Comment: off the top of my head...here's my quick list of things to do

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off the top of my head...here's my quick list of things to do

Of course there are many variables depending on your particular location and personal situation, financial and otherwise. But having to give advice to somebody who is starting from scratch and all things being equal, here is what I can come up with on short notice. Be prepared to drop some coin.

1) get into PMs. the best advice i have heard as of late (Doug Casey et al)was to be about 10-15% (of your investment portfolio) into gold or silver. That advice may change based on the pace of current events.
There is no downside to owning physical. There is no counter-party risk to having it in your possession. The only risk is if you overextend yourself financially to obtain it and are not liquid enough to meet your monthly living expenses. You get a better deal on bullion, but smaller denominations make more sense because in all likelihood that is what you will need for bartering and trade. Gold has quite a ways to go before we see the end of this great unraveling but silver may actually turn out to be the superstar in relative terms of what it is worth compared to gold. Just get in and don't look back. You are a value investor and not a speculator.

2)food- I hope you like rice, because again without knowing your particulars this is what I would build an emergency pantry on right off the bat. Go to Sam's Club or Costco and pick up 50lbs sacks of white rice @ ~16 to $18 a piece. Buy what you feel comfortable with and have in your mind that you will have to eat through this to rotate the stock. 10 bags is probably a good start. Pick up salt while you are there also. grab a few cases, it never goes bad just keep it in a cool dry place. Buy enough spices and gravy to flavor that stuff up and start to increase your canned food stocks. at least if you do this you can sleep at night knowing you have something to lean on and can then take your time buying mylar and vacuum sealers, canning supplies and/or bulk MRE shipments etc.

3) food part2- heirloom seeds...get them. this is what you will be doing for long term sustainability as you live off of all of those yummy MREs and bulk foods that you purchased. That is what most of us will be doing...scratching around in the dirt, tending to our gardens.

4)water - the sky is the limit, but do start somewhere. water filters are fine provided you have access to a large supply such as a lake or river. consider starting with some food grade plastic barrels, again I think the box stores have these for sale also.

5)defense -a basic battery should consist of four long arms. A .22LR, A 12ga shotgun preferably slide action, A large caliber hunting rifle such as bolt action .308 or .30-06, and a military style sporting rifle that uses high capacity magazines such as an AK or AR. If you have these four you should be able to handle most hunting or defensive needs. I did not mention pistols, because again not knowing if you live in city where it is difficult to get or not, but real quickly...a .22 target/hunting pistol and any Glock model will do just nicely. There are thousands of defensive handguns but Glock really did their engineering homework and made them user friendly especially in high stress situations. (KISS principle)

6)Neighbors- get friendly...for obvious reasons

7) cash - keep some cash on hand, enough to cover all of your expenses for one month at least. Yes the dollar will go down, but in the meantime you will need access to the basic necessities. Don't expect ATMs or credit card systems to work if the next credit crisis extend beyond inter-bank lending...which, may very well be the case on the next leg down.

8) take it from there - there's a thousand things to do and to learn, even for those of us who have started prepping I don't think we will be fully ready before this all blows up in our faces.

good luck