There is Still Time to Prepare

One day, the lights will go off, the news will stop broadcasting, gas pumps will cease to function, the highways will bog down and become impassable, trucks will stop delivering food, food will vanish from store shelves, police will stop arresting criminals, law and order will collapse, mobs and gangs will own the streets, bullets and bombs with explode with fury, mushroom clouds will be seen where once stood great cities and military bases, and panic will be palpable in the air. Many people roll their eyes at this type of warning. “It can never happen here,” they boast. Oh, but it can. And it will

Not only can it happen here, but many of the items on the list have already happened at various times. In our history, we have been invaded by foreign foes, rocked by civil war, endured uprisings, watched as cities were burned by Marxist thugs, lived through a great depression, participated in two world wars, suffered droughts, floods, severe blizzards, and myriad natural disasters, weathered terror attacks and false flags, lived through plagues both real and fictitious, witnessed presidential assassinations, rigged elections, and de facto coups, seen mass roundups of dissidents and other innocent people, and so forth. To say “It can’t happen here” is one of the most asinine and ignorant statements a person could ever utter.

Furthermore, America is considered the “main enemy” of the communist regimes in Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, and beyond. They and their Western allies – traitors in our own government, on Wall Street, in Hollywood, and in every stratum of society – have devoted their lives to collapsing the United States and drawing us into a Bolshevist-style high-tech feudalism. Wicked individuals like George Soros have publicly pledged to destroy America and pour billions of dollars into the coffers of militant groups, judges, politicians, media personalities, think tanks, perverse movements that undermine healthy and moral culture, and so forth.

The amalgam of foreign communists, treasonous Americans of socialist and radical bents, and internationalist organizations from the Bank of International Settlements to the United Nations to the World Economic Forum to Apple to Amazon to BlackRock, is determined to erode, collapse, and conquer the United States. This clique of Luciferian, Kabbalistic gangsters will use any and all means to accomplish their goal, just as they have done in Russia, China, Venezuela, and beyond. 

This criminal cult has already unleashed a virus on humanity and used it as a pretext to inject billions of human beings with a dangerous bioweapon. Vaccines are unscientific, based on a false premise, inherently dangerous in principle, and have a suppressed history of carnage rivaled in scope and sadism only by the butchery of communism in Soviet Russia and Red China and the global genocide of the unborn we call abortion. However, the COVID-19 bioweapon is beyond the pale and has already resulted in millions of deaths worldwide – 12 million according to vaccine researcher Steve Kirsch. To think that the same jackals who did this to us won’t take it a step farther and deliberately implode the economy, create a civil conflagration, and start a world war, is utterly insane. 

It doesn’t matter if you call me a “conspiracy theorist” or think I’m deranged or alarmist. Such labels are used by the puerile and unthinking and mean nothing. How will you feel when you have to kill and eat your neighbor just to survive? Will you remember me as a “conspiracy theorist” when that dreadful day comes? When you lose everything and have to flee your home in terror, what will all your dismissals and contempt mean then?

Don’t be foolish. Don’t be prideful. Don’t be stubborn. Prepare now. You still have a little time if you begin today. The first thing you need to do is take stock of your current situation. Be realistic. Look in your pantry and see how much food you have. How long would it keep your family alive? One week? Two? A month? Is it enough? Likely it is not sufficient to keep you alive for any significant time or through any extended global crisis. The question, then, is what are you going to do about it? 

Food storage is an imperative. You must get a food storage. You need more than the two-week supply most people recommend. That’s peanuts. I recommend at least a one-year supply of food, water, and other essentials. 

Some people think this is extreme or not even possible. I assure you it is absolutely possible. I did it as a broke college student working part time and barely scraping by. Don’t tell me you can’t do it. That is an excuse. That is defeatism. You might as well curl up in a ball on the floor and cry if you are not willing to go the extra mile, shift around your priorities, and sacrifice in order to save your family.

As to the types of foods you should store, I leave it to your judgment. However, start with the staples. Begin not with the luxury items, goodies, or extras, but with rice and beans – those foods that sustain life. You may not routinely eat rice and beans, but you will be grateful for them in a crisis. Ideally, you would store the food you normally eat, but when you are first beginning, it’s more important to have something – anything – to fill your bellies.

Perhaps more importantly, you need water. It is not feasible for many people to have a one-year supply of water on hand. However, you can acquire water filtration devices, drops, and tablets fairly inexpensively. Get a Sawyer Mini or a LifeStraw. They are portable, lightweight, and can filter hundreds of gallons of water. If you say you can’t afford one, I reply that you can’t afford not to have one. If you have private property, dig a well, set up a system to catch rain, or simply buy rain barrels. You can’t live without water, so if you don’t like my suggestions, figure it out for yourself as soon as possible. Water and food should jointly be your top priority.

You also need warm clothing. Depending on where you live, this is an absolute necessity. A warm coat, boots, gloves, hat, scarf, and so forth. You need to have them. You also must have a source of warmth, whether fire, portable heaters, a power generator, extra layers, etc. You likely won’t survive a hard winter in a grid-down situation without having prepared in advance to keep yourself warm. You should likewise have a go-bag – or multiple – stashed at home and in your car that contain basic survival elements, including a way to keep warm.

You also need fuel to heat food, your shelter, and yourself. As with water, it might not be practicable for most to have a massive supply of kerosene, propane, or gasoline. However, you can have a solar power generator, wood, hydro-electric energy, and other means. It might seem expensive to get a nice generator, but what is the alternative? Sort out a source of fuel for your family.

Another extremely crucial aspect of preparedness is relocation. If you live in a huge city, good luck getting out in a crisis. If you manage to escape via the unpassable highways and the gangs and mobs, you will still have the challenge of getting to a safe location. It would be infinitely better for you to already be in your chosen safe haven when the crap hits the fan. Make the sacrifice to relocate now when we still have relative stability. Buy some property. Put in an infrastructure if possible. Start planting trees, berry bushes, and crops that can sustain you one day. It takes a lot of work to set up a viable retreat location, so start ASAP. Most importantly, get out of the major metro areas, away from high populations, and away from military bases and strategic military targets. The Intermountain West – Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, and parts of surrounding states – is the prime location. Heartland America generally, from the Black Hills to the Ozarks, will be far safer than anywhere on the coasts or border areas. Stay rural. Live near and network with traditional, upright, patriotic folks with a survival mindset.

Next, begin to acquire survival skills. This includes things such as gardening, harvesting, sewing, hunting, butchering meat, canning food, preserving seeds, sprouting and making bread, starting fires, felling trees, small engine/machine repair, carpentry, first aid, shooting practice, HAM radio prowess, community networking, leadership, etc. There is a reason why Samuel Adams emphasized the need for experienced patriots who could step forward in a crisis and save our country. You can’t learn all of this overnight. Start today. 

Having a means of self-defense is also crucial. As with the specific types of food you should store, I leave it to you to decide. However, the AR platform is the standard. Have a small, concealable firearm, but also have something with more utility in a war. Whatever weapons you choose to place in your arsenal, you must train with them. It does no good to have a fancy new semi-automatic rifle if you have never fired rounds through it, practiced with it, and hefted it around in a training scenario. Firearms are Liberty’s teeth – let’s bear them proudly. 

Finally, and most importantly, you need God in your life. Just as guns are useless without training, all of the above is futile without a relationship with your Savior Jesus Christ. Atheists and irreligionists won’t save America. Yet, even non-Christians can still be a benefit to their fellow man by adhering to natural law principles, the precepts of universal morality, and the Golden Rule of conduct. However, the only true course of safety – particularly in this special land of covenant – is in following the Lord Jesus Christ. Develop discernment. Learn spiritual communication. And begin to heed the whisperings of the Spirit and conscience

In closing, let me bluntly say that an unprepared patriot is no patriot at all. How can you lecture anyone on the problems we face if you aren’t prepared to face them or, as a minimum, you aren’t actively working towards self-sufficiency and a state of preparedness? What kind of leader can you be if your family will starve within days of any major crisis or if you are stuck in a city with no escape plan? You must put your own house in order first before trying to cousel others.

Today is the day to prepare. You still have time. The nuclear bombs have not fallen yet. The dollar has not totally collapsed. Russian tanks have not yet rolled over the Polish border. The U.S. Constitution has not been formally thrown out. Americans have not yet been disarmed. But all of this is coming and we must prepare to thwart it, save our families, and put ourselves in a position to be leaders who can help reorganize, rebuild, and restore society after its engineered collapse. You may disregard these heartfelt warnings, but when it all comes true and your world crumbles around you, don’t pretend no one warned you.

Zack Strong,
August 18, 2022

The Coming Global Holodomor

The “Holodomor” was the holocaust you’ve likely never heard of. Between 1932-33, upwards of 10 million Ukrainians were deliberately starved to death by the Soviet regime. Hollywood doesn’t produce yearly movies about the Holodomor. It’s not taught extensively in schools or textbooks. The tragedy isn’t a cash cow for special interest groups like its more well-known yet less historically-substantiated Kosher counterpart. However, this “Terror Famine,” as it is also known, provides many lessons and warnings for us today. Though we may not yet comprehend it, the world is preparing to suffer a Holodomor far more widespread and just as deliberate as the one in Ukraine. 

Why did the Holodomor happen? Why did Stalin commit genocide in Ukraine? What was his goal? I quote from a brochure titled “Holodomor 1932-1933: Communist Genocide in Ukraine”: 

“After the October Revolution of 1917, the Communists managed to seize power in most areas of the former Russian Empire. In particular, they occupied the newly independent Ukrainian People’s Republic after a brutal struggle that lasted for several years. The Communists secured control over Ukraine by making some concessions to the Ukrainian national movement in the area of culture, as well as set up a Communist puppet regime, the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. The Ukrainians took advantage of this cultural autonomy. In the 1920s, Ukraine experienced a rapid development of European-focused modern culture; Ukrainians created a national education system based on the idea of Ukraine as an independent economic actor. 

“From the late 1920s, the Communist authorities consolidated their power and launched an offensive against the Ukrainian cultural uprising. Stalin embarked on a program of rapid industrialization. The paramount goal was to create a powerful military-industrial complex and technically equipped army so that the Communist state could dominate the international scene. Stalin eliminated any kind of opposition to his authority through a powerful repressive apparatus. 

“Although Ukraine enjoyed only a brief period of independence from 1917-1921, there was fierce resistance against Communism. There was a Ukraine-oriented educated elite as well as economically independent peasantry with strong national consciousness. The Stalinist regime perceived the Ukrainian question as an existential threat to the Soviet Union, opting for a horrifying tactic – death by starvation.” 

The brochure offers several eyewitness statements of the depravity and horror of the communist-created Terror Famine. I quote just two of the ghastly memories: 

“The ‘activists’ looked for bread. It was a communist-organized team and all of them had sticks. They walked about the household, poked with a stick and stroke with a hammer, looking for hidden bread. Once they have found it, they immediately exile you for having bread.” 

“Two women went into the fields in the spring to pick spikelets left under the snow. These spikelets were blackened; they picked them up and then were stopped on their way and exiled to Siberia for 10 years.” 

The bloodthirsty Bolsheviks raided homes, confiscated any scrap of food they could find, shot women for attempting to take food from nature, exiled starving people for daring to satiate their hunger, and celebrated as millions languished and died. The brochure summarizes the death rate thus: 

“Every day – 34,560 people. Every hour – 1,440 people. Every minute – 24 people.” 

These poor Ukrainians weren’t rounded up and shot. That would’ve been merciful compared to what they really suffered. No, instead they starved, endured fatigue, watched their children die, saw their nation collapse, and often resorted to cannibalism – even killing their own children for food. Few episodes in human history have been so diabolically tragic. 

In A Century of Red, I explained certain dimensions of the horrific Holodomor thus: 

“In 1932-1933, following Lenin’s pattern, Stalin ordered a famine to be engineered in the Ukraine. Stalin was angered that the Ukrainians were resisting his dictates, in particular his forced collectivization schemes. As a result, 8-12 million people were agonizingly starved to death or murdered by his command. 

“In his book The Harvest of Sorrow, Robert Conquest cited various communist sources, one of which gave “at least” 8 million as the death toll for Ukraine and the Caucuses, while another estimated 10 million had perished in the USSR during the period. Whatever the real number, this horrifying event has come to be known as the Holodomor, or “Terror Famine.” 

“Stalin charged the Jewish communist, Genrikh Yagoda, then head of the OGPU secret police, with the task of bringing these insubordinates to heel. In an article titled “Stalin’s Jews” written for the popular Israeli news site YNet News, Sever Plocker called Yagoda “the greatest Jewish murderer of the 20th Century” and marveled that so few people know his name. It truly is amazing that a man who killed ten million people – give or take a few million – is never mentioned by the Western media, school teachers, or even most university professors. Yet, Yagoda was real, and the famine he and his cohorts devised was also dreadfully real. 

“Despite the relatively high yields of grain collected just preceding, and even during, the Terror Famine in the “bread basket” of Europe, millions of Ukrainians withered away and died of gnawing starvation. In the same way Lenin enforced his famine to quell the peasants, Stalin brought about these tragic conditions at bayonet point. Strict production quotas were imposed and grain was ruthlessly requisitioned and continuously exported abroad while peasants starved. Between the years 1931-1932, the Soviet regime doubled the amount of grain it confiscated from the peasantry. In 1931, 46% of all grain was stolen from the forcibly collectivized peasants in Northern Ukraine. It is estimated by one Ukrainian man, based on hidden records he discovered, that the communists possessed enough stockpiled food to feed all of Ukraine for more than two years. 

A cannibal couple caught in the act and photographed with their prey.

“What’s more, roadblocks were established to essentially quarantine peasants in the countryside where there was no food. Indeed, food was often piled up, surrounded by barbed wire and armed guards, and left to rot before the eyes of famished peasants. Those who tried to steal the food from the granaries out of sheer desperation were shot or tried as saboteurs. 

“When the peasants weren’t rioting or trying to steal food for their families, the state brought the famine to their door. Squads of specialized secret police, as well as local communist brigades, went house-to-house, confiscating food from emaciated Ukrainians. In the words of a British reporter viewing the horror unfolding, the communists resembled “a swarm of locusts” that devoured “everything edible” and left the peasants for dead in a “melancholy desert.” Pregnant women and single mothers were summarily shot while secretly digging up potatoes or picking wheat to feed their young. No one was spared. The Bolsheviks did everything they could to create a hell on earth for the peasantry – the very working class they pretended to champion. 

“The famine was so awful that many Ukrainians turned to cannibalism out of desperation. There are documented cases of parents eating their own children – and any other children that could be acquired. Desperate people even robbed graves for jewelry which could be exchanged for food. In the midst of this holocaust, the communist regime paid money to body collectors. Before long, the skeleton-like bodies of those not yet dead were being hurled onto the trucks alongside rotting corpses. 

“The misery of this man-made famine is impossible to adequately describe, but it should be remembered that this unconscionable crime was committed to help a group of gangsters consolidate their power and build an empire intended to encompass the world.” 

I noted that the Holodomor in Ukraine followed the pattern set by Lenin. I explained in my book that between 1921-22, Lenin had engineered a famine to quell the rebellious peasants who for some reason resented being enslaved by the Bolsheviks. Five million Russians died during that gruesome situation. Communists always use famines to whip their subjects into compliance. Mao Tse-tung later followed Lenin’s and Stalin’s examples and used famine to eliminate a staggering 45 million Chinese. It’s safe to say, then, judging from history, that man-made famine is a tool of tyrants to consolidate power. 

I won’t say anything more about the Terror Famine, but I want to impress upon you that this is, in microcosm, what humanity faces today. In 1932, Ukraine was an agricultural society. People knew how to farm and grow food. They were self-sufficient. They were closer to the soil and nature. 

Today, we’re detached from reality, separated from the land, don’t know how to grow our own food, and are almost entirely dependent upon a small group of farmers and truckers to provide food to our communities. What happens when the supply chain breaks down, or war or disease prevent trucks from running, or civil war forces farmers out of their fields to defend their families, or drought causes catastrophic crop yields? I’ll tell you what will happen – a global Holodomor. 

I repeat: A global Holodomor is coming. It’s coming quicker than most suppose. It will utterly wipe out the portion of the population who say “it can’t happen here.” It will deplete society, upend order, and lead to civil war and mobocracy. This approaching Terror Famine will even decimate many people who are otherwise awake, but who have not been responsible enough to prepare to save their families. 

I repeat it again: A global Holodomor is coming. And it will be just as deliberately-engineered and deviously-enforced as the first. It may not be this year or next, but soon. The religiously-minded among us will recognize warnings such as the following from the pages of prophecy: 

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 

“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 

“All these are the beginning of sorrows” (Matthew 24:6-8). 

“And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth” (Revelation 6:8). 

“And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great” (Revelation 16:21). 

“And there shall be a great hailstorm sent forth to destroy the crops of the earth. 

“And it shall come to pass, because of the wickedness of the world, that I will take vengeance upon the wicked, for they will not repent; for the cup of mine indignation is full; for behold, my blood shall not cleanse them if they hear me not” (Doctrine and Covenants 29:16-17). 

“And thus, with the sword and by bloodshed the inhabitants of the earth shall mourn; and with famine, and plague, and earthquake, and the thunder of heaven, and the fierce and vivid lightning also, shall the inhabitants of the earth be made to feel the wrath, and indignation, and hand of an Almighty God, until the consumption decreed hath made a full fend of all nations” (Doctrine and Covenants 87:6). 

Terrible things await the nations because they refuse to accept Jesus Christ as their Judge, King, and Lord. They have rejected His Gospel and Church. They have violated His eternal laws and trample His teachings. Humanity is in such a sad state that only Jesus can save us now. Repentance is our only remedy. 

The Lord anciently promised to nations and individuals alike: 

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. 

“If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: 

“But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it” (Isaiah 1:18-20). 

Repent or perish is our ultimatum and choice. It won’t be the Lord who personally chastises us, though. He will simply remove, as He has to a large degree already, the hedges blocking Satan’s murderous forces from unleashing their full carnage on the world. They are seeking to erect a one-world state with a one-world Luciferian religion. Every fearful weapon – engineered diseases, vaccine genocide, forced starvation, nuclear war, economic collapse, etc. – is at their disposal and will not be overlooked in this galactic war for the souls of men. One of the most devastating “plagues” of the last days – our days – will be a global famine the likes of which no one has ever seen. It will make the Holodomor seem like a picnic. 

Global genocide is in fact part of the Elite’s plan. They are a murder cult – a ruthless criminal clique that has no conscience. In my article “Zero Population,” I explained: 

“Zero population is the goal. The current COVID-1984 operation was designed to scare everyone into taking poison via vaccine – poison that will result in a mass die off and really kickstart the killing. Hundreds of thousands have already dropped dead directly due to the vaccine and millions now have the seeds of death in their bodies which, with time, will mature into genocide. So many have already been killed and just don’t know it yet.  

“The transhumanist, Satanic murder cult of Illuminism-communism won’t be satisfied until all humanity is destroyed. This is because Lucifer, the fallen one, the arch nemesis of God, commands them. Reject this as a myth if you will, but it’s true. Satan exists. He commands his minions. And they preside as high priests over the sacrifice of mankind on the altar of evil. . . . 

“Avoid the vaccine at all costs. Protect your family. Side with Faith, not fear, and Freedom, not force. Stand with the Lord of life and reject the demon of death. Oppose the Elite’s depopulation scheme. Don’t be a willing victim. Don’t cooperate with communists. Don’t allow your family to suffer what you may rebuff with manly action and firm faith in Jesus. God bless you as this dark winter dawns.” 

We are seeing the alarming warning signs of approaching famine, mass death, and societal collapse everywhere. The dark winter is beginning. Red China has hoarded over half the world’s grain. Russia has suspended fertilizer and grain exports. Ukraine, because of the Russian invasion, is not exporting grain as it once was. Hungary has stopped exporting grain. The farmers of the world are expressing fear for the future if they can’t get fertilizer. Natural disasters – fires, droughts, and floods – are wreaking havoc in Australia, California, and beyond. The besieged peoples of the world are beginning to riot and push back against their despotic governments, further exasperating the breaking supply chain. Inflation is jumping up at a mind-boggling rate. Gas and oil supplies are being restricted and rationed. And on and on. 

It’s not hard to see how we go from our current situation in March of 2022 to the apocalypse foreseen by the prophets. Global famine is one long winter, one world war, or one more severe pandemic away from reality. It’s not a matter of if, but when and to what extent. When this Holodomor comes, what will you do? How will you survive? Have you planned and prepared for this calamitous event? If not, do so now

If you are new to preparedness, I’ve produced several resources to help you begin. Follow the links below this article to read or listen to them. Whether you heed any of my suggestions or not, the time to prepare in earnest is now. We have a little time left, but only a little. Don’t delay. 

God bless you to look to the Lord, prepare to safeguard your family, and escape the coming global Holodomor. 

Zack Strong, 
March 9, 2022 

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Food Storage and Personal Preparedness

*This article was originally written and published mid-2015 via the Independent American Party. It no longer exists on their servers, so I’m uploading it here. I’ve made a few minor changes to the content, corrected some typos, and added some pictures, but it remains essentially the same as the day I first published it. Enjoy and please heed my plea to prepare* 

I want to devote this article to the topic of food storage. This topic is, in my opinion, absolutely crucial. I don’t believe a person can claim to be fully prepared for the future if they don’t have, or at very least are working towards getting, a substantive food storage. My desire here is to inspire you with an urgent feeling of the necessity of food storage and other forms of personal preparedness. I will first discuss my motivations for pursuing this subject and then I will discuss what a person should be storing and how to go about it.

Above all else, the thing that motivates me to pursue a food storage with vigor is the fact that I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As such, I believe in modern, current, and living prophets and apostles who guide the Church through inspiration and revelation adapted to current circumstances. God has always operated in this manner with His children. 

Indeed, our Savior has promised us through His servants that His Church would be built upon the foundation of apostles and prophets (Ephesians 2:20; Ephesians 4:11), that it would be led by continuing revelation (Amos 2:7), and that men and women would see visions and dream dreams (Joel 2:28-29). These modern apostles of the Lord have counseled for a hundred and fifty years on the necessity of gathering food storage and of being personally prepared for the promised times of tribulation. I want to quote several examples of the general counsel they have given because doing so will help convince you that preparation is simply good advice, and also so that you will better understand where I am coming from. 

In 1860, President Brigham Young asked Latter-day Saints a few tough questions. Said he: 

“I wish to ask the strong-minded men – the talented men . . . How many of you have had wisdom enough to procure and lay up for yourselves produce enough to last until harvest? You may call this a small matter. How many of you have wheat or flour to last you a year? If you are without bread, how much wisdom can you boast, and of what real utility are your talents, if you cannot procure for yourselves and save against a day of scarcity those substances designed to sustain your natural lives? . . . If you have not attained ability to provide for your natural wants, and for a wife and a few children, what have you to do with heavenly things?” 

George Q. Cannon stated the following in November 1891: 

“It seems scarcely possible, in so fruitful a land as America that there should be famine; yet we have good reason to believe that sooner or later even this country, now so bountifully supplied with every product of nature, may be visited by famine; and we should not waste the bounties of the earth because of their abundance and their cheapness. We should garner our grains and fruits of the earth and preserve them so that we may have on hand sufficient to meet our wants should crops fail for one or more reasons. This is true prudence on our part and should be acted upon by every wise man and woman in this country, especially those who have faith in the predictions of God’s servants.” 

In April 1937, J. Reuben Clark, Jr., made the following wise recommendations: 

“What may we as a people and as individuals do for ourselves to prepare to meet this oncoming disaster, which God in his wisdom may not turn aside from us? First, and above and beyond everything else, let us live righteously. . . . Let us avoid debt as we would avoid a plague; where we are now in debt, let us get out of debt; if not today, then tomorrow. Let us straitly and strictly live within our incomes, and save a little. Let every head of every household see to it that he has on hand enough food and clothing, and, where possible, fuel also, for at least a year ahead. You of small means put your money in foodstuffs and wearing apparel, not in stocks and bonds; you of large means will think you know how to care for yourselves, but I may venture to suggest that you do not speculate. Let every head of every household aim to own his own home, free from mortgage. Let every man who has a garden spot, garden it; every man who owns a farm, farm it.” 

On October 6, 1973, presidents Harold B. Lee, N. Elder Tanner, and Marion G. Romney released a statement in which they quote President Clark and added their own warning: 

“Let every head of every household see to it that he has on hand enough food and clothing, and where possible fuel also, for at least a year ahead. Planned storage in the home will assist the membership to be self-sustaining in times of need. . . . The likelihood of such eventualities as accidents, illness, and underemployment face nearly every family at one time or another. Wars, depressions, and famines, as well as earthquakes, floods, and tornadoes, loom as possibilities to be considered in looking ahead and planning for the care and protection of the family.” 

In an October 1973 talk entitled “Prepare Ye,” Ezra Taft Benson made the following recommendations for good preparation: 

“Concerning clothing, we should anticipate future needs, such as extra work clothes, and clothes that supply warmth during winter months when there may be shortages or lack of heating fuel. Leather and bolts of cloth could be stored, particularly for families with younger children who will outgrow and perhaps outwear their present clothes . . . Wood, coal, gas, oil, kerosene, and even candles are among these items which could be reserved as fuel for warmth, cooking, and light or power. It would also be well to have on hand some basic medical supplies to last for at least a year. I have seen a hungry woman turn down food for a spool of thread. I have seen grown men weep as they ran their hands through the wheat and beans sent to them from Zion – America.” 

In April 1976, President Spencer W. Kimball counseled: 

“Brethren and sisters, we’ve gathered here this morning to consider the important program which we must never forget nor put in the background. As we become more affluent and our bank accounts enlarge, there comes a feeling of security, and we feel sometimes that we do not need the [food] supply that has been suggested by the Brethren. It lies there and deteriorates, we say. And suppose it does? We can reestablish it. We must remember that conditions could change and a year’s supply of basic commodities could be very much appreciated by us or others. So we would do well to listen to what we have been told and to follow it explicitly. . . Develop your skills in your home preservation and storage. We reaffirm the previous counsel the Church has always given, to acquire and maintain a year’s supply –a year’s supply of the basic commodities for us.” 

In October 1980, Ezra Taft Benson pleaded: 

“Obtain food storage. Plan to build up your food supply just as you would a savings account. Save a little for storage from each pay-check. . . . Make storage a part of your budget. . . . If you are saving and planning for a second car or a television set or some item which merely adds to your comfort or pleasure you may need to change your priorities. We urge you to do this prayerfully and do it now. I speak with a feeling of great urgency. Be self-sustaining during days of tribulation. The Lord wants us to be independent and self-reliant because these will be days of tribulation. He has warned us and forewarned us of the eventuality. For over forty years . . . members of the church have been counseled to be thrifty and self-reliant; to avoid debt; pay tithes and a generous fast offering; be industrious; and have sufficient food, clothing, and fuel on hand to last at least one year. Today there are compelling reasons to re-emphasize this counsel.” 

Finally, in October of 1987 President Ezra Taft Benson said simply: “The revelation to produce and store food may be as essential to our temporal welfare today as boarding the ark was to the people of Noah.” 

Any informed person will notice the wisdom inherent in the above statements and counsel. Whether religious or not, a person can see the necessity to prepare for the future. Preparation was so normal in the days of our forefathers that many of them took it for granted. Today, however, personal preparedness is abnormal. The media looks down on “preppers” and society considers us bizarre or paranoid. But who is wiser, the person who prepares for a disaster beforehand or the person who gives disasters no thought at all and does not prepare? The answer is obvious. We all need to be in the former category and do all we can to prepare for disasters both man-made and natural, both wars and depressions as well as floods and earthquakes. 

Think of your region. What types of disasters would be possible there? If you live in Utah, you live in a major earthquake zone. Are you Utahns prepared for a major earthquake? If you live in California, are you prepared for the “big one” you know will one day rock your state? Are you prepared if the drought worsens and famine strikes? If you live in Florida, are you prepared for hurricanes and floods? Are you Texans and Louisianans ready to cope with flooding, tornadoes, or erratic weather? Are you New Yorkers prepared to endure harsh winters and biting blizzards? Are you Alaskans prepared for bitter cold, earthquakes, and tsunamis? Are you Washingtonians, Oregonians, and Wyomingites ready to deal with volcanic eruptions? If you live in Missouri or Tennessee, are you prepared for the devastating earthquake and flooding that would result if the New Madrid Fault became active? I think my point is clear. How much thought have you given to the unique challenges of your specific area? 

No matter your area-specific challenges, everyone is susceptible to the eventualities of war, disease, and economic depression. Serious famine or drought would affect almost everyone as would a major blow to our nation’s power grid. Yet, there are ways to minimize the influence many of these disaster will have on you and your family. This is where good preparation comes into play. 

If you want to avoid the ravishes of war, would you be more successful living in the big city or the countryside? If you want to avoid rioting and mobocracy, would you be more successful in Dallas, Texas or in Manti, Utah? Would you feel the sting of famine more in San Francisco, California or Kalispell, Montana? Would economic collapse hurt you more living in a metropolitan area or in rural America? Could you fend for yourself and live off the land more easily in the city or the countryside? The answer is obvious. 

So, rule number one for great preparation is to get out of the major cities. At the very least, move to the suburbs and develop a plan for leaving if disaster strikes. Avoid population centers. Population density is one of the gravest threats during a crisis. Humanity turns to mobocracy with its attendant rioting, looting, pillaging, lawlessness, and savagery during a disaster. Though nowhere is immune, this is far less likely to happen in a small town. Any honest person must concede that fact. So, when considering where to live, I recommend making the sacrifice to live in a smaller, more rural community. Be smart about it and don’t pick up and move without a plan. However, if you move with purpose, you won’t regret it – and, in fact, such a decision might just be the difference between life and death one day. 

Next, you can mitigate the effects of economic depression by doing several things. One, you can make every effort to get out of debt. Debt is bondage and the freer you are, the more likely to survive tough times you are. Two, try to own your own home. Where would you go if the money stopped flowing in and you could no longer pay your rent and were evicted? This is a serious possibility for an increasing number of people as conditions worsen. Three, having a food storage will put you in an advantageous position if employment suddenly ends or depression forces millions to take to the streets. Four, living in a rural area will allow you to avoid many of the challenges that city-dwellers will be affected by during a depression. These things are easier said than done, yet they are necessary if you want to be prepared. Start developing a plan today. 

I have mentioned developing a plan. Contingency planning is so very important. In fact, it just might be the most valuable skill I will discuss in this article. We have to learn to start thinking strategically. This comes naturally to some but not for others. Those who don’t have the natural inclination need to devote time to learning the skill. Being able to think on your feet is crucial. Being able to judge a situation and respond in a measured, reasoned manner is invaluable. And being able to view the course our society is taking and make preparations for combating the threats is vital. In a word, I am asking you to develop the skill of discernment. Pray for this skill and try to exercise it regularly. With time your ability will increase as you exercise it and pay it heed. 

The first step in contingency planning is to start pondering on the subject. You can’t plan for something you’ve never considered. As I’ve written above, consider the various threats you face in your area. Consider what would happen if the economy collapsed. Buy a detailed map of your local area and trace escape routes if you suddenly needed to leave it. I also recommend that you have on hand multiple maps detailing not only your local area, but your state and perhaps surrounding areas and states. 

Think about which items you would need to grab if some situation required you leave your home immediately, and then prepare these items in advance in a survival pack or bug-out bag. Whatever you do, start thinking about the realistic threats facing you and start planning ways to survive them. Whether Mother Nature or your fellow man is the cause, you will face crises in the future. Will you be prepared? Will you have taken the time to plan in advance for such situations? 

Along with your other storage items, you might want to consider storing some of the following: bolts, nails, screws, tools, cloth, tape, sewing needles, string, rope, tarps, shingles, roofing, wood, pencils, paper, etc. Why would you want to store these items? Simply because they will be in demand during a crisis when trucks aren’t running and store shelves aren’t being stocked. Items that now seem mundane will be worth more than gold in a catastrophe. If you have an abundance of these things, you will be in a position to barter and trade with others. Also, you will be in a position to share, give charity, and lend a helping hand to others in need. 

Think about paper for a moment. People are going to want to record their experiences. Some will want to write to take their minds off of things. Others will want to send messages or to teach their children. If you have a store of paper and pencils to sell, barter, or share, people will flock to you. The same can be said of all the items I listed and countless other I have not. 

Now I want to circle back around to food storage. You can have all the gold, guns, tools, paper, and warm clothes in the world, but you are going to die without food and water. If you store no other thing, store food and water. Sometimes people look at food storage as a daunting task. I disagree. My own experience has taught me otherwise. 

About two years ago, as a poor college student living from paycheck to paycheck, I was able to finally achieve a full year’s supply of food. All-in-all, it cost me somewhere in the ballpark of $600 dollars. This was for two people, so the costs would naturally be higher for larger families. However, if struggling college students with only part-time work and no extra funds can complete this task, I think you can. 

You might need to reshuffle your priorities. You might need to make sacrifices or go without some luxury. You might need to forego that next family vacation or not spend the money to pay for your kids to play sports one summer. Whatever the sacrifice, the prize is worth it. With a food storage comes peace of mind and security. And, for me, I received the satisfaction of knowing that I fulfilled what I consider a commandment from God. 

People are often puzzled at which food items to store. My response is to store the necessities of life. Even if you don’t eat beans and rice regularly, you would be most grateful for them in a crisis situation –and they would sustain you. Ideally you would store the same types of foods that you normally eat. However, focus on the necessities of life first and on the easier-to-gather items. After you have your basic year’s supply of food, then you can start adding a larger variety which includes more delectable items. 

Another helpful suggestion is to start introducing bulk foods such as beans and rice into your diet to acclimate your body. Don’t fall into the trap of believing that your store’s shelves will always be stocked with fresh produce and an endless variety of products. Start thinking strategically and realize that you very well might need to live off of the bare staples one day. Additionally, where possible, become self-sufficient by planting a garden and growing fresh fruits and vegetables free of harmful pesticides. 

So just what are the necessities of life? Traditionally, most cultures have considered grains, rice, and legumes their staple foods. The Iroquois tribes in the eastern United States subsisted on three main foods which they deemed the “three sisters” – corn, beans, and squash. Roots and tubers are staple foods in many portions of the world. Potatoes, fruits, and beans are staples of South America. Rice, soybeans, bamboo, yams, and various fruits are staples of Asia. Wheat, rye, and beans are major staples in Central Europe. Wheat, yams, and millet are staples of Africa. Rice is a major staple on the Indian subcontinent. 

This is a small smattering of the staple foods of various regions of the world, yet you can see a general pattern. When everything is accounted for, the average diet world-wide consists of approximately 50% cereals (whole grains, wheat, barley, oats, corn, millet, etc.), with roots and tubers (potatoes, carrots, beets, etc.), then meat and milk and eggs (including legumes), then vegetables following. 

Beyond the staple foods, make sure not to neglect items such as cooking oil. Coconut oil is one of the best for this purpose, not only because of its health benefits but because it stores far better and for far longer than regular vegetable or olive oil. Natural, healthy fats like tallow and lard should also be high on your list. 

Also don’t forget spices. Think of how valuable a cabinet of spices would be if you had to subsist on beans and rice for a long period. Pepper and salt will be priceless commodities during a crisis, as well as cayenne, paprika, cumin, and others. When choosing salt, be sure not to store your regular table salt which is devoid of iodine. Himalayan pink salt is, according to my research, probably the best salt you can find. 

Honey is another item which should be near the top of anyone’s list. Like salt, make sure you pick the right kind of honey. Pick raw, unfiltered, unheated, pure honey rather than filtered and processed honey. Agave is also becoming a popular substitute for honey or sugar. Honey lasts quite literally forever and contains essential nutrients that can keep you going in a crisis. 

You can supplement the staples with canned goods. You may can many foods ranging from apples and apricots and peaches to tomatoes and beets and corn. Meat can also be canned and stored for long periods. Not only tuna, sardines, and Spam, but chicken, beef, etc. 

Learning to make different types of bread out of the grains you store will be vital. It’s a skill our ancestors all knew. It’s a skill that will keep you alive as long as you have grain on hand or know how to grow it. 

And don’t forget foods which can break the monotony such as chocolate or hand candies. These comfort foods will add variety to your storage. They will be little reminders of civilization. You might say they’ll be symbols of hope. 

Though there are many specialty stores and websites which sell food storage and food storage packages, I recommend shopping for food storage at your grocery store or local market. Food is much cheaper at the grocery store than at a specialty store. I recommend buying in bulk. You can normally find a twenty-pound bag of rice or beans without much difficulty. Many stores, particularly out west, sell bulk buckets of grains, oats, potato flakes, etc. 

What is stopping you from throwing an extra 20-pound bag or white rice into your cart the next time you’re at the grocery store? Surely the meager cost isn’t stopping you. You’re already spending the money on food – why not spend a few dollars extra to buy a bulk bag of beans for your food storage? Forego that next fast-food stop or pizza run and buy yourself a couple bulk bags of rice and beans. You can start a food storage that easily. 

If you don’t feel you have enough money to go for a 20-lb. bag just yet, then throw in an extra can of corn the next time you shop. Let that one can of corn be the foundation for your food storage. And the next time you go to the store, add another can of beans to the mix. You would then have two cans of food in your storage. Then the third time, grab a 5-lb. bag of rice. Within just a few weeks you will have several cans of vegetables and a bag or two of rice or beans and you will be on your way to achieving a respectable food storage. Make a commitment today to begin storing food the next time you shop, even if it’s just one single can of corn. 

As far as the actual storage process goes, I won’t say much here. But be sure to consistently rotate your food supply. Make sure that you’re storing your food at proper temperatures. For instance, you normally want to keep canned goods at temperatures of 50 degrees or lower for extended storage duration and, ideally, in darkness. Canned items will keep for several years in these conditions before their taste begins to deteriorate and usually are fine past the expiration date. Beans and whole grains will last for a good many years in proper conditions. Rice has a shorter shelf life, but will still keep well for an extended period. There are many helpful resources online which will delve into the specifics and how-to’s of proper food storage. 

On top of store-bought items, make sure to invest time in learning how to locate and acquire wild fruits and vegetables in your local area. Knowing which mushrooms and berries are edible might be a life-saving skill one day. There are many fantastic books on food identification available. I would recommend finding one that has information on the wild foods that grow in your region. Practice identifying these mushrooms, berries, roots, and other items ahead of time so that when disaster hits, you’re not fumbling around trying to figure it all out. 

A last helpful suggestion on food storage. I recommend going to this website. At the site, you will find a food calculator. If you have no idea how much food to start storing for your family, this will give you a general estimate. Simply use the calculator to type in how many family members you have and their ages and the calculator gives you an estimate of how much food and water you will need for a year. The food is broken into categories such as grains, legumes, sugars, water, etc. I have personally found this tool very useful and commend it to you. 

Now a word on water. For me, the hardest aspect of food storage is storing water. Why? Because it takes a lot of space. Humans need a massive amount of water to keep them functioning at an ideal level (as a side note, I challenge people who consume little water to substitute water for soda or other beverages and watch the amazing health results that follow). While I do absolutely recommend acquiring large drums of water, I place a more immediate emphasis on water filtration. 

Devices such as the LifeStraw are invaluable, in my opinion. I recommend that you have at least one such device in every survival pack you own as well as with your regular food storage. Chlorination tablets are also a good thing to have on hand. Water bottles with built-in water filtration straws or similar technology are useful. Having a rain water collection system goes hand in hand with these filtration devices. 

I want to now discuss medicine. I believe that God has placed everything naturally on earth to heal any sickness we may have and to keep us strong and healthy. But how many of us really know what natural remedies exist? Our society is addicted to prescription drugs and artificial medicine. Our nation’s health is being ravaged by today by the medical establishment which prefers profits over actually helping people become and stay healthy. 

I would advise you to immediately begin weening yourself off of prescription drugs and to start taking your health into your own hands. Our bodies have been designed by an all-knowing Creator. In His genius, He created us with self-healing and regenerating bodies. You can correct most of your health issues by proper dieting and nutrition. You can heal your teeth, for instance, through proper nutrition and intake of supplements. The same is true of a host of other maladies ranging from basic sickness to allergies to tooth decay. 

The reason you need to start managing your own health independent of doctors and dentists is simply because you most likely will not have access to doctors, clinics, dentists, and therapists in a crisis. If you haven’t learned to take care of yourself, what will you do when you are suddenly bereft of these crutches you’ve been leaning on? If you have depression and are on antidepressants, what will you do when your supply of drugs runs out and your mind suddenly goes into withdrawal? If you have allergies for which you take prescription medicine, what will you do when the pharmacist closes his doors and you’re left without? 

I recommend that you not only take a more holistic approach to medicine and learn natural remedies for illnesses and conditions, but that you also begin stockpiling basic medicines, supplements, and first-aid gear. Everyone should at least have a first-aid kit handy, but ideally you will have much more in your supply. You should have, for instance, basic trauma gear, surgery equipment, etc. Make sure you’re getting enough vitamins and nutrients. Turmeric can help with inflammation and arthritis, cod liver oil can help your teeth, vitamin C can boost your immune system, cayenne can help relieve headaches and fight fevers and heal wounds, etc. There is a rich literature on holistic and natural healing methods. If you drink deep from this fountain of knowledge, you’ll be better prepared for the future. When no doctor is available, you will become the doctor. Will you be prepared to help yourself and others should the need arise? 

I next want to stress the need to acquire useful skills. These skills can include first-aid skills, hunting, construction skills, food canning know-how, basic evasion techniques, firearms training, knot-tying skills, ham radio ability, small engine repair skills, gardening and farming, etc. A basic rule of life is that we should always be learning and growing and adding to our knowledge bank. Being able to think on your feet is absolutely essential. Being able to read a map, read terrain, read someone’s body language, speak coherently, negotiate, skin an animal, plant a crop – these are all valuable skills. In a word, we need to become independent and self-reliant as our forefathers once were. 

One of the final recommendations I want to offer here concerns networking. Having the ability to fend for oneself is a blessing, but having a network of family and friends whom you can trust will be increasingly valuable as our society continues to plunge ever downward. Imagine if our country was thrust into war, our power grids were down, communications were cut off, and you found yourself alone in a rioting city. Now imagine yourself in that same situation but with a like-minded network of family and friends who have prepared and planned for such an occurrence and who have each other’s backs. Which boat would you rather be in? A team united with a singular purpose can almost always get more done than a lone wolf. 

 I’m not suggesting that you go door-to-door in your neighborhood asking for team members. In fact, it would be wise to keep most of your important preparations on the down low. But you should be feeling out people when you meet them, looking for possible allies and people you can trust. These individuals can often be found at your local church. I also recommend enlisting reliable family into your network. At the very least, know who in your community and among your circle of family you can trust enough to show up on their doorstep if the situation turns serious and you need a place to lay low or hide. This will be more important than most people realize as our government increasingly persecutes anyone who loves Freedom, who is religious, who believes in conspiracy, or who wants to be self-sufficient. Preparing a network to cope with such circumstances would be very wise. 

In conclusion, I want to ask you to open your eyes and look at our world. People are confused and scared and increasingly wicked and immoral. Basic human decency, manners, and brotherly kindness are falling by the wayside. Self-centeredness and pride are all too common. Society has gone off the tracks and has abandoned the safe moorings of religion and virtue. 

Drought is worsening, disease and illness are increasing, the weather is becoming erratic, natural disasters are increasing in frequency, the economy is plummeting, debt is skyrocketing, tensions between nations are worsening, war is raging, people are losing faith in God, education is worsening, unemployment is growing, profanity and promiscuity are more and more accepted, and conditions on planet earth generally are worsening according to almost every metric available. 

And on top of it all, the forces that run our government are following a deliberate plan to enslave us under their absolute control. They are openly pushing for world government and have done everything they can to destroy the Constitution and consolidate power in the federal government. They have harnessed international banking and big business interests to support this plan. Everything they do, every policy they pursue, every law they pass, is designed to strip us of our God-given Liberty. 

Remember Thomas Jefferson’s logic in his document entitled A Summary View of the Rights of British America. He reasoned: 

“Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of a day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers, too plainly prove a deliberate and systematical plan of reducing us to slavery.” 

The American People have suffered one abuse after another after another after another for well over a century. Indeed, since the days of Lincoln, the federal government has been attempting to subjugate the citizenry, strip states of their powers, and consolidate control. This subjugation began in earnest during the Woodrow Wilson administration with the passing of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Amendments and the institution of the unconstitutional and privately-owned Federal Reserve system. Republicans and Democrats alike follow the same policies, increase our debt, take us to war, erode our sovereignty in favor of international organizations, and trample the rights guaranteed to us by the Constitution. It is time to use Jefferson’s solid logic and recognize that our leaders have betrayed us and that a plot is being followed which will bring us into bondage. 

This path we are on will only lead to war, civil unrest, economic collapse, lawlessness, hatred, destruction, and misery. Ought we not to prepare ourselves for such eventualities? All Christians should be preparing for the harsh judgments decreed in Matthew 24 by our Lord. And all rational people everywhere should be watching world events with a wary eye and plan accordingly to meet additional war, economic depression, and an influx of disease and famine. 

The sane response to our world in commotion is to begin preparing for you and your family’s temporal needs. You need a food storage – I urge you to store at least a year’s supply. And the best time to get one is before a disaster, and preferably while prices are still relatively low. You will need additional skills – medical, survival, etc. You will need to develop a network of trustworthy family and friends to help you through the coming hardships. You will need to relocate out of the cities to safer areas, or make contingency plans to do so as soon as disaster hits. And you need to humble yourself before God and live His commandments and His standards. 

When all is said and done, the safest path is obedience to our Creator’s eternal commands. We should also listen to the advice of wise men and to the lessons of history. When disaster strikes, whether it comes in the form of an earthquake, a famine, disease, an economic depression, government persecution, or world war, I pray that you will have prepared beforehand so that you will be ready to face it with confidence and faith. God Bless. 

See two additional articles I’ve written on preparedness here and here

Zack Strong, 
January 1, 2022

Could You Survive?

I’m writing this by hand with pen and paper in the darkness of a power outage caused by stormy weather. I’m going to ask some hypothetical survival and prepping questions that are more alarmingly real than most people want to admit. Answer them honestly for yourself or with your spouse. If your responses are disappointing, examine how you can change; and then do it! 

Their “tomorrow” is our today.

When we see earthquakes topple buildings in Peru, tsunamis wash away villages in Japan, lava swallow homes in the Canary Islands, fire consume Australia, or civil war rage in Africa, we tend to think “it can’t happen here.” Thinking “It can’t happen to me” is a fatal flaw. Bad things happen to all people sometimes. America has already had a civil war, rebellions, natural disasters, lethal power outages, invasions, heatwaves, and plagues. So, what’s this “it can’t happen here” mindset? 

In the interconnected world in which we live, disasters are amplified manyfold. A disruption in one part of the supply chain thousands of miles away, for instance, could directly impact your local stores’ ability to keep their shelves stocked or leave the pumps at your corner gas station bone dry. (Several months after writing the previous two sentences, as I finally polish up this article for publication, we now see massive strains on the supply chain globally, truckers threatening strikes, companies unable to get product, cargo ships lined up outside of harbors waiting to offload, gas prices shooting up, pilots striking over tyrannical vaccine mandates, potential war in Ukraine threatening Europe’s gas supply, etc. It’s all falling apart and the time to start preparing was yesterday!) 

Since we know all these awful things can and do happen, the question becomes: What are you going to do about it? Are you preparing for or evading reality? There are really only two ways a person can react to potential threats – prepare or ignore. Being aware is not being prepared, though it’s an essential first step. True preparedness requires action. Acknowledging this, it’s time to answer some questions and decide what you’re going to do about them. 

If the power went out, what would you do? Don’t misunderstand; I’m not referring to a temporary outage that the power company quickly fixes. What if a section of the power grid – or the whole thing – went down, either from a hostile EMP strike, a terrorist attack, a comprehensive hack attack, or even a solar flare, and no one knew exactly how long it would be off? It could be days, weeks, or months. And the devastating crisis would be compounded further by anarchy and rioting, or perhaps even by an opportunistic attack by Russia and China. 

In such a scenario, which is far more realistic and far closer than most realize, what would you do? Could you survive? Do you have a power generator? If so, what kind? If it’s gas-powered, do you have sufficient stores of fuel on hand for long-term use? Do you have alternative energy sources, whether wood, coal, gas, hydro, or solar? If your answer is “wood,” have you prepared it, dried it, and made it ready for use? If you answered “solar,” consider whether your solar panels are linked to the power grid as most installed panels are, making them quite useless in a grid-down scenario. Whatever your alternative source, ask yourself if you know how to use it and if you have enough to last. 

More pressing even than alternative forms of power is the question of food and food preparation. Do you have food that could be prepared without electricity? More to the point, do you have a way to prepare food without electricity; say, a solar oven? If not, then, again, I ask, what will you do when the power inevitably goes off? 

Even if the power doesn’t go off in a meaningful way, there will still come a day when you will need a food storage. How much food storage do you have? Three days? One week? One month? One year? I don’t recommend anything less than a one-year supply. All those experts telling you to get a two-week supply are misguided and will lead you to starvation and misery if you heed them. Half measures won’t get you through what’s coming. 

Again, I ask: If the store shelves were empty, could you survive? For how long? Do you have food canned, packed, and stored in your house? Do you have a home garden or homestead? Do have #10 cans or buckets full of grain, oats, beans, rice, and other staples? Do you have honey and other essentially non-destructible foods? Do you have spices – salt, pepper, cayenne – to live up your food so you’re not eating the same thing every single day? Do you have flour, oil, Crisco, or other ingredients to cook with, or at least the means of making your own? 

Furthermore, do you have a solar oven, portable solar oven bag, wood stove, or other alternative way to heat and cook food? Do you know how to grind wheat and make bread? If you have some food stored, is it expired or ready to use? Do you have a list of the foods you have available along with their amounts and when they need rotated or eaten? And if you have a baby, or pets, have you factored their unique considerations into your planning? 

Being prepared to feed yourself in a crisis demands a lot more than just having some food in buckets. It’s a mindset. It’s a skill set. It’s a determination to not only survive, but thrive. Could you do it? Could you live for a year – or any prolonged period – without setting foot in a store or murdering your neighbors for their cache of supplies? Starving people are desperate people – especially those with starving children at home. Are you willing to watch your kids starve or are you confident that you’ve prepared enough food storage already to take care of them in a major crisis? 

Perhaps you’re in the camp that thinks they’ll just go into the woods with their gun or bow and hunt game or live in a shelter made of sticks and moss. Good luck! Though God has blessed America with an abundance of wildlife and natural foods, this isn’t a winning strategy. Some may successfully do it, but with droves of people attempting to hunt in a given area, how long before it gets hunted out? The Indians who often subsisted on hunting didn’t stay in one area too long because they’d hunt it out too quickly and wouldn’t be able to survive. Do you think you’d avoid the same fate? Or are you prepared to shoot other desperate people who try to go onto your property to hunt for food? 

As important as food is, water is even more critical. If the water supply suddenly evaporated, what would you do? Think of the question in serious terms. If terrorists or enemy forces poisoned the water supply, or if pipes burst for any number of reasons and a plague or war conditions prevented maintenance from occurring, or a major earthquake disrupted the delicate system, what would you do? If any of these or other scenarios turned off the water, and there was no prospect of it flowing from the tap any time soon, how would you get by? Filling your bathtub with water isn’t going to hold you over for long. 

Do you have a water storage on hand? If so, how much? Enough for a day, two days, a week, a month, longer? The average American drinks about 182 gallons of water a year, or eight cups a day (though you should ideally be consuming more than that). I ask again very pointedly: How much water do you have stored and ready to use in a crisis? 182 gallons? 728 gallons, which would supply a family of four? More? Less? Is your supply enough not only to drink to stay alive, but to prepare food, wash utensils, and bathe? 

Let’s say you physically don’t have enough storage space for the large quantities of H2O we’re talking about (though everyone has room for some – under the bed, in the closet, on a shelf, on top of the dryer, in the car trunk, etc.). Do you at least have water filtration devices at the ready? LifeStraw, Sawyer, and numerous other brands, make high-quality, inexpensive and highly portable water filtration systems that can be thrown into any bag and even that can fit in a pants pocket. Do you have one or more for each member of your family? If not, do you have chlorine tablets or drops to purify water? If you have none of these things, do you at know at what temperature water boils and how long you need to boil water to kill harmful bacteria? This brings us back to whether or not we have fuel or electricity to even heat our theoretical water. Answer honestly if you could survive a severe water shortage. 

Moving on. If the “unthinkable” happens and nuclear war hits us, how would you cope? Some people have been awed into complacency and inaction by literal Soviet propaganda, still prevalent today, about “nuclear winter” that will exterminate all humanity and end the earth. Rest assured, all the nuclear weapons in the world couldn’t destroy the planet or kill off earth’s population. So, considering that you’ll likely survive the initial devastation of the planned nuclear war against our civilization, what will you do in the aftermath? 

Do you know how to defend yourself against radiation and fallout? Do you have KI tablets handy and tucked into your survival kits? Do you even know what KI tablets are or do? Are you familiar with the prevailing wind patterns and how fallout might be dispersed? Do you know how to calculate the half-life of radiation and estimate when it will be safe to emerge out of hiding after a blast? Do you know what the potential nuclear targets in your area are? In short, what is your strategic plan to save your family in the nuclear war that I guarantee is coming in our future? 

If civil unrest, which seems to be spreading like wildfire, comes to your community, what will you do? Will you flee? If so, where? Have you selected a retreat location? Do you have a go-bag ready to get you there? Who will go with you? Who knows about it? Does your family know how to get there and what to do if it ever becomes necessary? Have you coordinated the details with your loved ones? For instance, how will you transport your survival supplies – the food, water, and fuel we’ve discussed – to your retreat location? What if your preferred route is blocked either by the National Guard, a riot, roving gangs, a natural disaster that destroys a bridge, or any other cause? Do you have an alternative route, a back-up plan, or a secondary location? 

Perhaps you don’t want to flee, but prefer to fight. What is your defense strategy? What buildings or assets will you defend? Will you stand on top of your business with a rifle and pick off rioters? Will you shoot starving people who want to get at your food storage? Will you call up some friends and form a vigilance committee to collectively guard your neighborhood? If making a Spartan stand is your choice, then which weapons will you use? Firearms? Are you trained with them? Are they in working order? Do you have enough ammunition? Are your friends reliable? Are they also trained? Have you trained together in small arms tactics or urban warfare? Do you have a command structure? Can you rely on each other in a life-or-death situation? Could you really survive violent anarchy and are you emotionally prepared to gun down your countrymen if you decide to dig in? 

Or maybe you don’t want to flee or flight. Instead, you want to hunker down until the raging storm blows over. Fair enough. How will you do it? Will you bury a large bunker in your backyard? Do you have the money to do so? Can you do it without all your neighbors knowing what you’re up to? Will you build a concealed shelter in your basement? Are you capable of such a task? Hiding in your closet isn’t a practical option, so are you prepared to go big or go home and put in some form of shelter, panic room, or bunker? And if you put in a survival shelter, remember that you still need to stock it with food, water, a waste disposal system, and so forth. Could you survive if you tried to hide? 

If a truly devastating plague – unlike the COVID-1984 scamdemic – hit us and caused a legitimate pandemic, could you survive? You’ve survived a global psyop, but could you survive the real thing? Do you have gas masks or other biochemical warfare gear? Are you in tip-top physical shape? Do you get proper nutrition and take sufficient vitamins? Do you have reserves of vitamins, antibiotics, and other life-saving medicines? Do you know any herbal and traditional remedies? Could you use cayenne, cattails, chamomile, dandelion, elderberry, garlic, ginger, turmeric, or any of the other amazing plants, herbs, and spices God placed on earth for the benefit of man for your health and healing? 

Additionally, if your health requires you to be on oxygen or dialysis or some specific medication, how will you survive if society collapses or hospitals are truly overcrowded with infectious patients? Do you have a plan? Do you have alternative medicines in mind? Do you have back-up supplies to hold you over until, perhaps, society could get back up on its feet enough to help you in the normal way? And, as always, if a true pandemic or war or terrible event forced you to shelter in place, or if the government sealed off your neighborhood or city, do you have a medicine cabinet, a food and water storage, and other supplies to sustain yourself for the long haul? 

Throughout all of these scenarios, I bet you imagined yourself clothed. But this begs the question: Do you have proper clothing set aside for times of trouble? We’re not talking about your everyday clothes, but the sturdy garments that will last – especially during the winter. 

One of the most essential items in every survival kit should be a warm winter coat. Do you have a water-resistant, breathable coat that is good for use in minus temperatures? Do you have good outdoor boots? Do you have the type of clothes you’d wear camping? Those are the ones you’ll want – not your fancy business suit or night club skirt. And what about spare socks and underwear? Extra shoelaces and soles? A warm hat and gloves? Tactical gloves or tactical pants? 

Perhaps even more important than having these things on hand is possessing the ability to mend or make them. Can you sew a torn shirt? Can you put a button back on? Can you crochet or knit? Could you make your own clothes, blankets, gloves, or other necessities, if the supply chain broke down or the stores closed or war disrupted society? Our ancestors knew how to make their own clothing – do you? 

Finally, are you mentally prepared to survive the coming apocalypse? Earlier, I said that preparedness is a mentality. Are you psyched up and ready to survive? Are you actively and strategically thinking about all of these things? Are you actively engaged in protecting your family and ensuring their future? Have you run through all the scenarios and hypothetical situations? Have you war-gamed it out with your family? Have you tested any of these hypotheses and plans? Have you taken your head out of the sand and looked reality square in the face, both the reality of what’s coming and how prepared (or not) you really are for it? And, lastly, are you spiritually prepared with sufficient faith and testimony to weather the storms, resist the Adversary, and come out of the furnace of affliction more refined? 

The future is both dark and sunny, terrible and great. Things in society will get so much worse before they get better. You’ll live through other pandemics, false-flag attacks, world war, famine, mobocracy, and tyranny. You’ll see friends and loved ones turn on you, neighbors tear each other apart, and order break down. You’ll watch loved ones pass on to the other side and millions of your countrymen perish. 

Yet, in the face of it all, the Lord has promised: “If ye are prepared ye shall not fear” (Doctrine and Covenants 38:30). Normal is not coming back, Jesus is. But before He does, hell will be unleashed in an unprecedented way. Prepare to survive so that you can be one who merrily meets the Lord when He comes to claim His Kingdom. 

Zack Strong, 
December 1, 2021 

The Urgent Need to Prepare

*I originally wrote this article in September, 2014. It featured on the Independent American Party’s website and was later picked up by the Independent Political Report. Since it apparently no longer exists on those platforms, I’ve decided to republish it here. I’ve edited it slightly for punctuation, but it’s essentially intact and unchanged from seven years ago. There are a few things I might say differently if I was writing it at the present time, but I trust you’ll glean the benefits and timeless principles* 

In the parable of the Ten Virgins told by our Lord, we are taught the virtue of being prepared. The parable is focused primarily on spiritual matters, but the temporal applications are also plain. Our world is turbulent and the need to prepare for contingencies and disasters of all types – whether man-made or natural – has never been greater. September is national preparedness month and therefore I am devoting this article to preparedness. I will briefly discuss food storage, relocation, contingency planning, and survival. I will also provide a basic list of useful items which one might use as a starting point in their own personal or family preparations, as well as helpful links (see the bottom of page) to other good sources of related information. This article will not be an exhaustive study, but rather a starter’s guide. 

Food Storage 

Perhaps the most important temporal preparation an individual can make is to gather a substantial food and water storage. Without these basic necessities of life, even the most astute “prepper” or experienced survivalist will die in a major disaster scenario. A lack of food or water can bring any nation – yes, even the United States – to its knees in a matter of days. Without food and water, society and civilization break down and anarchy ensues. It should be clear to any thinking person that a supply of food and water is paramount when speaking of preparedness. 

Before I move on to the details of food storage, I want to address one prevalent myth that swirls around survival blogs and preparedness websites. Many folks erroneously believe that as long as you know how to hunt, you will always be able to obtain food and therefore do not need to store any. Similarly, I hear people boast that they don’t need to store up food because they have a garden or farm on which they can grow all the fresh food they will ever need. What such well-intentioned, but erring, people do not seem to grasp is the concept that society will more than likely not be running in an ordered, regular way in the event of a major disaster. 

Those with gardens and farms might be forced to relocate or evacuate their homes without notice due to war, fire, flood, approaching plague, sudden drought, terrain-altering earthquake, or any number of other cases. A serious drought might dry up the water supply and make gardening or farming impossible. An exceptionally harsh, early, or long winter could destroy the harvest. Those who have staked their survival on the ability to hunt would likewise suffer in a disaster scenario. The food supply – whether it be deer, ducks, squirrels, or some other game – would dry up quite rapidly if everyone was suddenly forced to hunt for their livelihood. A drought or bad winter could also seriously affect the available food supply. But even in the best of times, hunting is never a totally reliable art because of factors outside of the individual’s control. 

Gardening and hunting are incredibly important skills, and I will touch on them later, but both require a fairly stable set of conditions in order to produce a beneficial outcome and therefore cannot be relied upon completely. Trying to transport a full food storage in the event of a relocation or evacuation scenario might also be difficult and is not 100% reliable either, but it is, in my estimation, more reliable than depending on the elements or on wild game for food in a disaster. 

How much food is necessary to store? You will hear different recommendations from everyone. Some say one month, others three months, and others plan for longer. However, I emphatically recommend that you have at least, as a minimum, one year of food and water. On the face of it, getting a one year’s supply of food might seem like an impossible task logistically. It also might seem like overkill. Yet I believe that a one-year supply will be vital to our survival in the dark days I foresee approaching. 

I highly recommend that you visit this website to find what is referred to as a “food calculator.” This food calculator allows you to type in the number of people in your family and their ages and then it approximates how much food storage you need. It breaks down the list into many categories and gives specifics on how much wheat, flour, honey, legumes, water, etc., that you will need. I have found their approximations incredibly accurate. Overall, it is a great resource. 

Using the food calculator at the above link, one person will need the following to make a one-year supply of food. I will not list specific food items (which the food calculator conveniently provides), but will simply give you the amount that you will need for each broad food grouping: 

Grains: 300 lbs. 
Legumes: 60 lbs. 
Sugars: 60 lbs. 
Fruit: 185 lbs. 
Vegetables: 185 lbs. 
Dairy: 75 lbs. 
Fats and Oils: 13 lbs. 

As you can see, gathering a true food storage is no small task. It will take time, money, and storage space. Many companies offer an entire one-year food package that you can order online or out of a catalogue. However, this is far from the most economical way to go about getting food storage. The cheapest way to get a food storage is to go to your local grocery store and simply buy bulk items such as 20 lb. bags of rice and beans or 45 lb. buckets of wheat and oats. 

An effective way to start building food storage is to simply buy an extra item each time you go to the grocery store. For instance, if I need a bag of dried beans, it is just as easy to grab two bags. If I’m already looking for some rice, why not throw a second bag in the shopping cart? If I am buying canned vegetables, I would throw an extra can or two in my basket. If an item is on sale, pounce on it. In all reality, it does not take much effort to collect a food storage, but it does take time unless you happen to have hundreds of dollars sitting around to devote to food forage at the drop of a hat. By buying your food storage a little at a time and in logical increments, you won’t feel an exceptionally heavy drain on your wallet. The key is to get started today. I first got my year’s supply of food as a 26-year-old broke college student. If I could do it, you can, too. 

A word on water. Even more important than food, is water. A human can go longer without food than without water. Water is vital. In a crisis scenario, water – especially clean water – will be a priceless commodity which is far more valuable than gold, silver coins, or physical objects no matter how fancy or high-end they may be considered now. A person needs to drink approximately one gallon of water every day. The exact amount will vary from person to person, but you will want least one gallon per person, per day. Then you need to think about cooking, cleaning, and other functions for which water is necessary. When you really sit down to think about it, the amount of water one needs to store is staggering. But store it you must. 

Though I recommend storing all the water you will need for at least a year, I highly encourage folks to invest in various water purifiers. I think that everyone should have always one, preferably multiple, LifeStraws in your survival gear or bug-out bag. LifeStraw is simply a water purifier built into an easy-to-use straw format which weighs barely over an ounce. You open the ends, stick it in the water, and drink. This device is designed to be used in muddy, bacteria-infested, dirty water. LifeStraw has been used in water polluted with feces and other harmful elements. LifeStraw will filter about 264 gallons, or approximately one year’s worth. It truly is a wonderful invention and something I deem vital for anyone seriously contemplating preparedness and survival. Other companies, such as Frontier or AQUAGEAR, make quality products that are similar to LifeStraw. Whatever brand you go with, make sure that you include some type of water filtration device in your water storage. 

Entire books have been written on food and water storage, so I am, naturally, leaving a lot of information out. I want to share one final thought on food storage, however. Our forefathers all stored food – often many years’ worth. It was so fundamental that no one questioned it or thought twice about doing it. Today, however, those of us who prepare for future eventualities are called paranoid, extremists, or foolish. Despite these criticisms, we must do the right thing and prepare ourselves and families for the disasters which will strike at some point. Noah built his ark over a span of decades, during which time his neighbors and friends mocked him. However, when the rain started to fall, Noah and his family were the only ones spared the deluge that followed. The point is that it is better to be prepared years too early than one day too late. When the crap hits the fan, will you want to be the one who had pointed the finger of scorn at those crazy “preppers,” or one of those “preppers” who gathered a food and water storage and was ready to meet disaster? No one can make that choice for you, but I plead with you to begin to prepare now. Your future life may very well depend upon your present preparations. 

Relocation 

One of the most dangerous and incomprehensible tendencies of modern society is to group into cities. Cities are inherently dangerous and naturally lead to corruption, vice, and a collectivist mentality among their inhabitants. I believe, as did Thomas Jefferson and many others, that cities sap the strength out of a nation and individuals and are anathema to Freedom. I would not want to be caught anywhere near a major city of metropolitan hub in the event of economic collapse, civil war, invasion, martial law, serious plague, or major natural disaster (for instance, the earthquakes which we know will someday hammer the Wasatch Front in Utah, the New Madrid Fault area along the Mississippi, or the multiple fault areas of California). Large population density is perhaps more to fear even than nuclear weapons or the wrath of Mother Nature. 

I believe that world war is virtually inevitable and that the next war will reach our soil. In the almost certain event of a major war with Russia and China, for example, I would not recommend that anyone be anywhere close to major military bases and installations, major ports, or strategic cities. Seattle, for instance, is close enough to the Bangor submarine base that it will undoubtedly receive direct fallout in the event of a nuclear attack. The same goes for San Diego, Los Angeles, Ogden, UT, Baltimore, Albuquerque, Charleston, Cheyenne, WY, Great Falls, MT, Colorado Springs, Denver, Norfolk, and many other cities – some of which will likely receive direct hits owing to their proximity to strategic military targets. 

But even if war were to never occur, civil unrest or economic collapse could result in mass rioting. Would a rural town devolve into riots? Perhaps on occasion, but its overall stability would be far greater than in a city. In the event of a trucker strike, cities could be without food. Again, if the power grid collapsed, it would be a matter of hours before total chaos and anarchy ensued. In every major hurricane or natural disaster, store shelves are emptied within hours. The L.A. Riots proved the danger of cities, as have multiple other riots and protests over the years. Police will not be able to maintain order, and may in fact instigate confusion, and cities will quickly divide into gangs or tribal groups. We arrogantly think that it could not happen here, yet history defies and rebukes such a claim. Just the simple fact that do many people are piled on top of one another in cities guarantees that fighting will eventually happen. Human beings are naturally selfish and will go to inhuman extremes to protect themselves, indulge their lusts, or survive – and much more so when they get into large groups. American cities would turn into chaotic, tribal war zones within days in a major crisis. 

Cities are unhygienic and unhealthy places which invite disease and provide juicy targets for governments or nefarious groups to launch a plague or bioweapon. If such a naturally occurring or man-made plague hits, are your chances of surviving better in Boston, Dallas, Seattle, or Salt Lake City, or in a rural community that no one has ever heard of? The answer is obvious. Furthermore, a mass pandemic would likely result in forced quarantines or rounding up of the sick or potentially infected. In such a scenario, you would be better far away from the cities. Even after Hurricane Katrina people were herded into the Super Dome and imprisoned there, often suffering horrible abuses and not allowed to leave for long periods of time. And Hurricane Katrina was a minor incident compared to what I am envisioning. 

Maneuverability is also severely restricted in a city, whereas living in a rural location, small town, or outlying suburb would provide ample opportunity to avoid mobs, stay out of sight, slip into the woods, escape, evade detection, or flee to a designated retreat or hideout. If war hits this country – whether civil war or foreign invasion – smaller outlying areas will not be primary targets. And again, an invading army would likely bypass a small farming community off the beaten path whereas a large city situated on a highway is a prime target for subjugation. Refugees moving from city to city can also become like swarms of locusts devouring everything in their path. In any scenario, being in a smaller town somewhat off the beaten path will give you greater chances of survival than any city ever could. 

If the above is true, then it follows that relocation out of the major cities is wise. And if such a move is wise, then doing so sooner than later can only be a good thing. You cannot cut ties to the world and leave on a dime, however, but rather you should develop and follow a plan for moving, establishing a lifeline in a new location, and setting down roots. The best guide on this process in existence is the third volume of Joel Skousen’s book Strategic Relocation: North American Guide to Safe Places. I cannot recommend Joel’s work highly enough. His political analysis is superb and his preparedness advice is unsurpassed. 

If you want to know more about the concept of relocation, why it is important, and where some of the safer locations in the country (and in your own state) are, then buy Joel’s book. For my part, I want to add that I believe the single safest area of the country is the Intermountain West. The general nexus of Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana is a great area. I independently have pegged this area as the safest area of the nation, but other experts such as Joel Skousen (http://www.worldaffairsbrief.com) and Jim Rawles (http://survivalblog.com) have confirmed this view in my mind. You can find pockets of safety in most areas of America, but the Intermountain West is your best bet for long term survival through the storms that are approaching. Whatever you do, you have got to start thinking strategically and making preparations now. 

Contingency Planning 

One of the vital things that many otherwise preparedness-oriented folks overlook is strategic planning. Yes, you may have a food storage, but do you have a detailed plan to escape your city or town if you need to? Have you thoroughly considered and mapped escape routes, alternate or back roads, retreat locations, or meet-up spots for your family? Have you thought up a multitude of scenarios spanning from martial law to invasion to earthquake to famine? You must think about these things and make preparations. 

One of the most critical aspects of strategic thinking is to really get to know your local terrain inside and out. You need to know back roads in case an earthquake severs the main highway of a military blockade stops traffic on Main Street or a raging wildfire is crossing through town and shutting down normal routes. You need to know who you can trust in your locale, which areas of town might be conducive to concealment, which spots would make for a good defense ice stand, etc. you should become familiar with the physical terrain – rivers, streams, hills, canyons, forests, valleys, etc. Knowing your terrain might one day allow you to escape an enemy, evade capture, outwit a mob, defend against criminals, keep your head low, or outrun a raging fire. In any case, you have to be prepared to roll with the punches –and preparing in advance is the best way to do that. 

Like food storage, contingency planning could be the sole topic of a lengthy book. Suffice to say that we need to decide BEFOREHAND what we will do in a given scenario. Will we run and evade threats or will we stand and fight? Will we conceal ourselves and wait it out or will we flee to a secondary retreat location? Will we and together with other like-minded families or will we go it alone? Will we stand for our principles and beliefs or will we sell ourselves and our family and friends out in a moment of trial? These are all things we must think about, plan out, discuss, and decide before disaster ever rears its head. 

Survival 

One of the important things that we must all begin to do is to develop skills which will be useful to ourselves and to others in the event of a crisis. I can’t cover everything here, but I will give a few suggestions to hopefully stimulate your own thoughts. 

Basic and advanced first aid is a valuable skill and one which may save your own life or the life of a friend, relative, or simply of a fellow human in need. There are many modern aids to help with this next skill, but starting a fire is something we should all know how to do. Hunting is an important skill, as is gutting and butchering an animal once killed/trapped. Gardening is a skill we can all develop now and one which will yield delicious and healthy dividends long before a crisis. Knowing how to tie knots and handle ropes is valuable. Being able to utilize a map and a compass might come in handy if/when technology goes down. Knowing how to use a knife, an axe, a saw, a chainsaw, and various other tools might become vital. Knowing how to weld, do carpentry, or basic construction will likely be very important. Speaking a foreign language or two might not be necessary, and is not normally associated with survival, but who can doubt but that it would be valuable in many situations both presently or during a collapse scenario? Knowing how to build a shelter, particularly a concealed one, may very well save your life. Knowing how to identify edible herbs, mushrooms, roots, or berries might save your life as well. And don’t forget to learn natural and traditional medical remedies instead of relying upon the often-dangerous drugs and pharmaceuticals dished out to the population today. All of these skills, and many more, are things which would certainly help you of society were to go south. I will leave it to your judgement to decide which skills will be necessary for you to acquire, but I do know that having a varied skill set will not only benefit yourself but those around you. 

Another important part of survival is getting and staying in shape. You will be at a disadvantage if the need arises to survive in harsh crisis conditions of you are obese, out of shape, or sickly. You need to eat healthily, give your body the proper vitamins and essential minerals it needs, exercise regularly, drink a lot of water, and remain active. Most jobs nowadays require us to sit at a desk for hours on end. Science and good old fashioned common sense both prove that sitting, on average, shortens life span, creates complications in your health, and increases your susceptibility to disease. Simply put, you don’t need to be competing in marathons, but you need to keep active and moving. You need to work on losing weight if you are too big. Respect for your body – which is shown by taking care of it – is important. A strong body also makes for a stronger and more alert mind – and you need to have your wits about you in a dangerous situation. You can begin this process by abandoning soda, coffee, power drinks, and pure junk food, and by getting enough water, rest, and exercise. You will quickly see improvements in your health, mental acuity, perceptiveness, and energy levels if you will follow these steps. 

Next, I would like to talk about what type of gear you might want to put in a bug-out bag, 72-hour kit, or survival pack. Once again, people will give different recommendations, but I will discuss what I deem important to have. I will give an explanation followed by a list of items. 

First off, I believe that second only to a one-year food and water storage is the need to store warm winter clothes, blankets, etc. I foresee a time when the power grids in the United States are knocked out, whether through an EMP attack, a solar flare, or as a result of war or harsh weather. Imagine the frightful scenario if an EMP attack were to destroy the power grid in mid-December. Last year the winter season broke literally thousands of records for cold temperatures, amount of snow, etc. The winters appear to be growing colder. What would happen if your city’s power went out suddenly during the winter? Would you be equipped to survive? Would you be able to keep your family warm? What if America were invaded during the winter time and you were forced to evacuate your town on foot – would you be warm enough to make the journey? If a natural disaster leveled your city, destroyed the roads, and forced you out into the cold, could you survive negative temperatures? These might seem like far-fetched scenarios, but they really are not. 

I believe the need is great – no matter whether you live in sunny Florida, California, or Texas, or in Fairbanks, Alaska, Kalispell, Montana, or New York City – to have warm clothing, a nice winter coat, a sturdy pair of warm waterproof gloves, winter boots, a warm face mask or hat, thermal undergarments, warm socks, and thick winter clothing. You will find varied opinions about which coat or gloves or boots work best or are the warmest, so I suggest that you do research and test out various products. I will end by repeating my feeling that the need for warm, waterproof, wind resistant winter clothing is dire. In fact, I would label winter clothing a necessity. 

Apart from winter clothing, you will want a wide variety of gear and items ranging from emergency blankets to solar/crank radios to first aid kits to paracord to potassium iodide tablets to a breathing respirator to a saw, etc. Directly below I have provided a list of what I currently have in my own survival/bug-out bag or which I am in the process of adding to it. I should first of all explain that I favor a slightly larger style of pack rather than a smaller backpack style. My current pack is a “K-Cliffs Catlespine Internal Frame Backpack.” I won’t bother with specific brand names in most cases, but here is what I have packed inside my pack: 

– LifeStraw 
– first aid kit 
– 50 ft. of paracord 
– rope 
– ThyroSafe, Potassium Iodide Tablets (I currently have 2 boxes of 20, 65 mg tablets) 
– mess kit 
– portable stove 
– multiple boxes and books of wind/waterproof matches 
– waterproof fire sticks 
– fire lighters 
– windproof lighter 
– hatchet 
– saw 
– shovel 
– pocket saw 
– knife 
– machete 
– four function Life Gear flashlight 
– headlamp 
– hand warmers 
– waterproof gloves 
– sleeping bag 
– tent 
– tarp 
– hat/beanie 
– thermal undergarments 
– extra socks and underwear 
– MREs with heaters 
– pens, pencils, and a notepad 
– Havalon Piranta surgical steel knife (I highly recommend this scalpel-like knife to hunters) 
– pocket knife 
– map of your region, state, and specific location (I have individual maps of Utah, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming as well as Idaho-specific locations and one of the Spokane, WA area) 
– Duct Tape 
– Moleskin 
– face mask 
– commercial-grade paint respirator 
– Frontier mini filtration straw 
– AQUAGEAR water filtration bottle 
– whistle 
– compass 
– fire starter (flint) 
– a hook and fishing line 
– 8.45 oz boxes of water 
– Kaito solar/crank/battery-operated radio with flashlight 
– Datrex emergency ration bar 
– Mainstay food bar 
– SOS Food Lab, Inc. food bars 
– extra batteries 
– vitamin C 
– Blistex chapstick 
– sunglasses 
– Aloe Vera ointment 
– insect repellent 
– sewing kit 
– deodorant 
– toilet paper 
– toothbrush and toothpaste (non-fluoride) 
– biodegradable soap 
– nail clippers and file 
– bandana 
– binoculars (having worked with optics, I absolutely recommend Vortex above all other brands) 
– two-way radios 
– pepper spray 
– handgun with box of ammunition 
– silver coins 
– pocket Constitution and Declaration of Independence 
– Citizen Rule Book 
– scriptures (last, but certainly not least)  

If you are not satisfied with my list, here are several other lists that others have compiled. You will find variations, but the core items are virtually identical in all lists: 

– http://bugoutbagacademy.com/free-bug-out-bag-list/ 
– http://www.thesurvivalistblog.net/bug-out-bag-contents-lists-and-bugging-out/ 
– http://www.shtfplan.com/emergency-preparedness/building-your-bugout-bag-the-complete-infographic-checklist_04302013 
– http://survivalcache.com/bug-out-bag/ 
– http://graywolfsurvival.com/669/bug-out-bag-list-contents/ 
– http://offgridsurvival.com/survival-gear-bugoutbags/ 
– http://www.modernsurvivalonline.com/Files/evac/articles/BOB-SurvivalKit.pdf 
– http://www.thebugoutbagguide.com 
– http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-gear/gear-shed/gear-guy/Bugout-Survival-Bag.html 

Whatever you put in your pack, make sure it is specific to your circumstances (i.e. terrain, environment, etc.) but yet versatile enough to use in many conditions. Even if you cannot afford to purchase a nice pack or new gear, start by putting something together. Whether you have to use an older backpack or a duffle bag, start gathering up household items which may be useful (painkillers, tape, extra batteries, an extra knife, etc.). It is not difficult to throw together a decent survival pack fairly quickly once you begin seriously considering the matter. Once you get your initial pack, continually improve upon it as your circumstances and means allow. 

Summary 

In summation, the key to getting prepared is to start now. Unless you have hundreds of dollars laying around which you can plop down today, you will need time to gather all the necessary supplies and to develop plans for future scenarios. I have provided a very basic outline for preparedness – it is up to you to take that outline and build upon it and tweak it to meet your family’s needs. 

If you have made it to the bottom of this article, I take it that you are truly concerned, as am I, about the future of this country. If so, you already have a leg up on most other folks. The first step to preparedness is a desire to prepare and an awareness that there is a need to prepare – even if you do not know exactly how to go about it. I hope that my article gave you a few bits of advice. Others have devoted much more time to this up subject than I have and have put their work online, in books, etc. Below this article I have provided a list of website links to look up. You will find many archived full of information about all things survival and preparedness. I recommend that you take some time to go through them and glean out the information pertinent to you. As I have repeated often, the key to preparedness is to start. Start today in some way, shape, or form and you can get the ball rolling. 

As I close, I want to share one more admonition and bit of advice. No People can survive as a free, prosperous, peaceful, and happy nation if they do not worship God, live His laws, and live a moral life. The same is true of individuals. Many political fixes need to be made in our bloated statist system, but the only true remedy for our nation’s problems is found not in D.C., but in our hearts. We must repent as a nation and humble ourselves before our God. Even if our once great Union does not follow this course, we will be blessed individually if we do. Center your life on the Gospel of the Master and He will be with you no matter what storms and tempests you are called to pass through. May God help inspire you in your preparations for our turbulent future. 

Short List of sources for additional information: 

– http://www.thefoodguys.com/foodcalc.html- http://survivalblog.com 
– http://www.preparednesspro.com/do-you-have-enough 
– http://www.backdoorsurvival.com/20-items-to-kick-start-your-food-storage-plan/ 
– http://www.offthegridnews.com/2010/08/02/how-to-create-a-food-storage-supply-for-you-and-your-spouse-for-as-little-as-5-per-week/ 
– http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-start-a-food-storage-on-138765 
– http://www.moneycrashers.com/long-term-home-food-storage-emergency/ 
– http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net 
– http://www.foodstorage.com 
– http://www.backwoodshome.com/articles/tate55.html 
– http://www.tacticaldefensellc.com/long-term-food-storage-done-right.html 
– http://www.provident-living-today.com/Bulk-Food-Storage.html 
– https://www.lds.org/topics/food-storage?lang=eng 
– http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/shopping-storing/food/food-storage 
– http://extension.usu.edu/files/publications/publication/fn_502.pdf 
– http://beprepared.com/education/15-tips-for-food-storage 
– http://www.glennbeck.com/content/articles/article/198/48306/ 
– http://readynutrition.com/resources/are-you-ready-series-best-practices-for-long-term-food-storage_03042011/ 
– http://makedirtnotwaste.org/sites/default/files/a-z_food_storage_guide-web.pdf 
– http://www.thesurvivalistblog.net 
– http://www.preparedness.com 
– http://www.cheaperthandirt.com 
http://www.buylifestraw.com 
http://preparednesspro.wordpress.com/2009/08/11/myths-and-facts-of-water-storage/ 
http://www.waterandhealth.org/drinkingwater/water_storage.php3 
– http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/water/art-20044256 
http://www.ki4u.com 
– “The Good News About Nuclear Destruction”– http://www.ki4u.com/goodnews.htm 
– http://infidelbodyarmor.com 
– http://www.survivalschool.us 
– http://www.wildernesscollege.com 
– http://modernsurvivalblog.com 
– http://modernsurvivalblog.com/preps/survival-preparedness-with-limited-resources/ 
– http://www.preparednesspro.com 
– http://preparednesspro.wordpress.com 
– http://www.shtfplan.com 
– http://www.luckygunner.com 
– Strategic Relocation: North American Guide to Safe Places by Joel Skousen 
– “Strategic Relocation” the film at https://www.bitchute.com/video/1YJCwtfy9yVB/ 
– http://www.joelskousen.com 
– http://www.worldaffairsbrief.com 
– http://www.cpr-savers.com 
– http://www.respiratormaskprotection.com 
– http://americanpreppersnetwork.net/index.php 
– http://www.forgesurvivalsupply.com 
– http://www.survival-supply.com 
– http://www.offthegrid.com 
– http://www.natureskills.com/articles/survival/ 
– http://offgridsurvival.com/category/survival/skills/ 
– http://www.fieldandstream.com/photos/gallery/survival/shelter/2006/10/seven-primitive-survival-shelters-could-save-your-life/?image=0 
– http://www.wildwoodsurvival.com/index.html 
– http://www.wilderness-survival.net 
– http://www.practicalsurvivor.com 
http://chuckbaldwinlive.com/Articles/tabid/109/ID/378/A-Suggested-Survival-List.asp