(Continued from Part 1 — End-Times Survival Guide.)
4. Survival Necessities: Supplies, Tools and Skills
In case of the event of an economic collapse or blackout scenario, it’s recommended to have a minimum of six months of supplies prepared. Make sure you have enough food and other survival essentials properly stored and well-hidden. You also need a reliable source of water, and the means to make it safe to drink. Keep in mind, tools and gear should be light, portable and durable. Invest in quality American-made products that you can depend on when the going gets tough.
• Firearms: Guns prove to be the greatest asset in any survival situation. Owning a firearm gives us optimal protection and the ability to hunt more efficiently. I recommend investing in a short barreled rifle; you need something powerful and intimidating yet versatile for different situations. If you buy a scope, think about getting a light amplification or thermal night vision scope; it’s nice to see what’s hiding in the dark—plus—hunting at night has it’s advantages. It’s also a good idea to have a back-up pistol and of course a gun cleaning kit.
• Ammunition: Cartridges are the money of the future; make sure you invest in a currency that is most widely accepted. Choose a caliber that is easy to come by; 9mm is the most common, and it is inexpensive and lightweight. Have some hollow-point ammunition in your arsenal too.
• Water: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend storing one gallon of water per person per day; one half gallon is to drink and the other half is for hygiene purposes; if you have animals, factor their needs as well. It would be wise to invest in a quality water filter and collect rainwater if you can.
• Food: Store non-perishable organic foods that are healthy and easy to prepare: rice, pasta, flour, beans, oatmeal, canned foods, dehydrated meals, salt and spices, honey, sugar, coffee, herbal teas, almond milk, dried fruit, crackers, energy bars, hemp seeds, hemp protein powder, cacao powder, cooking oil and most importantly: peanut butter.
• Medical Supplies: Wean yourselves from pharmaceuticals if you are dependent on these kinds of medications—instead—choose natural solutions for finding remedy. Maintain your health by taking multi-vitamin supplements and drinking plenty of fluids. Always be prepared for trauma situations and keep a well-stocked inventory of medical supplies. Here’s how your medical inventory should look: medical manual, professional medical kit, first responder field kit, bleeding control kit, Israeli bandages, extra gauze and bandage wraps, extra medical tape, sanitizer gel and wipes, cotton balls and Q-tips, rubbing alcohol, antibiotic ointment, antihistamines, antidiarrheal treatment, pain killers, organic multi-vitamin supplements, cold medicine, thermometer, surgical scissors, medical gloves, and a bulb syringe.
• Tools: It is imperative to have the most basic survival tools ready. Have at least one full tang survival knife with guided field sharpener, an ax or hatchet, a multi-tool, a hand saw with replacement blades and a folding shovel; you will also need a pair leather work gloves. Don’t enter the wild ill-equipped.
• Backpack: Create a practical carry-system to transport gear and supplies. Invest in a quality, military-grade, modular pack system and customize it to your needs. Get a dependable backpack that can withstand the elements and carry heavy loads without breaking your back.
• Portable Shelter: Having proper shelter is crucial for survival in the wilderness; make sure you have the following: a light-weight tent and extra stakes, plastic tarps, heavy-duty trash bags, paracord, an emergency bivvy, survival blankets and a water-resistant insulated sleeping bag.
• Rain Gear: Keep your gear dry; have multiple waterproof carry options available; take into account items such as paper documents, electronics, fire-starter and ammunition when configuring your setup. Have a rain cover for your pack and a poncho for your back. Also, there are many chemical solutions for waterproofing your clothing and gear.
• Portable Stove: A portable stove allows you to cook more conveniently and heat your shelter from the inside. Having a stove is optional, but definitely something to consider depending on your needs.
• Cookware: It wouldn’t hurt to have some basic camping cookware and utensils: pot, pot holder, canteen, mug and thermos. Titanium cookware is the most durable and lightweight.
• Communications: In the case of a blackout event, communications will be knocked out completely. Having an emergency hand crank radio will ensure that you stay connected to the world—and if you can afford. Invest in a pair of FRS, GMRS, or MURS band walkie-talkies. Make sure they are waterproof and rechargeable. (Preferably via USB.)
• Fire Starter Kit: Have the essentials for making fire: fuel and tinder, a carpenter’s pencil sharpener for collecting wood shavings, a couple of striking rods, waterproof matches, wind proof lighters and flares. Keep your fire starter kit dry and accessible.
• Alternate Power Source: Be prepared to go off-grid; find an on-the-go solution for charging electronics; invest in a portable photovoltaic panel system and charging station.
• Lighting: Let there be light! Have plenty of options for lighting: candles, oil lamps, head lamps and at least one high lumen lithium ion flashlight.
• Batteries: Make an inventory of your electronics that require batteries and prioritize them based on their necessity of use; have enough of the right-sized batteries for the electronics that are most important. Proper waterproof storage of batteries should also be a concern, especially when in the field.
• Shoes: Keep your feet warm, clean, and dry. Invest in some quality hiking boots and have plenty of wool socks ready; a good pair of boot gaiters will also be much appreciated.
• Toiletries: Have the toiletries you need to maintain good personal hygiene. Toilet paper will become a prized commodity during times of crises; consider using a lab safety wash bottle as an alternative to cleaning your backside.
• Navigation: Don’t get lost; buy a military-grade compass and always have a map of your surrounding area. GPS navigators won’t be of much use if there’s an EMP attack. Instead, learn to depend on more traditional navigation methods.
• Maintenance and Repair: Be prepared for quick fixes on the field: duct tape, zip ties, super glue, epoxy glue, sewing kit, etc.
It is said that wisdom without knowledge is like a king without his crown. It does not matter how well-prepared you may think you are—if you don’t have the right knowledge—then you have no chance for survival. We must educate ourselves now while we still have opportunity. Develop the necessary skills for survival and self-reliance.
Fire starting is one of the most primitive skills that we must master as a survivalist.
• Be able to distinguish different kinds of trees and know their uses.
• Know how to find tinder and kindling even in the most harsh weather conditions.
• Specialize in primitive techniques for making fire without using a lighter or matches.
• Learn how to make a long-log fire.
After you’ve made a fire, it’s time to build your shelter. A shelter protects you from the elements, insects and enemy observation.
• I recommend learning different tarp shelter setups for bushcraft and camping; they are the most simple yet effective solution for providing a survival structure.
• Prepare all the tools and materials necessary for building your desired structures.
• Have an emergency bivy, tarps, paracord, heavy duty garbage bags and a couple of survival blankets with you at all times.
It’s important to know how to hunt proficiently for obvious reasons; the survivalist depends on his hunting skills for food.
• Be knowledgeable of wild edibles.
• Learn how to make survival weapons for hunting.
• Learn different trapping methods.
• Have a small fishing kit packed.
Cooking is a skill that can not be overlooked by the survivalist. We must know how to prepare, cook and preserve food properly in an outdoor environment.
• Learn how to skin, gut, quarter and de-bone different game species.
• Have the proper storage for perishables and a meat bag for game.
• Keep multiple knives and a portable bone saw.
• Know how to cook on an open fire.
• Make sure you have plenty of spices packed in your bug out bag.
The goal of the survivalist is to be self-reliant; gardening is key to claiming our independence.
• Have the basic gardening tools: gloves, a small gardening shovel and handheld pruning shears.
• Always keep a supply of seeds.
It’s important to have basic way-finding skills as a survivalist; know your surroundings.
• Learn how to navigate by the stars, moon and other signs in nature.
• Know how to properly forecast weather.
• Keep at least two waterproof compasses in your inventory.
It’s good to be able to protect yourself in a combat situation.
• Combat training builds confidence and endurance.
• Teach your family how to defend themselves.
• Find a boxing gym (or dojo) and get pounding.
Get some basic medical training and prepare yourselves mentally and emotionally for trauma situations. It’s also good to keep a book on herbs and natural remedies handy.
• Neem oil is perfect for repelling parasites and other insects
• Clove oil relieves the pain of toothaches
• Turmeric powder promotes overall healthy body functions.
• Milk thistle and dandelion can save you from liver disease.
—Strictly follow these guidelines to ensure your survival for the end-times—
“Do your best, prepare for the worst; then trust in God to bring victory.” ~ King Solomon
The day of our Lord is on arrival—until that day comes—give all your blood, sweat and tears to help save the lives of your family; don’t sit around and expect God to do all the work. Be watchful and prepare diligently to ensure the safety and survival of your family during the end-times. Through Christ Almighty, we are more than conquerors and evil has already been defeated. Make sure you know who your master is and get ready for the final battle.
It’s time to take a stand; live an honest life and you will undoubtedly know the truth, which is the way and the light that leads to Ultimate Salvation. God bless all those who walk in truth; in His Son’s name we pray: Jesus Christ! Yahusha Hamashiach!
Please read: Luke Chapter 21