Survival Stashes 2
As I wrote in the last Post “Survival Stashes 1” we, the Body of Christ, must prepare for the Tribulation Period. Whether the Great Consummation begins tomorrow or ten years from now, we need to be prepared for an extended period of survival with anonymity.
The following information is an extension of the previous Post – offered to the common/average Christian and their family. The rich and powerful will likely be fully prepared long before the Beast hits the fan.
Therefore, the following lists and concepts are primarily presented with an eye towards the less financially established. We are to be Christians helping Christians. So, start helping each other by preparing together today!
Each survival stash should be stored in a water-tight container that can be buried for long periods. Your survival stash should provide but not be limited to the following types of supplies and items. It is advantageous to keep winter survival stashes below 5,500 feet in elevation in case a stash needs to be accessed before spring thaw. The following list is only cursory. Build your survival stash sites according to your wants and needs.
- several water purifiers and purification tablets or kits—for example, tincture of iodine 2 percent or better with a knowledge of how to use the iodine
- at least one heavy cast-iron Dutch oven with lid, skillet with lid, coffee- or teapot with lid
- several metal pails with handles
- a variety of long-term food resources, including vitamins and minerals (vitamin C staves off scurvy; iron helps to prevent anemia and weakness, and so on)—think survival first but not just survival
- alcoholic beverages: liquors, whiskey, wine, and so on, for their numerous uses
- learn to make bread from scratch using natural grains
- a multitude of blankets, sleeping bags, and jackets, along with winter and summer clothing
- baby supplies
- Bibles, which may or may not be outlawed by the time the Great Consummation begins
- weapons for hunting (weapons should be placed in survival stashes with adequate ammunition and cleaning supplies to maintain the equipment)
- bows with arrows, providing a near-silent hunting environment though more skill is required
- knowledge of how to preserve or jerk meats using a smokehouse
- fishing and trapping equipment
- fish traps for streams and rivers
- knives for skinning and cleaning a kill
- salts for preserving and seasoning meats
- knowledge of how to make fire from scratch
- seeds for vegetables (learn about mini and survival gardens—a large garden will likely attract unwanted attention)
- Make numerous mini-gardens, two to four feet across and spread out in natural formations over larger areas. You must map or GPS garden locations.
- small lights, lamps, or lanterns with fuel and containers
- comprehensive medical kit, including medicines, bandages, antiseptics, anesthetics, sutures with needles, scalpels and sharp surgical cutting tools, antihistamines, dental floss, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and so on
- emergency medical kits
- personal medications and treatments
- solar battery packs/chargers with a crank
- solar-powered radio
- numerous compasses
- fire-starting equipment, including matches and lighters of all kinds
- rain slickers and ponchos
- tarps of various sizes
- items for barter—small, trade-able items (emergencies may require the group to trade with people who have received the Mark of the Beast, and the only way to buy or sell may be with valuable trade-able goods)
- gold jewelry, other jewelry items, art, weapons, tools of any kind
The survival stashes are not just for your own personal needs; rather, survival supplies need to consider a few personal wants when possible, as well as general needs. When possible, the survival stashes should provide some moral support, as well as supply every member in the group with those things the person genuinely needs to survive, for example, items the individual cannot physically live without, such as blood-pressure medicines. As you can see from the list, the survival stashes will
require significantly more resources than the simple list contains. The more people in a group, within reason, the more people there will be to share the financial and physical load for each survival stash location. Each survival stash must comprise numerous weather-sealed containers capable of being buried for several years without suffering harm. How tragic it would be to need the supplies and find every container destroyed by water or a cave-in from surrounding earth. Whatever else the stash containers are, they must be reliable.
Your group of survivalists must consist of people you trust with your life and the lives of your family and friends. Preferably, the members of your group have become lifelong friends while obtaining the survival skills necessary for the tasks and terrain ahead. Some of the skill sets you and your family have gained should fall in line with the necessary skills listed here. Think about the skill set needed for surviving in your area and with your group of Christians.
- hunters, people who know the wildlife, terrain, and skills for hunting the seasonal animals while traversing the landscape in your areas
- farmers, people educated in gardening and gathering nature’s indigenous bounty
- doctors and medical personnel with the various skill sets needed for survival
- medics, nurses, EMTs, paramedics—anyone with sufficient medical skills and knowledge
- mountaineers, people with the knowledge of local terrain
- cooks who can do a lot with a little (Good food breeds hope and encourages faith).
- herbalists or wild plant specialists, those educated in local flora and fauna
- effective leaders and security personnel who will follow the leadership’s directions
- diehard Christian leaders whom others will want to follow while surviving
- individuals who can survive on their own but chose to serve the Body of Christ instead
- friendly, compassionate Christians who want to serve each other and the Lord
- strong, fighting men committed to Christ and peace in the Lord
- strong-willed, godly women submitted to their husbands and families, willing to serve the group as well as Christ
Develop a go code and a gathering spot or two in case things begin abruptly. It is important to practice packing up and heading out to the first survival location. Only fully committed Christians are acceptable in your survival group. After several weeks, lukewarm Christians will likely quit and return to their homes in the city. A short period after their return home, local officials will pressure the weak-minded believers into divulging locations of family and friends. Such information will eventually lead to the death or incarceration of you and your family. Depending on the nation or people in question, diehard Christians will be returned to the city where they will be imprisoned or put to death. True Christians will be captured or killed for trusting weak-minded pseudo-Christians.
No matter the reason, true Christians cannot allow pseudo-Christians weak in faith to join their survival group. Scripture indicates believers will be betrayed even by parents, brothers, sisters, other relatives, and friends and eventually put to death (Luke 21:16 NIV).
Even before the need arises to leave your current location, always have the next location mapped out and scouted before arriving. It is important to limit who knows about the other locations. Practice emergency meetings where you discuss bugout locations with your group and work with survival equipment. Be careful whom you trust. Never reveal bugout locations to those outside of your group. Establish a standard code of conduct for everyone before the Great Consummation has begun. Require everyone to sign off on the group rules. Remember, fear prompts an overly protective response in most people. Natural human responses can cause problems; be wise. Discuss and define punitive measures for moral infractions, such as stealing and hording of food or group resources from other members. Establishing such measures and guideline before any crisis begins should help provide stability during any time of trouble or discord. Draw clear lines of communication and authority. Be firm but fair, and frequently pray together as a group.
Lastly, trust the Lord. For in trusting the Lord there is peace.
May God be with you and yours from now until we meet at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
Steven R. Harrel
 Daniel 11:32–35.
 Daniel 11:32–35.