• Thursday, October 09th, 2008
Access to water is critical.
Three days without clean water, then nothing else will be needed.
If one has food but not water to flush, a composting toilet will be a precious, yet low cost, luxury.
Wood may be the only fuel available. Have a plan for cooking, bathing with hot water and heating.
Wash not wipe when there is no toilet paper.
Those without a plan, plan to fail.
Prepping on a budget
- Have a water plan. Where is the water supply? Are portable containers available? How far must water be carried? Is it safe to travel?
- Find a water filter that matches the budget and needs. Three days without clean water and nothing else will be needed.
- Find an emergency cook stove. Carefully consider the fuel source. Wood is usually available but cannot be used indoors without an externally vented chimney. Butane and propane can be used indoors. How will you start a fire?
- Purchase a variety of seasoning to avoid food fatigue. Make the same food taste different.
- Purchase a few extra cans of food and dehydrated food from your local supermarket during each visit.
- Have plans for emergency lighting, clothes washing, self defense, communicating with family members if cell phones do not work. Amateur radio is likely to become the most reliable communication for long and short range communication. Get a license.
- How does one deal with no toilet paper?
- Stock up on soap. Lots of it. Very important and inexpensive.
- Purchase a first aid kit and get training. In a grid down scenario little problems become major problems.
- Have a security plan and a caching plan.
- Have a plan to stay warm in cold weather without electricity. Is a wood stove installed and is fuel available?
- Purchase a higher capacity water filter if needed.
- Purchase an electric food dehydrator that matches budget and needs. Purchase or make a solar dehydrator for use when electricity is not available. Start dehydrating.
- Learn how to dehydrate food, about shelf life, and how to cook dehydrated food.
- Select and purchase one or more accessories to vacuum pack food at home..
- Purchase small suitable containers (Mason jars, P.E.T.E. jars, Mylar bags) suitable for vacuum packed food. Plastic bags are not suitable for long term storage.
- Purchase (or construct) an emergency composting toilet that fits within the budget. Cover deposits with peat moss or sawdust. It will not stink. When full, empty the container into the active chamber of a dual chamber compost bin.
- Expand the first aid kit and get more training.
Phase 3 (if finances improve)
- Purchase dehydrated food from East Coast Food Storage, Emergency Essentials, Honeyville, or one of the many other online suppliers.
- Build (or have built) a solar food dehydrator.
- Purchase more food than needed so it can be shared with neighbors.
If a low cost, live simple life style is acceptable, check out the book (Kindle or hard copy) Dirt-Cheap Survival Retreat: One Man`s Solution.