Preparedness FACTS


Need help convincing family members to get into a “prepping mood” or to attend a survival class?  Here are some good facts that can strengthen your discussion of becoming preppers.


  • 85 percent of the nation is not ready for a devastating event.
  • More than 62 percent of Americans think the world will experience a major catastrophe in less than 20 years.
  • Nearly three out of every four people (71%) envision a major disaster in their lifetime as an act of God, not man. (Clarification- “acts of God” as defined by insurance companies are things like Cat 5 Hurricanes, extensive heavy flooding, 6.0 or higher earthquakes, or EF5 Tornadoes. “Acts of Man” would include terrorist activities, martial law, FEMA camps/democide, civil unrest/looting/rioting, nuke/bio/chem attacks, etc.)
  • One-third (27%) believe that the Mayan calendar’s prediction about a calamitous event in December 2012 will be at least “somewhat true.”
  • Among those who feel unprepared, 40 percent cite the lasting effects of the recession as the reason for their unpreparedness.
  • The same number (40%) is saying “to hell with a 401(k)” to save money for catastrophe arrangements.
  • Nearly half (49%) of Americans would forgo new high-end appliances in a new home if it had a safe room or bomb shelter instead.
  • If doomsday were to arrive, nearly four in 10 (39%) think they would not last two weeks based on the supplies they have on hand.
  • One in four Americans have done nothing to prepare.
  • According to FEMA, citizens of the United States should be prepared with emergency rations and a full tank of gas in the case of a major event.
  • Since the 19th century, the earth’s magnetic field is 10% weaker.
  • On an average, the United States use of oil amounts to 19,148.000 barrels each day.
  • 727 million barrels of crude oil is housed by the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve.  This is the largest government owned stockpile, and while this may seem like a tremendous supply, if the United States supply of foreign oil were to be cut off, this reserve would supply the nation for less than 38 days.
  • If the current trends continue, a study performed by UC Davis claims that we will run out of oil 100 years before developing an alternative energy source.
  • 9 million barrels of oil each day is produced by Saudi Arabia.  This is the most oil that is produced in the world.
  • According to the Oil Depletion Analysis Center as much as a trillion barrels of crude oil has been used by humans since drilling began in the mid-19thCentury.
  • Each year over 12K earthquake of varying destructive levels are recorded.
  • During the 16th Century, the world’s most devastating earthquake occurred in Central China, which may have tipped the 8.0 on the Richter Scale.  Over 800,000 lives were lost.
  • Each year over 500K detectable Earthquakes are experienced.  Of these 100,000 can be felt and 100 actually cause damage.
  • A 9.1 Earthquake was experienced in Sumatra on December 26, 2004.  The earthquake was so powerful that the rotation of the Earth’s axis was changed by 7 centimeters and the day shortened by 6.8 microseconds.
  • In 1831, James Ross, located the magnetic north pole.  His trip lasted four years.  Roald Amundsen ventured out in 1904 on his own trip to discover that the magnetic north pole had moved 50KM since Ross had first discovered it.
  • Gasoline jumped from $1.56 to 3.37 per gallon in 2001.
  • In 132 AD, Chang Heng invented the first seismoscope.  The instrument is used to measure movements of the Earth’s crust.
  • One of the world’s largest super volcanoes (super volcano implies an eruption of magnitude 8 on the Volcano Explosively Index) is located in Yellowstone Park and last erupted 640K years ago.  Its crater is large enough to hold Tokyo, the biggest city in the world with a population of 18 million persons.
  • The US financial crisis has been compared to the famine in the USSR that spanned 1932 – 1933.
  • Boris Borisoy, a researcher and author of an article titled “The American Famine” estimates that US financial crisis victims will reach over seven million people.
  • True polar wander will take millions of years to complete before the Earth’s rotational axis changes.
  • A MRE (Meal, Ready to Eat) meal is not only healthier for humans; the cost is comparable to that of a drive-through meal at McDonalds.
  • Military MRE cases are now constructed with TTI which is a time and temperature indicator to help assist whether the meals are still good.
  • As of 1968 ammunition dealers and manufacturers must be licensed and keep records of all transactions.  This is enforced by the Federal Gun Control Act.  Mail order transactions have also been prohibited by the act.
  • The March Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster is said to have leaked much more radiation than the Japanese government has claimed.
  • According to FEMA during evacuation you are going a set direction to get out of the risk of the disaster or potential disaster- north, south, east or west.  Choose a destination for each direction.
  • According to researchers, it is estimated that a million deaths would be prevented if everyone routinely washed their hands.
  • The Y2K term was invented in 1995 by David Eddies.  Many feared it when Clinton signed the Y2K Act that would limit the government’s liability in 1999.
  • There are 8.48 million miles or roadways in the United States.
  • Travel times are delayed by .8 hours due to congestion on the United States Highways.
  • 5.5 trillion miles were travelled by Americans in 2008.
  • Computer-controlled locks in prisons can be unlocked by the computer virus stuxnet.
  • More Americans’ lives were lost to the Spanish flu than in WWI, WWII, the Korean War, and Vietnam combined.
  • Nearly 36K Americans die from annual flu viruses, another 200K are hospitalized, and 20% are infected.
  • Annually, about 20K children under five years of age are hospitalized due to flu related complications.
  • In the United States, flash floods are the leading cause of weather related deaths at the rate of nearly 200 a year.
  • In 1978 to 2011 Florida State had nearly 1.5 billion dollars in flood damage.
  • Among participants in a 2012 study, 17% believe that the world will face a major catastrophe within a 12 month time frame.  Another 2012 study revealed that over half of the participants believe that it is essential to be prepared for a potential disaster.
  • 100 grams of crickets equals 6.7 grams of protein, 5.5 grams of fat, and 562 calories.
  • As of 2005, four companies controlled the processing of over 80% of the country’s beef and three of these same four companies (along with an additional fourth) process over 60% of the country’s pork.
  • The four major companies in broiler chicken processing provide over half of the country’s chicken supply.
  • Federal health authorities have estimated that foodborne diseases sicken 76 million people, cause 325,000 hospitalizations, and kill 5,000 Americans every year.
  • Nearly 100 percent of the turkey consumed in America on Thanksgiving Day has been artificially inseminated.
  • In 2010, the USDA estimated that 70 percent of U.S. corn acreage was planted with herbicide-tolerant corn and 63 percent had been planted with insect-resistant seeds.
  • It is estimated that the average American meal travels about 1500 miles to get from farm to plate.
  • According to the National Corn Growers Association, about eighty percent of all corn grown in the U.S. is consumed by domestic and overseas livestock, poultry, and fish production. The crop is fed as ground grain, silage, high-moisture, and high-oil corn. About 12% of the U.S. corn crop ends up in foods that are either consumed directly (e.g. corn chips) or indirectly (e.g. high fructose corn syrup).
  • In 2000, United States based farms accounted for over 50% of the world’s soybean production.
  • In 1996, for instance, Britain imported more than 114,000 metric tons of milk. Was this because British dairy farmers did not produce enough milk for the nation’s consumers? No, since the UK exported almost the same amount of milk that year, 119,000 tons.”
  • The average head of lettuce travels over 2000 miles from farm to market



Prepper (noun): An individual or group that prepares or makes preparations in advance of, or prior to, any change in normal circumstances or lifestyle without significant reliance on other persons (i.e., being self-reliant), or without substantial assistance from outside resources (govt., etc.) in order to minimize the effects of that change on their current lifestyle.

A Prepper is not the same as a Survivalist. A Survivalist typically focuses on learning primitive and other woodsmen skills and have very little focus on actually stocking up supplies and building an extensive repository of every needful thing.  Whereas Survivalists prepare and learn to live off the land, Preppers prepare to maintain their current lifestyle as much as possible by stockpiling food, water, medicine/first aid, and other items. Preppers usually plan to “shelter in place” in their home or “bug out” to their Bug Out Location during a catastrophic event.  While they are not synonymous, many Preppers are also Survivalists and are very adept at living off the land.

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