The infamous words are on the copy of "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy". Unfortunately, people do panic. The recent incident recounted at Walmart where the CC machines went down caused panic when customers could not purchase their items. Imagine what would happen if the outage was not for 90 minutes, but for a full day or a week or in a SHTF situation where it is likely to become permanent.
And events at Walmart (again) where mobs were kicking, pepper-spraying and injuring each other to get a $2 toaster for Christmas; they all show that people in our normally civil communities do panic and become unruly mobs given the right stimulus. There are a couple of "possible" events that will let us preppers know that the collapse is imminent.
1.The Euro Collapses - we may have as little as ten days to be ready for the beginning of the collapse of the US economy and the dollar.
2.A previously unheard of bank holiday closes banks nationwide - this would be a likely indication of a downgrading of the dollar's value and we will have no time to remove our cash balances before the devaluing starts.
3.A spike in commodities trading of over 30% in one day. - People in the know, like George Soros will be moving out of the dollar quickly and into oil, gold, silver or other commodities.
These events will be our cue to make the final preparations for a difficult time. It will be before everyone else who suffers from normalcy bias and the big government dependents will realize what is going on. This time will be essential for us. We can't panic. All we can do is do what we can with what we have. And, we may want to avoid Wal-Mart entirely.