Keep Our Service Free-Donate

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Americans Must Repay Relief Checks, Bug-In Questions, More!

Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources


Americans Must Repay Relief Checks, Bug-In Questions, More!

NBC News recently reported that global supply chains are running lean because of the almost total shutdown of all activities in China. China supplies much of the world's packaging materials, paper products, pharmaceutical components and most of the merchandise sitting on store shelves.

From NBC:

If production isn't restarted soon, the bottlenecks could lead to some bare shelves at brick-and-mortar retailers by mid-April, with stores such as Target and Walmart at the greatest risk, (Wells Fargo analyst Edward) Kelly wrote.

Supply chain disruptions and shortages have the potential to hit retailers such as Best Buy, Michaels and Wayfair in the near future, considering that 60 percent to 70 percent of their inventory comes from China.

Even Costco, BJ's Wholesale Club and Kroger could see issues because of China's role in packaging materials and basic paper products.

Retailers have started to look to shift production from China to other parts of Asia, but they are hitting snags because many raw materials come from China.

Store shelves in Italy were stripped bare within a matter of hours after the outbreak began to spread there and talk began of quarantines. People in China and Hong Kong are likewise finding it difficult to find supplies.

But panic-buying is not restricted to other countries. Shoppers in Hawaii were sending out photos of bare store shelves to friends even as President Donald Trump was trying to assure Americans that the U.S. had the issue well in hand.

It'd be a strong bet that not more than 10 percent of our readers could live more than a few days on their stored food and supplies.

Storing food is something that we have to do before we need it. Think now, if the Coronavirus becomes a widespread pandemic and you needed to begin using your stored food, where would you be?

Do you have more than a couple of days supply on hand? If not, you could be in big trouble. Because once the catastrophe occurs it's too late to begin storing food.

Americans are used to having plenty of food. Most can't imagine not being able to go to the store to get food of some sort. But the typical grocery store has about two day's supply of food in stock at any given time. So, just a short-term interruption in the supply chain could cause hardship and panic among the populace.

It truly takes vision to understand that there could come a time when the supply of food suddenly ends — whether for a few days or for a long period of time — and planning for the future is essential, especially now.

I have long urged you to store food. We've been storing food and urging our readers to do so for many years. We rotate and eat out of it, except for the vacuum sealed foods with 25-year shelf life that we bought.

Now to the point: In my opinion, even if the Coronavirus is a short-lived "crisis," we now face more than a probability of much higher prices, scarcity and resulting social problems in the coming years. Our society is fractured politically and economically and on the brink of civil war. A spark or Black Swann event of some kind could spark a conflagration.

Can we not imagine that an honest man will steal and even plunder if he and his family are hungry?

Agriculture is one of the very few sectors globally that currently faces supply shortages. There is the distinct possibility that this century will see desperate struggles for food and water.

Rising food prices will cause extreme hunger and famine. This will lead to social unrest, revolution and wars.

Does anyone doubt that the regime in the United States will cause extreme hardship because of the collapsing exchange value (inflation) of paper money? Note that they do not warn the people to protect themselves.

Have you ever really been hungry? It is far better to have stored food on hand — even if you have excess food stored — and not ever need it than not to have any food stored and one day be hungry. Food storage may not guarantee that you won't be hungry, but not storing food will almost certainly guarantee there will be hunger in your future.

It's a good idea to have at least three day's supply of canned and/or dried foods available for each member of the family in case of emergency. That would be nine meals each.

Of course, more is better. But we recommend this as a starting point. From there you can add a little more each time you go shopping, setting your sights on having enough for each family member for a week, then two and so on.

It's also a good idea to store water for emergency situations. Minimum requirements are two gallons per person per day — more if you live in a warmer climate.

Be smart with your planning and purchasing and you can accumulate food that will sustain you for a long time at very little cost. Just don't gather things your family will not eat. Oatmeal, Ramen noodles and Bisquick are great things to have on hand in an emergency, and they don't cost much. And, don't forget to add commonly used spices, which help to make any food more palatable.

Freeze-dried foods and military style Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) are convenient types of foods to have on hand for emergencies. These are available from outdoor supply stores, survivalist stores and via the Internet. There are various types of MREs that can be purchased in kits with quantities to feed families for up to a year.

Warehouse stores like Sam’s Club and Costco sell freeze-dried emergency food kits in plastic buckets, although reports were Costco had sold out their supply. Online sellers seem to be running out as well, demonstrating the need to plan ahead.

You can still find them in some places, but prices are not what they were a few weeks ago when you do find them.

When buying these pre-packaged meal kits, be sure you compare the packages for a list of meals and ingredients included before making your purchase. Some tend to scrimp on their offerings and provide just enough to survive but not enough for a hearty, filling meal.

If you want to learn more about what foods to store and how to prepare for a crisis situation you can order a free copy of our book, How to Survive the Collapse of Civilization. It covers practical, low-cost strategies for coping with global epidemics, terrorist attacks, electrical grid disruptions, food and water storage and much more.

Yours for the truth,


Plenty of Pelosi Pork Stuffed in this as usual for Dems!

Direct payments to Americans are a key component of the historic $2 trillion coronavirus relief deal announced Wednesday.

The one-time payments are designed to help cover expenses for people experiencing financial setbacks due to the pandemic and the government’s efforts to prevent its spread.

“Struggling Americans are going to go to their mailboxes and find four-figure checks to help with their bills,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Wednesday.

Here are five questions and answers about the relief checks.

The COVID19 dashboard at Johns Hopkins University Medical School actively tracks the progress of the disease by country and region. It has shown a decline or decrease in some areas of the world, but most areas continue to show increases, including the United States.

 There are also many unknown factors, particularly in the U.S. where testing has just now started in earnest due to continued delay in the development of test kits.

 Various countries have taken steps from advisory to draconian to contain the spread of COVID19. All of the steps have been an effort to diminish person to person contact to prevent the spread of the disease. It’s come to be known as social distancing...

You may also like...


Superhero comics have really taken a strange turn lately.

While many of us may remember enjoying otherworldly displays of strength, larger-than-life heroes and villains, and outrageously drawn out monologues, Marvel Comics has other priorities now.

You know things are bad when even lefties are saying this goes too far.

Click here for the full story.

Steel River Emergency Go Bag-21 Items Included+Bonus Book

Amazing number of useful, life-saving items included…LAST ONE!


  • Click the links below to download your FREE Bonus Preparedness Plan Guidebook Collection:

Save Up to 50% on Your Grocery Bill (a $19 value)
This report gives you simple, no-hassle strategies to help you save money even as you buy more food!
Click here to download.

A Final Note…

Contributors and subscribers enable the Poor Man Survivor to post 150+ free essays annually. It is for this reason they are Heroes and Heroines of New Media. Without your financial support, the free content would disappear for the simple reason that I cannot keep body and soul together on my meager book sales & ecommerce alone.


You Can’t Buy Life Insurance After You’re Dead-Prepare NOW for Emergencies. Resources-Hydration Pack Backpack 900D with 2L Leak-Proof Water Bladder

*Available at our storefront – PLUS grab one of our popular emergency solar/wind-up/battery back-up power plants…


PLUS: We continually add new how-to books such as: The Ultimate SH*T Hits the Fan Survival Guide, SEAL Survival Guide, Sheep No More, and others!


Find self reliance goods at:


Support our efforts by shopping my storefront…




A Smoking Frog Feature, Shallow Planet Production



Tim said...

As always-plenty of useful resources and information.

Cy said...

Saw your link on twitter-good stuff. Just subscribed.

Mark said...

Pelosi & her putrid gang continue to screw America w/ their padded relief bill; I sure hope mainstream citizens remember why their checks were held up-DEMS!