Survival is often about the very basics in life, and many people who have found themselves having to survive in the most challenging (and unexpected) of environments describe a liberating feeling of release from luxuries at the same time as panic that they have no shelter, food or means of defending themselves.
One term you’ll hear a lot on this website is ‘preparedness’, and people who spend a lot of time getting ready for what they consider to be the inevitable demise of society are known as ‘Preppers’. While they may have extreme views that most people find negative, alarmist or even amusing, take a moment to think about whether you would rather be somebody that is ill prepared when the worst happens, or prepared for a disaster which never happens. The prudent answer must surely be the latter.
Naturally, you can take preparation as far as you like. In a simple way, it can be making sure there’s fuel in the car when there’s a shortage, whereas a more serious Prepper might make sure they’ve got a generator at the ready for any time that the power supplies fail. Let’s have a look in a little more detail at just what areas of life relating to food and utilities deserve some thought:
- Preparing For Disaster
We live on a planet that has brought huge opportunities thanks to the onslaught of technology. In an ever more connected world, that also brings threats. Foreign governments trying to bring down our country’s infrastructure, hackers targeting our assets and personal information to name but a couple. What about our electricity grids though, it’s only a matter of time before a developed country suffers major power outages as a result of computer failures or malicious attacks. This is just one example of why you need to be prepared. For a few hours, a lack of power is an inconvenience, a few days causes your home food supply to go bad, and longer still can start to become a threat to your survival. Planning ahead now can help you to mitigate those risks, and move up the survival chain. As you’ll learn on this site, staying safer than other people is the name of the game when disaster strikes.
- Growing Your Own Food
Growing food conjures up images of farming in idyllic countryside, but is not as easy as it sounds. It’s a set of skills that can very easily save lives, though. Across America, there are entire communities that rely on roads and rail to get their supplies to them. If those transport links were severed for any reason, the food, hygiene and medical supplies would soon dwindle. If you’re able to mange your food supply by setting up a cycle of growing and harvesting foods, you’re in a very strong position to survive over long periods of time, and even restore an organized community, working together to rebuild a coherent society. On the other hand, a lack of leadership can lead to selfish behavior, very common in survival situations. That’s a threat to everyone involved, as eating the seeds of a future crop is, quite literally, a killer.
- Green Energy
We’ve mentioned losing power supplies, but what about creating them? Solar and wind energy are two very popular solutions, along with lesser known and utilized generation methods like tidal flows. There’s a huge benefit to starting to go green with your energy today, as it’s not an easy thing to arrange once you really need it and the power’s off. The incentive to cut your utility bills today should be enough to get you interested, so that when everyone else’s lights go out, you’ve still got the creature comforts that will let you plan your next moves rationally.
- Water Purification
We talk about food as if it’s the most urgent requirement in the event of disaster, but water is absolutely critical. Whenever you see news reports of natural disasters, it tends to either be the lack of water or excess that’s causing the immediate threat to life. Tsunamis flooding villages and coastal towns, cholera spreading fast in remote communities, or just drought taking hold and causing mass dehydration, water is a fundamental building block of life, and too much or too little can threaten our very being.
So, we’ve painted a somewhat alarming picture of what life might be like if we lose the easy access to our food and electricity, so what do we need to do about it? Quite simply, be prepared. Yes, it’s exactly what the boy scouts have been teaching for generations. Most of the solutions can be put in place very quickly too, at least now, while we’re lucky enough to have a fully functioning, civilized society to obtain what we need.
Dive deeper into this section to learn more, there’s plenty to learn about growing food, raising animals like chickens for eggs and meat, fitting renewal energy solutions at home and much more. It’s easy to dismiss all of this as something you’ll never need, but there are plenty of places around the world that were previously able to offer a comfortable quality of life, that nature or mankind has caused to crumble.