Survival is a person's personal choice! But if you have a family, it is obligation to make sure your family is prepared for the next disaster, not matter what it is. I'm not a "Doomsday Prepper" but I am a "Disaster Readiness Engineer." I don't like the phrase "Doomsday Prepper."
I was able to reconnect for an interview with legendary Quantum Fund manager and commodities bull,Jim Rogers. This was an especially groundbreaking interview, as Jim shared thoughts on what governments around the world will be taking next, and what he’s doing right now to protect his personal bank accounts following the Cyprus collapse.
Speaking towards the frightening implications of the Cyprus banking collapse, Jim said that, “It’s been condoned [now] by the IMF, the European union, and everybody else in sight; that a government in need,can take assets. We all knew they could tax us…but this is the first time that I’m aware of, that they’ve gone inand taken bank accounts. They took gold from people in the U.S. in the 1930′s…but I’ve never heard of them taking bank accounts. [Now] they’re doing it. So be careful [because], now they can take your bank account under this precedent.“
When asked if bank account confiscation will be going worldwide, Jim said, ”Well, it’s now in their bag of tricks, but yes, they can do anything they want too now. I for one am worried andI’m taking preparations. Who knows if I’m right or not, but I’d rather be safe than sorry as all of thosepeople who had money in Cyprus have learned. They thought they had a normal bank account…but now it’s been [taken] with the sanctions of many governments and institutions.”
Jim also urged that, “If people have money in any account, anywhere in the world…cut it down to under theguaranteed amount. They might take that too someday when things get desperate, because the precedent has been set, but that’s where I would start if I had money in the bank anywhere in the world.”
With respect to which assets governments will likely be coming for next, Jim said, ”401k plans, IRA’s, andpensions plans which the government knows about [may be next]…They’re rationale would be, ‘Well most people haven’t been doing well in their IRAs and pension plans for the past several years, so we’re going to help you.We’re going to take your pension plan and give you government bonds so that you have a guaranteed return.”
Jim further added that, ”That’s how they’ll rationalize taking our money. They know where all the pensionplans are because we have to report it, so they’re easily accessible by governments. They know where they are,what they are, and they’ll be able to snatch them away. Who knows what they’ll do, but they’ll certainly find some way to take our money when things get worse, they always have.”
As a final chilling comment to end the interview, Jim noted that, “Anything they know about—they might easily take.” ——— This was another powerful interview, conducted with an absolute legend of our time. It is required listening for serious investors and market students.
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If you live with furry friends it’s important to plan for their well being and safety in an emergency, too. Few of us will forget the images of pets struggling for survival in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The lesson was learned hard and fast, and animal welfare in an emergency took a quantum leap forward via legislation, public awareness, emergency services and owner preparedness.
Take some time to prepare for emergency scenarios befitting your geography. Every pet owner should have a grab-and-go plan for evacuating a home quickly and some geographies require a plan for extended absences. Here are some tips from the ASPCA and the Humane Society of the United States:
Get a Rescue Alert Window Sticker that lets emergency workers and others know how many pets are inside your home. Stickers are free from the ASPCA and from some pet stores or veterinarians.
Make an Emergency Supply and Travel Kit that is easy to carry. It should include:
Pet first-aid kit that includes bandages, antibiotic cream, instant cold pack, gauze, alcohol wipes, sting relief, scissors, blanket and tweezers
3-7 days of canned (pop-top) or dry food (be sure to rotate every two months)
Disposable litter trays and litter (aluminum roasting pans are the right size)
Liquid disinfectant soap
Garbage bags for clean-up
Extra collar and leash
Waterproof container with a two-week supply of any medicine your pet requires
Bottled water for at least 7 days
A traveling carrier, ideally one for each pet
Blanket (useful for scooping up a fearful pet)
Recent photos of your pets (in case you are separated and need to make "Lost" posters)
Especially for cats: Pillowcase or EvackSack, toys, scoopable litter
Especially for dogs: Extra leash, toys, chew toys, and enough cage liner to last a week.
Arrange a Safe Haven and Caregivers. If it isn’t safe for you, it isn’t safe for your pets, so don’t leave them behind. Not all Red Cross disaster shelters accept pets, so it is imperative to make an evacuation plan for them ahead of time including identifying hotels outside of your immediate area that accept pets and asking friends and relatives outside your immediate area if they would be willing to take in your pet. Establish a permanent caregiver should something happen to you.
Evacuation Preparation. If you must evacuate your home in a crisis, plan for the worst-case scenario. If you think you may be gone for only a day, assume that you may not be allowed to return for several weeks. When recommendations for evacuation have been announced:
Keep emergency kit handy or load into vehicle
Make sure pets are wearing tags with up-to-date identification
Bring pets indoors. Pets can become disoriented and wander away from home during a crisis.
Call ahead to make arrangements for boarding your pet outside of the danger zone at the first sign of disaster.
If emergency officials recommend that you stay in your home, determine which rooms offer safe havens. These rooms should be clear of hazards such as windows and flying debris.
Choose easy-to-clean areas such as utility rooms, bathrooms, and basements as safe zones.
Fill up bathtubs and sinks ahead of time to ensure that you have access to water during a power outage or other crises.
In the event of flooding, go to the highest location in your home, or a room that has access to counters or high shelves where your animals can take shelter.
If you keep other kinds of pets, the ASPCA lists special considerations for birds, reptiles and small animals that are important to read.