What We Can Learn From the Economic Collapse in Venezuela
The Venezuelan Prepper has started a series in which he shares his experiences during the economic collapse that has struck Venezuela. It’s a story that every prepper should read and take to heart.
Riots, food shortages, looting, and murder are all becoming commonplace. Here are just a few excerpts that I found as striking in this article.
The Venezuelan collapse has escalated to a breakdown in social order, putting Venezuela at the top of Latin America’s most homicidal nations. The rate of Venezuelans murdered is now 20 times that of the US.
The public transport system is more than 85% disabled.
The public health service is practically void. It is so bad that the syringes are being sterilized by boiling and reused. There are no basic medical supplies as saline solution, surgical gloves, and disinfectants. Blood pressure medication, insulin, and antibiotics are more valuable than gold or silver.
For food, canned food is more expensive than anything. There is engine oil available, but at very inflated prices for those who earn in local currency and if you are looking for car and truck spare parts they are almost unavailable. There is no positive outlook as food processing plants are working at 25% their capacity and most farms have closed down or are unable to run efficiently.
As preppers, we need to be able to learn from the experiences of others. The horror that Venezuela is experiencing can be used as another experience that we can draw from to get ourselves more prepared.
For anyone that remembers what the people of Argentina experienced during their economic problems, you’ll notice MANY similarities between these two events.
I would expect things to be even worse if something like this happened in the United States. Most of our metropolitan areas are even less prepared to handle a situation like this than either Argentina or Venezuela were.
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