Editors Note: B1 (as he signs his letter) has generously submitted a letter that he sent to his family and loved ones with suggestions for the coming crises.
It is impossible to fully plan for the unknown. There is so much information to cover and so many variables and possibilities, that there is no way I can cover them all. For this same reason, this letter may also jump around a bit. Upon many requests and questions I have received over the past several years, and more so in the past couple months, I am writing this letter for your reference. I hope this will help you organize and plan what you need to do for yourself and your family to be prepared in a crisis.
Personally, I believe something bad is coming to America and that it will devastate the way we are accustomed to living. My belief is based on Biblical knowledge and study, as well as worldly knowledge, study, and research. I believe it will be a total economic crash, and I believe it can happen as early as the middle of September 2015. I know there are many who do not believe this way, and that is fine. Even if it does not happen and life goes on as usual, does it hurt to be ready for an emergency crisis? Disasters come in many forms– natural (tornadoes, floods, hurricanes), terrorism, and economics.
There is no way I can go into step-by-step detail as to what you should do to be prepared. Everyone has individual needs, budgets, et cetera. This letter will hopefully be enough information for you to develop your own plan. I will base everything off the worst case scenario I can think of, so you can be better prepared for a smaller crisis.
First, and of utmost importance, to survive any crisis you need God. If you are not a Christian and do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, all your preparation will be like the man who built his house on the sand; it will not last, and you will have a very hard time surviving the crisis, not to mention hell and damnation, which would be a lot worse than any crisis you face on earth. If, as a Christian, you are not prepared, your struggles will hinder your ability to minister and help others. I have Christian friends who choose to believe God will provide for their needs and have chosen not to prepare. My response to them is: “There is no doubt in my mind that God will provide for our needs. However, we should remember that God did not build the ark for Noah. Instead, He provided the tools and trees and means for Noah to build the ark.”
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I was reminded of a joke my brother-in-law, Mark, told me a few days ago. A man was on his house roof in a flooded area; the flood waters were rising. A rescue boat came by, and someone on the boat asked him to jump in because they were there to evacuate him. The man stated, “God will take care of me, and I am staying put waiting on Him.” A few hours later, a second boat came by to rescue him. However, the man’s answer was the same. The flood waters continued to rise. When the waters were touching the man’s feet as he sat on the peak of the roof, a helicopter came by and offered to save the man. Again, he declined their help and claimed God would save him. When the flood waters rose so high the man began to drown, he cried out to God and asked, “Where were you when I needed you?” God replied “I sent two boats and a helicopter to save you. Why didn’t you accept my help?”
For many of you, this letter may be God’s way of providing you with help and provision. If you are not a Christian, this would be a good time for you to evaluate your life and make a decision for Christ. I urge you to repent of your sins and let Christ into your heart and life now. Let Him become your Lord. Either way, I urge you to share this letter and message with your family and friends before it is too late.
You are probably wondering what kind of crisis we are facing and how bad can it get? The worst case scenario is a total economic crash in which the American currency no longer exists. Close your eyes and imagine what this means. Envision, in your mind, the total collapse of everything we know. Banks close without warning; ATM’s and credit cards will no longer work, and all the money in your account is gone. America’s infrastructure is gone. Imagine there is no fire and rescue, no police/law enforcement, no electricity, no water (even on a well, because there is no electricity to pump the water), no gas for heat, and no ability to go to the store to buy what we need. Think about how bad it was for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, and the recent hurricanes this year. Now, imagine that same crisis on a national scale. There would be total chaos and lawlessness. Every home in America will be affected. America’s electric grid is based on 1980’s technology. Like most companies, it has been poorly maintained. Since the 80’s, America’s population has dramatically increased, and we require more electricity. If the grid fails, it would take a long time to repair it. If the economy crashes, there will be no money to pay our civil workers (police and fire departments) and no money to keep the utilities (natural gas, electricity, even gasoline) running. We will be faced with hyperinflation, and the only money available is what we have on our person. Without power and without any social structure, crime would increase to 100% overnight. If this happens in September, we would be facing the winter season without heat. A crisis like this could last months, even years. Are you prepared?
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Why would a national crisis be so bad right now? Americans have become spoiled and dependent on our government to provide us with what we need. For reasons I previously stated, this could be worse than the Great Depression. I say this because back then people were still somewhat self-reliant. They could grow gardens, live off the land, and live simple lives. The Amish are the best modern example I can think of as to how we need to become in order to survive.
So, now that we know the worst case scenario, let’s work on some kind of plan for our families and friends. You need to have as much cash on hand as you can afford, in small bills for easy trading. The money will work for a short time during an economic crash because a great number of Americans believe our government will fix everything and provide us with what we need. Keep in mind, the government does not care about you as an individual. At this very moment, they are stockpiling emergency food supplies, body bags, ammunition, guns, et cetera. Why would the government start stockpiling these items in such large quantities? Because they know something bad is coming. All the information about the government mentioned in this letter can be found on the Internet. Eventually, your money will be worthless, and that is why stockpiling some items is necessary.
If something happens this fall, you will need to plan for a winter survival. I suggest at least six months’ worth of supplies for you and your immediate (or even extended) household. You should sit down with your family to discuss the possible crisis and decide what everyone’s responsibility will be. There will be no room for moochers or freeloaders, and they will come. As a reference point, I will use September 13th as the deadline for your preparations to be completed. I am not saying anything will happen on this date. However, in order to make an effective plan, you need a deadline to work from.
From this point in the letter, all preparation plans are based on the DL (deadline). This may require a great deal of sacrifice on your budget and life. Best case scenario: If nothing happens, whatever you have bought or prepared for now will be less than you have to spend at the store later. You will be prepared for any other possible crisis, and you will have a peace of mind that you and your family are safe.
Your vehicles need to be up to date on service, including oil, tune-up, brakes, tires, et cetera. From this point forward, you should not let your gas tank get below half full. You may also want to have gasoline on hand in containers that would be easily portable in case you needed to leave. Non-ethanol gas has a longer shelf life than the regular gas you purchase, and it is good for containers. Put some form of fuel stabilizer in it to keep it fresh longer. (Yes, gas can go bad.) Keep the necessary tools on hand to fix things on your car and maybe even a repair manual for if something does go bad on your vehicle. When you park your vehicle, make it inoperable so it can’t be stolen. A simple kill switch hidden in the dash connected to the starter will do this. If someone other than you or a family member tries to take the vehicle, it won’t start and they won’t know to look for a kill switch. Keep your vehicle parked close to the house for security and a quick getaway if needed.
Your home should appear shabby as if you are poor or struggling. (Think of a “redneck trailer park”; no offense is intended.) People living in urban areas will be at a much higher risk for criminal activity. If you look organized and secure, you will be a target for theft, looting, et cetera.
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You don’t want to directly or indirectly advertise your stockpile or your plan to anyone outside your trusted circle. When you’re doing your shopping for supplies, do it at night. Neighbors see more than you think. When you store (hide) your stockpile, do it in a place other than the “obvious” places. Store in places like the crawl space under the house, in your washer and dryer (with no electricity, you won’t be using these), and attic. Just use your imagination on this. When robbers come, they will look in obvious places like the basement, safe room, cabinets, et cetera. In a functioning society, 90% of all B&E’s robberies are done by someone who knows you or knows of you. The less you tell and show people, the more secure you and your supplies will be.
People have asked me about guns for home protection. In my opinion, a 12-gauge pump shotgun is your best choice for an all-around (hunting, survival, and home defense) gun. There are a few rules to remember about a gun. Do not pull it, unless you plan on using it. Once you have raised that gun, you have just escalated the situation to a point that cannot easily be defused. Be prepared to shoot if you pull out your weapon. Unlike in the movies, walls, doors, and even car doors will not stop a bullet. If you shoot at a target in your house, think about who is on the other side of the wall behind that target. Chances are that the bullet will pass through the target and wall and hit the person in the other room. Know your target and what is beyond it. The bullet will most likely not stop at your target. If you decide you need a firearm, now is the time to decide what type you need and how much ammo you need to stockpile. This depends on what you predict your needs to be and what the gun will be used for. For a shotgun, you have a wide selection of shells to choose from. (Shotguns use shells, not bullets.) Know your firearms and their capabilities. The same goes for pistols, rifles, and shotguns. Each has their peculiarities and limitations. Whatever you decide, you need to know the weapon intimately and what ammunition is best for your needs. Ammo sells quickly. If something happens, it will be hard to get what you need. Now is the time to have it, before you need it.
Archery is another weapon option. Unlike bullets, arrows are reusable and do not draw attention when shot, because they are quiet. If you have a bow or crossbow, be sure to use the proper length arrows to match your bow’s draw length so that you don’t harm yourself. Unlike in the movies, most crossbows and compound bows cannot shoot a wooden arrow. The sling bow (a slingshot that shoots arrows) is perfect for small game and can even be pressed into home defense if needed. The sling bow requires little skill to shoot and one can learn to shoot them accurately pretty quick with practice. They are also inexpensive, at about $25 at Sportmansguide.com. They can shoot an arrow that is to your draw length.
Look normal or even cluttered and chaotic. Tall walls, fences, and barb wire around a house is an invitation to a criminal. It is obvious you are protecting something– something these criminals think they want or need. Instead, plant thorn bushes, rows on rows of roses, holly, raspberries, or other types of thorn bushes. Even boards with nails through them, buried just under the service of the ground where the nails are protruding and cannot be easily seen, give a solid surface for the nails to stick in someone’s foot. Locks only keep honest people honest. Have wood or other items for barricades on doors and windows. Again, a washer and dryer would make a good barricade behind a door at night. Board up your ground level windows, but do not completely cover them; you will need the daylight. If they are completely boarded, this provides another invitation to criminals. A few pieces of wood across the inside of the window will keep people from climbing in, and you can still open the window for air. Have heavy duty plastic on hand to cover windows that may get broken. Obviously, you will need a staple gun to hang the plastic. You will not want to leave your house any more than needed. The more you go in and out of your house, the more likely you will fall victim to a crime or lead criminals back to your home.
Interior Mobility and Security
Keep the inside of your home clutter-free. Memorize where everything (furniture, food, flashlights, and so forth) is located. Practice moving through your house in pitch black conditions. You know your house better than any intruder and can use this to your advantage. Have plans in place for any possible situation you can think of, and make sure everyone knows their part of the plan. At all times there should be someone in your group awake 24/7 for security. This should be part of your plan.
If you are faced by a group (gang) of people that mean to harm you, the leader of this group should be your first target. Have one leader in your group. This is not a dictatorship but a leadership. Pick your leader wisely, and remember just because someone has the ability to be a leader, that does not make them a leader. Being the “man of the house” or head of a household does not necessarily make you a leader. Being the most experienced does not make you the leader either. The godliest person in your group should be the leader, bottom line. Truthfully, no mature or honest person ever seeks to be the leader. Only prideful people seek leadership, titles, etcetera because it gives them a sense of importance. True leaders get to that position because the group/team want them there. Among my family and friends, I feel I have the most experience for a crisis situation in survival and security. Does this make the good choice for leadership in a crisis? No. I have friends who are more Godly than me, and I will gladly submit to their lead when the time comes. No matter how much training, experience, and knowledge I have for a crisis, I am nothing without God, and this goes for everyone out there. Being a leader is not about ability but about responsibility. Who do you trust to protect you and look out for your best interests? The members of the group need to follow the leader without hesitation or question. There must be loyalty and discipline. Otherwise, your group will fall apart. However, as I said at the beginning of this letter, our first and foremost preparation should be with Jesus.
First aid, Hygiene, Health
Obviously, medical help in a crisis situation will be limited or costly. Because of the social infrastructure breakdown, there will be more diseases and germs. Things to have on hand include bandages, quick clot(for serious injuries), splint material, suture kits for stitches, first aid cream, bee sting kits, basic medicines (painkillers, Tylenol, allergy, and cold meds), diarrhea meds (which will happen and can dehydrate a person). Think of the accidents, emergency room, and doctor visits you have made in the past year in a normal life. This could triple in a crisis situation. Everyone’s needs will be different, based on your family’s needs.
Women’s feminine needs are something else to consider for you guys who have a woman (or women) in the house. A crisis is stressful enough, so do not forget their needs during your preparation. Cleanliness is far more important to a woman than to a man. Keep your woman happy and comfortable; a happy wife is a happy life! Even if it means stocking up on razors and shaving gel so your wife can shave her legs, if it makes her feel more comfortable and clean, then buy that stuff.
I have acid reflux. Yes, I will have meds for that on hand. If you or family members are on a prescription med, what will you do? Most of these are filled 30-90 days. Is there an alternative you could take or can you get extra now, just in case? Could you do without it? Do you have addictions to drugs (nonprescription, tobacco, et cetera)? Will this be stockpiled? Is buying this more important than buying food that will keep you alive? This might be a good time to consider quitting. Oh, my. Those who know me, know I use snuff. “Wow!” is all I can think of right now to say. However, do I want to be going through withdrawal when my family is depending on me to keep them safe? No!
Take first aid classes or buy a first aid book to have on hand if you have no first aid skills. We all know how to put a band-aid on and apply first aid cream to a boo boo, but how many of us can treat a sucking chest wound (hole in the chest), a broken bone (resetting the bone), or other traumatic injuries. Keep in mind that infection will be your biggest risk at this time.
Get in shape by starting to exercise and eat healthily. Multivitamins would be helpful to keep you healthy. Build your immune system. The saying “only the strong will survive” is very true. The healthier you are, the better chance you will have at survival.
Have bleach and/or anti-bacterial soap on hand. Hand wipes are good to have. Without hot water (remember, there’s no electricity), it will be hard to sanitize things. Sanitation will be a big issue. A small amount of bleach in a bucket of water will kill all the germs and make the water safe for cleaning dishes et cetera. Also, think where would you use the bathroom. The toilet will not work if you have no water. If you live in the country and are on septic, you could build an outhouse directly over the lid to the septic tank. Note: unwaxed dental floss, which is awesome stuff, is used many times in the military. This stuff is super strong and great for making snares/traps to catch food and stitching clothing and even a person if needed. This stuff is good to have on hand.
It would also be wise to do any doctor appointments now before the DL. Get a physical, dental work, eye exam, and glasses/contacts, et cetera. This could help you prevent unplanned medical issues six months from now. This may not be a good time to get pregnant. If you are sexually active and still of childbearing age, be thinking of what measures you are willing to take to prevent a pregnancy.
Another health concern, though not urgent, is your diet. Our bodies are accustomed to eating a certain way and preparing our foods a certain way now. However, when you have a dramatic change to your diet, it will upset your digestive system. Even the portions we eat now are more than we need to sustain us for a day. Start a diet now by slowly reducing the amount you eat at a time and the types of foods you eat. Start eating foods that you may not have access to during a crisis but things you would have in a stockpile. When I went overseas with the military, the first thing we would do upon coming home was hit a buffet. I would be sick for days because my body was not used to this kind of food. The same thing would happen when people would send me treats while I was overseas. I would eat them and be sick.
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If you have a portable generator and/or a whole house generator, that is great. However, how much fuel do you have to run it? Do you have enough set aside to last you several months? The less you run it, the longer it will last. You should only run it for the bare necessities. Do you honestly need lights? No. Invest in candles and lanterns. The generators should only be run at the bare minimum. They make noise and draw attention from criminals. They should only be run during the hours of less activity outside, so as not to draw too much attention or consider the solar panels. They will also need to be locked up or secured somewhere when not in use. Will your generator be big enough to run some source of electric heat? Again, we will be approaching winter time, so you will need heat. Do an inventory of things that require batteries and have extra batteries on hand for those items. Again without electricity, how will you cook and stay warm? Do you have a wood stove? The outside ones are great, but without electricity, they may be useless. If you have a fireplace and wood stove in your house, that’s great. If you don’t, you may want to try and get them. Installing a wood stove is not that hard. However, it may be outside your budget. Also, with a wood heat source comes the need to have wood to burn. You would need to get busy cutting wood now and have enough on hand to last you for two winters. Keep in mind, if this is your only source for heat and cooking, it will require more wood because you are using it more. Charcoal or gas grills are good for cooking but not good for heating a house. Again, whatever you plan on using, you must have stockpiled enough fuel or wood to sustain it for a longer period of time. Imagine being without power all winter. I suggest planning everything for at least six months of preparation.
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Water is very important, obviously. What is your plan for water? You may not have running water in your house during a crisis, or it may be contaminated. Invest in water purification items. These can be found easily on the Internet. Research it and find what’s best for your household.
If you have no well or city water, I suggest stockpiling it. I don’t recommend bottled water since it is not cost-effective. Maybe some if you need to bug out, so get camping type containers that are large and can hold a lot. I don’t know what else to suggest. This will be the biggest struggle. Water is the life source. Think outside the box and look into things such as a rainwater collection system and snow melted, using a water purification system; this water is drinkable after being purified.
You will have limited sources to cook the food and keep it refrigerated. Of course, in winter it could be kept outside. You will want canned food and dry packed food with a long shelf life. Rice is a good example since one cup of uncooked rice would feed a family for one meal. Look for foods that have a long shelf life that doesn’t require refrigeration or a lot of preparation to get them ready to eat. Look for foods that are healthy and full of the essential vitamins and nutrients you need. Look at the types of food you are getting. You don’t want something loaded with sugar or bad carbs. Corn is not good for you; it’s pure sugar. Ramen noodles, while inexpensive and easy to cook, offer no nutritional value. You could starve to death eating these alone. Keep in mind things like powdered milk and dehydrated foods. If you have very young children, do you have enough baby food for them? Look at the expiration dates on everything you buy. Obviously, you want the ones that will last longer.
It is late in the season to plant now, but will you have seeds for next year to plant? You could plant root crops now that will grow into early winter. This might include turnips, potatoes, et cetera. Yes, potatoes are kind of boring, but they can be eaten raw and one plant produces many of them. You get several meals off of one plant. If you have a yard, plant something.
Chickens and Pets
Enjoy their eggs. Do I need to say more? This is another food source. If you have a rooster, then you will have more chickens eventually. Chicken eggs also do not have to be refrigerated. As long as they are not washed off, they can sit on your counter for weeks before going bad. If you’re stockpiling food for yourself, you will have to do the same for your pets, unless you don’t plan on them being on the dinner table. The same is true of your chickens if you have any; they will need food during the winter. A friend of mine, Matt, shared with me information for feeding chickens in warmer weather. Get a bucket with a lid. Put several holes in it on the sides. Secure the bucket to a pole off the ground in your coop. Place all of your food scraps in it. This will attract flies and bugs. The larvae and bugs from this will fall to the ground for the chickens to feed on.
Hunt and Trap
Learn how to hunt and make traps to catch food, including squirrels, rabbits, raccoons, et cetera. Even a stray cat could become a meal for you. Tractor supply sells traps that are not hard to work or set up.
Do Your Bit
I understand a lot of this is easier said than done. Some of us live in urban areas where most of this is not possible. Furthermore, we all have different budgets and family needs. Some families or people would not be able to get prepared without help. You may have family and friends that will come to you for help. You might actually be someone that needs to go somewhere for help. If you plan on leaving your home and joining someone else in a crisis, be sure to sit down with them and plan it out before it happens. For example, I hope to have enough provision for my family. Will I have enough to take on another family in need? God willing, I will. Nevertheless, do not allow yourself to be a burden to someone. If there is a plan in place for you to join up with someone else, be an asset not a liability to them. Bottom line: Don’t go there to mooch or be a freeloader. Keep in mind that if you go somewhere else, you need to be prepared to submit to that family’s rules and requirements. Even if you plan on bugging to someone else’s house to get through the crisis, you can still contribute to the provisions and responsibilities. You can still stockpile and take it with you. Don’t show up at some one’s door empty handed, when you have had the means to get stuff. Everyone receiving this letter has been warned of what may come in a crisis. You know what you need to do.
Obviously, there is no way I can possibly give advice for every possible scenario or crisis that could come. Remember that for the basics in a crisis, you need:
- security (against criminals and the weather),
- heat (in the winter),
- food and water (and a way to prepare food), and
- first aid.
This letter I am hoping will give you some idea where to start your planning and preparation. If you have further or more specific questions, contact me. I will do the best to answer them.
First Steps for Right Now
If Christ is not your Lord and Savior, you will fail in the long run. Many Christians are hoping the rapture will occur before any bad crisis. I am one of them. However, the reality is that it may not happen for several more years. It is better to be prepared than not be prepared. One fear you may want to consider in a crisis of this magnitude: This could and most likely would usher in the one world currency. Whether you know it or not, there are many countries now planning for a one world currency that would make the American currency obsolete. Basically, this could usher in the beginning of the End Times from Revelation. Being spiritually prepared should be your priority right now.
A crisis will be dramatically tough on everyone. You must accept the fact that something is most likely going to happen, and life, as we know it now, will change. This goes along with being emotionally prepared. If things get as bad as it has been predicted, this crisis will knock us off our feet.
This is your plan, provisions, health, et cetera. Basically, this is everything I have touched on in this letter.
Throughout my life, I have been caught unprepared several times and while nothing seriously bad happened, it easily could have. I managed to get myself out of each situation, I thanked God and tried to learn from my mistakes. I have also tried to learn from the mistakes of others so as to not learn everything the hard way.I aspire to be more prepared the next time. My preparedness includes many different aspects. In my opinion, the most important thing I have done is to learn as much as possible about what to expect and how to deal with those situations. The most comprehensive and accurate reading in the preparedness field I could recommend is The Lost Ways. If I had read this book 10 years ago I could have avoided these situations or made them much less unsafe and worrisome. Reading this book, made me more aware and prepared than ever. Click the video below to get a better understanding of what The Lost Ways really is.