100 Items That Will Disappear First in a SHTF Situation (Revised and Updated)

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I’m sure at this point everyone has seen this list, it has circulated all over the internet for years now. I don’t agree with the original list, so I am updating the list based on information from actual events such as the collapse of USSR, Greece financial meltdown and Iraq, along with other events and situations I could can locate information about online. I condensed the list down to only 70 items and categorized them to give you a better overview.

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46 million Americans go to food banks, and long lines for dwindling food supplies begin at 6:30 AM

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46 million Americans go to food banks, and long lines for dwindling food supplies begin at 6:30 AM

Those that run food banks all over America say that demand for their services just continues to explode.  It always amazes me that there are still people out there that insist that an “economic collapse” is not happening.  From their air-conditioned homes in their cushy suburban neighborhoods they mock the idea that the U.S. economy is crumbling.  But if they would just go down and visit the local food banks in their areas, they would see how much people are hurting.  According to Feeding America spokesman Ross Fraser, 46 million Americans got food from a food bank at least one time during 2014.  Because the demand has become so overwhelming, some food banks are cutting back on the number of days they operate and the amount of food that is given to each family.  As you will see below, many impoverished Americans are lining up at food banks as early as 6:30 in the morning just so that they can be sure to get something before the food runs out.  And yet there are still many people out there that have the audacity to say that everything is just fine in America.  Shame on them for ignoring the pain of millions upon millions of their fellow citizens.

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USDA Alert: Half of U.S. Counties Designated Primary Disaster Areas; Financial Fallout “Intensifying”

Preparedness-Garden-Leafy-GreensThe largest natural disaster in American history just went from bad to worse.

Sweltering heat and persistent drought across the country has ravaged crops to such extremes this summer that tens of thousands of farmers and ranchers are on the verge of financial ruin. The situation is so dire that it has prompted the US Department of Agriculture to declare more than half of America a disaster area.

…more than half of all U.S. counties – 1,584 in 32 states – have been designated primary disaster areas this growing season, the vast majority of them mired in a drought that’s considered the worst in decades.

Counties in Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee and Wyoming were included in Wednesday’s announcement. The USDA uses the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor to help decide which counties to deem disaster areas, which makes farmers and ranchers eligible for federal aid, including low-interest emergency loans.
Without the ability to harvest their crops, many farmers are finding it difficult to make good on loans they used to fund their operations. Cattle ranchers, who can’t find hay due to the drought and whose feed prices are skyrocketing, are also feeling the pinch.

An AgWeb discussion in early July involving small business and family farmers displayed their desperation, with many commentors indicating this summer’s drought is the worst they’ve ever experienced. Others reported their crops were dying and pleaded for rain.

That rain never came, and according to industry experts and officials at the USDA, conditions are now set to intensify and worsen.

As of this week, nearly half of the nation’s corn crop was rated poor to very poor, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. About 37 percent of the U.S. soybeans were lumped into that category, while nearly three-quarters of U.S. cattle acreage is in drought-affected areas, the survey showed.

The potential financial fallout in the nation’s midsection appears to be intensifying. The latest weekly Mid-America Business Conditions Index, released Wednesday, showed that the ongoing drought and global economic turmoil is hurting business in nine Midwest and Plains states, boosting worries about the prospect of another recession, according to the report.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss, who oversees the index, said the drought will hurt farm income while the strengthening dollar hinders exports, meaning two of the most important positive factors in the region’s economy are being undermined.

Food supplies across the country – for animals and humans – are literally drying up.

This will undoubtedly lead to significant food price increases across the entire spectrum of the American diet – meat, grain, dairy, vegetables and fruit.uscrises

 

Tom Chatham of Project Chesapeake writes:

Corn and soybean meal are staples in animal feed and the rising prices and drought conditions are forcing farmers and ranchers to sell off their herds for slaughter. This will cause a glut in the market over the short term and you may see lower meat prices as a result but this will only be temporary. By next year the prices of meat will rise as the supply of livestock reaches multi decade lows. Supply and demand will push prices higher as a result.

Larry Pope, chief executive of Smithfield Foods has recently given a dire warning. “Beef is simply going to be too expensive to eat. Pork is not going to be too far behind. Chicken is catching up fast.” He also stated that government regulations are going to make things even worse. Almost 40% of the U.S corn crop goes to make ethanol fuel. Pope said, “Its almost a government- mandated disaster here, which is distressing”.

He warned that meat prices will rise by “significant double digits“.

For those with the ability to do so, we recommend putting away foods that your family eats regularly, and planning for at least a three to six month window of upward price pressure. Tess Pennington offers some drought preparedness tips:

The price increases will be dramatic. Expect to see fewer grocery store sales, especially those great “loss leaders” we all love to take advantage of.

Prepare for this by stocking up NOW before the major price increases hit. For instance, purchasing bulk dried corn, corn meal, and a diverse supply of bulk meats before the prices rise. Pamper your garden and get every single ounce of produce you can squeeze out of it. Buy in bulk to take advantage of lower prices and preserve food for use this winter.

Make adjustments in your shopping and eating habits now to weather the upcoming food crisis.

If you’ve got a freezer, load it up with as much meat as you can afford to buy. Package dry goods for the long-term and have a steady supply of beans, wheat (or flour), corn and rice on hand to dip into if prices do happen to jump. While we all hope for a rainy year to get struggling farmers back on their feet and our prices at the grocery stores to affordable levels, taking measures today based on the credible information available to us can help save us from paying 30% or more in food costs over the course of the next several months.

While the idea of buying commodities at lower prices today may save us money, worst case scenario planning is always in order. A well stocked food pantry can help us supplement our diets for quite some time if we experience a drought similar to the Dust Bowl of the 1930′s, which was felt for three consecutive and particularly devastating years before things began to return to normal.

Congressman Bright addresses local farmers, seeking disaster declaration for state

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Other useful resources:

Backyard Innovator (A Self Sustaining Source Of Fresh Meat,Vegetables And Clean Drinking Water)

Blackout USA (EMP survival and preparedness)

Conquering the coming collapse (Financial advice and preparedness )

Liberty Generator (Build and make your own energy source)

Backyard Liberty (Easy and cheap DIY Aquaponic system to grow your organic and living food bank)

Bullet Proof Home (A Prepper’s Guide in Safeguarding a Home )

Family Self Defense (Best Self Defense Strategies For You And Your Family)

Sold Out After Crisis (Best 37 Items To Hoard For A Long Term Crisis)

 

 

SOURCE : www.shtfplan.com

Preparing for the apocalypse

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Organised by nature: Post-apocalypse life will still involve washing the dishes and taking rubbish out, according to Peggy Layton’s hoarded supplies

 

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Post-apocalyptic worlds may exist on the big screen and in sci-fi novels, but that’s where the similarities between a disaster-ravaged planet and daily life in America end.

Or so you may think.

A new TLC show introduces us to the families who live in fear of the apocalypse, convinced by the inevitability of the end of the world as they know it.3

Organised by nature: Post-apocalypse life will still involve washing the dishes and taking rubbish out, according to Peggy Layton’s hoarded supplies

But far from admitting defeat, the programme instead focuses on their preparations for life after destruction. And, as TLC shows, survival tactics take on many forms.

Livin’ for the Apocalypse follows four families who are not only predicting the apocalypse but preparing for its arrival. The measures that they are taking now, are they believe, the key to their survival if economic collapse, doomsday predictions, natural disasters, alien invasion, meteor strikes or zombie viruses ever take grip of planet earth.

Meet Peggy and Scott Layton. The parents of seven children, the Laytons believe they are ‘ready for anything.’

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Stockpiling: Peggy Layton has vast amounts of storage for foods, including sealed buckets of soups and stews – and dog food

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Good night: The Laytons have an underground bunker beneath Peggy’s office, complete with bunk beds and a full kitchen and dining area

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Geodesic: As well as their bunkers and vast food supplies, the Laytons have a greenhouse and grow vegetation for animal fodder

 

The family from Manti, Utah, have a garden to live from and a root cellar that can double as a bomb shelter as well as a home in the mountains – protected by Mr Layton’s large supply of firearms – that they will escape to should disaster or invasion ever make the city unsafe.

‘We won’t go down without a fight,’ says the father and plumber.

Mrs Layton’s office has an entire underground bunker system including bedrooms with bunk beds, a kitchen and dining room and, of course, ample storage for food and supplies.

Determined to hoard as much food as she can fit in her bunker, she has has made a whole career from preparing for the end of the world as she knows it. She has published seven books to date, all focusing on the key to emergency food preparation and survival.

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Warfare: Survival Doc explains the benefits of a side-ventilated gasmasks. You want interference with your gun’s aim, afterall

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Here, bunny: The Doc takes a rabbit from his bank of hutches and prepares to kill it before storing the meat for harder times

‘If it’s messy and unorganised, it’s hoarding’ the mother and business woman says. ‘I feel a great urgency to be prepared and to have my family prepared. It’s a possibility we could have an earthquake, we could have economic collapse.’

Over in St Louis, Missouri, the Survival Doc is taking no chances. He and his wife Liz have stockpiled silver for years – their various coins, ornaments and table wear accumulating thousands of dollars’ worth of value over the years.

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Don’t forget a can opener: The Survival Doc has an internet channel on which he broadcasts tips for days of destruction, not least food storage and access

A chiropractor by trade, Survival Doc even has an internet channel on which he broadcasts survival tips, inside knowledge and plans for preparation.

The grey-bearded super-scout lives by the survival motto ‘One is more, two is one,’ and stores vast amounts of food, supplies and even alcohol even though he is not a drinker, because ‘it’s good bartering material.’

He farms rabbits, killing and storing their meat and owns a selection of guns, including a concealed 357 magnum which he wears at all times. He even tried to develop a way to swim with the weapon, but admits that ‘obviously you can’t protect everything. There are no guarantees in life.’

For her part, his wife, Liz, is long-suffering: ‘I try to support him in everything he does. But it’s a challenge.’ She remains supportive, though: I’m so grateful my husband has taken the time to put things together,’ she says of his eccentric tendencies.

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Survival mode: The McClungs show off their supplies including the family’s surgical kit

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His dogged multiple-buying of everything has one exception, though: ‘I only have one wife. One is enough in that regard.’

Then, there is the young family from Mesa, Arizona who believe in Hopi, Malachy and Mayan prophesies that predict the world will end .

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Danielle and Dennis McClung have two young children and have made sure to teach them what to do in an emergency. Together, the family make games out of praticing to dress in gas masks and protective clothing, while the children are taught to fend for themselves in preparation for a worse-case scenario.

Mrs McClung says of her ‘protective’ five-year-old son: ‘He can cook, he can make cereal,’ hoping that if anything was ever to happen to the adults, the infant could take care of his two-year-old little sister.

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Self-sustaining: The McClungs have built a garden with a tilapia pool, goats, chickens and plenty of vegetables

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Gone fishin: A fishing net is hauled in from the tilapia pond, ready for the McClung’s dinner. The fish are fed by chicken droppings from a coop above the pond

The McClungs hope to live entirely off grid by doomsday in December 2012, producing all of their own food, water, and energy. They have converted a swimming pool into a hi-tech closed loop garden complete with chickens, goats and a tilapia pool that is nourished by chicken droppings.

Helped by community volunteers, they say their unusual vision is an inspiration to others. ‘I don’t see ourselves as fear-mongers or even negative people,’ says Mr McClung. ‘I think we are actually very optimistic people, we’re just preparing for the worse-case scenario and hoping for the best.’

But there are fewer more unorthodox approaches to post-apocalyptic survival than friends Jackie and Gidget from the Southwest Desert. Jackie, a trans-gender woman, is credited with being ‘the enforcer, protector, handyman… or handywoman’ of the pair, while Gidget takes control of food storage and has a career as a seamstress.

The couple, who wear matching purple tops, seem to have little strategy in place, besides heading to the shooting range to beef up their ‘shoot to kill’ survival tactics.

‘We’re preparing because the world as we know it and especially our country is coming to an end,’ says Gidget. She is on the look out for economic collapse, war and rioting, but Jackie is more fearful of ‘zombies.’

 

‘I would like am M-16 or something like that for self-protection,’ says Jackie, a senior who is undergoing hormone therapy.

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Not so rosy: As sweet as they may appear, Jackie, left, and Gidget are determined to ‘shoot to kill’ then ‘can em up.’ We hope that doesn’t mean what it seems to imply

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Ladies with guns: Jackie, left, and Gidget make sure their gun skills are up to scratch, ready for doomsday. They vow to ‘shoot to kill’

‘I have learned how to shoot a gun… I don’t want to have to shoot anybody but I will,’ says Gidget. ‘I’ve always been taught that whatever you shoot and kill you have to eat it and I’m not accountable but it might come to that… Shoot to kill. Can ’em up.’

We can only hope it won’t get to that stage: the couple have been hoarding food, alcohol and home-canned meats – including beef heart and ‘cheap pork’ – and their bathroom is stocked full with tinned carrots, spaghetti sauce and tuna fish. They breed and sell guinea pigs that they hope to never eat. ‘They are a little skinny,’ says Jackie.

From guns to gas masks and fresh fish, the one-hour special programme says that preparations for the apocalypse are a growing trend in the U.S. as more and more families ready themselves for a life beyond civilisation. A final word of survival to take from the unconventional characters on the show?

‘Maybe in preparing for the worst, it brings out the best in humanity,’ says a hopeful Mr McClung. Or, there are always the dubiously wise – or should that read paranoid? – words of the Survival Doc to live by: ‘Be prepared. Or be prepared to be fleeced.’

Prepare to Live or Prepare to Die, you decide. 

 

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Other useful resources:

Backyard Innovator (A Self Sustaining Source Of Fresh Meat,Vegetables And Clean Drinking Water)

Blackout USA (EMP survival and preparedness)

Conquering the coming collapse (Financial advice and preparedness )

Liberty Generator (Build and make your own energy source)

Backyard Liberty (Easy and cheap DIY Aquaponic system to grow your organic and living food bank)

Bullet Proof Home (A Prepper’s Guide in Safeguarding a Home )

Family Self Defense (Best Self Defense Strategies For You And Your Family)

Sold Out After Crisis (Best 37 Items To Hoard For A Long Term Crisis)

 

 

SOURCE : www.december212012.com

Why You Absolutely Must Have Food Supplies, Hard Assets and Reserve Cash

While many refuse to believe that it can happen, evidence for why it is absolutely critical to stock up for hard times and worst case scenarios is and has been staring us in the face for the last several years (never mind the thousands of years of historical precedent).

The latest warning signs are, once again, popping up in Europe and should be taken seriously, as it is only a matter of time before such events play out in the rest of the world, including right here at home:

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Peter Giordano, Adiconsum: “Grave of the Bank of Italy’s attitude that takes action without considering the impact on depositors, and especially on single-income families and pensioners”

The Bank of Italy authorized the suspension of payments by Bank Network Investments SpA (BNI) without communicating anything to the depositors.

Very serious and unacceptable – says Peter Jordan, Secretary General Adiconsum – the attitude of the Bank of Italy SpA in each BNI, because highly prejudicial to the interests of customers.

Bank of Italy, in fact, after extending the receivership of the bank, thus giving the impression of an imminent rescue, then gave the green light for compulsory winding up, without giving any prior notice to the depositors, leaving them in no condition to perform any type of operation, even basic ones for daily survival, such as withdrawals / payments, utilities payments, rates, taxes.

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This is not an isolated incident and we have, in fact, seen a similar scenario play out right here in America in the recent past with the collapse of Indymac bank (no affiliation with SHTFplan Mac), which left depositors without any way of accessing funds. The same happened across the pond in the UK with the collapse of Northern Rock.

Anxious customers wait to get their funds all over IndyMac banks in California after regulators took control in July of 2008:

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housands all over the UK headed straight for Northern Rock Bank once they learned it was no longer solvent in 2007:

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We have enjoyed relative stability in our banking system since the crash of 2008 as the Federal Reserve has pumped out trillions of dollars in funds to save banks that are, by all accounts, totally insolvent already. With the collapse of Europe now upon us and a similar disaster awaiting the United States in the next couple of years as our debts (private and public) exceed our abilities to repay them, we can fully expect “bank holidays” across the entire country.

There are those who may argue that these are the ramblings of a fear monger, but make no mistake, a nationwide bank holiday was already considered in the United States – and no, we’re not talking about Franklin Roosevelt’s closing of the banks in the 1930′s.

When? On the very first day, as the very first action of the new Obama administration in January of 2009.

Things got so bad after the financial and economic collapse of 2008 that the entire system as we know it was about to go under.

So much so, that Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson reportedly warned congressional members that if no bailout was passed in November of 2008 that the government would literally have been forced to declare martial law.

hat was nearly four years ago. And, as we well know now, not a single thing has been done to resolve the fundamental problems we faced then.

We are now so far gone that there is a real possibility that the next phase of this crisis – which is near critical in Europe now and will soon come to the United States – will be totally out of control of the government and central banks, which will leave them no other option but to shut down the banks before we have Great Depression style bank runs.

While we realize the mainstream media and the majority of Americans believe it to be an impossibility that they would not have access to their bank funds, online bill pay systems, or ATM’s, we’ll play devil’s advocate and suggest such an event may actually occur.

What if banks were closed? And what if when they reopened again your dollar was worth much less than when they closed for business?

This happened in 1934 after FDR devalued the dollar against gold during a bank holiday, it recently happened in Venezuela when Chavez devalued the local currency by 50%, and most notably in North Korea where residents lost 99% of the value of their wealth over night.

How would you pay your rent or mortgage? (Banks may be closed to your withdrawals, but be assured they will still want your monthly payment)

How would you buy food or toilet paper?

How would you pay your utility bills? (or what if your utility company couldn’t pay their bills?)

How would you pay for medical care or emergency medicine? (Or what if there were no medicines left to buy?)

How would you even get to the grocery store with your devalued dollars after economic martial law was declared and gas prices were so high you couldn’t afford them or gas itself wasn’t even available at your local gas station?

Are you planning on the National Guard giving you a ride?

Then again, this is America, and we have a centrally planned economy, so there is no way this is going to happen.

Nothing to see here.

Carry on.

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SOURCE  : www.shtfplan.com