Dear readers, those who already know me are aware I used to write about confirmed facts we all care about as preppers. At this point in my life I hardly can be considered a prepper, though. A survivor? Sure. I’ve been in much better conditions (as I have mentioned earlier in previous articles) than other migrants. Always had a roof and something to eat, and could buy my kiddo a good meal every now and then and even an ice cream, cookies and the occasional chocolate when he asked for it. Maybe I have not eaten a grilled steak every two days, but I haven’t starved. Have I seen myself rationing? Sure. At least I have something to ration. I know I have been a little…disperse. I have realized that facing with a reality you had only had imagined in your worst scenario fantasies, is harder than I thought. That´s why I´ve been trying to recover myself, and getting used to the quite grim possibility of death far away from my homeland.
This said, I received a few audios about a situation that is presenting given the scarcity of gasoline that has already impacted the food supply. The person sending me these materials is reliable, and informed me that indeed that happened.
There’s a fuel shortage in Venezuela
The local majors, governors, and uniforms have confiscated the fuel, and they sell them in dollars, for their own personal profit. This way they are bypassing tax controls, impeding the audit, and pocketing all the money they collect. They are trafficking with the fuel, and this brings along two consequences.
One, crops were lost. Not that they care, of course. The Chinese need Venezuela with the least amount of people possible. They want our land for themselves and this is evident. Almost one million square km, plenty of water, and mineral resources with an extremely low-density population? That leaving outside the extremely privilege its position means.
This geopolitical comment is because I need the world to know exactly what is happening. We didn’t “choose” poorly. This was imposed. If we didn’t elect Hugo, the result would have been just another coup d’etat. And another, until thugs could control the country by force like it is happening now.
The other consequence is much worse. No crops, no food. People will die by the thousands unless extreme measures are taken. And I mean really extreme. We don’t deserve this.
People are getting fed up.
What has happened is, in one town in the Falcon state in the West of Venezuela (relatively close to the major refineries in South America, which are not producing even a drop of fuel), the fuel trafficking was so shameless that the entire town (and I hope this is will be an increasing trend) kicked the heck (literally!) out of the major and one middle-low rank uniforms, who is in the hospital right now. This collective beating means that crowds are starting to walk on the loose.
This is an isolated case, but this information spreads like wildfire even with the strongest of censorships. They took out of the pockets of one of the uniforms the 300$ he had made (illegally) selling gasoline in the middle of the night to the always existent privileged wealthy inhabitants. Be no mistaken, this money is part of the laundering system they have turned the country in. Selling gasoline to Colombian smugglers, they get CASH. Huge amounts of it. This cash is going to be stockpiled God knows where and for what reason.
In another town (the part where the footage in my channel is taken from) there was a massive protest when thousands of riders on all kinds of bikes (mostly the low-income class, on those cheap Chinese bikes). I’ve been in bike shows with many other riders but this was an aggressive, criminal-abundant pileup of guys on bikes. Truly scary. Never would consider getting close to such herd. I’d prefer to face a zombie herd with a baseball bat that getting into one of those. These are the kind of situations where one of them pulls a gun, shoots, take a nice shiny bike, and gets out of dodge. Nobody saw anything, there is no record of what happened. I know how things are with this failure of a State we are now.
And this leads me to another situation that deserves careful thinking. I’ve had to re-evaluate again our spot. With the gasoline scarcity the only ones being able to travel some distance, quarantine or not, are the guys riding these bikes. A few dollars spent in gasoline will be enough for them to travel long distances. Not all of them are thugs, sure. But a respectable amount are, enough to make you trigger a red alert if a couple of men on one of these bikes gets suddenly in your way. There are dirty cops that will have made previous arrangements. They will have sometimes free passage because they work for someone high in the political sphere, more often than you can think of.
This makes me think that, under the situation we are currently, not even being close to a road is a safe bet. I mean, my goal was to go with my kiddo and live peacefully in the mountains, until things settle down. It seems that doing this without an arsenal at home would be not the best of the ideas until the house itself has been adequately remodeled.
Don’t delay your preparations.
I would like to remark on something. Please don’t waste time. Start prepping and keep prepping. I always thought I would have more time to prep, but things happened too fast. Now that I need my house with minimal conditions, don’t even know how ruined it is, or if it has been looted or trespassed. My family cannot even go to check if everything is OK there because there is no fuel and town access is closed. My old folks cannot leave home, even when there is not one single case of the Chinese virus SARS/Cov2 in the entire state, 300 km around, one of the biggest states in the country.
Of course, this entire situation is a total mess: not being able to have a certain degree of mobility, provided you are already in your safe location under isolation makes you rely on your preps. One of the main items I can say people should start stocking now is soap and detergent, for clothes, dishes, and personal hygiene. If the industries producing them happens to be severely affected these products will disappear from the market. Same as medical supplies like alcohol, disinfection products, and supplies. I don´t mean just “stockpile”, I mean to be able to produce these items yourself as I have mentioned in previous articles. It´s better to have a steady source of good homemade distilled alcohol than a huge stockpile and no means nor knowledge to produce it in the future.
We all are seeing how fragile the supply chain of our “modern” world is.
Thugs control the gasoline and diesel supply, and every product will see its price rising to levels so incredible that it´s inevitable the thin society fabric survives to such stress. First rips are being seen in Venezuela. Good thing is, people are directing their violence to those directly responsible for the abuse.
On the other hand, people won´t fight back, just a small percentage with courage enough, but without weapons. If that is going to change, I see the possibility, once despair has become epidemic. Then, the last (and unpredictable) stage will be present: the civil war.
They are giving fuel for free just to the cars of the red elite, high-rank members of the party, “official” vehicles (whatever this means), and ambulances.
This is not happening just in the cities. It´s happening as well in the smaller towns. Even worst because unarmed people can be controlled much easier by a gang of trained killers. That is exactly what we are seeing there. Cubans trained the most ductile (and stoopid) minds to spy, and made them become the snitches of those opposing some sort of violent resistance since the 2014 demonstrations.
Remember these thugs are the support of a very complex structure, involving narcos and Islamic terrorism. I could have prepared, indeed, but it would have required tons of resources. It wasn´t impossible (nor it is) but a major change in my lifestyle was needed, and with a family over my shoulders, they needed some sort of stability back in those years.
Use the time you have wisely.
I am now in much better condition, indeed. All of this “free” time (I always have found something to do to earn a few bucks here and there using the web) has been wisely used to download and gather information, make partnerships, design some devices that will be available to improve fellow preppers life, and see where my preps really failed badly.
Just for the record, one of the wiser choice (maybe the only one I have had in a decade, to be honest) was the diversification of my income. Not depending on just one source has been the key, even in this quite difficult conditions: a foreign country, my health details here and there, psychological impacts on my nerves, seeing all my former life going to the drain and finding myself broke when I had planned an early retirement…well, this is life, isn´t it?.
Thanks for your words, your encouragement, and stay safe.
We will prevail.
Jose is an upper middle class professional. He is a former worker of the oil state company with a Bachelor’s degree from one of the best national Universities. He has a small 4 members family, plus two cats and a dog. An old but in good shape SUV, a good 150 square meters house in a nice neighborhood, in a small but (formerly) prosperous city with two middle size malls. Jose is a prepper and shares his eyewitness accounts and survival stories from the collapse of his beloved Venezuela. Thanks to your help Jose has gotten his family out of Venezuela. They are currently setting up a new life in another country. Follow Jose on YouTube and gain access to his exclusive content on Patreon. Donations: paypal.me/JoseM151
Many countries in the World are Oil rich, but lack the refineries to make gasoline. So this is not that unusual. Unless you do not know how things work or are made, then it might be unusual to you.
Which points to how important have knowledge is.
He mentions that what people should start stocking now “is soap and detergent,, for clothes, dishes, and personal hygiene.”
Always a good idea, but you better know how to make your own, as those supplies will not always be there.
Knowledge is Cheaper than stockpiling supplies. He states at one point in the narrative that he did not have the resources to Prep. Yet he failed to plan and to get the knowledge that he should have had.
To be a good Prepper , you better have at least 2 plans, A and B. As any soldier knows; Plan A seldom survives first contact with the enemy, or in our case with a SHTF scenario in real life.
But such Plans must be made with good Intel, the best, most resent Intel. For us that means Knowledge and the most recent or up to date knowledge.
Many people still believe that nuke plants will melt down after SHFT, but after Fukushima, all the regulatory agencies around the world upgraded their rules to prevent such events from happening.
So these people are not up to date on their knowledge or Intel.
Many Preppers have failed to properly research their long term water needs. The Common mistake is to think 1 gal of water per day, per person is enough. That is an emergency survival Ration, if you are lost in the Woods. etc.
So where do you find the right info? Refugee camps and the NGO’s that set them up and run them. They expect to need to supply 10 to 15 gallons of water a day, per person.
That number does not include gardening, live stock etc. Just drinking , cooking and some limited cleaning and personal hygiene.
One thing I have seen is a lot of people only have a generic plan. I will Bug out to the forest(or bug in).
But they have no details or knowledge regarding how they will survive there, what resources are there( by checking and verifying them), what will I have to do, build, need , etc.
Failure to work out a detailed plan (or two) and to keep it current based upon the changes in society, the weather, resources, etc, is a big problem that I see in most people’s Prepping.
They will put in the time to buy stuff, but fail to create a workable detailed plan of survival.
Luckily, Jose was not in a Real SHTF scenario, just an economic and political disaster. Because he did not have a detailed plan or the proper knowledge to support one.
He managed to survive that, but in a real SHTF scenario, I doubt he would have survived.
He fled to a nearby country that was stable, but in a real SHTF scenario there won’t be any to flee to.
Hey there Mic. I have to explain a little bit better. Our original plan included 1. Staying put unless things get uncomfortable around. 2. bug out to a cottage where we could be safe and start growing some stuff, and working out our minds to make a decent living. The reason to bug out like that was because we were afraid the borders would be closed, just like Cuba, and we were to get stuck in there. They didn´t dare because of the political cost, but they have tried to do it and made huge profits selling passports in the black market. I have tried to explain thoroughly how things have been in the 80% of the country, but it´s hard. Yes, you´re right regarding your water needs. That´s why we have a 12K liters storage in our cottage, and planning to take it to at least 50K.
I have survived and took care of mines because I have the skills I needed. My job, a very specialized one, is past history, and needed to develop other skills and use them. Getting knowledge when you work full time, and run a side business the rest of the time, sleeping just 6 hours is not that easy, by the way.
Back on topic, In a few weeks this country could be a real nightmare too. I´m fleeing away from here, and yep, I do have plans for everything, but for personal reasons I can just write all about me. This pandemics changed the whole scenario. If a foreigner gets sick, specially without any money, in this country, is very likely things get ugly for that foreigner. That fits to my personal definition of SHTF, but maybe other people subject to life affairs have different standards. Losing my job, and my side business almost simoultaneously, while having a family to support, was the beginning of my S hitting the F. This country doesn´t offer any guarantees now. Just in case you haven´t noticed, people is WALKING over 3600 km back to Venezuela.
We had the largest refineries in South America until not too long ago.
Stay safe! and thanks for sharing your insights. Stay tuned.
Mr. Martinez’s posts always makes me sad. How we good people of the United States allow these crimes to occur so close to us is gut wrenching. I guess China has learned from the thugs of North Korea that under fed slaves are easy to handle. I pray often for the people of all three countries.
Thanks my friend. I appreciate your words. Hopefully, the entire America, North, Center and South will come out of this evil stronger than ever. Those Asian and other foreign cultures want to spread all over the world, imposing their lifestyle, without understanding that our continent is destined to remain free.
Gas or diesel fuel is not required.
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The shortage of food in Venezuela will starve them before the fuel shortage does! Yaaaaay Communism! Sounds like the perfect plan for America, right Berie and AOC (and just about all of the rest of them)?Democrats…you can’t make it up…
Producers were taking out food. Without fuel, taking them to the populated centers is going to be quite hard. This does not look like communism already, it seems more like a drug dealing gang taking over the entire country.
Our prayers are with you Jose. Staying healthy is important, but finding food even if you have money may be a bigger problem. Here the price of fuel is down, but I fear they will use that as an excuse to stop production and selling of fuel here. Food prices are up. I had a doctor appt. today. That appt was 188 miles away. I did a little shopping there but the prices were up and my funds were tight. I am retired military and my payday isn’t until Friday. Fortunately there was not a lot I needed. I did see some empty shelves and items spread out to make it look fuller. Of course some items had signs still that limit how many you could purchase. Traffic was light compared to my other visits there. I am lucky I have a low temperature. The doctors office would not let me in without first taking my temperature. They did so twice, because I am low. I foresee the implementation of the technology to check everyone’s temp before entering a store. This will stop some people from being able to shop for food. Or else the digital certificate saying you were vaccinated or else no shopping or traveling. There seems no place safe to go.
Let´s hope things don´t go so far down that road. Food prices are up here as well and some products like butter just appear from time to time. I try to not going to the super too much but without having a freezer, and my kid with me in my bedroom (his mom send him with me a few weeks ago) is not that easy.
However, being preppers we should already know how to make ends meet.
Be safe, man.