After the Collapse, whatever form that might take, there is a high likelihood that the power grid could fail. What to do with all those gadgets we’ve collected? They’ve become such a huge part of our modern lives! Cell phones, computers, tablets, have found homes in our homes for many Americans, and indeed, many around the world. How would the failure of the grid affect your life?
Like many, I have a cell phone and a tablet. I also have a couple of laptop computers. Most of the time I work on a five year old desktop computer. Why? Well, I like the flexibility of being able to open it up and configure it the way I want. I also have an external hard drive to store documents and photos. If the computer dies, I still have my files. But if the grid is down, neither of these is of any use. That’s why I have the tablet. An external SD card makes it possible for me to store the most important of all these files. Not all, by any means, but most. I can keep pictures of my family and copies of important documents, like birth and marriage certificates.
Even the tablet needs to be recharged though. As does the phone. If the grid is down, the phone will most likely be useless as a phone, but if I can keep it charged, it can still be my alarm clock and kitchen timer. Yes, I cook. Until I get another one of those wind up kitchen timers, my phone is my best friend in the kitchen. So how will I keep my tablet and phone charged if there’s no power at the wall? I bought a solar charger that supports both at the same time.
Some foods are more easily stored for the long term than others. Examples would be dried beans, canned goods, and home canned fruits, vegetables and meats. I haven’t yet acquired my pressure canner in order to try home canning. I have, however, acquired 5 gallon plastic buckets, Mylar pouches and oxygen absorbers. The list of foods that can be stored in this manner is not exactly short.
So far, I have three kinds of beans (Great Northern, Pinto and Red Kidney), Rice, and Cornmeal. I had read up on the process of putting products into Mylar bags, adding an oxygen absorber (appropriately sized) and sealing the Mylar. I purchased both the 5 gallon size, to fit the whole bucket, and the 1 gallon size. The smaller seemed more efficient to me, as I could store a smaller amount within and not worry about resealing the bag too many times. As of right now, I’m sticking with that decision.
Getting Ready is a topic with SO many sub-topics! It’s tough to keep it all straight. Documentation is my key. I have a Galaxy Tab2 on which I’ve installed the Kindle app. I’ve download a couple hundred free books. I’ve realized recently that this is too many. Now begins the process of weeding out the ones that are redundant or minimal.
I’ve got a list of categories for this site that is (I hope) going to help me organize my thoughts and projects. Now all I have to do is get a list of projects! My priority for this year is to jump into food preservation. I still have to buy a pressure canner. I have some jars. I have the “toolkit”. I have three books that I consider to be of value, and many others that I still need to read. I’ll put links to the three I like already below.
“Getting Ready” is more commonly known these days as “Preparing”, or “Prepping”. Being prepared or being a prepper has been used as a derogatory term. Many see it as a form of insanity. Boy Scouts, I’m sure, would see it as normal. After all, we’ve heard for years the motto of the Boy Scouts is “Be Prepared”. So what is so terrible about being prepared as an adult?
Being prepared as an adult, in this day and age, and in the previous 30 years, has meant preparing for things that the rest of society has deemed either unlikely or even impossible. What are all these people preparing for? A great number of people, around the world, have seen events unfold that are disturbing, to them. Are there extremes in prepping? Yes, of course, there are. Does that negate the need or the requirement? Not even slightly!
What are they preparing for? There are two basic scenarios. I know, there are folks who will say there are dozens, but I did say basic. Natural and man-made is what I reference. The natural world has plenty to throw at us. Look at the United States in January 2014. Deep freeze across the northern half of the country. There’s one scenario. Look at Superstorm Sandy. Sandy made a huge mess of the northeastern corner of the country. That happened in 2012 and there are still people that have not recovered! Go back even further to Hurricane Katrina and you can begin to see how natural events can be devastating, literally, to the structure of our society and fabric of our lives in this country.