The series continues with these experts answering the question, “When is it time to get out of Dodge?”
From Todd Sepulveda of Prepper Website
When I think about the phrase, “when the balloon goes up,” I don’t usually think about natural disasters, but instead, something man-made. Although I don’t typically see conspiracy around every corner, I do think that it is important to be aware of what is going on in the world.
The way I do this is to stay connected to alternative media. I sift through a lot, but I have found that the alternative media usually releases important stories/reports 3-4 days before the mainstream media. Three of my look-fors are:
• Pandemic – It’s easy to get freaked out when the mainstream media starts talking about the latest virus, they sensationalize it so much for ratings. But if a real pandemic was to hit, it would be devastating. In fact, the video, “After Armageddon”, was the show that got my wife on board. I tend to pay attention when I read about pandemics in various parts of the world…especially if they have gone airborne. I’ll bug out if I see virus trend maps showing movement towards my state.
• Riots – I’m not talking about your ordinary neighborhood or city riot. I would pay close attention if riots started in one city and started spreading to other cities. This could happen for many reasons: economic, food shortages, government dissatisfaction, but no matter the reason, I would pay close attention. Although things are good in my home state of Texas right now, I would start making preparations to bug out if I saw riots in cities like Austin and Dallas or any big city in one of our neighboring states.
• Financial Crash – Again, I’m not talking about your run-of-the-mill Dow Jones dropping 200+ points. I’m talking about days of uncertainty that would spiral and cause people to panic. Panic is contagious. When people panic, they do stupid stuff…like riot (see above).
Some might wonder why I’m not referring to nuclear war, super volcanoes, solar flares, etc. I feel that if these things happen, everyone would know about them instantly. There would be no time for the balloon to travel up…it would just pop right then and there! Barring a solar flare/EMP that fried everything, I would bug out in any of these scenarios.
Again, the key for me is to be aware. I don’t let this all get in the way of life happening, but I do keep an eye out for what is going on. The point to ponder here is that there will be signs and people will be talking about it. Air has to go into the balloon before it can go up.
From Steven Aukstalkanis of Threat Journal/AlertsUSA
Current events unfolding in Cyprus, Greece, Spain, Argentina, and elsewhere provide us a clear view of what causes a widespread, sustained breakdown of social order.
While the specifics leading to their situations vary from country to country, the breakdown in social order typically begins when people, en masse, are rapidly taken out of their comfort zones.
In each of the above instances, large numbers of people were quickly put out of work, banks became insolvent preventing the withdrawal of deposited funds, extension of credit slowed to a crawl and, perhaps most importantly, social programs and safety nets were dramatically cut back.
The impact extended to businesses as well. As an example, if grocery stores did not pay their suppliers, deliveries of stock ceased and shelves were bare. If the transportation companies were not paid, products remained in warehouses. If workers were not paid, products were not produced and companies closed.
In modern society, literally, every aspect of one’s life is dictated by access to money either through wages earned or social programs. A home, basic utilities, and food on the table are all dependent upon its accessibility via some means.
When large numbers of people rapidly begin having problems meeting these basic needs through lack of work, bank failures and insufficient social programs, dangerous levels of unrest and crime WILL occur.
In desperate times, desperate people do desperate things.
– Failure of multiple LARGE banks.
– Failure of multiple LARGE brokerages
– Bank holidays declared preventing withdrawal of deposited funds
– Widespread “Bail Ins” (depositor funds used to refund insolvent banks)
– Capital controls (limited withdrawals and limited movement of assets abroad)
– Bond market collapse
1. Keep an eye on overseas markets. It is highly likely that a cascading systemic failure of the U.S. financial sector will begin overseas. Europe and Japan will be likely epicenters.
2. It is critical that readers make moves NOW to exit the system. Keeping deposits in banks beyond that necessary to cover monthly bills is placing those funds at tremendous risk.
3. Regarding 401Ks and IRAs: These are the last remaining piles of unencumbered cash available for the U.S. government to seize upon. There is already legislation being drafted in Washington that will mandate the replacement of such tax-deferred savings with dollar-for-dollar equivalents in U.S. Treasuries. The reasoning that will be used is “to protect responsible savers.”
This has been in the planning stages for years
NOW is the time to get out if at all possible. Bite the bullet, pay the taxes and get your assets back. Anything left in these accounts stands a good chance of being taken
4. In all investments it is critical you eliminate, to the greatest degree possible, all of the agents between you and your assets.
If you hold stock, the chances are good they are held by the broker in what is referred to as “street registration”. This means that in the brokerage records, the stock belongs to you, but in the eyes of the company in whom you own stock, it is in the name of the brokerage. Leaving assets in “street name” with your brokers and bankers is a financial death wish.
The preferred way of holding shares of stocks has always been in your own name as physical certificates. The second best method is to hold your shares in Direct Registration.
From Rob Hanus of The Preparedness Podcast
From Erich of Tactical Intelligence
Here are a few example events:
- Bank holidays or limits on withdrawals
- Stock market closes or the DJIA reaches ‘x’ amount
- Dollar loses reserve currency status
- Looting/riots spreading to nearby city
- Crime and lawlessness on the rise and reaching a “tipping point”
- Racial violence (ie a “Rodney King” event)
- Class violence (ie “have-nots” beginning to physically target the “haves”)
- Any category ‘x’ hurricane
- An impending tornado
- Martial law enforced
- Internet goes down for extended period of time
- Transportation or supply systems effected
- Power outage for more than x number of days
- Curfews implemented
- Police going on strike
Ultimately, it comes down to paying attention. Awareness is ESSENTIAL.
In other words, you can’t afford to live in a bubble! Stay abreast on what’s going on in your local area, on a national level, and in the world, and consider how those events could shape your future.
These trigger events are very subjective and unfortunately, there is no “one size fits all”. For your own trigger events, you’ll want to consider the most probable events first and then move on to other disaster scenarios.
It’s also very important to trust your gut in all of this. If you or someone in your family or group “does not feel right” about what’s coming, then that should also be a valid trigger event.
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