One of the things that you need to do to be prepared for emergencies is find out that an emergency is coming as early as possible. There are many emergencies that involve getting out of the way, or evacuating.
If you are prepared for emergencies, you will have a go bag, or bug out bag. This bag will be packed with your absolute essentials and will be easy to grab and head out the door when you know that an emergency requiring evacuation is coming.
Some emergencies do not require evacuation. Many TEOTAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It), emergencies do not require immediate evacuation, or evacuation at all.
If you live in the United States, you are already in TEOTAWKI. If you do not live in the United States, you will be affected, but maybe not as soon or as much. If you do not live in the United States, it is much as if a very large tree is getting ready to fall and you are in the way. I am sort of saying, "Timberrr!"
Since I live in the United States, it is a little odd to be saying, "Timber!" when it is my tree that is falling. I live in Alaska, though, so it might not count. :-p
It is really peculiar that most Americans are going about their lives as though nothing of importance has happened. I am also going about my business, but not as if nothing important has happened. I am going about my business nervously. :-p
The source of this particular TEOTAWKI is China. People outside of the United States read international news and pay more attention than most Americans do. This means that it is probably news to most Americans that our money has just been trashed by China.
China announced a few days ago that it will now sell oil to any country that wants it in their own currency. That means the status of the American dollar as the world reserve currency is dead.
The reason China can do this is because Russia and China just announced that they are doing business now. Russia will now proceed to allow China to buy as much oil as it wants. That means that China has unlimited oil to sell.
By offering to sell oil in the money of the country buying the oil, the country buying is getting a steal of a deal. Probably nobody will be able to resist a deal like that.
This means that the United States dollar will plummet. It will be harder and harder to buy anything from other countries.
The United States buys more natural resources than any other country, except maybe China. The USA will probably be buying a lot less stuff from other countries as the dollar shrinks.
Wal Mart will get expen$ive. Other stores will get more expen$ive. The USA depends a lot on imports to keep going. Even our agriculture depends a lot on importing fertilizer and other necessities to grow our food, and food for a lot of the rest of the world.
The standard of living of most people or perhaps all but our 1%, will have to become drastically lower as a result of all of these repercussions. Not having international reserve currency status will have the effect of making a lot of our national debt come due.
I have been paying more attention to things happening in the rest of the world, than most Americans. I am aware of my ignorance in world affairs, but I do know enough to realize that TEOTAWKI is already here. I hope that yelling, "Timberr! will help my readers to prepare for an emergency that is here, even if we don't understand it yet.