Trends Alert: Surviving Chile Earthquake – *Neo-Survivalism Trend in Action* By Gerald Celente

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Celente_Gerald  Among the Top Trends we Had Forecast for 2010 was “Neo-Survivalism.”

Kingston, NY — With so many once-dependable “Systems” taking a battering and breaking down – and with the certainty that there will never be a return to “normal” – The Trends Research Institute foresaw the need for new types of survivalist thinking designed to cope with future emergencies.

Our Winter 2010 “Trends Journal ®" provided practical guidelines and escape strategies applicable to a gamut of crises from economic meltdowns to terrorist attacks. (See Top Trends: Breaking Point 2010. “Neo-Survivalism” ) The 8.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Chile on February 27th put those theoretical guidelines and strategies to an acid test.

Institute Director Gerald Celente and colleague Gary Abatelli, on the last leg of a South American fact-finding mission, arrived in Santiago, Chile on Thursday, February 25th. Shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday, though in a 14th floor room with all windows closed, they were awakened by the wild howling of the innumerable dogs that roam Santiago’s streets. In retrospect, it was a wake-up-call… a harbinger of the mega-quake that would strike minutes later. The 5-star Crown Plaza Hotel lurched and rocked. Within the room the TV toppled, lamps crashed, drawers shot out of their bureaus.

Both close-combat black belts, Celente and Abatelli’s decades of physical and psychological training would serve them well. Aware of Chile’s long history of quakes, at the first tremor, Celente bolted from bed, put on his pants, slipped on his shoes, grabbed his jacket and ran for the stairwell. The two had just one thought in mind: get out of the hotel before it collapsed. Nothing else counted. Personal possessions (passports, wallets, money, watches) became instant non-essentials. When it comes to life and death, the only things to leave behind are "everything".

During 90 seconds of violent quakes, they put into practice years of “wobble board” training: the art of maintaining balance while continuing to move forward no matter what is being thrown at you. Flying down 14 stories of convulsing, pitching stairs, in just minutes (Celente reckons no more than three), they were first to reach the bottom.

Astonishingly, except for the hysterical cries of "Madre de Dios" coming from an escapee from a few floors above them, the stairwell was totally empty! They would later learn, from interviews with hotel guests, that the majority froze in panic. Some called the front desk for instructions, others waited for tour guides to direct them, a few huddled under desks, found refuge in bathtubs, or sought shelter in doorways.

*Trend Institute lesson #1:* We put our motto, “Think for yourself,” into action. Luckily, though seriously damaged, the hotel stood. Had it collapsed, those within it who were waiting to follow orders from tour guides or hotel personnel would have perished. When survival is at stake – physical, fiscal or psychological – the only leader to follow is yourself.

*Trend Institute lesson #2:* Prepare for the worst. If the worst doesn’t happen, nothing is lost. But if the worst happens and no preparations have been made… everything is lost.

The life-threatening element of the quake was past, but not the threat to life. In the few minutes it took Celente and Abatelli to make it downstairs, out into the street and back to the hotel lobby entrance, wolf-packs of screaming young men materialized, seemingly out of nowhere, even though it was 4 AM. Rampaging through the streets, they bowled over and mugged anyone unlucky enough to get in their path. Police were nowhere to be seen.

Out of harm’s way for the moment, the next priority for Celente and Abatelli was finding a way out of Chile. The devastation was vast and the airport shut down. It was obvious that any sort of cleanup, to say nothing of repair and a restoration of services, would be slow to come.

Phase two of the Neo Survival Guide, as outlined in the "Trends Journal ®" now came into play: “Communal spirit intelligently deployed is the core value of 'Neo-Survivalism.'”

Abatelli’s laptop was working and an email was fired off to John Perkins, their, close-combat mentor back in NY. Immediately, Perkins sent out an SOS to his worldwide list of martial arts practitioners. Within hours, advice was streaming in through a far-flung web of primary … then secondary and tertiary sources.

There were names and phone numbers of high-level Embassy officials; personal contacts in Chile and Argentina ready to help with funds and lodging. Access to the network assured them that they would not have to weather the crisis alone. Among the dozens of suggestions, one held the promise of immediate escape: hire a car and driver to take them to Mendoza, Argentina, a ten hour drive from Santiago. From there they could fly to Buenos Aires and in fact were actually able – despite other unforeseen complications – to catch their scheduled flight back to New York.

*Trendpost:* The “Neo-Survivalism” principles carefully developed by The Trends Research Institute had been put into action and passed a crucial test. While the odds of being caught up in another major earthquake may be remote, analogous crises are not only possible, but probable in the near future.

We foresaw “Neo Survivalism” as a *Top Trend for 2010*, because in these critical times a range of socioeconomic calamities and geopolitical upheavals will require individual and collective responses beyond any government’s ability to address. Terror attacks, economic meltdowns, crime waves, food shortages, infrastructure-disrupting cyber attacks, extended power outages and wars are all possibilities that the “on-trend” should be preparing for.

To schedule an interview with Trends Research Institute director, Gerald Celente, please contact: Bibi Farber, Media Relations at 845.331.3500 Ext. 1 or email

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  1. Earthquakes will occur anywhere within the earth where there is sufficient stored elastic strain energy to drive fracture propagation along a fault plane. In the case of transform or convergent type plate boundaries, which form the largest fault surfaces on earth, they will move past each other smoothly and aseismically only if there are no irregularities or asperities along the boundary that increase the frictional resistance. Most boundaries do have such asperities and this leads to a form of stick-slip behaviour. Once the boundary has locked, continued relative motion between the plates leads to increasing stress and therefore, stored strain energy in the volume around the fault surface. This continues until the stress has risen sufficiently to break through the asperity, suddenly allowing sliding over the locked portion of the fault, releasing the stored energy.

  2. Preparation is the key to survival. Mr. Calente has tried to prepare people for years so they can survive financially, no matter what comes. I find it comforting that he has taken this attitude to physical survival. I try to live by what Mr. Clente says, “Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.” I’ve seen Gary Clente teach and fight in his NYC class. He is a formidable, to say the least. I have also seen him train and fight in Nanuet and he is fierce no matter the size of his opponent.

  3. The small-minded griping of the above keyboard warriors doesn’t detract from the fact that these 2 gentlemen were in a situation where people were injured or dying, then robbed and assaulted by bands of teenagers. I know Gary and Gerry and they are both unselfish gentlemen as well as teachers and formidable fighters, considering they are of light weight and small stature. They would give much larger individuals trouble in an altercation but knowing them both, they’d more than likely be able to talk their attackers into having a friendly beer (provided there was no earthquake underway with concrete falling all around).

  4. celente is a small town,self aggrandizing
    hawker of nonsense..he is clearly enamored
    of his own prowess…he leaped out of bed
    he got down the stairs first…he escaped
    like a special ops highly trained marine
    but in reality he is a dud


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