Hope for the best, prepare for the worst
Throughout my life, I have carried the weight of worry. Worrying about this and worrying about that. For as long as I can remember, this has always been. As a young man, I was a cub scout, boy scout, and even a US Naval Sea Cadet. These groups imparted unto me certain skills that when I reflect on them now, assured me of survival in some fashion or another. It wasn’t until our great God and Savior brought me to His Church that the worry began to diminish and be replaced with assuredness, rest, and joy. Today, I have a career built around “worry”; that is, risk. In God’s providence, He set me in a place to utilize not only my “worry” but also other gifts He has granted unto me. There are many places one can go in this chaotic world and be employed to “help” minimize risk.
Enough about me, you came here because the title of the article grabbed you (or someone sent you the link).
Orthodoxy, which is a very broad, yet narrow subject (pun intended) is certainly built around Jesus Christ and His One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church and it deals specifically with the redemption of mankind through the birth, life, death, descent into Hades, and third-day resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Our life in Christ, which is participation in Christ Himself through liturgical worship of Him in His Church can be categorized as preparedness and fulfillment. Every feast has a pre-feast, every feast is the fulfillment of that which we are celebrating. Weekly liturgical cycles are preparation for the culmination of Christian worship, that is participation in The Eucharist (Christ Himself), thus fulfilling our preparation. On a daily cycle, early morning prayers prepare us for the day and in the evening we gather together to pray Vespers and begin our fasting in preparation for Orthros and The Divine Liturgy (The Eucharist) which is the fulfillment! Preparation is built into our life in Christ and not just “spiritually” as some would say. We are participating with our entire being; Mind. body, and soul.
So, you may be asking yourself, “how does this help me prepare for the worst?” Below, you will find a short list of items and skills you will need in the case of an event. They are prioritized by importance for your convenience.
*Please understand that this information is being freely given from me to you and I am in no way responsible for your use or misuse of this information; neither the application of nor the outcome of.
Before an event
It is best to be prepared before an event happens for obvious reasons. Your top priorities should be:
These things in and of themselves will not save you, can be taken from you, and may actually kill you if you do not possess the skills to attain and maintain them. Practice “safe acquisition” of these, especially of food and water. Chances are you already have some time of habitation. Your methods for movement of your resources will vary based on the type of habitation you have; Apartment, house, etc. Try to move your resources under the cover of darkness or utilizing your garage to conceal from nosey neighbors what you are stockpiling. If you do not own a garage or lack the space to store items, utilize a friend whom you trust emphatically. As a last resort, you can rent a small storage unit close to your home and store items there.
I prefer to use the system of three (3) for the acquisition of items; That is, three (3) days, three (3) weeks, three (3) months, three (3) years. At the three (3) year mark, you are set up pretty well for self-sufficient survival. The method by which I acquire these items varies depending on availability, but generally, you can acquire two (2) of what you normally would purchase each trip you take. If you buy one (1) flat of soups from your local mega-store, buy two (2) flats. If you buy two (2) bags of flour, buy four (4), etc. Storage is another important aspect of acquisition and maintenance. A closet, under bed storage, or even racks in your garage, are suitable but remember to cover your items if they are potentially visible to the public. I also prefer to use the FIFO (First In, First Out) system for perishables. This means what goes in first is to be used first. Then you move the stock forward and put the newer purchases to the back. This is of course if you are using or pulling from your store on a daily basis.
The skills required for survival here include but are not limited to:
- Mindset of gratefulness
- Defense of person/property
- First Aid (basic EMT course would do the trick)
- Fire making
I will wrap up this article with the following information. These skills are not something you merely have, they are practiced. They are practiced with the mindset of “Always Be Ready” and when they are put to the test your mindset should be “Die First, Then Quit”.
There are many items that are not listed here, such as a generator, weapons, etc. This is specifically because you know what your needs and wants are. Need equals “I die without it”. Want equals “That would be nice to have”. Make a list of what is important to you and your family. Lists your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Strategize and make a plan to turn your threats and weaknesses into opportunities and your opportunities into strengths.
May God help us, save us, and have mercy on us +
A more thorough guide can be found here.