Stuck in the Woods: How to Truly Prep Your Homestead for a Natural Disaster

A natural disaster happens in any corner of the world with some or little warning. These situations are frightening, especially when you live in a rural region. When it comes to your homestead, you need to be prepared for almost any situation. Consider these top tips that truly prep your home in the event of a disaster.


Stock up on Supplies

Canned food, water and batteries should be prioritized as your homestead stock. Disasters often cut off food and water supplies almost immediately. Be sure to have enough water for both drinking, cooking and cleaning. Nearby municipal supplies might be out of commission for several days, depending on the disaster’s extent. Always rotate your canned-food stock too. You don’t want to experience a disaster, and the food has expired several years ago.


ShelterInspect the Building Envelope

Before a disaster occurs, make it a habit to inspect your home. Look at the roof, walls, and foundation. Collectively, these components are referred to as the building envelope. Deal with any minor issues that you observe, such as cracks or broken materials. If these items are ignored, a disaster can quickly worsen them. In fact, it’s possible for the homestead to have severe problems as the disaster weakens any cracks or compromised areas.


Invest in a Generator

Don’t rely on nearby electricity because it can go out for days or weeks at a time during a disaster. Ideally, purchase a portable power generator. Some companies, such as Renogy, know that these kinds of devices uses oil, gas, or a battery to generate electricity. You’ll have limited power with the generator, but it’s enough to keep you going through a disaster. Without power, boiling water and heating your house can be nearly impossible.


Prune Away Hazards

When your homestead is in the wilderness, you’re surrounded by nature’s beauty. Be aware of the hazards that are all around you, however. Dangling tree branches and brush on the ground can quickly become hazards. Branches might fall on the home, or the brush goes up in flames. Prune away these items so that they’re a safe distance from the home. You can still have nature to enjoy, but just at a distance where the home is safe from immediate harm.


Practice disaster scenarios with your loved ones. Create drills that everyone participates in so that you’re ready for almost any disaster. Although it’s impossible to be completely ready for the unexpected, these drills will simplify your response as you keep everyone safe from harm.


About the Author:

Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber


One thought on “Stuck in the Woods: How to Truly Prep Your Homestead for a Natural Disaster

  • August 19, 2017 at 10:48 am

    I find this article interesting and informative but have several comments, questions and suggestions.
    First, having a BOL as shown in the accompanying article would be nice but, using the photo as an example, pruning away sufficient materials to lower the chance of collateral damage due to tree limbs falling on the structure or fire potential both could cause issues because tree pruning or removal might actually make the structure a target better visible because it stands out in a much more barren area because of the opening created to achieve a buffer. Not too unlike being the center of a target bullseye, especially if viewed from above.
    Returning to the suggestions about power to a structure (having a substitute power source like a generator as mentioned in the article) may not be practical in some situations.
    IF the only problem during a crisis is power interruption, then it's not a big deal but if your home (assuming you intend to remain there after a crisis) is damaged such as in a flood, fire or structural damage, continual occupation may NOT be feasible if authorities condemn it, the electrical grid attachment is compromised (the circuit breaker box is damaged) or the area immediately surrounding your junction box is damaged, then you run the risk of further creating fire or shock potential if the wiring isn't 100% intact.
    If you have whole-house auxiliary emergency power previously installed, it may or may not work if it detects a breach in the circuitry telling it to NOT engage for safety reasons.
    You could, however, have a stand-alone generator of smaller power to provide for smaller appliances and maybe some lights, heaters, etc., but the average generator may create enough noise to advertise your presence and make you a target to others who may see you as a source of not only power but other, possible, preparations, certainly NOT what you want if there is a long-term power disruption or, especially, if a grid down/society wide calamity.
    Getting back to a fixed generator, they typically rely on natural gas for fuel and that might create a supply issue depending on crisis duration.
    I certainly do NOT want to be a Debbie Downer or rain on anybody's parade but these are all topics which must be considered for you own situation for a given crisis or eventuality.


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