Here is my latest WorldNetDaily article entitled The Golden Horde.
In the course of the article I invite readers to tell how they’ve prepared or what tips they may have to make themselves less vulnerable to a disaster. These will be posted as I receive them. Since input will either come as emails or as comments to this post, be sure to read both. I’ll be frequently updating as I receive more input from readers, so be sure to check back.
You are correct about the mob mentality during a real or perceived crisis. Not pretty. Anyone who has lived in the path of a hurricane has seen the fights over the last bottle of water, pack of batteries, or sheet of plywood. (Best viewed from home on the local nightly news).
A common resource that might be overlooked when shortages or disruptions happen is the water heater in the home or apartment. It has 40 to 80 gallons of water in it which can be accessed from the drain bib at the bottom. Opening the pressure relief valve at the top will allow it to run out faster. That and a couple weeks worth of non-perishable food that doesn't require cooking, and a decent shotgun will see the majority through tough times. Like the cockroach, all us humans really need is a livable temperature range, oxygen, food and moisture. Given that, we're usually smart enough to figure out the rest if need be.
If I tell you how I have prepared to survive and what I have I would be inundated by scavengers trying to survive. There would be so many trying to STEAL what I so carefully put aside for me to survive I would be hard pressed to survive myself.
It follows, if you post what you have saved and I know it, it will soon be mine, because when I run out I will know where to find more.
Get a grip! Never, never tell anyone how much you have, because soon it will belong to someone else.
I do admire you column and you thinking, but be prepared to defend what you so carefully saved.
Tommy / Sovereign Citizen of the state of Nevada
While my wife Glenda and I have done several things to prepare for disaster, one thing I am doing is storing ice. While growing up in the 1940s and 1950s I heard a lot about ice boxes, and one neighbor had an ice house with thick walls, one foot or more, insulated with saw dust. My grandparents had a small man-made pond beside a stream where they cut ice blocks to put in storage. Now I am experimenting with ice. During cold nights I leave metal cans, gallon size, full of water out to freeze overnight. I am trying different methods of storing the ice and will monitor how well it lasts. My parents told they had ice that would last until July here in the mountains of West Virginia.
Since refrigeration is the one convenience most difficult to replace when the electric grid goes down, I think it is one of the most important places where survivalists should put their focus. Drying and storing food items can also help in this regard.
I'll make it a point to let you know how the ice held out. Right now, Dec 18, we are not worrying about the ice melting. :)
It is best not to share what preparations people have made for themselves. My wife used to tell her friends about my preparations when I started with MREs and guns. However, the subject came out when we would discuss problems in the world and the range of things I thought could happen. Then one day a friend said if things got that bad they’d just come over to our house. I just had to tell them flat out “No you won’t”. If I have a year of food supplies for my wife and I, then that’s just 6 months for us and our 2 adult kids. Then get another couple and their 2 kids and we’re down to 3 months. A few more people and you run out of food in a few weeks. Having said that, we probably actually stock a few years worth of food with the intent of sharing… we just no longer talk about it.
I initially started thinking about survival preparations coming up to Y2K but I didn’t get going until a few years later. And what I’ve done has been layered in starting with the obvious and the less expensive, working up to more self sufficient preparations which are more expensive. My wife and I are now in the process of developing 40 acres 45 minutes north of town with the intent of being as self sufficient as possible. We’re lucking to be able to start with the 40 acres, a well and now a driveway and vacant land to work with. And we’re not trying to hide our property but we’ve not shown all our friends where it is. Especially when some of these friends are the ones that refinanced equity out of their house for trips or toys and are one or two paychecks away from bankruptcy with no preparations.
Felt compelled to drop you a note. I read this week's column on WND, and - honesty compels me to admit - I didn't know who Cassandra was, so followed the link to the other column.
Your report about being teased after Y2K resonated with me. While we were making our preparations - and (unsuccessfully) trying to get others to do likewise - I was working for an automotive supplier as a design checker. My partner and I shared a cubical, and we each had a 16 foot drawing board out in the aisle. The department got a new water cooler, and I allowed the spare jugs of water to be stored under my board. Shortly after we got the cooler, someone walked by and asked what the deal was with all the water. Without missing a beat, my partner said, "Oh, that's Steve's Y2K stash." And everyone had a laugh (including me) at my expense.
When Y2K fizzled, I, too, was subjected to teasing and ridicule. My response was that I couldn't be happier to be wrong.
That has dogged me ever since. A few years ago I had Dr. Woodson's Bird Flu Manual (An EXCELLENT little book, by the way, if you haven't seen it.) I had it sitting on my desk by the aisle. It has BIRD FLU in big, bold letters on the cover. An engineer walked by and stopped. "I remember when you were so hyped up over Y2K." And so we get branded. :)
In you column you asked what other were doing. You already know I expect TEOTWAWKI eventually. Right now we live in town - about 35,000 people. It's still too big and too crowded for me, though. I have been unemployed for four years, now, but our house was paid for before I lost my job, and we are getting by. We are on a large lot by city standards, and my wife - being a Master Gardener - has the yard absolutely stuffed with her garden. But even with all her skills, we could not grow enough for our needs. With our Y2K preps, we did the grain in a 5-gallon bucket thing. Ten buckets support a light garden I built in the basement for her. Eight buckets support a work bench our oldest boy uses for his online business. Half a dozen buckets act as supports for shelves in the basement where we store other things. We buy things in case lots when they go on sale, and a few years ago bough a freezer big enough for me to lie down in. We have a dehydrator, pressure canner, grain mill, a Volcano stove, water filters (We are not far from a small river.) a generator, a small welding torch and lots of fuel and oxygen, garden tools with extra handles, oil lamps, candles, Sterno, lots of extra soap, toothpaste. Being a coffee hound, I even got a campstove coffee maker. :) We have basic first aid supplies, but are still lacking in the "feminine hygiene" category. I keep asking my wife what brands she and our daughter prefer, but can't get a straight answer out of her.
With an eye for rebuilding, if things are devastated by an EMP, I have all the hand engineering tools I would need as industry started rebuilding, but not yet having replaced their CAD computers. I even have a scientific calculator safely tucked away in a Faraday cage.
Yet, with all we are doing, I still feel vulnerable. I am looking at cashing in my IRA - before the government seizes it to bolster Social Security, or hyperinflation renders it worthless - taking a hit on the penalty, and paying cash for a small farm off the beatten path. A member of our church is a realtor, and he has been looking for us. Thus far each place has *something* not quite right.
Well, as usual, this got longer than I intended. I warn whoever will listen, and a few people have taken heed. I have my initial report posted online, and add other articles as I find or write them, plus post links to many of your articles on my Facebook page. I just fear for all the Grasshoppers who really don't think it could happen to them.
Keep sounding the alarm.
Hi Patricia. As usual, I loved your common sense article on the WorldNetDaily site this week.
I wrote about preparing for disasters a few years ago on my own blog.
I grew up in the suburbs in Canada, and never really had to think or worry about preparing for anything. When I got married, my husband and I moved to north east Texas. I learned quickly to make a tornado kit, which had everything from flashlight and garbage bags, blanket and water to extra basic first aid stuff and a few canned foods. I kept it in the bathroom.
Our apartment was on the upper floor, and since there were no underground shelters, the bathroom was the safest place to go- as the pipes in the walls and also the tub would be stronger than an outside wall in withstanding tornado winds. I kept that pack ready and stocked the three years I lived there. We had a plan of where to meet if we were separated when and if a tornado came. Thankfully, while we did get some major storms and a few tornadoes close by, we were never hit badly. I am glad though, that even though we never had to use it- we had the kit ready.
When we moved to Florida, I did the same thing for hurricane season.
I am re married now, ten years later, and still have extra batteries, a working radio, gallon jugs of water, canned foods, first aid and hand sanitizer things stored for every summer. Enough for our family and neighbors.
We were prepared when we were hit by Hurricane Charlie (although we didn't have a generator at that time) but we were able to last 3 days with no electricity and lack of store items such as water.
We were better when we got hit the year later with Wilma.
While government does try to help, as we saw with Katrina, not all the local, state and fed government can get their acts together, so it is best, if you care about your family and friends, to be prepared for your family! If someone prepares with the mind set that government will not help (or be able to) and do your own work, anyone can survive a couple of weeks after any kind of disaster.
Even if government does help out after, it is still good to have your own stock, so to avoid the long lines of people waiting for the basic necessities. Have them stocked yourself, and rotate them for freshness as needed.
Water, 1 gallon per person per day, and enough canned food for at least 3 days is basic.
I hope this helps. Thanks Patricia for an excellent article, and the chance for us to add our own experiences! God Bless~
- Carolyn E.
Patrice, you paint a grim but accurate picture. Black Fridays just ought not to be. It is an affront to our Thanksgiving. We see avarice and covetousness rampant in these sales and it bodes no good toward any peace and tranquility,
I have long been aware how our politically correct government has been setting the stage for riots and destruction by its "civil rights" which are neither civil nor rights. How, by entitlement it has been spoiling our future generations that, when our economy collapses under the weight of misguided compassion, they will riot. There will be a pulling apart rather that a pulling together. These things ought not to be but they are.
Through global warming hype the government is pushing so called green jobs and enterprises that are not commercially viable. Sooner or later the power grid will go down with no hope of repair. That will bring everything to a screeching halt. The Cities have very short term supplies in them so, even at the best, they can only last a few days but water will not be available through the plumbing.
I don't need to go on with this panorama for you well understand the consequences. The enemy is not government but the application of government. Government is a necessity for order and and agreement but is is not a source of livelihood.
It is only because of the pending disaster I've been hearing about since 1993 that I have done the following:
1. Bought a house and paid it off (also no car payments)
- stored all paperwork of proof the mortgage is paid in a locking file cabinet
2. I carry no significant debt, only small credit card debt that is paid off quickly.
3. Purchased a 1-year supply of long-term storeable food.
4. Purchased a variety of gold and silver over the last fifteen years
5. Pulled a significant amount of cash out of the bank
6. Bought a heavy safe to contain gold, silver, ammo and extra cash
7. Saved several 2-liter bottles, other jugs and filled them with water
8. Am currently making needed repairs to the house while I can, updated the hot water heater and furnace a couple years ago, so I know where I stand with these two major appliances.
9. Stockpiling at least one item to barter with that does not have a short shelf life, should there be a need to barter.
10. Networking with few others in the know, so that we are on the same page
11. Get a lock where ever it's useful in the house. Also have locking gas caps on both cars, though they have locking doors to the caps as well. The extra layer of security is worth the hassle of carrying another key.
There may be some other things I have done to prepare, but they aren't coming readily to mind.
As a reluctant resident of Seattle, and one who generally does not watch TV or
go near a mall, I read your blog post (linked from Survivalblog) with great
interest. I am every bit as appalled by the mentality of those desperate
shoppers as you. I have been witness to the thin veneer, and it is a scary
I have been concerned over the degradation of our society for a long time, and
living in the land of liberals as I do, have felt very alone in that context.
Many of my friends have no idea of my true beliefs. Those who do feel we need a
secret handshake. When I discovered JWR's web site sometime last year, and some
of the destinations it led me to, I started to realize there are more of us than
I knew out there, but we are still a tiny fraction of the populace. The rest
are fat and happy, just the way the bureaucrats want them. When it all goes
down and the nanny state isn't there to nurse them, they will become fat and
Anyway, you asked what folks have done to prepare, so I thought I'd drop you a
I have been preparing in several different ways, trying hard to prioritize
sensibly given my circumstances and what I have in the way of time and
resources. It seems overwhelming at times.
Little by little I have been shifting my investments out of stocks and into
cash. Last year I bought a fair amount of silver and a small amount of gold, to
stash away in the event we experience a collapse of the dollar. I also have a
few thousand in paper greenbacks in case we encounter a situation (EMP attack or
other) where currency is still valid but credit/debit cards are of no use.
I have been building a stockpile of firearms and ammunition, also a little at a
time. I have a decent assortment of rifles, shotguns, and pistols, and 10,000
plus rounds of ammunition, common calibers so good for barter as well as my own
use. I go to the range frequently and have become a pretty good shot with all
types. Next month I am taking a defensive handgun course, and will follow with
unarmed self defense.
I have stockpiled enough food to feed myself and my daughters for at least 6
months, and continue to build up. Much of that is freeze dried. Some canned,
some bulk like rice, sugar, oatmeal, etc. I plan soon to buy a grinder and
start stockpiling wheat. I also have MREs, jerky, power bars, etc. My
assortment could be better but for now it will do. I have about 50 gallons of
water stored, and the ability to filter and purify if needed. I own several
camp stoves and a fair amount of white gas for same. I am stocking up on seeds.
I bought a kerosene heater last year, and keep abut 20 gallons of kerosene on
hand. I also have several kerosene lanterns and several candle lanterns, with
lots of spare candles. I never allow my (auto) gas tank to go below 50%, and I
keep 30 gallons of gas on hand (stabilized). I have been building inventories
of things like toilet paper and soap.
I am an avid outdoor recreationalist, so have a large selection of gear - packs,
tents, sleeping bags, thermal clothing, snowshoes, ropes, saws, knives,
hatchets, etc. I have been in the outdoors all my life and feel very
comfortable in the wilderness. I have taken a few intensive wilderness first
aid courses, plus swiftwater rescue. I have hunting and fishing skills. I have
good orientation skills and a significant collection of topo maps for the
region. I'm in my 50s, and stay active, fit and healthy.
I have a considerable library on preparedness but will continue to add to it.
My job these days is administrative, however I am a skilled mechanic. I
understand engines, pumps, and mechanical systems of all kinds. I am a skilled
welder and metal fabricator. I also know how to run a business. I am a good
writer, good with people, and understand matters financial. In other words I
have useful and marketable skills for a variety of scenarios.
Of course most of these preparations will be meaningless if the Golden Horde
gets turned loose and I am stuck in this city. My home is not what I would call
defensible, certainly not without several (reliable and skilled) fellow
defenders, which I do not have.
I have been researching for a year or so, and have decided the Idaho Panhandle
is my place. I had considered NE Oregon, the Olympic Peninsula, NE Washington,
Central Idaho (Salmon area) and N. Idaho. For various reasons I have chosen N.
Idaho. I am looking at properties there now, and hope to buy one very soon (for
cash). Once I have a house there and some land, I can focus on shifting some of
my preparation efforts there rather than here. Due to financial circumstances I
do not expect to be able to leave Seattle before a few more years have passed.
But I can begin the process now.
As far as bugging out, I have put that till last. No point in being prepared to
bug out without a bug out destination. Most of the preparations I described
above have been done just in the last year. So even though I know I have far to
go, I think I've been doing okay. I am concerned that if things ever happen
very fast and without warning, there are only a few routes out of Seattle, and
only 2 over the Cascades (3 in summer). So there will be many choke points for
bad guys to prey on those trying to make an exit. Rather than fret too much
about that now I have focused instead of doing what I can to prepare, knowing
there will be problems to solve as I go along, but that shouldn't stop forward
I continue to read, think, learn and prepare, quietly and discreetly trying to
share with those who are interested - most are not.
I only discovered your blog today but I can tell I will be a frequent visitor.
D. in Seattle