Justin Wheeler discusses emergency preparedness on "The Glenn Beck Program" Dec. 1.
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"We want to be one of the first on the road."
While pop culture's zombie apocalypse might not be a legitimate threat, preparedness for national instability or crisis is a necessity, according to Justin Wheeler.
Wheeler joined Beck on The Glenn Beck Program Tuesday evening to discuss his preparedness plan, should a national crisis unfold.
Wheeler, the brother of Beck's chief of content, recently asked his family members in an email to do these things: fill the car with gas and check the oil, withdraw $500 cash from an ATM and buy one case of bottled water and some canned food.
"Probably nothing, but run this as an exercise tonight if at all possible — tomorrow, early, if you can't get that done — and, above all things, remember, remain calm, be at peace. We're Americans. We'll always win because we believe and defend liberty and freedom, so no worries," Wheeler wrote at the end of the email.
Wheeler told Beck that preparedness is part of his "heritage" and that, as a child who grew up in the 1970s, he remembers going through nuclear preparedness drills in school and having food storage at his childhood home.
"As I increased my education level, an increased level of preparedness just became a rational response," Wheeler said. "I think it is a very rational response. Very much the same way that if a weatherman said, 'Hey, it's going to rain,' you would walk out of the house with an umbrella and no one would think twice about that."
According to Wheeler, the reason people have difficulty preparing for economic crisis is because, as a whole, the U.S. has not experienced that level of instability since the Great Depression in the 1930s.
So Wheeler created a list of supplies necessary to cope for 30 days amid major national instability:
1. 30-day food supply
2. Five days water and water purification filters to last one year
3. Vehicle toolkit
4. Hatchet or machette
5. Shovel and sledgehammer
6. 50-foot extension cord
7. Arctic-rated sleeping bags
8. Eight-person tent
9. Flashlights and batteries for the vehicle
10. AM/FM weather radio
11. Three wool blankets
12. Winter coats
13. One tin cloth coat
14. 18 toilet paper rolls
15. Ranch clothes
16. Five gallons of gasoline
Wheeler said he devised this list when he decided he wanted his family to be prepared for "more than just an earthquake."
"All the experts will say, 'You probably don't want to be in a major city in a disaster scenario,'" Wheeler told Beck. "So we want to be one of the first on the road, and that means being able to pack up, get ready to go, and go rapidly."
Wheeler added that it is important to have a plan as an entire family so everyone can meet up in a pre-determined area. Additionally, he said it is crucial to have out-of-state contacts, should the phone lines go down.
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