What will you do if the grid goes down? If there is no electricity and maybe no natural gas?
Some people get generators and figure out how to use them to power household appliances. If you can afford it, that's a great solution. You'll need to be able to protect your generator from looters who will hear it running and decide they need it more than you do. But that's the case with most supplies, but other supplies don't announce their presence as loudly as a generator will.
Since I can't really afford a generator, my focus has been on making it so a generator is less essential to my plans.
I have battery-powered electronics and small solar chargers for the rechargeable batteries. I also have battery adapters so I can use AAA and AA batteries in most things. I also have hand-powered items, including a wind-up Victrola for "entertainment" (my daughter complains about the song selection). I have crank-powered radios and flashlights, too. And an antique hand-powered drill and a brace and bit set. I have wind-up clocks (if time would still matter for some reason).
I have "extra" electronics stored in a makeshift Faraday cage-- which I'll discuss later.
I have alternate ways of cooking and heating. It would be better if I lived in a forested area so firewood would be available, but that gets back to my previous post about sustainable places to live (which this is not).
None of this will keep my refrigerator running in a grid-down situation, but there are old ways of keeping foods cool-- at least until you can eat most of them. And the rest, I can do without.
These are the ways I
Sure, a generator would be nice, but it's not in the budget for now.
Do you have any other suggestions I might have missed?
The slow slide toward collapse is harder on me than a quick implosion would be-- I think (since I've never really experienced an implosion). I hate the waiting.
I'm as ready as I'm probably going to get. The longer this drags on, the more of my preps will need to be refreshed.
My gardening was an utter failure. I will need to rely on the stuff that grows naturally rather than garden foods if the collapse gets to that point this year. I knew that was a possibility because I'm so bad at gardening. So, no real surprise there.
I probably ought to do some work on my bike to get it working better-- but the reason it has problems now is that I did some work on it last year and screwed things up. Doing more work on it might not benefit its functionality the way I hope it would.
I would like to get more firewood. Trees don't grow naturally in this region, so that means buying firewood from those who travel to collect it. I can usually find cheap wood that's not great, but burns. I had an ...
This is a cross-post with my KentForLiberty blog (http://blog.kentforliberty.com/)
As I've said recently, I feel pretty good about the condition of my preps. I've never been better positioned for the S to HTF, even though I don't think my location is ideal since there is no real outdoors (farmland doesn't count) within a couple hundred miles.
But if I had the money there are more things I'd get.
I'd get much more ammo.
I'd get antibiotics packs for everyone in the household from JASE Medical.
I'd get more water containers, sturdy ones, the kind that can stack like bricks as well as a couple of water bobs.
I'd stock up on heritage seeds, even though I'm a terrible gardener.
Even though I believe it's important to reduce dependence on electricity in anticipation of TEOTWAWKI scenarios, I'd still get a solar "generator" and solar panels to charge it.
I'd get a more secure, larger shed, and a sturdy privacy fence around my entire property.
I'd get locking gas caps, and harden my vehicles...
I ran across something I wanted to share with you. You probably already know about it and are laughing at me for being so late to the game. Just in case you don't know, I'll tell you anyway.
I have always stocked dry milk. And I hate it. I can put it in recipes and it's OK, but for anything where you need liquid milk that tastes like milk, it doesn't cut it. Yuck.
However, I recently tried Nido. I had heard about it on another prepper's video and decided to give it a shot.
It is milk, in powder form. It tastes like milk. I've eaten it on cereal, my daughter has drank it, I even let the cats pass judgment. Everyone approves.
The "best by" dates aren't far enough into the future to make me happy-- maybe that can be extended with careful, cool, storage. It's probably a trade-off due to this not being fat-free.
It's not a money-saving thing-- it's going to cost more than fresh milk. But if you don't have a source of milk, or don't have refrigeration, it is a good option to try. At the...