Monday, October 29, 2012
Here is part two of the two part interview with Tim Ralston, the inventor of the Crovel and a featured prepper on the National Geographic Channel show Doomsday Preppers. If you missed part one, check it out here (My Interview with Tim Ralston - Part 1)
Shane: I am curious about you shipping container bunker. They didn't really go into a lot of detail on this. They kind of showed on the show where you were going to put a couple of bunk beds or something like that. They didn't talk about reinforcing the top. I was just kind of wondering about that.
Tim: What they're doing is in Season 2 they are having me come back for a kind of a follow up. They have me doing a little cameo. I'm out there showing my container. I use a 25-foot aluminum container. I picked it because the aluminum is going to last a lot better underground than the steel. Also, aluminum is already reinforced. The sides have to be reinforced, and the roof I will reinforce every 18-inches with steel and corrugated steel on top of that to keep the earth away from the aluminum top. Plus the dirt that I am digging in is really dry anyway. Once it is packed it will be like concrete around the thing. We're just now in the final stages of preparing that. Putting in the shelves, the bunk beds, the kitchen, and the bathroom and stuff.
Shane: That is pretty cool. And you have like three of those. That is one thing I wanted you to tell my readers that you can't just dig a hole, drop in a shipping container and bury it.
Tim: No you can't. They are designed to hold tons of weight, but that is only on the four corners. The middle has to be reinforced and the side walls as well because of the pressure going inwards. I have bug-out caches all around as well. Now those are dumpsters. Those are great. You take the plastic lids and replace them with steel and the strength of the hinge and bury it in the ground and put them on its side. When you flip the lid up it is like a little awning. Then you can put your stuff in it. They will last forever. They are a great little cache. You put like four of them corner to corner to corner and make a little square it makes a really neat kind of a man cave. I have been putting plans together I'm going to share those with people. It's kind of between here and where we're going to be. If something happens and we have to walk it then I will have a place to get half way there to rest up and then finish the journey.
Shane: It sounds like you have a lot to teach about all of your prepping. It sounds like you have a pretty good setup.
Tim: You know, I have been thinking about this for quite a while and implementing it.
Shane: It sounds like a lot of preppers might not have the funding that you seem to have. I try to tell pepole that something is better than nothing. Just do a little at a time.
Tim: You know, you can do it all on a budget. People are like, ”I don't have a cabin, I don't have a place to go”. And I say, “Do you have $50 a month?” They go, “Yeah” and I say, “Great! You have a cabin in the mountains.” They say, “What do you mean?” Go to your nearest mountain area and go and look at the storage units. Go and get yourself an 8 x 10, put a bed in there, roll it down and lock it up. Now you have a little cabin. If you really needed it when it hit the fan, you could bug-out there. Usually they are built strong with a rolling shutter door to protect your stuff, and then you have a place to go. It would be warm and dry. It's just making due. And when you do eventually get a place up north, grab all your stuff. It's already there.
Shane: I have one last question for you. I was kind of wondering...How is your thumb?
Tim: You know, my thumb is a midget digit. It's still there. You know...I can hold a beer now. I am pretty excited about that. There is no knuckle joint there anymore so I can't bend it, but I can still grab with it. I've had to learn how to do things all over again. It was just a crazy freak accident that was unfortunately caught on national TV. So now I get these gun nuts thinking...you know any gun guy thinks they are better than every other gun guy anyway. So it just gives them fuel to take pot shots at me but unfortunately, they don't know the whole thing. It is in litigation right now so I can't tell you exactly what happened. I was going by exactly how to work this new system. It was a new type of a loading system and it malfunctioned on me. It was an accident just like a car crash. You can't do anything about it but just suck it up and move forward. It was kind of an example of what I kept telling those guys the day before. What was ironic is they asked me, “what is your most valuable tool for prepping. Is it your Crovel...is it your guns...?” I said, “No, it's your mind. It's your ability to stay focused when all hell breaks loose. When the worst thing happens, you stay focused and do what you have too to get through it.” Sure enough, the worst thing happened. And they didn't show a lot of it on the clip but I totally stayed calm. No screaming, no crying. I was just giving orders. I had my boys there. If I panicked then they would panic, so I was very calm. The camera guy was freaking out. A guy from New York. Because it was such a close explosion. It was the shotgun that did it, not the .22. Everyone thinks it was the .22, but it was the shotgun. The blast basically cauterized the entire thumb so there wasn't a lot of blood so there was no freaking out, it was just uncomfortable. I had some new gloves that kept my thumb from flying to the edge of the desert so they were actually able to reattach the tip. So it really looks normal. You really wouldn't notice until I put my one thumb next to the other and then you will say, “Wow! That's really tiny!”
Shane: I bet that made you rethink your medical prepping too.
Tim: Yes it did. I actually got the biggest medical bag that is available on the market. On top of that I got like three more beyond that, so I have everything. You know, I tell people all the time to go out and practice. Go out and do it when there is not an emergency. It seems like every time I go out, I go out almost every weekend now, I will repack my bag, I will look through it and try to make sure I need everything that is in it and that it is as light as possible. You learn so much. I remember packing it out and thinking that you have to have all these things and they all weighed 300 pounds. I couldn't even walk with it, let alone go out with it. So you get to learn. It's all about practice. So if it ever happens again, I am ready for it. I can take care of it.
Shane: Before I let you go, if someone wanted to find out more about you, how should they get a hold of you?
Tim: Go to Gear Up Center. We are just redoing the website and updating it today. That has connections to my Facebook, Survival Hub... So that is a good place to know where we are at and check us out. We are kind of the Sharper Image of survival. I don't have a ton of stuff, but the stuff I do have is what I use. I don't put anything on there until I try it out and I really like it. It's good stuff.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
I am excited to announce that I finally got the banner on this site updated. I think this will add color and will hopefully help set me apart from all the other similar sites.
Please let me know what you think. Suggestions, comments, and criticisms are always welcome.
Thank you for support and making this site possible. Be sure to keep coming back. I have plenty of ideas for the future.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Why HAM Radio is used in emergency situations
One of the first things that people need in the middle of an emergency is some line of communication. Whether it's a hurricane, earthquake or even a large scale fire, there is always a desperate need to get in contact with someone. It could be to tell a loved one that you are alright, or it could be for even more severe purposes such as contacting the emergency services.
Unfortunately, during most of the above circumstances, it can prove impossible to access the main means of communication. As you may expect, using the internet is probably well and truly out of the question, while mobile phone usage is also going to be unreliable at best. In terms of the latter, this is normally due to the fact that there are so many people trying to access the network that it's just impossible to get through.
Following on from the above, one of the best solutions can be in the form of HAM radios. We’ll now take a look to see just what this form of communication is and how it can help you if you are unfortunate enough to find yourself in an emergency.
What is HAM radio?
Due to the name that is coined to their communication form, many people are not too sure what HAM radio is. However, if you think of it as amateur radio, you will probably have a better understanding. It can be transmitted by any means you require, whether it’s CW, SSB, ATV, AM or FM. Moreover, in contrast to some Citizens Band radio forms, it is highly regulated meaning that there is little, if any chance, of any bad language being aired.
Why does it fare better than standard radio in an emergency?
The main advantage in association to HAM radio in emergency situations is that it does not depend as much on terrestrial facilities. This is crucially important, as such facilities have a habit of failing or even collapsing when an area is struck by some sort of disaster. HAM radio in contrast uses a slightly more unorthodox method and any person who has the required training can make antennas out of any type of material, while some will utilise a car as a power source. As you can imagine, it's therefore much easier to put together the required equipment for HAM radio systems when the pressure is on in an emergency situation.
When has HAM radio been used in the past?
Contrary to what a lot of people think, the use of HAM radio during disasters isn't simply theatrical but has also been implemented in real-life occurrences. For example, many people turned to this form of communication during the September 11 attacks in 2001, while several years later the technology was used to let weather forecasters know about the forthcoming Hurricane Frances. In some cases HAM radio has been classed as one of the best forms of disaster relief, which highlights just how important it is in modern day emergencies.
A summary on HAM radio
Most people associate HAM or amateur radio with pirate radio stations and therefore don't take it seriously. However, the reality is, as drastic as this may sound, HAM radio can be a life saver. As many disasters over the years have highlighted, HAM radio not only allows people to be made aware of the state of a disaster, but it also helps evacuate individuals. Unfortunately, one has to have the appropriate training in order to put together a HAM radio system, although if you do possess such skills they will be hugely invaluable in such challenging circumstances.
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012
There is no way of knowing when a disaster would strike. This is why it is important to be prepared for it. However, there is really no exact formula when preparing for disasters so it is important to be equipped with the most important things you need for survival as well as to stick to a positive mindset that no matter how disastrous an event may be, there is always a way for you to get past it.
So even before a disaster strikes and while you’re thinking that any type of disaster cannot happen to you, make sure to prepare for it still if only to save yourself and your loved ones.
Disaster Preparedness Tip Number 1: Prepare the Home
Although disasters are unavoidable and may wreck a potentially strong and sturdy home, it is important to still make sure that the home is ready for anything. This means that you need to watch out for faulty wirings, holes in any part of the home, electrical connections and so many other things that can trigger fire or any other form of disaster.
Disaster Preparedness Tip Number 2: Stock on the Basics
It is important to also stock on some of the most essential things you cannot live without when disaster strikes. This includes clean and drinkable water, basic food like bread and noodles, clean clothes and beddings that are accessible and that have already been packed earlier, emergency and other special items that you might need.
Disaster Preparedness Tip Number 3: First-Aid Supplies
Another important thing you need to prepare for in times of disaster is a first-aid kit that will include everything you can possibly think of and use during this kind of circumstance. It is important to have basic medications and treatments in the said kit, a small and portable gadget to check your temperature and blood pressure, as well as other things necessary to help keep you safe.
Disaster Preparedness Tip Number 4: Keep a Phonebook
Although not a lot of people realize, during disasters, a single phone call to a friend or to an organization that can help you out is truly necessary so it’s important to keep important numbers inside your wallet or anywhere else that is accessible for you. This way, you can easily grab the number and make that one important phone call that can save you.
Disaster Preparedness Tip Number 5: Other Forms of Electricity
If the disaster you experience cuts your access to electricity, make sure to have a rechargeable flashlight ready for use. If you wish, you can stock up on two, both of which should be fully charged at all times. Stock up on smaller flashlights as well that you can carry around or keep inside your packed baggage.
Now that you have some ideas on the best tips that can help prepare you for any type of disaster, simply make it a point to consider following them to help keep you safe.
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Monday, October 22, 2012
Doomsday Preppers went international this season, or at least is now available in more countries than the US. What really fascinates me almost as much as the show is the many different reactions to the show. Here are a few:
The Futurist - Many people see the show and believe in their heart that they really should do something to prepare. They see the show as both educational and alarming. They have great intentions of prepping...some day. When they have the money, when they have the time, or whatever. Then they will start to prepare. They know that catastrophe will come eventually, but are hopeful they will happen after they start to prepare.
The Fearful - There are many people who have seen the show and find the show to be almost overwealming. They see the people in she show describing what they are doing, and almost freeze up. They feel that they should be doing something, but they choose to ignore this and do nothing. They turn the show off and switch to something that makes them laugh and forget that the world is not a safe place to be.
The Normalists - There is a group of people who see the show and are really confused as to why people would prep in the first place. After all, the way things are now are the way they have always been and the way they will always be. Bad things only happen to people on the news, and even if they did happen here, the government would intervene immediately and there would be no noticeable effects. It is interesting though.
The Amused - Some people watch the show finding is quite amusing. They feel that these people are all crazy. I mean why would somebody need to store that much food and guns? Why would anybody care about growing food and becoming self-sufficient? What is the point of planning for something bad happening and learning to keep their family fed and safe? They see preppers as nuts even though they go to work to pay for the food their families eat, the alarm system on their home, and then tuck some away in their retirement accounts. Hmmm...sounds like a kind of prepping to me.
The Prepared - These people are the ones who watch the show to be educated. The want to know what can go wrong and how to prepare for it. They want to see what people are doing right and what they are doing wrong to use that knowledge as a reference guide. This is just one of the many useful tools that a prepper can use to learn what to do in a catastrophe.
The truth of the matter is that people who on the show are not crazy, or at least not any crazier than anybody else is. They are just people who read the news and see that things can and often do go terribly wrong. They go on the show because they are hopeful that someone will watch and come to the realization that they need to prepare for something that they hope never happens. If you put just a few days food aside, you will be far better off that someone who does not. Think about it.
Friday, October 19, 2012
Are These Events A Threat To You?
On September 1, 1859, a solar explosion of epic magnitude hurled a giant cloud of ionized plasma towards Earth. When it entered our planet’s atmosphere, beginning the next day, the eruption (something we now call a “coronal mass ejection” or CME) sparked magnificent auroras—visible as far south as Cuba and Hawaii—and shorted out most of the world’s telegraph stations, causing global communication to cease.
The 1889 event was an unusually intense example of something that happens with regularity.
Should you be concerned?
Move forward almost 130 years to March 13, 1989. The telegraph has given way to radio communications, and the world is largely dependent upon electricity. Another solar flare occurs—and another CME heads towards Earth.
While much smaller than the 1859 event, the ejected cloud interacts with a more technologically centered Earth. Short-wave radio signals are jammed, spectacular auras are witnessed in far-southern latitudes, electrical power grids in the United States experience a significant drop in available wattage, a number of orbiting space satellites tumble out of control and the entire province of Quebec goes into electrical blackout.
We aren’t talking about science fiction. These events really happened.
The largest measured flare on record occurred in November of 2003, yet it caused slight damage. Why? The impact of a particular flare to our planet depends not just on the magnitude of the eruption, but on other factors as well, things like the direction the CME takes when it leaves the sun (many miss us entirely), the density and type of electromagnetic particles it contains, the polar alignment of those particles and the angle of interaction between the CME and Earth.
Given the best (or worst) conditions, though, it is possible that a CME could wreak havoc on today’s global communications and power grids—and since so much is dependent upon those systems, it could shut down life as we know it for weeks or months.
What about your body? Is it affected?
Do CME’s affect you physically?
Medical scientists are not in consensus about this (or many other matters). What we do know is that solar flares are accompanied by increased radiation—and radiation can be harmful.
Furthermore, we know that nutritional deficiencies increase the negative impact of radiation—that is why NASA provides astronauts (who are more susceptible to cosmic radiation) with vitamin supplements high in antioxidants.
Whether an emergency arises from CME or other disaster, though, some things just make sense.
- You should maintain a stockpile of food and water at home to get you through until power and water are restored. Grocery stores will empty quickly in the event of widespread emergency.
- You should keep a battery-powered or solar-powered radio on hand so you can listen to local news reports as they become available.
- And you should heed the advice your mother gave you years ago: Take your vitamins and minerals daily.
Thank you to health and survival writer Casey Windsong for this article. Casey lives and works near Yellowstone National Park and the Teton Mountain Range, in the wild, wild West.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
When it comes to being prepared, nothing ranks more importantly than supplies. But not just any supplies will do, having the right ones can help keep you fed, healthy, and in control in an unforeseen disaster. Whether or not you believe in a zombie apocalypse, it is important to keep safety items on hand – even if the undead never show up, the one to really look out for is Mother Nature.
The best way to keep items ready is by creating a universal supply area – one that can be accessed easily, even in the event of dangerous weather. (It doesn’t have to be in your house, just so long as the whole family knows where to head in an emergency. A garage or outside-access basement will work fine as well.) Next, make a list of items to keep on hand – ones that you can’t live without, including water bottles (pack iodine or a water purifier to save on space and weight), snacks (choose ones that won’t go bad), a first-aid kit, dry socks, and a radio (preferably a two-way). Other necessary items may include a jacket, medication, and personal hygiene items, such as a toothbrush or bar of soap.
One of the biggest misconceptions about survival packs (or bug-out bags) is that they are a free-for-all. Packers include in anything and everything they can think of. However, loading on unnecessary items only adds dead weight. And, in survival mode, being mobile is a must.
Overall, the best solution is to weigh items before packing them – by way of benefits and literal weight. For instance, a toothbrush will take up very little space and weight, while blankets (although they will be warm) will take up more than their fair share. Opt for a heat wrap instead as a compromise.
When packing your bug-out bag, remember that only the necessities are allowed. After all, you’ll be the one carrying it. Decide what matters most before planning ahead, and you can ensure to have the most efficient survival pack possible.
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Monday, October 15, 2012
Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with Tim Ralston. Tim is the inventor of the Crovel and a featured prepper on the National Geographic Channel show Doomsday Preppers. We spoke about many things from his appearance on the Doomsday Preppers, about the Crovel, and also about his perspectives on prepping. We talked for a long time and I tried to get the most wisdom as I could in the space I have. I had to split in into two parts. It's good stuff. Here is part one of the interview:
Shane: How did they contact you to get on Doomsday Preppers. Did you have to sign up?
Tim: No, actually what happened is...my tool that I designed called the Crovel. It was actually going viral at the time they called. It went literally viral overnight. When that happened they contacted us. I said I will be on the show as long as I can bring my new tool.
Shane: Tell me a little bit about the Crovel.
Tim: It was born out of necessity really. I had this really great tool that my father gave me. It was a World War II shovel that I had pretty sharp. It was in my bug-out bag but the handle broke. I thought, how am I going to replace this handle. I looked in my garage and saw an old crowbar and thought that would make a good handle. I took it to my neighbor who had a welding machine and asked him if he could put it together. I thought this looks cool. Somebody else is going to want one of these. So I literally bought 30 shovels and 30 crowbars and took them to the next gun show and they sold out in about 30 minutes. It was crazy. After that I kept redeveloping it and making it better. Making it stronger. Made in the United States. Now we have four factories just trying to keep up.
Shane: How many are you selling?
Tim: We sold probably over 10,000 units. And that is just internet sales. That has nothing to do with the distributors. I haven’t been able to keep up with those guys. In the wings I have over 400 distributors.
Shane: Reading the description, I didn't realize that it had a crowbar built into it.
Tim: It actually was a real crowbar but I couldn't buy enough of them and to get everything I needed in bulk, I would have to get them all from China and I didn't want to do that. I wanted to make it here in the US. So I redesigned it, and I redesigned it. It still acts and has the abilities like a real crowbar. Since then, we have made a new version called the 'Crovel Tactical' which is made out of 4140 chromoly. That is like the shovel on steroids. It's my favorite now. That thing is bulletproof. It's lightweight. It's 2.5 pounds lighter than the Crovel Extreme. You can throw it. It's deadly sharp. It's the ultimate tool if you need to bug-out that’s the one you would want on your pack.
Shane: You know that Crovel is a really great way to fund your prepping.
Tim: That's exactly the intent. Now we've opened up an online store. We've opened an actual display store. So I can do interviews here at the store versus coming to my house. I get a chance to meet a lot of people. Now we are starting to get into the training aspects of it and that's a lot of fun.
Shane: You're Everywhere. I had seen the episode of Doomsday Preppers that you are on. I hadnt really realized that you are pretty much all over YouTube as well. Everyone is talking about different things about you.
Tim: Yeah. It's going really viral. I did get to do a documentary from overseas. Random people and production companies are coming over for a few days. I take them out in the wilderness and teach them about survival and what it all means. Those will be hitting worldwide in November. HBO is coming out with a special. They find it interesting that I don't fit the typical someone living in the woods with long hair and a beard. I'm a soccer dad who just happens to take precautions for my family. I want to make sure that if anything bad happens I will be here to take care of them.
Shane: One thing that bothered me about the Doomsday Prepper show was that many of the people on the show seemed a little off. You didn't seem that way to me in your episode. There was one episode I remember where this lady is right next to the capitol building and is inviting people to her house. She has it full of all kinds of goods and just by looking out her windows you can figure out where she lives.
Tim: I have had a lot of people ask me, “Why would you as a prepper share where you are at and what you are doing?” I went into this thing with my eyes wide open. I knew exactly what I was getting into. I run an advertising marketing firm so I knew exactly what I was doing. I was able to not only promote my tool but also promote prepping in general. When I gave where we were going it is a rental house. We have already moved since then. I never gave up the location of where my final destination it. The car that I drove wasn't my car. I borrowed a buddies so in case someone would see me they wouldn't recognize me. So I thought ahead and prepared for the worst. The worst being everyone knowing exactly where I live. I want to be able to help myself and my family first and then I will be able to help and save others.
Shane: That was smart. I didn't think you gave as much away. I know you drive a deuce and a half though. That thing is pretty cool.
Tim: That is one thing that is pretty apparent when I have the deuce. I don't keep that in front of my store to get out of dodge quick. The only time that I am going to drive that is in the mountains at the very last to go up. That thing is so slow. But it will go anywhere, it will drive over anything, and it will run on any kind of fuel. That was one of my reasons to buy it. It is such an iconic figure. When I do drive it around, it is a great marketing tool.
Shane: I am a little jealous of that actually. I was looking at those before I saw you had one already.
Shane: Since the Doomsday Preppers show emphasized that you were mainly concerned with an EMP event, I saw some comments at different places that noted the electrical circuits on the Jeep that would fry in the event of an EMP. How do you handle this?
Tim: When the show initially aired, I had explained all of those things, but that had all been cut out on the editing floor. That got lost in translation. I already understand that an EMP will fry it. That was just a show. The truck I have now is actually EMP proof. I won't have any worries about that. I always have a backup plan to the backup plan. My other truck that I had that I was going to use to pull the trailer was grounded and everything was disconnected on the truck. I had the battery out, I had spare parts, I had it grounded to a copper ground outside the house, and I never drove that one. That was just to pull the trailer until I got my shelter finished. Now everything is up there so all I have to do when I bug-out is fill the deuce full of food from the store and take off.
Shane: I figured you would say something like that. I didn't figure that you would be worried about an EMP and not have thought it through a little.
Tim: Yea. I have a backup to the backup to the backup. Honestly, I think we will have an economic collapse before we have an EMP. Or who knows what will happen in the Middle East. There are so many more things to look at. There are so many things that are coming down the pipe. But they really wanted to nail it down. “What are you really afraid of?” My answer really was, “My neighbor.” That didn't make sense to them. Literally, it doesn't matter what catastrophe comes down. What is going to happen is the people that have prepped will be OK. The people who are in denial are the ones I am fearful of because they are going to come after you when they are hungry enough. They are going to try to get what you have. That is the only thing that really keeps me awake at night.
Shane: That is why it is such a great thing that you are doing all of these interviews all over the place and going on these shows...to let people know. And I think people are waking up because there is so much crazy stuff going on right now. The European economy...the American economy, we are pretty much in denial, or at least a lot of us are.
Tim: That QE3 thing. If that doesn't tell you that hyperinflation is just months away I don't know what does. People don't know what that will do to us when you are spending $5 on a loaf of bread. They are going to be like wait a minute. And when gas is like $7 a gallon that is going to wake them up and then they are going to get pissed. And what about all those people on food stamps. What are those people going to do? Those people will have nothing.
Shane: I know the Doomsday Preppers show didn't touch on what if you are at work and your kids are at school and your wife is somewhere else. I am sure you have plans for that as well.
Tim: We will rehearse and then will go over the backup plans and make sure that they remember it. Where as school where I want you to be so I know that I will find them at this location. Literally within the locker rooms in the shower if anything bad were to come down. No windows, a water source, and I know where you are. This is one of the plans we would have if something were to happen. One of my boys is within walking distance of home so he would just walk home and we would rally from there. My partners, they all know that we have an email system like “here's the warning and we're out”. It all comes to information. We have a pretty good network of people out there with their own sources of information. If something were coming down we would be able to warn each other. It should give us at least a couple hours head start before the rest of the community gets the information. For the most part any emergency situation out of 100 people, only 10 will do anything at all. The others will do nothing. Even if they saw things happening, it would not make the 90 move. We just want to be those 10-percent that knows what we are doing and has a plan.
Shane: Because the other people will lean on us whether we like them to or not.
Shane: One think I was thinking of was setting up a hashtag on Twitter for when people see things weird going on in their ares like bank lines or whatever. Maybe there is something like that already though.
Tim: There is a lot of different sources once you get out there. It's all about networking. That's a positive and a negative when you put yourself out there. Then you are kind of a target. I look at it as I have always been a target. I try to help as many people as I can. Maybe it will benefit me in the long run. I look it as the more I come out and talk to people. It does help in sales, but it also helps me to prep more. It is better than sitting back and watch everything explode. I would just feel guilty not helping other people when I know there is something that needs to be done.
Click HERE for Part Two of the interview.
Friday, October 12, 2012
Investing in the Event of an Apocalypse: Where Would the Money Go? Picture the scenario: society has been informed of an impending disaster, and experts are predicting an apocalypse that few will survive. While the majority of citizens across the globe descend into anarchy and chaos, however, you belong to a select minority of former financial traders who keep their composure and begin to make tangible plans for survival.
The challenge facing you is posed by the variable spectre of the unknown, as it is exceptionally difficult to forecast exactly what will happen to the world’s financial systems and social structures have been eroded. Your chances of survival depend on your ability to strategize, however, and embrace a world with infrastructure or regulation.
Surviving in the Wake of Disaster: 3 Tips for Success
So what reality can you expect once the apocalypse has hit? Consider the following as key points for consideration: -
- Back the Value of Currency: It is widely perceived that in the event of an apocalypse, currency would become devalued and meaningless with the financial structures to support it. While this may in some part be true, history has taught us that even medieval communities adopted the principle of using a currency to barter for and purchase goods, and this will be the case once the apocalypse strikes. Your challenge is to identify the new mode of currency early, and use this to cultivate relative wealth and security.
- Invest in Commodities: While the leading investment trend in 2012 is to trade on foreign currency fluctuations, this will not be possible once the financial market has been obliterated during the crisis. You must retain your trading instinct, however, and channel it to a new and altogether more basic method of investment. This will centre on essential commodities rather than stocks, bonds or currencies, and you must stockpile items such as firewood and use, buy or sell them as your circumstances dictate.
- React to Evolutionary Changes: As a financial trader, you will be only too aware of the evolutionary nature of the financial market place. While your new, primal surroundings are hardly comparable, they are bound by more factors than you may care to acknowledge. Equally changeable and subject to continual evolution and innovation, you must react in real time to changes as they happen. Once your new civilisation begins to grow and become more sophisticated, you must keep pace and remain as a leader rather than a follower.
Remember, an apocalypse may only mean the end of the world as you know it, and herald the beginning of a new and entirely different existence. The fundamental principles of buying, selling and trading are an Omni-present factor of both primitive and evolved civilisations, and this has not changed through thousands of years. By using an in-depth knowledge of currency, its purpose and the underlying principles of trading commodities, you can survive an apocalyptic disaster and help to lay the foundations for a new way of living.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Some call it a fuss over nothing and some are preparing for it like it is happening tomorrow. Yes, we are talking about the financial doomsday that has come more into prominence with the European market collapse earlier in the decade. So why does financial doomsday enjoy such significance? Well, if the economy crashes in the era, practically everything shall crash as everything is run by the wealth and resources of a nation.
Gradually the sovereignty of nations are being questioned more and more as the multinational bodies and international economic tools take over the functions of the nations, right form selling vegetables to changing governments. The top 5 steps to financial doomsday with respect to European market collapse are:
What you will notice primarily is how the assets are gradually withering away. No vanishing but becoming dormant to you. For instance, the once easy loan that you took to build up the home saw such EMI fluctuations that you have to give it up and now you are homeless. The private education that was worshipped all these years suddenly can no longer assure a job to your kid and nor can you afford it even if it could. The debts come to bite you in the back if you don’t have a job to repay them systematically. God save you if you lost money in the stocks because no way is that loss being remedied any time soon and while consumerism (the harmful overindulgence in shopping and practically buying anything that looks good in the shopping cart but has zero to 2, on a scale of 10, utility value) bloats up even outer of proportion, you quietly sink in the financially screwed up mesh.
The government’s management
So the groups of people set to govern you by so called democratic means are to protect you. True. But are they doing so justly? The government has borrowed from the public, from the international bodies, from the big businesses who are being choked by this same government by tax burdens which are in turn tempting them to move their business elsewhere, from other governments who in turn have borrowed in cash or kind from others. It is a network of debts that begins to run the entire system.
The geopolitical factor
Cold War’s end saw the Soviet Union withdraw and disintegrate and start almost afresh but USA took the uni - polar lead arguably. So with many nations being significantly rooted to tying economic links with the USA and the USA having strong European liaisons, the European economic collapse hit the entire west and including the USA significantly. Hence almost the entire Western hemisphere, with significant but miniscule Eastern nations will suffer.
The entire social pyramid is broken with the rise in job cuts and unemployment leading to crime and lowered standards of living which results into diseases.
A worsening situation
The further falling Euro will affect the global economy worse than 2008. Its high time you should begin questioning the policies.
About the Author:
The above article is written by JD from Page Once. He recommends that forgetting a bill pay can lead you in severe financial issues which might prove fatal for you and your family. So plan your finances well to avoid such issues.
Monday, October 08, 2012
by Shane White
When I heard that National Geographic Channel had a show about preppers and prepping, I was both excited and concerned. I was excited because as a visual learner, I would get to see real people prepping and see what their prepping plans were. I was a little bit concerned because the media tends to poke fun at people who try to be self-reliant and look at the world and see that there is a good chance that everything can and often does fall apart.
Doomsday Preppers/Doomsday Preppers UK does a pretty good job of introducing several preppers and some of the things that they are preparing for. I found it interesting seeing the different ways that people prepare considering specific disasters. I also liked the system in which Doomsday Preppers rates their preparations against these disasters and gives them advice to help them improve their own preparations.
On the down side, it was pretty clear to me that since each prepper was only on for about twelve minutes, there was much that was left out of their plans. I felt that the introductions in many cases were far too brief. I wanted to know more about what these people were doing to be ready for the end of the world as we know it. I suppose that is one of the restrictions of a television show.
National Geographic Channel is using Doomsday Preppers to introduce the world of prepping to many people who have really never heard of preppers. Many of these scenarios were short, but still with good information and ideas. The main thing they did which is critically important these days is to promote awareness. People see the world is changing and many of them before Doomsday Preppers really had no idea that they should even consider putting aside some food "just in case." Whether you like the show or not, you have to admit that they are encouraging prepping and that is a good thing. There is no way that I can afford to feed everybody.
Initially, I was concerned that the people on the show were exposing all their weaknesses. After some thought and interviewing one prepper that was on the show, I realized that the people on the show were only showing us what they wanted us to see and were really on the show because they care and want others to understand the importance of prepping.
Keep up the good work, National Geographic! I look forward to seeing more.
Friday, October 05, 2012
To put it simply... you got problems. Maybe your friends make fun of you for making sure all of your toiletries face Northeast at all times, or tapping the light switch three times before you enter a room. If you suffer from mild to severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, you might feel mocked or alienated by those around you, or current society at large. In the event of a zombie apocalypse, however, the tables could easily be turned in your favor.
I Present to You... Zombie Trends
Someday, should you grow tired of hobo-spanging alley streets and splitting MD between groups of ten, you may develop an interest in reanimated flesh hungry corpses engulfing the earth because it isn't as far fetched a plot as popular culture makes it seem and it wasn't that long ago that a deranged man-monster mauled the face off a Miami homeless man and ate it, or 21-year-old Alexander Kinyua who dismembered and ate the brain and heart of his roommate. In Canada, police are still searching for an ex-porn star that allegedly killed a fellow with an ice pick, then raped and ate flesh from the corpse. Stories like these have created an avalanche of panic, but they skirt the real issue, which is the actuality of a zombie-like plague wiping out nearly every (tasty?) morsel of humanity we have left.
Although CDC spokesman David Daigle proclaims “[the] CDC does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead (or one that would present zombie-like symptoms),” there are still a number of theorized circumstances that some project could result in a zombie-like state. Evolving brain parasites, neurotoxic warfare, neurogenesis, and nanobot technology all have a very real potential to inhabit our thinkers and take us over a zombie apocalypse in the U.S.
OCD sufferers, this is your time to shine! In the event that flesh eaters take over, you won't be trembling behind traffic bollards praying you can find something semi-edible before zombies gnaw out your brains. At the first hint of a zombie-like outbreak, you'll be stocking your closets with soup cans facing North-Northeast and decontaminating already purified water. Don't worry about being judged, just go bananas bargain hunting for supplies to organize- it'll be a DIY dream come true.
How You'll Fit In A New Society
During the initial zombie takeover, your place of residence will probably be bombarded with hoards of dirty people desperate for supplies. Luckily, your well-honed attention to detail and meticulousness gives you the ability to fill your lawn with booby traps that work on zombies and intruders. You can parlay the traps so that only valuable additions to your tribe can be let in. Furthermore, your undoubted self-loathing of germs and disease will also give you an advantage in the fight against the spread of the disease.
Obsessive types have all the ingredients to be the kings of their castles in the event of a zombie apocalypse. Even if your preparation is unintentional, you will be the master of supplies, and the demand will be huge. When the fringes of society settle in a little bit, you can be the treasurer and director of sanitation as well. It may be the end of the world as we know it, but it doesn't have to be an entirely bad gig for you.
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
As long as the faucet turns on and the toilet flushes, the world moves along at an unbroken pace. When we wake up and there is no water pressure or the toilet is backed up, the first thing that happens is a bad mood. Drag that out for a few days and it gets worse. After a month, cities would be busting at the seams with waste that has nowhere to go, and local plumbers would be out of the job.
Hurricane Katrina was a fiasco with fingers of blame pointing everywhere. The media provided round-the-clock footage of what was happening with those who remained behind. Storm refugees that tried to take shelter at what was left of the Louisiana Superdome had no running water in the pipes to flush the commodes. Images of the toilets in the stalls showed them overflowing with fecal matter.
Though the answer varies from one source to the next, the consensus seems to be that a person creates half-a-pound of waste (poop) a day. The US Census of July 2011 indicates that there were 8,244,910 people living in New York City. If only eight million of them were regular, that means four million pounds of poop gets flushed down toilets every single day in the Big Apple. Well, except for the few who may be going behind trees in Central Park. The thing is that if disaster comes and the grid goes down, all that waste will begin to be dumped outside in the streets.
London, England had about 150,000 residents in the mid 1500s. That is about 75,000 pounds of human waste, not including urine, being dumped per day. Some neighborhoods literally had it flying out the windows. Those on upper floors would empty filled chamber pots right out the window to the streets below. An old legend speaks of men walking with women down the street, keeping the women closest to the wall. This was because those flinging the waste were aiming for the street making it more likely to hit the men.
Local water sources become contaminated in proportion to the population being supported by the source. No modern city has enough fresh water without working water and sewer treatment facilities. Savvy individuals may rely on stored water for drinking and contaminated water for toilet flushing for a time. However, there is just no feasible way to support a city the size of New York without a steady supply of fresh water and a working sewer system. Disease and death would become pandemic in a short period of time.
Monday, October 01, 2012
For our first prize, we are proud to be sponsored by National Geographic's Doomsday Preppers - UK. They are giving an emergency kit to one lucky winner in the United Kingdom or Ireland.
This emergency kit includes:
- Emergency purified drinking water x2
- Natural disaster handbook
- Gauze pad x2
- Dust mask x1
- Energy Bar
- First aid essentials
- Emergency poncho
- Emergency survival blanket
A perfect item to have in case of an emergency.
Our second prize is available to everyone. You can get $25 worth of prepping supplies (or whatever) from Amazon.
All you need to do is use the rafflecopter tool below to enter. You can tweet about this giveaway or another link on this blog, follow us on Twitter, "like" us on Facebook, or follow this blog. Easy as that. On November 1st we will select the winner. Good luck!
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