Survival Tales. Tales?
It’s fun to read
stories about huge disasters—natural or otherwise—isn’t it? They take
us out of our comfort zone and set us on an adventure. Then we put the
book down, adjust the thermostat, and see what’s on our 60”
flat-screen TV. It was all just fun for a while.
Wasn’t it? What if
one day soon we find ourselves actually facing one of these
situations? How prepared are we, really?
Now I’m just
scaremongering. Sorry about that. What could really happen, anyway?
Glad you asked! Here
are the major SHTF candidates:
economic collapse. Not like that little hiccup in 2008
through 2010. If you haven’t seen photographs from pre-Nazi Germany of
people with wheelbarrows full of money trying to buy a loaf of bread,
Google it. You can’t eat money, folks. You also can’t live purely on
credit, continuing to borrow more and more from future generations to
pay for your every whim – but that is exactly how western governments
currently operate. Those unborn future generations are not going to
roll over forever and just accept the debt bondage they will be born
into. This is how revolutions start, and how currencies become
disasters. Severe natural disasters have the very real
potential to stop trucking traffic. When the trucks stop rolling,
store shelves become empty very quickly – usually from looting – and
there will be no more food delivered until normal trucking resumes. In
such a situation, confidence that normalcy will soon return may prove
to be wishful thinking. Don’t think a disaster on a national scale
would be unprecedented, either. The New Madrid earthquakes in December
1811 were so massive in scale they were felt from Iowa to South
Carolina and from Louisiana to Pennsylvania. Entire forests fell. It
is frightening to ponder what kind of damage a quake like that might
Every year it seems we hear about a new virus discovered that has the
potential to run rampant through human society and wipe out hundreds
of millions of people. Many scientists are telling us it is only a
matter of time before such a nightmare scenario actually plays out.
This would not be an unprecedented event! The flu pandemic of 1918 is
believed to have killed around 75 million people worldwide, roughly 2%
of the world’s population. It would be a good idea to get away from
public places when you first hear about such an outbreak.
• Nuclear War.
We have gotten a little complacent about this threat, haven’t we? It
may be sobering to realize the nukes are all still there, ready to fly
in a moment’s notice, and world governments are just as politically
uncooperative as ever. It only takes one crazy leader getting control
of one small nuclear-power country to set off a chain reaction of
events (think Arch-Duke Ferdinand in World War I) that will literally
blow up like a string of firecrackers. Say, some country like Iran,
who just happens to have recently formed an alliance with Russia.
Terrorism. They have shown what kind of cold-blooded
organization they are capable of. Now picture a coordinated attack on
a much larger scale, perhaps involving dirty bombs or biological
No wonder prepping is
becoming so popular. This hobby isn’t just for eccentrics anymore –
it’s for anyone watching the nightly news whose boy scout training
didn’t go in one ear and out the other. Being prepared is generally
considered wise. We all apparently know this, as insurance companies
are among the wealthiest organizations on earth. At an early age, we
are taught to save for a rainy day – only this particular kind of
rainy day may well render the usual kind of savings worthless. The
question, then, is exactly what should we be saving, how should we be
saving it, and where? It is the purpose of my books—both fiction and
non-fiction—to provide that answer.
Should a SHTF
scenario actually occur, God forbid, there will be two types of people
left here alive: The prepared and the unprepared. The unprepared will
be in a state of panic as they come to realize that money in the bank
doesn’t mean anything when the banks are all closed, the grid has shut
down, and you can’t eat money anyway. You can’t even eat gold and
silver, although man’s historic fascination with these shiny metals
has probably ensured they will continue to be perceived as valuable in
all but the most dystopian of scenarios. Expect to see bread lines and
food riots after the initial looting and pillaging leaves retail
stores in burning heaps of ruins. Imagine attempting to feed your
family, and keep them safe, in a lawless society where roving bands of
hoodlums are free to run rampant on an ultimate crime spree. It could
get ugly, fast.
So the question is,
are you the type of person who is going to be caught unprepared? Maybe
you just like reading stories about these kinds of scenarios. Well,
either way, I thank you!
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