Yet the one most survivalists never prepared for.
Other than health issues, losing your job and being left unemployed either permanently or for long periods of time is something many people, even survivalists, never envisioned.
A couple years ago, for many, if you didn’t have a job it was because you didn’t want it bad enough. When I first started posting back in 2002, many comments were of that kind.
Now things have changed some, and I’ve read aobut lots people of people in survival and prep forums that are in that same situation. People of all ages, many with good skills and years of experience (some of those SHTF proof trades as well) there’s just no job to be found!
Food & water. This is the one many preppers have covered because of their importance. Its becoming a common theme in the forums, people losing their jobs and digging into their preps to get buy when money is short. 6-12 months worth of food is a wise idea. Means that you at least have that much time in which you know you’ll be able to put food on the table. Much easier to sleep having that safety net.
Now, 99.9% of the people (and I’m sure I’m being optimistic) do not have even a single month worth of food stocked for emergencies.
No money + no food cache = You’ll be begging for food or eating out of a dumpster in less than a week.
Now that’s something we’ve seen lots of and still do.
I’ve seen some messed up things like many
Shelter. People simply losing their homes because they can’t keep up with the payments is another common problem. We didn’t have much in the way of house loans to begin with, so even if people did lose their homes here too, it wasn’t as common as it is in USA these days.
So much for the problem, what’s the solution? Here, and in other palces and other times as well as right now, family usually help. Young adults moving back to the parents house, or several adults, the family along with a couple uncles and grandparents, all chipping in to pay for the roof.
When you don’t have that, the need for some sort of shelter becomes more primal. A tent isn’t much of a home but it is better than nothing… for a couple days. The camper or motor home feels much more like a home and there are lots of people that get by for medium or long periods time in one of them. Of course its, safer and more solid, and for your moral its miles away from crawling into a small camping tent. Heck, there’s even people that liver permanently in their motor homes or campers. There’s this travel journalist lady, she travels all over and keeps a blog, so her lifestyle is also her source of income, which leads us to problem 3.
The job just doesn’t appear. You keep looking, you have your experience, buy the paper, search on line but there’s just no job to be found.
Because of age, because of to much offer, you have to seriously consider that if you don’t create your own job you wont have any.
We’ve talked about this before. Someone emailed me a couple days ago when I said you don’t compete with Budwiser and Marlboro after a crisis. “Hey FerFAL, you said we have to start our own jobs and now you say this…”
Well of course. Last time I heard 75% of the new business fail the first year. Trying to compete with a well established firm is a sure ticket for that.
Use the search engine and read the posts related to home business and making money. Replacing the failing institution, finding out the new niches, personalized service, good marketing. That’s what people did here and in other places. Not starting your own liquor firm because you’re making moonshine in the back yard.
You know what people will think? Same thing everyone with an ounce of brain would: Risk my health, risk spending thousands of dollars to save a couple cents, thanks but no thanks, I’ll buy the brand name. Don’t try to compete with multibillion dollar firms people, that should be obvious enough and no, they wont disappear. Ever.