Ask yourself these four questions to reveal your level of preparedness

Think for a moment about the last time you experienced an emergency situation such as a winter storm or a power outage. How prepared were you?

Now consider a bigger problem such as a large-scale food shortage or water contamination incident. What if a disaster forced you to leave your home for days or even weeks? How well would you survive such situations?

Just the thought can be overwhelming. On his TV show tonight --- chalkboard alert --- Glenn will tackle these questions and lay out practical action plans you can take with your family. Preparedness experts Justin Wheeler and Daniel Dean will join Glenn to share tips and advice on how to take your level of preparedness up a notch. It begins with asking yourself the following four questions:

1. How would a friend describe my level of preparedness?

2. What supplies do I have on hand?

3. What steps have I taken?

4. What scenarios am I ready for?

Find out your level of preparedness by matching your answers to the ones below.



How a Friend Would Describe Me

• No thought or effort put toward preparedness. Every emergency situation is a potential disaster.

Supplies I Have on Hand

• Less than one week of food in my house.

• No self defense plan or equipment.

• No water stored or way to purify it.

• No extra medicines/prescriptions.

• No grid-independent energy/heat capacity.

Example of Supplies at This Level

• Condiments in the fridge, Pop-Tarts in the cabinet.

Steps I Have Taken

• None. I see articles online and government alerts about being prepared for emergencies, but haven't put any energy toward it yet.

Scenarios I’m Ready For

• situation, such as power outage for one day or less due to rainstorm.

***In trouble after 1 day of emergency***



How a Friend Would Describe Me

• You have awareness that one should have some stuff on hand for emergencies, and some effort put toward that. Note: This is how most Americans actually live their lives.

Supplies I Have on Hand

• About two weeks worth of food and water (or way to purify water), somewhat informally, mostly extra canned goods.

• Basic first aid and OTC medicines on hand because you buy value-sized to make sure you always have a little extra.

Example of Supplies at This Level

• Flashlight and batteries.

• Non-perishable foods: canned goods, cereal, pasta/rice, etc.

• "Bathroom" first aid items (Band-Aids, Ibuprophen, thermometer, Vasoline, etc).

• Bottled water, a gallon of bleach.

Steps I Have Taken

• Physical copies of key documents: birth certificates, marriage license, passports, mortgage, car title/registration, etc.

• I've talked to the adults/older children in my household about "what we'd do if" scenarios, such as a fire, flood, power outage, etc.

Scenarios I’m Ready For

• Small regional issue, minor disruption of services, such as power out for three+ days due to earthquake, ice storm, etc.

***In trouble after a few days of emergency or if forced to leave home***



How a Friend Would Describe Me

• You're a "Boy Scout." You probably wear a belt even if you have suspenders on. You feel consciously responsible for being prepared. Regular, organized effort put toward being prepared physically, if not mentally and spiritually. You’re someone friends/family think of as "prepared" and would probably turn to in an emergency.

Supplies I Have on Hand

• At least one month of food and water stored (or way to purify water).

• Prescriptions on hand sufficient for at least a month.

• Capacity to generate off-grid heat/power on site (e.g. generator, basic solar).

• An "emergency kit" on hand so you can grab it and leave home if necessary.

• Something on hand you can use for self defense, could be a firearm, could be a baseball bat.

Example of Supplies at This Level

• Non-perishable foods specifically stored for emergencies, sufficient for two meals per day per person: rice, beans, dry pasta, canned goods, oats, salt, etc.

• Actual portable first-aid kit sufficient for the household/family.

• Candles or lantern, matches.

• Sleeping bags and extra blankets.

• Water stored and water purification supplies.

Steps I Have Taken

• A plan. My household has a plan in place that covers a few specific scenarios, such as what we'll all do in an ice storm/blizzard or if there is a terror attack in our area. The people in my household know what to do and whom to contact if there is an emergency.

Scenarios I’m Ready For

• Regional issue including significant disruption of basic services, such as a power outage of up to 1 month.

***In trouble after 1 month of emergency or if forced to leave home for longer than a couple of days***



How a Friend Would Describe Me

• You've made prepping a "way of life" to an extent and are ready for anything. It's more than a personal thing; this is a group activity now, within your family circle, and perhaps with friends and neighbors.

Supplies I Have on Hand

• A one-year supply of food/water or more, and the capacity/plan to grow more in a garden.

• Barter items that will be useful in an economic collapse, such as silver/gold, ammunition, building hardware, clothing.

• Major first aid supplies, including antibiotics, basic surgical equipment, etc.

• The capacity to generate energy, heat and potable water off-grid, including fuel as necessary.

• Both handguns and rifles/shotguns on hand, enough ammo that you’re worried about being on an ATF watch list.

Example of Supplies at This Level

• Significant food storage, including a scheduled calories/day diet for all household members: dehydrated and bulk dried foods (MyPatriotSupply).

• Major first-aid/trauma and emergency dental kit plus potassium iodate tablets sufficient for 10-15 days.

• A handgun and rifle for all willing adult members of the household, 1000 rounds of ammunition per weapon.

• Propane or other cooking and heating fuel safely stored.

• Gold and silver coins, rounds or bars .

Steps I Have Taken

• Serious training both for myself as well as other household members, including survival/medical skills, farming, sewing skills that will be necessary during a prolonged breakdown of services and government control.

• I have a relocation plan that involves my own family and potentially others, including provisions I can use both locally and wherever my retreat location is.

Scenarios I’m Ready For

• A major national emergency, such as a complete economic collapse, a nuclear/biological war or pandemic, or an EMP taking out the US Power grid

***In trouble if there isn't some semblance of a stable recovery and government after a full year***



How a Friend Would Describe Me

• You are a ready to survive a Zombie apocalypse. You absolutely terrify the Liberal Intelligentsia.

Supplies I Have on Hand

• Gardening and/or farming equipment.

• Solar bank with deep storage batteries.

• Farm animals.

• Horses or ATVs for travel (with stored feed/fuel).

• 500+ gallons of fuel/diesel stored below ground.

• Battle rifles and carbines, at least 10,000 rounds of ammunition per weapon.

• Copy of the Bible, the U.S. Constitution, the Federalist Papers, Atlas Shrugged and books by Glenn Beck.

Example of Supplies at This Level

• Heirloom seeds, fertilizer/compost.

• FAL, M-14 or AR-15 rifles, accessories, extra magazines and equipment.

• Goats, cows, pigs and chickens or other livestock.

• Extra auto parts for ATVs/Vehicles: batteries, starter, alternator, belts, hoses, water pump, etc.

• Kerosene and lantern, wood or coal stove and fuel.

• Surgical kit including scalpels, clamps, sutures/staples, blood transfusion kits.

Steps I Have Taken

• I have a fully capable small farm/ranch, with food and supplies for myself, family and visitors.

• I have the plans and capability to defend it all against marauders up to platoon-sized foreign/UN troops.

• I have the ability to generate an income in a scenario either through selling food, equipment or services I am sufficiently skilled to deliver.

• I have the spiritual and philosophical basis to make morally correct decisions for myself, my family and property in a doomsday scenario.

Scenarios I’m Ready For

• The End of Days/Rapture/2nd Coming, global thermonuclear war, eruption of the Yellowstone Caldera, election of Hillary Clinton

***In trouble only if I fail to maintain my moral compass during trying times***


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On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck, Stu Burguiere, and Pat Gray discussed the Trump defense team's arguments in the Senate impeachment trial against President Donald Trump.

"This is different than what the Democrats were doing," Glenn said of the Trump team's impeachment defense. "We know the case of the Democrats, they just kept going over and over and over, for three days, the same stuff. The Republicans, at least on Saturday, did not ... and I thought it was really, really good."

Glenn added, "The president's defense was very compelling."

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Part 2: Top takeaways from president's impeachment defense

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Americans are getting crushed by healthcare costs. In 2018 alone, we spent $3.6 trillion on healthcare — that's more than $11,000 per American and nearly a fifth of the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It's on everyone's minds, which is why it has taken center stage in the Democratic party's primary. Of course, the solutions offered by the current crop of presidential candidates would do nothing to help alleviate that enormous spending. In fact, it would only add to it — what with Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All and Joe Biden's proposed ObamaCare expansion.

However, what also deserves attention in discussions about plans that increase the government's role in health care is how religious organizations would be affected. Faith-based hospitals and health care sharing ministries (HCSMs) play an important role in America, often serving as a critical provider and/or facilitator of payments for medical services in many states. If plans like Medicare for All were implemented, these groups would be at risk of going bankrupt or being severely curtailed due to the elimination of choice that comes with these proposals.

Instead of imposing a top-down and expensive health care system overhaul, faith-based providers and groups should be allowed to continue offering a variety of plans that work as high-quality, often cheaper alternatives. And more Americans should consider them.

Instead of imposing a top-down and expensive health care system overhaul, faith-based providers and groups should be allowed to continue offering a variety of plans that work as high-quality, often cheaper alternatives.

As mentioned, one such option is a health care sharing ministry. In this model, individuals contribute money into a pool managed by a religiously or ethically-affiliated organization, and costs for medical treatment are shared by people who adhere to that organization's belief system. Typically, applicants are required to sign a statement of faith in order to be accepted. It's basically like a subscription service: consumers pay a set amount of money into the ministry every month. Then, when they have a medical need or incident, they submit a claim to the ministry. Members whose claims are approved are reimbursed by the ministry from that pool of funds. Note, these ministries don't cover procedures they deem immoral.

Because providers are often getting paid in cash under this model — and typically within 90 days — patients are able to negotiate significant discounts, in some cases slicing procedures' costs to a fraction of the initial price. Insurance companies, by comparison, tend to not pay dollar for dollar on claims, and certainly not in cash. Additionally, insurance companies usually have onerous paperwork requirements, forcing doctors to spend half of their time on electronic health records and desk work. This increase in demand for administrative work is partly responsible for the United States leading the world in administrative costs in healthcare.

There are various types of HCSMs, each offering different benefits depending on what the individual needs — and a lot of savings on monthly plans. Take Christian Healthcare Ministries, for example. It's resulted in enormous savings for its members. Whereas the average healthcare plan can cost about $400 a month on the low end (with high deductibles), CHM plans can run between $78-172 a month for a single person. These kinds of plans are particularly great options for people who are relatively healthy and young, where the need for doctors and prescription drugs is less likely.

HCSMs have seen explosive growth in popularity recently. In 2014, there were only approximately 160,000 members. By 2018, membership ballooned to about 1 million HCSM members around the United States who have shared over $1 billion in medical expenses. But unfortunately, many people still feel locked into the traditional — and expensive — health care insurance model. HCSMs provide a way out, and, depending on their belief system, people should research them and see if there's one that best suit their needs. If more people deviate away from the traditional health care insurance market, insurance companies would be incentivized to adjust their pricing. That won't be possible, of course, if plans like Medicare for All are implemented.

Health care is one of life's biggest expenses, and voters are understandably desperate for a plan that cuts costs without compromising quality of care or access to it. Alternative options to health care insurance such as HCSMs are practical, free-market solutions that saves money. Americans should sift through these options before subscribing to plans that will only break the bank.

James Czerniawski is a Young Voices contributor. Follow him on Twitter @JamesCz19.

Bill O'Reilly: Adam Schiff is in 'wonderland' during the Senate impeachment trial

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Friday, Bill O'Reilly gave his latest take on the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, and explained why he thinks House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is like "Alice in Wonderland."

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to discuss the latest developments in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

According to Cruz, Thursday was a "very consequential day" in the otherwise tedious and redundant impeachment proceedings.

"Yesterday, the House managers effectively threw Joe Biden under the bus," Cruz said. "They doubled down on what they started doing on the first day of arguments, which was making their entire case ... based on the proposition that there was zero evidence to justify investigating Burisma [the Ukrainian natural gas company that paid then-Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, $50,000 a month to sit on the board]."

Cruz went on to explain that every time the Democrats, namely House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), rehash the "zero-evidence" argument, they open the door for Republicans to present the overwhelming evidence that contradicts those claims.

"That proposition, that there's zero evidence to investigate Burisma, is utterly and completely absurd. So, I'm looking forward to Saturday when the president's lawyers will begin presenting his case. Because what the Democrats have done, is they have opened the door to this. And I hope the president's lawyers will stand up and systematically lay out the case," Cruz said.

"They've been arguing that Hunter Biden is completely irrelevant to this case. Well, the House managers have now, through their arguments, made Hunter Biden not only relevant — he was always relevant — but critical now," he continued. "They built the entire case, like a house of cards, on the proposition that there was no reasonable basis to investigate Burisma. And that's just absurd."

The two also discussed Cruz's new podcast, "Verdict with Ted Cruz," which he records with Daily Wire host Michael Knowles each night following the Senate trial.

"Last night's podcast went through systematically ... all of the overwhelming evidence of corruption from Burisma that any president, not only had the authority to investigate, but the responsibility to investigate," Cruz said. "And that, ultimately, is why President Trump is going to be acquitted at the end of this process."

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