Skip to comments.16 Signs That Most Americans Are NOT PREPARED For The Coming Economic Collapse
Posted on 04/09/2014 4:36:30 PM PDT by Kartographer
#8-16 The following are nine more statistics that come from a survey conducted by the Adelphi Center for Health Innovation. As you can see, a significant portion of the population is not even prepared for a basic emergency that would last for just a few days
44 percent dont have first-aid kits 48 percent lack emergency supplies 53 percent do not have a minimum three-day supply of nonperishable food and water at home 55 percent believe local authorities will come to their rescue if disaster strikes 52 percent have not designated a family meeting place if they are separated during an emergency 42 percent do not know the phone numbers of all of their immediate family members 21 percent dont know if their workplace has an emergency preparedness plan 37 percent do not have a list of the drugs they are taking 52 percent do not have copies of health insurance documents
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No need to prepare. Rumors of USA demise are grossly exaggerated.
Obama, the smartest person ever, is only five years into his term as Ruler of the Free World, so we have at least 20 years of absolute security to look forward to, with him making all those pesky decisions so we don't have to. The Constitution is so 18th century. Now that we have finally left that old scrap of parchment behind, there is nothing to restrain our Leader or to prevent him from doing as he knows he must for our own good.
Welcome to Obamaworld. Why bother preparing when nothing could possibly go wrong?
i have at least 1000.00,a car,working fridge,a PC and 2 cell phones.I should be ok on the way to ft.myers airport.
“52 percent do not have copies of health insurance documents”
Don’t think insurance plays a part in SHTF.
Theoretically, by this list I am well ahead of 99% on this. Truth is, I could be dead in a week after SHTF depending on how it plays out where I live.
Best the average person can do is the solid basic stuff and hope that the fickle finger of fate points at someone else when it happens.
Oh, and be well armed. If you’re are going to go down, make sure you have plenty of company.
Why do I need a first aid kit for economic collapse? Congress already puts bandaids on our economy to no avail.
I’ve got the ObamaCare hotline number. If some sort of economic collapse happens and I need medical care I’m sure they’ll come to my house immediately. Obama said they’d take care of me.
Ta patch up yer leaky wallet?
I agree with you there, but if say you relocate and it’s just a temporary and a more regional event (Think Huricane) and you get sick in you BOL, you may need such information. Of course you could always claim to be an illegal and get treatment free! ;-)
I think 95% of Americans are already living in their *normality bias* stage. Completely oblivious.
“The normalcy bias, or normality bias, refers to amental state people enter when facing a disaster. It causes people to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster occurring and its possible effects.”
Nice post. The “normalcy bias” works in our favor, for it means that merchants will still respect the US Dollar (although they may charge more). Depending on the event, people will have 3 days (maybe less) to spend those dollars, before society (i.e., merchants) figure out that the dollar is WORTHLESS.
If you know that’s coming, you can STOCK UP, but you have to have the cash first (i.e., no ATMs) and be REALLY FAST about it.
No one is prepared for a total financial collapse if it happens. Nobody.
Rural America comes close, but lets pray it does not come to the point where we are tested on this.
Since we are heading into tornado season, I needed this heads-up!
Not even rural America. Having the land does not equate to being able to plant and harvest it. It takes fuel and electricity—resources that if gone, render the farmer in a tough situation as well. Having animals will help, but they still need to be fed and watered. Watering would be critical. No power, no water. Yes, the famer could last longer, perhaps, but the effects would quickly catch up.
We still have windmills. We have large electric generators. We have fuel storage. Grain storage. And yes, it would still be very tough. My ancestors survived here with much much less for a long time. They came to this county in 1889. Weathered a similar drought from 1895-1898. Yes, we have seen this weather pattern before.
The AGW crowd are nothing but con-artists.
I do not look for need for total self sufficiency to be necessary, but we could be if we had to.
There is wild game here, my brother has chickens, we normally have cattle but sold them 3 years ago. Probably will rebuy some this year. Drought is receding but not over yet.
“I think 95% of Americans are already living in their *normality bias* stage. Completely oblivious.”
Ha, you are so right! Most head no clue that we have a massive debt, our rights are eroding with every executive order, and this government couldn’t care less about the people or the Constitution.
A great article on nomalcy bias fro ChocChipCookie’s site:
Normalcy Bias: Its All in Your Head
All just a passing fad.
I grew up for the first 7 years without these unneeded luxuries.
No big deal.
Thanks for posting that link. Perfect.
In “The Giver” trailer, there is a terrifying line straight out of liberal theology. Meryl Streep, I believe, utters it, which makes it all the more apt.
“When people are given a choice, they make the wrong one. So we do not give them one.”
I agree. Could you spare some change?
For problems where SHTF hasn’t fully developed, sure, insurance and all kinds of business-as-usual things apply.
I have a couple of nickels in my pocket...need me to share them with you?
Oh dear then neither of us would have 2 nickels to “rub together”.
I guess I have abnormalcy bias. LOL I am always thinking of stuff that could happen, and thinking through how our plans would help us get through, and if there is something additional needed.
Amen to that. Every day that passes, is a gift - another day to get better prepared, but no one can be 100% prepared, because there are so many possibilities.
I have an advantage, because I live in rural area, and when I was growing up, I stayed with my grandparents, who didn’t have indoor plumbing and few modern conveniences.
Even so, they had more than my granny had growing up. I always asked her to tell me what it was like when she grew up, so she would tell me how it was with no electricity and other stuff.
I sincerely hope that we are not tested on this and many other scenarios. Dealing with natural disasters is more than enough for me.
I agree. People have lived for thousands of years on this earth without electricity, cars, washing machines, air conditioners.
Heck I remember when the ice box was a modern convenience.LOL
I think part of the problem is that when we refer to “SHTF” sorts of events we each have different ideas of what that means. There’s lots of ways for the S to hit the F. There’s different kinds of S that could hit lots of different kinds of F.
I think too many people are influenced by Hollywood ideas of post-apocalyptic America that are long on drama but light on probability.
We’ll be doing really well if we can get most people prepped for even a few weeks of self-reliance. That alone would be a huge step.
Start by learning a new accent?
I think the Amish and the folks like them are fairly well prepared, except for those on critical medicines since in most cases the government will not allow you to stockpile. Heaven help folks with serious diabetes or heart conditions, etc. My guess though is that there will be small pockets that survive quite well. The Amish in Smyrna Maine seem largely self sufficient as one example.
I’d call that a good start.LOL I’ve got canned chickens, pork, tuna, salmon, clams, dehydrated meats, to last a year. We also have lots of rice,beans, and other staples for at least a year. Now we are working on expanding our normal 3 month pantry to a one year pantry for all our favorites.
I also have 24 gallons of bottled water, and 2000 gallons of pool water, and 130 gallons of rain barrel water, and a well. We have 3 backup ways of getting the well water in case the electricity goes off.
We have several ranks of firewood, and two years of future firewood on our extra lot, and about 10 years worth on our land out of town which is by a small stream. Our property line goes to the middle of the stream.
I am thinking we might have the water thing squared away. Still working on the food supply and other stuff. It’s a work in process, and we do use the stuff regulary.
We also started growing and preserving our own food. Every year our pantry has a bit more of homegrown stuff versus stuff we used to buy in the supermarket.
insulin? My wife buys her’s in a 5 pack of pen injectors. They last almost 1 month per pen. So her perscription is for 4-5 months. Now that is not forever, but it is quite a while.
Until the pen is opened, it has shelf life. Once it is opened it is good for 30 days. She uses one up in just under the 30 days, so no waste.
She only recently started taking shots, before it was pills. She could probably survive without the shots, by seriously restricting her sugar intake and her diet.
Ammo might be needed if the guy up stream dams the river. That’s what happened here and no one was able to stop it.
Never talk about that on the internet. It’s a key word for federal snooperalies.LOL
That stream would be a last resort, but it only takes one tiny hole to eventually bring down a dam.
Excellent, thanks Kart. The example of Jews in Germany may be the best. The warning signs were EVERYWHERE for them, but since nothing like the holocaust had ever happened, the Jews figured it was all bluster.
That’s why words mean things (as Rush always says), and you ignore them at your own peril. When I was in college, during the Cold War, I would read what the left published and go to their lectures. They weren’t talking about equal pay for women, the minimum wage, or contraceptive coverage - they were talking about revolution in the United States, violent revolution. Most people in college giggled at them and were more busy with classes. But they wanted their revolution...and the only thing that stopped them was the inability to whip up the country enough. Now they are today’s generation of Democrats - but NOTHING has changed inside their hearts, they are still very dangerous people, if they ever get the means to act on it.
Until the FedGov comes along and just simply takes what’s yours, “For the Common Good”. The Ant always gets the shaft from the Grasshoppers.
My family has owned/operated farms in this county since 1889. Before that in Coryell Co.
I hunted here as a kid. We have far more game today than any time in my life. Not many people. County is <6,000 people.
Now, there are a lot of outside hunters who come here from Dallas and other cities. Some from out of State.
Like most rural areas, “A country boy can survive” hee hee hee
Have friends from my youth that hunt. Some of the families here have been friends for 120+ years.
But life might be boring if it came to that.
Some times the ants shoot back.
Evil dangerous people. Vermin.
Hence my stipulation that it be serious diabetes. The number of people on some type of “happy pill” alone is staggering. I imagine what will happen during a time of national crisis if the happy pills are not distributed.
Wife’s is more than happy pill, but she could survive but be impaired by changing diet and strictly adhering.
Yes, you will survive. Have the real estate to raise animals is a key advantage, plus the ability to see intruders at a distance. My grandparents hit MN in 1878, and we still have the farm, albeit considerably downsized. We were raised there and like you lived through all sorts of life experiences. If we had to we’d head back there to make a go of it. :-)
That’s my point. When everybody is hunting to survive there will be very little game generally. The more rural you are the better.
I read somewhere that US bushmeat would last about two months.
>>Dont think insurance plays a part in SHTF.<<
Most people think SHTF = “Mad Max.”
In fact, this list s for natural disasters. For example, I was in the SF Valley when the Northridge quake hit. None of the stores in the Valley were open.
But my friend in Hollywood had no such problems and brought me a few cases of beer (or course we drank most of them ourselves, but still...).
Many localized disasters (you can include riots like the L.A. Riots I also got to experience) still require things like cash, insurance documents, proof of ownership, etc.
You better have 2 weeks supplies, not just 3 days as the article says.
“...lets pray it does not come to the point where we are tested on this.”
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