On a regular basis I receive articles from financial experts with advice of survival in the long predicted next Depression. Plus regularly receiving e-mail material on how to prepare for predicted up-coming crash of the economy and next depression era.
Because I grew up during the Depression of the thirties in the last century, in a family that lived well, on a farm in Northeast Georgia, until I graduated from high school at age 17, then moved, I began writing a book about my life and experiences during that period.
As I wrote and described my experiences those 17 years, all of a sudden I realized how ill equipped we are to cope with a Depression like the thirties. I suggest less than ten percent are equipped to survive, because we simply do not have the means to do so in this day and age.
Living without electricity, running water, no phone, no local grocery store, no mechanized mode of travel, no gas, no money to buy clothes, and having to raise your own food, takes a certain kind of equipment we do not have. And I did not realize just how much is required to live well and survive under circumstances so different than life as we know it to-day.
We are warned to grow our own Food. But in order to do that one needs seeds and fertilizer, a hoe and a plow. Then a plow requires an animal to pull it.
Once one manages to grow food, must consider preservation for winter months, which requires a smoke-house to cure and preserve beef and pork. Who has a smoke house today? My mother canned 800 cans to go through the winter which required a pressure cooker, a supply of glass jars and lids, and large pots to boil and sterilize everything for canning food, which requires several types of equipment, like tongs to handle without touching, because everything must be totally sterilized to preserve without spoilage.
One needs buckets to gather food in, a wheelbarrow to transport from fields to house. Buckets required to draw water from a well or tote from a spring. Lately I’ve been reading about the scarcity of water. Without gas and electricity for water through a spiget, one will be required to dig a well. Who has the means to do that? Or a spring on their property.
During depression years, bed linens hand made from material from local mills, and quilts for cover created with quilt frames. A pedal sewing machine required, plus quilting frames. Does anyone have that kind of equipment today? Plus needles and thread to sew with. Some may have needles and scissors. Clothes we wore for the most part hand made from material ordered from Sears Roebuck catalog.
One must have an ax for chopping wood, for heat and cooking. Meat was cured in smoke-houses for winter. Who has a smoke-house today? Hen house required for chickens to roost and lay eggs.
In those days life in the country, no one had basements to their homes, therefore separate storm shelters built we all went to when a storm came.
Laundry accomplished with large tubs, kept near a spring where water was drawn, and an iron washpot used to boil the clothes. Soap used for laundry was made in large iron pots. Does anyone have iron pots and tubs today? Or a wire clothes line to hang laundry on? or even clothes pins?
Everyone without exception must have food, clothing and shelter to survive. Without availability in stores, one creates ways and means to have and that takes all kinds of equipment, from shovels, to tubs, pots, nails and hammer. Without money to buy even if available in a local store, one must make other arrangements.
Without electricity or gas, one needs a wood stove to cook on. An ax and hand saw to acquire wood.
If another Depression arrives as predicted, this nation is ill-equipped to have the necessary things needed to live, survive and live well, as we did in the last depression.
There are regular postings of how to survive by storing food, but life in a depression requires a lot more than that to survive. In this article I only list a partial of the equipment necessary to survive without availability in stores nor money to buy if available.
During the last depression, a few had cars, T-model and A-model Fords, but everyone on farms had wagons and buggies, requiring animals to pull. Everyone had animals, mules, horses and cows. Which required barns to house and food to feed, all grown on the farm.
In retrospect I had a good life of plenty growing up on a farm during “The Great Depression” and going to school and everyone enjoyed a lot more freedom than most experience today. Because Freedom is self-responsibility, the Depression years were an era when the majority assumed the self-responsibility of taking care of themselves, family and neighbors. Living on a farm, myself and family lived well and had everything we needed. Those living in cities suffered and struggled, I read about in daily newspaper.
Because I’m frequently asked about life growing up during the Depression years and era of President Franklin Roosevelt as President, I decided to write about it.
During our current era where there’s plenty of everything, and millions on food stamps for free food, it’s incumbent on everyone to consider the possibility, things could change, if we are thrust into the depths of another Depression cycle that’s being predicted. I hope it doesn’t occur, simply because the majority are not equipped to handle for survival. Do not have the equipment necessary for survival, nor the know how to use it if they do.
There’s a lot of creativity and ingenuity in the spirit of many Americans, to come up with ways and means of survival among some, but not all. However it’s incumbent upon every individual to consider the reality of the possibility.
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