Many skills about living off the land and preparing for the future have been lost. Many things are convenient and very easy to get when we need. Stores are open 24 hours almost every day of the year. Why prepare?
You may want to simplify your life and prepare for the future. Where do you begin if you live in the suburbs?
Here is an excerpt from an article that was posted by our friends at SurvivalBlog where you can read it in its entirety.
How he starting out prepping in the suburbs
First Steps As a Prepper
I would say my first action as a prepper was buying my first firearms during the Clinton years. During one of the gun restriction scares, I decided to “bite the bullet” and buy a pistol and rifle that had the potential of being banned. My life-long passion for “fire sticks” had started.
I didn’t even realize I was taking a giant step towards prepping when my wife and I made the biggest (most expensive) decision of our life. We moved from our small town/yard/house to a rural house with acreage, stocked pond, outbuilding, and windmill. Although we moved less than 10 miles, our phone company, electric company, area code, school district, and zip code all changed. We also became propane users, which was absolutely terrifying to my wife.
This was worrisome to me also, due to concerns of running the tank dry. We now had well water and a lagoon. The thought of drinking water straight out of the ground with no filters or chemicals was a little disconcerting to this city boy. I was also quite concerned when I realized that the basement bathroom was below the lagoon level. (After having to work on the sewage lift pump several times now, I realize my original impression was accurate!)
One of the first decisions I had to make was how I was going to mow the yard. Zero turn mowers were all the rage, but I decided I wanted to be able to do many things with my tractor, so I ended up purchasing the smallest 4WD, diesel tractor with a CAT 1 three-point hitch that was made.
I’m able to use a front loader, 60-inch mowing deck, and numerous three-point implements. A second concern I had was that there was no other heat sources except for propane. (It was actually a cost concern and not a multiple source concern, at the time). After a little bit of research I found something that I had never heard of before.
It is similar to a wood pellet stove, except that it burns whole, shelled corn. In our area we have grain elevators full of the stuff, and in the Fall you can buy a pickup truck load for $100; however, there are drawbacks, described below under “Lessons Learned”. Although I didn’t realize it at the time, I now had control of three heat sources (electricity/propane/corn), two safe water sources (electric well pump and windmill), and a stocked pond to get fish from.
Later Prepping Changes
My prepping activities took a back seat for several years as our first children were born but went into high gear after several like-minded individuals joined my group at work. One individual was a serious precious metals guy who started getting others interested in buying silver and gold (just as they started to run up to historic highs!). Another guy was a serious gun guy who started me shooting sporting clays, which is a serious addiction that can get very expensive!
For food security, I started stocking up on freeze-dried and other emergency foods, planting fruit trees, and raising chickens. (I’ve now built two different chicken coops myself, and I’m becoming an expert on figuring out why the electric fence isn’t working.)
Facilities wise, I found a used PTO-powered generator for my tractor that can run all the vital items in my house, and I now keep extra diesel fuel to provide for extended power outages. (Our local farmer’s Co-Op carries offroad or “dyed” diesel, which does not have the Fed highway tax included.)
Financially, I got rid of the safety deposit box and started putting an occasional new coin or two into our new gun safe. I made it a habit to start keeping more cash at the house and more funds in the “savings account”. (This has paid dividends several times, as I was able to raid the cash fund to make a quick garage or estate sale deal.)
Family/spirituality wise, we ended up moving our children into private (Christian) schools, keeping active in God-fearing and Bible-believing churches, and making sure our kids were raised to be responsible adults. Then last year, our whole world changed. There is more on that later.
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