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Beyond Collapse: Surviving and Rebuilding Civilization From Scratch

 

Beyond Collapse: Surviving and Rebuilding Civilization From Scratch (Free Download)

by TheSurvivalGuy

The following excerpt from Beyond Collapse: Surviving     and Rebuilding Civilization From Scratch has     been graciously provided by author TJ Miller. You may know TJ by his online     persona, Odd Questioner. He has been a long-time friend and contributor to     this web site, as well as many other preparedness communities. As his     handle suggests, TJ takes a different approach to the ‘problem’ of     surviving when the system as we know it falls apart.

Sure, you can stock up food, and guns and thousands of     dollars worth of other supplies – but if that’s your entire plan, then     you’re going to be in serious trouble, especially if we’re talking about a     paradigm shift spanning years or decades.

Supplies eventually run out and Murphy’s law often turns the     best laid plans into catastrophe. If you haven’t taken the time to explore     all of the possibilities and how you may deal with them as they happen,     then in all likelihood you will be, as TJ notes in his book, “as good as     dead and/or exploited.”

Beyond Collapse is an extensive guide,     covering everything from why we should prepare, how a collapse may happen,     what civilization may look like in its aftermath, and what steps you can     take to not only prepare ahead of time, but how you’ll survive and thrive     during the reconstruction and rebuilding that follow.


Excerpted from Beyond     Collapse: Surviving and Rebuilding Civilization From Scratch:

The idea of this book is simple: Get you up to speed on some     basic bits to stay alive and rebuild a working society. We want to get you     started in gathering needed provisions (and references) to survive a     collapse and its immediate aftermath, but then give you a series of     resources that you can refer to, in order to help you along after the dust     settles. After all, you probably won’t need or be able to use it all     immediately. Things in here may be a bit intellectual or crazy at times,     and I apologize in advance if it sounds that way. On the other hand, I want     to drive the point home, and I want to be as precise and as factual as I     can. Most of all, I want this book to do more than just help the individual     survive. It takes a community to rebuild civilization, and that community     is going to need help and at least some practical guidance.

Unlike most survival/preparation resources, we’re going to     assume that civilization will break down completely, and will likely take     at least a century or more to return to the level it is now. In such a     situation, that electrical generator which too many experts recommend will     end up being a glorified lawn ornament (unless of course you feel like     making/storing an ocean of fuel and storing a mountain of spare parts…) The     idea of having a small backyard garden is a good start, but it’s not going     to feed you and your family all by itself. Expensive water filters are a     good convenience while things are all chaotic, but eventually the filter     elements are going to wear out, and you’re stuck with having to make your     own clean water from then on. Solar panels can work for up to and beyond     three decades, but the inverter, batteries, and electronics you plug into     it probably won’t. Anything that relies on batteries (even rechargeable ones)     are guaranteed to be worthless once the battery chemicals wear out, and     there are no more to be had. Guns? A good idea for the more chaotic times,     but eventually the bullets will run out, leaving you (and everyone else)     with, at best, a bunch of clumsy clubs made from steel and wood. Any advice     that relies on buying and storing something should only be counted as     either temporary, or the (sometimes literal) seeds of renewable items, be     it tools, weapons, or wheat. Some items will be vital in spite of their     being temporary, but some will help you make a permanent means of living     long-term after it all settles down.We’re going to break it down into some sections, (loosely)     based on…

  •     Why you should be reading this book (and more importantly,     doing something about it)
  •     things to do beforehand
  •     things to do and expect when the balloon goes up
  •     things to do and expect immediately afterward (for up to six     months after civilization crashes)
  •     things to do short-term (for the first two years)
  •     things to do long-term (everything beyond that second year)
  •     the distant future (where we get all misty-eyed – or, well,     how to really build a new civilization)
  •     Recipes for critical items (for all the vital bits that you     will want to use)
  •     Appendices (Resources: shopping lists, post-collapse     scrounging lists, websites to visit and print off, etc)

The good news is, you don’t have to read the whole book     right now (and given its size, who would really want to?) You can safely     read and absorb the first three or four ‘Books’, and save the rest for     later, when you really need it. Definitely read and put into practice the     first one, Things To Do Beforehand. The second two, While The Balloon Goes     Up and Immediately Afterward, you will want to be familiar enough with so     that when things do go ‘splat’ on a global scale, you’ll at least have some     idea of what to do. Also make up the scrounging lists. The others are a bit     of far-in-advance ideas and suggestions, which are perfectly suitable for     reading by the fireplace, and hammering out with the leadership of whatever     new community you build afterwards.

We’re not going to go into ridiculous detail on everything,     but I do want to give you at least enough information to have a reasonable     chance of survival, and even doing that will be quite a bit in and of     itself. I want to give you things to think about, and things to consider,     so that you can prepare in advance, and have what you need. More     importantly, you won’t have to become an expert in all of these fields, but     will be started in the right direction, and when needed will be pointed to     resources which will help you stock up your library. The library is going     to be rather important because later, when the turmoil has somewhat     subsided, you can focus on learning in-depth those things you need to know     by then.


A note from author TJ Miller:

The reason I’m giving the book away is two-fold.First, I want as many people to be aware of what’s coming,     and to prepare for it. I don’t need to become a wealthy man in order for     that to happen, so I gave it away in addition to having it printed. The     second reason has to do with the fact that I really cannot tolerate having     vital information being locked behind “digital rights management” and other     crap. If it gets passed around, it gets passed around.

The free version can be had here:

https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B6e3oH1LuRvzeGZlTHRkeHZQSkk

If you like it, please visit the Amazon link (below) and     drop off a word or two about it as a review. Even if you do not buy it,     please let me know what you think (either below, or give me a shout in the alt-market.com forums).

I also give you perfect permission to print as many physical     copies as you can. After all, electricity and computers rely on     civilization to remain functional… but when civilization goes, so will the     electricity and computers (well, eventually). So yes, printing this out is     a very good idea. However, printing out a 450-some-odd-page book will     consume a lot of paper and printer ink, employers will frown on you pushing     it through their equipment, and trying to print it off at the local Office     store will be pricey.

So, to save you a bit of money and time, I had it published.

You can purchase a cheaper and more     useful copy of it that way – I have it up at Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Collapse-Joseph-Miller-Jr/dp/1480140805/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350953356&sr=8-1&keywords=Beyond+Collapse

or if you don’t like to use Amazon for some reason,     CreateSpace (my publisher) also sells it:

https://www.createspace.com/4026400

So… why this book and not someone else’s? I actually     recommend James Rawles’ How     To Survive the End Of The World As We Know It, among other     books (listed in the back of my own). It is always good to get multiple     opinions and analysis on such a subject, because no one person has all the     answers. All of us look at this thing from different angles, and bring     different benefits to the table.

As for me? Many of you know me on this site by now, but     maybe I should add a few words…

I’m very allergic to conspiracies, and they really don’t     help you survive what’s coming. There’s going to be plenty enough to do     when it all comes down, and I wanted to write something that ordinary folks     could put to good use. I prefer to keep a quiet eye on the news, and     contrary to what National Geographic may portray, I don’t dance around the     woods wearing camouflage or tote an AR-15 in my spare time. I disguise my     drills as fun activities that normal folks do, and I keep my prepping to     myself. Even close friends and neighbors who do prep do not know the full     extent of what I’ve been up to, but as I help them along (and to be honest,     as they help me along), we all learn more, do more, and we have a good time     doing it.

I do know that prepping is gaining widespread adoption in     our society.

62,000+ unique downloads (not counting other sites folks may     have hosted it on) tell me there are a lot of people who want to know more,     and want to do more. I want to help that happen.

The more of us overall who prepare, the less we will have to     worry about on an individual basis once it does go ‘splat. There are going     to be enough folks out there who will end up without, and we’re going to     need all the help we can get.


Get it in PDF Format     (FREE) (442 Pages; 7.25 Megabytes)

Put it in your home library:

Buy Beyond Collapse at     Amazon.com ($18.99) (456 pages)

Buy Beyond Collapse at Createspace     ($18.99) (456 pages)

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10 Things That We Can Learn From Greece

10 Things That We Can Learn About Shortages And Preparation From The Economic Collapse In Greece

By Michael, on June 3rd, 2012

When the economy of a nation collapses, almost everything changes.  Unfortunately, most people have never been through anything like that, so it can be difficult to know how to prepare.  For those that are busy preparing for the coming global financial collapse, there is a lot to be learned from the economic depression that is happening right now in Greece.  Essentially, what Greece is experiencing is a low level economic collapse.  Unemployment is absolutely rampant and poverty is rapidly spreading, but the good news for Greece is that the global financial system is still operating somewhat normally and they are getting some financial assistance from the outside.  Things in Greece could be a whole lot worse, and they will probably get a whole lot worse before it is all said and done.  But already things have gotten bad enough in Greece that it gives us an idea of what a full-blown economic collapse in the 21st century may look like.  There are reports of food and medicine shortages in Greece, crime and suicides are on the rise and people have been rapidly pulling their money out of the banks.  Hopefully this article will give you some ideas that you can use as you prepare for the economic chaos that will soon be unfolding all over the globe.

The following are 10 things that we can learn about shortages and preparation from the economic collapse in Greece….

#1 Food Shortages Can Actually Happen

Most people assume that they will always be able to run out to their local supermarket or to Wal-Mart and get all of the supplies they need.

Unfortunately, that is a false assumption.  The truth is that our food distribution system is extremely vulnerable.

In Greece, many people are starting to totally run out of food.  Even some government institutions (such as prisons) are now reporting food shortages.  The following was originally from a Greek news source….

The financing for many prisons has decreased to a minimum for some months now, resulting in hundreds of detainees being malnourished and surviving on the charity of local communities.

The latest example is the prison in Corinth where after the supply stoppage from the nearby military camp, the prisoners are at the mercy of God because, as reported by prison staff, not even one grain of rice has been left in their warehouses. When a few days earlier the commander of the camp announced to the prison management the transportation stoppage, citing lack of food supplies even for the soldiers, he shut down the last source of supply for 84 prisoners. The response of some Corinth citizens was immediate as they took it upon themselves to support the prisoners, since all protests to the Justice ministry were fruitless.

#2 Medicine Is One Of The First Things That Becomes Scarce During An Economic Collapse

If you are dependent on medicine in order to survive, you might want to figure out how you are going to get by if your supply of medicine is totally cut off someday.

In Greece, medicine shortages have become a massive problem.  The following is from a recent Bloomberg article….

Mina Mavrou, who runs a pharmacy in a middle-class Athens suburb, spends hours each day pleading with drugmakers, wholesalers and colleagues to hunt down medicines for clients. Life-saving drugs such as Sanofi (SAN)’s blood-thinner Clexane and GlaxoSmithKline Plc (GSK)’s asthma inhaler Flixotide often appear as lines of crimson data on pharmacists’ computer screens, meaning the products aren’t in stock or that pharmacists can’t order as many units as they need.

“When we see red, we want to cry,” Mavrou said. “The situation is worsening day by day.”

The 12,000 pharmacies that dot almost every street corner in Greek cities are the damaged capillaries of a complex system for getting treatment to patients. The Panhellenic Association of Pharmacists reports shortages of almost half the country’s 500 most-used medicines. Even when drugs are available, pharmacists often must foot the bill up front, or patients simply do without.

#3 When An Economy Collapses, So Might The Power Grid

Try this some time – turn off all power to your home for 24 hours and try to live normally.

Sadly, most people simply do not understand just how dependent we are on the power grid.  Without power, all of our lives would change dramatically.

In Greece, authorities are warning of an impending “collapse” of the power grid.  If it goes down for an extended period of time in Greece, the consequences would be catastrophic….

Greece’s power regulator RAE told Reuters on Friday it was calling an emergency meeting next week to avert a collapse of the debt-stricken country’s electricity and natural gas system.

“RAE is taking crisis initiatives throughout next week to avert the collapse of the natural gas and electricity system,” the regulator’s chief Nikos Vasilakos told Reuters.

RAE took the decision after receiving a letter from Greece’s natural gas company DEPA, which threatened to cut supplies to electricity producers if they failed to settle their arrears with the company.

#4 During An Economic Collapse You Cannot Even Take Water For Granted

If the power grid goes down, you will soon no longer have clean water coming out of your faucets.  That is one of the reasons why it is absolutely imperative that the power grid stay operable in Greece.

Sadly, most people don’t understand just how vulnerable our water system is.  In a previous article, I quoted from a report that discussed how rapidly our water supply would be in jeopardy in the event of a major transportation disruption….

According to the American Water Works Association, Americans drink more than one billion glasses of tap water per day. For safety and security reasons, most water supply plants maintain a larger inventory of supplies than the typical business. However, the amount of chemical storage varies significantly and is site specific. According to the Chlorine Institute, most water treatment facilities receive chlorine in cylinders (150 pounds and one ton cylinders) that are delivered by motor carriers. On average, trucks deliver purification chemicals to water supply plants every seven to 14 days. Without these chemicals, water cannot be purified and made safe for drinking. Without truck deliveries of purification chemicals, water supply plants will run out of drinkable water in 14 to 28 days. Once the water supply is drained, water will be deemed safe for drinking only when boiled. Lack of clean drinking water will lead to increased gastrointestinal and other illnesses, further taxing an already weakened healthcare system.

What will you do when clean water stops coming out of your faucets?

You might want to start thinking about that.

#5 During An Economic Crisis Your Credit Cards And Debit Cards May Stop Working

Most people have become very accustomed to using either debit cards or credit cards for almost everything.

But what would happen if the financial system locked up for a period of time and you were not able to use them?

This is something that the citizens of Greece are potentially facing in the coming months, and this is something that all of us need to start thinking about.

#6 Crime, Rioting And Looting Become Commonplace During An Economic Collapse

Big corporations are already making extensive plans for how to protect their stores in the event that Greece switches from the euro to the drachma.

The following is from a recent Reuters article….

British electrical retailer Dixons has spent the last few weeks stockpiling security shutters to protect its nearly 100 stores across Greece in case of riot.

The planning, says Dixons chief Sebastian James, may look alarmist but it’s good to be prepared.

Company bosses around Europe agree. As the financial crisis in Greece worsens, companies are getting ready for everything from social unrest to a complete meltdown of the financial system.

#7 During A Financial Meltdown Many Average Citizens Will Start Bartering

During this economic depression, alternative currencies have already been popping up in Greece.

When things fall apart on a global scale, will you have things to barter for the things that you need?

#8 Suicides Spike During An Economic Collapse

When you think of the Great Depression of the 1930s, what do you think of?

Many people think of images of people jumping out of buildings.

Well, something similar has been happening in Greece.  Suicide statistics in Greece have been absolutely soaring during the last couple of years.

Once prosperity disappears, many people feel as though life is not worth living anymore.

#9 Your Currency May Rapidly Lose Value During An Economic Crisis

Just remember what happened in Germany during the Weimar Republic and what has happened recently in places like Zimbabwe.

The truth is that it can happen anywhere.

Right now, Greeks are pulling their money out of the banks because they are worried that their euros will be turned into drachmas which would rapidly lose value.

If I was living in Greece I would definitely be concerned about that.  The return of the drachma seems to get closer with each passing day.  Just check out these screenshots.

#10 When Things Hit The Fan The Government Will Not Save You

Has the government of Greece come to the rescue of all of those that are deeply suffering right now?

Of course not.  The truth is that the Greek government can barely take care of itself at the moment.

History has shown us that governments simply cannot be counted on when things hit the fan.

Just remember what happened during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

In the end, the only one that can be counted on to take care of you and your family is you.

So you better start preparing.

Unfortunately, as I wrote about the other day, time is rapidly running out for the global financial system.

Even some of the top economic officials in the world are warning that another major crisis could be on the way.

Just check out what World Bank President Robert Zoellick said the other day….

“Events in Greece could trigger financial fright in Spain, Italy and across the eurozone. The summer of 2012 offers an eerie echo of 2008.”

He also compared a potential exit of Greece from the eurozone to the collapse of Lehman Brothers back during the last financial crisis….

“If Greece leaves the eurozone, the contagion is impossible to predict, just as Lehman had unexpected consequences.”

So what are some things that the average person can do to get prepared?

Well, a recent article on SHTFplan.com entitled “The List: A to Z Survival for the Abysmal Times Ahead” contains hundreds of ideas for preparing for the chaotic economic environment that we are heading into.

Preparation is going to look different for every family.  No two situations are exactly the same.

But there are some practical steps that nearly all of us can take to better position ourselves for what is coming.  Now is the time to get educated and now is the time to take action.

Or you could be like all of those that laughed at Noah while he was building that big boat.

In the end, things did not work out too well for those folks.

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/10-things-that-we-can-learn-about-shortages-and-preparation-from-the-economic-collapse-in-greece

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