Thursday, May 2, 2019

Self Sustainability And Preparedness

Self sustainability is a term that's getting a lot of attention these days.

A search on Google for "self sustainability" returns 232 million results. That many results can only mean one thing: a whole lot of people are searching for information related to self sustainability.

How do we explain the growing widespread interest in this topic?

Easy. It's due to an ever increasing number of people becoming aware of how dangerously fragile the global economy is and by extension, how precarious their own lives are within it. People are picking up on inconvenient facts, they're adding two plus two together and they're coming up with an answer that looks a lot like economic collapse somewhere in the not too distant future. Seeing that, they are preparing, looking for ways to become self sustainable.

Being self-sustainable is all about growing one's own food, taking necessary measures to insure security, guaranteeing a plentiful water source and so much more.

What level of preparation is required to be self sustainable through a potentially long and catastrophic emergency?

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1. Develop a means to generate sufficient income from your property

Even those of us who are debt-free are still most likely going to have to pay property taxes. That requires money. We need money to buy gas and diesel, to get our cars serviced and repaired, to take the kids to the doctor, to visit the dentist when a toothache strikes. Money is required to buy tools, home security items, replacement parts -- the list of "might need to's" is long indeed. All require money.

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2. Develop the knowledge and acquire the assets needed to produce and preserve 100% of the food you need

Possessing the knowledge, experience, seed, land and tools required to grow and preserve food for long term emergency storage is essential to self-sufficiency.

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3. Secure a substantial source of renewable drinking and irrigation water

Next to oxygen, water is the most important resource required for human survival. A human can survive for up to three weeks without food, but only three to four days without water. For those contemplating total self sustainability, a plentiful and replenishable source of water is imperative.

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4. Build your collection of essential tools and materials

Even our pioneering forefathers needed tools and implements to survive. Without them they could not have been self sufficient. And either can those aspiring to self-sustainability today. There is some stuff that you're just flat out going to need.

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5. Maintain health and develop physical strength

Given that the ability to grow one's own food is a prerequisite for self-sufficiency, it follows that so also are good health and sufficient strength. Anybody who has practiced farming or large-scale gardening knows how physically taxing that work can be. Soil must be prepared and maintained. Seed must be sown. Holes must be dug. Weeds must be picked. Compost piles must be turned. Harvested crops must be transported from one place to the other. All of this requires manual labor involving sometimes significant levels of physical assertion. Reasonably good health and a bare minimum level of fitness are imperative for self sustainability.

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6. Develop handyman knowledge and skills

It finally hit the fan and the world has turned insane. You're on high alert. Something breaks and needs to be fixed. No spare parts available. Hey, you're self sufficient. What are you going to do, call a contractor? No. You're going to make that repair yourself with whatever materials you have access to, using whatever tools you've accumulated to hammer bend and twist that material to serve the intended purpose. You're going to have to think hard and figure something out. Lots of trial and error. You're going to need some tools.


7. Protect yourself


And you think you won't need to take extreme measures to defend yourself and your family?

Think again.

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8. Learn and practice beekeeping

Beekeeping has been around since recorded history. There's always been beekeepers and there always will be as long as the bees keep making honey. It is a valuable skill. Honey is a valuable product. It's highly nutritious and tastes good too. You also get beeswax for candles and many other practical applications. Total win.

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9. Get a heat source for protection against cold

Depending on where a person lives, heating a residence through winter months without the aid of electricity or natural gas is a prime concern. A wood burning stove is the most efficient method. A fireplace might also do the job, just not as well. Don't forget to stockpile one or more effective hand saws and/or axes to cut down trees and buck them up. Don't depend on a chainsaw since they need gas and oil to operate, and there might not be any gas or oil available.


10. Secure fire starter equipment and materials

Cooking. Sterilizing. Heat against the cold. You're going to want to make sure that you can strike up a fire whenever and wherever you have the need


11. Get set up to make moonshine

If you're growing fruits, grains, potatoes or corn, then a still and the knowledge of how to use it could prove invaluable. In the event of economic breakdown you'll be able to use home brewed liquor as a barter item. Alcohol is an effective disinfectant. It can be used in lamps, stoves and other devices specifically designed to operate on ethanol.


12. Obtain required food preparation equipment and accessories

So you've got a three month emergency food kit sitting in your closet. You're good to go.

Just one little problem. After three months have passed and all your emergency meals are gone, what next?

If only you had purchased some dried corn kernels, whole wheat berries and maybe some whole oats instead, you could have eaten just as good or better and still have seed to plant. Think about it this way. In a true SHTF scenario, once all the emergency kit meals are gone, what are you going to eat after that?

Same thing that all pre-industrialization civilizations ate, if you can get it. They stuck to the staples because it was what they could grow, it was healthy and nutritious, and they could preserve it for long term storage -- grains, corn, dehydrated vegetables and fruits.

A good idea would be to get set up early to process and prepare the staple foods because that's what people have always eaten, and what they'll be back to eating again post-collapse.

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13. Prepare to treat common medical ailments and physical injuries

It is very important that you or someone else in your family or tribe are able to treat medical ailments, physical injuries and take proper care of wounds. Preventing infections is something you have to be able to do. Nobody wants to play doctor, but sometimes there isn't any choice. When that time comes, knowledge and quality medical supplies will make a big difference in the outcome.


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