If the banking system collapses, if there’s another worldwide pandemic, or if something else catastrophic occurs that causes a supply chain breakdown, are YOU adequately prepared? In this clip, Glenn gives Stu the ultimate preparedness quiz — which covers questions about water, flashlights, food supplies, and more. So, could YOUR family survive if a crisis hits? Or, perhaps, is it time to head to Costco…?
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GLENN: Welcome to the Glenn Beck Program. We're glad you're here. So yesterday, I tweeted and put something on Instagram. A video of my wife and I went shopping at Costco yesterday. And I just tweeted, not saying you should go to Costco. But I'm not not saying it either.
Just assuming like a dummy, that people would understand, that I'm concerned about the banking system.
And, you know, just a good idea to stock up on aspirin and children's Tylenol and allergy medicine. And things that you will need, if there's a breakdown of the supply chain, you don't want to be without medicine and toothpaste and things like that.
GLENN: So that's what I did yesterday. And then immediately, it caught fire with, Glenn Beck is suggesting that there will be so much unrest due to Trump being indicted. That people should stock up on essentials.
STU: You suggested that?
GLENN: That's what I suggested apparently.
So that was what I really was worried about. Had nothing to do with the banks. No. Uh-uh. Had nothing to do with that.
STU: I feel like that was in the news. People might have heard about it.
GLENN: Yeah. It might have been something I have been known to talk about, being prepared.
And speaking of that, I have the results of this audience, and I think it's going to shock you.
This audience, we took a poll of 10,000 audience members.
How prepared are you? Now, we took this last week. Stu, you didn't get a chance to participate, darn it. So for mainly entertainment purposes, I thought we would have you take the poll.
How much food do you have saved with a long shelf life? I only order takeout.
Maybe until the end of a workweek. At least two weeks' worth of food.
My food stockpile can last several months. That's three. I'm good for at least a year.
STU: I mean, definitely at least two weeks. I would say, question is, can I get to several months? And I think --
STU: I will go with that one. I think I can get to that one.
I do have -- I had placed an order a couple years ago, My Patriot Supply. Got some stuff.
GLENN: For what? Like your 48-hour kit from My Patriot Supply?
STU: No, it was a couple of big boxes. Lots of packages in there.
GLENN: Do you even know where they are? Oh, boy.
STU: Yes. Loosely.
I know kind of where they are. I can find them in a pinch.
GLENN: Okay. How much bottled water do you have stored in case of an emergency? Tap water doesn't count. None, I would be dead within three days.
I have a large pack of plastic water bottles from my kids' soccer games that could last a couple of days.
STU: Definitely at least this high.
GLENN: I have a few Costco-sized water bottle packs that could last a week or two.
My water stockpile could last several months.
I'm good for at least a year.
STU: There's a big gap between a couple weeks and several months. I -- I feel like I'm falling in that window quite a bit.
GLENN: Yeah, I know.
STU: Because I do have a few of those big water cooler jugs, you know, that I kept. We had a water cooler, we don't have it anymore.
But I kept a bunch of the extra bottles, just in case. Because I was thinking about you. You were always talking about having --
GLENN: So when let's say power goes out, you'll be able to not fill those right away.
STU: No. They're filled. They're sealed. When they were first delivered.
GLENN: Good for you. You probably have a better water supply than I have.
STU: I knew it. I'm the one who is prepared around here.
GLENN: Well, anyway.
How many of the following basic supplies do you have? A flashlight with extra batteries?
STU: Probably, yeah.
GLENN: I'm battery central, man. My wife has like batteries.
Batter-powered solar-powered radio.
STU: Solar-powered radio.
GLENN: Or battery-powered radio.
STU: I might have that.
GLENN: Cell phones and chargers.
STU: Yeah. Cell phones and chargers. Yes, I've got cell phones and chargers.
GLENN: And matches.
STU: We have a few lighters. Does that count?
GLENN: Yeah. Well, I guess.
It doesn't say lighters, but matches.
STU: Yeah. I think I was pretty good on that one, you know.
I mean, this is -- I'm basically a prepper, is what we're learning.
GLENN: How secure is your home or shelter? Not prepared at all. I have a fireplace and firewood.
STU: I do have a fireplace.
GLENN: Yeah. But it's gas, isn't it?
STU: I do have a gas fireplace.
I do have -- like one of those outdoor fire pits. Does that count?
I got a propane tank. We can slide that right in the house. What would go wrong?
GLENN: No, it doesn't.
I have an alternative source of heat to cook food, like a charcoal grill or camping stove. There you are.
STU: I have a gas grill.
GLENN: In addition to a heat source, I have a backup generator in case of power outages.
I have a very -- I have a little backup generator. We lost power. And I was able to power the refrigerator for eight straight hours. We didn't lose our food.
GLENN: There we go. I have an entire bunker ready to go, if power goes out.
STU: Well, I have that. That's Glenn's house. We think of Glenn's house as our bunker.
GLENN: I have guns, if I wouldn't have lost them in that fishing accident.
STU: That's why I was happy you lost them in the fishing accident. Because now I can come over, and you probably won't shoot at my early.
GLENN: How strong is your emergency fund?
This one is really very important.
Because if the banks go down, which do not panic.
All you have to do is prepare. If you have enough money for a few days of what it would cost to, you know, get gas, and food, or whatever.
You should have that in cash.
It would be great to have, you know, your monthly bills, in cash for a month. Okay?
But you should have some cash, just in case there's a banking holiday. Hmm, I love that.
STU: I mean, the bank collapses. I mean, I'm not paying bills. What are they going to do?
Just tell them the bank collapsed. Sorry, I can't make those payments.
GLENN: Okay. How strong is your emergency fund? I don't have an emergency fund. My emergency fund can cover one to two months of expenses.
This is not cash on-hand, this is what you would have in the bank.
STU: Oh, okay.
GLENN: Three to five months of expenses, six to eight months of expenses, a year's worth of expenses.
STU: I mean, I could go easily into multiple years. I got it all stored over at FTX. I don't remember. I haven't checked in a while though.
GLENN: How much do you have invested in silver, gold, or extra precious medals? None. I bought half a gram of silver just for kicks, precious medals are a small part of what I have, precious medals medium, or precious medals large part.
STU: You know, I --
GLENN: This is entertainment purposes.
STU: Entertainment purposes. My Social Security number, is that the next question on this?
GLENN: Yeah. How many of these barter skills do you know?
I was bad on this one.
Carpentry, sewing, auto repair, medical expertise, or zero.
STU: When do you get to talk on radio?
GLENN: Zero. Yeah, that's zero.
I had to punch zero on that one. How much emergency fuel do you have stored for your car? None. I need an extra gallon of gas in the garage. I have enough extra gas to last a month.
Gas stored for the last six months.
STU: What are you supposed to do with extra gas?
GLENN: You put it in -- you know, you put it in plastic containers, okay? Big, red plastic containers.
STU: And then what?
GLENN: You fill them up.
And then over about a two-month period, you cycle through that gas. So if you need gas instead of --
STU: I've read horror stories of them. Because I lost power, I had to get gas from the generator. And then I did that. And then I had -- once the power came back on, I had leftover gas.
And then I was like, well, what am I supposed to do with that gas?
Then I went online. I made the mistake of searching for what I should do. And it was like, your house will burn down, if you keep this gas anywhere within 500 feet of your home.
That's basically what they said.
So then I just started running my car in the driveway, burning gas, and filling it back up. That's legitimately what I did.
GLENN: Is that what you did?
STU: I just ran my gas in the driveway for like eight straight hours. And just kept filling it up, until I burnt it up. Added it directly into the atmosphere.
GLENN: If you have a shed or something like that, just keep it in the shed.
STU: Then the shed burns down. That's what online said.
GLENN: Then there will be an explosion.
How well can you use a paper map? Hopeless without an i Phone?
Could possibly navigate to the other side of the neighborhood.
Navigate around a new city.
Can handle long hall road map trips with a paper map.
I'm -- I'm Bear Grylls. Drop me in the middle of a Mongolian desert with a map and a compass, and I could find my way back to civilization.
STU: I mean, I am probably not to that level, but I can read a paper map.
I will say, this is the same thing that will happen with AI.
I was thinking of you the other day, when I was thinking of this.
Because what happened from maps to GPS, is about -- is about what's about to happen with our writing skills?
GLENN: Everything. Everything.
STU: Everything. You're not going to do any of it anymore.
You're going to click ChatGPT. It will write something up.
GLENN: You will go. I need report. Yes, we got it.
STU: Idiocrasy is going to happen.
GLENN: Yeah. It will happen. It will happen.
Did you actually take it, and click on it?
STU: Oh. I thought you were doing it.
GLENN: Oh, I was doing it for me. I'm Mad Max, by the way, 100 percent. Even with no skills. No skills.
STU: Anyway, I'll quickly go through it.
GLENN: You go through it, 10,000 people took the quiz in this audience. Where do you think most of this audience is?
STU: I mean, I would think, you would think this audience, super well prepared, right?
GLENN: So 1.7 are toast. Okay?
STU: That's their category.
GLENN: You won't survive if your kitchen table breaks. It's like, I don't know what to do. I had to eat the children.
So that's 1.7 that took it, not prepared at all. Thirteen percent could survive a mild disaster. They've tucked, you know, some finances away for emergencies. They have useful tools or skills. And, you know, a little bit of food.
Most of this audience could survive a big disaster.
In fact, 69.8 percent of this audience, congratulations, you have some investment in precious metals, an emergency fund, some food and supplies stockpiled.
Maybe an extra generator. Even though, you may not be a prepper, you've taken steps to prepare for hard times, which will protect you and your loved ones for weeks, even months.
That's 70 percent of this audience. Then there's this -- Mad Max category of 15 percent, 14.7 percent.
Fifteen percent of this audience is Mad Max. You're one of the few people who could actually survive a nuclear apocalypse.
GLENN: There -- there's a few that I'll bet you, in the general population, I can't even imagine.
What? One percent. Less than 1 percent. Your bunker is stocked with food, water supplies to last you months.
Silver, gold, emergency fund, will help you cruise in times of financial distress. You can secure more goods because you have learned a bunch of barter skills. You are Mad Max. It's great.
GLENN: Now, if you haven't taken this test, you can just take it for yourself now.
But we have the ultimate preparation guide, which is filled with really easy, do this. Do you have this?
Just a checklist. And you can go as far as you want on the list, but it is a really easy guide to be prepared for whatever may come your way.
Go to GlennBeck.com now, and see how prepared you actually are, and then prepare.
If you want that list, you can find it at GlennBeck.com. I think it's no longer on the front page.
So I think you have to go down and click on, what is it? Extra stories or something like that. If you just go to the front page, you'll --
STU: Load more content.
GLENN: Yeah, load more content. Elton. It's right before my big fat face with radio and TV on it. Hit that, and then you'll find it on that second page.