Don't Trust Uncle Sam to Protect You From the Next Disaster

You'd think we were in the middle of another Cold War. Recent headlines are full of doom...

  • Can America really envision World War III?
  • Americans' concerns about nuclear war and energy conflicts grow
  • Pentagon report warns of China's plans for Taiwan, nuclear buildup

Lately, headlines are full of doom and gloom.

For folks who didn't live through the Cold War, it was, at times, scary. The threat of nuclear annihilation was terrifying. But we found ways to soldier through. Life went on.

The important thing was preparedness...

I'm old enough to remember practicing our family's escape plans of going into the basement of our Boston home as Russian missiles turned up in Cuba.

Still, the Cold War era of 1946 to 1991 was a time of incredible economic growth in the U.S. In the 1950s, incomes rose, inflation was low, and more folks than ever before were accomplishing the classic "American Dream."

Thankfully, the Cold War ended with no nuclear bombs dropping. But today, people are again worried about the threat of nuclear war.

The reality is few people will ever face a nuclear bomb. I'm not personally worried about a nuclear bomb. It's very unlikely that we will be face-to-face with one anytime soon.

But longtime subscribers know we believe in empowering people. And preparedness is something all of us should plan for. And as we're closing in on the start of winter, I'm going to share some tips to help you prepare for a real potential disaster...

Must-Have Items for Surviving Any Crisis

In my book, The Doctor's Protocol Field Manual, I wrote about how important it is to maintain emergency supplies in the event of a crisis – particularly one that lasts more than a few hours.

Even if you don't live in an area where snowstorms happen, you should still make sure to have these items on hand for other disasters like earthquakes, landslides, power outages, tornadoes, and hurricanes.

Here are the top three must-have items I recommend everyone keep in their homes:

1. Water. You should keep at least one gallon of water per person per day in reserve for drinking purposes. If you live in an arid climate, you may want to store up to three gallons of water per person per day. Use the formula below to calculate the total amount of water you need:

__(number of people) x __(number of gallons) x __(number of days) = ________

So if you have four people in your family... and plan for one gallon of drinking water per day for each person... and you plan to keep a seven-day supply... you'll need to store at least 28 gallons of water (4 x 1 x 7 = 28).

2. Food. The absolute best food for emergency prep is canned soup. It's the main surplus food supply I keep in my own home. It's compact and easy to store. It will give you all the nutrients you need. And it keeps for a long time.

I also recommend stocking up on peanut butter. It's a great source of protein, dietary fiber, some carbs, and fat. Just be sure to get natural peanut butter that's just peanuts and salt, no added sugars.

3. Power. Aside from stockpiling batteries, you can also invest in a small generator for power. The right gasoline-powered generator can provide all the electricity you need to maintain everyday living. You can power your lights, refrigerator, water heater, and electric stoves.

Of course, this requires a great deal of fuel. When confronted with an outage of unknown duration, it's wise to conserve fuel by using the generator for bare necessities only.

And remember: NEVER RUN A GENERATOR INSIDE THE HOUSE OR GARAGE. Generators emit lethal fumes. These machines always require good ventilation.

In The Doctor's Protocol Field Manual, I cover everything you need to survive any crisis, from what to do on a crashing jetliner... to how to ship your assets offshore. Use it as your go-to guide in almost any type of crucial situation.

Click here to get a copy of The Doctor's Protocol Field Manual.

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Here's to our health, wealth, and a great retirement,

Dr. David Eifrig and the Health & Wealth Bulletin Research Team
December 8, 2022