Skip to comments.Preparing for the End of the World: Making Your Family Tough
Posted on 11/30/2010 5:47:13 AM PST by Kartographer
In the opening article of this series I painted the following picture:
Close your eyes and imagine a world without electricity: no Fox News, no facebook, no email, no Blackberry, no cold drinks, no heat in the winter, no automobiles, no food and no way to cook it even if you had it. Its the end of the world as we know it (TEOTWAWKI) and you and your family are going to die.
Thats a pretty bleak picture. But I left you with a little hope.
I clarified it by saying: Unless, of course, you are prepared.
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You left out the worst part! to wit: “imagine a world without electricity: no Fox News, no facebook, no email, no Blackberry, no cold drinks, no heat in the winter, no automobiles, no food and no way to cook it even if you had it. Its the end of the world as we know it (TEOTWAWKI) and you and your family are NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO READ FREEREPUBLIC”
Preparedness sadly seems to be analogous to the story of two friends being chased by a bear. They don’t have to out run the bear — one just has to out run the other.
IF the SHTF, sadly much of preparedness will be about surviving The Great Die Off and The Great Civil Disorder with your life and assets marginally intact.
Lay up your treasures in heaven.
you are correct. Interesting that “prepping” is becming much more mainstream now.
I have a gun and an axe. With them I can protect family, hunt, cook, and heat.
2. The Double Tap
3. Beware of Bathrooms
4. Wear Seat Belts
5. No Attachments
6. The Skillet
7. Travel Light
8. Get a Kick Ass Partner
9. With your Bare Hands
10. Dont Swing Low
11. Use Your Foot
12. Bounty Paper Towels
13. Shake it Off
14. Always carry a change of underwear
15. Bowling Ball
16. Opportunity Knocks
17. Dont be a hero (later crossed out to be a hero)
18. Limber Up
19. Break it Up
20. Its a marathon, not a sprint, unless its a sprint, then sprint
21. Avoid Strip Clubs
22. When in doubt Know your way out
24. Use your thumbs
25. Shoot First
26. A little sun screen never hurt anybody
28. Double-Knot your Shoes
29. The Buddy System
30. Pack your stain stick
31. Check the back seat
32. Enjoy the little things
33. Swiss army Knife
Mindset, tools, supplies, skills, location an awareness must all be considered...... Tough is a result of successful work accomplished under arduous conditions IMO.
Something that can be trained for but never proven or graded unless experienced. The mental stress required to teach one to be tough is not possible when they know there is an end to the training or exercise they can abandon at any point they wish.
Like the popular survival shows....they know their friends are aware of their location an time line. No confusion or fear is present in the scenarios presented. Such is a killer that must be counted as a valid mental block to survival.
People have been talking about the end of the world since the beginning of time. Sooner or later one of you guys are going to be right.
Funny thing every year my Insurance agent talks to me into buying or up grading my Home Owners insurance in case my house burns down and yet it never happens and I hope it never does, but I am not going to stop buying the insurance just because it hasn’t happened.
That’s what I tell my husband. I swear, having an extra supply of food and necessities is anthropological or instinct for me. I have always worried about running out and times like these make me even worse.
It hasn’t helped that I’ve lived 30 minutes from the nearest store for 40 years either.
I have done prep but I am not done yet.
I wonder if there are those out there that have a little nagging voice saying “Screw it”. If it is truly TEOTWAWKI, is struggling to survive worth it?
Even if we were to build a new system from the ashes, would we only not end up in the exact same place with those that think the world owes them a living, free food and someone to wipe their rear?
I keep supplies on hand for about 3 weeks in case of a hurricane or some other natural disaster but I’m really not interested in figuring out how to survive in a Mad Max world. I’d just as soon die early and be with my Creator.
You know what this means Vern? No weight restrictions and screw the bag limit!
When I was a kid, we were all waiting for a modern future with jet packs, robots to do manual work, little to no disease etc.... Today, we are planning for a future where we have to survive like Mad Max. Do you think this is a sign of the times or just a collective fear that things can go really wrong? Just a thought.
Me too. It just makes sense. Same reason why I keep a generator and gas handy....they don't eat or drink anything. And, the scant handful of times that I've needed to use it (ice storms), we've liked the flexibility.
That having been said..... Im really not interested in figuring out how to survive in a Mad Max world
Me either. Lots of Freepers that have Armageddon fantasies, though. I think that they believe that it'll be sunshine and happiness, and occasionally manning the walls of their compounds to shoo away rampaging hordes of liberals that are trying to steal whatever they've hoarded.
'Tisn't as much fun as they'd like to imagine, I think. For instance, I've worked on a farm before, and IMHO,it's a whole lot easier to go to the grocery store, than to raise your own food. It's a lot of dammed hard work, just to eat. Never mind everything else that's needed to be self-sufficient. AND, to be well armed (and practiced, and able to walk sentry duty to protect what you've got), so that you can shoo away all of the miscreants.
Nope. No TEOTWAWKI fantasies here. I like modern conveniences.
I have one of those mugs put away in its box. Hilariously funny and soooooo true should it ever happen!!
Heaven is forever, but it’s not going away. Life on
this side of the turf is finite. I’m aiming to enjoy
it as long as possible. Death is inevitable. There
isn’t an opportunity to resume life on this side
once death moves you down the path. The
promise of eternal life and resurrection is still an
unfulfilled one. I choose not to be careless with my
Outstanding Post!! I briefly looked at the first 75 pages before printing it out but it contains much good information. It addresses many tough topics for preppers to take seriously. A toughness of mind and spirit imo is first and foremost, of which is a part of my Southern Heritage. Thanks for posting this!!
I always wondered what was going on in that mindset that caused her to always seek to have plenty stored during the years I grew up when everything was plenty and readily available. Since 9/11, Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent world events which constantly remind me of just how thin a sheet of ice we all skate on in our daily lives, I have to admit that I finally am beginning to understand some of what was going through her mind during the Depression and I've found myself acting to be prepared like she did all those many years, in the event a SHTF scenario plays out.
We look at prepping as just being prepared for any evenuality. We don’t think the end of the world is coming anytime soon but we are concerned about an “event” that might disrupt the normal distrubution of electricity, food, water etc for say even a year. If you can get the through the first year of an EMP, Solar Flare, etc you will have a chance.
I haven't quite gotten us to the point where we can do a test run and shut the electricity off for a month and see how we fare. But we're a damn sight closer than most folks we know.
Me too! And in all honesty my health wouldn't permit me to do what it would take to live in a post-TEOTWAWKI world. Where will I get my Plavix? LOL.
You've obviously never seen Les Stroud, the Survivorman.
That dumbass could easily put himself down for the dirtnap long before any of his support staff could get to him.
I like to think of him as playing russian roulette wuth a leatherman ;o)
Good thing Joseph listened to God instead of just planing on keep an extra three or four weeks of food on hand.
Oh heck no! I look at it as an adventure.
There will always be free loaders but there will be fewer if the worst happens. It will be up to the “haves” to help the “have-nots” and I won’t be helping anyone who could help themselves.
I am active in a church and it makes me furious when free-loaders have their hands out but I love helping those who just need a temporary hand up.
If you can find them order a set of The Foxfire Books.
HAVE sure spent a lot of time pondering and praying on such issues.
At some point, God has to provide, intervene . . . we lack so much capacity to do what needs done.
I think that a year to two years is a reasonable goal. Long enough to survive things like a EMP or a Solar Flare. Do I want to live in the world like ‘The Road’ no, but the world of ‘Mad Max’ isn’t that much different than that of our recent ancestors, the western pioneers who managed to tame a Continent,are you saying we should not or can not do what they did? Have Americans becomes so soft that we can not match the sacrifices of those who gave us so much? If so many you are right and we are all better off dead.
oops ... I forgot scribd requires membership.
I dont think God HAS to do anythink. History tells us that He often does NOT intervene.
He promised to never leave us nor foresake us.
And to proved all we NEEDed.
He is faithful to His promises regardless of circumstances or appearances from our perspective.
David said he’d never seen the righteous foresaken nor their seed begging bread.
I also love modern conveniences and I live on a farm, I know what it takes to put food on the table and I know how to preserve it. I too, take advantage of stores for most of my food but back in the day I grew and canned all our food and made most of our clothes just because I could, it isn’t that hard to do, my grandparents did it and had a fine life.
Prayer doesn’t replace acts.
There was a sudden flood and a man seeing the flood coming stood on the rooftop of his house. The flood water started rising and the man said “I have nothing to fear, God will save me!” He then prayed for god to save him. He waited for God to reach down and move him off the rooftop to safety but nothing happend, suddenly a raft appeared, the man on the raft said, “Sir, I have room for one more, hop on and it will bring us to safety.” The man on the roof replied, “I do not need your raft. for God will save me from this flood.”
The water continued to rise and the man keeping his faith strong in god was sure that god would save him from the flood. A man in a canoe rowed by and said, “Sir hop in this canoe, we’ll be sure to make it to safety.” However the man on the rooftop said, “For me to jump in the canoe would show I lack faith, I believe god will save me from this rooftop and not a canoe.”
Soon the water was at his waist, a man came driving by in his large boat and said, “Sir, theres plenty of room in this boat, please hop in and we’ll be safe for sure.” However staying strong in faith the man decided that god will still save him from the rooftop and he does not need a boat.
The water eventually drowned him and when he died he talked to god and said, “God why did you not save me? I kept my faith strong but you did not reply.” God then replied, “I sent you the raft, I sent you the canoe and I sent you the boat, absolutely I heard your prayers and answered them.”
I was doing some reading on an EMP and assuming there was a big enough burst at a high enough elevation that most of NA was effected the authors estimated that 90% of the population would be dead in a year. I thought that was ridiculous on it's face when I read it...and still think it's way too high...but in any case life will not be pretty in the face of such a catastophe. There will be millions of people who think they are prepared for such an event but there will also be hundreds of millions who aren't prepared to last a week. And many of those folks will descend on everyone else like packs of ravenous wolves when they get hungry enough, cold enough and scared enough. Imagine what it would be like to be stuck in Phlly or NYC when THSHTF. Once they've destroyed those cities they'll move out to the burbs and finally the countryside. Ugly scenario.
GREAT PREP MANUAL.
Note, Amils, Preterists, Postmils, REPLACEMENTARIANS were pinged as a courtesy in case some of them have been paying enough attention with the newspaper in one hand and Bible prophecies in the other to be awake enough to
BEGIN at this late stage to get their families ready for what’s looming on the near horizon.
The rest of them are welcome to go back to sleep . . . perhaps practicing the fetal position as they sleep.
Hint, the North Korean etc. noises are more than hot air noises. These blokes:
REALLY HAVE assigned the NK’s a key trigger role in lighting off the WWIII festivities. God knows the timing and when He will allow it to get rolling.
That it WILL GET ROLLING in the NOT DISTANT future, in a big way, is not the LEAST bit in doubt. Not in the least.
If folks pretending to have brains, eyes, ears, observing the shifting puzzle pieces are still willfully blind, they may well deserve the worst of what’s ahead to hit them hard upside the head. However, I doubt their families have all earned the same hard consequences for willful UNBiblical ignorance.
Folks who choose to DISBELIEVE The Bible about this looming period being the worst the world HAS EVER KNOWN AND EVER WILL KNOW
either don’t believe the Bible is the Word of God
or have turned off too big a percentage of their brains to make sense of the evidence.
In those cases, God have mercy on all who depend on such clueless ones for anything.
Yep. Local library had them. I took notes. ;-)
I FIERCELY AGREE WITH YOU.
Perhaps you’ve noticed my screaming, waving my arms and colorful posts attempting to wake folks on FR up for more than 10 years.
Thanks for you kind words about my manual. As you know since you downloaded it, it is heavily based upon the LDS Preparedness Manual as compiled by Brother Christopher M. Parrett who gathered together the works of many different authors from the public domain of the Internet over the course of many years. I have edited and added some information not in his original. I also rewrote parts so that the manual is more generically direct toward those of all Christian faiths, but in many cases I have left quotes from the Book of Mormon, so be warned if you are easily offended, but words of praise for God never offend me no matter what tongue they are written in. I have heard from a number of Saints that have passed on my manual to non-Saint friends and neighbors just for that reason. It allows them to give them information on preparing themselves without feeling pressed to join the church. And now Brother Parrett tells me that he is revamping the LDS Preparedness Manual and parts of my manual are making their way into his update.
Of course as I stated....yet he KNOWS it will be over in less than 7 days. Even in the arctic shows he had a rifle due his position on the critter food chain.
I can sit under a tree , drink from puddles an live under a debris hut for 7 days if I KNOW my ride out will be there at 0700 local
The fear an unknown factors are not present. Thus the missing part one must overcome that proves one ......tough.
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