This is Why We Prep! This is Why We Stay Aware!

I can’t imagine having to see my kids hungry and starving.  I’m not talking about a dystopian novel, this is a reality in Venezuela today!

We’ve seen the videos on Youtube and Facebook of soldiers battling it out with protesters.  But the real crisis is people starving and sick because of a lack of food and medicine.  The thing that baffles me is that Venezuela is in a tropical climate.  They should be able to grow many many things.

So what’s the problem?  They put their “eggs in one basket” per se.  Their economy was completely based on oil production.  When oil prices crashed, so did their economy and the ability to bring in food for their citizens.  Couple that with a tyrannical government, you have the ingredients for mass starvation and ultimately civil war.

I think what’s incredible is that we’re witnessing the collapse of a large, modern, wealthy country that has both a democratic and an authoritarian tradition. It’s only a few hours from the United States, and it has the world’s largest supply of crude oil. Venezuela is a powder keg, and the worst-case scenario is now civil war.  SOURCE

It Starts Slow and Then…

I remember hearing about it a while back.  It started out with a shortage of toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, and diapers.  I guess it is possible to live without all of those, But the problem is that it slowly or maybe even quickly descended to where it is now. Lately, we have seen bands of bikers stop a huge truck and haul away sugar!  SUGAR!

But the saddest thing for me is that kids are suffering.  In the video below, one doctor mentions that there are children that she has monitored between 6 months and 1 year and they haven’t gained 2 pounds!  It’s heart breaking!

But not just kids, the whole country is suffering from a lack of nutrition.  A lack of food starts to damage the body and problems start to compound.

“Malnutrition comes in many forms. Simply put, it means poor nutrition. It includes:

  • undernutrition: when a person does not get enough food to eat, causing them to be wasted (this is also called acute malnutrition, when someone is too thin for their height) and/or stunted (this is also called chronic malnutrition, when someone is too short for their age). Undernutrition increases the risk of infectious diseases like diarrhoea, measles, malaria and pneumonia, and chronic malnutrition can impair a young child’s physical and mental development.
  • micronutrient deficiencies: when a person does not get enough important vitamins and minerals in their diet. Micronutrient deficiencies can lead to poor health and development, particularly in children and pregnant women.
  • overweight and obesity: linked to an unbalanced or unhealthy diet resulting in eating too many calories and often associated with lack of exercise. Overweight and obesity can lead to diet-related noncommunicable diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure (hypertension), stroke, diabetes and cancer.


It’s not just food, but it’s medicine too!  It all feeds off of one another.

You’re On Your Own!

But did you notice the doctor’s position towards the end of the video?  She wanted the government to do SOMETHING.  Here’s the deal, the government elite and rich in Venezuela don’t care! They are not experiencing a crisis.  They have the money and connections to get whatever they want or need.

The majority of Venezuelans are struggling to survive as the country has become engulfed in “poverty and political violence” but this only applies for some. The wealthy minority still sip cocktails, enjoy nights at the bar and eat sushi as they live unfazed by the turmoil outside their walls.  SOURCE

Those who are lucky enough to get out have gone to other countries.  They are living on the streets and feel they have it better than if they were still in Venezuela.

Hunger forced Pablo López, a 23-year-old member of the Venezuelan Warao indigenous community, to cross to Brazil. When I interviewed him in February, he was sleeping on the street in a Brazilian border city with 100 of his fellow Warao. Men, women and children lived, cooked and ate in extremely unhygienic conditions there. López earned $1.40 an hour loading trucks. Other members of his community sold handicrafts or begged on the streets. Everyone I spoke with told me they were better off in Brazil than in Venezuela.  SOURCE

So! What Will You Do?

So here are some questions for you to consider in light of what we see happening in Venezuela.  These are points of reflection for your own preparedness. I will also provide links to resources that might help.

1. At what point did the people of Venezuela see things slipping? – This didn’t happen overnight. This was a slow economic spiral down that eventually picked up steam.  When would you say the SHTF?

2. Are you really getting prepared or is this just a hobby/ gear excuse thing for you? With all the craziness in the world, all the balloons in the air that can cause the “hammer to fall,”  are you really prepping? What will cause you to get the ball started?

3. How much food and water do you really have stored? Ask the people in Venezuela how long this crisis has been going on.  Would your food storage hold up?  Or would you run out quickly and be in desperate need like everyone else?

Legacy Food Storage

4. What will you do without medicine? Do you know about herbal remedies?  Do you consider essential oils? Plant them now!  Learn about them now!  Purchase essential oils now!  If the SHTF, they might be out of your reach financially

***Do you have your copy of Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy’s Survival Medicine Handbook?  It has chapters on herbal remedies and essential oils!  CLICK HERE to visit Amazon.

5. Do you REALLY have skills that you can put to use?  Can you grow a garden?  Do you raise and take care of chickens?  Are you good at improvising and fixing things? Can you forage?

6. Can you defend yourself?  If you have to “go out there” and things go south, can you defend yourself?

7. Are you willing to be a light and help others?  Like I said, the thought of starving kids is heartbreaking, would you turn them down. Or could you help others?  Maybe you’re not able to give them food and medicine, but could you provide training on how to garden and use herbal remedies?  What about cooking without utilities?

Venezuela is a modern country.  You wouldn’t expect things to degrade like they have there.  But it shows you how easily things can go downhill.  And the worst part is it isn’t over yet.  Many are expecting things to get worse.

This is why we prep!  This is why we stay aware!

What are your thoughts?  Leave them in the comments below.




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6 thoughts on “This is Why We Prep! This is Why We Stay Aware!

  1. Tired Hobby Farmer

    If what’s going on in our own country right now doesn’t cause people to wake up and get ready for hard times, then nothing will. As for me, I’ve been at this for only five years or so. BUT, I’ve been working at it hard and full time. Not just getting “stuff”, but learning how to become as self sufficient as possible. Just bought another fig tree and a Barbados Cherry tree today to add to the permaculture. I already grow enough food to keep myself alive, but there’s a bunch of other folks in the family who will need nutrition when it happens. I keep playing over the scenario in my mind of how we will gear up and expand on my ecosystem to survive. It’s high time to get serious, that’s for sure…

  2. MIc Roland

    What’s interesting about Venezuela (and it’s a perfect example of why-to-prep) is how did get that way overnight. It’s not like the classic “EMP” scenario people usually picture. Venezuelans were on a long slow slide. We would do well to note the warning signs they went through: spot shortages, price hikes, government controls to fix things (which never did), inflation, government crackdowns, etc.

    The Venezuelans lived through all of those, but the majority of them did nothing to prepare for the times they’re now stuck in. “Normalcy Bias,” lulls people into thinking that their current problem “isn’t that bad” and that things will clear up — so, they do nothing.

    Stored food is a good hedge against shortages and controls but (as THF mentioned above) being able to grow your own “new” food is the lasting solution. Even if you can’t grow 100% of your food, whatever you CAN grow will make your stored food last longer.

    Take care,

    — Mic Roland

  3. uber

    My Uber driver last week is from Venezuela. He told me most of the problems in that country are because of the corrupt government and price-fixing. The government demanded impossible things (like selling coffee for no more than $1/lb when it costs $2/lb to produce it). It’s something they often don’t mention in news stories that the government caused it. Some Americans get it, but some say “wow yeah that venezuelan government is corrupt” but fail to recognize the parallels in the US. Wake up!

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