Complete self-sufficiency is difficult in today’s world. Some may even believe they are totally off grid right now but may not be. You may say you have a solar, hydro or wind turbine system in place, but these systems will require maintenance and unless you have stockpiled any replaceable parts and can service the systems yourself then you will need a qualified service technician. You will need materials from manufacturers and supplies from the local store, things you cannot produce or make yourself
If the country collapsed tomorrow, you would have to exchange things so the case that you never need anyone for anything is just not realistic. Find Alternatives to Utilities Supplied By Your Local Authorities In many cases you will find you need a backup system for your backup system such as wind or hydropower.
Windmills can pump water from deep underground and can provide energy to certain pieces of machinery. Wind turbines can produce electricity as a backup to solar power. Solar systems need the sun to be shining and every system has to have controls in place to absorb the surplus and use it to provide power at night and on cloudy days. Just because the river runs through your land does not mean you have omplete
control over it.
This can be a problem because any water source such as rivers or waterfalls can be taken over, blocked or the force of the water reduced You must be realistic in your goals because there are so many connections and services that you may not even be aware of them. Curb side garbage collection, plowed streets, sewage treatment, clean drinking water from your tap, electricity, emergency services, and hospitals are just a few. Work within a slow framework Becoming 100 percent self-sufficient is not possible for most people, but that you should try to become as self-sustaining as possible.
Most of you understand that you
cannot depend on the local, state or even federal government in times of need. Surviving a catastrophe without outside help for an extended period should be your goal. The stockpile you prepare has to be large enough to sustain you until you can develop alternative food and water sources such as a garden and wells.
This means you need at least a 12-month supply of food and water to give you the time to begin your garden and digging your well. Start with a seed bankand have in mind that fresh foods will be in demand during any extended crisis
* Consider a greenhouse for all year
* Start a grove of fruit trees such as apples, peaches, plums and pears, berries such asstrawberries, raspberries and blackberries can be grown practically anywhere and preserved, then you can make jams and preserves
* Posess the tools and materials to sustain your garden
* Know how to preserve your produce by canning and drying
* Learn how to hunt, consider what livestock you can raise as a food source,(chickens, goats and small game birds) and consider fish ponds as well
* You may have to dig your own well, as a water source that you control
exclusively, a private well on property you control. Learn to supersede technology Do everyday tasks without the benefit of electricity even if you have your own source. Solar panels, wind turbines and hydro turbines can all malfunction. Start by having an off-grid weekend where you disconnect from everything for several days.
* Learn to do laundry without an automatic washer
* Prepare meals without your electric or gas cook top or oven
* Learn the art of sponge baths
* Learn to accomplish your work using sunlight/daylight
* You must know how to start a fire under any circumstance even once your matches and lighters have given out
* Find an alternative heat source, such as a wood or pellet stove. You may have to shut down parts of the home in cold weather, which by the way was a very common practice in years past during the winter months.
What to Remember Be careful not to spread viruses and bacteria back and forth
* Have personal protection and know how to use it
* Have some cash. Learn to only use cash when needed
* In a crisis you will need to identify medical professionals that can trade their services for services and goods you can provide Build slow to reduce the economic burden You cannot expect to have all you need in a week’s time. Gather supplies as you do your regular shopping and you likely have many of the tools and materials needed to dig and cap your own well and take care of a garden. Solar panels can be costly. Windmills can be purchased as a kit and can be used to pump water to livestock and to your home using gravity and wind power. Wind turbines are expensive and cannot be erected in certain areas due to code restrictions. In order to survive you will need shelter, water, food source that is renewable and an
energy source. You may have to make many things on your own so make sure you have hand tools to finish your tasks