This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com
Welcome to another Monday Musings, where we share interesting links about all things preparedness, as well as updates on the blog.
First the blog updates…
Quoted on Prepperzine Yours truly was invited to comment on the one thing most overlooked by preppers – If you’ve read the blog for some time, I’ve written about never having enough of this stuff before. Check out the responses here:
8 Preparedness Experts Share The ONE Thing Most Overlooked By Preppers
It’s been a couple of weeks since the last Monday Musings update. We have had two giveaways since! The winner of The Organic Canner by Daisy Luther was Karen who commented:
“I haven’t tried canning yet. I admit I’m petrified to even try it, although I know it’s a skill I need to learn and master. I just got a water bath canner but do not have a pressure canner. Obviously, I need assistance!”
We also had a great response to the giveaway for Aftermath: A Story of Survival. The winner is John who said:
I have very few imminent concerns of societal collapse due to the economy. Whatever economic turmoil is in our future, it seems unlikely to cause an end to civilization. The greatest economic collapse in recorded history was The Great Depression. In the United States in a span from 1929 to 1934 unemployment went from 3.8% to 25%. There were runs on the bank, but society didn’t collapse. People didn’t riot en masse and tear down the basic fabric of society. The government didn’t unravel leaving the populous to fend for themselves in lawless chaos. Since then, the highest level of unemployment came at the end of 1982, when it hit 10.8%, though the 2008 collapse made a run and topped out at 10% in October of 2009. By the end of 2010 the unemployment rate has steadily decline and is currently at 5.5%, with 5% being optimal, economically speaking if not optimal for the millions of people that number leaves unemployed.
If a similar depression occurred today, our world would certainly cease to exist as we currently know it. Credit would dry up, we wouldn’t be buying or leasing brand new SUVs every couple of years and buying $250,000 homes on $50,000 salaries. We wouldn’t think $6 for a cup of coffee to be an acceptable expenditure of our money. We would stop paying attention to famous people who gained their notoriety through sex tapes, and pay better attention to what really matters, our families, friends, and communities. We’d stop buying frivolous things such as 65? LED smart TVs and instead spend our money on the basics, the essentials. And finally we would no longer look down our noses at jobs like harvesting crops and mopping floors. I highly doubt, however, that we would tear ourselves apart.
I feel a more imminent threat nationally and globally will come in the form of natural disasters. While hurricanes are generally our most devastating regularly occurring natural disasters, and can cause localized collapses of governance, the rule of law, and economies, they are hardly society killers, much less planetary disasters. I believe it is important to be prepared for these short-term scenarios, but It’s the rare events one must really be scared of and prepared for.
So I’m concerned about surviving short-term natural disasters as well as long term disasters like the eruption of one of the super volcanoes, a polar shift, or a coronal mass ejection a la the 1859 Carrington Event. This is the most likely event in my book, and we barely dodged this bullet in 2012, and almost no one knows about it. What made the CME in 1859 so devastating, relatively speaking, was that the CME hit our magnetic field at the perfect angle for transferring the maximum amount of its energy to our planet. This had the effect of shutting down the Victorian Age’s telegraph network. The energy was so high in some places it set the equipment, and subsequently the building the equipment was housed, on fire. An even such as Carrington would be wholly devastating to our society today.
My preparations have focused on short-term survival here at home due to localized natural disasters and I am now turning my focus on long-term preparations, bugging out, and self-sufficiency in a world we would no longer recognize.
Book Writing continues…
As I mentioned in a previous update, I am still working on my next book, The Penny-Pincher Prepper: Save More, Spend Less and Get Prepared for Any Disaster due out this October. Still posting on Apartment Prepper and actively reading all emails and comments. I appreciate your continued support!
Now for the links!
A Practical Look at the Economy and What You Can Do To Prepare
Recycling Coffee on Your Homestead
How Do I Store That? Dried Herbs
How To Clean Your Glass Cooktop (The Non-Toxic Way)
Survival Training for Children
8 Tips to Live Like the Pioneers
Take care and have a great week everyone!
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