bodies and how we will take care of them because God will protect us. And at the end of the day we will all die sooner or later. So we should be more concerned about our souls because it will live forever. And when we die we will encounter two people waiting for us: God and the Devil…and only one will say…Welcome!