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A Disturbing Glimpse Of What TEOTWAWKI Might Look Like

emptyshelves 300x223 A Disturbing Glimpse Of What TEOTWAWKI Might Look LikeThis last week I had an experience that fundamentally shook me to the core.  A grocery store nearby is going out of business, and they’ve had progressively deeper discounts as they get closer to their close date.  It eventually got to the point that I thought I’d stop in there and see what they had left.

Well, to call that experience jarring is an understatement.  In retrospect I wasn’t sure what I was expecting.  It certainly wasn’t what I saw when I walked in the door.  Let me take a minute to describe the scene.

Picture in your mind a couple dozen people pawing through what few items were on the shelves, looking for anything they think is worth buying.  I even saw people arguing about who got what item first.  This was a major regional grocery store, and there were entire aisles with less than ten items on the shelves.

Rudy’s Note: It was interesting what people were looking for and what was left on the shelves.  I was able to pick up some things that would be valuable in a SHTF situation for pennies on the dollar.  Canning supplies, dried milk, and some other interesting stuff.  I wonder how many people would just walk right past things that are important in favor of what they’re used to if TSHFT.

A few years ago we had a few major weather events that resulted in trucks not being able to get to our area on schedule.  There were significant shortfalls in the stores to the point that they were selling out of fundamental items.  But there wasn’t any sort of major run on everything in the store.

This was different.  And it was very disturbing.  And honestly, I keep thinking about it.  Despite picturing in my mind what a situation like that could be like, or reading fictional accounts or scenarios, to see it in person was very disturbing.  I don’t think I’ll ever forget it, and it was something that brought even more focus to our preparedness efforts.

Please prepare yourself.  Please get your stuff in order.  Please make sure you think about everything, not just beans, band-aids, and bullets.  It’s daunting, but you can do it.  Do it now.

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2 Responses to A Disturbing Glimpse Of What TEOTWAWKI Might Look Like

  1. Gymno says:

    Thanks Rudy for the post. I think you are so right that now is the time to prepare. As i think about it, most of us americans seem to have everything just given to us. We are a people that just expect everything will be as it is. But a change is coming. You see it in the economy, political realm. Lots of people are afraid and just putting their head in the sand thinking that nothing will change. But it will. I don’t know if it will be some kind of crash or just a slow melt down. But certainly,. any of us with any sense in our heads can see that the government doesn’t know what to do now. All their bullets are spent. Even the Great FEDERAL RESERVE, that is charged to keep the economy moving, jobs coming and the like. They totally look like they are in a fog.

    So i will be taking your advice and starting this “task” of preparation. It probably needs to become a part of our lives now.

    Keep up the good work!

  2. Rod Baker says:

    Good Article. I do not, for the life of me, understand why people cannot see the logic of stockpiling some staple items. i.e. canned goods, dry goods, ammo, warm clothing, fuel. I mean, it’s not like you will never use these things. Most you will rotate your stock and use just like you normally would. Then, or when, the shtf, you can pretty much maintain some normalicy (is that a word).

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