by Jason Hanson
On Feb 13, 2018
After a major disaster, you never, ever want to rely on the government. But that doesn’t mean you’re in it alone. Check out the first of this week’s must-read articles for a great example of a community helping themselves by helping each other. Then read on to discover when the world will run out of food, a toxic side effect of floods and how to survive a plane crash.
by Owen Sullivan
On Feb 8, 2018
North Korea is only months away from being able to attack the U.S. with a nuclear strike. Experts believe they could be plotting to destroy our economy with a special kind of nuclear bomb.
by Jeff Anderson
On Feb 5, 2018
Preparing for a nuclear disaster should be a top priority for you and your family. Remember, it’s not the initial blast that may harm you but the fallout from such an attack. This piece from Jeff Anderson over at Modern Combat & Survival runs down five steps to prepare for a nuclear attack and includes an offer for a detailed “Nuclear Survival Guide.”
On Jan 31, 2018
Take a look at the following article from our friends over at 4Patriots that runs down what to do before, during and after a nuclear strike. Plus, one critical step you should take to prepare for a different kind of attack — one that could be even more devastating. And we’d never see it coming…
by Jason Hanson
On Jan 30, 2018
Each and every one of this week’s stories contains intelligence that is critical to your survival. Including what to do before the taps in your town run dry, an often overlooked — yet essential — aspect of emergency prep and how to choose practical protective clothing. But first, let’s take a look at one key item that may make the difference between life and death in a survival situation.
by Jason Hanson
On Jan 29, 2018
Would you risk your life going to the store for a quart of milk? You wouldn’t have to if you had the necessary supplies to shelter in place. Check out today’s article for a list of items to have on hand so you and your family will be able to hunker down at home and outlast any outbreak.
by Jason Hanson
On Jan 27, 2018
This “best of” edition of the Weekly Drop is a collection of reader questions that focus on the best survival gear for a number of situations — from power outages to home invasions to nuclear attacks.
On Jan. 28, the world’s deadliest clock ticked closer to certain doom…
And nobody noticed.
If you grew up during the Cold War, you’re probably all too familiar with the looming shadow of the ominously named Doomsday Clock.
If not, just think of it as a big old clock that was built to illustrate the likelihood of a global catastrophe.
On the clock, midnight represents a world-changing disaster, like a nuclear war. And the closer we get to midnight, the more likely such an event is to happen.
Right now, as tensions bubble with North Korea, the clock sits at two minutes to midnight.
Of course, the Doomsday Clock is just a symbol.
What does “two minutes to midnight” actually mean to you and me?
In its simplest terms, it means that we are staring down the barrel of a potential catastrophe.
And it doesn’t take a genius to see where that catastrophe is coming from.
Just this Tuesday, U.S. disarmament ambassador Robert Wood told delegates in Geneva that “North Korea may now be only months away from the capability to strike the United States with nuclear-armed ballistic missiles.”
And this isn’t just some lone guy’s crazy theory.
Last month the director of the CIA said something similar, stating that North Korea was only a “handful of months” from being able to attack the U.S.
They obviously know something we don’t.
Now, some folks might point out the “diplomatic thaw” between North Korea and South Korea in recent months.
(Apparently, a “diplomatic thaw” is what journalists call it when one country stops threatening to blow another country to kingdom come.)
Of course, there’s some truth there. It looks like South Korea has been able to coax some civility out of their northern cousins with the promise of a spot at the Winter Olympics.
But the timing of this sudden change of heart feels all wrong to me.
We all know that Kim Jong Un has never been known for his diplomacy and charm.
In fact, the only thing you can count on this guy for is his ability to be aggressive and irrational at every turn.
Which is why it strikes me as highly suspicious that — just as North Korea’s nuclear arsenal is armed and ready — he is suddenly trying to make nice.
Doesn’t it seem far more likely that he is simply acting civil to catch the U.S. and our allies off guard?
North Korea’s Plan of Attack
Now, let’s not pussyfoot around the facts here.
Landing a nuke on mainland America would be difficult — extremely difficult.
Even apart from the insane amount of math involved in shooting a missile from one continent to another, there’s so much that could go wrong.
The missile could break up in re-entry… be shot down by our missile shield… or simply fail to detonate.
And let’s face it, you don’t get a second chance after you launch a nuke at the U.S.
That’s why the North Koreans have no intention of actually trying to hit the mainland with a missile.
In fact, it was never part of their plan.
Instead, they’re aiming at our one major vulnerability…
By detonating a high-altitude nuclear EMP (electromagnetic pulse) bomb over the U.S., they could instantly shut down the electric power grid and throw the country into chaos — at the same time mitigating the risk on their part.
This would leave the entire country without electricity… indefinitely.
No lights… no electronics… no computers, banks, or Wall Street…
Our entire economy, civilization and way of life would be wiped out in a second.
Your 401(k) – gone.
Your stocks — gone.
Your bitcoin — gone.
The entire concept of money as we know it — gone.
The upside of an EMP attack is that it won’t kill you instantly.
But it won’t just be a throwback to simpler times like some folks think it will be.
The harsh reality is that we’ve become so dependent on technology that most folks won’t survive the years after an EMP.
Last October, two experts told Congress that an EMP could “shut down the U.S. electric power grid for an indefinite period, leading to the death within a year of up to 90% of all Americans.”
Well, I don’t know about you… but I have no intention of being one of those 90%.
For the next few letters, we’re going to discuss some tactics for surviving and thriving in a post-electricity economy.
All the best,
Editor, Money & Crisis