Here is a great article wrote by a prepper from Lier Capitol who gives great advice on how you can do a few simple things with your finances that will make sure they are still there after the SHTF, because we all know if we rely on the government or someone else to take care of it there wont be any left. They also give some great tips on Bartering and prepping, give it read:
Bartering and Prepping Tips: Why it is important
Every year, the world seems to be devastated by natural disasters. In the US alone, hurricanes are common in at least one state a year. There are wildfires raging through Australia. Tsunamis in Indonesia and East Asia. The world seems to be gearing up for an apocalypse and we are going to be smack in the middle of it.
You never know when the next natural disaster will hit you and your family. It is always, ALWAYS better to be prepared for any eventuality. Whether it is stocking up on food and water or even buying gold to save up for a later date, you need to stay ready for the worst that could happen. If it doesn’t happen in your lifetime, then all the better for you. If it does, you are going to be over the moon that you were actually ready for it.
Keep basic survival items on standby
Your home needs to be prepared for the immediate response to a disaster. These are items that are required for the first reaction to any disaster, whether it is a hurricane or any other cataclysm. Common examples of these items include batteries, a flashlight, painkillers and other emergency medication such as for asthma.
In addition to this, you should have a radio that is portable and tuned to the emergency broadcast channel. Ideally, this radio will have the capability to access satellite radio stations and weather channels. Try to use one that is powered by a crank (old school technology) so that you won’t be stranded if you run out of batteries.
Another good idea is to have a whistle for distress calls and a few gallons of water in case you are trapped, along with food items that aren’t perishable. Other useful things include maps of the local and state area, food for any pets you may have and a list of telephone numbers for disaster relief and emergency services, along with a satellite phone and portable charger.
Family evacuation plan
If an emergency does happen and a dire situation should arise, you also need to make sure that you can get your family together. The chances are that you are going to be at work and the kids at school when SHTF, so you need to make sure your family has a disaster plan. If you don’t, people are going to panic. This is never a course that has a good outcome. Tell your family about safe meeting places in case of an emergency.
Do not leave your kids out of the planning phase. They have the right to know just as much as the adults do about what is going on. Preparing your kids mentally for the survival challenge they will have to face is also a good way to make sure they don’t freeze when the time comes. If possible, have drills to make sure the routes to safe zones are drilled into their heads.
Remember – it is always better to be prepared.