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Can We Survive a Crisis?

Updated on June 9, 2013
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How safe are we?

How safe are we? Our part of the world is not sheltered from the everyday torments we as humans face. It doesn’t much matter where you live. It is certain chaos will find you. Storms, drought, floods and war are only a tip of the iceberg. What will we do to prepare for a crisis? What do we do when the well runs dry? Store shelves are empty and farmers can no longer feed their livestock let alone us. We as people must defend ourselves. It would be foolish to think our government will come to our rescue. History can tell us it may not happen. Even if the help is there it may not be enough if millions are seeking it.

Shortage causes prices to rise.

The price of everything going up is staggering, but the price alone is not our greatest concern. Shortage causes prices to rise. A chain reaction begins as each item associated with a common source becomes hard to come by. A great example of this has been the gasoline prices. Nearly everything is shipped by truck. Diesel fuel may be more efficient, but the cost is much more. The price is absorbed as the consumer buys it. Suppose these items are parts for an assembly line. The factory is forced to raise their price because both shipping and receiving cost have left little profit for them. This is for non-perishable products. The reaction will become even stronger when we discuss our food products.

Corn is a big concern right now. Corn feeds livestock. The price of meat, poultry and dairy items will sky rocket. Corn syrup is found in all sorts of products from carbonated beverages to other sweet packaged morsels. Certain breads and cereals are made from corn as well. All of these are part of our food supply, not to mention if we would simply want corn itself for our dinner table. Now corn has taken on another job. It’s not only for consumption anymore. There are corn plastics and corn fuels making corn nearly as much an energy source as the fossil fuels are. With this thought in mind, shouldn’t we see our gas prices come down? Not yet, we barely have the means to save it for food let alone use it as a fuel alternative on a big scale. We knew it. The government knew it. So why was there no mention of the droughts, floods, fires, insects and storms which had ripped out acres of farm land growing crops in the past? It’s silly isn’t it?

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We must prepare.

If we as individuals keep our cupboards well stocked we should have little concern when the next crisis darkens our door. Many folks are struggling to live week by week and the thought of buying extras may frighten them, but a bigger problem will surface if we are unable to get supplies. Even a box of canned goods slid under our bed may hold us until the crisis has ended. Things like bags of dry beans, dry peas and rice can serve as an emergency food supply. We all know our family’s need. Can we survive a crisis in our future? It is no longer a question as to if it will happen. The question is when.

Final Thought

The article above is written entirely on my own belief. Others will have their own opinions, but with news stories and current events surrounding me daily I know I’m not far off base with what I have mentioned here. We all need some sort of an emergency plan. Who can we depend on if not ourselves? Who will our family depend on?

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      Diana L Pierce 

      5 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Thanks, A.K. Turner for your comment. We are truly blessed these days.

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      Joseph A K Turner 

      5 years ago from West Yorkshire

      Great article, I am a great believer in living every day as it comes, I feel the best advice in a crisis is cliché but, "don't panic!" In the early thirties upto half of people's earnings were spent on food, we are still privileged!

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      Diana L Pierce 

      5 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Thank you, Barbara, CyberShelley and aviannovice. I know I could have went on and on with subject. Certainly our water supply and energy sources could be in trouble, too.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      So true. Don't forget to have water, too, and rotate it monthly. If you have no water, you cannot cook your food.

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      Shelley Watson 

      5 years ago

      Very interesting hub, with good solid advice anyone, anywhere can use. Voted up, interesting and useful. Thanks!

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      Barbara Badder 

      5 years ago from USA

      The problem can go much farther. We need to be prepared for lack of water, electricity, and heat. It is just common sense to stock-up on food. The price only goes up and with the drought this year, we all know it will. Anyone who isn't stocking up isn't being smart.

      I just hope that we never see a really bad crisis. I am not equipped to find alternate sources of energy etc. Thanks for a great article and a reminder to everyone.

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