Imagining the day that an apocalypse could happen is downright horrifying. Our world would be flipped upside down and we’d have no idea how to function. How do we eat? Does money still matter? What will we do without Instagram? In reality, we’d likely die before figuring out any of those things. The Amish, on the other hand, could probably go on relatively unaffected. With about 300,000 Amish citizens across the United States, they’ll be the ones laughing when they outlive us all. (READ MORE)
As the new year dawns on us, the first horrible news is already out for the year. Scientists are predicting a massive increase in the number of large earthquakes in 2018. Scientists have found an alarming link between slowing seismic activity of Earth and an increase in the number of surface tremors. There are periods where minute fluctuations in the speed of Earth’s rotation cause a change in the length of days and nights. These changes add up and cause a period of measurably slower speed in Earth’s rotation around its own axis. It is believed these changes could trigger increased seismic activity. A team of researchers from University of Colorado (CU) in Boulder found during the past 100 years, Earth’s slowdowns have correlated surprisingly well with periods with a global increase in magnitude 7.0 and larger earthquakes. (READ MORE)
An exercise designed to prepare the US for a high-tech end-of-days scenario has just ended in preparation for a threat that is growing as America’s enemies focus on these attacks that could cripple America. Government efforts in this area are increasing and as one expert put it, “It is not a matter of ‘if, but a matter of ‘when’”. On Wednesday, an invitation-only exercise called EarthEX 2017 was held by the Electric Infrastructure Security Council (EIS) Council to prepare for what experts are calling ‘Black Sky’. Black Sky events are any catastrophes, man-made or natural, that disrupt the normal functioning of society and its necessary infrastructures in multiple regions for extended periods of time. This can include extreme weather, mega earthquakes, cyber terrorism, and high altitude electromagnetic pulse (EMP). (READ MORE)
Thomas and Nita Horn own a publishing house, have eight grandchildren and live on a ranch in rural Missouri.
Tom, a semi-retired minister considers himself a reasonable man with a well-balanced outlook on the future.
But since September 11, 2001, he and his wife Nita have been stockpiling emergency supplies and encouraging others to do the same.
“Following 9-11 and Hurricane Katrina it was abundantly clear that it is dangerous and even naive to expect government agencies to swoop in to save everybody in the event of a major emergency,” Horn explained. “But in 2017 we learned things are getting much worse for disasters, with the last 12 months being one of the most destructive and costliest years in our history, including three major hurricanes—Harvey, Irma and Maria—not counting tornado outbreaks across the Midwest, flooding in Missouri and Arkansas and wildfires across California that are still burning. Now we are hearing from federal authorities that it is only a matter of time – when, not if – a catastrophic event could make all these pale by comparison. Experts have placed even-odds on a terrorist attack using a weapon of mass destruction (WMD) inside the United States within the next five years and our military is ramping up now for what could turn into a nuclear war.”
Horn, a veteran minister of over 40 years and owner of SkyWatch TV and Defender Publishing is part of a growing trend where regular people—doctors, mechanics, laborers, receptionists and others—are preparing to survive should a natural or man-made disaster strike.
Theirs is not an extremist community hole up in underground shelters teaching bizarre or cultic ideas.
These “preppers” (as they are called) are regular folks that have seen what is happening since 9-11, experienced their 401(k)s falling apart as the economy soured, witnessed the aftermath of back to back natural disasters, which only seem to be more intense and frequent, and decided to take the future into their own hands.
“These are average people holding down regular jobs who understand the world is not the idealistic place they might have once thought,” Horn said. “The proliferation of weapons technology in the hands of terrorists and recent unusual weather patterns have made them aware how things can suddenly go wrong. They are preparing to survive whatever may come.”
Avoiding the run on supplies
SkyWatch COO Joe Ardis started out ten years ago pulling stock from the company’s online warehouse shelves. He recalls what happened in 2001, when the nation was gripped with panic and survival merchandise suppliers were inundated and ran out of stock in one day.
“It was a nightmare getting services and products,” Joe said. “The number-one supplier of emergency food was receiving 10,000 orders per day and within one week was back-ordered for over six months. At the radiological laboratory where we get Potassium Iodide Tablets (Potassium Iodide shields the thyroid from radiation damage in the case of nuclear contamination), the U.S. military flew in and purchased every tablet KI4U had in stock – millions of pills – leaving the public without a supplier for some time.”
Joe explains how the lessons of 9-11 led the private investors he works for to form the wholesale emergency supplies outlet SkyWatchTVStore.com in order to amass in a single-source platform what the public needs to stock up on before another crises occurs.
Business has been booming for such companies lately, with long-term storage food producers and survival gear manufacturers shipping product as fast as they can make them, testament to the result of a growing body of people agreeing on the need to prepare before something happens and stores sell out again.
Being prepared to survive under a variety of scenarios including a layoff, severe weather, global pandemic or terrorist attack is just common sense say Church leaders.
Some preppers foresee a time they call TEOTWAWKI, an acronym that means “the end of the world as we know it.”
Horn says, “It is wise council when preachers advocate disaster readiness to their flock. The Book of James measures faith by personal action, and Hebrews 11:7 describes true faith this way: ‘By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear and prepared an ark to the saving of his house.’
“God told Noah that He would destroy the earth by a flood. He gave Noah instructions on how to be prepared so that he and his family could survive. Noah didn’t know when the flood would come, only that it was prophesied, and he prepared for it. When the Flood arrived, he was ready. His faith in and obedience to God’s word, his survival instincts, and ultimately his preparedness actions saved his family and preserved the human race.”
Horn believes the parallel between Noah and today is worth noting. “As it was in the days of Noah,” he cites Luke 17:26-27 concerning the last days. “Noah’s actions should define the modern believer’s responsibility, including the need for spiritual and physical preparedness.”
Like many of you, I grow a huge garden, preserve my harvest to enjoy over the winter, and go shooting at every opportunity. I read voraciously about old-fashioned skills and apocalyptic scenarios. I have stashes of food in every room of the house and know multiple ways to purify water or start a fire. But the what-if mentality of a prepper is at the root of it all. I’ve been asking “what if” since I was a little kid (and probably driving my parents nuts with it) and I believe our ability to ask and answer that question is the key to everything. What more accurate way to learn “what if” could there be than to study real-life examples? They say that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. I believe that the same can be said about the events happening all around us right now. (READ MORE)
Fires, hurricanes, floods, zombie apocalypse or a visit from the in-laws are all reasons you may need to head for the hills in a hurry. When you do need to evacuate your home, having a ready-packed “bug-out bag” that you can grab on the run will make your life so much easier and can even mean the difference between life and death. Being prepared for an emergency may save lives and can help you cope with a disaster better. In extreme circumstances, help may be days away and being resourceful can help tide you over until emergency services arrive. (READ MORE)