Brace yourself and Prepare

Make provision for the physical sustenance of your family and yourself.  The Lord always warns His holy remnant beforehand, so that they will always be prepared and never taken by surprise like the unbelievers and the lukewarm.  Make provision for yourself and your family materially, spiritually, and emotionally NOW for what the Lord is warning will take place so as to not be overwhelmed by 2 months of severe scarcity, and thereby spiral into debilitating emotional depression!  You need to be prepared and available as a minister of the Lord to a dying world: Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life. [Phil 2:14-16]  We have been raised up by the Lord for such a time as this! 

God’s Plan To Protect His People In The Coming Depression
David Wilkerson, [Founder & Pastor [deceased] Times Square Church]

A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it. [Proverbs 22:3]

The Holy Spirit has directed our ministry to offer some basic guidelines on how to prepare for a potential National crisis or any related economic problems that might follow.  Such crises could involve food shortages, electrical blackouts, or possibly even riots.  We recognize that, as people of God who trust fully in his promises to provide for us in such crises, we are not to approach such times with fear.  However, we believe we’re to be prepared to respond to all cri­sis in ways that are godly, practical and a witness for the gospel.  

The scriptures make it clear that preparation for an emergency does not negate trust in God but rather reinforces it.  The passage from Proverbs at the top of this page is one example.  Another is the Genesis passage that describes how God used Joseph to store grain to preserve both his own people, Israel, and the nation of Egypt through a severe trial.  We know our Heavenly Father can graciously do the same for His people today.  

God’s Plan To Protect His People 

It is our conviction that God’s Spirit has directed us to offer the following basic steps of preparation only as a suggestion.  Therefore, we commend these suggestions only to those people who, after diligent prayer, believe the Holy Spirit is leading them to take such precautions. 

A Perspective on the Crisis

As I have mentioned previously in this book, many experts predict that essential computer systems which help our government to function and maintain our nation’s infra-structure will begin to fail sometime on or before New Year’s Day of the year 2000.  Other, similar breakdowns are forecast for the years 2004 and 2006.  The economic  fallout from these computer breakdowns may lead to bank closures, business failures, blackouts, transportation disruptions, stripped supermarket shelves, crippled emergency services and widespread criminal activity…all leading to an overwhelming sense of despair in our society.  We believe it is time to take an account of our situation and, like the five wise virgins in Jesus’ parable, to make adequate preparations for such a “midnight hour.”  The three primary areas we would need to prepare for are shelter, family  security  and  food.  Of these, food  will be one of the most critical.

Typically, people keep only enough food stored on their shelves to last until their next visit to the supermarket.  But any major disruption in our country’s food delivery systems would quickly deplete supermarkets’ food supply.  This depletion would result in sharp price increases and severe food shortages, and anarchy would soon follow.  Therefore, we must begin now to “lay in store” against the days of hardship that may lie ahead.  Let me emphasize here: a servant of God loses nothing by storing a supply of food.  If chaotic conditions are indeed ahead, our food supply will allow us to be prepared just as Joseph was.  You may ask, what if no such crisis comes to pass?  The answer is simple:  we can simply use the food later or, better yet, give it away to needy families, to God’s glory. 

Thoughts on Preparation

Most Americans currently consume much more food than they need. Therefore, in preparing for hard times, we need to consider changing both the quantity and type of food we eat on a daily basis.  Emergency food preparation should involve stocking up on long-term, shelf-stable, storable food.  A wide range of food-storage options are avail­able, including dehydrated meals (just add water), military-style “meals ready-to-eat” (MREs), commercially packaged survival rations, and regular canned goods.  (Our use of “canned” here includes all types of foods sterilized and vacuum-sealed in metal, plastic, paper or any other kind of long-term packaging.)  Each storage option has advantages, but the most economical way to secure long-term storable food is by stocking canned goods.
The canned-goods storage plan outlined below is a brief suggestion of minimum quantities that people of moderate means could store in case of a crisis.  In suggesting this list, we make the following assumptions:

  • If used sparingly, the suggested items should last approxi­mately sixty days. 
  • Regular store-bought meat, milk and other perishables will not generally be available to consumers.
  • Suggested items commonly sold in cans, bottles or storable, packaged form have a shelf life typically measured in months or, in some cases, years. 
  • People who require special diets should determine whether the levels of sodium, sugar, fat or cholesterol in the suggested items might adversely affect their health. 
  • Careful attention should be paid to instructions concerning the reconstituting of dehydrated items with water. 
  • Choices may be made from all the suggested food groups based on personal taste and availability of items.
  • Besides stocking the following suggested food items, people should also have available the following handy items: a­ir-tight bins with lids, battery-operated lamps and hand-powered appliances.

 Food Storage

The following list suggests storage necessities for one person.  For two people, simply double the amounts, and for three or four people, triple the amounts. For larger numbers of people, and/or for children, use your discretion:

  • Vegetables.  Twenty-four 15-ounce  cans.  For  example: corn,  carrots, potatoes, yams, greens, tomatoes.  
  • Soups.  Twenty 8-ounce cans or dried. 
  • Hot cereal.  Six 16-ounce packages.  For example: oatmeal, cream of wheat, cornmeal, grits.  
  • Cold cereal.  Three  6-ounce packages.  For example: granola, toasted oats, com flakes, raisin bran.  
  • Beans  and  peas.  Twenty-four 15-ounce  cans.  For example: kidney, baked, green and lima beans, sweet peas, split peas, lentils.  
  • Meat.  Fifteen 16-ounce cans.  For example: sausages, spam, chicken, ham, corned beef, meatballs, turkey.  
  • Meat alternatives.  One 2-pound package of dry egg powder and one 24-ounce jar of peanut butter.  
  • Seafood.  Ten 6-ounce cans.  For example: tuna, sardines, herring, salmon.  
  • Assorted fruit. Twenty four 15-ounce cans. For example: apples, plums, cherries, peaches, pineapples, figs.  
  • Assorted fruit juices.  Ten 16-ounce cans.  For example: orange, apple, grape, fruit punch, prune.  
  • Fruit  blends and dried  fruits.  Twenty  16-ounce  cans.  For example: fruit cocktail, cranberry sauce, applesauce.  Also ten 4-ounce packages of assorted dried fruits.  For example: raisins, dates, prunes.  
  • Milk.  Fifty 10-ounce packages of any long-lasting milk product, such as Parmalat or powdered milk.  
  • Pasta.  Ten 1- pound packages of assorted pasta.  
  • Rice.  One 10-pound bag or ten I-pound bags of minute rice.  
  • Crackers.  Five 16-ounce boxes of all kinds.  
  • Combination foods.  Five 16-ounce cans.  For example: beef stew, ravioli, spaghetti and meatballs, macaroni and cheese, chicken and dumplings.  
  • Suggested additions.  Ten 16-ounce packages of tortillas, two large boxes of stuffing mix, and five I-pound  packs of assorted seeds and nuts, such as sesame, sunflower, walnuts, peanuts and pecans. (Snack foods may be stored with a shelf life of at least six months to a year.)  

Also, stock any items you may anticipate needing from the following list: baking powder, baking soda, salad dressing, salt, sugar, oil, butter, mustard, mayonnaise, black pepper, cold beverage mix, cornstarch, wheat germ, jelly, meat extender, parmesan cheese, gelatin powder, jello, vinegar, lemon juice, powdered seasonings, butter powder, solid margarine, maple syrup, honey, coconut cream, bouillon cubes, etc.


  • Use water for personal hygiene sparingly (for example, three times per week).
  • Prepare food in batches in order to save time, fuel and water.
  • Reduce washing of pots by making one-pot meals, such as stews, rich soups, stir-fry dishes, etc.
  • Use disposable eating ware to save on dish and utensil washing.
  • Baby wipes and antibacterial cleansers can reduce the need for water used in washing hands. 


  • Store hygiene products in quantity, including soap, toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant, tissue, feminine supplies, baby diapers, Depends, bed pan with plastic liner, lye, disinfectant, air freshener, chlorine bleach.  

First aid

  • Fill two months’ worth of prescriptions if possible.
  • Buy an ample supply of vitamins and mineral supplements.
  • Purchase first-aid items, including bandages, pain relievers, antacids, laxatives, antiseptics, etc.


  • Build main dishes around pasta or grains, with meals such as rice and beans.
  • Stock up on canned heat, such as Sterno. [camp stove is better]
  • Budget your use of fuel wisely.  Your fuel will have to last until supplies become available or normalcy returns.
  • If possible, you may heat cans of food directly, but first remove the label, then puncture the top to let the steam out.  
  • Be sure the room is well ventilated to allow fumes to escape.

Baby care

  • Infants older than six months may be fed the same food as the family, if it is pureed or ground in a blender and is prepared without additives. Exceptions are: casseroles, pizza, cobblers, meat pies.
  • Do not season baby foods; they should not have added sugar, salt, fat, MSG, etc.
  • Do not use fried, greasy, brined (pickles, sauerkraut), processed (sausages) or high-calorie (candy, sodas, cakes) foods.
  • Avoid using honey due to possible salmonella contamination.
  • Fresh or canned juice is preferred over powdered or packaged beverages.
  • Formula: Ready-to-eat: Twelve 8-ounce cans.  Concentrate: Four 8-ounce cans.  Powder: Eight 15-ounce cans.

Following is a suggested sixty-day food storage plan for an infant at least one year old:

  • Iron-enriched baby cereal.  Two 16-ounce boxes of the following: rice, barley, wheat or toasted oats.
  • Vegetables.  Sixty 6-ounce jars of any of the following: squash, sweet potato or mixed vegetable.
  • Fruit.  Sixty 6-ounce jars of any of the following: pears, peaches, apples, plums or strawberries.
  • Meat and dairy.  Sixty 6-ounce jars of any of the following: turkey and rice, beef, chicken or pasta; forty 8-ounce packages of any long-lasting milk product, such as Parmalat or powdered milk.
Additional Notes

Paper supplies; pet supplies
radio [non-electric]
cooking capability, non-electric
candles; oil lamp
airtight food storage containers
bottled water
Water for cooking, hygiene [25+ gallons?]
Electronic lighter; safety matches
Insect spray
Hygiene items
Health & first aid items
Vitamins & supplements
Coffee & filters
Camp stove; propane
Cash at home [ample supply] 

He delivered me, because be delighted in me. [Psalm 18:19]  

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Your brother in Christ,


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