Becoming self-sufficient takes years of rounding up the right tools and gear. From food preparations to protective devices, you will need lot of preparation and planning to get you and your family to a level of total self-sufficiency. You never know what could happen, and in just an instant, life as we know it could change into a scene from a suspense movie. Whether we face an invasion or attack from zombies or human enemies, or a major natural disaster wipes out our resources when we least expect, it’s necessary to be prepared.
Of course, preparation for such an event can’t happen overnight, but you don’t need to wait until something happens to become self-sufficient. Here are some ways to get you and your family closer to vanquishing any dependency on the outside world:
Source of Energy
People lived for thousands of years without electricity; it’s not an essential human need, and we could survive without it. However, it is wise and helpful to have it in certain situations. When you don’t know what type of an emergency situation to prepare for or what you will and won’t have access to, you need to be prepared for anything. In the case the energy supply is cut off to your house, or you have to leave altogether, and you don’t have access to wood for fires, it’s essential to have an energy source to live on. Either way, wouldn’t it be great not to have to pay a bill every month for energy?
Solar energy is a great option for many reasons. To start, solar energy experts at at the New Jersey Institute of Technology report that costs of solar panels are rapidly becoming more affordable, with a decrease in cost of 60 percent in 2015. Solar energy could not only help you keep your house going in the event that power is cut off, but it will help you become self-sufficient now. Plus, there are some portable solar energy devices that allow you to take power with you if you have to go on the run, including solar backpacks.
Wind turbines can be more cost-effective than solar energy, but it greatly depends on where you live. They will be basically useless in residential areas and places they don’t get much wind. However, if you live in an open, windy environment, choosing wind turbines to power your home might be a great move.
Source of Food
Feeding yourself and your family can be tricky without having grocery stores to rely on; even without an impending threat due to climate change, food security can be a real issue. In an emergency, you have to be prepared to get food in a few different ways. Stocking up in canned goods is one great option, but it won’t do you much good if you have to leave your house; cans of food are heavy and take up too much room if you leave on foot. Alternative sources of food are necessary, and luckily there are many options to choose from.
Hunting and Gathering
In the event of an emergency, you may be required to find your food out in the wild. If so, you need to be able to hunt for animals and gather edible plants. For hunting, practicing and refining your shooting and hunting skills can help you get your own food. One good kill can keep you and your family fed for weeks, or even months. Of course, when preparing for an emergency situation, it’s not enough to be able to hunt with your gun. Just in case, you should be prepared and able to hunt with alternative methods, including bow and arrow hunting as well as animal traps. This will diversify your abilities and provide you with silent alternatives for hunting.
Growing your own fruits and vegetables is a great start, but did you know you can grow your own source of protein as well? Aquaponics is the mixture of aquaculture, growing edible fish, and hydroponics, growing plants without soil. In this way, you create an ecosystem that also supplies you with food. Prime fish you can grow in your aquaponics system include: tilapia, trout, carp, and catfish.
Growing your own fruits and vegetables is another step that will keep you out of stores and away from depending on retailers for your goods. Certainly, what you can garden will depend on the climate and conditions where you live. Doing some research will help you know what seeds to buy and how to care for your garden. You can grow vegetables in a garden, plant a few fruit trees, and even order a few self-sustaining indoor gardens. Once you have a bit of greenery growing, you can see how long you can go without grocery shopping — at least for plants and vegetables.
Source of Water
Another aspect of independent living that you need to consider is water. You should be prepared in case your water supply is cut out, and until then you can practice for such a situation. You can do this by buying a water tank or digging a well for water supply. You should also learn how to maintain, check, and clean your water so you are not drinking from a dirty supply.
Variables such as how many people you will be providing for and how long you will need to sustain yourselves are very important when it comes to planning for an emergency event. This is why it is essential that you don’t wait until you are in such a situation to practice. The more you can maintain yourself and your family before an emergency is happening, the better you will be able to handle it when it does.