Wake Up & Get Ready

January 17, 2012
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If I had just one question I could ask, it would be asked of the American people: Why Aren’t You Prepared? It’s a legitimate question…I mean we think nothing of shelling out for auto insurance in case we have a fender-bender. We insure our homes, and some even pay for rental insurance in case of fire or theft. And we have health insurance in case of a medical emergency. So why, when food and water are pivotal for survival, don’t more people put food aside?

Is it because we don’t want to be seen as paranoid? Or are we worried about what our loved ones would think? Possibly it’s because we don’t want to give up that daily espresso, or movie night, or those stiletto heels we had to have.

Well, Here’s a wake up call.

  • The United states has exactly enough wheat reserves for ½ a loaf of bread for every man, woman and child
  • To feed the American people ONE meal for ONE day would require over 311,000,000 (311 million) meals
  • The average piece of food must travel 1,500 miles before it reaches the consumer
  • Food prices are driven by oil prices because agriculture is fossil fuel driven
  • Grocery stores have only 72 hours of food on the shelf with ZERO back stock
  • Weather anomalies are on the rise, leading to crop failure and higher food prices
  • Fears of global financial collapse WILL lead to higher food prices & hoarding
  • The average American saves only $392.00 per year and is $117,951 in debt, which includes credit cards, installment loans, home equity loans, and mortgages.
  • Average monthly food costs, per adult, is between $150-$300

Based on the demographics listed above, lets assume you are one of the people who actually saves $392.00 per year, and lets assume your pantry is empty and you must buy food with the cash you have saved. We’ll be conservative and figure that your monthly grocery bill is at the lowest average cost of $150. With this equation, you would be able to feed yourself for a little over 2 ½ months.

The above scenario assumes there has not been a calamity that cleared grocery store shelves within hours. It also assumes truckers are able to deliver food, and that oil prices haven’t been driven up due to political unrest. In our scenario, there couldn’t have been crop failures that further increased food prices. And, there could not have been fears of global financial collapse that lead to hoarding, which lead to inflated food prices and the rationing that is sure to follow.

All in all, it makes perfect sense to fill your pantries…unless you expect meals on wheels to show up at your door, three times a day, 365 days a year.

Barbara Fix, the author of this article, has written a new book entitled "Survival: Prepare Before Disaster Strikes!" (ID: UFKKCVLD2AFV6) Edited December 12, 2011

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