The Key to Surviving a Worst-Case Scenario

Death happens. And in a world filled with war and economic turmoil, a single oversight could mean death for you and your family. What is the key to surviving in a worst-case scenario?

The key is to take action now.

It will be too late to take action later. So, what action should you take today? Here are four things that are especially important.

1. Get Knowledge

Many read my articles and articles like them because they know they need constant reminders that things are bad. In a world filled with deception, this is a valid reason to keep up on news related to the economy and its weak state. But this knowledge should only make you prepare. It won’t help you once you’re in a survival situation. You need survival knowledge, too. In particular:

a. You need to know how to purify water. Your stock of filters won’t last forever.

b. You need to know how to grow food. Do you have bags of seeds in a box, but you don’t know how to get the seeds to germinate? Can you imagine how miserable it would be to die with perfectly fine, ungerminated seeds in the field? That’s awful. And getting seeds to germinate is just the beginning. Do you know where to plant them? How to prevent disease? When to harvest them? How to collect and store more seeds for the following year? And so on.

c. You need to know how to preserve and store food without refrigeration. Have you actually practised canning foods? Pickling veggies? Dehydrating fruits? Smoking meat? You can’t expect everything to go right the first time you try these things. So try them now, and get some experience before you actually need to do this in a survival setting.


d. You need to know how to make and maintain a fire. This may sound ridiculous, but a surprising number of Americans haven’t even been camping. How are you going to cook and keep yourself warm if you can’t manage a fire?

e. Do you know how to manage your health without a fully-stocked, 24-hour pharmacy around the corner? Do you know anything about medicinal herbs, for instance? Or how you would manage a child’s fever? Know what you would do if or when something goes wrong with your health in a survival setting.

f. You need to know how to do something valuable in a world that doesn’t revolve around 21st century technology. A new economy will emerge, and you need to have something to contribute to it. Can you build furniture? Farm? Sow? Repair shoes? Make thread? Hunt? You don’t have to know everything. You just need something that puts you in a strong position when you need to generate an income, barter, or contribute to the well-being of your community.

Americans are used to buying their security. They buy everything they need, and they’re tempted to try to survive a worst-case scenario by buying their way out of it. “Buy 5-years of storable food,” etc. Good luck with that. Survival storage may be a good way to allow you to gradually adjust to a new way of life. But it can’t beat knowledge. Knowledge gives you the ability to generate an endless supply of the things you need. A basement filled with storage supplies is a crutch — you may need it at times, but you better hope you don’t need it forever.

2. Find a Community You Can Trust

There’s a reason humans always build societies. It is natural to us, and we can only flourish in an social setting. You can’t think of your neighbors as enemies to be shot if they come begging for food. They need to be allies in hard times. If everyone distrusts each other, there’s no happy ending to all of this — guaranteed. So, you should put yourself in a situation today where you can be confident that the people next door won’t be a threat to you.

In most cases, this means get out of cities now. I’ve met people who live in cities because of their jobs. And they have elaborate plans to escape the cities and live in caves or rural forests with their “bug out bags” when it is “SHTF” time. Right. Keep dreaming.

The guy who has a chance lives in a rural home with trustworthy neighbors who are already somewhat self-dependent and capable of farming, hunting, fishing, canning, etc., on their own. A community like that can lose power for a decade, and they just lose conveniences.

Everybody else? They’re toast.

3. Be in a Good Location

I already alluded to this when I said rural neighbors are better than urban ones in times of crisis. But there’s more to choosing a location than neighbors. You also need to consider resources (water, food, fishing, climate) and hazards (nearby military bases, nuclear power plants, upstream dams, etc.).

You can take steps to make your current property a better location by saving resources (e.g., water storage), improving the quality of the soil, and protecting yourself against climate problems (e.g., building a greenhouse). But you can’t relocate an upstream dam or a nearby nuclear power plant. And you can’t keep a militarized police or a gang of criminals from beating down your door, if you’re in a location where that’s likely to happen.

For many people, relocation should be taken very seriously. Where should they go? I recommend South America. The U.S. is clearly going to be directly under wrath of God. (It already is.) Finding a genuinely safe place to live in the U.S. is nearly impossible, with its hundreds of nuclear power plants, remarkably powerful government, a surveillance state in place, and so on. The entire continent of South America only has three nuclear power plants, and the strongest governments in the region can’t easily control people outside of major urban centers.

But if you can’t get out of the U.S. or Europe, then find a place with the most resources and least hazards — and pray a lot. (You should pray a lot wherever you’re at.)

4. Have Faith in Christ and Repentance Towards God

You need faith in Christ and repentance towards God. The world is under the judgement of God right now. While both Christians and unbelievers can die in these times, the Christians can die with a clear conscience towards God, and enjoy eternal life. But if God is angry and judging the world, you can be sure he’ll hunt down his enemies even if they’re a mile deep in a bunker. And people who don’t have faith in Christ are God’s enemies. When he hunts them down, he may save some of their souls by giving them repentance. But most, almost certainly, will perish.

It is a godless age. And that’s why these things are coming upon the world. Vile sexual immorality, perversion, lies, murders, abortion, pornography, institutionalized theft, lying pastors and churches, and on and on. There’s no reason to continue in this nonsense. If you want to survive what’s eventually coming — and probably coming in the next few years rather than decades — then Christ is your only hope. And if Christ is your salvation, then temporary survival in this life becomes far less important anyway.

In the end, the key to surviving a worst-case scenario is to get ready starting now — today. Stop spending all your time reading about how scary the future will be, and start making the preparations you need to make in order to make it less frightening. Place your faith in Christ, relocate if you can, develop trusting relationships with your neighbors, and gain hands-on knowledge of the skills you’ll need in a survival situation.

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