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.

On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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