There’s a sense of urgency in the prepping community lately that is at an all time high. Between theglobal elite warmongers, the impending financial collapse as the government makes plans to attach pension funds, the new viruses, Monsanto’s GMO seeds running amok and threatening the world’s food supply, and Big Food’s toxic food-like substances in the grocery stores with no regard for actual nutrition, it is clear that we are going downhill fast. The soothing ”everything-is-just-fine” propaganda is so blatant that even the most die-hard zombie is beginning to see that something is amiss and that a massive change is soon to take place.
Many of us have stocked our homes to the rafters with beans, rice, bullets, and band-aids. Each trip to the store adds more to our stockpiles as we try to get what we need before time runs out. Newbie preppers are feeling even more frantic, wondering how to prepare when each week it takes more money to put less in the grocery cart. (If you’re new to preparedness, here’s a littleprimer with some great links.)
With the situation looking more grim by the day, it is very clear that stockpiling is not enough. No matter how many cans of green beans you have stored away, one day they will run out. We have become so dependent on the “buy it as you need it” lifestyle that despite our food storage, there are still gaps that must be filled.
And the only way to fill these gaps is through that which is a step beyond prepping….self sufficiency.
Self sufficiency is defined as the ability to provide for oneself without the help of others. No amount of stockpiling gives you true self sufficiency. It is a combination of skills, supplies, attitudes and habits that mean the difference between a person with a great pantry and a true survivor.
Self-sufficiency is for…
- The day the grocery stores close their doors or become so expensive that people cannot afford to shop
- The day that the FEMA Camp gates open in only one direction
- The day that the banks go on an indefinite holiday, after draining depositor savings accounts and pension funds
- The day that electricity and heat on demand become so expensive that only the wealthy can afford them
- The day that medical care no longer exists for the average person, or is directed by government death panels
The day that a natural disaster or false flag locks down the country and completely, irrevocably changes our way of life
The list could go on and on. These things are hurtling towards us and we must be ready. Self sufficiency, unlike prepping, doesn’t cost a lot of money – it’s about planning and acquiring basic skills and tools. It is about putting your plan into practice before you have no other option but to do so.
What would you do if you could never go to a store again? If you could never have utilities provided by a supplier again? What if you were truly on your own, forever?
For some situations, prepping just isn’t enough. If you don’t have plans for the following, you cannot consider yourself to be truly prepared.
Clean drinking water is one of the most important requirements for survival. Now is the time to figure out how you will get water if your stored water runs out. Some ideas might be:
- Rain barrels (which are beginning to be illegal in some states)
- Less obvious water collection containers like pools and ponds (don’t forget the roof if you live in an apartment building
- Water purification methods
- Locate nearby lakes, rivers and streams
- Wells (including non-electric pumps)
Many people believe that they will just be able to stick some seeds in the ground and feed their families year round. It isn’t that easy. You can only learn the foibles of your bit of ground through trial and error. It takes a lot more veggies than most people think to feed a family for a year. Anything from a blight to bad weather to a horde of hungry bunnies can wipe out all of your hard work and leave you without a bite to store away. Look into some of these methods:
- Gardening in your backyard or on a balcony
- An aquaponics or hydroponics system
- Raising chickens and other micro-livestock
- Hunting and foraging (a nice supplement to your diet but a risky plan for long term survival when everyone else has the same idea)
- Full-scale farming
- Rooftop gardening
- Greenhouses and cold-frames
Not all of us are lucky enough to live in a place where we can grow food outdoors all year long. For the rest of us, food preservation is a lifeline in the winter. A few basic supplies and tools are needed. Just like food production, it’s important to practices food preservation and work out the kinks now, while you still have moderately affordable groceries as a back up. As well, this allows you to rely on healthy, non-GMO foods instead of the inexpensive, highly processed garbage at the stores. Learn the following skills:
- Salting and curing
- Root cellaring
Reduce dependence on utilities
Whether you live in the country or in a high-rise apartment, you need to take steps to reduce your dependence on electricity at the flip of a switch, water from the tap, heat from the thermostat, and cooking at the turn of a dial. As the divide between the rich and the poor widen, there could one day be a choice between food and electricity. Your priorities are:
- Electrical power
- Refrigeration or other method of safe food storage
- Cooking methods
Every situation is unique so start now to amass the necessary tools to meet your needs should the lights go out on a long term basis.