Survival Drills and Training

by Rob on September 17, 2011

My family and I are leaving early this morning to train on our survival skills so we will be more prepared in the event of an emergency.

It is important to prepare and practice with your supplies and equipment so that when the time is right you will be ready.

I will try to take some pictures to illustrate how we train.

Survival Rob

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Is the Euro About to Collapse?

by Rob on September 15, 2011

There are only three major currencies in use for global trade- the US Dollar, the Japanese Yen, and the Euro.

The Euro is the official currency of the EU (European Union) which is made up of most of the countries in Europe. Even though the European countries all have their own national governments they do not have their own money or the ability to print money or to set their interest rates. Both the US and Japan, and every other country in the world are able to “manage” their economies through printing money, controlling money supply, and establishing interest rates.

The EU has no such luxury for each country, and it has led to massive problems as many predicted would happen. The Southern European (Club Med) countries Greece, Italy, Spain, and Portugal have huge deficits in their socialist welfare state countries and the last ten years of easy money and low interest rates in Europe have put them in a situation they can’t get out of financially. The voters of Germany and France are tired of bailing out these countries and unwilling to throw good money after bad.

What does this mean?

The Greek government is within days or weeks of a hard default- people who hold Greek sovereign (government) debt will receive 0 to 20% max of their money back. Most of the holders of this debt are European banks and this loss will destroy a lot of the major banks. There are also foreign (US, China, Japan, etc) banks with somewhat less exposure. Once Greece and these banks fail, the next domino is likely Italy, followed bu Portugal and Spain. This will also put pressure on France and even Germany.

The “one size fits all” Euro doesn’t fit all of the member countries, and this debt crisis will lead to the breakup of the Euro.

Since we are all related in the global economy, this will have serious negative impact on the US economic growth for the next few years. The best strategy is to have some food and water stored in case of supply disruptions, and to put some wealth into gold and/or silver to preserve some buying power in the worst case scenarios.

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2010: The Year of Preparedness

December 31, 2009

Hi everyone, I have been real busy lately and I just wanted to ring out 2009 with wishes to you all for a very Happy and Prepared 2010! I will be posting new blog posts on Family Preparedness in the New Year. I think this is a vital topic and I apologize for abandoning the [...]

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Trusted Supplier: The Ready Store

October 29, 2009

Please see my link on the left to The Ready Store. Click on the banner ad to check out what they have to offer… They have many things that are good for your emergency planning, like food and other supplies. They also offer Free Shipping for orders over $100. I just got three boxes from [...]

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Optimist or Pessimist?

October 28, 2009

I have had a number of people comment that I must be a very pessimistic person to worry about such things as financial collapses, hyper-inflation, earthquakes, fires, floods, terrorist attacks, nuclear meltdowns and other Armageddon scenarios… The truth is that I am a very optimistic person. I just believe in preparation, and in dealing with [...]

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Swine Flu Declared National Emergency… What Emergency?

October 27, 2009

Is this really an emergency, or is this the latest power grab by our Federal Government.  See here for another view on this “emergency”. It appears that there is no basis for most of the “facts” supporting this decision… For example the 1000 deaths is almost certainly a blatant misrepresentation of the actual facts. (go [...]

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Home Security, Part 1: Neighborhood Awareness

October 26, 2009

Over the next few weeks, we are going to be talking about securing your home from criminal intruders.  I am glad that the picture on my last post gave some people a chuckle, it was not meant to be indicative of what you need to do to secure your home (yet).  Of course, if we [...]

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Safeguarding Your Valuables…

October 25, 2009

A great question from regular reader and all-around good guy Lynn Lane: Where is the best place to stash extra cash, gold or silver coins? In house in a safe or safety deposit box at the bank? Lynn, first of all let’s talk about safe deposit boxes… Although these are good for some things, they [...]

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72 Hour Essentials: Cash

October 24, 2009

There are many emergency situations where you may need to evacuate your home (Bug Out) or make some last minute purchases and the credit card/debit card system is not functioning.  In addition, it would not take long for all the cash in the ATM machines to be stripped clean.  This would leave you without a way to [...]

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Freeze-dried Canned Food… (lasts up to 30 years)

October 23, 2009

Companies manufacture and sell a wide variety of freeze-dried canned foods that are designed for long-term storage. The best known of these is Mountain House… Their foods are cooked and then freeze-dried before canning… “Freeze-drying” is a unique process that provides product characteristics that cannot be achieved with other processing methods. Fresh or cooked foods [...]

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