Are we ready for the changes predicted to come?
FROM THE DEMENTEDMIND OF BEAR
When nearly every ancient to modern prophecy
touches upon serious natural and man made disasters
allegedly to occur in our near future, we ought
to at least consider how we might handle local
and worldwide disasters.
Nostradamus, the Mayan calender, Edgar Casey,
Oriental tri-grams, Bible code, and many more
claim Dec. 21,2012 to be a culminating point of
a whole lot of tremendous survival struggles mankind
If we should remain un-empathetic, relying on
our federal and state governments to take care
of us should disasters fall upon us, think again.
Where were the feds when hurricanes devastated
the Gulf Coast? Thousands of communities in that
area struggle even today with recovery attempts.
Where were the good people of the world when
we all heard of the genocide in African and Asian
countries? Darfur suffers even today, decades
Listen to any media broadcast today about present
corruption and greed problems in government, and
there'll always be a so-called expert who will
deny any foreboding claims.
When health experts finally got around to doing
battle with tobacco companies thirty years or
so ago, the wealthy tobacco companies produced
hundreds of so-called experts and scientists claiming
tobacco was NOT addicting and posed minimal health
Today, tobacco companies still make a hefty profit
from their continuing sales and marketing ventures.
Our federal government redefined the definition
of "torture", and applied varying torture techniques
on alleged terrorists in order to obtain information
that would "save thousands of American lives."
When the rest of the world rejected American
ways because they saw us following the "Dark side
of the the force", we scoffed at them. After all,
it was for "our own protection" that we took to
the new practices.
History repeats itself, great nations rise, expand,
and then get too prideful and go away, becoming
just another chapter in the history books.
If history does tend to repeat itself, read the
scriptures and see how mankind formed and maginified
prideful, non-empathetic nations. According to
these scriptures, God, as most good fathers do,
let His kids get naughtier and naughtier until
they got a bit too big for their britches. Then
He came down on them with fury.
Maybe we are a bit too big for our britches now.
And maybe we are soon to feel the pains of a good
Whatever the origin of what is to come in our
near future, it's not very difficult to see how
it can't be a glorious thing.
Take a moment, relax, and picture a mega-disaster
having happened. Let's say it's a global earthquake
of immense magnitude.
Roads are so broken up that none are passable.
There's no electrical lines standing anywhere.
No television, no commercial radio, and no help
is coming from the outside of your community.
All you have is your neighbors, what supplies
you have on hand, and whatever survival skills
you have learned and must now use to help one
Let's face it. It doesn't take much for what
we perceive as security to fall apart, leaving
us to each fend for ourselves.
A global earthquake (which scientists now say
has happened in the earth's past more than once)
is but one of nature's disasters that could affect
our lives without notice.
Now, take just a few moments to consider what
you would need if such a disaster DID fall upon
you and your family.
An old mountain man saying tells it all, "The
measure of a man is not how many conveniences
he can gather to himself in his life, but how
few he needs to be satisfied."
I am no survival expert. I'm just an ordinary
guy like most others who love and care for their
family and friends.
I plan on continuing my research and sharing
what I learn through these pages. I don't intend
to lead anyone to worry about what will or will
not happen. But only share what my research uncovers
and could very well mean survival for the few
who heed my warnings and prepare for what could
Preparedness is the key to everything. When you're
prepared, the old saying takes meaning, "What
don't kill ya will make ya stronger."
Now, what do we need to survive any disaster?
The ancient list of basic elements: Air, water,
wind and fire cover it well.
You can stay alive only a few minutes without
breathable air. You can live for a couple of days
without water, a few weeks without food, and probably
not for a year without shelter (we can put shelter
under the heading Earth as it's the forces of
earth and the blessings of earth that provides
shelter.) And fire is important for purifying,
preparing useful food and other necessary things
we'll learn about.
Air is a gimme. You either have breathable air
or you're dead. We'll research methods of primitive
filtering and masks in future articles.
Water is next in importance. It is recommended
that we have 2 liters of water for each person
in the household for each day we plan to be on
That's a lot of water if things get really bad.
But in a big disaster you're not going to be able
to turn on your faucet and get clean, pure water.
No elecricity means no pumps (unless you've got
an old hand-pump on your well for emergencies).
We'll research water purification methods in
future articles. Sufficeth to say now that the
best method of purification for ground water is
to boil 5 minutes per gallon. That will kill any
deadly bacteria and the loose particles will settle
to the bottom of the container.
Water purified by boiling won't taste much like
the water we are used to drinking. As a matter
of fact, it's pretty tasteless.
Another water purification method is to place
the water in a clear container, shake it up so
as to aerate, and set it in direct sunlight for
at least 6 hours. Again, it will end up pretty
tasteless; but as with emergency food supplies
nourishment, not flavor, is what we need.
We'll research and tell you of other simple purification
methods in future articles.
Food is next on our list. As we all know, starvation
isn't a pleasant method of dieing. If you go without
food for just a few days your body will get so
weak that scrounging food becomes difficult. Not
only that, but your immunity to infections will
decrease dramatically and be dangerously low.
Most folks in the rural Northwest keep food supplies
so that they have ample supplies that can sustain
them for weeks, even months. We'll research wild
foods, how to find them and how to prepare them.
If a major diaaster strikes your locality and
your home remains standing, thank the Lord for
a great blessing. But should the time come that
you have to leave for safety sake, we'll be researching
the best "go-sacks", a backpack filled with the
necessities for comfortable living in the wilderness
or at home in the event of disaster. Also methods
of improvising shelter from the elements.
Starting a safe fire and maintaining it we'll
cover in future articles as well. Ask yourself
now, "If there should be a mega-quake and everything
I now have is suddenly gone, can I build a shelter
and a fire with what I have on hand?"
As I've already said, fire is necessary for purifying
water, preparing food, and to maintain a comfortable
temperature in cold weather. In a mega-disaster
you won't be able to fire up the electric or gas
stove, and inless you have a good fireplace in
your home and an ample supply of dry wood, you're
going to get awfully cold until you get some kind
of fire built.
And if you have to leave home, you'll be wanting
fire starting materials in your go-sack.
We'll research and tell you about these things
in future articles.
Our prayers are that near-future disasters predicted
by so many are only fantasy. But the bottom line
is that if we live long enough on this old earth
we will eventually be faced with a disasterous
time when nature seems to revolt against us. And
if not, then our children or our children's children.
So why not be prepared should such bad times
come upon us. It doesn't take a whole lot of work
to prepare our families for harsh times. We can
learn, and we can teach and share with one another
the things that can turn a disaster into a great
and wonderful adventure.
For now, the simplest advice is to store a bit
of water in or near home, buy a few extra cans
of nourishing foods when you shop and keep in
an emergency supply stash. And discuss emergency
plans with neighbors and community leaders so
that in times of dire need the entire community
might be able to work together instead of against
one another for a more sensible and comfortable