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.

President Joe Biden and world leaders are spending the week discussing the biggest issues across the globe. But Mike Pompeo, former Secretary of State during the Trump administration, believes more needs to be done.

Pompeo joined the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday to talk about President Biden's upcoming meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin, and to explain why he believes it's not just "appropriate," but necessary to hold Putin accountable for the recent cyberattacks on the Colonial Pipeline and the JBS meat processing company.

Pompeo said it's likely that "at the very least" Putin turned a blind eye to the major attacks against U.S. infrastructure. He stressed that the Biden administration should not abandon private businesses in the face of these ransomware hacks, but rather do everything possible to make sure those businesses' assets are secure from future invasions.

"This is an attack on America," Pompeo said. "It came through an attack on a commercial enterprise, but the capacity for pipelines to move product around on our east coast is an American national security interest.... We have to help these businesses protect their systems, and then there has to be a national effort to impose costs on those who put American lives at risk by denying available product around our country.

"Putin, at the very least, is turning a blind eye to [the cyberattacks], probably more. So, it's appropriate to hold Vladimir Putin and the Russians accountable for the actions taking place inside of their country," he added. "We have to do it, and there are tools by which we can."

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On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn read from the Bible's II Timothy 3, in which Paul warns of "perilous times" to come and describes a generation that will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, and the list goes on. Sound familiar?

But Glenn said the times we're facing — which will likely become more and more difficult — are not any graver than what our Founders faced. We can overcome, and while it won't be easy, it will be worth it.

"Just like George Washington and the badge of merit, we will not be able to conquer this evil unless we are on God's side. If we don't have Divine Providence, we will not be able to survive. The things that are arrayed in front of us, are no greater no less than what our Founders had arrayed against them," Glenn stated.

"So, what will we do? You must make those decisions, as a family, right now. What is the line for you that you and your family will not cross? Because if you don't know it now, you will cross it," he warned. "You have to speak out, be that voice. You have to be strong enough to lead."

Glenn went on to thank and praise his audience, saying, "This is the kindest, most generous audience I have ever encountered."

"You will stand. This audience could be the extra 5% that is needed to change things, for the better," he added. "We have great and glorious times, when I believe we will see the hand of God. We will see miracles. Expect them. And live in such a way where you can call them down."

Watch the clip to get Glenn's take on what's coming next and how to prepare yourself and your family.

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How many times must the corporate media get something completely wrong — and attack anyone who dares to disagree — before we realize who they have become?

On the radio program Friday, Glenn Beck shared an article from the Daily Caller titled, "Eight Anti-Trump Narratives the Media Finally Had to Admit Were False All Along." From the Lafayette Square controversy to the denial that COVID-19 could have anything to do with a lab in China to the "Russian bounties" story, the list of mainstream media conspiracy theories goes on and on. If it were anyone but the liberal media who got the facts this embarrassingly wrong, they would have been out of a job long ago.

Watch the video clip below to hear eight of the most anti-Trump the narratives shamelessly pushed by the media — that were completely wrong.


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Former President Barack Obama sat down with CNN's Anderson Cooper recently for an interview scheduled to air in full on Friday. During the interview, Obama scoffed at the idea that critical race theory could be a "threat to our Republic," while claiming that "right-wing media venues" are "stoking the fear and resentment of a white population."

On the radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck set the record straight: the right-wing media's efforts to call out the far-left have nothing to do with race in America, but rather everything to do with protecting our way of life that is being threatened more and more each day by the radical, Marxist ideology seeping into government.

"Mr. Obama, you lied," Glenn asserted. "You used the IRS to hunt down your enemy. You spied on the media. And your health care package, which was supposed to save every American $3,000 per year, has helped some, perhaps, while raising the cost of everyone's health care in double and triple percentages. But the worst thing that you did, is you planted, you watered, and you protected the Marxist seeds, by crying race."

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