Would you be ready if TSHTF?

We all know that bad things can happen in life. It's a numbers game, really. At any given time, some percentage of the population is sure to be suffering due to natural or man-made calamities. Compared to the rest of the world, life in North America has been relatively safe and secure for many decades. But you don't have to be Einstein to understand that the numbers have begun to skew in the direction of greater risk.

Natural disasters are on the increase worldwide, and North America has recently been hit with more than her share of floods, fires, hurricanes and tornadoes. Those of us on the West Coast are reminded of our chances for a major earthquake by the recent increase in volcanic activity along the Ring of Fire. Most people assume that if disaster strikes, they'll be able to rely on government and social support systems to see them through.

Unfortunately, the times are changing.

Katrina's devastation of New Orleans was a shocking prime-time demonstration of a government ill-prepared and entirely incapable of protecting its citizens in a natural disaster. Over the last few years, Americans have watched as thousands of homes have been destroyed by fire and flood. Canadians have fared somewhat better, but the lessons of inadequate government protection are certainly not lost on us.

Economic Meltdown

Today the world faces a new threat, greater perhaps than any experienced by recent generations. The global economy appears to be melting down in epic fashion. Many experts and pandits worldwide are now predicting The Next Great Depression. In fact, many are calling for a meltdown that will make the Great Depression of the 30's look like a walk in the park.

Without getting into the statistics here (read the 4Ever Times in our News section for details), suffice to say that the likelihood of government being able to save us in the event of disaster - natural, economic, or otherwise - appears to be decreasing with every bubble collapse, write-down and implosion in the marketplace. Our conception of the glories of credit and the value of money is dramatically changing, and it's finally sinking into our collective consciousness that the piper is about to be paid.

We at 4everSeeds are not in the business of fear-mongering. There are no tinfoil hats worn here. We do, however, believe that there may be dangerous times ahead. The potential for shortages of food and clean water, peak oil, virulent disease, earth changes, the threat of war… all these combined with the current economic upheaval form a picture of risk that we cannot ignore. Many of us feel more vulnerable to the threat of outside influences than ever before in our lifetime. An even greater percentage are neglecting to consider how the complexities of life in this material world are putting their spiritual lives at risk.

Preparedness

In this complicated world, disaster could be a very short cycle away. If you're not familiar with the "just-in-time" inventory scheme that our entire food delivery system relies upon, start Googling now. Should our transportation system ever grind to a halt, every densely populated urban center in North American would have about three days of food on hand before supplies ran low. In an emergency, remaining inventories would disappear. The sudden depletion or destruction of fuel reserves, major damage to highways, or an EMP attack is all it would take for millions to be without food. Just a few days, and inconceivable social chaos could follow.

Today, people from all walks of life are beginning to take emergency preparedness and survival training more seriously than ever before. Bankers, doctors and lawyers are joining the ranks of the 'greens' and urban naturalists at workshops where they're learning how to plant seeds, filter water, and put up emergency shelter under adverse conditions. Understanding their own diminishing capabilities to care for the population under severe conditions, we now see an increasing number of public service announcements from local, state/provincial and federal government, urging families to have emergency kits and short-term food and water supplies on hand.

Whatever the cause of disaster, nothing could be worse than facing a severe crisis that you're unprepared for. Not being able to protect our children, elderly parents and the sick would be bad enough. Not being able to help them because we simply didn't make the effort to get prepared… that would be devastating.

Start making sensible preparations today, while you still have the time, money, freedom and access to do so. Whatever you're going to need, by the time you actually need it, it will be much too late to go out and find.