Most people are worried about the wrong crises. Here’s what you need to know.

From Dr. David Eifrig, MD, MBA, editor, Retirement Millionaire: 

“Let’s take a deep breath and look at the facts… ”

That’s what I told readers in 2009, in the midst of the swine flu hysteria. Remember when the government requested the quarantine of a plane of people coming back from Mexico when the kids were just hungover and sick? The same crazy hype is starting up again. The reason people are panicking? Ebola.

News channels have Ebola trackers, so you can see the spread of the disease. According to a Washington Post-ABC News poll, two-thirds of Americans are seriously concerned about Ebola.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has spent nearly $3 million on protective gear. And earlier this month, President Obama asked Congress to approve $6.2 billion to fight the Ebola epidemic.

This an absurd waste of money. It represents roughly 20% of the National Institutes of Health’s total $30 billion annual budget, which is a much better use of the U.S. government’s dollars for improving health in the U.S. and around the world.

In 2014, fewer than 2,000 people have died in the latest Ebola outbreak. In the U.S., the odds of contracting Ebola are 1 in 13.3 million (and that assumes 12 cases get imported into the U.S. – which is unlikely to happen). The U.S. also has 200 times more doctors per person than the West African nations in the news – so you’d be unlikely to die.

This year, you’re more likely to die from:

  • A plane crash (1 in 11 million)
  • A shark attack (1 in 3.7 million)
  • Influenza (1 in 345,100)

This isn’t the first government overreaction. In 2009, the U.S. government spent more than $1 billion fighting the avian (H5N1) and swine (H1N1) flus. Few cases were ever documented with a lab test.

Don’t blindly follow the government-supported mania…

Sadly, the government ignores some real crises – either out of ignorance or to further its own goals. So these potential emergencies get little attention. But they represent real risks, and you should take steps to prepare and protect yourself.

One example is the risk of solar super storms.

A giant ball of “fluid”-looking gas, the sun is about 72% hydrogen and 26% helium. The other 2% is traces of various elements like oxygen and carbon. Occasionally, the sun spews out giant bursts of gases.

The thing is, these bursts can hurl massive waves of magnetized plasma – known as Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) – straight toward Earth. And when these CMEs collide with our planet, they have the power to fry our power grid by melting copper wires in hundreds of transformers.

In 1859, the Earth experienced its biggest CME to date – called the Carrington Event. During the Carrington Event, telegraph wires shorted, shocking technicians and causing fires in telegraph offices.

In 2012, we nearly missed another potentially devastating CME.

Some solar experts think the Earth has a 12% chance of being hit by a devastating solar flare by 2024. And the National Academy of Sciences (a body of serious scientists) stated that a solar super storm could cause up to $2 trillion in economic damage.

NASA reports that such an event could permanently damage more than 350 transformers and leave more than 130 million Americans without power… for a long time…

While a solar super storm wiping out the U.S. power gird seems far-fetched, living without power or water isn’t. In the past decades, we’ve seen hurricanes, snowstorms, and power grid brownouts in a hot summer.

The question I have for you is… Are you prepared to live without food, water, or power for several days? How about a month?

Hurricane Katrina wiped out power to 2.6 million people. More than 20,000 people were stranded in the Louisiana Superdome without power, basic sanitation, or water for almost two weeks.

In 2010, blizzards (often referred to as “Snowmageddon”) knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of homes and halted travel in the Northeastern U.S.

In 2012, Hurricane Sandy left 8 million people without power… for some, the power outages lasted for weeks.

My point is, these are real threats and you should prepare for them. The government isn’t going to be there for you…

But you can take some simple steps to prepare for a crisis.

Do what I do… keep enough distilled water to last for one week. You’ll need a liter per person per day. And when a storm is headed my way (or another crisis that can cause power outages), I fill up my freezer with water containers. A full freezer keeps frozen food cold for 48 hours, twice as long as a half-full freezer.

And always keep extra food in your house that doesn’t require refrigeration. I recently purchased a case of 32 freeze-dried meals. They just need a little water before they’re ready to eat. My only worry is what wine to pair with them. I also rotate approximately 50 cans of soup and beans in my cupboard.

If you want to be fully prepared for almost any crisis, I encourage you to read my book, The Doctor’s Protocol Field Manual. In it, I explain how to handle different crises from power outages to a currency crisis. I personally guarantee you’ll learn from it and love the tips it will give you.

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