While the politicians continue to place sanctions on other countries and make threats, people around the world are wondering if World War III is on the horizon.
While panicking is never the answer, being prepared for world war is. When you prepare for world war, then you’re making a choice to survive. Give you and your family a chance to weather whatever comes your way by following these important steps to prepare for a world war:
- First Aid
- Bug Out Plan
Shelter Is Your Number One Priority
No matter what part of the country you are in when war breaks out, you’ll need to have viable shelter. This means you need a plan to keep you protected from the elements and people who may want to harm you.
For those who live in major urban centers like Los Angeles, you may want to consider putting in a bomb shelter since your area will likely be targeted by the enemy. Have a plan to get out of the city. Owning an off-road motorbike or bicycle might not be a bad idea.
For everyone else, keeping a roof over your head and the ability to stay warm will keep you in survival mode. If you’re able to stay in your home, then ensure you have alternate heating methods that will keep your body temperature regulated like survival blankets. In times of war, it’s likely that the power grid will be attacked. If you have a wood stove or fireplace, stockpile wood to heat the house. Make sure your home is well insulated and consider buying a generator.
Keep A Well-Stocked Pantry
A world war will deplete food stores quickly, so make a plan now to fill your own survival closet with non-perishable food. Ideally, the food should have a long shelf life and be easy to prepare. Items like beans, canned foods and high-protein foods are perfect for long-term survival. Water is also an essential item for life, and you should plan on stockpiling plenty of bottled water for each member of the household.
Learn Basic First Aid
Knowing how to treat an injured family member during times of trouble could save their life. It’s important to keep a well-stocked first-aid kit in your emergency kit that includes more than just band-aids. Get certified now in first aid and CPR as a proactive step to keep your loved ones safe.
Defense Is Your Best Chance Of Survival
Whether you’re sheltering in place or have decided to bug out to the country, learning defensive techniques is essential. Your best defense is to be aware of your surroundings and other people. Martial arts and self-defense classes will help you protect yourself and others from attackers. Heard about the guy who pulled a knife in a gunfight? May he rest in peace. Having proper self protection will be essential if anarchy descends.
When All Else Fails, Bug Out
A bug out bag is essential when you need to make a quick escape from your shelter. You can prepare but out bags for every member of your family. They should be kept near the exit and contain everything you need to survive out on the road.
How To Deal With The Financial Meltdown
When the world war is declared, the immediate response will be economic. Businesses may close and the stock markets will crash. You can prepare for the side-effects of these financial disasters:
- Job loss
- Stock market crash
- Access to cash
- Currency No Longer Viable
When You Lose Your Job In Wartime
You should be prepared to be let go if a world war breaks out, but that doesn’t mean you should stop looking for another job to do. Creditors will still expect payment and you’ll need a way to pay for utilities and other needs. If you can, start building up a large cash supply at home, if cash holds it value. In post-war Germany, a wheelbarrow filled with cash bought you very little. Gold is the eternal currency and its value shoots up in times of real crisis. Store it in a safe place to pay for essential items when you need to.
If You Lose Everything In The Stock Market
War has historically had serious effects on the stock market. Consider a portfolio of high dividend yield defensive stocks that focus on products like food sanitation and perhaps medicine. Historical charts show that companies with dividend growth fell less in price during crashes.
The ATMS No Longer Work
If the power grid is down, then you won’t be able to access your cash easily. The banks may also shutter their buildings in response to world war fears. Keeping plenty of cash on hand is the best way to prepare for this potential world war-related problem.
The Price Of Everything Doubles
War is declared and suddenly your local store is charging twice as much for milk. You should be prepared for this by using the food in your survival pantry, and not handing over money to businesses who are taking advantage of the war.
The U.S. Dollar Is Worthless
If the world war goes on long enough, the Federal Reserve may be depleted. It’s possible that money will no longer be a valid form of currency. If this happens, then bartering will be how the survivors get what they need. Stockpile items like chocolate, coffee and toilet paper will have value in dark times.
Let’s pray it never comes to that, but taking the time to prepare for a major crisis might not be time wasted.