In light of many recent events, world tragedies and natural disasters, many people are starting to question how they would live if something happened to our food supply, our water, or electricity among other things. The truth is, it could happen, and we should all be prepared. Some preppers are already living off the grid as a way of life, while others are just considering their options. Either way there are some important steps that you need to take to make sure that you and your family will survive in the event of a catastrophe.
Our lives today revolve around electricity, we use it now more than ever. It powers our phones, computers, refrigerators, lights, and even some of our cars. If something horrible were to happen to the power grid, how prepared would you be?
It is time that we start taking a more detailed look at alternative energy. Solar power is a great option and one that many who are already living off the grid have chosen. Wind power is another option. In the long run either of these options will save you money and keep you from relying on someone else to power your home.
Food keeps us alive. We must have it to survive. When thinking about living off the grid, we need to think about where we would get out food supply, in the event that we were unable to drive to the local grocery store. Becoming self sustaining or partially self sustaining now, can be very helpful in the future. Learn how to grow vegetables and harvest seed from them. This is one of the most economical food supplies available.
Learn to how to hunt, what to hunt and when to hunt it. Stock up on game that can be frozen and used at a later time. You will need equipment to hunt, make sure that you have adequate guns, bows and knives. This is also a good time to think about building a stockpile of ammunition.
Learn about wild plants and berries. Find out which plants are edible in your area and keep that in mind incase you ever need them. Summertime in the midwest means wild blackberries are abundant. Gather what you can and use or freeze it. You can also can many items or use them to make jams or jellies.
Most areas have some type of ground water under them. Digging a well is the most budget friendly way of gaining access to water off the grid. In many rural communities this is the only option. In some areas natural springs are abundant. These springs are a great source of water as long as they are far enough below the surface to not be contaminated by animal feces or fertilizers. A cistern is another option, although if you choose a cistern you my find yourself having to purchase water in times of drought.
A backup supply of clean bottled water is always a good idea. Just as we cannot survive without food, our bodies cannot survive without water. This is one of the most important things to think about when choosing to live off the grid.
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