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Always Be Learning

October 1, 2012 by  

Always Be Learning
When an earthquake hit Washington, D.C., last year, the National Cathedral sustained damage.

One of the most important things you can do to prepare for a crisis is to always be learning. I knew that sounds like a tough thing to do, but in reality, you can learn new tricks and tips every day.

This sounds like something very elementary, but in reality, it isn’t.

You need to keep in mind that when crisis strikes, you won’t know what exactly is going to happen or, even worse, how it’s going to happen.

Crisis can come at you from any angle and in many different ways.

What if the food ran out? What if there was a plague or disease that spread quickly? How about a violent government takeover or war?

The point is that you just never know what will happen or when, so it’s important that you keep up to date on technology and even the lack thereof.

Think about earthquakes, for instance. Are you prepared for one?

I know from experience that I wasn’t when I was living in Washington, D.C.; neither was anyone else that I had been working with at the time.

I was taking a break in a coffee shop down the street from my office when the quake hit. 

I can tell you the first thing that happens is a moment of shock. You don’t know quite what is going on when it strikes. Not many people had experienced an earthquake before. I was one of them, but I knew exactly what was going on.

The building shook — and it was an old building. The first thing that I did was look around to see if someone was shaking my chair; because for all I know, it could have been a friend messing with me. When I realized it wasn’t, I looked around the room and noticed that everyone else who was there was frozen. That isn’t any kind of exaggeration; they were actually frozen in place. 

They knew something was happening, but they weren’t doing anything about it. Without thinking, I grabbed my bag and ran out of the building to my car. 

Once in my car, I took off and got out of the city. On my way out, the traffic around me was no different than any other day.

As I tried to call friends and family to see where they were, I realized that phones were down. The cellphone system had been shut down because of an overuse. This would remain this way for almost three hours.

I was able to get out, because I had studied what to do in a crisis. The other people were standing around waiting for the building to collapse on them.

Luckily, it didn’t. But at the end of the day, I was more comfortable knowing that I was prepared to get out before the gridlock.

I had studied a lot of potential scenarios and was ready for a lot of different things to happen. This time, it was a simple earthquake. There were jokes later about how little damage actually occurred because of it. But think about what could have happened.

Knowing the different things that can happen in an emergency and the different types of things you can face are just the tip of the iceberg of knowledge that one can have.

You also need to pay attention to the climate changes — not only in temperature, but in social and governmental attitudes.

And you need to learn tips and tricks necessary to keep you going when the world stops.

As I mentioned above, we also regained cell signal after a few hours. That was a lucky strike. The next time, cellphones or communications may not return. I was prepared for that to happen.

Always look for new information on the Internet (while you have it) and at the library (while you have it).

Take notes and make physical copies of things for yourself. I can’t stress that enough. Don’t rely on the Internet and cellphones when you’re going to be in a jam. I know a lot of you are prepared to work without them, but you haven’t actually experienced it yet.

Make sure you take time to study and learn a couple of times a week, if not every day. You may even want to take time to practice how to get out of cities in case something bad were to happen. I knew multiple routes out of where I was just in case, but how many do normal people know?

I want you and your family to be as safe as possible in case crisis hits. So study, learn, practice and, as always, be smarter than they think you are.

–Tim Young

Tim Young

is the Managing Editor at Absolute Rights and has been featured on Fox News, Forbes, and The London Daily Telegraph. You can see Tim's latest work by clicking here.

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  • TIME

    Dear Tim,

    Good job! Thanks.

    Peace & Love

    • FreedomFighter

      Again get ahold of Pegy Laytons books (detailed and you will use them)


      Stan Deyo of and his Dare to Prepare the bible of prepare

      Im sure other have great books also but I have both authors mentioned books and can reccommend them without hesitation.

      Laus Deo
      Semper Fi

  • JC

    Earthquakes are one of a few things that can happen without warning and will change the way you’re living very quickly. If the trains stop running for 3 days, the grocery stores will be empty. If Helicopter Ben gets his way, and we end up with a run on the banks we’ll eventually see the banks are closed…indefinately. If there is an EMP or other electrical interruption that takes down the internet, society as we understand it in the west will cease to function immediately.
    Any of these (and other) sudden changes will see a great many people suddenly desperate and panicking.
    Preperation is essential and responsible. Be prepared for the certainty that supposedly civilized people will become uncivilzed very quickly.

  • dan

    make like a boy-scout and be prepared….good luck doesn’t hurt,either

  • Elected4Life

    I think a lot of people aren’t prepared as they think they are. For instance, they buy seeds like we did years ago thinking that upon collapse we’ll plant them and grow our own food. Well, this spring was our first attempt at growing food. It was an overall failure as far as food production, but a success on the learning curve. Similar with generating our own power from the sun and collecting/using rainwater, it takes time to learn and live a new homestead lifestyle of self sufficiency. You’re not going to do it overnight, it can take years.

    My advice is to start now, live without and adapt, so when there’s no electricity, water or food, you can survive. I’m not saying go “cold turkey” rather just to continue striving for that independence until you succeed and if you find you can’t, well then, get in line at your nearest FEMA camp for extermination.

  • Mile High Marine

    I put together a scram bag that stays in our car all the time. It has all the bare necessities to keep you going for a couple days including a back up pistol with extra ammo. I also bought a set of hand held radios with a 26 mile range. One stays with me, the other with my wife. We actually drove around town to see what the real range was in case phone service was lost and we were on foot. We also have a plan with a specific meeting place in case of emergency. Plan ahead and save yourself from the panic of the sheep.

  • Benjamin Fox

    Sorry, since most have turned their backs on God, no one except those who believe in Him and His way of salvation shall escape His judgement no matter how educated or even religious one is. The only way to avoid this judgement is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, the messiah who was and is God in the flesh who died on the cross, was buried and resurrected so that you might have eternial life and not care about the troubles of this world.

    • http://none Charlie

      Ben Fox,,,
      Acts 2:38 cannot be bypassed in principle or action and receive the Gift of The Holy spirit as called out in Acts 2:38…There is NO such thing as a believe only Christian…………

    • Elected4Life

      “…not care about the troubles of this world.” This is exactly the non caring attitude milk drinking Christian babe’s had when they were taken off to concentration camps by the Nazis during the holocaust as Corrie Ten Boom lectured across the world. Jesus Christ is Lord and commands his children to be aware, be set apart and take precautions lest his elect be fooled.

  • deepizzaguy

    It is better to safe than sorry


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