What I’m going to share with you in this article is extraordinarily alarming, but I want my readers to clearly understand what time it is. It is human nature to procrastinate, and when we are not faced with a fixed deadline there is a tendency to assume that there is always “more time” to do something. Over the years, I have begged and pleaded with my readers to prepare, and some have followed this advice, but many others have not. Now I get emails from readers who are deeply alarmed by all the madness that is exploding around us, and suddenly want to catch up. I’m glad they are starting to wake up, but there is only so much that can be done in a limited time, and in this environment it has become much more difficult to get your hands on certain things.
Let me give you an example. At one time, emergency food buckets were widely available and many sources sold them. Unfortunately, today they are so in demand that it is often difficult to find them. In fact, if you go to the Augason Farms online store right now you will see this notice at the top of the page …
Due to an extremely high order volume across all sales channels, we are currently unable to receive orders via our website. All previously placed orders will still be shipped.
Augason Farms products are still available through other national sales channels both online and in-store and also through other reputable online sellers. We expect to reactivate this site as soon as possible.
Sadly, it looks like the online store won’t be back for a long time, as Augason Farms has announced it will close operations for 90 days …
Food storage mega-supplier Augason Farms has ceased operations for 90 days, citing “global raw material shortages” and “substantial delays” in sourcing and manufacturing.
Augason Farms would definitely like to make food buckets for all of us, and vast hordes of people would definitely like to purchase them, but the raw materials are simply not available.
The company has sent a letter to distributors and resellers informing them of Augason’s decision to suspend business …
“Unfortunately, BCG [the parent company owner of Augason Farms] cannot fulfill your orders on time; therefore, this letter communicates our decision to suspend business for the next 90 days, effective immediately, “says a letter dated October 7, 2021 issued by Mark Augason, President of Augason Farms, to the distributors and resellers of Augason Farms (see letter below).
“During these 90 days, we will guarantee and stockpile raw materials and take steps to speed up our production around the clock,” the letter continues. “We are confident that this recovery period will help us better serve you with on-time and complete shipments in the future,” adds the letter.
You can see the letter in person right here.
There are still some Augason products available at various online retailers, but they will disappear soon.
And once they’re gone, they may not be available for a long time.
Meanwhile, other shortcomings continue to become more severe across the country. Over the weekend, the Daily Mail ran an article about the intense shortages New York City pharmacies are experiencing …
Shelves in drugstores across New York City have been left nearly barren because supplies don’t go through an ongoing global squeeze.
Stores like CVS, Walgreens, and Duane Reade are all running out of stock.
Yes, things are really that bad.
The same article blamed these shortcomings on problems in the US supply chain …
Supplies are blocked on merchant ships that take up to four weeks to dock in US ports.
The lack of manpower to unload them and to guide the goods in the United States is causing a huge backlog.
But this doesn’t just happen in the United States.
Worldwide, shortages are growing rapidly and are expected to worsen further in the coming months. A great article I came across used the phrase “bottleneck hydra” to describe what we are facing …
The shortage of everything is not the result of a major bottleneck, for example, in Vietnamese factories or in the American trucking industry. We are running out of stocks of all kinds due to a veritable hydra of bottlenecks.
If the current state of affairs wasn’t bad enough, now a major energy crisis is starting to have a dramatic impact on industrial production across the planet …
Factories in China and Europe have temporarily closed or at least reduced production due to the energy crisis. More than 60 companies in China have experienced power-related outages so far, and the list is set to grow, says Jena Santoro of Everstream Analytics.
The greatest impact will be felt by consumers in the form of higher prices as inflated energy prices will turn into higher production costs, said Dawn Tiura, president of the Sourcing Industry Group.
Perhaps you are seeing all of this happening and have decided that you had better stockpile the things you will need for the times to come.
It’s a good decision, but it won’t be easy.
Right now, there are some things you won’t be able to achieve and you’ll just have to accept that reality.
In other cases, some products may be available but stocks are limited.
Of course, everything is more expensive than before and prices will continue to rise with each passing week.
For a long time, so many people have mocked those who put so much time and energy into preparation.
But now the situation has changed and the preppers are justified.
I hope many of you are starting to understand why I have worked so hard to try and get people to prepare ahead of time over the years.
The times we are moving into will be beyond the challenge and I want my readers to be mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually and financially prepared as much as possible.
Unfortunately, there is not much time left to prepare, and much suffering is on the horizon.
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