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.
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