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Stock Up Now: Food Shortages Are Coming Soon

Many prepper sites have been warning about the food shortages since the toilet paper panic of March 2020 when the scamdemic’s fear campaign took hold in the minds of millions of Americans. The intentional disruption of the supply chain by most governments worldwide will result in a net shortage of about 8 billion meals.

Most readers of this site are already set.  However, if you don’t have at least 6 months of storable food for every person in your family, you may want to consider getting what you can now.  There is no realistic way to follow this advice because it’s impossible to prepare for everything, but do your best:

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The mainstream media has really amped up the “third wave” rhetoric in the past three days. According to Yahoo News,  grocers are a little more prepared this time around and have been stocking “pandemic pallets” of food they can reorder quickly, but some things will still be hard to find.

At this point, all it is going to take to see people wipe out the grocery stores again is a lying politician opening their mouth. Keep in mind that any announcement could be the trigger.

Local food banks are gearing up for a rough winter as far as food shortages go too. A hefty amount of the shortages are due to the government’s commands and dictates during the coronavirus scamdemic. The supply chains will likely never fully recover either.

At other processing plants, production levels declined due to employee absences by workers that had health concerns related to coronavirus. For a few weeks, the U.S. meat processing industry was only operating at 50-60 percent of capacity. Normally, more than 450,000 head of market hogs are processed each day in the U.S., so when daily processing levels dropped by 40 percent, there was quickly a backlog of market hogs. This resulted in the necessity to euthanize hundreds of thousands of market hogs for several weeks. –Crow River Media

Additionally, food prices are expected to skyrocket in the coming months. The finite economic law of supply and demand will come into play. Please don’t get caught off guard.

Remember, we made it clear that most people are unaware of what they should be stocking upon, as they buy all the prepackaged meals and frozen pizzas:

Grocery Stores Are Prepping For the 2nd Wave Of COVID-19 Panic Buying

Use this to your advantage and buy beans, rice, coconut oil, olive oil, and cases of canned goods (don’t forget a can opener.) Let other people have all the frozen pizzas they want. It won’t hurt to grab a few extra rolls of toilet paper right now as you can as well.

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Grocery Stores Are Prepping For a 2nd Wave Of COVID-19 Panic Buying

The mainstream media continues to report on the increasing number of cases during this scamdemic. They are obviously gearing us up for something, and grocery stores are preparing for the second wave of panic buying.

If panic buying has not yet returned to your area, you may want to stay alert and potentially expect it soon. Luckily, most readers of this site have figured out that they need a bug out plan and have stored enough food and water to get them through several months of an emergency. If you have yet to prepare at all, you may be too late. Grocery stores are now expecting a second round of panic buying over the second wave.  But this time, it isn’t just the plandemic that has people panicked.  The upcoming election chaos is also taking its toll.

As reported by Today, with a second wave of COVID-19 looming and fear over potential preplanned unrest around the presidential election, consumers are aggressively stocking up on various foods. Grocers are struggling to keep up with the demand for some foods.

Grocery Stores “Prep” For Second Wave Of COVID-19 By Stocking Up On Inventory

“As of now what we are seeing is the start of the second wave of panic,” said Chris Mentzer, the director of operations for Rastelli Market Fresh in New Jersey. “Our customers keep telling me how they are looking for any type of freezer to purchase so they can start stocking up their homes now. Their main concern is meat.” He explained that customers are mainly looking to buy and freeze beef and poultry — ground beef, steaks, roasts and all varieties of chicken.

They’re also starting to buy a lot of frozen meals and frozen pizzas,” said Mentzer. “We are seeing anything that can be microwaved quickly or easily made in the oven for kids, fly off the shelves, as people are preparing for schools and colleges to be closed this winter — along with a run on dried goods and paper goods, as well.” –Today

Buyin frozen pizzas and extra meat is a good idea if you expect the power to stay on, and that’s kind of up in the air right now too.

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If the grid goes down, all those frozen pizzas will not be able to be heated up in a microwave or baked in an oven nor will they last forever unfrozen. Buying vegetables to can or dry goods or canned goods is a better option, but readers of this site already know that.

The good news is that if people truly are buying gout the frozen junk food, there will be a lot of excellent vegetables left that you can purchase and can, especially if your garden was meager this year. I like to rab a jug of vinegar every time I am in the grocery store. This way, there’s plenty to can with. You should also consider stocking up on heirloom seeds that grow well in your area.

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The fact that most people are stocking up on frozen meals could also mean other options such as organic peanut butter and olive oil (coconut oil too) will be available. Those are good sources of fats and can fill you up – and will be a lot better for you than a frozen pizza. Again, things readers of this site already know. The oils can also be cooked with to add sustenance to meals.

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The good news is that we can bank on others’ weaknesses when it comes to prepping and the things that you should actually be storing will be more likely to be readily available.

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Grocery Stores Are Prepping For a 2nd Wave Of COVID-19 Panic Buying

The mainstream media continues to report on the increasing number of cases during this scamdemic. They are obviously gearing us up for something, and grocery stores are preparing for the second wave of panic buying.

If panic buying has not yet returned to your area, you may want to stay alert and potentially expect it soon. Luckily, most readers of this site have figured out that they need a bug out plan and have stored enough food and water to get them through several months of an emergency. If you have yet to prepare at all, you may be too late. Grocery stores are now expecting a second round of panic buying over the second wave.  But this time, it isn’t just the plandemic that has people panicked.  The upcoming election chaos is also taking its toll.

As reported by Today, with a second wave of COVID-19 looming and fear over potential preplanned unrest around the presidential election, consumers are aggressively stocking up on various foods. Grocers are struggling to keep up with the demand for some foods.

Grocery Stores “Prep” For Second Wave Of COVID-19 By Stocking Up On Inventory

“As of now what we are seeing is the start of the second wave of panic,” said Chris Mentzer, the director of operations for Rastelli Market Fresh in New Jersey. “Our customers keep telling me how they are looking for any type of freezer to purchase so they can start stocking up their homes now. Their main concern is meat.” He explained that customers are mainly looking to buy and freeze beef and poultry — ground beef, steaks, roasts and all varieties of chicken.

They’re also starting to buy a lot of frozen meals and frozen pizzas,” said Mentzer. “We are seeing anything that can be microwaved quickly or easily made in the oven for kids, fly off the shelves, as people are preparing for schools and colleges to be closed this winter — along with a run on dried goods and paper goods, as well.” –Today

Buyin frozen pizzas and extra meat is a good idea if you expect the power to stay on, and that’s kind of up in the air right now too.

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If the grid goes down, all those frozen pizzas will not be able to be heated up in a microwave or baked in an oven nor will they last forever unfrozen. Buying vegetables to can or dry goods or canned goods is a better option, but readers of this site already know that.

The good news is that if people truly are buying gout the frozen junk food, there will be a lot of excellent vegetables left that you can purchase and can, especially if your garden was meager this year. I like to rab a jug of vinegar every time I am in the grocery store. This way, there’s plenty to can with. You should also consider stocking up on heirloom seeds that grow well in your area.

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The fact that most people are stocking up on frozen meals could also mean other options such as organic peanut butter and olive oil (coconut oil too) will be available. Those are good sources of fats and can fill you up – and will be a lot better for you than a frozen pizza. Again, things readers of this site already know. The oils can also be cooked with to add sustenance to meals.

PREPPING FOR THE UPCOMING GOVERNMENT-INDUCED FOOD SHORTAGES

The good news is that we can bank on others’ weaknesses when it comes to prepping and the things that you should actually be storing will be more likely to be readily available.

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Prepare for Fearful Masses: Toilet Paper Panic Buying Returns As People Fall For “Second Wave”

The mainstream media continues to do its job well.  The mass panic among the public is rising yet again in the aftermath of the fake “second wave” being perpetrated by the mainstream media at the commands of their handlers in the government.

We have been warning that there would be another wave of this scamdemic, real or not, in order to keep the public dumbed down in a panicked state of fear.  People are much easier to control if they are terrified, and it seems like many are falling for the scam once again. As the MSM continues to report on a rise in cases and new outbreaks and “clusters” of the coronavirus, the panic buying of toilet paper has returned to places such as Australia.

According to a report by The Guardian, Victoria has reintroduced limits on purchases in supermarkets and has called in the military as a spike in Covid-19 cases over the past week has placed renewed pressure on testing facilities, and sparked a rush on supermarkets for supplies.

A Victorian government spokeswoman confirmed state officials had asked the commonwealth to provide more than 300 Australian Defence Force troops. Of those, a small amount will be delegated to quarantine hotels. Defense support is already being used at quarantine hotels in New South Wales. So far, Victoria has relied on police to ensure returned travelers remain in mandatory isolation for 14 days. –The Guardian

It sure looks like this is build up to martial law.  Bringing in the troops (yes, this is Australia) to “help” with an outbreak is absolutely ludicrous, especially considering the whole thing is a scam to help bring in the New World Order.

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Fears about further virus spread and renewed lockdowns has prompted a renewed round of panic-buying, prompting Woolworths to once again impose purchase limits in Victoria previously implemented across Australia early in the pandemic. –The Guardian

The media chooses words such a “panic” and “fear” on purpose because that’s the state they want your mind in. It’s difficult, but we all need to rise above this panic.  We’ve made preparations, so there’s no reason to be afraid. Double, and triple check your preps and make sure you’ve got what you need. I noticed the cost of Quick Clot has already gone up.  If you need some, now is the time to stock up.

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We all need to wake up. Please stop falling for this. Humanity is at stake at this point. It’s time to stop pretending someone else is going to save us. We need to save ourselves outside of the system that was rigged against us. Buy gold and silver, or Bitcoin (I know not everyone likes cryptocurrency) if you would like. All of those can be used outside of the central bank’s system, and if things continue, it would not be surprising to see metals purchases banned.

There is still hope, but it comes from within each of us. This is a war for our minds, and if we cannot realize that simple fact, they will continue to try to manipulate us into wars, death, and enslavement. Imagine a world where no human agrees to go to war against another. Imagine not having people lining up to kill others they’ve never met on the command of bankers who want to rule to world.

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Beware the dreaded ‘mini-roll’: Online scammers are duping people into buying tiny toilet paper rolls

Toilet paper has become a precious commodity since the start of the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year as crowds descended upon grocery stores to panic-buying rolls en masse. The hoarding has since driven shoppers online to scour for sales as prices soared to as much as $10 a roll late last month.

But now, toilet paper scammers are taking advantage of the situation by duping internet shoppers into buying the sought-after good at lower prices — only to deliver miniature-sized rolls.

According to the Charlotte Observer, after placing orders from dubious online outfits, American shoppers have been receiving absurd variations of toilet paper on their doorsteps, inspiring terms such as “mini rolls,” “baby rolls” and “doll paper.”

Shirley Ann Hodges of Florida told McClatchy News she ordered 12 rolls for $16.99 from Asia, which seemed reasonable. She got the 12 rolls all right, but they’re a fraction of the size she expected.

“Yeah, they took advantage of us. I put some in Easter baskets as gag gifts,” Hodges said. “I didn’t send it back. What happens if I get desperate?”

Hector Cruz of Charlotte said “the TP shortage of 2020” compelled him to order a 10-pack for $14.99 and he ended up with rolls one-third the normal size.

He says he saw the ridiculousness and shared photos on Facebook, figuring others could use “a good laugh.”

“Maybe they thought I had Lego figures that needed TP,” he wrote on Facebook.

Commenting on his girlfriend’s order of a 12-pack of toilet paper off of Amazon — which somehow fit inside his mailbox — Medium.com blogger J.R. Reed wrote: “This is what happens to people in the early days of the pandemic, with people hoarding toilet paper. You force people like my girlfriend who are very intelligent and extremely sane to order Chinese toilet paper off Amazon.”

For those who wish to score toilet paper online but want to avoid being ripped off, Digital Trends has offered some pointers. Implicit in its post about how to buy toilet paper online is some prudent advice — stick to retailers you recognize.

“First, you need to have a list of online retailers to check for new supplies, and you need to check them often to score a new shipment. Thankfully, this is a lot easier than running to every store in your town looking for a roll,” a recent post reads. “In addition to conventional online stores like Walmart, Amazon, and Target, check at some less obvious sites like Lowes, Home Depot, OfficeMax, and Staples.”

If, however, you are forced to wade into foreign e-commerce waters, whatever you do, beware the dreaded mini-roll.

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Man buys $10,000 in sanitizer, toilet paper. He tries to get a refund — but the store owner gives him the middle finger instead.

An Australian man, apparently wanting to capitalize on the panic-buying of toilet paper and hand sanitizer, reportedly purchased at least $10,000 in necessary merchandise.

When he realized that he wouldn’t be able to sell his toilet paper and sanitizer online for a profit, he tried to get his money back — but the store owner, who sold him the merchandise, wasn’t having it at all.

What are the details?

John-Paul Drake, director of Drakes Supermarkets in Australia, recently shared a social media video about the incident, according to Newsweek.

In the video, Drake said, “I had my first customer yesterday who said he wanted to get a refund on 150 packets of 32-pack toilet paper and 150 units of one-liter sanitizer.”

According to Drake, the customer spent about $10,000 on the merchandise.

“I told him that,” he said, as he flipped up his middle finger for the camera.

He also appeared on ABC Radio Adelaide, where he recounted the incident.

“In the conversation, [the shopper said], ‘My eBay site has been shut down, so we couldn’t profiteer off that,'” Drake recalled.

He pointed out that the unnamed shopper was crafty about getting around quantity limits, too.

“The person had a team of people that bought the products, because you’re only allowed to buy one of each at a time,” he explained. “So, you do your sums at 150 separate purchases to buy these.”

Drake called the move to profit off this pandemic “absolutely disgraceful,” adding that he’s had enough of people hoarding and panic-buying — especially at this level.

“The rest of my team [is] over this sort of behavior and having to police people taking more than they need — that’s a tough thing to deal with,” Drake said.

At the time of this writing, Johns Hopkins University researchers report that at least 6,462 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Australia, and 63 peopled have died.

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Family violence erupts over toilet paper as son reportedly punches his own mother over her supply

Authorities arrested a 26-year-old California man early Monday morning after he reportedly punched his mother over her toilet paper supply.

What are the details?

According to a Wednesday Los Angeles Times report, deputies visited a Saugus, California, residence after receiving a call of a domestic dispute.

The reported noted that the suspect, 26-year-old Adrian Yan, accused his mother of hoarding toilet paper and keeping her supply from him. When the argument between the two escalated, Yan reportedly punched her.

Yan’s mother said that she did, indeed, hide toilet paper from her son, because she believes he uses too much at a time.

Authorities arrested Yan on the scene on suspicion of battery. His mother declined medical treatment.

Shirley Miller of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station said that family violence and domestic situations are taking place all across the country during the COVID-19 lockdown.

“It was to be expected,” Miller said. “It’s happening everywhere.”

In a Tuesday evening tweet, the station wrote, “Family disturbance calls can start out over small things, and then they escalate. Deputies responded to a call where family members were arguing w/each other because one felt the other one hid toilet paper. It turned into a physical confrontation. One got arrested.”

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Last Minute Quarantine Preps You Can Buy From Home

This article was originally published on March 17, 2020. It has been updated with items that are now available.

Last Minute Quarantine Preps You Can Buy From Home

As much of the country is practicing social distancing in order to contain the coronavirus, fear has taken over the masses and people are wiping out grocery stores. While we advocate being prepared, fear doesn’t do anyone any good and that’s becoming more apparent by the day.

Because the public was largely unprepared for a pandemic, there isn’t much left to grab in stores.  Being in a crowded store right now is one of the last things preppers want to do anyway.  But there may be a few things you forgot to grab, so I’ve done my best to find items you can get from the comfort of your own home.

ITEMS AVAILABLE AT THE TIME OF THIS WRITING

N100 Face Mask (no longer N100, but can still be useful)

12 Cans of Black Beans

Bulk Black Beans in a 25 lb. box

Toilet Paper

Baby Wipes

Bidet (attachable to toilet) & Handheld Bidet – could free up your toilet paper stash to be bartered with

Feminine Hygiene: reusable menstrual cup

Bulk Wild Rice in storage bucket

24 cans of Peas

Basic First Aid Kit

Water filtration straws (LifeStraws)

These are some things that are still available online for purchase if you find yourself running low.  Personally, I also purchased the following after an audit of my own supplies:

12 lighters

Water purification tablets

Aloe Vera Gel (can be used on cuts or burns and in making hand sanitizer)

Quick Clotting Gauze

Hydrogen Peroxide

2-pack liquid soap for the family

A lot of the items preppers suggest get stockpiled have sold out. Anything labeled “emergency food” is almost impossible to find, so at this point, it’s time to make due with what we can get. The panicked masses have finally decided preparedness is a good thing, but their fear is not only destroying the economy, but it’s also making essentials difficult to come by.

Trying to desperately control this virus and the installment of fear in the public by the mainstream media is doing a lot more damage than the virus itself could ever hope to do to our society.

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Prepping: Nutritional Canned & Frozen Foods To Stock Up On

Toilet paper has become the hottest commodity of 2020 thanks to the panicked masses boarding it in the hours after the coronavirus was dubbed a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11. But most preppers already had enough toilet paper, so instead, it may be better to stock up on healthy frozen foods that will keep your immune system going strong during these difficult times.

It’s best that preppers continue to stock up on frozen foods and canned foods since they have a longer shelf life than fresh produce too. During a pandemic, overall health should be the most important thing. It sure doesn’t seem like it is though when stores are sold out of the wrong frozen foods like TV dinners and frozen pizzas.

Jennifer Presson, a nutritionist at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis recommends people start stocking up on frozen vegetables, frozen and canned fruits, and whole wheat pasta instead of processed foods.  Depending on what you have purchased or what you may already have in your freezer, Presson said there are a lot of meal options you can make for your family that is still healthy.

Instant brown rice, instant quinoa, things that we can cook really quickly,” she said according to Boston 25 News. “Add some canned beans to frozen vegetables and make kind of a grain bowl on a whim.” If you don’t want to leave your home, and some will not, there are still some bulk canned goods left to buy online.

But don’t just stock up. That’s an important step in getting a prepper pantry ready to go for a crisis, but you should be trying to learn to garden and save your food too.  Becoming more self-sufficient will help relieve some of the fears many Americans are currently feeling. You might enjoy fresh vegetables, but going to the grocery store can be taxing on some, especially those who are in a susceptible age group or health concern.

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Canned Green Beans and canned peas are still available. While not as good or nutritious as fresh produce, they’ll still give you at least some of your vitamins and minerals. Peanut butter is also great to stock up on and store for the long-term. An unopened jar of peanut butter will last about 2 years when stored at room temperature. It’s also a great source of healthy fats and provides a good amount of protein, along with essential vitamins and minerals, such as magnesium, potassium, and zinc

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During difficult times, it can often feel easier to just get food that’s already prepared whether it’s good for you or not.  When we’re facing an infection (and most health officials believe this coronavirus could come in waves), it’s best to err on the side of health and eat foods that will get your body ready to fight off  a virus rather than foods that could leave you more vulnerable.

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What Can Beginner & Seasoned Preppers Do During The Coronavirus Lockdown?

Boredom has set in for many in the United States, as the lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic continues for most. As preppers, our goal should not be to watch others suffer and laugh at their misery because they failed to prepare.  Instead, we should be helping others also prepare so the mass panic of a pandemic will be minimal next time around. And during lockdown is a great time to start.

People are in tough enough situations such as losing their jobs and being forced to close their businesses. Because of the dramatic effect of the sacrifices many have been commanded to make, this situation has had the positive effect of creating more people who want to be prepared for possible catastrophes.

It’s hard to not jump on the bandwagon and tell people “I told you so,” but if you want to be secure in your preparedness, the best thing you can do is help others secure their own preps. If others have food, it’s less likely they’ll be willing to risk severe bodily harm to steal food from you.

So what can new and seasoned preppers do while locked down?

Start by doing an audit of your supplies.  This is completely free and won’t cost you a dime. If you are beginning, you may not have much to check.  If you are not new to prepping, make sure everything is in working order, and the food is still good. Make a list of things you need to add to your gear. Once you have a list of things you would like to add to your supplies, start looking if you have money to spare. If not, start researching what you’ll be paying for those items so you can save up.

Not many anticipated that people would wipe out toilet paper first filling their entire cart with so much that it would take them 5 years to use it all.  Obviously, that money could have been spent on better items, like personal hygiene and healthy foods to boost the immune system.  For those who don’t already have enough toilet paper, it has been a rough few weeks.  But there are other solutions.

Consider getting a bidet.  These are fairly inexpensive and could mean the toilet paper you have stored could be bartered in an emergency.

Please do not flush paper towels and baby wipes! A plumbing problem during a catastrophe like a pandemic could mean you are out the use of your toilet until things subside. If you have a septic tank, it’s terrible for those, and you could damage the sewage system causing more problems that could make your life hell on earth especially during a lockdown.

As you figure out what you need, the next step is to make a budget. Have a set amount that you can spend on preparedness each month.  Make sure you are prepping your finances too, because the economic toll this will take, especially those who own small businesses or who provided services, will be massive. Have an emergency fund with 3-6 months worth of expenses set aside.  Use it only for emergencies.

Lastly, start boosting up your supplies, or for those who already had what they needed before this lockdown arrived, replenish items.  If you used up your peanut butter to avoid going to the grocery store, get more. Here is a list of items currently available that I have recently purchased. Some I used up, others expired, and some are additions or upgrades:

Bulk Peanut Butter (Individual jars are fine, but this is a 9lb tub)

Laundry Detergent

Hydrogen Peroxide

Paracord

Bulk Chia Seeds

Dried Black Beans

Dried Vegetable Soup Mix

Suture Kit (a great book to use a resource is The Survival Medicine Handbook: THE essential guide for when medical help is NOT on the way)

An Edible Plant Book

Bulk Toilet Paper (In stock at the time of this writing)

Vaseline

Upgraded Vehicle First Aid Kit

Do your audit and figure out what you might need or want to add.  If you can envision using it, you should add it to your list to acquire. Remember, when it comes to prepping: It’s better to have it and not need it than to need it an not have it.

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Of course: Semitruck shipment of toilet paper wiped out in fiery highway accident

Toilet paper during the coronavirus chaos: Though it might not be most folks’ No. 1 concern, it’s at least a No. 2 concern for millions.

Just look at the hoarding that went on as warnings of pandemic panic began: A jerk in Oregon smashed a car window to swipe a couple cases of the stuff; and no one can forget the Aussie women who got into fisticuffs over a store’s last roll.

And now the Dallas Metro area suddenly has less of it after a fiery wreck on the interstate in the wee hours Wednesday morning.

Bad news just piles up

According to KTVT-TV, a semitruck carrying a giant load of toilet paper turned over and caught fire, shutting down Interstate 20 for hours.

The big rig full of thousands of rolls of the coronavirus-era’s most treasured commodity was scheduled to drop its load in San Antonio later Wednesday.

KTVT said the driver told the outlet that he hit a bump, lost control of the truck, and hit a barrier before overturning.

Police told WFAA-TV that the semitruck driver, who was unharmed in the accident, fell asleep at the wheel.

Messy cleanup after lots of burning

The paper was scattered across the highway and “burned extensively,” Texas Department of Transportation officials told WFAA, adding that they expected it would take quite a while to get it cleaned up.

Image source: WFAA-TV screenshot

KTVT said firefighters spent hours putting out hot spots after dousing the main flames.

The Texas DOT dropped off crews to clean up the giant piles of wet wads of tissue blockage and finally had the interstate flowing regularly again several hours later.

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The Coronavirus, Fear, and Elitist Driven Market Insanity

This article was originally published by William Murray at The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity

Fear is contagious: Fear is more contagious than any virus could ever be, and the media has really fed the fear factor when it comes to the coronavirus.

I am by no means playing down the deadly Covid-19 coronavirus. It is a killer. Depending on the reporting nation, it appears that on average 3.4 percent of every 100 who catch the coronavirus die. Those are not good odds.

Adding to the problem, the Center for Disease Control allowed the virus to spread in the United States out of an act of pure stupidity. The CDC refused to allow testing of those with coronavirus symptoms unless they had visited certain areas of China. And what about those who were exposed at airports, restaurants, and stores? People died of the coronavirus in the United States before the CDC diagnosed a single case.

Because most of those infected are asymptomatic the scope of the spread of Covid-19 could only have been accurately measured by random testing. But months after the first actual warning from China there were not even enough test kits produced in the United States to test those with symptoms. Random testing still is impossible. Even citizens returning from hotspots in the first half of March were not tested at airports.

The headlines about seven dead in Seattle the first week of March emptied out stores and brought commerce to a standstill in that city. Shops and restaurants emptied out. With no guidance from federal, state or local officials the panic buying spread throughout the United States endangering the lives of millions of people as they coughed, sneezed and fought each other over toilet paper in Costco stores nationwide.

When the CDC began to test those with symptoms who had not been to China, the numbers exploded. As President Trump pointed out in his announcement most of those coronavirus cases came from Europe. But the CDC did not test anyone coming from Europe with the symptoms of the coronavirus despite the headline news of the virus outbreak there. Why?

Elitism: The problem at every level of the federal, state and local governments is elitism. All the bureaucrats think they are far smarter and superior to those they serve, and as a result, they come to very intellectually stupid conclusions. Romans 1:22 describes the government, business, and academic elites well: “Professing to be wise, they became fools.” (KJV)

Stock market reactions were bizarre even for that fantasy world. The DOW was down over 1,000 one day, back up over 1,000 the next, and then on Monday, March 16th down 12 percent, the worst day since 1987. The White House and the Federal Reserve announced the coronavirus would be fought with interest rate cuts.

Interest rates went to zero and the Federal Reserve pumped in $1.5 trillion before March 16th and then another $700 billion the day after.

WHAT? Using interest rate cuts and QE (Quantitative Easing) from the Fed to fight a killer virus?    NO … an interest rate hike to save the stock market from the coronavirus fear factor. The Federal Reserve also doubled down on overnight loans to help banks cover cash shortfall. The markets crashed anyway.

The bank liquidity problem predated the coronavirus. The bank bailout has been going on since last September. The Federal Reserve printed half a trillion dollars to save banks over the last six months. Does that make sense? Most of that money went to cover loans for more stock buybacks and operations of big corporations. The market plunge now requires even more Federal Reserve money printing to cover losses.

The Fed money could not bring the Markets back up because corporations had stopped “buybacks.” It was the buyback of their own stocks by corporations that drove the market up over the last decade or so, not value. Corporations like Exxon – all the big ones – bought back hundreds of billions a dollars a year of their own stock to drive up the share price for investors, and I might add, to increase the bonuses by millions of dollars a year of the CEOs of those companies.

The collective corporations in the S&P bought back more than 100 percent of their total free cash flow in 2019 and for many years before that. Some companies, even in the DOW, paid out more to buy back stock than they made in profit. They borrowed money to buy back stock and drive up the markets.

Total buybacks in 2018 were $806 billion and in 2019 an estimated $710 billion. All down the tubes now, lost in a few days of panic selling. Not enough left of it to buy a coffee at 7-11.

Remember Boeing Aircraft and the 737 Max problem of two crashes that grounded the planes worldwide? Over a period of six years (2013-2019) Boeing paid out $17 billion in dividends and bought back $43 billion of its own stock to drive up the stock price. That $60 billion came to 140 percent of profit for those years.

The CEO of Boeing received tens of millions of dollars for raising Boeing stock value! When he was finally forced out because of the 737 Max crashes he was given $18 million to leave as a reward for cutting production corners and artificially driving up the cost of the stock.

Corporations, like Netflix, that have never made a profit had shares trading at hundreds of dollars.

The markets are so important to the elites that President Trump along with the House Democrats and Republican Senate will do anything to get people buying and cash flowing so the big corporations can restart the buybacks they had to stop because of Covid-19 loss of business.

United Airlines used over 80 percent of its free cash flow in 2019 to buy back stock and now has gone begging for money from President Trump and the Congress to continue operations.

The elites who run the businesses and the bureaucracies are worried about their status and will do anything to keep the markets flying high. Their wealth is based on a fantasy bubble that something like the coronavirus could pop. The elites were so fearful they pretended there was no problem until the problem was too big to hide. Now the public must suffer.

Some final numbers: As of March 17th, the Fed has tossed $2.2 trillion into the whirlpool sewer of the American stock markets. The money could have gone to rebuild the entire rail network in the United States or to relieve the roads of congestion. The money could have been used to repair and replace the thousands of bridges in the United States that are deficient.

OR … That $2.2 trillion could have been used to increase the number of hospital beds per 1,000 persons in the United States up to Chinese or Russian numbers. Yes, the United States has just 2.5 or so hospital beds per 1,000 population in the United States, less than even Turkey. The United States ranks 32nd and for the Covid-19 pandemic, the tents are starting to go up.

“Greatest nation in the world.” Agreed. We have an unequaled military that can go anywhere and do anything. It should be able to — the government prints nearly a trillion dollars a year to pay for it. “Greatest nation in the world” starts to sound flat when the roads, bridges, rail systems and patched together hospital systems are examined under strain.

The Elites, the top 10 percent that own or control 80 percent of the wealth of the nation, have failed us. That includes not just the billionaires, but the Donald Trumps, Joe Bidens, Nancy Pelosis, Mitch McConnells along with the bankers, brokers, CEOs and academic leaders who have produced so many college graduates who now work at convenience stores.

They built the system to do what it does … Create false value in stocks because capital gain is taxed at a far lower rate than dividend income. The tax system was designed to do what the CEOs did to raise the value of their stock at the expense of quality, safety, and jobs.

The political, financial and educational systems have been broken by blood-sucking elites and the time for true populism is now. The nation belongs to the people, not to the elites, and now is the time for the people to take back their nation.

Libertarian populism, the fundamentals as taught by Frederick Hayek in the Constitution of Liberty must finally be turned to for the true freedom the people want and deserve.

William J Murray is the president of Washington DC-based Religious Freedom Coalition and author of several books, his last, Utopian Road to Hell, details the historic pitfalls of collectivism.

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A thief in Oregon smashed an SUV window to steal two 30-roll cases of toilet paper, police say

A thief in Oregon smashed in the rear window of an SUV to steal two 30-roll cases of toilet paper, police reported.

The Eugene Police Department alerted the community about the incident in post on the department’s Facebook page. They reported that the crime took place early Sunday morning, when the bandit allegedly shattered the entire rear window and took “all valuables including two cases of 30-roll toilet paper and some valuable business and personal items.”

The police department used the news as an opportunity to remind the public not to leave their vehicles unattended.

“Anytime vehicles are left unattended for extended periods of time, local thieves view it as a favorable opportunity,” the post stated. “It is not enough to lock the vehicle before leaving. To reduce the possibility of theft and deter criminals from breaking in to your vehicle, it is important to incorporate the following tips when leaving your vehicle.”

Police then went on to offer helpful tips in the post such as not to leave property visible inside your vehicle, to make sure to roll up the windows and lock the doors, and, of course, not to leave anything “valuable” inside the vehicle.

In the midst of the coronavirus hysteria, toilet paper is just that — an extremely valuable item.

One Facebook user noted as much in their response: “I literally took 2 rolls of paper towels out of my car last night because I didn’t want this to happen. C’mon!! I hate to victim shame … but that’s like leaving 2 bricks of gold in your car!!” he said.

People around the world began panic-buying over the last couple weeks prepping for the potential of lengthy quarantines due to the quickening spread of the coronavirus, formally known as COVID-19. While face masks and hand sanitizer were the first items to fly off shelves, household staples like bread, meat, paper towels — and yes, toilet paper — soon followed.

Hoarders descended on the supermarkets, the toilet paper supply completely vanished in many stores, and fights literally broke out over who would get to purchase the scarce commodity.

Two women in Australia were soon charged for their violent toilet paper brawl, which was caught on video and soon went viral.

Earlier this week, another police department in Oregon — the same state where the smashed window SUV theft took place — preemptively urged residents against reporting toilet paper shortages to emergency services.

In a Facebook post Sunday, the Newport Police Department said, “It’s hard to believe that we even have to post this. Do not call 9-1-1 just because you ran out of toilet paper. You will survive without our assistance.”

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“Do Not Call 9-1-1 Just Because You Ran Out Of Toilet Paper”

This article was originally published by Michael Snyder at The End of the American Dream. 

Did you ever imagine that you would see the day when police are being called out to protect trucks that are unloading shipments of toilet paper?  Well, in California this is actually happening.  At the Costco in Santa Maria, California police were seen guarding a truck as it unloaded a shipment of toilet paper on Saturday.

Thanks to the tremendous fear that the coronavirus pandemic is creating, toilet paper has become one of the hottest commodities in America all of a sudden.  Many retailers have already started to limit the amount of toilet paper that each customer can purchase, and shortages are becoming increasingly common.

So what should you do if you run out of toilet paper and can’t get anymore?

Well, apparently some people in Oregon have been calling 9-1-1 to voice their concerns.  The Newport Oregon Police Department posted the following message on their Facebook page two days ago…

It’s hard to believe that we even have to post this. Do not call 9-1-1 just because you ran out of toilet paper. You will survive without our assistance.

In fact, history offers many other options for you in your time of need if you cannot find a roll of your favorite soft, ultra plush two-ply citrus scented tissue.

Seamen used old rope and anchor lines soaked in salt water. Ancient Romans used a sea sponge on a stick, also soaked in salt water. We are a coastal town. We have an abundance of salt water available. Sea shells were also used.

Mayans used corn cobs. Colonial Americans also used the core of the cob. Farmers not only used corn cobs, but used pages from the Farmers Almanac. Many Americans took advantage of the numerous pages torn from free catalogs such as Sears and Roebuck. The Sears Christmas catalog, four times thicker than the normal catalog, could get a family of three wiped clean from December through Valentine’s Day; or Saint Patrick’s Day if they were frugal.

Then, of course, there are always alternatives to toilet paper. Grocery receipts, newspaper, cloth rags, lace, cotton balls, and that empty toilet paper roll sitting on the holder right now. Plus, there are a variety of leaves you can safely use. Mother Earth News magazine will even tell you how to make your own wipes using fifteen different leaves. When all else fails, you have magazine pages. Start saving those catalogs you get in the mail that you usually toss into the recycle bin. Be resourceful. Be patient. There is a TP shortage. This too shall pass. Just don’t call 9-1-1. We cannot bring you toilet paper.

I am glad that they approached this “crisis” with a sense of humor, but the reality of the matter is that this is starting to become a full-blown national problem.

At this point, even Amazon is having a very difficult time finding enough toilet paper

Those toilet paper and water shortages at your local markets and big-box retailers have affected Amazon, as well.

The company said over the weekend that it, too, is out of stock on many items, “especially in household staples categories,” and is working “around the clock” and bringing on “additional capacity” to deliver orders.

Ultimately, toilet paper is not essential for survival, and we could do just fine without out.

But what will happen if this pandemic stretches on for many more months and national food supplies start getting really tight?

Let us hope that we don’t get to that point any time soon because it would spark nationwide panic on a scale that is absolutely unprecedented.

Sadly, most Americans could not last very long on what they currently have stored up in their homes.  If we have to go through an extended national lockdown like we have already seen in China or Italy, a lot of the exact same people that mocked us for “preparing” are going to find themselves in a very precarious position.

And in some areas, a lockdown has already occurred.  In fact, more than 6 million residents of northern California have now been ordered to “shelter in place”

Six Bay Area counties announced a “shelter in place” order for all residents on Monday — the strictest measure of its kind yet in the continental United States — directing everyone to stay inside their homes and away from others as much as possible for the next three weeks as public health officials desperately try to curb the rapid spread of coronavirus across the region.

The directive begins at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday and involves San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa and Alameda counties — a combined population of more than 6.7 million.

Most Bay Area residents will be just fine for a few days.

But what happens if this “shelter in place” order lasts for several months?

Over on the east coast, New York City has not been locked down yet, but the latest measures are a big step in that direction

The city that never sleeps has been forced to shut down its bars, restaurants, movie theaters and gyms, including those in New York City’s iconic Times Square, in a bid to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Photos of one of the most famous tourist attractions in the Big Apple show a relatively quiet scene with only a handful of people walking under Times Square’s bright lights on Monday.

The state of New York now has the most confirmed cases in the entire nation, and if this outbreak continues to spread wildly it is just a matter of time before a total lockdown is instituted.

At this point, the United States is on the exact same trajectory as Italy.  If this continues, the same things that are happening there will start happening here.

In the northern portion of the country, the death toll is becoming truly frightening.  In fact, we just learned that six Catholic priests have died from the virus in the city of Bergamo alone

At the heart of the European coronavirus crisis in northern Italy’s city of Bergamo, six Catholic priests have died during the past week from the disease and, as of Sunday, over 20 priests were hospitalized.

The Bishop of Bergamo, Francesco Beschi, confirmed this numbers speaking with the Italian TV news network Rainews24.

Anyone that has to deal with the public is going to be at great risk during this pandemic, and so it is vital not to underestimate the deadliness of this virus.

Just a few weeks ago there were zero cases in Bergamo, but now the city’s crematory has so many dead bodies it is unable to keep up

An Italian mayor says that his city’s crematory is now “unable to dispose of all the work it has to do,” as there have been so many bodies of those who have died due to the coronavirus.

Giorgio Gori — the mayor of Bergamo, Italy — says that it is no longer only the hospitals that are in a state of emergency but also the crematorium responsible for managing the bodies, according to a report by Il Giornale.

Doesn’t that sound eerily similar to what happened in Wuhan?

If we don’t get this outbreak under control somehow, the same thing will eventually happen in the United States too.

But most Americans still seem to believe that this virus is not a serious threat to them personally.  In fact, a brand new survey discovered that only 19 percent of Americans expect to catch COVID-19…

The survey of 502 people at least 18 years old shows that fear and panic doesn’t seem to be completely overtaking most households, but plenty of Americans are worried. In all, 19% of respondents think they’ll be diagnosed with coronavirus at some point.

Interestingly, nearly one in ten (9%) people went as far to admit they believe they have coronavirus right now.

Meanwhile, Goldman Sachs is projecting that half the U.S. population will eventually become infected.

A lot of people that are not taking this seriously will eventually get sick and die.

And this is especially true for those that are openly mocking this pandemic.  Right now, “the coronavirus challenge” is getting a lot of attention on social media for all the wrong reasons.

As a part of this challenge, people are literally licking toilet seats and doorknobs

No matter what’s at stake, please don’t try this challenge, folks.

There’s a brand new challenge introduced on TikTok where people are licking everyday items that are often for public use.

Yes, these include toilet seats and doorknobs.

How unbelievably stupid do you have to be to do something like that?

Unfortunately, this is yet another perfect example of how far our society has degenerated.

We have literally become an “idiocracy”, and we are sitting ducks for a deadly virus that is not going to show us any mercy whatsoever.

About the Author: I am a voice crying out for change in a society that generally seems content to stay asleep. My name is Michael Snyder and I am the publisher of The Economic Collapse BlogEnd Of The American Dream and The Most Important News, and the articles that I publish on those sites are republished on dozens of other prominent websites all over the globe. I have written four books that are available on Amazon.com including The Beginning Of The EndGet Prepared Now, and Living A Life That Really Matters. (#CommissionsEarned) By purchasing those books you help to support my work. I always freely and happily allow others to republish my articles on their own websites, but due to government regulations, I need those that republish my articles to include this “About the Author” section with each article. In order to comply with those government regulations, I need to tell you that the controversial opinions in this article are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of the websites where my work is republished. This article may contain opinions on political matters, but it is not intended to promote the candidacy of any particular political candidate. The material contained in this article is for general information purposes only, and readers should consult licensed professionals before making any legal, business, financial or health decisions. Those responding to this article by making comments are solely responsible for their viewpoints, and those viewpoints do not necessarily represent the viewpoints of Michael Snyder or the operators of the websites where my work is republished. I encourage you to follow me on social media on Facebook and Twitter, and anyway that you can share these articles with others is a great help.

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Last Minute Quarantine Preps You Can Buy From Home

As much of the country is practicing social distancing in order to contain the coronavirus, fear has taken over the masses and people are wiping out grocery stores. While we advocate being prepared, fear doesn’t do anyone any good and that’s becoming more apparent by the day.

Because the public was largely unprepared for a pandemic, there isn’t much left to grab in stores.  Being in a crowded store right now is one of the last things preppers want to do anyway.  But there may be a few things you forgot to grab, so I’ve done my best to find items you can get from the comfort of your own home.

ITEMS AVAILABLE AT THE TIME OF THIS WRITING

N100 Face Mask

12 Cans of Beans and Franks

Bulk Black Beans in a storage bucket

Toilet Paper

Baby Wipes

Bidet (attachable to toilet) & Handheld Bidet – could free up your toilet paper stash to be bartered with

Feminine Hygiene: reusable menstrual cup

Bulk Rice in storage bucket

24 cans of Peas

Basic First Aid Kit

Water filtration straws (LifeStraws)

These are some things that are still available online for purchase if you find yourself running low.  Personally, I also purchased the following after an audit of my own supplies:

12 lighters

Water purification tablets

Aloe Vera Gel (can be used on cuts or burns and in making hand sanitizer)

Quick Clotting Gauze

Hydrogen Peroxide

2-pack liquid soap for the family

A lot of the items preppers suggest get stockpiled have sold out. Anything labeled “emergency food” is almost impossible to find, so at this point, it’s time to make due with what we can get. The panicked masses have finally decided preparedness is a good thing, but their fear is not only destroying the economy, but it’s making essentials difficult to come by.

Trying to desperately control this virus and the installment of fear in the public by the mainstream media is doing a lot more damage than the virus itself could ever hope to do to our society.

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Preppers Were Right All Along: Food Is Being Wiped Out Desperation May Soon Set In

There has been nothing less than a complete overreaction by the unprepared masses for the coronavirus pandemic. Even the mainstream media is admitting that preppers were right all along as they have remained calm knowing they have all the food and supplies they need. 

For those in the often-mocked “prepper” community, this is quickly becoming their “I told you so” moment, reported the Washington Times. But many preppers are resisting saying that, even if it’s in the back of their minds. What they hope is that they’ll finally be taken seriously and that more people will follow their lead. When one has prepared, the need to go into a crowded grocery store during a pandemic to buy a cart full of toilet paper is nonexistent.

All of a sudden, the panic buying caused by a level of fear perpetuated by the mainstream media has led to people emptying grocery stores in a frenzy.  Preppers have been proven correct in their preparedness, but unfortunately, it’s not a time to gloat.  All the desperate masses will cause a different kind of crisis.

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We all know what happens when a TV is $100 off on Black Friday.  Now the shelves are bare at many grocery stores across the country, and if the panic doesn’t subside soon, we’ll have desperation and a Great Depression to deal with.

But preppers can learn from this too.  Having supplies is one thing, but another layer is dealing with the unprepared masses.  If your grocery store looks like mine, there’s no toilet paper to be found. Now is the time to find alternatives so we won’t have to use our stockpile.  Baby wipes (don’t flush these please, even if they say flushable) and getting a bidet all of a sudden are very excellent options.  If you don’t use all the baby wipes during this panic, you will have them available for the next one.  If you get a bidet, you won’t need much in the way of paper products and could be fine without any at all giving you a powerful bartering item.

When a frazzled woman is crying in the paper aisle because she can’t find toilet paper, it’s nice to be able to offer solutions and help at least one person.  Some people, it seems just want chaos, and that will probably never change. But some, especially after this pandemic, will be more open to learning about preparedness. The more people we can help, the less the chances of dealing with this mass fear and panic in the future.

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The point is that as preppers, we can try to help others and we can learn to find alternatives to commonly stored items if they just cannot be found.  To be honest, at this point, I’m not avoiding the public out of fear of getting the virus.  I simply don’t want to be around a large crowd of panicked people.

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There is a certain amount of calm that you have when you know you’ve been mocked for being prepared, but now you don’t have to worry about things for a while.

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Coronavirus Hoax: Americans Panicked After Getting Fake Martial Law Text Messages

Over the weekend, people from all walks of life, across the entire United States bought out grocery stores and wiped out toilet paper from every conceivable nook and cranny. A lot of this panic was fueled by a text message that people received telling them president Donald Trump was going to impose “medical martial law” in the form of a two-week lockdown of the entire nation.

The spread of coronavirus has already led the government to declare a national emergency over the deadly disease that has so far claimed 93 lives nationwide, and infected more than 4,700 people across the country (at the time of this writing), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Meters.

However, certain unsavory characters apparently decided to exploit the already tense situation to stoke more fear in the hearts of Americans and provoke real panic. People across the US received text messages claiming the president is about to impose martial law within the next 48 hours while urging people to stockpile supplies, according to a report by RT. This comes as many shops have already reportedly run out of toilet paper among other things.

Americans responded by panicking and wiping out grocery stores.

The message referred to the Stafford Act, which more attentive readers noticed. Because Trump already invoked the Stafford Act when he declared a national state of emergency. The government unlocked additional powers and funding for disaster response and involved the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the fight against coronavirus – but nothing close to martial law was imposed.

While it probably isn’t wise to assume the nation won’t on lockdown, it’s doubtful considering Trump needs a strong economy in order to get reelected.

Anything less than a quick end to this situation and turnaround in the economy will see him out the door as we usher in President Sanders or Biden.  If Trump locks down the country and medical martial law is enforced, the economy will be decimated even more so than it has been. Trump will likely do everything he can to stop the bleeding of the markets.

The Worst Part About The Pandemic Isn’t The Virus, It’s The Mass Panic Which Will Cause An Economic Collapse

It’s unlikely the federal government will impose a lockdown but expect more containment measures from cities and municipalities dealing with an outbreak locally. Also, make sure you’re ready just in case this happens because this is a rapidly changing crisis.

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Did The Federal Reserve Just Purposely Try To Crash The Stock Market?

This article was originally published by Michael Snyder at The Economic Collapse Blog. 

Unless the Federal Reserve is purposely attempting to spread panic on Wall Street, the decisions that the Fed just made don’t make any sense at all.  Back on March 3rd, the Federal Reserve announced an unscheduled emergency interest rate cut for the very first time since 2008.

Wall Street immediately interpreted that as a “panic move” and the Dow Jones Industrial Average ended the session down 785 points.  So Fed officials had to know what was going to happen once they announced an even bigger unscheduled emergency interest rate cut on Sunday.  Predictably, stock futures hit “limit down” very rapidly, and now investors are bracing for a week of tremendous carnage.

But this didn’t have to happen.  Yes, we witnessed three of the worst trading days in U.S. stock market history last week, but on Friday the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 1,985 points.  It was an absolutely epic rally, and if the Fed had not caused so much panic there may have been a good chance that the rally could have continued into next week.

In other words, U.S. stocks just had one of their best days ever, and there didn’t appear to be a need for any “emergency intervention” by the Fed.

If the Federal Reserve had just waited a couple of days until their normal monthly meeting, and if the Fed had just cut rates a quarter-point, that would have likely been greeted by the markets with warm enthusiasm.

But instead, Fed officials decided to load up their bazooka and go for broke on Sunday.  In addition to using up all of their “interest rate ammunition” in one epic volley, the Fed also officially restarted quantitative easing

The Federal Reserve, saying “the coronavirus outbreak has harmed communities and disrupted economic activity in many countries, including the United States,” cut interest rates to essentially zero on Sunday and launched a massive $700 billion quantitative easing program to shelter the economy from the effects of the virus.

The new fed funds rate, used as a benchmark both for short-term lending for financial institutions and as a peg to many consume rates, will now be targeted at 0%-0.25% down from a target range of 1% to 1.25%.

These moves have “panic” written all over them, and investors immediately responded accordingly

Stock market futures hit “limit down” levels of 5% lower, a move made by the CME futures exchange to reduce panic in markets. No prices can trade below that threshold, only at higher prices than that down 5% limit.

Dow Jones Industrial average futures were off by more than 1,000 points, triggering the limit down level. S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 futures were also at their downside limits.

As I mentioned above, Fed officials saw what happened immediately after their March 3rd emergency rate cut, and so this sort of response by the markets should have been foreseeable.

As Wolf Richter has noted, these latest moves by the Fed were “the opposite of being confidence-inspiring”…

The whole Sunday afternoon maneuver, on top of the mega shock-and-awe maneuvers Thursday and Friday reek of sheer and outright panic – and they’re the opposite of being confidence inspiring. That stock futures plunged after the Fed had effectively put its biggest tools to work shows how obvious this panic is.

So then why did the Fed pull the trigger if this was going to be the result?

It would seem that there are two obvious conclusions.  Either Fed officials are completely and utterly incompetent, or they were purposely trying to crash the stock market.

And now that the Federal Reserve is completely out of interest rate ammunition to fight any future economic downturn, the only weapon they have left is “helicopter money”.

As economic activity comes to a grinding standstill due to fear of the coronavirus, it appears to be inevitable that we will see tremendous inflation as the Fed floods the system with money.

In other words, there is going to be a whole lot more money chasing a lot fewer goods and services in the months to come.

Meanwhile, we are already starting to see a run on U.S. banks.  On Thursday, so many people were taking money out of a Bank of America branch in midtown Manhattan that it actually ran out of cash

As the stock market was having its worst day in 30 years on Thursday, customers at a Bank of America branch in Midtown Manhattan, the financial heart of New York, were lining up to take cash out of their accounts — sometimes tens of thousands of dollars at a time.

So many people sought huge sums that the bank branch, at 52nd Street and Park Avenue, temporarily ran out of $100 bills to fulfill large withdrawals, according to three people familiar with the branch’s operations. The shortage hit after a rash of requests for as much as $50,000, said two people who witnessed the rush.

And according to Zero Hedge, wealthy individuals in the Hamptons are doing the same thing…

As the ultra rich Snake Plisken out of the soon-to-be quarantined Manhattan – where at least one bank has are already run out of $100 bills – to fortify themselves against the viral zombie peasant hordes in their impregnable castles in the Hamptons, one thing they’re looking to hoard is cash, which has caused some substantial pressure on financial institutions in the area, according to Bloomberg. At least one New Yorker had his $30,000 cash withdrawal request denied at a Chase bank after being told the limit was $10,000. Meanwhile, bank employees said they were waiting on a “shipment of cash” to fulfill other requests that have been made exceeding the $10,000 amount.

Other branches in the area were unable to help in fulfilling the request, with the East Hampton branch reportedly telling the Southampton branch that it had “two massive withdrawal orders” of its own that it was trying to deal with.

Hopefully, we won’t see similar scenes all over the country in the weeks ahead.

But without a doubt, panic continues to spread all over the globe.  The following examples come from CNN

A woman at an Australian supermarket allegedly pulls a knife on a man in a confrontation over toilet paper. A Singaporean student of Chinese ethnicity is beaten up on the streets of London and left with a fractured face. Protesters on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion welcome cruise passengers by hurling abuse and rocks at them.

The coronavirus risks bringing out the worst in humanity.

Yes, this virus is definitely bringing out the worst in humanity.

Here in the United States, two “panic shoppers” became so enraged with one another that they began hitting each other with broken wine bottles

A brawl erupted in a Georgia Sam’s Club packed with shoppers during which two feuding men slashed each other with broken wine bottles.

A second incident in a Costco in Brooklyn saw an employee pleading with two women to calm down after a screaming match began when carts collided in the mobbed store.

This is why it was so important to get prepared in advance.

For years I have been mocked for telling my readers to “get prepared”, but now those that did are going to be very thankful for the things that they have stored up.

If you are not prepared, you can go brave the giant crowds storming the stores if you wish, but at this point, the big stores are going to be one of the very best places in the entire country to catch the virus.

I don’t know about you, but I am not eager to experience the “blinding pain” that survivors of COVID-19 have told us about.  So I would highly recommend avoiding big stores and other major public gathering places as much as possible.

We need to accept that life has changed for the foreseeable future.  According to Newt Gingrich, it is time for us to adopt a wartime mindset…

We should be planning for a worst-case pandemic and using the kind of intensity of implementation which served us so well in World War II. Getting enough ventilators, masks, intensive care units, treatment medications and aggressive community-wide testing are the minimum steps to saving lives and stopping the pandemic.

The Pence-led Coronavirus Task Force has begun to pull things together, but it should have a planning group that creates a worst-case projection and then devises the steps necessary to smother the pandemic and minimize its impact.

And this is also a time for prayer.  In fact, President Trump designated Sunday as a “National Day of Prayer”

President Donald Trump on Saturday declared Sunday, March 15, a “National Day of Prayer for All Americans Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic and for our National Response Efforts.”

“I urge Americans of all faiths and religious traditions and backgrounds to offer prayers for all those affected, including people who have suffered harm or lost loved ones,” Trump said in his statement announcing the day of prayer.

Let us all hope that this pandemic passes as quickly as possible.

But the CDC just issued new guidelines that recommend that gatherings of 50 people or more not be held for the next eight weeks.

Of course, most decision-makers in this country will follow those guidelines, and so that means that our lives will not be getting back to normal for at least the next two months.

And it could be a whole lot longer than that.

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More National Guard Troops Are Deployed In Geogia Than People Who Have Tested Positive For COVID-19

If ever there was evidence that the media is overreacting and causing unnecessary mass panic amongst the public, it can be seen in Georgia.  The state’s governor has called in 2,000 national guard troops to “assist” with 99 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The complete loss of freedom and the decimation of the economy are the real problems here, not the actual virus.  While it’s true that this virus spreads rapidly, and it is new, so little is known about it, the sheer panic is astronomical and that’s a much bigger concern right now. Governor Brian Kemp hasn’t helped calm his constituents either. He has issued an executive order to call up as many as 2,000 Georgia National Guard troops to State Active Duty to address coronavirus concerns.  But it’s only going to panic people further and cause more economic disruptions.

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The Georgia National Guard is already assisting with the transfer of thirty-one Georgians – formerly passengers on the Grand Princess cruise ship – from Dobbins Air Reserve Base to their homes today for isolation and monitoring by the Department of Public Health officials.

So far, 99 Georgians have tested positive for the virus.

“Through extensive emergency preparedness training, the brave men and women in the Georgia National Guard stand ready to serve above and beyond their traditional military duties. In states of emergency, they are equipped to take necessary action to protect the health and safety of Georgia families in every region,” said Governor Kemp in a press release. “To assist with COVID-19 mitigation and critical services, including the transfer of Georgians currently at Dobbins Air Reserve Base to their homes, the Georgia National Guard will now be available to communities to ensure the steady supply of medical equipment, food, shelter, or related materials to keep Georgians safe in the weeks ahead.” –CBS 46 local affilate

Health officials have not answered questions about the number of people who have been tested in the state, and medical experts expect the actual number of cases is far greater than has been reported. Even so, AJC, a Georgia media site reported:

For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover in a matter of weeks. –AJC

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If you are older, over the age of 60, please be cautious of the virus.  It has been having a greater impact on those who are older. Doctors suggest that people remain calm.  Panicking only causing the stress hormone cortisol to rise which will impact your immune system negatively. The most important thing to do is realize that a strong immune system is the best defense against any viral infection, including the coronavirus, the flu, or the common cold.

We want all readers to be prepared, but panicking isn’t doing individuals or humanity any good.  It’s crashing our economy and even now, it is going to be difficult to recover from such an overreaction.

Prepper Foods and Supplies to Survive Coronavirus Without Leaving the House

Toilet paper is selling out, and as we find some, we’ll link it for you.  Understandably, this will affect people who didn’t panic buy all the toilet paper at their local dollar store, and you may need some. Also, consider a bidet.  They are better for septic systems and our planet anyway, and you won’t need much toilet paper.  You can grab one for under $40 that attaches to the toilet. It’s simply another way to beat the mass panicked public.

Baby wipes and paper towels are still available in bulk too if you need another alternative to toilet paper.  Remember, don’t flush baby wipes (even if they say flushable) or paper towels.  The last thing you need a clogged toilet during this mass panicked public. The S could literally hit the fan in your house!

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The Worst Part About The Pandemic Isn’t The Virus, It’s The Mass Panic Which Will Cause An Economic Collapse

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The worst is yet to come, the official in government keeps saying, and the media keeps repeating it, and the masses keep panicking further. The biggest problem with this coronavirus pandemic is not the virus itself, but the reaction of the general public.

Not that long ago, we mentioned that more people would be bankrupted by the ridiculous amounts of panic than would die from this virus.  The truth is, that’s looking to be more true by the day. We aren’t saying you shouldn’t be prepared, however, the sheer amount of fear is doing damage to the economy and it may not recover for years.

If you went to a grocery store this weekend, you likely experienced at least empty shelves where toilet paper used to be stocked.  You may have even seen the frozen foods wiped out along with the chips and crackers. People have been panicking as the mainstream media shoves the narrative that you’ll have to give up your freedom of movement and what little economic freedom you have left in order to contain this virus. Are you ready for that?  Because that’s what you’ll need to prepare for in the coming weeks: an economic crisis, not a pandemic.

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Unfortunately, toilet paper is literally gone in most places and it’s even tough to find online.  But if you prepared and have several extra rolls saved, you could use it to barter in an economic depression, and that could be priceless.  Instead, switch to a bidet, and save your toilet paper.  They don’t cost much and you can install one right on your toilet giving you a powerful mountain of paper to barter with.  So many Americans have not even considered an alternative to toilet paper (even baby wipes or paper towels) to get them through a possible two-week lockdown.

Prepper Foods and Supplies to Survive Coronavirus Without Leaving the House

If you have a septic system, a bidet could help immensely with not filling it up too saving you money in the long run.   If there’s never any toilet paper left in the grocery store, you’ll at least have the bidet. It’s going to be a change for sure, and only you can decide if it’s worth it, but it’s a great solution.

You should also have an emergency fund in place.  Hopefully, you have 3-6 months worth of expenses saved up.  If not, it’s probably too late, unfortunately.  You should also have some emergency food stored, but most of you already know this.  They are restocking emergency food kits more quickly than toilet paper right now.

The mass panic is more worrisome than the actual virus, and preparations for social unrest (be able to defend yourself and your preps) and an economic meltdown wholly caused by the unnecessary panicking of the unprepared is, by far, a bigger concern.  If this is how people act over a few rolls of toilet paper, imagine an economic collapse caused by this same mentality when they can’t get any more TV dinners.

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The media, which is inciting mass panic has all but ensured a major economic collapse.  It could be a well-thought-out plan by the elitists to make sure Trump is not reelected, but that’s purely speculation.

An economic collapse is highly likely and a much bigger problem than this virus.  And the collapse will be swift.

Keep calm, and prepare.

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Social media videos capture brawls at Costco and Sam’s Club during coronavirus panic, one stabbing

As the tension mounted over the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, some Americans broke out in brawls and fights at local big box grocery stores, and others broke out their cellphones to videotape those brawls.

In one video reportedly from Brooklyn, New York, two shoppers can be seen yelling at each other, with Costco employees trying to intervene.

One employee yells at the customers, “as human beings, we’ve got to come together at a time like this!” One of the participants in the altercation can be head saying, “don’t let her touch me with that cart!”

In another video reportedly from Hiram, Georgia, there is an all-out brawl at a Sam’s Club.

One man is seen at the end of the video being taken out on a gurney by paramedics. The poster claims one man was stabbed during the fight when both men grabbed wine bottles to attack each other.

According to WSB-TV in Atlanta, police say the altercation began when one man in a motorized shopping cart hit another family’s cart and a fight ensued. It escalated into a brawl later near the wine bottles. Police said that it was not a fight over supplies related to the coronavirus panic.

Other videos showed long lines as people stocked up on supplies in anticipation of quarantines:

President Donald Trump declared a national emergency over the pandemic on Friday, which cleared the way for more federal action to stop the spread of the virus.

Here’s more about the coronavirus pandemic:


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Coronavirus panic buying is clearing shelves of toilet paper, soap, and hand sanitizer

We’re all probably going to face some level of quarantine in the coming weeks as coronavirus spreads across the nation. Some people react to that by downplaying the threat, but others quickly began prepping for the potential end of the world — by purchasing all the toilet paper.

Yes, toilet paper. Although masks and hand sanitizer were the first items to be panic-purchased, consumers quickly cleared the shelves of toilet paper, paper towels, and disinfectant wipes, fearing the potential of being stuck in the house for weeks. Some stores tried to limit the number that each person could buy, but ran out anyway. From Business Insider:

Even though toilet paper doesn’t protect against the novel coronavirus or its symptoms, our desire to keep a steady supply of household essentials, perhaps to regain a sense of control in times of uncertainty, is a natural one.

As stores like Walmart start limiting the number of high-demand items like toilet paper at their physical locations, and more people are encouraged to stay at home, shopping online is increasingly enticing. The only problem — and it’s a big one — is that many popular online stores are also completely out of stock or offering overpriced products from third-party sellers.

The shortage of items deemed to be essential during the coronavirus outbreak has led some enterprising consumers to purchase in bulk so they can flip the products online for significant profits.

For example, the Star reported that a couple in Vancouver purchased about $70,000 worth of disinfectant wipes from multiple Costco locations, and are selling them for as much as four times the original price. They’ve made more than $100,000 so far.

Survivalist prep stores are also seeing an uptick in business. Not from their normal customers, who are the type of people who would already be stocked up before a crisis. In fact, it’s the type of customer who would normally mock preppers. Buzzfeed News reported:

Like Mira Safety, My Patriot Supplies is experiencing extreme demand and long shipping delays. Bansemer estimates that the store has been at about 100 times its normal sales volume since February. It had to open a second food-processing facility this week to meet demand. Like Mira Safety, Bansemer said the bulk of the orders aren’t coming from so-called doomsday preppers.

“We’re a company that deals with emergency preparedness [and] right now we’re working with emergency reactiveness,” he said.

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Prepper Foods and Supplies to Survive Coronavirus Without Leaving the House

This article was originally published by Steven Maxwell at Activist Post. 

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Growing concern over the spread of coronavirus is fueling prepping sprees at big-box retailers like Costco. Costco stores across America were flooded with extra customers bulking up on bottled water, toilet paper, canned food and other prepper foods like 25-lb bags of rice.

The first coronavirus deaths in the United States appears to have triggered panic buying.

Or is it pragmatic prepping? Even if you don’t fear the actual virus, it now seems inevitable that there will be delays in the just-in-time supply chain.

Mass quarantines are resulting in business and factory closures in China. This could cause severe shortages in countless products ranging from medicine to anything that needs plastic or aluminum.

“A recent study determined that 84% of the world’s supply of acetaminophen comes from China and India, with China accounting for nearly two-thirds of the total,” reports LA Times.

What happens if the next shipment of acetaminophen (Tylenol) is delayed for several months? What happens if more medical facilities become quarantined? What happens if more schools are suspended? What happens if air travel is restricted?

Empty supermarket shelves in Italy

Supplies will dry up quickly and people will be bugging in at home. Even my Costco (an hour outside of Seattle where first US COVID-19 deaths occurred) was out of stock of some key items on Monday. Notably, they didn’t have any toilet paper, rice, dried beans, or common canned goods like corn, green beans, and tomato sauce.

In Australia, they’re actually fighting over toilet paper.

Luckily, you can get prepping supplies to survive the coronavirus and avoid crowds and long lines delivered to your home through Amazon. Although many prepping items that people are buying at big box stores are large and heavy, Amazon offers competitive prices and free delivery to your front door with Amazon Prime.

Below is a basic list of the best prepper foods and supplies that you can buy on Amazon without leaving your home:

Prepping Foods on Amazon

The best prepping foods are things you normally eat that are simple to prepare and have a long shelf life.

  1. Breakfast Cereal: Breakfast cereal has a 6-8 month shelf life and can be eaten dry or with milk. Great comfort foods with vitamins and minerals.
  2. Dehydrated hash browns: Dehydrated hash browns can store up to 10 years in ideal conditions and it easy to make with water and a bit of oil.
  3. Pancake mix: Pancake mix is shelf-stable for 12 months and only takes water to prepare. Don’t forget the syrup!
  4. Powdered eggs: Most emergency food breakfast meals include powdered eggs because they taste great and store for up to 10 years!
  5. Oatmeal, hot cereal, and grits: Oatmeal and hot cereals can last 3 years in your pantry and are easy warm satisfying meals that just require water.
  6. Pasta: Dried pasta is an excellent prepper food and will be good to eat for up to 2 years.
  7. Rice: Rice is a prepping staple that can last up to five years in vacuum-sealed conditions.
  8. Tuna and chicken pouches: Storing protein is more challenging, but tuna and chicken can last up to 3 years in your pantry and make tasty additions to your diet.
  9. Peanut butter: Peanut butter is another good protein source with lots of calories. Unopened peanut butter is shelf-stable for up to 9 months. Peanut butter powder lasts up to 5 years.
  10. Beans: Beans are another ultimate prepper food. The shelf life of dried beans is 2 years while the storability of canned beans is up to 5 years.
  11. Nuts: Nuts are a healthy storable snack that is good in your prepping pantry for 12 months and another year if in a fridge or freezer.
  12. Dried fruits: Dried fruits like raisins lat 12 months in a cool pantry and another 12 if refrigerated.
  13. Powdered milk: If milk supplies become limited, powdered milk will come to the rescue. Powdered milk can last up to 10 years in ideal conditions.
  14. Granola bars: Snack bars are an excellent filling treat that store for around 8 months in pantries.
  15. Chicken and beef bouillon: Bouillon broth cubes are wonderful to make soups and for flavoring countless meals. They last up to 2 years on your shelf.
  16. Coffee and Tea: Coffee and tea are imported and could be disrupted by travel restrictions. Whole bean coffee lasts 6 months in the pantry and 2 years in the freezer. Instant coffee lasts up to 20 YEARS!
  17. Sugar and Spices: Most sugar, salt, pepper, and other spices are imported too but also store for years.
  18. Dried meat: Other meats that store well in pantries are beef jerky and bacon crumbles.
  19. Flavored drink mixes: Powdered drink mixes are a great addition when you feel lucky to even have water. They last over 3 years when properly stored.
  20. Ready-to-eat meals: Although emergency food companies are experiencing heavy volume and long delays, you can still find equivalent meals like Campbell’s Ready MealsDinty Moore Beef StewBarilla Penne with SauceCheddar Broccoli Potato SoupChef Boyardee Ravioli, and Rice a Roni cups. These are almost identical to meals in storable emergency foods but are still available in bulk with free Amazon Prime shipping.

Medical Prepping

  1. Tylenol and Advil: With China producing much of the generic versions of acetaminophen and ibuprofen, it’s worth getting some extra on Amazon.
  2. Vitamins C & D & B12: Immune-boosting vitamins like Vitamin CVitamin D, and Vitamin B12 should be on your Amazon shopping list.
  3. Zinc and Magnesium: Zinc and magnesium are also powerful immune boosters.
  4. Imodium: Most people that die from flu-like viruses succumb to dehydration due to rapid loss of fluids during fevers. Anti-diarrhea medicine could be a lifesaver.
  5. Masks and Gloves: Proper masks are not available on Amazon Prime or anywhere else during this coronavirus outbreak. Here are some gloves and face masks that could be useful.
  6. First Aid Kit: Having a good first aid kit is always important but especially during medical emergencies. Or build your own DIY first aid kit.

Prepping Toiletries

  1. Toilet paper: Even the best-selling toilet papers on Amazon are “currently unavailable” but several are still available for free Prime delivery like Quilted Northern and Angel Soft.
  2. Feminine products: Plenty of feminine products available, but for how long?
  3. Soap and shampoo: Good hygiene is essential in a pandemic. Prep with extra bottles of your soaps and shampoos.
  4. Teeth hygiene: Toothpaste, mouthwash, and floss are all available with free shipping.
  5. Wet wipes: Wet wipes for cleaning your skin and wipes for cleaning surfaces are useful right now. Both Clorox and Lysol wipes are “currently unavailable” on Amazon.
  6. Razors: Shaving razors are also useful to stockpile and are very affordable on Amazon.
  7. Deodorant: Make sure you have enough deodorant even if you’re quarantined.
  8. Hand sanitizer: There is currently NO hand sanitizer available for Prime delivery. Here’s how to make your own homemade hand sanitizer.

What other prepping supplies on Amazon do you recommend to survive COVID-19 without leaving your house?

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Last-Minute Coronavirus Quarantine Supplies: What to Buy (and Where to Get It) When the Stuff You Want Is Sold Out

This article was originally published by Daisy Luther at The Organic Prepper. 

Do you have the horrible feeling you may have waited too long to purchase supplies for the possibility of quarantine due to the Covid-19 outbreak sweeping the United States? While it’s true that shelves across the nation are bare in some departments, there are still options.

In this article, I’ll suggest some last-minute emergency supplies you can purchase in place of the ones you wanted if you’ve waited too late to shop. To do this, you may have to cast away your plans of being organic and healthful, and you may not get the exact household products you want. You’re stuck with what’s left at this point. So please don’t write to me, angry and horrified because I suggested conventional crackers instead of chia seed ones that were ground by the hardened lava of a Chilean volcano, okay?

If you’re looking for general information about quarantines, go read this article. For detailed information on general preparedness, check out this book.

Don’t panic – you can still do this. Remember that those of us who are well-prepared all started somewhere – and most likely the place we started was where you are right now: realizing at the last minute we didn’t have what we needed.

These are the suggestions I would use myself to put together last-minute emergency supplies.

Some general advice

Don’t be married to the idea of getting everything at one store. Most folks are flocking to Walmart but there are so many other stores out there where you can purchase what you need. Consider the following for some of your supplies.

  • Office supply stores
  • Dollar stores
  • Discount stores
  • Large pharmacies
  • Grocery stores (for things other than groceries)
  • Target
  • Big Lots
  • Hardware stores

Think outside the Walmart box when prepping for an emergency.

What to buy when the store is out of water

Here’s a photo of the water aisle at a Walmart near where my daughter lives.

There are lots of other options if the water aisle looks like this. They may not be as healthy but they’ll keep you from dying of dehydration.

  • Sports drinks (like Gatorade)
  • Flavored or sparkling water
  • Juice boxes or individual bottles
  • Juice
  • Soda pop (not too much though because that can be dehydrating instead of replenishing)
  • Vegetable juice
  • Premade iced tea

A good trick here is to go to the aisle where people get individually packaged stuff for their kids’ lunches. You’ll find all sorts of beverage pouches and plastic bottles of drinks here.

I warned you – not the healthiest, but healthy is no longer available. Trust me when I tell you it will be far better than having nothing available to drink. Oh – and don’t forget the wine. It won’t really rehydrate you, but you won’t care as much that you don’t have water.

Finally, use containers. You still have running water, right? Use vessels you already have and/or buy containers, wash them, and fill them up. No one is going to be sold out of containers unless you specifically look for “Water Containers.” Grab mason jars, pitchers, canisters, etc. Just make sure they’re food-safe and you’re good.

What to buy when the store is out of those meals in a box

Everyone seems to be looking for things like macaroni and cheese, hamburger helper, and ramen noodles. If this is something you desire for your stockpile, here are some options. (Some of these are healthier than the original.)

  • Get plain pasta and cheese powder to DIY your mac and cheese
  • Get powdered milk to use for when you run out of regular refrigerator milk
  • Instead of ramen, get angel hair pasta, cook as directed, and add some soy sauce, garlic powder, and onion powder
  • In place of Hamburger Helper and that type of thing, use regular pasta or rice, a few spices (like an Italian spice blend) and a half a jar of marinara sauce. For a creamy version, go with garlic powder, onion powder, and cream of mushroom soup concentrate.

All of these options are very simple to make.

What to buy when the store is out of rice

Rice seems to be a big seller and for good reason. It’s cheap and it can really extend a meal. When I stopped by Walmart to look at what was low, they were down to only the teeny tiny bags of rice.

  • Buy the teeny tiny bags – yes, they’re much more expensive but better than no rice at all.
  • Order large bags from Amazon – there’s still plenty of rice there. This page is all bags of rice that are 15 pounds or greater in size. If you choose a product that is part of Amazon Prime, you’ll probably have it faster. Before ordering, look at the estimated date of arrival and try to find one that will be to you in less than a week.
  • Get a different grain like pasta, quinoa, amaranth, or barley.

What to buy when the store is out of canned food

The things that tend to be gone first are items like canned pasta meals, soups, and chili. That makes sense because they’re pretty reasonable meals when heated up slightly, and can even be eaten cold out of the can in a worst-case scenario.  If your desired canned goods are not available, look to these items:

  • Canned baked beans (tasty right out of the can at room temp
  • Canned refried beans
  • Canned V-8 and a can of mixed vegetables (turn that into soup)
  • Canned potatoes (Mash them up or put them on the grill)
  • Canned fish

Try a different store – Walmart isn’t the only game in town. I had fantastic luck at Aldi getting my kids well-supplied. I was able to get them entire cases of canned fruits and veggies.

Or move away from the regular canned goods and see what they’ve got over on the International Food aisle:

  • Noodle bowls that just need boiling water
  • Soup that may not be as familiar
  • Small cans of salsa or enchilada sauce

Look in other areas for shelf-stable food.

  • Pudding
  • Applesauce
  • Pouches of precooked rice (some have beans and other vegetables mixed in)
  • Peanut butter
  • Breakfast cereal
  • Granola bars
  • Jerky
  • Candy
  • Veggie chips
  • Potato chips
  • Pre-popped popcorn
  • Fruit cups
  • That squirty yogurt you get in pouches (the shelf-stable kind, not the refrigerated kind)
  • Vienna sausages
  • Pre-cooked bacon

You get the idea. Go out there and be creative. Scan every aisle to look for things that won’t spoil that your family will eat. I know whenever I’ve grabbed this kind of stuff, my girls have been thrilled since we don’t usually keep junk food in the house.

What to buy when the store is out of toilet paper

Toilet paper has been a biggie. There are videos online of people literally coming to blows over TP to wipe their behinds. If your store is out of toilet paper, check out the following options.

  • Baby wipes or “flushable” wipes (regardless of what the package says, do not flush these – you won’t be able to get a plumber to your house if you’re quarantined.)
  • Paper towels – not soft but it will get your heinie clean – also do not flush
  • Kleenex – pro-tip – do not get the ones infused with Vicks. Even the cheapest facial tissues out there will be a lot more expensive than toilet paper but it’s better than nothing.
  • Order from Amazon. They still have tons and tons of TP. I just ordered this which will arrive on Monday.
  • Go to an office supply store or a janitorial warehouse
  • If you simply cannot manage to acquire toilet paper, you’re going to have to use cloth. Treat it like you would a cloth diaper and have a bucket by the toilet for soaking so that your homemade wipes come clean easily. Here’s an article about it.

Think creatively for bum-wiping. Toilet paper is a relatively new, albeit wonderful, invention.

What to get when the store is out of bleach and cleaning supplies

Lots of stores seem to be running low on bleach, Lysol, and cleaning wipes.

  • You can make bleach from pool shock (calcium hypochlorite). Get pool shock at your local swimming pool and jacuzzi store and be sure to select one that doesn’t have additions like algaecide, or here on Amazon.  Here are instructions on how to make bleach from pool shock.
  • Hit up your local office supply store like Staples or Business Depot for cleaning supplies. They’ll be more expensive than Walmart but you may be able to find what you need.
  • Try the hardware store, grocery store, or dollar store for cleaning supplies.
  • Again, Amazon may have what you need for cleaners and wipes.

Think creatively – all sorts of stores sell cleaning products.

What to get when the store is out of over-the-counter medications

If the first store you visit is out of OTC meds that you want to have on hand, you still have some options.

  • Visit pharmacies.
  • Most grocery stores have a pharmacy section.
  • You can order them on Amazon for both adults and children.
  • The dollar store carries some OTC meds in smaller packages. You might also find them at places like Dollar General and Family Dollar.

If you are really, truly desperate, truck stops and gas stations have small, expensive single packs of a lot of different medications.

Don’t forget something to do

If your family is cooped up in quarantine for weeks, you’re going to need something to do. Grab some stuff that the kids haven’t seen before, like new toys, games, or puzzles. Craft supplies might be fun – you may have time to learn that new skill you’ve been thinking about. Also, hit up the used book store or Goodwill and grab yourself a quarantine library. Get reading material for the whole family.

Remember that even in the house, you’ll want to stay active. It isn’t healthy physically or mentally to sit there watching Netflix 20 hours a day. Run up and down your stairs, work on a home project (you can finally declutter that storage room), or do some exercise videos with the family.

When the store is out of last-minute emergency supplies you wanted

Don’t despair if you can’t the last-minute emergency supplies you wanted. It just means you’re going to have to be flexible and creative. And don’t let people who accuse you of panic-buying or being “selfish” get you down. Sure, you waited later than is ideal but you are doing the best you can, and I commend you for doing so. Ignore the jerks – most of us are really glad you’re here and you’re trying.

And when this crisis is over, think long and hard about the things you wished you would have had. Make yourself a list and start buying these items and by the time the next disaster rolls around, you’ll be much further ahead.

HOW TO PREPARE YOUR HOME (QUARANTINE) FOR A PANDEMIC

Daisy Luther is the author of the book Be Ready for Anything: How to Survive Tornadoes, Earthquakes, Pandemics, Mass Shootings, Nuclear Disasters, and Other Life-Threatening Events. You want to be prepared for whatever emergencies come your way. While prepping for a dozen different disasters may sound like a daunting task, there’s good news.

Preparing for a wide variety of disasters requires the same basic supplies as preparing for one or two. For each event, there will be some special steps, unique information, and precautions you need to take, along with a few additional supplies, but your essentials will be the same.

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