The events of 2020 have shown us just how fragile our economy has become. America’s supply of everyday consumer good extends from factories in China, across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, through regional distribution centers, and finally to your local grocery store. A disruption anywhere along the supply chain could leave you and your family without critical supplies. The same is true of our food supply. In the past 150 years, America has moved away from a mostly self-sufficient agrarian society, capable of feeding itself to a consumer society dependent on corporate processed foods trucked in from massive plants across the country. Imagine the desperate scenario that would play out if those trucks stopped coming to resupply your local grocery store.
In these uncertain times, it’s never been more important for patriots and freedom lovers to be prepared. Whether it’s a biological weapons attack, natural disaster, economic disruption, or terrorism, crises do happen. Do you trust the government will be able to take care of you and everyone else when the next event strikes?
Being free and independent people starts at home. The first step is to take control and custody of your most essential supplies: food, water, and energy. Having a 30-day supply of food is a prudent and affordable step that almost anyone can take. Several emergency food manufacturers like MyPatriotSupply offer kits of freeze-dried emergency food that will last in your pantry for 25 years. When it’s time to eat, all you need is boiling water. You might also consider starting a backyard of flock of laying hens or other small livestock that can feed your family in an emergency.
Having a secure water supply is also essential. For those of you on an independent well and septic system, make sure you have a backup power supply. If your home is on city/county water service, consider adding rainwater collection barrels to your house as a backup water source. Rainwater can be easily filtered and processed using a desktop water filter like Berkey Water Filter and then used for drinking or cooking. If green algae builds up in the rainwater, just treat each 2 gallon filtered batch with ¼ teaspoon of regular chlorine bleach. Another option would be to use a WaterBOB device in your bathtub. This handy little product allows you to store up to 100 gallons of water in a clean plastic bladder to protect against a loss of or contamination of the public water supply. They key is to have physical custody of the resource before you need it.
Finally, you need to have a secure power supply. So much of our modern lifestyle depends on electrical energy. Whether its refrigeration, air conditioning, electronic communication, or medical equipment, all of these things require electricity. Gas and propane generators are a convenient solution for short-term grid outages. For a long-term disruption, nothing provides greater security than an independent renewable energy solar + battery storage system, which you can learn more about here.
The key is to get started now. Don’t worry about not being able to afford or acquire all of these items right away. If you commit to taking consistent incremental steps towards a more self-sufficient lifestyle, you will be much better prepared to survive the next event.
About the author:
Joe Ordia is the co-Founder of Solar Surge. Since beginning his career in the solar industry in 2012, Joe has helped more than 600 households achieve greater levels of energy independence by utilizing clean solar energy and battery storage technology. He is committed to getting as many households as possible to be self-sufficient and prepared to survive during a time of crisis.
Joe is the author of Built to Survive, which is a guide for homeowners on how to setup their homes to be able to survive a loss of the electric grid. He is a licensed electrician and holds a Class A license for the construction of solar and wind energy facilities. Before founding his first technology company in 2000, Joe studied electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. He, his wife Rachel, and their five children reside in Central Virginia. Joe is a follower and believer on the Lord Jesus Christ.