Home survival planning is a must and can be accomplished successfully if you put some time and effort into it. This type of preparation is often used interchangeably with the terms “homesteading” or “self-sustainable living.” When preparing for disasters, you have to stop thinking about the world you live in today. You have to concentrate on what the world would look like without all the comforts of home that you currently enjoy.
Home Survival Preparedness for Self Sustainability
It is never too early to start preparing and gathering as much information as possible about emergency preparedness is crucial. In order to survive at home during a serious emergency period, it is necessary to be able to become completely self-reliant. You won’t be depending on outside services or upon others for your survival. You will be living off the land, so to speak, but you have to know how to do that in order to survive.
As is always the case, where you currently reside will help determine what type of home survival plan you devise. However, there are two things you must provide for you and/or your family no matter where you live: enough food and water to survive. There are also other important considerations as well that can provide for the needs of your family.
Learn how to garden and grow your own food. It really isn’t that hard and you can do it anywhere. If you have a backyard, great! If you live in an apartment or high rise, buy some big 5-gallon buckets and dirt or use your flower pots. You can grow food anywhere there is soil. There is also a way to garden without dirt called hydroponics, which uses water as the grow medium. It is highly useful in small spaces and is worth exploring.
The type of seeds (normally vegetables) that you buy for survival storage must be able to germinate and produce over and over again. Heirloom seeds are the best for this purpose.
If you are in a temperate climate where you can grow fruit, it would be wise to plant a couple of fruit trees. Fruit trees produce every year and you can preserve both fruit and vegetables for later when the temperatures have dropped.
Fresh water is essential. Period. If you don’t have water, the average person can only survive about three days. Finding ways to store water and purify water should be at the top of your to-do list.
Not only are you going to need water, your livestock and garden will need water if you are in a more rural setting. You will want water for boiling, bathing, cooking, cleaning, etc. Catching water in rain barrels is your best bet for storing water.
Do you live in an area where you can raise chickens? Build a chicken coop (fun project with the kids) and buy some chicks. You will have an endless supply of eggs. And, the eggs will be a great barter item especially in the case of a financial collapse.
You should also plan on how you will protect yourself and/or your family. You may not like it but weapons are going to be your best friend, especially in the case of civil unrest. What if someone has heard about your food supply and decides to invade your home or garden? How will you protect all of the assets you have so carefully taken the time to prepare?
Don’t just limit yourself to one firearm. Buy several. Take gun safety and shooting courses. Also, keep alternative protective equipment on hand such as knives and bows, just in case. No one likes the thought of this possiblity, but those who are prepared will be the safest.
Always Be Prepared to Survive at Home
Don’t be caught off guard if a disaster strikes in your local area. Do your home survival preparation in advance for your best chance of safety and good health during difficult times.