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Crisis Preparation: What To Do

The key steps to take NOW, before the next crisis hits
Friday, September 22, 2017, 9:34 PM

Executive Summary

  • Why doing nothing is no longer an option
  • Our recommended steps to take for
    • Finances
    • Home
    • Personal Safety
    • Health
  • Plus: lots of links to related resources

If you have not yet read Part 1: When a Storm Approaches available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

What To Do

Broken models and bad ideas eventually catch up with you. That day is coming. As to when, I clearly don’t know.

If there’s an outbreak of war with North Korea than that could easily precipitate the breakdown, especially if the conflict spreads across superpowers. That could happen at any time, so the lessons from the hurricanes is this; get ready now.

Barring some sort of kinetic follies, the farthest I can see things carrying on as they have is until 2019 or 2020 when the profound lack of investment in oil will show up as an oil supply shortfall that will result in much higher oil prices. Those higher prices will run smack into ~$250 trillion of global debt and ~4x that amount of un(der)funded liabilities. I covered that thesis in this report, which is worth a re-read (or a first read in case you haven’t already).

The global equity markets are floating along on a sea of liquidity which has allowed them to seriously depart from the underlying fundamentals and from any sense of risk. When neither fundamentals nor risk apply, you have a bubble on your hands.

Bubbles are always in search of a pin. None of us can predict what that pin might be, but it’s out there.

When the next downturn finally comes, it will be with the force of a hundred corrections denied. We’ll be falling from a much higher level of insanity and self-delusion. Once again we’ll discover that prosperity cannot be printed out of thin air. History doesn’t repeat, they say, but when it comes to bubbles it certainly does. They are always the same; they arise from too-easy credit.

Here’s what I think everybody should do, regardless of circumstances... » Read more

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You're Likely A Lot Less Prepared For Crisis Than You Realize

Lessons from the recent rash of natural disasters
Friday, September 22, 2017, 3:25 PM

It seems as if Mother Nature is waking up. Either she's trying to send humans an important warning, or perhaps she's just out to kill us all.

Massive storms across the globe, earthquakes, and collapsing ecosystems all combine to remind us that we are indeed intimately connected to our planet's natural systems. And that our well-being rests on staying on Mother Nature's good side.

Well, Mother Nature has seemed pretty pissed at us of late. Her recent punishments should be taken as a disciplinary wake-up call. » Read more

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Matthew Stein: When Disaster Strikes

Urgent advice on pre- & post-emergency steps to take
Saturday, September 9, 2017, 11:58 PM

To make sense of which steps are most important to take soonest when preparing for a major disaster, we've invited Matthew Stein back on the program.

Mat is a design engineer, green builder, and author of the two bestselling books: When Disaster Strikes: A Comprehensive Guide to Emergency Planning and Crisis Survival (Chelsea Green 2011), and When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency (Chelsea Green 2008).

On this week's podcast, Mat details his recommended steps for those facing imminent threat of crisis (Hurricane Irma), those with more time to prepare for one (Hurricane Jose), and those dealing with the aftermath of disaster (Hurricane Harvey).

 
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Prepping With A Reluctant Partner

A reader shares a story many here can relate to.

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Casting Call For Professionals Who Prep

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Preparing Prudently

Specific steps towards security & self-sufficiency
Friday, January 27, 2017, 9:13 PM

Executive Summary

  • Why most of those around you will not prepare, despite the obvious risks
  • Why the risks are bigger now than most realize
  • Positioning yourself ahead of the trend
  • The steps for prudent preparation

If you have not yet read Part 1: When The Rich Become Preppers, It's Time To Worry available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

People Aren’t Rational

Unfortunately, very few people make decision based on logic and/or rational calculations.  Most go by emotion.   If their pre-existing belief system is confirmed by something they will do it (or buy it, or learn it) but if not, then forget it.  Data doesn’t matter.

I am sure you’ve all encountered this in your own lives, perhaps by trying to spread the warnings of The Crash Course to otherwise intelligent, thoughtful people who somehow just cannot even bring themselves to confront the troubling data.

Not because they are unable intellectually, or even that the data is all that troubling, but usually because their belief system cannot digest the information contained therein.  One of the more dominant belief systems out there is that “the government will take care of me/us.”

This is not at all surprising given that we are raised in a very structured and authoritarian educational system.  Most of us that is.  The repetition of believing that a right answer always exists at the front of the room subtly reinforces the idea that you can trust in the hierarchies present in your culture.

And so it’s not much of a stretch to then invest that same comfort of knowing in the hierarchy of the political structure, or government, too.  To attack or undermine the idea that there is a large, benevolent set of public institutions out there is to undermine the very basis of faith in authority.

That’s a biggie for most people, and not easily dislodged.  This is why it can be so difficult to get someone to even consider storing an extra months’ worth of food in their otherwise barren pantry.  It has nothing to do with cost or space…it has to do with the new belief system that  would have to be installed first which is something along the lines of “maybe the system I trust so completely is slightly untrustworthy, and the people operating are not really as in control of it as I like to think.”

And even then, it’s not that simple.  Dislodging a belief system and installing a new one is not an intellectual process, but an emotional one.  Those are expensive for people under even the best of circumstances but really quite difficult if one lives in a country where emotions are clamped down, not permitted, drugged away, or otherwise subjugated and not allow to flow freely.

The point of all this is to be able to rotate the cube a bit and ask what happens when a mass of people suddenly all decide that their existing belief system isn’t working out anymore?

The herd is now skittish as a result of the tensions which are, in my experience, as high as they have ever been across the social fabric.

Rich people are feeling nervous because... » Read more

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When The Rich Become Preppers, It's Time To Worry

The social stigma to prepping is fast disappearing
Friday, January 27, 2017, 9:13 PM

For over 10 years now, we've been openly advocating that folks take action to become more prepared should crisis arrive. And for a long time, this advice relegated us to being labeled "tin-foil hat doomsday preppers" (and other less-polite monikers). The media just couldn't figure out any other box to put us in.

But now, the concept of taking at least some responsibility for your own future well-being by increasing your self-reliance is finally moving towards the mainstream. » Read more

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Prepping on a Budget

10 Survival Items That Everyone Can Afford
Thursday, September 29, 2016, 6:45 PM

A number of inexpensive and very useful preps to have for an emergency or just around the house for non-emergencies. 

http://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs/survivalist/prepping-budget-10-survival-items-everyone-can-afford

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Grasshopper Nation: Planning For Those Who Aren't Prepared

Whom will you help? And how much will you be able to?
Friday, June 3, 2016, 9:40 PM

Our resources are finite. Most of us don't feel we have all that we require to meet our own needs and goals. And the best-laid preparations of the most planful of us can suddenly become woefully insufficient if too many unexpected family, friends and neighbors show up demanding our charity. » Read more

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Jack Spirko: The Road To Resilience

Requires a good map. Got one?
Sunday, January 31, 2016, 1:17 PM

Continuing our focus on solutions, this week we're joined on the podcast by Jack Spirko. His daily podcast focuses on practical, actionable steps each of us can take to "live a better life, if times get tough or even if they don't" -- a mission nicely aligned with the one we pursue here at Peak Prosperity.

In this wide-ranging discussion, Jack and Chris discuss the need for spreading awareness of the Three Es, the professional challenges in doing so, and how individuals can go about pursuing both security and prosperity in the face of the likely disruptive changes to come. » Read more