Here are a few things to do if you are interested in your wellbeing during the destruction that is to come.
1. Give to the poor.If there were one reason for the destruction that is coming, it would be abuse and neglect of the needy. If you are in the group who is responsible for this, nothing you do will spare you from what it coming, because God has to remove you from this earth before Zion comes. Note that "the group who is responsible for this" includes many millions of people who have no idea that they are responsible for abusing the poor. The Holy Ghost can reveal to you where Babylon begins and ends in your life if you seek that information. Know that it is very likely your robes are not clean from the blood and sins of this generation. (see latterdaydestruction.blogspot.com for a list of many of the scriptures foretelling the destruction organized by topic)
2. Come to comprehend what is coming by asking God and studying his word.If you have not read the Old Testament through, and if you have not spent considerable time praying to God to ask for an understanding of what is coming, then searched the scriptures (especially Isaiah) on these topics, you have absolutely no business proceeding in this list. There are no shortcuts in revelation, and you will need real personal revelation for what is coming. Unless you get information direct from God, no amount of preparation will help you, because any general rules are useless in particular circumstances. Go to God.
3. Question your motives.Recall that the purpose of the destruction is to humble those who have not abased themselves to the same degree as the suffering masses. If you allocate money for your own self-preservation, and neglect the poor to do so, where will you stand with God? Will all the goods and skills in the world protect you from God's judgment? Pray until you are confident that a) your preparations are to benefit those who cannot prepare for themselves for lack of resources or lack of wisdom and b) that you are adequately partitioning your means between preparations for future events and the contemporary needs of the poor. Maybe you will come up with some rule to keep things balanced.
-------Only when all these issues are addressed, read on.------
1. WaterYou will die in about 3 days or less without water. Some water will prolong your life a little. Dirty water will make you wish you were dead, and will bring about that end soon enough. You could by a water filter, but if you did you would want a portable reverse osmosis filter, as these are the only ones that can filter out all the things that can kill you. They have limited lives, and are expensive. You can store water in a variety of ways before disaster. For example, simply washing out milk jugs and refilling them is an easy and mostly-free way of slowly building up a supply. Milk jugs are nice because they are small enough to move around easily. Milk jugs aren't the safest way to store water, because they are said to leech somewhat. However, in a survival situation this will be the least of your concerns. Other options include giant blue barrels and the like.
2. FoodYou can live for around a month without food, depending on your BMI, activity level, and environment. But while starving, it is very hard to think straight, and your capacity to stay rational will be severely tested. Carbohydrates are hard to find in the wild, protein even harder, and fats the most difficult to find. Food storage before the disaster is an option. There are expensive marketed products for this end. You will find that the majority ingredient is filler, like rice. A better option is to buy plain wheat in 5 gallon buckets. Wheat is consumable as is. You can soak it overnight and eat it raw. You can always find flat rocks to grind it. It lasts for 30 years. You can sprout it, which changes the nutritional composition. It is very, very cheap. Storing protein is harder. There is enough protein in wheat to keep you alive. It is wise to learn what kinds of bugs you can eat. Bugs are usually easy to find, there are simple rules to remember on which ones you can and can't eat, and they are the best source of fat and protein in the wild other than game, which will be scarce, contaminated, and otherwise difficult to obtain in a disaster situation.
Even with adequate food and water, most of the United States contains environments that will quickly kill you if you do not learn to mitigate them. Cold, heat, and wetness are what you want to avoid. There are easy field-expedient ways of building shelters to mitigate heat. If you live in an arid environment, it is important to know how to survive in a desert. Just knowing that you should travel at night and rest in the day may save your life. Also, knowing that if you dig a ditch (with your hands in the sand if need be) parallel to the traversal of the sun in the sky you can create a shaded spot no matter whether or not there is natural cover. Wetness can cause disease in your extremities, even if it is not cold (like a southern swamp). You need to keep your feet dry and know how to create a platform above the ground to keep yourself dry. Knowing how to improvise a roof will also help keep you out of the rain. Fire making techniques will be essential if it is very humid or cold. In warm wet environments or in desert environments, it doesn't really make any sense to have a tent. You are better off using the weight for water, food, and other necessities. In the cold, there are special challenges for which you need to be aware. A fire can keep you warm, but you need to know how to start one no matter where you are and what is on hand. Even then, a naked fire in 0 degree weather won't do too much good, and will only do any good while it is still lit. Shelter making techniques will save your life, as will a portable saw and/or a good knife.
All of the above has been discussed in brief. Why? Because they are without context. In reality, if you live in a city, close to a city, in suburbs, or close to suburbs, then no amount of preparation will do you any good. Even a cursory reading of the prophecies about what is coming show plainly that no one will be able to survive in these areas. After giving to the poor, praying to understand, and searching the scriptures to understand, the number one thing you can do to prepare for what is coming is move. Yes, that is a dramatic thing to do. If you were Noah pre-flood, building a boat would be a dramatic thing to do, as well. But if you really believed God when he said the rains would come, wouldn't you do it? The Spirit overrides any wisdom of man. I know one man who was told by God to stay where he was, and he has trust in God that this is right, even if he dies because of it. I know a couple that was prompted to move to a suburb to set up a refuge for survivors. Without special revelation to the contrary, you are inviting your own ignominious death if you live in or around a city or suburb, period. You are boldly saying, "I don't believe God when he says that he is going to cause these events to occur."
If you chose to move, what should you be looking for? (All of this will change depending on the specific revelation you receive):
If you chose to move, what should you be looking for? (All of this will change depending on the specific revelation you receive):
- A place that is as little publicized as possible. Off the highway, no neighbors, no public road if possible, and in a geographic region that does not invite folks who might be travelling on foot between major cities or following geographic formations. You are looking for the kind of place you could walk right by without knowing it was there.
- Climate. I can't give specific advice on this, but consider the pros and cons of the climate. We know that there will be big changes here (enduring total darkness and also the sun getting several times brighter/hotter), but do your best. If you live in a warm environment, that means a better growing season for growing your crops, but a colder environment means a safer place, because most people will die the first winter.
- Ability to heat. Whether it is currently cold or not (changes will happen), is there abundant wood available? Is it already dry and easy to split/chop? Areas with coniferous forest will always have abundant dried, easy to collect and divide wood in the form of deadfall and the bottom branches of trees.
- Water. Although I talked about storing water above, you can pretty much forget it. You would need massive resources (think full size excavation equipment and helicopters) to create cisterns to provide enough water for a sizable group for a few years. Even then, an earthquake will take care of that. You should find places with mountain springs. That water has the best chance of continuing and remaining clean through what is to come. You can chain together very many empty milkjugs with rope and pull that nearly anywhere into the woods to use later for storage.
- Public land. It is doubtful you can afford an isolated place in the middle of the wilderness. However, BLM land exists in abundance in certain states, and it is possible to get property close by. You can't stockpile things legally on public land, but you could stockpile supplies on your own property and shuttle it elsewhere later. No one will come and get you when there is no electricity/gasoline/etc.
If you can't change location now, for whatever reason, what should you do?
- Your best bet is to construct camping packs with bare minimum survival supplies, and get in/stay in shape to the point that you can walk 16 miles or more per day. Here is a list of stuff I would put in each pack if it were me (disclosure, I don't get any money for recommending any of this):
- The biggest internal frame pack I can find. I have an 85 liter bag. I have seen a 100 liter bag. For whatever reason, civilian bags lack some of the useful features of their military counterparts, like lots of outside pockets and earth tone colors. Don't buy a neon backpack. Military bags are not engineered for comfort, and you will really want that if you have to use it. Get a civilian bag as big as you can find in earth tones with outside pockets. REI has used goods sales every first saturday of the month where customers return products they don't like and you can buy them at a steep discount.
- Firestarters. Don't bother buying little el-cheapos. You want one at least a half inch thick and 5 inches long. These throw a lot of sparks. I've never been able to start a fire with the little ones. Matches are nice, except when you run out or they get wet. Having both is not a bad idea, but a firestarter will last a whole lot longer and takes up less space. Each person in your group should have at least two. Here is an example of what NOT to buy. This is one I own.
- A good knife. Good knives don't have to be expensive. These are great. Every person in your party should have at least one good knife. You don't want crocodile dundee, but you don't want a pocket knife, either. Besides starting fires, knives are essential for working with animals, can be used to split wood, can be used to create wood shavings for starting fires, doing surgery, etc.
- A decent knife sharpener. You don't need more than two of these total for your party.
- A nice camp axe. I have not balaklavayet found one of these I like enough to recommend without reservation. You want a small to medium size head with a handle as long as possible. The reason is the weight of the axe is something that will slow you down, but necessary for power. You can make up for a lightweight axe with a longer handle, which allows a faster swing (f=ma). I have one of these, and it is a little on the heavy side, but has a nice length handle and is virtually unbreakable. I have also taken a harbor freight hatchet and replaced the handle with a full-sized handle. It is light, but the handle is bright yellow (which is bad) and the head isn't very good steal (so it dulls easily) and it isn't ground right (and I don't have a belt sander to fix that). Axes are indispensable for chopping wood, which is important for shelters and fires. They are also good for butchering game and can be used for self defense.
- The best sleeping bag money can buy. These depends on the environment where you are. The lighter and smaller-packing the better, and you can't get either for cheap. Down is great for both, but make sure it is treated or (better yet) keep it in a waterproof stuff sack and get a gore tex (also expensive) bivvy sack. The gore tex allows moisture to escape, but won't let rain in. Although this is an expensive option, it obviates the need for a tent which saves you a lot of space, weight, and also makes you much more difficult to discover to passers-by (get a camo bivvy). Try to find a sleeping bag that is earth-tone.
- One (or two) closed-cell foam sleeping mats. There are other options, but they don't really give you any benefit for the extra money. These are not optional. Without them the ground will soak up your heat and you will be very cold. (There are things you can do if you don't have them, such as cut down a bunch of spruce boughs. Sleeping on sticks isn't comfortable, it doesn't work as well, and you don't want to leave a giant sign that said that well-prepared people are in the area). In my search, I found some for $9, but I can't find those now. Note: Get a waterproof bag for them, because if they get wet they will get mildewy and nasty.
- Water. You will want to put as much water as possible into your pack. Keep an eye out for well-shaped juice bottles at the grocery store and reuse them. Rotate the water every 6 months. You want a good portion of the water accessible without having to drop or open your pack (here is where pockets come in). This way you can get a companion to access your water and vice versa so you can stay hydrated while walking without stopping. Camelback-type water dispensers don't work well with packs. They are designed for people who aren't on the run for their lives. Most require you to substantially unpack your pack to refill them.
- Water purification techniques. Remember that only reverse osmosis will totally clean water. You can get a portable RO filter, but it is going to cost you a lot of bucks. Other options include iodine tablets (partial purification), boiling (very hard to do quickly and in large batches---try a portable rocket stove), etc. There are other options, like a life straw. There is no good answer here short of the expensive portable RO filters.
- An emergency blanket. These suckers are cheap and light, but they may save your life. They will trap in 80% of body heat and weigh less than a pound. They don't allow moisture to escape, so use accordingly.
- 550-cord. You can never have enough rope. Get in bulk for good prices.
- Guns: Yes, there will be bad guys around. Yes, you will see animals that you can shoot. I am not taking a position on whether or not it would be wise to engage either. If you choose to carry guns, pick a rifle with a broad range of targets for the caliber. My choice is the AR-10, which is a 7.62 bullet. This will allow you to hunt everything from an elk (I've done it) down to a rabbit. It also is a much better people stopper that the 5.56. They are relatively inexpensive and hold up well. If you go with a pistol, remember that it sometimes takes a lot of 9mm rounds to stop a man. I would go with a .45.
- On person: If there is a chance of cold, get a really nice down jacket. Pick up a goretex cover for it, which will be useful in rain or in warmer weather. Get yourself the warmest gloves you can find. My research yielded these for warmth. They aren't the most rugged, so either get covers for them or also pick up a pair of elk mittens which are very tough and still insulated. In either case, wait for a sale or rebates. I've used these and they are cheap and nice (unless it is humid), but don't compare to the other options I've listed. El-cheapo standard gloves with poly insulation are totally worthless, don't even bother. Jeans are ok and cheap. Better is to have a form fitting underclothing and jeans. Best is to have pants designed for the outdoors, but they are pricey. If it is cold and you buy yourself insulated bibs, you will love life. But sweat is your enemy, so make sure you can significantly vent them without taking them off (side zippers). Wool sweaters are fantastic. Wool endures and keeps its heat properties even when wet. Polypro is cheap and works, but is not useful when wet. A wool watch cap (or two) is essential, and maybe even a balaclava. Wool socks are a must. Comfortable, well fitting boots are a lifesaver. I personally like the Danner brand. They are pricey, but worth it. The sticky thing with boots is that in a subzero environment, you absolutely want very insulated boots. However, those same boots will be a disaster in the summer. My solution: get the insulated boots. If you end up needing to walk in the summer, go barefoot or improvise something out of animal hide, a wool blanket, or something else. Having uninsulated boots in the winter can kill you, and will definitely make you want to die.
Of course, being mobile only helps you if you have a place to go. Think about that.
I will add to this as ideas strike me.