Things between the US and Russia haven’t been this bad in a while, but what does the prospect of a US-Russian conflict mean for us preppers? Now might be good a time as any to double check those bug out bags and top off the stockpile. Let’s take a look at what the tensions between the US and Russia might mean for us and how we can best prepare for an escalation.
What about the nukes?
Let’s take this out of the equation from the get go, if a conflict with Russia goes nuclear, bend over and kiss your ass good-bye. There is no amount of preparedness that will help you in that situation. With that being said, the good news is that is probably the least likely outcome.
The Kremlin and DC both know that a nuclear exchange would be apocalyptic for both sides and is unfavorable for either. So if we don’t need to worry about the Ruskies dropping nukes on Main Street USA, what do we have to worry about?
What should we worry about?
The biggest issues with the Russian conflict would be increased instability in the Middle East and Europe. Even though the US supplies the majority of it’s energy needs domestically, an interruption in oil from Saudi Arabia could send prices sky high.
It could also lead to geopolitical implications such as interrupted sea trade or embargoes. With the US being so dependent on our overseas neighbors such as China for food and consumer-goods, one might expect to see massive price increases and shortages at the grocery store.
The obvious problem here is that China is much more cozy with Russia then they are with us. It’s a safe bet to assume if an outright conflict broke out, the least the Chinese will do is impose embargoes on the US and her allies. Furthermore, Russia could wreak havoc on the already chaotic European markets causing massive economic turmoil internationally.
A US-Russian conflict would also stretch already limited resources here at home. Without an influx in foreign goods, the US economy would be forced to completely rearrange itself while simultaneously mobilizing for the biggest conflict since WWII. The slightest misstep in this process could spell disaster for the US economy. This along with food shortages leads us to our final factor.
Civil unrest. The American public is in all ways the opposite of unified at the present. A Russian conflict would only serve to exasperate this problem. Combine the already delicate nature of the populace with food shortages and a division over war while simultaneously siphoning off vast amounts of resources for the war effort, the US would have more to fear from it’s own people than from any foreign invasion.
How should we prepare?
It would be a smart idea to stockpile as much food and consumables as possible. In an event, the least you can expect is massive shortages and price increases. One might even expect a return to WWII-era rations on food, gas, etc. Ensure that you have as much food on hand as possible but in the very least, 3 months worth of food for every member of your family.
If you live in an urban area, it might be a good idea to make arrangements with friends or relatives out in the country to come stay with them. These areas are going to be the hardest hit by potential unrest and shortages. If you’re already out in the country, make yourself familiar with what crops you could grow in your area if you aren’t already growing your own food.
The bottom line here is stick to the basics. Make sure you can provide for your family in the worst case scenarios (nuclear fire notwithstanding). A “Red Dawn” type resistance should be the furthest thing from your mind and although we all love the idea of blowing away invaders in a sweet mustang, don’t get distracted. Focus your attentions on feeding, clothing, and otherwise providing for your family.