Okay, this is a hotly contested subject.
The BEST CASE SCENARIO would be a group of 6-8 couples who have agreed to get different things. I mean, not everyone in a group of 16 people needs a compass.
however, I guarantee that if you split it up like this, someone will be assigned to get something, and forget or think someone else has it.
in ALL the survival lists, everyone always says “signal mirror” and “Whistle”.
You’re not trying to be rescued if you’re in the Tribulation, you’re running for your LIFE! A signal mirror or whistle is GREAT… if you’re trying to be caught and beheaded.
What’s the quickest way to begin preparing? 50’s.
“fifty dollars? fifty euros?”
naw. 50’s. fifty pushups a day, fifty situps a day, fifty calf raises a day, fifty leg lifts a day, fifty flutter kicks a day, fifty crunches a day, fify squats a day, fifty burpees or 8 point bodybuilders a day. Start today, doing tens. When you’re good with 10’s, add five. Keep that up till you’re up to 50’s. Survival’s a lot easier when you’re in shape.
Okay, let’s look at the tools…
- multitool (they’re cheap now, and you don’t have to buy the Les Stroud edition!)
- axe or hatchet
- flint stick
- sharpening kit for the knife
- shovel or hand trowel (see Deut. 23:13!)
- camp stove or mess kit cooking equipment
- tarps (you can build budget tents with them… trust me…)
- plastic tubs to carry all this stuff in. You want all this prepacked in my opinion, so that you’re good to go! If you have to stop and pack, this means you run a very real risk of having to leave everything behind if you have to leave NOW!!! Tubs, prepacked backpacks, etc.
- your vehicle from now on should never get less than a half tank of gas.
- lighters for firemaking
- toilet paper
- hand sanitizer (in bulk – this is handy as a firestarter as well!)
- empty one- and two-litre bottles, a number of them… they have a number of uses. Keep the caps to all of them!
- sleeping bags?
- can openers (notice the plural…)
Again, EVERYONE puts waterproof matches on their lists – have they tried these things??? Don’t waste the space or the money, just pack extra lighters.
So, out of all the lists you’ll ever see, you’ll always see signal mirrors, whistles, and waterproof matches. Skip the waterproof matches. And if the Antichrist is in power, toss the signal mirror and the whistle in the trash before you hop in the car to make your escape.
Food and water…
You need to plan on doing some hunting, trapping and fishing – or bring seven years worth of food with you. That’s not hard to buy, you just order seven 1-year supplies, preferably from seven different manufacturers! Or 3 doubled up, and an extra one.
It’s bulky. If you had that “optimal group” number that the “experts” talk about (11 to 14 couples), you’d need a couple of 18-wheelers to get all that food in. Your best scenario is one couple per truck, and load the puppy to the brim! I have no idea how massively big this one year’s supply is, but I’m somehow imagining that unless you have a large truck, you’re not getting seven years’ worth in there.
I don’t think it’s realistic. You’d have to disguise it in moving vans. Far better to plan on three years’ food supplies, and be prepared to augment it as much as possible with fishing, hunting and trapping. Every area seems to have a season where there is almost no hunting, because the game hibernates or migrates out of the area. Be prepared to live off supplies then. Rule of thumb – when other food sources are available, eat then.
Water – a one month supply of water is impossibly heavy. Ever try to pick up those jugs of water? Those last perhaps three or four days. Water masses huge amounts of bulk and weight. You’d need a tanker truck to bring in a one year supply of water. Water harvesting will mean the difference between life and death. Especially during the time when water turns to blood.
I’m prepared to go out on a limb here, and state that I think that since the plagues in Egypt did not affect the Jews, I don’t think that the plagues will affect Christians. if not, you’re about to see another reason I told you to bring shovels or trowels (those old US Army shovels are just great….)
19 And the LORD spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and stretch out thine hand upon the waters of Egypt, upon their streams, upon their rivers, and upon their ponds, and upon all their pools of water, that they may become blood; and that there may be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in vessels of wood, and in vessels of stone. 20 And Moses and Aaron did so, as the LORD commanded; and he lifted up the rod, and smote the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh, and in the sight of his servants; and all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood. 21 And the fish that was in the river died; and the river stank, and the Egyptians could not drink of the water of the river; and there was blood throughout all the land of Egypt. 22 And the magicians of Egypt did so with their enchantments: and Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, neither did he hearken unto them; as the LORD had said. 23 And Pharaoh turned and went into his house, neither did he set his heart to this also. 24 And all the Egyptians digged round about the river for water to drink; for they could not drink of the water of the river. 25 And seven days were fulfilled, after that the LORD had smitten the river. Exodus 7:19-25 (KJV)
Worth remembering because the same guy is going to do exactly the same thing in the Tribulation, two or three times. What did the Egyptians do? They allowed the soil on the banks of the Nile act as a filter. You dig in the bank, making a shallow trench next to the water. After a few seconds you’ll see water seeping in… and the soil has filtered out most pollutants.
Okay, take an empty bottle or three (notice them in the list above???) and start collecting the water. slowly strain the water through a t-shirt into a metal container, and boil the water. If it’s blood, boiling it won’t do any good. Bottom line, unless you have stored up water, you’ll die of thirst before the plague is over with. Since many do survive, I assume that it is purifiable. Or like the plagues of Egypt, they last a week.
Solar stills will be a necessity. There’s a couple of different kinds, the flat on the ground one that picks up morning dew, and the kind you get by tying (or duct taping) 1-litre bottles to tree branches (another reason I stress Montana and the Great White north). Solar stills must be checked regularly (once an hour or so) because for some unexplained reason, they only work up to a certain collection point – after that the water leveling the still stops the water collecting.
The low one is simple, clear plastic sheeting over a cup, and the sheeting has to actually dip down to where the cup is. Easiest way is dig a hole, place the cup in it, place the plastic sheet over it, heavy stones around it to keep it from blowing, and a pebble over the cup to make sure the plastic sheeting is dipped lower there than at the sides. Walk away and leave it. Some advocate placing tree branches on it, I don’t know. Try it both ways. It’s nice to read this stuff at home, but I’d be checking every possible way. If it works, keep doing it. If it stops working, try the other method.
The tree branch method I’ve already described. You just tie or duct tape a 1 liter onto the ends of a tree branch. Walk away. Check it later. If you place ten or so bottles on branches, you’ll harvest very quickly. These methods don’t produce gallons, but its enough to keep you alive. I’d make sure you’re settled in areas with water supplies. I know some are drawn to deserts, but I can’t see long term surviving there in the tribulation. I do see long term dying there.
Okay, more coming in a few days!