We know that waiting till the last second is not a good idea, but for some it is the only option. So we have taken three possible average scenarios and broken them down for you. All scenarios will include a family of 4 – Mom, Dad and two kids under high school age – living in the suburbs of a megaplex city...
1. You have a few cases of water
2. You have some freeze-dried storage food, maybe a 30 day supply.
3. You have some sleeping bags and some basic camping supplies.
4. You have a general idea of the area to which you want to go.
5. You think maybe something might happen in which case you could need to get your family out of the city.
6. All supplies are in the garage, ready to load into your minivan should the need arise.
You live in a suburban area of a mexaplex city – first and foremost, where the (Read more....)
Superstorm Sandy was a stark reminder of potential climate change and a new normal when it comes to natural disasters. Some people in the Northeast were without power for weeks following the storm, while others had to wait hours in line for a couple gallons of gasoline. Every household should have a survival kit containing the essentials needed to weather the storm until normalcy can be restored. The cost to compile the kit is nothing compared to what life will be like without it in the aftermath of disaster.
Human beings can only survive a maximum of five days without water, and that is under ideal conditions. Floods, hurricanes and earthquakes can knock out municipal water sources for weeks at a time. Whether in the basement, attic or spare room, a few gallons of water should be stored in every home, especially when there are children. Some water may still flow through the pipes when the faucet is turned on, but it could be contaminated with bacteria. Purification tablets can be (Read more....)
Typically when you think about growing food you picture a large farm or garden. However it really does not take that much room to produce enough food to keep a family going. I am not saying you have to grow everything you eat, but even growing a little can help out your food bill and prove you with backups in case of emergency. Here are some simple ways to grow your own food with limited space:
1. Grow indoors – One of the easiest things you can do with limited outdoor space is to grow indoors. There are many grow lights and planting tables that offer the same great growth as an outdoor garden would but indoors. Not only is this a valuable use of space but you can reduce your pesticide use and also bring in some much needed oxygen to your home.
2. Vertical gardens –Vertical gardens are great in tiny outdoor spaces. Even apartment balconies can be sued as garden space. Using repurposed wood and shelving can turn a wall into a garden full of fresh veggies and fruits. It is the best of both worlds.
3. Think small – Some things take lots of space to grow like corn or whet. However some things take practically no space at all. Things like carrots, lettuce and even green onion take up very little room and (Read more....)
Most people will tell you that both flood and earthquake disasters are extremely rare today. Even if this is true, the most recent disasters that have occurred in both the United States and beyond have been extremely devastating both emotionally and financially. If you didn’t have insurance and your house ended up in the middle of a natural disaster, how would you pay for it? Do you think that you would have enough money to potentially rebuild your entire house from scratch? Will homeowners insurance alone be enough to cover you? These are questions that everyone should be able to answer accordingly.
To answer one of the questions asked above, most homeowners insurance will not cover earthquake or flood damage. If a natural disaster occurs in a large enough area, assistance is normally provided through loans or grants by the government. This area will then be classified as a disaster area by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). If this type of scenario concerns you at all, the first thing that should be done is to go over your current insurance plan with your provider to find out what is and what isn’t covered. If you live in an area that is prone to either floods (Read more....)
As we have been offering the remaining space in our community, we have been contacted by many people who wish they could join us, but just can't leave their current family obligations. Sometimes there is a spouse who is physically ill, sometimes their loved ones just don't “get it”. Besides expressing their deep longing to live the way we do – personally free and self-sufficient – they give us their apologies for not being able to join us. No apology needed.
To make the decision to stay in the midst of the coming chaos because those to whom you have a deep and loving commitment cannot wrest themselves from their current lifestyle is also a valid and courageous choice – as long as it is made with good information and open eyes. When chaos arrives (and it's coming on a fast track) those who remain dependent on the systems (corporate, medical, governmental entitlements such as food stamps, disability payments, etc.) will likely be left in the lurch and fending for themselves anyway, but (Read more....)
Guest Post- Heather Legg
In an emergency situation, water can be the most important thing to have. You can’t always depend on your local water supply, so to make sure you’re covered, try harvesting water from your home’s gutters before emergency strikes. Even without an emergency, it’s nice to reuse rain water; it’s no cost and doesn’t waste the community supply.
Is it easy?
Yes! Fortunately, harvesting water from your gutters is one of the easiest, most efficient ways to do it. If your home already has gutters that are in good condition, you’re already a big part of the way there. Gutters will divert the water to a specific location, and you just need to collect it.
The best way to collect the water is with a large rain barrel, approximately a 55-gallon size, under the (Read more....)
Most people understand the necessity of preparing for an emergency. In fact, they often express the regret that they hadn't started sooner or that they have not put in the diligence needed to ensure that their family has an adequate supply of emergency provisions in the event of an emergency. However, one factor that prevents many people from taking the steps needed to accumulate a food storage stockpile that will feed their family for weeks or months is the idea that it will cost far too much money. With so many people struggling to just meet the demands of today, thinking about putting away a supply of food for unforeseen emergencies seems too far out of reach.
Fortunately, there are ways that you can build your emergency food supply without breaking your monthly budget. For one thing, you need to consider the fact that your food storage will actually act as a buffer against inflation. Food prices are going up every day, but there is an economic advantage when you plan ahead. You can save money and reap the benefits when you build your food storage supply. After all, when you purchase your food at today's prices, you do not have to worry about the rising (Read more....)
Authored By J. Vanne
Many of you have read all about relocating to places like Belize, Pago-Pago - or perhaps even the Kerguelen Islands if you really want to get away (extra credit for those who can even find the Kerguelen Islands on a world map without googling it!). There may or may not be some merit a number of relocation countries, and no doubt some readers here have already done research in that regard. No doubt, there is a wide range of countries with a wide range of advantages and disadvantages. My goal is not to dissuade you from some place warm and sunny, but rather ensure you have considered the full panoply of possible options – including Canada.
Many of the countries people are examining come with large question marks – such as, for one example, Costa Rica, which has a large cadre of committed leftists in leadership, even if they are not currently a formally Communist country. Mexico? Would you really feel safe in an almost-failed country during an economic or grid meltdown? Will you fit in culturally, and how well have you mastered the language? There is (Read more....)