Guidance on Prepping for Economic Uncertainty and Collapse

My guest on this week’s DestinySurvival Radio program was Troy J. Grice. He’s the author of the novel Indivisible.

The conversation centered around the state of the economy at the time of this writing and the possibility of a more severe economic collapse than what we’ve seen to date.

We touched on several hot button issues because Indivisible touches on them. Troy admits freely that his book is a “What if” scenario. It’s not predictive, but contains situations that are plausible.

The real issue is that we as preppers need to be aware of what’s going on, even if we don’t understand everything. Troy talked about some signs that stimulated his thinking when he wrote this book.

For example, what do emergency meetings of the Federal Reserve signal? Could China’s manipulation of their currency cost us more for goods at Wal-Mart? What does the Baltic Dry Index indicate? Is our government printing money? Will that lead to hyper-inflation?

I know people who are stocking up on food and hard goods because they’re concerned about the consequences of the government printing money. The kicker is that the government technically isn’t printing money. At least if they are, it’s not finding its way to where you and I live.

And, yes, prices are going up. But we may not see inflation across the board for everything we buy.

Money is mostly created electronically, and much of it finds its way back into the banking system in a shell game best explained by those with a head for such things. These concerned preppers aren’t wrong because someday this may all come apart.

Could we one day see a break up of the U.S. as some have predicted? Would you want to bet against it? On the other hand, is Troy correct in saying the government will do anything to keep the Union together—even if it means trouble for many of us?

We live in a time where things don’t add up. It’s different than anything we’ve experienced before here in America. That’s all the more reason to be ready to face turmoil and uncertainty.

As Troy mentioned at the end of the show, it’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. That’s cliché, yes, but so true.

Get Indivisible by clicking on its title anywhere in this post. That will open a new window that takes you to the page where it’s featured, and you can order from there.

Click here to listen to my interview with Troy Grice on DestinySurvival Radio. When you click the link for the show, you can listen online or download the MP3 file for listening at your leisure on your computer or audio player.

Note This is an early episode of the show, and the file contains two hours of audio. DestinySurvival Radio begins in the second hour, after the one hour program with Doctor Prepper that comes before it. I apologize for any inconvenience. Contact me if you want only the hour featuring DestinySurvival Radio.


Lehman’s–A Prepper’s Paradise

The debut of DestinySurvival Radio on January 6, 2011, featured Glenda Lehman Ervin, Vice President of Marketing at Lehman’s.

The story of Lehman’s is a classic American success story. Jay Lehman started a hardware store in 1955 to serve the Amish in Ohio. Timing and good fortune propelled the company to a worldwide market. And, believe me, they’ve got marketing savvy on their side, too.

The company which started out selling to the Amish now buys merchandise from them to serve you and me. Lehman’s is helping to both preserve and promote a simpler way of life.

Plus, the Lehman’s store is quite an attraction for visitors. It’s like shopping and going to a museum at the same time.

Lehman’s has such a wide variety of products, there’s sure to be something of interest for any prepper. Whether it’s oil lamps, wood burning stoves, nonelectric kitchenware or old fashioned gardening tools, they’ve got it. And they offer resources to help new preppers discover what they need and how to use it for a self reliant lifestyle.

That’s why I say Lehman’s is a preppers paradise. It doesn’t matter if you’re an urbanite or homesteader. There’s no other company that does quite what Lehman’s does. And their model isn’t one that can be duplicated.

I knew years ago that Lehman’s is a valuable asset to homesteaders, preppers and survivalists. I wanted to interview someone from there for the debut of DestinySurvival Radio, and Glenda Ervin was the one. She’s very knowledgeable and a good conversationalist who made my first show easy. You’ll enjoy listening to her.

Click here to listen to the DestinySurvival Radio debut with Glenda Ervin. The program you want is in the second hour of the audio file. Contact me if you’d like to hear only DestinySurvival Radio.

DestinySurvival Radio Debuts

DestinySurvival Radio made its debut, Thursday, January 6, 2011, at 1 PM Central Time, 2 PM Eastern Time.

My guest for the first show was Glenda Lehman Ervin, Vice President of Marketing at Lehman’s.

To listen to the show Click here. Doctor Prepper himself is on the hour before me. If you download the audio file to listen to DestinySurvival Radio, you’ll hear his hour first. If you only want DestinySurvival Radio, contact me to arrange to get the audio file.

The seeds for DestinySurvival Radio were planted in March of 2010 when I was interviewed on a Blog Talk Radio program hosted by James Talmage Stevens, a.k.a. Doctor Prepper, author of Making the Best of Basics.

In November of 2010 Doctor Prepper approached me about having my own program on the Preparedness Radio Network. After some deliberation I agreed, and DestinySurvival Radio was born with a starting date of January 6th.

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I appreciate your feedback. And thanks for your support.

Surviving With Potatoes

Do you like potatoes as much as I do? I can eat them just about any way they’re prepared. I’ll take them mashed, baked, fried, in potato salad, or any other way you can think of.

Potatoes can be combined with or cooked into so many other dishes, too. In fact versatility is one of the great things about potatoes. After all, how many ways can you cook up broccoli or beets?

And potatoes are very nutritious with vitamins A and C and a few minerals as well. Don’t let talk of carbohydrates scare you away from potatoes. They have much going in their favor.

Potatoes are a marvelous food for survival. They store well in a cool dry place, and they’re very easy to grow in the garden. Of course, you can buy potatoes cheaply at the grocery store, but the really nice thing about growing them in your garden is that you can grow varieties the grocery stores don’t have.

Take potatoes with you the next time you go camping. Whether on an outing or at home, why not experiment with prepared potatoes for storage food? Somebody has really put a lot of thought into this. There are ready made mashed potatoes, diced potatoes, and potatoes included in a number of scrumptious meals.

Potatoes. Any way you can get them is good for survival.