11th Hour Preparedness
Making Choices While We Can
"The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble;
and He knoweth them that trust in Him." - Nahum 1:7
Signs of the Times:
I'm not “old” as some measure length of days but by other opinion, I'm ancient.
Still, in my 60+ years I've only known two families who actually packed up and
moved to another country for a better life. I know of another family that has done
the same, but I don't know them first hand. Noteworthy is that all three of these
families moved within the past two years.
Along the same line, I know at least eight families who either have or are in the
process of selling homes to move to what I call “deep rural” homesteads. All eight
of these families have or are doing this within the past three years. Each of these
families are God-fearing, stable, have good jobs, and are people you would want
as neighbors. None are “kooks” or could be labeled eccentric by reasonable
What drives “normal” families to leave job and home to live a self-sustained
lifestyle, far from the nearest store? A two-fold answer can be found right in the
First – there is growing concern over a supply-chain that's both fragile and
corrupt. Weak links can bring drastic changes resulting in empty store shelves.
Deception has become government-sanctioned allowing relabeling of known
harmful ingredients with new names that appear healthy. GMO labeling has been
struck down at the federal level and “honey” can be any thick and sweet
substance that a bee never touched. The new FDA “solves” problems by changing
definitions. Growing the food your family consumes, solves that problem.
Second – is a desire to distance themselves from a government that is
untrustworthy and increasingly malevolent. Waste and excessive taxation,
regulation designed to favor special interests, and a proven inability to maintain
law & order are but a few problems. As we see the coming election, choices are
poor and our future looks bleak. Families are saying “enough” and moving to
places so far off the beaten path that land is cheap, taxes affordable, and
regulation non-existent because population density is too low to merit big
A sign of the times is found on You-Tube where private Homestead channels are
enjoying record views. One channel we watch recorded just under twenty
thousand views within six hours of a new release.
Times, they are a changing.
Something to think about:
Offering thanks over my lunch, I stop to realize how trivial the “table grace” has
become for many. We take our abundance for granted and trash neglected and spoiled
food from our refrigerators, enough to feed a family in other countries. I remember
hearing the practice of Roman Generals returning from conquest. As they paraded the
conquered and plunder before cheering crowds, a servant rode with the general to
repeat a single phrase… “Fame is fleeting.” Though we may never follow a parade of
conquest, we likely will see our resources increase over time. How quickly we grow
accustom to higher wages and find ways to spend it all and never think to save against a
decline of those earnings. We look at food the same way. Whatever runs out can be
replaced by a quick dash to the store. As I contemplate the lives of so many third-world
populations existing on barely enough beans and rice to stay alive, I become sincerely
thankful for my lunch today. Some have never known any difference but the people of
Venezuela used to enjoy abundant resource before suddenly finding their grocery stores
barren. Our supply chain and economy are fragile and our government practices the
same things that led to Venezuela’s plight. Let me encourage you to offer a sincere
prayer of thanks for your dinner tonight. - Tyler
A shout-out to Washington State! I'll be at a book signing in Port Orchard on the 20th of
August. Check out our Events page for the details.
We're running short on time for preparedness but closer to venturing into homesteading.
Here's an article on something to do a bit more than just think about.
Sorry for the delay in updates: 'Days of Ragnarok: end of the gods' has been well
received and its sequel 'Realm of Ragnarok: two worlds meet' is also now available
through all major book sellers. You can avoid Amazon shipping cost by ordering
through your local bookstore (including Mardel.)
OTHER NEWS: Our CQ group is now in its fifth year and still growing. We would be
glad to help you start one at your location. As always, no cost, no obligation.
ON THE ROAD: We are available to present preparedness at any level you may need,
from storm readiness to war-zone, we all need to be prepared. Recently, we had an
extended "boil water advisory" in Corpus Christi, TX, and many found all the bottled
water resources empty. It was a wake-up call for many with the message that expected
resource may not be there when you need it.
EVENT: We will be in Washington State during the middle two weeks of August. On
the itinerary is a book signing event in Port Orchard... dates to follow.
Keep preparing. You may not be where you think you ought to be but each thing you
do, puts you in a better place than where you were.
Blessing from a storm:
The East Coast blizzard of 2016 wasn't all it was warned to be but it still sent a wake
up call for the masses. Flights were canceled, grocery shelves emptied, roads rendered
impassible, and thousands of homes are without power. Without heat, household
plumbing will freeze, perhaps burst pipes and extend the misery much longer for some.
We'll no doubt hear of looting as law enforcement is stretched too thin to respond
This is a good time to assess your readiness to weather the weather.
1. What alternate means do you have to heat your home if the power fails?
2. How much bottled water do you have on hand right now?
3. Do you have working flashlights and do you know where they are?
4. Where is you battery powered radio?
5. Do you have extra batteries for all your flashlights and radios?
6. Is there enough canned food in your house to feed everyone for several days?
7. What alternate means do you have to cook/heat food if the power goes out?
8. Do you have a supply of games, cards, and books to help pass the time waiting?
9. Just before a typical shopping day, how many meals could you serve?
10. How long do you expect it might take before services are restored after an outage?
In February 1979, my wife and I were staying with her mother in the D.C. Metro area
when nearly two feet of snow shut down everything for nearly four days. Grocery
shelves emptied in anticipation of the storm and abandoned cars hampered snow
removal on major highways. It was a mess for many but we did all right with supplies
In September of that year, hurricane Frederic shut down power to our home in Southern
Maryland for four days and being on a community well, it meant we had no water. With
a four month old and powdered formula, water is vital. Again, we got through with
plenty of stored resource.
Those who fall victim to storms and outages do so because they expect goods and
services to be always available. They fail to plan for disruptions. Don't let it happen to
you. You can turn a snowstorm into a bonus vacation. -----
A new preparedness novel is published and available through every major bookstore.
Days of Ragnarok is the gripping story of Jason and Anna Connors who return from a
reverse sail from Hawaii to discover their world has changed. Sneaking back into their
own country, they face the challenge of making provision and shelter designed for ten,
expand to serve fifty! Faith and fortitude are important tools in facing uncertain times. If
you ask for it at your bookstore you can avoid Amazon's shipping and handling. Here's
a link: Days of Ragnarok.
A preparedness lifestyle is a progressive journey that moves a person to depend less on
the national institution of supply and creates a more controlled and simple way of life. I
have identified four areas of attention: Food, Fuel, First-aid, and Firearms. There are
other groupings and certainly some areas that fall outside of these four but the “Four
-F's” are a good start.
America holds a fragile grip on its system of infrastructure. Like a 'house of cards,' if
one element falls, the rest will tumble. Think about how much of our world is
dependent on electricity, yet the system of generation and distribution of that power
(called a grid) has become overloaded and in many areas has fallen into disrepair. The
grid is showing its age as we experience seasonal 'roving blackouts,' peak usage
surcharges, and more frequent equipment failure outages. Electricity runs our bank,
grocery store, gas pump, and Internet. Every system of supply and social order is
dependent on electricity to hold it all together. What if it failed?
Urban homes keep an average four day food supply on hand. That grows to about ten
days for suburban homes and two weeks to a month for more remote rural locations. It's
clear that were our national food distribution halted, social order would start to crumble
within a week.
There is a reason why preparedness has moved from a fringe following to one of the top
ten subjects for books, television series, and business.