There are segments of populations around the world that are feeling the imminent pull of an economic meltdown, both globally and locally, and many of these citizens are stockpiling for a time of crisis and transition.
A large group in particular are member nations in the Euro Zone. A report from December 17th is showing the growing anxiety of both middle class, and lower middle class people realizing that after several months of debate and argument, the central banks and sovereign leadership in the EU cannot stop the growing crisis occurring in their banking and economic systems.
The warning by economists that Britain is just ‘nine meals from anarchy’ is brutally borne out. Unlike last summer, the rioters on the streets aren’t looking for trainers and flat-screen TVs — just food.
An absurd fantasy? Perhaps so, but in an increasingly uncertain world, such a scenario can no longer be dismissed out of hand. And strange as it may seem, it’s one that many believe is worth preparing for.
Across the country, steps are being taken to cope with such a situation. But not by central or local government. Their contingency planning for such an emergency is focused on the most important and most vulnerable in society.
Instead it is ordinary people who are taking action: stockpiling their larders with non-perishable food, buying water-purifying pumps and camping stoves.
While five years ago such behaviour might have been dismissed as the activities of ‘end-of-the-world’ eccentrics, those doing so today are professionals from every walk of life. – Daily Mail
Disaster preparedness throughout history has been a matter of threasholds, and prudence for most people. Some recognize the potential of being stranded with little electricity and municipal help if a storm shuts down the grid for any period of time, and will prepare accordingly. Alternatively, others may see a bogieman event and go all out as many did during the Y2K crisis.
In the 2008 credit crisis, those threasholds were not dire enough to drive many to create a concerted plan for disaster preparedness, but three years later, many things have changed. The uncertainty of employment, the lost confidence now being expressed in the banking system, and the lack of leadership able to deal with the current crisis is forcing many to realize they are the only ones who will be responsible for their welfare in the event of a social, structural, or economic breakdown.
In America, this Christmas season has seen the purchase of guns and other survival gear lead the way in what people are buying over sentimental items and the normal holiday gift ideas. As we prepare to go into 2012, a year that has been documented to be one of change by many prophetic calenders such as the Mayan and I-Ching, the underlying feeling around the world is a time of crisis, chaos, transition and change, even leading to war as we are seeing now in the Middle East.
Europeans are closer to the street when it comes to realizing how bad the economy is in their zone of influence, and protests, riots, crime, and rebellion against the system comes much easier and much quicker than in the US. As citizens in Britian, and a number of Euro nations realize the extent of their economic crisis, the rise in disaster preparedness around the world is only growing.