Surviving an Economic Collapse – Advice from Mark Goodwin, Author of The Economic Collapse Chronicles

American MeltdownMark Goodwin, who runs Prepper Recon has written two books in The Economic Collapse Chronicles:  American Exit Strategy and the recently released American Meltdown.  With all the fears about economic collapse, I was glad to have the opportunity to interview Mark about his thoughts on the best way to prepare.

1.   What do you think are the most likely disasters to prepare for and what is the best way for a beginner to be prepared?

I believe in preparing to survive without systems of support. Those types of conditions can be triggered by a hurricane, earthquake, EMP, solar flare, or socioeconomic upheaval. With that being said, I think the most likely scenario to trigger tough times is an economic collapse. I think the current monetary policies of the Federal Reserve are creating a massive amount of destructive energy in financial markets. The M2 money supply is around $11 trillion. That is up 57% since the beginning of the crisis in 2008. These are the types of things done by banana republics like Zimbabwe, not by the central bank of the world’s reserve currency. Zimbabwe, by the way, had a hyper-inflationary currency collapse, just like every other country in the past who has tried to print their way out of economic hardship. Argentina in 2001 suffered a similar fate, the Weimar Republic went through the same thin after World War I. It always ends the same. Now the US is doing the same thing and hoping that this time it will be different. Well, I hope this time is different than the other 599 fiat currencies that have failed throughout history, but I highly doubt it. If it is, from a statistical view, it would be considered an extreme outlier. Statistics tell us that the odds of a currency collapse are close to 100%.

For a beginner, the best thing you can do is to get on a budget. It doesn’t sound as cool as buying a bunch of guns and long term storage food, but it will keep you from creating your own persona SHTF moment. We don’t know what the meltdown will look like. For many folks, myself included, it has already meant losing a job and having to reinvent yourself. That is much easier to do if you have some savings and are already living within your means. If you are spending everything you make right now, you can’t survive a 10% pay cut, much less The End Of The World As We Know It.

2.   For an average person, what are ways to prepare for an economic collapse?

To prepare for the turmoil associated with a currency collapse, I am diversifying my assets away from dollars. I try to keep a portion of my assets in silver and gold. Unlike the 599 currencies throughout history that have failed, silver and gold have maintained their status of being stores of value since Genesis 13:2 which says “Abram had become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold.” That is pretty much the beginning of time.

I am looking to purchase a bug out location. I hope that is something that will turn out to be a good investment. I hope to use it as a vacation spot and to be able to harvest timber from the land. There are several ways to monetize your bug out property between now and the apocalypse.

3.   What would you advice city dwellers on improving their chances to survive a disaster?

I recommend balancing Operational Security or OPSEC with getting out there and forming community. No one can survive on their own. OPSEC means not telling people that you are preparing and it seems to be juxtaposed to forming a community, but there is actually a middle ground. Don’t invite all of your neighbors over to show off your new gun. Instead, get to know your neighbors and get the conversation started. You can initiate conversation by talking about things that threaten your area. If you live in California, you can start talking about earthquake preparedness. If you live on the east coast, ask your neighbor how well they are prepared for a major hurricane. Most anyone can talk about the recent chemical spill in West Virginia. Ask your neighbors what they would do if they had no drinking water for a week.

3.  Please tell us a bit about your background.

I woke up from my normalcy bias in September of 2001. I realized how fragile our system was and understood that I wasn’t as safe as I though. I put together a bug out bag at that time and started taking responsibility for my own security. I think everyone should do that. The police can’t be everywhere at once, and we wouldn’t want them to be. Their main task is to show up and take a report after the crime has already been committed. Hopefully, they can catch he bad guy, but the damage has already been done.

In 2008 I realized how much I didn’t understand about the fragility of the financial system. I went to school and got my Accounting degree and independently studied our economic system. The more I learn, the more I want to be prepared. Two years ago, that turned into a passion for teaching others and I started PrepperRecon.com. Last year, that grew into a podcast where we have had some awesome guests like, James Rawles, John Rubino, Glenn Tate, Doug Casey, David Morgan, Ferfal, and Bernie Carr. All of those interviews are available to stream or download in the archives section on Prepper Recon by clicking the Prepper Recon Podcast tab at the top of the page.
I love prepper fiction, so I started writing it last year. I try to weave my knowledge of economics, politics, and survival into an action-packed tapestry of fast-paced, post-apocalyptic fiction. I think prepper fiction can be a useful tool for waking folks up to the need to prepare. I think it’s a great tool for seasoned preppers as well. It forces us to consider how we would deal with the situations in the book. We questions whether our preps and training would be adequate to survive the scenario.

5.  Any plans for other books?
Book Three of the Economic Collapse Chronicles will be out this summer. I may attempt a practical survival manual if the Lord opens the right doors. The first book of my next trilogy should be out by next winter. Whereas the Economic Collapse Chronicles pre-supposed the meltdown to be caused by incompetence and buffoonery on the part of the Federal Government, the next trilogy will look at the collapse as being a planned event.

Mark is giving away a copy of American Exit Strategy and American Meltdown.  To enter, just leave a comment regarding:

Are you concerned about a possible economic collapse?  How are you preparing?

The winner* will be chosen at a random “Pick a Giveaway Winner” drawing on Saturday, March 8 at 8 pm Central.*Winner will be notified via email.  Winner must reply to email notification within 48 hours or another winner will be drawn.
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Preparedness Christmas Giveaway!

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Apartment Prepper has teamed up with a few blogs in the emergency preparedness community, known as The Preparedness Blogging Brigade.  We, along with some great companies, bring you this mega giveaway just in time for Christmas.

There will be 3 winners.

First Prize

Stainless Steel-Large Kelly Kettle (Complete Kit): A perfect item for survival or camping kits. Includes the cooking pot, pot support, grill, and pot gripper/handle.

AquaBrick Kit 2000K: A fast flowing gravity fed water filter: The AquaBrick will safely filter 2000 gallons of water and is portable. The AquaBrick removes waterborne microbial and viral pathogens, spores and heavy metals. It also removes hydrocarbons, radiation, fluoride, chlorine and other harmful substances.

Second Prize

WonderMill Wonder Junior Deluxe: Largely regarded as the best hand mill, this grain mill comes with both stone and stainless steel milling heads, a wide double clamp, four guides, and a cleaning brush.

Honeyville Grain Case of Hard Red Wheat: The core of most prepper’s food storage. A case contains 6 #10 cans and is perfect for storage or to use as soon as it arrives.

Third Prize

Royal Berkey System: The Royal Berkey will safely filter untreated water at the rate of  about 4 gallons an hour. It comes with two filters, serves 2-6 people, and holds approx 3.25 gallons. The Royal Berkey system removes pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites along with pesticides, VOCs, organic solvents, and radon 222 trihalomethanes.

MultiFlame Mini Tool: The MulitFlame Mini Tool from Trayer Wilderness  is a 6″ fire piston and so much more. You can start a fire, clean your pistol, use as a screwdriver or anything else that fits a 1/4 in hex bit.

All you have to do to enter is fill out the Rafflecopter form below by signing in with your Facebook account or email address. (We’ll need this info in order to contact you if you win.)

Start by clicking Easy Entry for Everyone (no social media accounts required) below and after that each +1 that you click is another entry to win!

The giveaway begins December 2, 2013 and ends on December 9, 2013 at 11:59pm. The winners will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is drawn.

You must be 18 years or older to enter. Prizes will be shipped to U.S. residents only. Residents of other countries may enter but will be responsible for paying the shipping cost.

Good Luck!!

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Berkey Sport Bottle and Water Testing Kit Giveaway!

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LPC Survival, aka The Berkey Guy, recently renewed with Apartment Prepper and has sponsored our latest giveaway:  One winner will win these two prizes (pictured above):

Berkey Sport Bottle

Watersafe City Water Test Kit

Submit your entry below. You can enter between Friday, November 1st until midnight, Monday, 11/4. Lots of ways to enter!

 

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Nitro-Pak Giveaway

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Sixteen preparedness/self-reliance bloggers have teamed up with Nitro-Pak to offer you this awesome giveaway as a way to say thank you for your support!

There will be three winners:

First Prize: Family Water Storage Pack-Four 30 gallon barrels.  These 30 gallon size containers can supply a family of four for 2 weeks. This prize includes 5 year water stabilizer, a manual hand pump, an aluminum bung wrench, and protective seal caps. Retail value: $559.00

Second Prize: Katadyn Gravidyn Drip Filter-A drip filter which uses gravity pressure to produce up to 13 gallons of crystal clear water per day (for up to a total of 39,000 gallons depending on water quality). A great way to produce safe drinking water inside and out. Retail value: $294.95

Third Prize: Steripen Emergency Water Purifier-An ultra-violet, portable water disinfectant system by HydroPhoton. Purifies 16 ounces of water in just 42 seconds, or 32 ounces in 90 seconds. Retail value: $49.95

All you have to do to enter is fill out the Rafflecopter form below by signing in with your Facebook account or email address. (We’ll need this info in order to contact you if you win.)

Start by clicking Easy Entry for Everyone (no social media accounts required) below and after that each +1 that you click is another entry to win! And of course the +4 entries mentioned above.

The giveaway begins October 28, 2013 and ends on November 4, 2013 at 11:59pm. The winners will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is drawn.

You must be 18 years or older to enter. Prizes will be shipped to U.S. residents only. Residents of other countries may enter but will be responsible for paying the shipping cost.

Good Luck!!

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The Prepper’s Cookbook by Tess Pennington: Recipe Test and Giveaway

The Prepper's Pantry by Tess PenningtonI received a review copy of The Prepper’s Cookbook:  300 Recipes to Turn Your Emergency Food into Nutritious, Delicious, Life-Saving Meals by Tess Pennington.

In it you will find 300 recipes using common food storage items, many of which you may already have in your kitchen shelves.  The recipes are easy to follow, and require no special equipment.

The book includes practical tips for starting, building and using your emergency pantry.  I liked the section on making your own seasoning mixes, ingredient substitutes, and enjoyed the section on beans and rice.  Beans and rice are some of the most common and inexpensive items you can keep in your food storage, but sure can get boring if you prepare the same thing day after day.  The Prepper’s Cookbook includes a lot of variations that no one will mind eating.

I tested the recipe for Cuban Black Beans and Rice because I already had all the ingredients available.

The dish turned out very well – here is a photo:

Beans and Rice

Even if you don’t like beans and rice, there are lots of recipes to choose from, and there is a whole section on kid-friendly snacks.  You too can try these recipes – I recommend you pick up The Prepper’s Cookbook by Tess Pennington.

The Giveaway

A copy of The Prepper’s Cookbook is reserved for one lucky winner.  For a chance to win, just leave a comment below:

– What is your favorite food storage tip?

OR

– How many months worth of food storage do you currently have?

 

The winner* will be chosen at random on Saturday,  August at 8 pm Central.  Good luck!

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*Winner will be notified via email.  Winner must reply to email notification within 48 hours or another winner will be drawn.

 

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Final June Giveaway: Starter Emergency Bag

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We are excited to announce our final giveaway for June:  a starter emergency bag from Acme Approved (http://store.acmeapproved.com)

Here is a list of what’s included:

  • Condor Tactical Response Bag
  •  Mora Knife Classic #2
  •  Lifestraw
  •  Tri-wick survival candle and stove
  •  Olicamp aluminum cup/mug
  •  UCO lifeboat matches
  •  Nalgene Bottle
  •  Mainstay 1200′s (3)
  •  Adventure Medical Survival Medic
  •  Adventure Medical 1.0 FAK
  •  Ultimate Survival Pico lantern
  •  Fenix E01 flashlight
  •  Kevlar cord
  •  Midland pocket weather radio
  •  Hobo knife, knife spoon fork
  •  Radsticker

You can enter between June 17th until Saturday, June 22, 2013.  Lots of ways to enter!

 THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED.

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Monday Musings: 6/10/2013

Welcome to another Monday Musings, where we share quick updates and blog events, before moving on to links.

Who Won the Firestarter Giveaway?  We had a great giveaway from Camping Survival for the Strikeforce Fire Starter.  The winner is reader Malcolm, who has been contacted via email.

June has been the biggest giveaway month so far, with another one coming up this Wednesday.  I like holding giveaways as they give everyone a chance to win a useable emergency preparedness item.  I’ve received a few “hardship” emails, and while I am unable to personally send something due to my limited finances, I can at least give our readers a chance to win something they might need.  Thank you everyone for your support!

Recycling and Repurposing Old Junk.  Check out 13 Ways To Turn Your Outdated ’90s Tech Into Truly Usable Things  for some great ideas for your apartment garden and other useful items.

 

Inspiration to Save $50 or More a Month  We’ve downsized the service quite a bit, but we haven’t pulled the plug on cable, but we are getting close.  See 5 Reasons I Cancelled My TV Service

 

Wondering Where’s that Recovery  There’s a lot of talk about the improving economy and some markets have gone back to house flipping and such practices from before the recession.  Before joining the bandwagon, read Ron Paul: It’s Going to Get Much, Much Worse

 

 

Free Guide to Food Storage.  Free is good, so I thought I’d share this helpful guide.  It is the Emergency Food Buyers Guide from the folks at Legacy Foods  

 

 

The goal of this guide is to provide you with real, beneficial information and allow you to make informed decisions on what to include in your own personal food storage plan:

 

  • The guide covers each type of food storage, their benefits and drawbacks and what roles they can play in their own storage plans.
  •  You will learn about various topics associated with food storage such as buying tips, storage, and packaging.
  • This is a great beginner’s guide for someone just starting their food storage plan, or for someone that would like to expand what they already have.

 

Food Storage Buyers Guide – Copy

 

Take care and have a great week everyone!

 

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Emberlit Stainless Steel Stove Giveaway

Emberlit stainless steel stove

LPC Survival, aka The Berkey Guy is sponsoring our new giveaway:  Enter to win an Emberlit Stainless Steel Stove by submitting your entry below.  Here’s a description from the website:

The Emberlit Stove weighs less than 11.3 oz (316 g) and is constructed of rugged stainless steel. Compare that to a full canister of fuel and burner! The stainless steel EmberLit is impervious to corrosion and remarkably strong. The EmberLit will hold the weight of any pot or pan that will sit securely without wobble. Like the rest of the EmberLit line, this stove comes with a lifetime guarantee because you are never going to wear it out. 

This’ll make a great bug-out bag or backpacking stove.

You can enter between May 6 until Saturday, May 11, 2013.  Lots of ways to enter!

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April Giveaway: The MiniFarming Guide to Composting

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Today I am announcing our April Giveaway:  The MiniFarming Guide to Composting by Brett L. Markham.

Book description:

Whether it’s your mini farm or flower garden that needs nourishment, Brett explains how to compost just about anything you can grow. In this handy guide you’ll find instructions that make composting simple, with checklists, extensive tables, measurements, and diagrams. Topics include:

 ·         The importance of soil microbiology

·         The nutrient cycle

·         Compost and sustainable nutrient cycles

·         Sustainability and a positive bottom line

·         Theory: the science of compost

·         Practice: the technique of compost

·         Other sustainability practices: biochar and more

·         Indoor composting: vermicomposting

·         Limits of composting, appropriate amendments

·         Easy composting bins you can make yourself

To enter, just leave a comment below on one of these topics:

  • Any experience you might have composting
  • Composting in a small space

The winner* will be chosen at random on Saturday, April 13 at 8 pm Central.  Good luck!  I look forward to reading your entries!

*Winner will be notified via email.  Winner must reply to email notification within 48 hours or another winner will be drawn.

 

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Monday Musings: 3/11/2013 Late Posting Edition

Welcome to another Monday Musings, where we discuss blog updates and interesting links to share.  Sorry for the later than normal posting.  My mouse broke and I had to find a replacement before I could finish this post.  Good thing I found my backup – now I need a new one! “Two is one” after all.

Who won the Elite IFAK giveaway from LECOR?  We saw a great number of entries to our March giveaway.  The winner, chosen at random was “JG,” whom I have contacted via email.   Please respond by Wednesday, 5/13; at that time, we will choose another winner.  A big thank you to everyone who participated and visited the contest sponsor LECOR!

We’ll have another giveaway soon!

And now for the links…

The threat has not gone away.  This article, from a personal finance site, Len Penzo dot com has some practical tips See Economic Collapse 101: Ten Ways to Prepare for the Unknown

Do try this at home  Since your are already watching your finances, here are a few more helpful reads:

How To Make Your Own Dairy Products At Home

Reuse – Repurpose – Recycle – Container Edition -

20+ Old Clothing and Items to Keep for Repurposing

Deadly antibiotic resistant bacteria spreading  Check the map in this article – it shows the states affected by the deadly superbacteria that affects hospitals and long term care facilities.

Learn more about it in this CDC page. 

This article is timely… Is Antibacterial Soap Bad For You? (Part 1)

Threats abound See this infographic from Simply Hike.

Doomsday Prepping Theories 2013 from Simply Hike

Take care and have a great week everyone!

 

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