The Boy Scout
motto Be Prepared is probably considered evidence
of terrorist (or at least extremist) inclinations in the USSA Today.
I wont even get into the parts about hiking in the woods,
carrying knives and practicing survival strategies.
In my day, we even had a merit badge for marksmanship with a gun.
camping expeditions aside, how to be prepared in situ? In
your home? For when the SHTF?
Guns (and ammo)
are obviously good things to have. And every person who wants to
be prepared for a possible fecal-flinging scenario ought to have
them. So also food supplies and medicine. Check.
Then I got
to thinking about related stuff that is arguably just as essential
which some be prepared people may not have taken into consideration
but really ought to.
A heat source,
Not just for
cooking, either. What if the SHTF in winter? If the utilities
go down, and stay down, how will you keep from freezing? How will
you keep the pipes in your house from bursting? Imagine three
or four months, potentially, of freezing winter weather on your
own. Some people heat with natural gas, propane or oil the
latter two of which, not being dependent upon a grid pipeline, can
supply you for a few months if need be. I however prefer old school.
I prefer wood.
For one, it
is free (provided you have some land which you ought to,
if you took steps to Be Prepared) and doesnt require you to
leave your place to obtain it or even to deal with the outside
world at all. For two, it is simple and (if you get a good wood
stove/insert) extremely efficient. You might even look into something
thats very popular in my neck of the woods: An outdoor wood
stove. It heats your home and your water, too. The other advantage
to these puppies is you only have to feed them wood twice a day.
Theyll slow-burn all night. And they run on other fuels, too
such as pellets. (See here
for an example.)
planned ahead and bought a least one top-drawer chain saw (I recommend
Stihl) stored up a few spare chains and a sharpening tool for it,
plus plenty of chain lube and treated gas (two five gallon jugs
will last a long time) youre covered and wont
freeze or have to eat cold food. Since we bugged out to the Deep
Country, I have made it policy to cut and split wood at least one
year in advance. So right now, I am working on wood for the winter
of 2013-2014. I already have the winter of 2012/2013 covered.
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