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10 Ways to Prepare Your Community for Economic Collapse

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Activist Post
December 2, 2012

As economic collapse approaches, the only question is whether it will remain in slow motion or take a dramatic turn for the worse. If we’re lucky it will remain in slow motion to give people and communities enough time to prepare as much as possible.

We only need to look at the chaos that occurred during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy where hardly anyone was prepared for weeks without power, and they even had some forewarning. Unfortunately most people are still blind to the coming economic storm. They’re frogs in slowly simmering water getting ready to boil.

It’s one thing to prep for yourself, but if the economic collapse is sustained for a long period of time, it will take a tribe to survive as comfortably as possible. The bigger your extended survival group the easier it will be, and if you can encourage your greater community to move more toward self-reliance the better off you all will be.

If you’re a prepper who understands the severity of the coming events, now is the time to get your community involved. You don’t have to convince everyone the sky is falling, only the importance of more self-sufficiency just in case there is an unforeseen emergency.

Here are ten ways to help your community prepare:

Meet Your Tribe: This starts with forming your core group of local prepper friends. These people will share your understanding, have great ideas, and can share the burden of prepping. Then, at the very least, meet all of your immediate neighbors and size them up as to their mindset and ability. Organize fun and educational block parties to demonstrate and encourage the solutions outlined on this list. Finally, take some of your ideas to town hall meetings to seek broader cooperation and more volunteers.

Alternative Water Sources: Water is the most important element for survival. If the grid goes down, public water will be sure to follow. Locate private wells that can be switched to hand pumps or generators, or streams, rivers and ponds that can be piped and stored near your community. Create a map of these resources for everyone in your group of volunteers to keep safe if crisis strikes. Educate your neighbors with flyers or demonstrations at block parties about having back-up water supplies, rainwater and greywater use, and water purification methods. Encourage your neighbors to keep at least 3 days of drinking water stored in their homes.

Garden Projects:  Encourage and help neighbors with their individual gardens and they’ll help you with yours. Hold neighborhood workshops with experts on composting, permacultureaquaponicssmall livestock, seed preservation, and canning. Stress the importance to the greater community of gardens in public spaces that are being wasted on grass that must be mowed at the taxpayer’s expense. With more of the local landscape turned into an edible landscape, the easier the community will be able to absorb the impact of economic collapse, particularly rapid inflation of food prices.

Local Food Co-Ops: Another very important element to local food self-sufficiency is becoming involved with your local food cooperatives. These typically include many of your local artisan farmers and organic gardeners. You may be surprised by how big the local food movement already is in your area, but it needs to be much bigger when severe economic crisis hits. Support them with your business and whatever skills you can bring to the table. Encourage your neighbors to join and participate as well. Not only will this help expand local commerce and food production, it also helps build a healthier community. A great resource to find local farmers in your area is LocalHarvest.org.

Barter Systems: If the dollar collapses (which most people predict will be the trigger of economic collapse), having a local system of trade will soften the impact tremendously. Even if you just begin with trading services with your neighbors, get the idea barter to spread. You may already have a local grassroots currency or barter exchange in your area. Many food co-ops already have them as well. If they don’t, there are plenty of resources that teach you how to start one yourself. The importance of laying the groundwork for such an exchange cannot be understated, and if the collapse miraculously evaporates, the barter system will still encourage local trade so the community flourishes. This is also a great way to identify team players with vital skills needed during collapse situations.

Alternative Energy:  This is perhaps the most challenging issue facing any individual prepper as well as a small community as a whole. Virtually all areas are beholden to large interconnected electric grids and multinational oil companies for their energy. But as we saw recently with Hurricane Sandy, people without fuel or power go crazy after just a few short days. Imagine weeks and months without power or fuel. For personal preparation, it’s wise to at least have a generator, and perhaps some solar panels for refrigeration and electronics. Encouraging your neighbors to do the same may be the best you can hope for community involvement, but present ideas like generators for all essential services to prevent a breakdown of law and order. Work on implementing a community or co-op biodiesel refinery for used cooking oil, or a windmill or solar station for the back-up water supply, etc

Neighborhood Watch: All communities are unique and will require different levels of security in times of crisis. As we saw with Katrina and Sandy, the National Guard and the local police were no match for keeping the looters at bay. And, again, these were just temporary setbacks. A sustained economic crisis could bring many desperate people or worse – organized gangs – to your neighborhood. The cops will likely be preoccupied with much bigger concerns than your community assuming the locality can still afford their salaries. Start with a simple neighborhood watch to create a basic plan for deterring invaders. Make note of neighbors who are former military or hunters to recruit should things get dicey enough to require some firepower.

Food Bank:  Everyone should have their own personal supply of survival foods. But you may also consider grouping with your tribe of preppers or a few neighbors to create a food bank where you can combine funds for bulk food storage. This food bank should consist of the most basic of foods like wheat, rice, and beans.  This can serve as an “open only in case of an emergency” cache. Beyond that, helping out with your community food bank or other food programs for the less fortunate is also a way to help keep your community stable during the crisis.

Communications: Don’t underestimate the importance of maintaining open communication with your community.  If the power goes off, it may not be long before phones and Internet are gone too. Emergency radios are great to monitor the “official” activity outside the community, but being able to speak to each other is vital to survival.  Back up systems can be as small as your core group using walkie talkies, or as large as creating an alternative Internet connection. You can have one person get satellite Internet and they can beam it with a simple line-of-sight microwave panels to other hubs, perhaps a school.  This sounds complex, but it’s not that difficult or expensive. Additionally, you could set up a community intranet that can at least communicate with each other if not the outside world. When meeting neighbors, don’t discount their skills if they’re a tech geek or working for the phone company, as they will be needed in a collapse situation. Again, having individual solar chargers for laptops and this system would have to be considered as well.

Medical: Big hospitals will likely be overtaxed during a crisis and they’ll certainly be a target of drug addicts who have nowhere else to get their fix. It may be unrealistic to form a small clinic in your community prior to a collapse situation, however, identifying the doctors, nurses, EMTs, veterinarians, and holistic healers in your neighborhood will go a long way in preparing. Additionally, encouraging all households in your neighborhood to keep a month or more of essential medications stored in their homes will be crucial to get through difficult times. If you’re lucky enough to find a few doctors who share your prepper mindset, creating a bank of strategic medicine (insulin and antibiotics) would be ideal as well. And don’t write off the hippie who knows how to grow quality cannabis….

These are all realistic preparations that you can do in your communities. They shouldn’t be motivated by fear of some potential apocalypse. Rather, it should be fun and joyful to get to know your neighbors and encourage the strengthening of your community.

Please tell us your ideas for surviving the economic collapse in the comment section below.

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Preppers, survivalists and Hurricane Sandy: A mini-documentary by Mike Adams [video]

TV.NaturalNews.com
December 6, 2012

This mini-documentary reveals why preppers and survivalists are owed a huge apology by the mainstream media and the White House in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

If more people had prepared in advance, there wouldn’t have been such an emergency after the superstorm struck.

Video by Mike Adams. See more at http://www.NaturalNews.com


11/14/2012 — Global Earthquake Overview — Multiple points of unrest — Have a plan [video]

Dutchesinse
November 14, 2012

Use the links here to monitor earthquakes nationally, and internationally:

http://sincedutch.wordpress.com/2011/11/30/11302011-list-of-earthquake-links-…

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Volcano monitoring:

http://sincedutch.wordpress.com/2012/01/02/112012-all-the-volcano-webcams-of-…

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Indo-Australian plate breaking apart:

http://www.nature.com/news/unusual-indian-ocean-earthquakes-hint-at-tectonic-…

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more on Bayou Corne, Louisiana:

http://sincedutch.wordpress.com/2012/11/04/1142012-bayou-corne-round-table-di…

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more on the midwest USA New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ):

http://www.showme.net/~fkeller/quake/maps.htm

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more on the new lava fields offshore of Oregon discovered last year (2011) :

http://www.kptv.com/story/15237333/undersea-volcano-erupted-off-oregon-coast-…

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Warning On Red Cross Sandy Relief Donations [video]

Alexander Higgins
November 8, 2012

Part one: Alexander Higgins reports on FEMA and the RED Cross being MIA while local churches are the ones providing real disaster relief and support.


Ineptitude in FEMA food purchasing continues

by James Smith, Contributor
Activist Post
November 5, 2012

The Federal emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues to submit requests for even more food for the Brooklyn, New York and Lakehurst, New Jersey areas. However, the New Jersey meals must have poor self-esteem, as FEMA is requiring the commercial meals (MRE) to be “self hating”.

The request went out at 4:30 pm today, with a response time no later than three hours later. Yesterday, PPRN reported that two million meals were needed to be delivered by tomorrow for distribution in the same locations.

The Agency is looking for 333,000 to be delivered to each location over a two day period 7-8 Nov 2012, and a delivery of 334,000 on 9 Nov 2012.

Recently stories have FEMA ordering more water as they have run out. However, FEMA has also had to order:

300 – 9/12 kw120 volt single phase generators

  • vendor should report if they can provide one 5 gallon fuel can with each generator.
  • To be delivered by noon tomorrow to New Jersey.

83,625 cases of baby formula for distribution to food banks.

200, 000 gallons of fuel for multiple locations in New Jersey and New York – Fuel type not disclosed.

The Department of Homeland Security – the masters of FEMA, have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on ammunition for training, and it appears to have been caught with their shorts around the ankles when it comes to disaster preparedness.

Just think, we could get health care being managed by the same administration that can’t even provide food and support to its citizens.

That should just give you a warm fuzzy feeling all over.

This article first appeared at Prepper Podcast Radio Network.

Read other articles by James Smith HERE.

James is a father of four and grandfather to four. He and his wife of almost 30 years have been prepping since 2003. They live in a small town, with neighbors as close as 10 feet away and have raised chickens for 2 years covertly on less than 1/5 of an acre. He is a former corrections officer, insurance fraud investigator, and he served in the Navy for 6 years. He currently works for a corporation dealing with the disabled population and their benefits. He is the host of The Covert Prepper show and the Prepper Podcast Radio Network News, both heard on Blogtalk Radio.


Frankenstorm Sandy Planned in 1997- Weird! [video]

The Truther Girls
October 29, 2012

I’m getting over my doubts that this is going to be a serious storm for real this time, but what is weird is that an exercise was done in 1997 regarding a fictitious monster storm called…Sandy!
It’s always good to be prepared anyway, and if you haven’t already then you should start prepping.
My husband Arron’s video on the storm: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kprp-d8E-dc
http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/General+News/142492/NOAA-to-East%3A-Bewar…
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at3+shtml/030345.shtml?swath#contents
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/great-hurricane-1938-article-1.1194501?lo…
http://gawker.com/5955757/battery-park-is-underwater-and-sandy-hasnt-even-hit…


SolarIMG EMERGENCY podcast- Hurricane Sandy with Arnie Gundersen [audio]

SolarIMG
October 29, 2012

DOWNLOAD HERE: SolarIMG_Emergency_Sandy_podcast_291012.mp3


3MIN News Sept 6, 2012: Starwater, Earthquakes, Gamma Burst [video]

Suspicious0bservers
September 6, 2012

STARWATER: http://youtu.be/LiC-92YgZvQ

TODAY’S LINKS
Magnetic Earth & Sun: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sunearth/news/mms-sir.html
Triton Ocean: http://www.astrobio.net/exclusive/4997/does-triton-have-a-subsurface-ocean
Drone Ready: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/06/us-aircraft-usa-northrop-grumman-id…
Colombian Protests: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/photo/2012-09/06/c_131832166.htm
Plant Methane: http://www.mpg.de/6341338/methane_production-fungi
ALL Quakes List: http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/seismologist.php

[Potent News Editor’s note: He said Hurricane Leslie might be coming to Nova Scotia so I found the following picture.]
[UPDATE: I didn’t realize this at the time, but I think this picture is updating itself automatically.  If I’m not mistaken, last time I saw it they were predicting  the hurricane was going to arrive more east than this.  Here‘s where I got the picture you see below.]


Earth Changes Intensify: Deagle- RadChick-Morrison 8.30.2012 [video]

RadChick
September 1, 2012

Interview on the Nutrimedical Report from Friday, August 30, 2012 with Dr Bill Deagle, Christina Consolo (RadChick) and GeoScientist-Engineer Ann Morrison.

Recent earth changes/climate issues (sinkhole, Hurricane, tritium leaks, artic melt, geological and electromagnetic disturbances, seismic activity, bouy indicators and large earthquakes in weird places) and survival tips discussed.


Nine Steps To Take Now To Prepare For The Perfect Storm Of Civil Unrest

The Intel Hub

By Gaye Levy
BackDoorSurvival.com
August 2, 2012

According to an Army field manual “In these modern times, demonstrations, civil unrest, public disorder, and riots happen for a number of reasons.

Some of these reasons are economic hardships, social injustices, ethnic differences (leading to oppression), objections to world organizations or certain governments, political grievances, and terrorist acts. An event can be triggered by a single cause or a combination of causes.”

The manual (FM 3-19.15) further states that “gatherings in protest are recognized rights of any person or group, regardless of where US forces may be operating. This fundamental right is protected under the Constitution of the US.”

These are interesting if not downright frightening times. To all but the most ignorant, government and elected officials have sold out to corporations with deep pockets and hidden agendas. The tenets of freedom from tyranny are being challenged on a daily basis.

In addition, not a day goes by that a new financial or consumer scam comes in to the public eye, further eroding our trust in a system that was at one time steeped in honor and trust.

In addition to the challenge of a corrupt system of governance, we have massive unemployment and underemployment in all age groups. Cities, counties and even countries are bankrupt or close to it. Health care costs are out of control as are prescription drug costs.

The food supply is being manipulated for the profit of greedy corporations.

Added to all of this dismal and gloomy news is the reality that sustained droughts have destroyed crops and is resulting in the premature slaughter of farm animals due to projected shortages in feed. And finally, we have an election year where neither mainstream candidate has the guts to speak the truth.

The Perfect Storm is Brewing

In my opinion we are close to the tipping point and close to a perfect storm of civil unrest.

That tipping point is being triggered by the looming food crisis and the November election debacle. Evidence? Look around and you will see that we are already seeing unprecedented robberies, shootings and suicides – all of which are signals that all is not well in the homeland. It only stands to reason that civil unrest including riots, looting and domestic terrorism will be next.

For the sake of argument, let us take a look at recent suicides. According to some experts, including Eve Meyer, executive director of San Francisco Suicide Prevention, economic despair is common reason for suicide.

In despondency, people feel that they would rather be dead than be homeless. But what if suicide is not the answer either due to religious reasons or simply due to the overwhelming need for vengeance and revenge against a system that has failed to deliver as promised?

The answer will be protests, crime and domestic terrorism and not necessarily in that order. After all, when you have nothing to loose, why not strike back? So what if you crack? It makes sense that you can risk it all when all is equal to nothing at all.

What happens when there is a perfect storm? Chaos, plain and simple. Whether at sea or whether on land, there is no rule book prescribing what will happen next. In a perfect storm, you may be able to ride the wave to safety and then again, maybe not.

Which gets us to the point: how do you prepare when a perfect storm is brewing? Today I present nine steps for prepping for civil unrest.

Nine Steps to Take Now to Help You Prepare for Civil Unrest

1. Make sure your basic backup supplies are in order. This includes adequate food, water and sanitation supplies for at least a two week period and preferably a month or even longer.

2. Take stock of your first aid kit to insure that you have sufficient medical supplies, remedies and prescription drugs. For ideas, see the first aid section of this article.

3. Inventory the security features in your home to determine weaknesses that need to be strengthened. See the article A Dozen Home Security and Crime Prevention Tips for the Prepper for tips on securing the homestead.

4. Set up a personal self defense system. If you own a firearm, apply for a concealed weapons permit, stock up on ammo and practice shooting at the range. Invest in pepper sprays, bully clubs, and heavy-duty tactical flashlight that can be used to temporarily blind an assailant.

5. Form a community of like minded people that will drill together and that will band together for protection and safety during times of chaos.

6. Stockpile cash in small bills. In a massive and chaotic riot situation, ATMs and banks are likely to be closed or inoperable.

7. Accumulate goods for barter. When the stores are closed – or the supermarket and hardware store shelves are empty – you may need to call on others for the supplies you need but did not anticipate. Have something to barter. Spirits (including beer, wine and good old Jack Daniels) are always good choices as as are candles, batteries and food items including fresh eggs and home grown garden vegetables

8. Don’t forget about children, the elderly and your pets. In a riot or lock down situation, they may become fearful and panicked. Stow away some amusements and comfort items for them as well.

9. Keep a level head and your mouth shut. If by some chance you are pulled into a police net, the first thing you should do is call a lawyer. Be courteous and polite and do not resist.

Print out the following and keep it in your wallet and in your car along with your registration:

IF YOU ARE ARRESTED OR CONFRONTED BY THE POLICE:

1. First, ask to call your lawyer.
2. Be courteous; do not resist.
3. Do not consent to search or entry.
4. Do not talk about anything; do not admit OR DENY anything.
5. Ask if you are free to go. If you are, GO.

The ACLU also has a printable card you can download and keep with you: What To Do If You’re Stopped By Police. For more information, you can also download the booklet Your Rights When Encountering Law Enforcement.

The Final Word

The likelihood of civil unrest in the near future has been underscored by recent actions by FEMA and the rest of the Department of Homeland Security to requisition large stores of emergency food supplies and riot gear.

Although people in the cities will bear the brunt of the unrest, rural communities and remote locations will not be immune as the mobs migrate outward in search of food, supplies and just about anything else they can get their hands on.

The writing is on the wall in plain sight for those that want to see it. And for those that care not to look? When the SHTF don’t come knocking on my door because there will be no one there to answer.

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8.1 Earthquake Philippines – Aug 31, 2012 [video]

Suspicious0bservers
August 31, 2012

2MIN News Aug 31: http://youtu.be/3h_YWsuDb5k

BUOYs: http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/
USGS: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/quakes_all.html
Global Quakes: http://quakes.globalincidentmap.com/