by Jason Hanson
On May 1, 2018
If you think all this prepper stuff won’t make a difference when a large-scale disaster hits, I urge you to think again. Today, check out one reader’s account of surviving the powerful 8.8 quake that occurred in Chile in 2010 — you’ll see it’s a lot easier to prepare than you realize.
by Jeff Anderson
On Apr 30, 2018
The Atlantic hurricane season starts in a little over a month (on June 1), which means there is still time to prepare if you live in an at-risk area. Take a look at these three survival lessons and factor Jeff’s advice into your emergency plans.
by Jason Hanson
On Apr 24, 2018
Turns out California’s Bay Area is overdue for a MAJOR earthquake. This week’s roundup of must-read articles looks at how much damage a disaster of that magnitude (pun intended) would do to major population centers — plus what you must do to prepare.
On Mar 26, 2018
Today we’re back with the final installment of “The Ultimate Doomsday Prepping List” compiled by our friends over at 4Patriots. The second half runs down 51 more survival items in categories ranging from toiletries and cleaning supplies to documents and more.
On Mar 19, 2018
Nowadays, even bigwigs in Silicon Valley and on Wall Street are getting into the prepping game. When the wealthiest people in America are worried, you should be too. Take a look at this “Doomsday Prepping List” put together by our friends over at 4Patriots. It’s the most comprehensive prepping list we’ve posted to date.
by Jason Hanson
On Mar 14, 2018
Chemical weapons can be fatal in incredibly small doses, which is one of the reasons they are so hazardous. If you ever find yourself in the vicinity of a chemical attack, it is critical that you take the following steps to minimize the risks.
by Jason Hanson
On Mar 13, 2018
This week’s roundup of must-read articles covers all manner of threats from environmental to chemical to digital — and what you can do to protect yourself. Plus, learn how to keep your prepping under wraps to avoid drawing unwanted attention in a disaster scenario.
by Barbara Hauck
On Mar 7, 2018
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists’ Science and Security Board recently moved the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock to 11:58 — two minutes to catastrophe. For a detailed breakdown of what this means, what’s in store and what major threats contributed to the time change, check out this article.
Dear Money & Crisis Reader,
Right now we’re staring down the barrel of a nuclear-armed North Korea…
And the time to prepare is running out.
According to higher-ups in the intelligence community, the DPRK will be ready to launch a nuclear strike on the U.S. mainland in only a “handful of months.”
But evidence suggests that they aren’t going to launch a garden-variety nuclear attack.
Experts believe they’ll be using a special type of bomb that will leave buildings and infrastructure untouched…
Yet it will still trigger a complete societal collapse.
This bomb — known as a nuclear EMP (electromagnetic pulse) — will be detonated high above the country.
The actual explosion from the bomb won’t do any damage (since it’s so high up in the atmosphere).
But the device will also release a long-range electromagnetic pulse that will shut down the electric power grid indefinitely… overload all electronics… and end life as we know it.
In an instant, every dime of digitally sorted money will be wiped out.
The computers at the bank will go up in smoke… 401(k)s will be dust… and Wall Street will be just another street…
Folks might hold onto the idea of money for a few months — maybe trading with the cash in their pockets. But it won’t be long before society devolves into an entirely cashless economy.
One based solely on trade and barter.
You’re probably wondering how you can prepare your “finances” for a cashless economy.
The answer is to make yourself invaluable.
If your community values the things you can do, you won’t go hungry.
Now, there are obviously some specialized skills, like medicine or blacksmithing, that will be highly valued in these trying times.
But these can take years to master — and a whole lot of money, to boot.
Don’t worry, though.
There are lots of skills that are not only easy to master, but will also be invaluable in a post-collapse society.
Become the Go-to Guy
Without money to grease the wheels, all production is going to grind to halt.
Homes… furniture… pipes… nothing new will be produced.
Folks will have to maintain the homes and products that were built before the collapse.
This is going to create an unprecedented demand for general handymen who can do a little of anything.
Here are three key handyman skills that will be vital in a world without electricity.
Handyman Hack #1: Finding a Stud
After an EMP, you won’t be able to count on all the modern fancy tools we use today.
There’ll be no electric drills… no ride-on lawnmowers… no stud finders.
You’re going to have to do everything the old-fashioned way.
Finding studs without a stud finder is notoriously tricky. But with these simple tricks, anyone can do it:
- In most homes, studs are set 16 inches apart. Start by measuring 16 inches from a corner to find the first stud. The next stud should be 16 inches from that.
- Regardless of distance, there will always be a stud adjacent to either side of a door or window frame.
- Once you have the general location of a stud, use a thin finishing nail to pinpoint its exact location. Gently hammer a thin row of these nails into the wall until you hit the stud. These can be easily painted over when you’re done.
Handyman Hack #2: Fixing Leaks
If a leak isn’t dealt with quickly, it can cause some serious damage to your home.
Most leaks can be fixed with a trowel and a little caulking to seal out the water.
But it won’t be long before all the caulking made before the collapse runs out.
Luckily you can make your own…
Just combine a little baking soda and basic white glue. Or if you haven’t got those handy, you can stuff the leak with cotton and seal it with melted wax.
Handyman Hack #3: Removing Rust
If you take up the mantle of the community’s handyman, your tools are going to be your livelihood.
You’re going to want to keep them clean and rust-free — even when you can’t get your hands on store-bought rust remover.
You can easily clean the rust off your tools with some salt, a toothbrush and either some lemon juice or white vinegar.
- Mix the juice or vinegar with the salt to make a paste.
- Let the rusted item soak in the mixture for about 30 seconds.
- Brush with the toothbrush and rinse off. Repeat if necessary until rust is gone.
These techniques and others like them will be essential in a post-collapse society.
Right now YouTube is great for handyman tutorials, but that resource won’t be an option when there’s no electricity or internet.
That’s why I keep a comprehensive handyman manual in a waterproof bag — in a fireproof safe — stowed away in my garage.
That way, I’ll have access to this knowledge no matter what.
All the best,
Editor, Money & Crisis