The Shock Plan for Getting Ready – Step 2

Now that we’ve established Christ as our foundation for preparedness, we need to move on to the next step. If you haven’t read the first part of this series, I recommend that you do so. Please remember that it is our membership in the family of God through our saving relationship with Jesus Christ that gives us access to the protection of God the Father. Without His divine intervention, none of us have any hope for survival. It may seem that Satan has the upper hand, but our Father has a plan and is directly involved. Even Jesus said that God the Father will shorten the Last Days for our sake – otherwise no one will survive.

Also, do not think that you need to be wealthy to prepare. There is much that you can do with only a little money, and in some cases, no money at all. If you ARE wealthy, GREAT! This is your chance to prepare to help others less fortunate. (Remember that we will stand before the Lord one day and explain to Him what we did and did not do during this time.)


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Step 2 – Location, Location, Location

It may surprise you, but where you are is far more important than how much food you have. You can have all the food and water in the world, but if your neighbor breaks in and kills you for it… well, it didn’t help much, right?


Your neighbors will determine whether you survive a catastrophe, or not. Bad neighbors will take everything you have and even kill you in the process. Good neighbors will help you out and provide a level of security that you could never attain on your own, no matter how much of a Rambo you think you are.

Seriously, have you ever thought how much effort it takes to maintain 24 hour perimeter security?


Get good neighbors in a good neighborhood, and your security problems will probably go away.

But, a good neighbor isn’t the good-natured guy next door in your suburban neighborhood who goes Bass fishing on weekends. A good neighbor is far more than that, so you need to know the difference between congeniality and goodness.

What is a good neighbor, and where can you find them?

A good neighbor is someone like yourself – a brother or sister in Christ who walks closely with the Lord and understands the need to prepare for the bad times ahead. Unfortunately, I doubt that even 1% of us have such a neighbor. This means that you need to find new ones.

Seriously, you need to move – if you can. If you can’t, start looking for a community of people that you can get to quickly – and who will help you out when everything falls apart. There are groups of people that have formed tight-knit communities all over the US (and other countries), and they will always be interested in adding new members who are like-minded.

Again, I cannot stress this enough. You. Cannot. Do. This. On. Your. Own.

The best community is a church. If you can find a church that is truly Biblical, that knows and loves the Lord and is aware of what is coming… JOIN THAT CHURCH. You do NOT need to agree with every doctrinal position that they have. We all disagree on something. We are all wrong on something. Do NOT allow disagreement to keep you from joining a church that is on the right path. It is even possible that your different viewpoint may be exactly what that church needs – assuming your viewpoint is correct.

So, start the process right now of joining, or forming, the community that you need.

But, what if you can’t find – or form – such a community?

That sounds like God might be telling you to move. If there are no like-minded believers in your area, then that might be a sign to get out. God the Holy Spirit moves on the hearts of those who love the Lord, so not finding like-minded brothers and sisters… well, it might be a sign that God has been moving them out of the area – a sign that you need to do the same.

If you can’t find a local community, where do you go?

James Wesley Rawles (JWR) has developed a concept that he calls ‘The American Redoubt‘. You can find a description of that here:

JWR is an amazing guy, and I have a huge respect for the brother in Christ that he is and the huge amount of great advice that he offers on his site. Pay VERY close attention to what James says. If you feel the Lord leading you to follow his recommendations, then I think that you should go for it.

There is a second option. Mr. Rawles and I disagree here, but you need to consider one idea very carefully – and that is expatriation. I strongly believe that the sins of the Church in America is bringing judgment down on the US, and I do not want to be anywhere near the blast zone. Furthermore, Satan is intent on destroying anything Christian in the US, and Christian communities will be the first targets in a collapse situation.

I also feel that a collapse in the US will bring down an iron curtain that will restrict movement into/out of/within The United States. And, I believe that we need to be positioned to serve the Lord in the aftermath of this first round of trouble. (And yes, this is only the FIRST round.) The reason why God put us on this Earth at this place and time is because we have a job to do. That job may be hard to see now, but when the dust settles, you’ll have a better understanding of the purpose that drives you to do what you are doing now.

If God has laid on your heart to serve Him overseas, now would be a good time to embrace that ‘pull’. I surrendered to that more than 20 years ago, and I am glad that I did. It won’t be easy, but the best things in life never are.

Now, let me arm you with some background information.


In any collapse situation, you will need to be AT LEAST 150 miles from any metropolitan city with a population over 100 thousand people. Why?

Because, eventually, when all the resources run out (usually within 72 hours), they drive-then-walk outside the cities. You do NOT want to be within range of that horde. The good thing is that mobs tend to stop walking after three days, and few can walk more than 50 miles a day. But, there’s a problem with that.

You see… if you draw a circle around every city with 100 thousand people, or more… and if that circle has a radius of 150 miles… (i.e., 300 miles wide) …there are few places in America that are safe.


Here’s an excellent map created by Ken Jorgustin of

Danger Zones
Danger Zones in the US

In the above image, it’s difficult to see the danger zones properly, so be sure to take a good hard look at the full size image, here:

That image comes from this excellent article:

And, he has a companion article here:

Please, PLEASE pay close attention to these images. Depending on what disaster finally takes the US down, the above picture might be instrumental in saving your life.

72 Hours

If you have not managed to permanently relocate, then you need to by hyper-aware of what you need to do in a collapse situation. In a failure of the monetary system, or any other form of catastrophic structural collapse, you have 72 hours to get away from a city and to a place of safety.

Another way of saying this is that we are all ‘Nine Meals From Anarchy‘. Three days is about the amount of time it takes for a population to wake up and realize that they are in serious trouble and need to find resources… or, should I say fight-for-and-take what you have.

If you cannot relocate, then you must have a plan and a secure retreat location that you can get to within 72 hours. And, always have a plan B and C. Work out this plan with your family and those friends that you trust. Have rendezvous points where you can regroup if you are separated.

And, THAT leads me to something that I will talk more about later. But, let’s at least mention it here.

Have a Plan

You MUST have a plan, and you MUST work out that plan carefully and thoughtfully. And, you MUST practice that plan. A well-made plan may be the difference between life and death.


We saw a recent example of this in the Philippines. Those that had a plan and were disaster-prepared survived without loss of life and in relative comfort. Those who did not, either died or suffered terribly, and they continue to suffer.

Remember that your plans and preparations will help you with more than The End Of The World As We Know It (TEOTWAWKI). It will be helpful in almost ANY disaster situation.

Okay, this article is already too long, so I’ll stop here. For more resources, take some time to check these links out:

May the Lord guide you and bless you.

I pray for you all.


If you find a flaw in my reasoning, have a question, or wish to add your own viewpoint, leave a comment. Your input is truly welcome.


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16 thoughts on “The Shock Plan for Getting Ready – Step 2”

  1. Ok.. John,

    Location, Location, … More important then food.

    How do we find the right place .. Our Safe Refuge?

    A part of scripture from Isaiah Chap.1 comes to mind.

    “Come let us Reason Together.” It is on my calling card.

    First, talk things over with God and then with other like minded people, who are not only good friends but who will in the days ahead also make … Good Allies.

    My life’s verse: My sheep, hear my voice, I know them and they Follow Me. John 10:27.

    Listen Intently, for that Still Small Voice of God’s Holy Spirit and pay close attention to those God Divinely connects you with, for both your own benefit as well as theirs. They may be the ones that help you the most in determining … Your Location.

    And first and for most .. Always Remember.. that the only place that contains, “Eternal Rewards,”

    Is the .. Very Center of God’s Perfect Will for Your Life!

    It is therefore the … “VERY BEST PLACE,” for you and your Family to Reside ..


    May the God we serve together .. Richly Bless You,


  2. The beast overcomes the saints. We have no chance without God, no matter where we move to. Who can hide from the wrath of the Lord? Who can escape judgment?

    “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:” – Matthew 6:19.

    Stockpiling isn’t necessarily going to work. Need to be in the “field” doing the works of the Lord, spreading the gospel, and pointing people in the direction of Jesus. Hand out bibles (KJV of course), warn people of their sins, pray often.

    “Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.” – Luke 17:33.

    You die, so what? Trust that God will be on the other side to catch you, and I’ll see you when we get there. Be a good sheep, take up your cross and follow the LORD, forgiving those who will put you to death for the name and witness of Jesus Christ.

    It is a hard thing to consider, but consider it.

    • Hi James,

      Well, the Bible DOES talk about a place of safety during the time of the Antichrist, in Isaiah 16. Then there’s Revelation 12:13-17, and one of the main verses for this site: Luke 21:36.

      Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. – Luke 21:36

      There IS a place and way of escape.

      But, The Shock Plan for Getting Ready isn’t directed towards preparing for the Antichrist. It’s actually directed towards preparing for the terrible times that will come BEFORE the Antichrist. And, I believe that we should take prudent steps to survive this next wave of catastrophe, so that we can be ready to serve the Lord.

      I believe that God wishes for us to take basic and prudent steps to increase our chances of survival.

      But, your main point is correct. Our goal is NOT survival. Our goal is to serve the Lord. If we die in service to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, it is the least that we can do.

      Thank you for that comment, James.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  3. You have given a good word regarding developing good neighbors, but let’s consider taking it to the logical conclusion past 72 hours. First there may be looting/pillaging by gangs but then comes troops and all this as you mentioned in response to ‘James’ – before the antichrist. Even expatriation is risky where weapons are few and the nationals desire your storehouse
    Biblically & prophetically there are to be ‘cities of refuge’ and what if those sites were actual sovereign nations inside the USA like the Indian Nations? Would the government recognize these safe zones as alternatives to FEMA camps? Whole counties are attempting to secede and alternative currencies are circulating. Can prudent Christians foresee the coming evil and hide while the simple/foolish ones continue blindly on and are punished (Pr 22:3)? I believe that God’s favor would be poured out on His people who have come out from among the evil (2 Cor 6:17-18; Is 52).

  4. Excellent article.

    In some of the comments – as well as listening to Believers generally – I’ve noticed that there’s a belief (that there’s little the Bible says about “where” Believers are to “go”…as the great appearing and coming of the Lord draws closer, and the times on earth become more trying; even catastrophic).

    Given limited space here, my one primary comment is simply that: to all who do a (serious) Bible study on the subject, you’ll find that God has a great deal to say about this, both in NT and especially OT.

    In a nutshell, God offers to Believers “places” that will be “protected” (generally…but still determined ultimately, by your “obedience/righteousness”), and that will be given “food” and “water”…as being “sure”. (I’m not going to list these scriptures: it’s quite extensive AND in context here.)

    Bottom line: over and over it says, that (remote areas: mountains, hills, deserts, etc.,) will have a layer of security that other areas don’t have. Secondly, specifically, cities are identified as not (“being safe”) – relative to the mountains. (Again, this is specifically within the context of “where” for Believers, nearing “the day of the Lord”; which means the time nearing the end of the GT).

    One last point on Luke 21:36…the Greek word for “escape”, when translated into English means (literally), “to flee from” (run away from)…which simply adds to the point I’m making here in my comment.

    Hope this adds to the discussion.

    Praise God

    • Hi jk,

      You certainly have added to the discussion, and I agree that God has reserved wilderness areas as places of safety for His people.

      You have reminded me that I probably need to go back over the scriptural references to these places of safety.

      Thank you for that comment. Excellent contribution.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  5. Thank you for this great article. I agree that in a collapse situation an urban area is most vulnerable to danger. God speed.

  6. There is another aspect of the danger approaching to learn about. What if God’s intent is the total destruction of America?

    What if we are “Mystery Babylon” and not the Vatican as some researchers have suggested?

    If so, then we have just moved from one disaster area to another in America and are still going to be in trouble.

    Good ideas on your site and I sure agree with them.

    • Hi william zabel,

      Relocating within the US is not my first choice. As I said in the article, I strongly encourage EVERYONE to get out of the US, if they can. However, some cannot.

      Furthermore, the Lord may provide areas of safety within the US. I cannot discount it. But, whatever the case, they must be ready to live without electricity and far from a city.

      The Solar Flare of Isaiah 30:26 is coming. We must all be ready for that.

      Thank you William.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  7. I would expect Canada to be a safer place than USA, I am in southern Ontario, but I do have some step family in Thunder Bay, so all good. Right?
    I honestly believe Canada will be better when and if a collapse happens.

    • Hi Patrick,

      There is some truth to what you say, especially for those with the ability and skills to move further northwards. The problem that I see is electricity – or, the lack thereof.

      Just remember this. When Gog and Magog comes, be ready for ‘lights out’.

      Thanks, Patrick.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little


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