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Surviving An Economic Collapse

Updated on January 2, 2015

If you have paid attention to the news lately and the economic status of the United States and many other nations, it looks bleak. On 8/8/2011 the stock market took a plunge larger than any in several years. Personally, I don't play the stock market, but it is a very good sign as to what is happening to the economy.

The United States is in debt up to its eyeballs. I look at the U.S. National Debt Clock from time to time. It can be very depressing. To clear our debt right now, if every citizen donated $46,781 we would be clear. I don't have it and I doubt many others do either.

So who exactly do we owe? The following will show which countries are holding the United States debts:

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600+ Billion

B markerChina -
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400+ Billion

C markerUnited Kingdom -
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100+ Billion

Those are the largest. There are many others on the list.Makes a person really wonder if these lenders put there heads together and came after the United States for the debt we owe.

The purpose of this hub is to give some ideas on what you can do if the economy would break down.

Have you ever thought about what you would do if the grocery stores were closed? If all the electric shut down? If the water supply turned off?

I was a boy scout and our motto was be prepared. Are you prepared?

I am no expert, but I do have some common sense. Here are a few of the things you can do to be prepared for an economic collapse.


Buy a weeks supply of water and store it. Find a water supply; a spring, a river, a creek. Any water you get from these sources should be boiled first. I will explain how to have the heat to boil water next. Be conservative with your water. Water is man's primary need to survive. You can last quite a while without food, but not water.


It would be a good idea to store away several boxes of fireproof matches. Another great item to have is a magnifying glass. Why, you ask; when the sun is out you can use the magnifier to direct a beam to some fine kindling. It will create heat and in time it will light up. Make sure and have a lot of dry wood. Remember that fire can be a big help; it can protect you, you can cook and warm yourself with it.


There are many, many food sources. I wrote a hub a while back that describes edible plants: Edibles. Traps are good too. There are many meats you can eat: rabbit, squirrel, and many others.


The most important of all is God. Without God we are doomed; without money but having God in our lives we can survive. Pray and read the Word of God. Seek Him always and He will get you through.

We don't need money, we need God. Jesus died for all of us so turn to Him and you can and will survive an economic collapse.

© G.L. Boudonck


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    • thedude4u2 profile image

      thedude4u2 6 years ago from Florida

      Great eye opener!!! It's so easy to assume that things you take for granted like food, water and fire could be taken away/not available. I live in Florida and with the hurricanes that are always a threat, we are more aware than most.

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      umar farooq 6 years ago

      Actually i like the last point God. whatever happened HE will save us.

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      Jason Matthews 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Great Hub. The things you suggest here are really quite practical for a lot of reasons. Anything can happen and it never hurts to be prepared. In many ways our entire American lifestyle hangs on a thread. Financial collapse, EMP attack, or a large natural disaster could easily put many Americans in dire need for basic living essentials like the ones you mention here. Keep up the great hubbing!

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      Jerry Henriquez 6 years ago

      Living in California, we all need to have those resources due to Earthquakes. Though that was a big insight of how much we owe to other countries. Unfortunately these same countries use this to keep selling their products to the USA while North American Products are not as much sold to these same countries such as automobiles. It's not like i saw many Fords in Japan much less in China.

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      billyaustindillon 6 years ago

      We seem to be at a knifes edge with Italy and the U.S. the center of separate storms with the PIIGS and US economy threatening. Now French is entering the worry circle. The next few weeks are crucial to whether this is GFC 2 or not.

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      ruffridyer 6 years ago from Dayton, ohio

      Some good common sense advice.