When tribulation and turmoil hit, you might not be ready for it. You might be so caught up in your life—taking care of your kids and parents, working hard at your job, keeping up with social engagements—that you haven’t prepared anything at all for this kind of eventuality. Nevertheless, this eventuality remains a very real possibility, so you’d best start preparing now. Here are some helpful tips so you can do just that.
1- Stock up on resources.
In cases like these, you don’t just need food and water. As a matter of fact, you also need first-aid supplies, tools to start fires (like Ferro rods and matches), weapons, navigation equipment, and even tools to grow crops. Not to mention, you’re also going to need some kind of energy source, like a wooden stove or a portable grill. Prepare these now so that you don’t get stuck when dark times hit.
2- Take survival-based courses.
Survival mean more than just preparing items and resources for when disaster strikes—it also entails knowing how to use these tools. Thus, if you want to survive—and survive well—you’re going to have to enroll for some survival-based courses. Consider getting some training in first-aid, navigation, self-defense, weapon usage, and surviving in the wilderness (how to find water and shelter, etc.).
3- Start building up extra income.
Do you have some skills that you can invest in to make some extra cash? For example, you can work in affiliate marketing, write articles for online publications, or sell some of your old goods that you don’t use anymore. Plus, playing the stock market is an absolute necessity. You should also invest in other securities, like bonds, mutual funds, and others.
4- Have cash on hand.
While we’re on the subject of assets, it’s not guaranteed that the banks will be open during a time of crisis—even though, they allege, every citizen is owed to withdraw up to a certain amount of money from their savings. Thus, make sure you have enough money that you’ll be able to function in a cash-free economy, should that kind of situation develop. You can use this money both to buy goods and to barter.
5- Help your neighbors as well as your family
According to Christian teachings, we must treat our neighbors with love and respect—and your neighbors are just as likely as you to get hurt or injured during these difficult times. Thus, you must help them in any way you can: by sharing food and other resources with them, by looking for shelter together, by caring for them and treating their wounds.
All of these tips will come in handy if and when the bad times come to pass, so don’t be afraid to start working on them now. A natural disaster could hit tomorrow, after all—and, in that case, you wouldn’t be properly prepared. So start working on these tips today: start getting a second income, sign up for some courses, and start cultivating friendships with your fellows. You definitely won’t regret it.