Living Off Grid for Survival

Explorer kid girl walking with backpack between forest grass. If you have ever heard of survival prepping or just “prepping” in general, you’re probably familiar with the concept of living off grid. Essentially, the idea is that you build your life in such a way that you’re not reliant upon the power grid, government or even modern food/water supply for your survival. The whole concept is about sustainability, being able to exist with very little impact if something unforeseeable happens to disrupt our modern way of life.

Utilities

One of the single biggest issues that most people come across when considering an off grid lifestyle is how they’re going to power their home and lives. There are plenty of ways to keep your home powered without dependence upon a centralized power grid. From solar and wind energy to generators, you have a lot of options. Some people opt to live in such a way that they require as little electrical energy as possible in an attempt to get around their dependence upon these resources.

Water and sewer are other big considerations for people who choose to live off grid. If you’re going to keep your water supply steady (which is vital) it’s best to live in a temperate climate and either have property with a well and/or other water rights or to have a well-managed rain water collection/storage practice.

Sewage can be managed with a well-maintained septic system.

Food Storage

If you’re living 100% off grid, this means you’re not relying on modern supply chains to keep yourself and your family fed. This means that you’ve incorporated a serious system of food storage and/or food cultivation into your life. If you are planning on being off grid forever or even for an extended period of time, growing/raising your own food is pretty much essential.

You can store food for a while, but if you can’t replenish your food supply as you use it, it’s eventually going to run out.

There are many ways to keep up on your food storage. Gardening, canning, livestock and even game hunting can help to ensure your family is never short of food. Of course, there are some foods (such as sugar and salt) which you’re going to want to maintain a healthy, long-term supply of. If you can’t grow and mill enough grain to keep you in flour, you may want to stockpile that as well.

Life Essentials

Even those who live primarily off grid find themselves in need of outside assistance from time to time. Items such as medications and first aid need to be maintained. In the even that something does happen to disrupt modern society and all of the conveniences we take for granted, these will be the hard to come by items.

Keeping an extra supply of prescriptions and OTC medications, as well as emergency medical supplies, is a great way to be prepared. You’ll also be well-served by taking some basic courses like CPR and other medical training classes. These simple tips can literally mean the difference between life and death for people living off grid.

Living without the Government

An old locked door. When you’re a survivalist, you understand that a lot of the downfall that will happen in our society is related to the way that the government will be run. Martial law is, likely, eminent, so it’s important that we learn and understand how to live without the government now instead of later. What can we do in order to start living without the government (and off the grid) as soon as possible? Here are some recommendations that you may want to consider.

Consider getting off of the grid and living for free. This is the first thing that you’re going to want to do when you start trying to live without the government. In short, you want to be off of the map as much as possible. Live in the woods or somewhere else that is off of the map and so that the government can’t find you. Or, be a squatter and find somewhere that has been completely abandoned so that no one even notices that you’re staying there. Make sure that you’re constantly on the move though, because otherwise you will have the ability to be tracked down and followed.

Make tweaks to your technology in order to prevent the government from finding you. You either have to cut off technology totally, or you have to make modifications to ensure that you aren’t going to be tracked. If you need technology, then make sure that you only post online via untraceable connections, that you get a new computer that uses an open source operating system, and that you’re constantly encrypting everything with passwords and other untraceable things. You’ll have to have a little networking knowhow to get to this point, but with some reading and a little bit of knowledge, it won’t be too hard for you to get off the grid with technology. If you don’t need it at all, dump it completely.

Cancel bank accounts and ensure that any money that you do have is in cash and other investments that will stick around after an economic downfall. Gold is a good investment, and some cash will be fine, but if the economy crashes it’s not going to be of any use to you at all. In short, you don’t want to have any assets anywhere that could end up being traced

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back to you or that could be used to find you. Keep everything hidden as best as you can, keep as little of it on you as you can, and you’ll be in a much better position to deal with it later on.

It takes a lot of time to live without the government, because in our society, we have been conditioned to believe that we need it in order to be able to function properly. But by making these changes gradually and doing what we can in order to ensure that we’re in a safe and secure place, then it’s going to be a much easier transition for you than for others who may not be ready in case a disaster strikes.

Hiring a Landscaping Company and Its Benefits

An image of a greenhouse with plants in it. Did you know that a landscaping company can be incredibly helpful for you if you’re trying to take care of survival preparedness in any way, shape, or form? By partnering with a landscaping company, you will find that it is much easier for you to get everything taken care of that you need to take care of. Let’s take a quick look at just a few of the things that could end up helping us in the end.

Why Hire a Landscaping Company?

  • A landscaping company has tools. As a prepper, you’re looking for tools that will help you survive, and the space that you have is limited. Because of that, a landscaping company that already has the tools can end up saving you a lot of space in your home that you can use for other important items that you need for survival.
  • A landscaping company has experience. Everyone knows a little bit about landscaping, but if you’re trying to be discreet about certain things, then you’re going to need a little bit of help from people that know about the process and how they can help you with it. In short, they will make it look a lot cleaner than you could on your own.
  • A landscaping company can save you important resources. If you had to buy the tools and do it yourself, it would end up taking a lot of time and money to do it. For preppers (and really, for anyone), both of those things are incredibly precious. By hiring a landscaping company to come in and take care of it for you, you can save both time and money that you can use for other tasks that need to be completed in the same period of time as you would otherwise.

How Can This Help You, A Prepper?

There are a wide variety of ways that this can help preppers out. Think about all of the different things that you will be trying to do while setting your home up for a disaster. You may be digging an underground shelter that you want to hide with appropriate landscaping. Or, you may be setting up a secret garden that hides away everything, and you want to make sure that it doesn’t look Woman caring for her yard. suspicious to anyone. A landscaping company can help you to make those areas more organized and to make it so that you’re not fighting against the elements in your yard. In short, landscaping professionals can help to make your home as inconspicuous as possible.

Landscaping companies can be a huge asset as long as we’re using their services wisely and we’re staying relatively quiet about the different things that we’re doing around our homes to prep. By staying private with that information, we make it less likely that those same people will come out looking for our supplies when TEOTWAWKI actually comes to pass. Use them sparingly and intelligently and you’ll end up with great results.

Apocalypse Now: Preparing your Family for the End

Destroyed neighborhood. It is very important to protect your family from any disastrous event that could take place. The apocalypse is inevitable and should be in the minds of everyone. While we still have the internet as well as various different tools to utilize, everyone should begin the preparation of the apocalypse when it comes.

There are a number of steps that need to be taken before one can be fully prepared for whatever it is that hits us. Here are some important things you must do to get you and your family ready for the end of the world.

90 Days-Worth of Supplies

If the world is in the middle of an apocalypse you are going to want to make sure you and family have plenty of food and supplies. Three months-worth of supplies will be enough to get you through a long-term emergency. If a disaster does strike, you want to think in terms of basic survival and essentials.

Basic Survival:

  • Canned goods
  • Containers of water
  • Blankets and pillows
  • Weapons
  • Medications
  • Long-sleeved clothing
  • Backpack or tote bag

There are some other essentials that you may want to have on hand during the apocalypse as well. These are not absolute musts, but depending on the situation, they may come in handy.

  • Matches
  • Flashlights
  • Extra clothes
  • Lighters
  • First aid book and kit
  • Duct tape
  • Axe
  • Pens or permanent markers
  • Smartphone

Put Together an Emergency Kit

Whether it is a meteor, zombies, or cannibals, you need to make sure you are prepared for any type of emergency. Preparing a kit is the key to keeping you and your family safe. Here are some items that you will need to make sure are in the emergency kit.

  • Band aids
  • Medical tape
  • Gauze
  • Tylenol or other pain medications
  • Thermometer
  • Antibiotics (if you have access to them)
  • Iodine
  • Superglue
  • Feminine hygiene products

Communication Systems

Besides having the proper amount of food and supplies you must make sure you have the proper means of communication. You will want to have a CB radio with walkie-talkies and plenty of Prepping supplies and camping gear. batteries as a way to communicate with others in your family and other survivors. It is not enough to simply have a radio for yourself, you need to make sure all of your loved ones have one available as well.

Transportation

The best type of transportation to use is any diesel-powered vehicle. If you do not have access to one, make sure you have bicycles which make for an easy getaway.

Learning How to Shoot

Having a guns in your emergency kit is key. If you are not comfortable with how to shoot a gun it is important that you become a good shot. Go to the shooting range and practice with someone you know who is an expert. You can also take lessons if you want to become a pro shooter fast.

It is crucial that you prepare for an apocalypse no matter what type it is. Allow yourself plenty of time to make sure you have everything that you and your family needs.

Prepping to Stay in Communication

an emergency weather radioIn our modern world of wi-fi and perpetual immediate communication, it’s safe to say that in an emergency scenario, the potential for loss of communication may be utterly devastating. Both psychologically and logistically, a sudden inability to stay in contact with each other or keep up to date on world or even local events has the potential to disrupt plans.

Fortunately, while most traditional communication methods have a high likelihood of becoming useless in the event of a widespread emergency situation, there are devices out there that can mitigate some of the disaster.

Cell Phones and Internet

It pretty much goes without saying that in the event of a serious disaster there are going to be issues with cell phone and internet dependability. Even if towers have power and are producing signals, recent natural disasters have showcased that when everyone jumps at once, our communication infrastructure simply can’t handle the volume.

In the event that power goes out over a large area, cell towers and internet routers will likely be utterly useless. Landlines fare a bit better, but they’ve largely gone the way of the dino and often cordless phones require a power source to function.

Satellite Phones

One good alternative is having a satellite phone on hand. Keep in mind, though, that these guys are fairly expensive. On top of that, they’re only going to be as efficient as the next person whose phone is tied into the satellite system. If your cell phone isn’t working, you can presume the next guy’s cell phone isn’t either. So, while you may have a satellite phone to skirt the issue, you’re only going to be able to get through to people who also have the same superior technology.

Something else to keep in mind is that if there is some kind of EMP or other disaster that impacts our satellites, your satellite phone will be adversely impacted

CB Radios

CB radios are a pretty good form of communication. Their frequencies are fairly dependable, and they’re not difficult to use. However, you’re going to be restricted to contacting others on their CBcommunication antenna tower frequencies. They’re a good idea if you have a communication network of folks who are also using them, but not otherwise. They also have a fairly short range.

In reality, if you’re going to rely on a CB, you’re almost better off outfitting yourself, your family and close neighbors with some long-range walkie talkies.

Ham Radios

Every prepper should have a basic, battery or solar powered emergency radio in their survival kit. The EBS may be your sole source of emergency and weather information. That being said, an inexpensive Ham radio can be a great long-range way to both send and receive communications. You will be able to broadcast yourself and your location, as well as listen to other people’s broadcasts. In a serious situation that goes on for an extended period of time, this can be one of the least expensive and most effective ways to keep in communication.

Dry Climate Lawn Maintenance Tips

Green plant growing among the dry soilWith weather patterns seemingly changing more with each passing season, knowing how to maintain your lawn in a dry climate or drought situation is becoming an essential survival skill. More of us are seeing water restrictions, less rainfall and therefore dingier, drier lawns. In addition to being eyesores, dried out lawns can be a legal issue or even a physical danger. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to ensure that your lawn stands the test of time, no matter your climate.

Traditional Grass

It goes without saying that the vast majority of lawns are comprised of one form of grass or another. If your lawn is established, chances are the grass you’re growing is well-suited to your current climate. This being said, most people substantially over-water their lawns anyway. Most lawns can subside on one watering a week or less. It is really not necessary to water every day.

When it comes to watering, it’s not just frequency that can lead to over-watering. Many people over water due the volume they are sprinkling. There’s no need to water until there’s pools of standing water. It also bears mentioning that sidewalks don’t need to be watered. Set up your sprinklers so that the water is getting where it needs to be, not being wasted.

Grass Alternatives

If you live in an arid climate, it may be time to consider something less thirsty than a grass lawn. If you’ve ever been to the Desert Southwest, you already know that the vast percentage of residents have turned to other forms of landscaping. From decorative rocks to native shrubs and other low-water plant-life, people are recognizing that sometimes you have to conform to your climate rather than try to demand that it conform to you.

In a survival prepping situation, preserving water is much more important than using it to keep your lawn green.

Non-Decorative Lawn

If you are prepping for survival, you may want to seriously consider the practicality of ditching the lawn altogether and utilizing your personal space for something more constructive than the growing of grass.

Many people have chosen to ditch their lawn for organic gardens. While these will still require watering, the water is an investment in your future rather than being purely aesthetic. If you do some research into the hardiest veggies for your A water course planted with flowers. climate, you can use less water than you would for grass while preserving the future security of yourself and your family.

Water Collection

One way to ensure that you have non-municipal water for watering purposes is to collect rainwater in barrels. Let’s face it, if drought conditions persist, watering restrictions are generally one of the first conservation methods implemented.

If you do opt to collect rainwater, it’s imperative that you look into your local laws and regulations. It is actually against the law in some areas. It’s also worth considering that if your local water situation gets so bad you can’t legally water your lawn, you might want to be collecting that water for something more substantial than giving the grass a drink.