Today I asked several people what would they do in the event of an economic collapse. The blank stares I received in response were not funny. After a moment one person said, “Without banks and money, people would lose their homes.” Then he said, “I think I should go ask my dad, he remembers what happened to his parents during the Great Depression. I think they had to start a shoe repair business to make ends meet.” Just in case you haven’t thought much about the economic impact of nations verging on the brink of economic collapse, here are some tips on how to prepare should that collapse impact your community.

  1. Store food – how long could your family survive on what you have right now?
  2. Clean water – do you have a plan or some stored around your property? Plus get some water purification tablets or use your Sun Oven® to pasteurize the water
  3. Shelter – where can you stay, do you have a tent and sleeping bag?
  4. Warm clothing – blankets, sweaters, rain ponchos
  5. Ax – may help with gathering wood for fuel
  6. Lighters or waterproof matches
  7. Comfortable shoes
  8. Flash light or lantern with batteries
  9. Radio
  10. Communication equipment; walkie – talkies etc. Have an emergency meeting place
  11. Swiss army knife
  12. Personal hygiene products
  13. First-aid kit and other medical supplies; pain meds; extra prescription meds
  14. Extra gasoline with Stay-Bil® added for long term storage
  15. Sewing kit – for sutures and buttons
  16. Self defense equipment – pepper spray and more, plus ammo
  17. Compass and printed maps to help find your way
  18. Hiking backpack for a bug-out-bag filled with food, water & clothing
  19. Community – some way to get together with others
  20. A back up plan – how will you provide for your family without centralized services like water, sewer and electricity?
  21. Special needs of babies and pets
  22. Card games, etc. for entertainment
  23. Stock up on vitamins – survival food may not be very nutritious
  24. It could get to be too late to grow some of your own food
  25. Move away from the big cities
  26. Start a side business – look for a community need and prepare to fill it
  27. What expenses can you reduce?
  28. Acquire some silver and gold
  29. Get out of debt
  30. Keep some cash at home/ in your vehicle and coins
  31. Have money in more than one financial institution
  32. Build up an emergency fund to cover all your expenses for at least six months
  33. What small items can you use for trade/barter? Learn the art of trade and barter
  34. Keep your plans a secret
  35. Physical fitness
  36. Spiritual preparations – prayer and scriptures


Billie Nicholson, editor

July 2015

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