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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Power Outage: What to Do When the Power Goes Out

Ever experienced a power outage?

Want to know how to prepare, and what to do when the power goes out?
You’re happily enjoying your favorite TV program when suddenly the electrical power goes out. You should take immediate action. But what should you do?
Electrical power is an energy often taken for granted. When the lights, television, heating or air conditioning go off, most people just wait for power to come back on. They don’t realize it could be out for hours or days, and there’s potential damage when it is restored. Most people take no action.
When electricity goes out, all running motors spin down to a stop. Refrigerant stops being pumped through your air conditioning unit. Cool air stops blowing through your home’s ventilation outlets. For heating, there’s no power to operate the fan that blows warm air out the vents. Appliances that turn on according to set conditions can’t react. Water stops being available to your ice maker and refrigerator water spout. Computers shift to battery power. Clocks that aren’t backed up by batteries freeze in time. Security systems stop protective monitoring.  And your whole world goes into silent shut down.

According to recent statistics, the average power outage last 4.5 hours. If it lasts longer than one day, most people become restless and worried. If it lasts more than three days, your lifestyle changes significantly—20% of power outages worldwide meet this criteria.

Here’s what you should do the moment power goes out:

1. Check with family and friends to see if they or others in your neighborhood have also lost power. Try texting since this uses less bandwidth and has a good chance of getting through.

2. Write the time on a pad of paper. You’ll want to monitor how long frozen or refrigerated food stays safe.

3. Turn off all motors that were running at the time.

You want to ensure everyone is safe when power is restored. A quick unexpected start of a motor that was left on or plugged into a socket could become a safety hazard. The power surge could also damage the motor. If you can’t easily get to appliance plug sockets, turn the refrigerator and freezer settings to the warmest or off condition. Then keep their doors closed.

4. If you have a sump pump, periodically check it to confirm no flooding is occurring in your basement or crawl space.

5. Turn off and unplug all appliances, televisions, entertainment devices, and operating equipment.

Leave a single light switch on to show when power is restored. Set out flashlights for use as needed.

6. Shut and lock all windows and doors and get into comfortable clothes.

You want to use natural ventilation and retain comfortable room temperatures as long as possible. Consider shutting doors to unused rooms.

7. In addition, if it’s nighttime, and you live in an area where illegals, drifters, or homeless are known to frequent, keep your home and possessions safe. Don’t tempt anyone to steal from you.

8. Get prepared to activate your backup electrical power and lighting systems. You did prepare didn’t you?

9. Fill all the clean containers you can find with fresh water—including the bathtub. Know how much bottled water you have and begin a rationing regimen. And don’t forget to take care of your animals.

10. Immediately initiate refrigerator and freezer food conservation procedures.

Don’t open their doors unless absolutely necessary. And decide what you’ll take out in advance. Keep the cold where it belongs. A packed freezer can keep food frozen for up to 48 hours. A packed refrigerator can keep food cold for up to 24 hours. Consider using a picnic cooler with frozen freezer bags or bags of ice or dry ice to keep food cold or frozen. Use canned or freeze-dried foods to avoid opening the freezer. If food in your freezer thaws, it becomes refrigerator quality until its temperature increases to 40° F (4° C). At this point, use it or cook it. If power comes back on and ice crystals are still visible on thawed food that has reached 40° F, you can safely re-freeze this. Any meat, poultry, fish, eggs, milk, or leftovers that have been warmer than 40° F for over two hours should be thrown out. A list of food storage times can be found at http://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/charts/refridg_food.html. Also note which foods can be safely kept at room temperature for a few days.

11. Continue cooking any hot meals in process on your BBQ outside.

Maintain hot cooked food at 140° F or higher until eaten. You can use a meat thermometer to measure temperature.

12. Begin listening to your portable battery-operated emergency radio.

Hand-crank capability is good because this won’t discharge your normal batteries and a 60-count crank charge can keep the radio going for over 30 minutes. Every community has an emergency broadcast station. Learn its frequency and then tune your radio to it and monitor the power out repair process and weather conditions.

13. When electrical power is restored, wait a minute or two and then re-energize appliances carefully and slowly to minimize surge.

Start with the freezer and refrigerator at their warmest setting and then slowly turning their temperature settings down. This should get things going without surge issues.

14. Contact family and friends to let them know your power is back on.

Then continue a normal lifestyle. If you’ve prepared, you can comfortably endure a power outage. You may even enjoy the slower pace while power is out.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

How to Start a Fire With a 9V Battery

The ability to start a fire and keep it going is one of the most critical skills for a survivalist. Fire is crucial for cooking, light, and keeping warm when SHTF.

But starting a fire in the wild can be difficult. I think we’ve all had those moments of frustration when we just couldn’t get the fire to light and stay lit.

Check out this video from Survival Life’s own “Above Average” Joe for some fire starting tips that will ensure you’ll be able to start a fire successfully every time.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Doomsday clock for global market crash strikes one minute to midnight as central banks lose control

China currency devaluation signals endgame leaving equity markets free to collapse under the weight of impossible expectations.

When the banking crisis crippled global markets seven years ago, central bankers stepped in as lenders of last resort. Profligate private-sector loans were moved on to the public-sector balance sheet and vast money-printing gave the global economy room to heal. 
Time is now rapidly running out. From China to Brazil, the central banks have lost control and at the same time the global economy is grinding to a halt. It is only a matter of time before stock markets collapse under the weight of their lofty expectations and record valuations. 
The FTSE 100 has now erased its gains for the year, but there are signs things could get a whole lot worse. 

1 - China slowdown 

China was the great saviour of the world economy in 2008. The launching of an unprecedented stimulus package sparked an infrastructure investment boom. The voracious demand for commodities to fuel its construction boom dragged along oil- and resource-rich emerging markets. 
The Chinese economy has now hit a brick wall. Economic growth has dipped below 7pc for the first time in a quarter of a century, according to official data. That probably means the real economy is far weaker. 
The People’s Bank of China has pursued several measures to boost the flagging economy. The rate of borrowing has been slashed during the past 12 months from 6pc to 4.85pc. Opting to devalue the currency was a last resort and signalled the great era of Chinese growth is rapidly approaching its endgame. 
Data for exports showed an 8.9pc slump in July from the same period a year before. Analysts expected exports to fall only 0.3pc, so this was a huge miss. 
The Chinese housing market is also in a perilous state. House prices have fallen sharply after decades of steady growth. For the millions who stored their wealth in property, it makes for unsettling times. 

2 - Commodity collapse 

The China slowdown has sent shock waves through commodity markets. The Bloomberg Global Commodity index, which tracks the prices of 22 commodity prices, fell to levels last seen at the beginning of this century. 
The oil price is the purest barometer of world growth as it is the fuel that drives nearly all industry and production around the globe. 
Brent crude, the global benchmark for oil, has begun falling once again after a brief rally earlier in the year. It is now hovering above multi-year lows at about $50 per barrel. 
Iron ore is an essential raw material needed to feed China’s steel mills, and as such is a good gauge of the construction boom. 
The benchmark iron ore price has fallen to $56 per tonne, less than half its $140 per tonne level in January 2014. 

3 - Resource sector credit crisis 

Billions of dollars in loans were raised on global capital markets to fund new mines and oil exploration that was only ever profitable at previous elevated prices. 
With oil and metals prices having collapsed, many of these projects are now loss-making. The loans raised to back the projects are now under water and investors may never see any returns. 
Nowhere has this been felt more acutely than shale oil and gas drilling in the US. Tumbling oil prices have squeezed the finances of US drillers. Two of the biggest issuers of junk bonds in the past five years, Chesapeake and California Resources, have seen the value of their bonds tumble as panic grips capital markets. 
As more debt needs refinancing in future years, there is a risk the contagion will spread rapidly. 

4 - Dominoes begin to fall 

The great props to the world economy are now beginning to fall. China is going into reverse. And the emerging markets that consumed so many of our products are crippled by currency devaluation. The famed Brics of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, to whom the West was supposed to pass on the torch of economic growth, are in varying states of disarray. 
The central banks are rapidly losing control. The Chinese stock market has already crashed and disaster was only averted by the government buying billions of shares. Stock markets in Greece are in turmoil as the economy grinds to a halt and the country flirts with ejection from the eurozone. 
Earlier this year, investors flocked to the safe-haven currency of the Swiss franc but as a €1.1 trillion quantitative easing programme devalued the euro, the Swiss central bank was forced to abandon its four-year peg to the euro. 

5 - Credit markets roll over 

As central banks run out of silver bullets then, credit markets are desperately seeking to reprice risk. The London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor), a guide to how worried UK banks are about lending to each other, has been steadily rising during the past 12 months. Part of this process is a healthy return to normal pricing of risk after six years of extraordinary monetary stimulus. However, as the essential transmission systems of lending between banks begin to take the strain, it is quite possible that six years of reliance on central banks for funds has left the credit system unable to cope. 
Credit investors are often far better at pricing risk than optimistic equity investors. In the US while the S&P 500 (orange line) continues to soar, the high yield debt market has already begun to fall sharply (white line). 

6 - Interest rate shock 

Interest rates have been held at emergency lows in the UK and US for around six years. The US is expected to move first, with rates starting to rise from today’s 0pc-0.25pc around the end of the year. Investors have already starting buying dollars in anticipation of a strengthening US currency. UK rate rises are expected to follow shortly after. 

7 - Bull market third longest on record 

The UK stock market is in its 77th month of a bull market, which began in March 2009. On only two other occasions in history has the market risen for longer. One is in the lead-up to the Great Crash in 1929 and the other before the bursting of the dotcom bubble in the early 2000s. 
UK markets have been a beneficiary of the huge balance-sheet expansion in the US. US monetary base, a measure of notes and coins in circulation plus reserves held at the central bank, has more than quadrupled from around $800m to more than $4 trillion since 2008. The stock market has been a direct beneficiary of this money and will struggle now that QE3 has ended. 

8 - Overvalued US market 

In the US, Professor Robert Shiller’s cyclically adjusted price earnings ratio – or Shiller CAPE – for the S&P 500 stands at 27.2, some 64pc above its historic average of 16.6. On only three occasions since 1882 has it been higher – in 1929, 2000 and 2007. 

Monday, August 17, 2015


With China’s economic crash driving U.S. oil prices down to $42 a barrel, Saudi Arabia is the oil-exporting nation suffering the worst economic decline.

The 15,000 members of the six branches of the Saudi royal family have been buying national support with massive social welfare spending. But with the oil price plunging by 60 percent, causing a massive budget deficit, the kingdom’s foreign exchange reserves could be wiped out in four years.

Most analysts have focused on Russia as suffering the worst impacts of the oil price crash. The value of Russia’s oil & gas production is approximately $350 billion per year; it accounts for 20 percent of Russia’s GDP, and equals two thirds of all exports. But even at current prices, Russia will still achieve a trade surplus of about three percent of GDP. As an oil exporter, Russia’s is uniquely self-sufficient and a military exporter.

Saudi Arabia’s oil and gas sector makes up 45 percent of GDP, funds about 80 of the government’s budget, and accounts for 90 percent of exports. Saudi Arabia’s 2014 budget spending was $294.3 billion, with a $14.4 billion deficit. The 2015 Saudi budget was cut down to $229.3 billion in spending, with an expected $38.6 billion deficit.

But in June with the average price of oil estimated to be $60 a barrel for the year, the IMF estimated that Saudi Arabia’s $745 billion GDP would fall to $649 billion and the nation would post a budget deficit of 20 percent of GDP, or $130 billion.

With international oil prices at $49 a barrel, the Saudi deficit will jump to about $163 billion and Saudi GDP will plunge by another $80 billion, to $570 billion.

The IMF also did not make any mention of the added cost of Saudi Arabia’s air campaign against the Islamic State in Syria, and its war and invasion of Yemen.

Unlike the Russians’ legendary ability to hunker down and rely on their own self sufficiency in food and production,Saudi Arabia imports 70 percent of its food and does not produce military hardware, cars, refrigerators, civil airplanes, ships, or most manufactured consumer and industrial goods. Saudi Arabia’s only real domestic industry is petrochemicals.

The Saudi Arabian kingdom is in no position to implement severe austerity measures, like Russia. The vast majority of Saudis enjoy their standard of living due to government handouts.

Saudi citizens tend to lack employable skills and are culturally not inclined to work. Of the 30 million residents, only 5.5 million work and 3 million work directly for the government. The small private sector tends to employ foreigners.

When 80 year old Salmanbin Abdulaziz Al Saud ascended to the throne in February, he distributed $32 billion to the people to cement his popular support.

Saudi Arabia was a prime beneficiary from the 1998 to 2013 “supercycle” that saw commodity prices experience double-digit after-inflation growth. The price of oil rose 1,062 percent. But the price of copper rose 487 percent and corn rose 240 percent, as growing emerging market demand, led by China, drove up prices across various commodity markets, according to PIMCO.

Since China’s economy faltered last year, commodity prices have crumbled. But despite those falling prices, oil production and commodity supply is still expanding.

As a result, Saudi Arabia’s foreign exchange peaked in August 2014 at $750 billion, and fell $91 billion to $659 billion by June 2015, according to the IMF.

And that was before China’s $3 trillion stock crash.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Benefits of Food Storage During Economic Collapse

Food-storage-during-rioting-1024x969Chances are high that you have come across a few stories from the media regarding the increasing risk of economic collapse, or perhaps you have spotted several situations of rioting in Baltimore or Ferguson. You have probably witnessed photographs of shops boarding up their doors and long, empty food store shelves that were a result of looting. You may ask, however, “What is my family to do during such uncontrollable events?”.
Although a possible economic collapse or state of civil unrest is out of your control, (96% of Americans expect more civil unrest in US cities this summer!*) It is very possible to prepare yourself and your family for such scenarios. One of the most important things that can be secured to greatly increase the chances of making it through an economic shutdown of your community, state or country, or a sudden state of emergency from riots erupting, is a substantial food storage supply.
When faced with the reality of sudden travel restrictions, whether it be cross-country or as close as your neighborhood supermarket, the importance of securing necessities for your family becomes much more apparent. You may have created a supply of items that will help keep your family safe when things outside the home are getting out of hand, however, food is something that no one can go without. Nearby stores will most likely not have the option to remain open to serve customers during a riot in the community, and if economic collapse were to strike, your community’s infrastructure would be gravely affected as well.
An adequate food storage supply for your family can help you weather the storm of an economic collapse as you start to make adaptations to your suddenly different lifestyle, or possibly move to another more promising location. It can also increase the safety of your family while your surrounding environment grows hostile, providing you with resources accessible from within the home.
Take a look at our extensive selection of freeze-dried food storage foods that will last you up to 25 years, are highly portable and convenient, and can be the perfect choice for your family to utilize when faced with the hardships of an economic collapse, or outbreak of rioting in the community. Visit NuHarvestFoods.com for more information about our high quality long term storage food options and take a look at the following links for more information about how to better prepare for such pressing scenarios.

Friday, August 14, 2015

The Missing Item for Your
Personal Medical Preparedness
Introducing the SayAhh! Sore Throat Home Exam Kit
Everyone eventually will get a sore throat….
The US will have up to one billion colds this year, most accompanied by a sore throat. Everyone is sooner or later called upon to observe their child, teenager, or adult’s sore throat for the purpose of identifying and evaluating possible illness and reporting the symptoms to their healthcare provider. Without medical training, they are almost certain either to miss the indications of actual disease, or to mistake a normal throat for one in the grip of a raging virus.
SayAhh! offers a better way….
Getting a good view of a sore throat can be difficult. Not only can it be hard to get the throat open enough for a clear view but many people will also have a gag reflex with a typical depressor. SayAhh! changes all that. Unlike ordinary tongue depressors, the patented SayAhh! oral retractor cups and relaxes the tongue, while its unique retraction ridges help inhibit the gag reflex.
A complete Health Management System….
SayAhh! is a three-part health management system. Part one, the device, provides the user greater ease and accuracy of observation. Part two, the illustrated medical grade chart included as part of the instructions, provides clear pictures and descriptions of six common throat ailments – a solid basis for comparison to a normal throat. Part three is the website – SayAhh.com which contains in-depth information and photographic references for all six conditions, as well as answers to FAQs, general notes from doctors, and more. Access to all this is also available through the Apple Store SayAhh! Exam Guide, making SayAhh! an integral part of your home medical preparedness.
Observe. Compare. Report.
The SayAhh! sore throat home exam kit offers an easy solution. Now anyone can Observe someone’s throat easily and accurately with the SayAhh! oral retractor. They can Compare what they see to the illustrated reference chart or website or App photo gallery. Finally they can Report their observations to their physician with confidence.
The SayAhh! Sore Throat Home Examination Kit includes the following:
1. SayAhh! Oral Retractor
2. SayAhh! Home Exam Illustrated Sore Throat Chart
3. Flashlight
4. Unlimited Access to SayAhh.com
5. Unlimited 24/7 Access to the “SayAhh! Exam Guide” App on the Apple Store
One click away from unparalleled information at your fingertips
The SayAhh! Exam Guide App, once downloaded to your phone, can be used anytime, anywhere, and on the go without internet connectivity.

Thursday, August 13, 2015


A review of city salary data shows that over 1,200 city workers in Baltimore are making $100,000 or more a year in salary and overtime pay.

A search of a database of the salaries of the city’s 14,000 workers shows that over 1,200 workers in city services and the police and fire departments make two and, in some cases, three or more times more than the average salary of citizens of the city.

According to U.S. Census data, the median household income in Baltimore is $41,385. The census also reports that 23.8 percent of the city’s residents are below the poverty level.

Yet, over 1,200 city workers are making over $100,000 yearly. Some, like Lt. Stephen C. Nalewakjo Jr. of the city’s police department, made even more. Nalewakjo made $211,000 in the fiscal year of 2015. It appears the mayor’s office pays well too. Kaliope Parthemos, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s chief of staff, made $183,000.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Pandemic Survival Guidelines

The way the modern global infrastructure works, we see contact with humans from all over the globe within a single day, which makes virus transmission extremely likely in normal circumstances. Combine this with the fact that antibiotics of incredible power being overused are forcing viruses and bacteria to evolve constantly to survive and we have a situation where the possibility of a super-bug appearing is not just a possibility but a very dangerous inevitability.
A lot of scientists and epidemiologists nowadays believe that a global scale pandemic is entirely possible. The best we can do in the mean time is to be as ready as we can be in case something like this happens. There are far worse things than the fictional zombie apocalypse out there in terms of bacterial and viral infections, so let’s talk about ways we can protect ourselves in such cases:
Much like any situation where we have a threat, the first step is assessing what we’re dealing with. Right this second someone, somewhere out there is dying due to infectious diseases. These unwanted microscopic guests aren’t going away anytime soon, so we need to be the ones taking measures to keep ourselves safe no matter what. Often media will let the story go if the outbreak is small and may not even be reported, but you should still stay ahead of the media and pay attention to such minor outbreaks as they can always be the sign of an upcoming pandemic. Despite the pretty poor way the 2015 Ebola outbreak was handled, the CDC monitors a lot so you would do well to pay attention to any news they and the federal government have to share anyway.
You need to make sure you have your own water, food and other aid supplies no matter what, as this will make you have more than what about 90% of the population have at any given time. People are generally skeptical and believe that they will have what it takes to survive a disaster, so they rarely prepare for one. Unfortunately as any disaster survivor can tell you that is a very unrealistic scenario. You need to make sure you have what you need to make sure you will survive not just a few days, but long term if need be. Epidemics are a situation with a lot more insidious dangers than any other sudden disaster. You should always have what you need so you can avoid going to public areas where contagion levels will be higher, regardless of transmission vectors.
Identifying High Risk Areas
When an outbreak does happen, you will want to make sure you watch to see whether the infection spreads closer to where you live. Depending on the way the virus or bacteria are transmitted, it may take days or months for it to reach a pandemic state. Make sure you watch where the infection pops up and do your best to avoid such areas at all costs.
Keeping up Proper Hygiene
You need to make sure you are careful with your hygiene during an outbreak. Depending on the way the virus or bacteria is transmitted, this can easily be the thin line between staying healthy and getting sick. Always wear gloves and a medical mask at the least and if you know the contagion to be airborne, you should do your best to avoid concentrations of people. Evacuate the city if you must to stay safe. You can have a self-storage facility house most of the supplies you need, coming over and picking them up when you need them or you can construct some type of storage in your home if you live away from the cities. Either way works, just remember to keep an eye on expiration dates and to have enough water to last you for at least two weeks. A storage room is necessary if you want to keep your supplies safe. Make sure you pack everything airtight and move your supplies out of storage and into a saferlocation outside the city during the early stages of an epidemic.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

All About The Tomahawk

Our friends over at True Swords have kindly shared their article with us about tomahawks and tactical weapons. We hope you enjoy their article and video! (Amazing site, please check it out!!)
m48-kommando-tactical-tomahawkBeing a versatile tool, the tomahawk axe has been consistently used for self-defense, warfare, camping, excavation and other utility applications. To appreciate and understand how to use a tactical Tomahawk Axe, it is imperative that we give a little background information on this tool. The modern tactical tomahawk axe has been modeled from the Native Americans’ ancient tomahawk. The axe was the weapon of choice in the American Revolution of the 18th century before the advent of the firearm. The Tomahawk Axe came in handy particularly during close-quarters combat. Ancient warriors used the Tomahawk as an insurmountable warfare tactical weapon. Vietnam has a rich warfare history with usage of the tomahawk axe Along with other items, the tomahawk acted as a wilderness survival starter kit.
Great for hunting, clearing bushes, climbing mountains and camping contrivance. Today it continues to be effective in self-defense, breaching security doors, camping tool and if a zombie apocalypse arises, well, you are covered. The tactical axe will scare off vandals from your home, with bone cutting capabilities. Blade collectors have a great time in adding the tactical tomahawk axe to their collection.

Superb Features of a Tactical Tomahawk

tomahawk-point-piercing-car-hoodOver the years the tactical tomahawk has transformed with a preamble of new designs and features. Natural materials like wood are no longer popularly used, especially on handles. In the recent years focus has been on fiber glass-reinforced nylon handles. The new age materials are durable, light and easy to handle. The glass fiber makes it portable on long camping trips and expeditions. The design gets rid of the nagging thigh poking when holstered on the waist making it perfect for steep and rocky terrain. The blade is ample sharp. The stainless steel has an impressive spike and makes the tomahawk axe very durable and tough. It offers the user great balance with optimum weight and length features.

Tactical Tomahawk Handling

Just like any blade, it is important you take great care of yourself when using the tactical tomahawk Axe. Safety is paramount; you would not want to find yourself in the emergency room because you mishandled this beast of an axe. First thing to appreciate is that the tomahawk axe has a user friendly feel and handle. Always use gloves when chopping wood. In essence the tactical tomahawk is meant for chopping and breaching. However, injuries can occur if you try strenuous activities (like chopping down a tree, alone) especially without gloves. Get some goggles for eye protection and wearing a long sleeved shirt when chopping wood won’t hurt. Always cut away from your body. The blade is sharp, no need to test it by running your finger along the edge of the blade. It doesn’t take a genius to guess the next thing that happens is to look for bandages. 
When throwing, especially in competitions, make sure you get a great arm behind it for a great rotation. The perfect angle will depend on the distance from the target. Always keep people as far as possible from the target; in case you miss the target, you avoid a nasty accident. The tomahawk axe, just like bouncing knives can easily bounce back, causing injury. Avoid a lot of throwing, as fascinating as it may seem. Constant bombardment will eventually reduce the lifespan and effectiveness of the bolts, blade and handle. Lots of throwing may unwrap, cord wrapped handles. Although the tactical tomahawk is built tough as nails, nothing lasts forever. Keep the blade sharp to make clean cuts. Ensure your axe has hammer checkering to ensure precise placement when pounding.
In case of emergency situations, getting a tactical tomahawk with a longer handle is recommended. Use two hands as opposed to one. Some war vets recommend wrapping tape around the handle to increase grip and stability. Breaching and door will be easier with a better grip on the tactical tomahawk. For collectors, it is advisable to look for a safe display area. The sheath is meant for safety; after you are done with the axe, don’t forget to return it in the sheath.

    Saturday, August 8, 2015

    Sustainability: A Prepper’s Lifestyle

    Prepping is a mindset, a lifestyle. Like most aspects of your life, it comes down to making choices. First and foremost, you have to get your head in the right place. It requires that you block out criticism and the perceptions of others. It requires that you give up your reliance on certain comforts and the conveniences metropolitan living provides. To be a committed prepper, you have to get your head in the right place. You have to commit to independence, self sufficiency and self reliance. Are you mentally prepared to lead a life of sustainability?
    The answer is very personal to each of us. As I have written before, a committed prepper chooses a self-sustainable, preparedness lifestyle by taking the best of homesteading, survivalist training and sustainable living and incorporates them into a well-organized preparedness plan.
    living off the grid
    What is sustainable living?
    Most people have seen news stories about sustainable living and are not sure exactly what the term means. At its most basic, sustainable living means living a lifestyle that uses as few resources as possible. For environmentalists, the goal is to cause the least amount of environmental damage for future generations to deal with. For the Prepper, it is a necessary result of living off the grid or in a post-SHTF world. There are several aspects to sustainable living to consider.
    In terms of housing, sustainable homes are built in such a way that they use non-renewable resources, do not require much energy to run and cause little or no damage to the surrounding environment. From the environmental perspective, many homeowners pursue sustainable living by making their homes as low energy as possible, typically by using materials produced in an environmentally friendly manner and focusing on energy savings. For the committed prepper, a sustainable home can be operated with little or no energy from the power grid, is protected from damaging natural disasters, and can be defended in a worst case scenario.
    underground home
    Sustainable living must necessarily include a reliance on off grid energy sources – solar, wind, alternative water and perhaps geothermal energy. For some, the goal is for these energy sources to be renewable in order to protect the planet from more conventional alternatives like coal, nuclear and fossil fuels. They are trying to reduce their carbon footprint and leave as little impact on the environment as possible. The prepper recognizes that in a grid down scenario caused by any number of collapse events including cyber attack, electromagnetic pulse or coronal mass ejections, off grid energy sources will be your only options.
    sustainable living solar
    Finally, your diet plays a role in sustainable living. Focus on foods that are at the base of the food chain. Think vegetarian. A vegetarian lifestyle is best suited to sustainable living because it requires the fewest resources to produce and causes the least amount of environmental damage. By growing your food organically, meaning without the use of chemicals such as pesticides or herbicides that can cause health problems, you will be protecting the environment. More importantly for preppers, you will be learning how to produce food without these man-made tools that will be unavailable to you after a collapse event. Get together with your neighbors and grow produce in your yards or a community garden. You don’t have to tell them that you are a prepper. But you will teach them to become self-reliant so you are not faced with the decision of whether to feed them or not after TEOTWAWKI.
    sustainable living diet
    By now, I think you get the point of this article. Sustainable living is a matter of perspective. For some, it involves living as lightly on the Earth as possible, using very few resources for the purposes leaving the environment as untouched as possible.
    For preppers, we know that sustainable living is a required survival skill because one day, we may not have a choice.
    Bobby is the best-selling author of the epic series of  novels entitled The Boston Brahmin Series. Political suspense collides with  post-apocalyptic thriller fiction as nine Bostonians whose lineage dates back to  the American Revolution navigate the societal and economic collapse of America.  Can The Loyal Nine save the republic while protecting the interests of their
    mysterious benefactors — The Boston Brahmin?