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Survival: How to Assemble Basic Gear To Survive An Economic, EMP or Monetary Collapse

Updated on August 16, 2015
Economic Collapse Could Mean No Electricity, No Food and No Water in 2012 & 2013
Economic Collapse Could Mean No Electricity, No Food and No Water in 2012 & 2013 | Source

What is an Economic Collapse?

Economic collapse has been defined as a prolonged hardship or bankruptcy. For me, it would be defined as a monetary collapse, where people would not have any faith of value of the money or currency. There are many events that could cause a monetary collapse, such as a war, natural event such as a super volcano, an Electromagnetic Pulse, a pandemic that would be widespread, a stoppage of oil or fuel, a breakdown of the government, or a disintegrating of the power grid. WHAT ABOUT THE ELECTRICAL GRID ?


How to Prepare For A Collapse?

People need certain things to stay alive.






There are more items that people think that they want, but these are essentials.


Water is essential for survival. Drinkable water without contaminants is very desirable. Without water, the certain threat to survival and continued living is between 48 hours and 4 days. This depends on the the climate, the physical condition of the person, the temperature, the humidity, the activity, the salt consumed, the content of moisture of the food eaten, and other variables.

With a collapse, the basic services may be down, cut, disabled, or just too expensive to obtain. In large large cities, due to the fact that there are water systems that must pump the portable water up the heights of the tall buildings, water may be not available. The massive amounts of people would consume large amounts of water and if a collapse of the energy grid would take place, people would have to find the nearest water source, which might be a lake, reservoir or river. This, if no electricity, would be contaminated by the untreated waste from the towns and cities up-stream or up river.

A person would need about 2 quarts to more than 1 gallon of water a day just to survive, depending on the variables. This amount of water is just for drinking to survive, not for washing, preparing of meals or bathing. The water should be pure, drinkable water stored in containers that will not leach into the water. Glass is most likely the best to store water, but is very breakable and is hard to stack.

Being that all water is not pure, contain bacteria and viruses, might be polluted or not drinkable, the use of chemicals and a water filter is highly desired. The simple ingredients to purify water are chlorine and iodine additives. Both of these chemicals are highly toxic and deadly if misused so instructions must be followed closely. The best filters for water kill the bacteria and viruses, remove the chemical and remove the contaminates.


FOOD !!!!!!!!! We must have food to survive !!!!

The average person can survive 4 to 21 days without food, depending on the temperature, the health, exercise and other variables.

The food storage plan for any type of emergency backup should include enough food to supply for sustained nutrition for some time. The foods that are included in many bug out bags include high calorie nutritional values for a short duration while the long term storage may include foods that would be able to have enough food value to extend the survival rate longer. The bug out bags are for short term use of about 3 to 7 days, while the long term storage may be enough for years.

The short term emergency food storage would include such items as chocolate bars, MEALS-READY-TO-EAT, nutritional bars and easy quick foods with long shelf life. The bug-out-bags also would include more than just food. It would include such things that would be needed for survival such as matches, candles, fishing line, hooks, rope, pliers, knife, tape, or other items that would be needed in an emergency situation.

The long term emergency for food storage could include such items as rice, wheat, beans, freeze-dried foods, dry milk, honey, sugar, coffee, tea, MRE's, and foods that have a long shelf life, but are easy to prepare. Other things to take in consideration are the nutritional values of the foods, if it takes lots of fuel to prepare and if the foods are good to the taste.

In the event of a collapse, the foods would be in demand, even for barter, so all food could be traded to obtained items that are needed. Coffee, cocoa, tea, sugar, honey, and other items could be readily available to replace cash as trade.

You need clothes....

The clothes or lack of, especially in cold climates, will either save or kill a person. Depending on the temperature, animals, snakes, underbrush, thorns, insects, rain, snow and being able to change clothes have to be considered during a collapse.

Also, in the event of escape from a hostile environment, being able to camouflage yourself into the surroundings and background would be of most importance. The importance of strategically placed pockets on the clothes could hold valuable resources, weapons, food and water. United States people have an overabundance of clothes, but during a collapse, the clothes need may change to a more outdoor gear type of clothes, like the military wears or of a certain color to be identified.

You need shelter and protection !!!!!!!!!!



1) BASIC PROTECTION : Refuge, cave, bunker or house to where a person can withstand the duration of riots and unrests.

2) PROTECTION OF Water and Food . There will be a need to protect the items that you have stored.

3) Personal Protection of people, resources and family.

4) Protection of assets and being able to trade and barter safely

5) Protection of tents, generators and other gear that may be needed if forced to evaluate

6) Protection of Privacy

7) Protection of medical supplies for emergencies and needed medicines.

OK, What would be protection? Privacy Maybe? In the event of a collapse, who did you tell that you had a whole basement full of food and supplies? How many people would they tell and did they tell? Soon the whole neighborhood would delete your stockpile in a very short time. Now, in the event that all neighbors could be trusted and all prepared for a collapse, telling everyone could be a good thing. Neighbor helping neighbor and the whole neighborhood helping each other through the mess sounds like the best thing to do. You would have to decide how much protection and secrecy that you trust.

The trouble in large cities is that there is only a three day supply of food and supplies at a given time in the city. Since the 1980s, the companies and large corporations, in order to save money and time, decided to invent the procedure called JIT system. The JIT system eliminates all warehousing in the back rooms of the stores and companies. This JUST-IN-TIME products are ordered, shipped and delivered only when needed. There are no back-stock, no warehousing and no overages. Only what is needed at the time is stocked on the shelves and ordered when needed.

The protection that would be needed would be as simple as a secret place that one could stay, with the stock-piled amount of food and water. The protection could go to the point of possible loss of life, loss of possessions or personal endangerment. Evade the attackers would be the best approach but sometimes it might not be possible to evade or escape. In these instances, steps must be taken to defend your life and the lives of your family.

People are building underground bunkers as refuge and as a place of safety, but most people would not be able to purchase one of these financially. The survivalist believe that protection must be in the form of defense that include a deterrent of force. These include, but not limited to, guns, bear spray, electronic devices and knives.

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Do you have a backup of food and supplies that would last more than a month ?

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    • LAURENS WRIGHT profile image

      LAURENS WRIGHT 5 years ago

      From research, either EMP's from the sun or from other nations would increase the probability of getting hit, with power outages. In other words, a very good chance! What would be worse, I think, would be the days after, with mass social unrest, looting, fighting, killing, riots and trying to get out of the large cities. If by chance, we go into the war with IRAN, this would increase our probability by leaps and bounds. Thank you for your wonderful, insightful and intelligent comments.

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      Arkansas Slim 5 years ago

      The subject of Survival is now the # 1 topic in local cafes, for a host of reasons. The Fly Over Land, most likely, will be able to make do.

      The Large cities are not going to be habitable. The 1930s migration of the Dust Bowl era will be 300% mulitiplied in the event of a simple Solar Flare cutting grid power for over 30 days.

      Sad to say, the Migration will be the demise of the US Republic, simply due to no coherent Fed Response to the angst.

      Probability of occurrence, Nevada says something like 6/10 chances for 2012-2013.

      Be Prepared.

      Semper Fi

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      LAURENS WRIGHT 6 years ago

      KrystalD, it is important, even if there is not emergency or crises, to have basic gear prepared. The Boy Scouts had the motto of being prepared for a long time. As we travel, live and work, there are potential emergencies that could happen each day. More importantly, our economy could collapse at a moment's notice. I have been in three of these emergencies where the gas prices went through the roof, if you could find some, then only for cash. Also, without electricity, almost everything stops, including the delivery of food, water and basic items. Electricity and fuel keeps this infrastructure and this economy going and humming. By having the basic gear, survival might be extended for a couple of days, maybe months or years. Thank you, KrystalD, again for your wonderful and very intelligent comment!!

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      KrystalD 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      People do not often like thinking about the reality that a crisis, economic or otherwise, could happen at any time. It is important to be prepared and you laid out a great plan for any individual or family. Excellent!

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      LAURENS WRIGHT 6 years ago

      Thank you poetvix, for your thoughts and comment. As I talk to more and more people, they are concerned about the future and survival of themselves and their families. While growing up, it did not seem to be such a big deal, but now, with the technology advancing, new strains of viruses and the likelihood of some sort of collapse, it only makes sense to prepare for the unknown. I really think that we have brought the economic crises on ourselves by letting the politicians take our hard earned money and squander it in every manner. It would be like me buying a 10 million dollar mansion and getting credit cards to pay the mortgage each month. Sooner or later, it would be time to pay up or get out. The trouble with this, we can not get out of the mansion, or out of debt. We are stuck in an economic turmoil. Again, thank you for your encourging and praise comment.

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      poetvix 6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      The videos really brought home what you are saying here. It's scary, but I think, inevitable. It seems to me anyone wishing to survive had best start working on that right now. I found this to be well presented without coming off as alarmist, though it is alarming. Well done and bookmarked.

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      LAURENS WRIGHT 6 years ago

      Thank you for your very intelligent imput and comments. Some years ago, the scientist had a notion of releasing some of the energy of Yellowstone to prevent the volcano from erupting. This project was called Devine Strake. The Indians took the project to court and had it stopped. This, to me, would be like sticking a balloon with a needle. The thoughts of a catastrophe is not beyond my wildest thoughts and neither is it beyond the scientists. Some of the web sites say that the bomb was to destroy the unground tunnel complex. There are many other events that could cause a collapse, especially the monetary collapse. Greece is one of those that could start a chain reaction. India and Iran agreements with the gold trade could also trigger the events. Again, thank you for your highly intelligent comments.

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      Deforest 6 years ago from USA

      In the hypothesis of a catastrophe triggering the awakening of Yellowstone, electrical grids... 2/3 of the U.S. will be wiped out. Only the East coast will "survive"! Since the majority of the nuclear plants are located there, what will be the chances to escape their grip?