Ask yourself these four questions to reveal your level of preparedness

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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. Preparedness experts Justin Wheeler and Daniel Dean joined me to tackle these tough questions and lay out practical action plans you can take with your family 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.

LEVEL 0

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.

***You'll be in trouble beyond a single day of an emergency situation***

LEVEL 1

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, Ibuprofen, thermometer, Vaseline, 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.

***You'll be in trouble after a few days of an emergency situation, or if you're forced to leave home***

LEVEL 2

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.

***You'll be in trouble after an emergency situation lasting longer than a month, or if forced to leave home for longer than a couple of days***

LEVEL 3

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.
  • 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

***You'll be in trouble if there isn't some semblance of a stable recovery and government after a full year***

LEVEL 4

How a Friend Would Describe Me

  • You are 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

***You'll be in trouble only if you fail to maintain my moral compass during trying times***


This post was originally published on December 1, 2015.

Did the FBI just get away with the BIGGEST armed robbery in US history?

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In 2021, an armed group broke into a U.S. Private Vaults store in Beverly Hills and stole $86 million worth of valuables — the largest armed robbery in U.S. history. That "armed group" was the FBI. Now, it appears that the FBI and U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles "misled" the judge who signed the warrant for the seizure and still haven't returned the stolen goods to the 700 customers affected, according to newly disclosed court filings.

The details of the government’s alleged deception have come to light in a class-action lawsuit by U.S. Private Vaults customers who say the raid violated their rights, the Los Angeles Times reported. The FBI and U.S. attorney’s office denied misleading the judge, and a spokesperson claimed the warrants were lawfully executed.

On the radio program, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere reviewed some of the shocking story's details and discussed why incidents like this may become more common.

"None of the customers have been charged with any crimes. Not a single customer, out of the 700, not a single customer has been charged with a crime, but they can't get their stuff back," Glenn noted. "And this is going to happen more and more."

"It's incomprehensible that this stuff goes on in the United States of America," Stu said. "If you were to tell me this happened, you know, in Russia, I'd expect it. The fact that the United States government is claiming and just taking stuff from citizens all around the country with no crime, many times without even being charged, let alone ... conviction."

"Listen to this," Glenn continued. "The lawsuit also claims that some of the box holders who came forward to reclaim their seized property were then subjected to another investigation. If you went to the FBI and said, 'I want my stuff back,' the FBI examined their bank accounts, their DMV records, their tax return, and any criminal history checks."

However, box holders who decided to forfeit their property were also suspected of trying to "avoid becoming an FBI target," Glenn noted.

"So, you're guilty if you walk away and you're guilty if you ask," Stu added.

"This is America, gang," Glenn said. "It doesn't seem like it because it's not a constitutional America. But this is the America we now live in, and it is important that you wake up and stand up. ... God's people have got to start standing up, or we'll lose freedom. The world's freedom will be on our heads."

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Glenn Beck: One TERRIFYING thing is clear no matter who caused the Nord Stream pipeline leaks

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Evidence strongly suggests that the Nord Stream pipeline leaks were the result of sabotage, and U.S. and European officials have been working to discover who could be behind the explosions that damaged the natural gas pipelines running from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea.

Was it Russia? Ukraine? Germany? But no matter who carried this out, it has put the entire world in grave danger, because if this is indeed an attack, it means that non-military key infrastructure outside Ukraine is now on the "target menu," warned Glenn Beck on the radio program.

"It is so important for you to understand, this is now a non-military key infrastructure that has been destroyed," Glenn explained. "If Russia thinks we did it, they've already said, 'Nukes are now on the table.' That gives us a green light to use nukes," he added.

"This is non-military key infrastructure outside of the borders of Ukraine. To date, as far as we know, combat targets were either in Ukraine, or were military targets hit inside of Russia by Ukrainian Air Force or special forces. But the target menu now includes key civilian infrastructure: electricity, water utilities, energy production. That makes Russia more dangerous than ever. And that would be true no matter who carried out the attack," Glenn stated.

Now, the Russians are saying the Unted States did it, and the U.S. is saying it was Russia. But no matter who carried out the attack, "We are facing a Cuban Missile Crisis," said Glenn.

"This could end up being the biggest story of our lifetime and ... if it isn't played calmly by every side, this could be World War III," he continued. "Russia has already said that this gives them the right to use nuclear weapons as soon as they find out for sure who did it. That would be catastrophic, absolutely catastrophic."

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The White House can try to spin inflation all day long (and it's trying very hard). But you feel the effects of President Joe Biden’s disastrous leadership every time you go to the grocery store or fill up your car. The American economy is on the brink of disaster after less than two years of a Democrat-controlled Congress and White House. And they’ve got plenty more destruction in the works.

The bottom line is they WANT you to get used to a lower living standard. So, what do you do? How do you prepare? What will food and fuel cost in the months ahead? What would the next Great Depression look like? How are you going to feel the effects of ESG and the Left’s war on oil?

On Wednesday night's "Glenn TV," Glenn Beck brings in a panel of economic experts to answer those questions. He’s joined by Carol Roth, former Wall Street investment banker and author of “The War on Small Business,” and Jim Iuorio, a small business owner, stockbroker, and managing director of TJM Institutional Services. While both forecast the worst-case scenario for average Americans, they also offer a glimmer of hope to get us out of this mess.

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The FBI recently sent more than a dozen armed agents to the home of well-known pro-life activist Mark Houck to arrest him for allegedly violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances or FACE Act. Now the father of seven faces up to 11 years in prison over claims that he blocked a man from entering an abortion clinic and shoved him when he wouldn't stop verbally harassing Mark's 12-year-old son. Now, if that doesn't sound insane enough, this all happened after local authorities dropped the case. So, what's the full story here?

Attorney Peter Breen joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to tell the family's side of the story, including how the case was already "won" three years ago, and how, after receiving a target letter from the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Mark's legal team agreed to cooperate fully, only to hear nothing back until the day the FBI showed up on Mark's doorstep.

Breen also explained how the FBI has tried to downplay "abuse of power" claims, accusing Mark's wife of making "inaccurate claims" about the terrifying experience.

"Ryan-Marie, who is Mark's wife, she thought she saw 25 [FBI agents.] The FBI came back and said it wasn't 25, it was no more than 15 or 20 heavily armed federal agents. And she had called them a 'SWAT team' because she's a lay person. I don't know the difference between a SWAT team and a bunch of heavily armed, armored, and shield-bearing federal agents," Breen said.

According to Fox News, a senior FBI source said:

There may have been 15-20 agents at the scene, but denied 25 were there. The agents who came to the door had guns out and at the ready, according to this FBI source, but the guns were never pointed at Houck or his family and were lowered or holstered as soon as Houck was taken into custody. Houck was handcuffed with a belly chain.

"So, yeah, they had guns drawn and pointed at Mark in front of his wife and their children. And that whole show of force was done against a man who was not a drug lord, not a mafia boss, but instead, a law-abiding pillar of the community whose attorney said, 'we'll bring him in if you decide to charge, even though you have no case.'"

Breen went on to assert that he believes Congress "needs to" hold Attorney General Merrick Garland accountable for the arrest. "I can't imagine that those 20 federal agents were excited about being called out to a peaceful man's home, guns drawn," he said.

In the video clip below, Breen goes on the explain what he believes should happen next, and why Houck's arrest "should frighten all of us." Can't watch? Download the podcast here.

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