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Surviving the Apocalypse – Boarding Up and Staying Put

So all hell has broken loose like Mad Max, or The Road. You’re prepped with survival gear. You’ve got your Water Filtration sorted out, you’ve got your Bug Out Bags full of kit, you’ve got your Weapons, and you’ve decided your safe in your home. Things are fine, but resources will run out eventually – you’ve got to figure out how to generate MORE. Here’s a list of things you should learn how to do, be prepared to do, in order to survive the apocalypse boarded up in your home.

1 – Grow Your Own Food

This sounds simple, but it really isn’t. There’s more to growing your own food than simply burying a few seeds and waiting for the peppers to grow. First of all, you need to know what kind of crops to plant in order to survive. The aforementioned peppers might be tasty, but that’s not going sustain you and your family long. You’ll need something more substantial, and a variety. Potatoes, beans, zucchini, and squash are excellent choices for survival crops. All provide carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins, and some proteins. Keep in mind that you need to soak beans a few times before consuming them to remove the compounds that are difficult for humans to digest. You should also learn how to pickle and preserve produce, because once you harvest, the rot beings. Vegetables won’t last forever, and you don’t want to get caught outside of growing season without any food. Keep a stockpile of vitamins (like multivitamins) on hand as well. Even if they’re expired, they’re still half as a good as they used to be, which is better than nothing.

2 – Keep Chickens

Chickens will provide fresh eggs for you and your family. A healthy hen will lay and egg once every 30ish hours. This is provided she’s fed, warm, and in good health. A handful of hens, or more, could provide your family with a valuable and constant source of protein. There’s more to keeping chickens than just finding some though. First, you’ll need to build a chicken coop.

A chicken coop is an enclosed habitat for your chickens. It’ll keep them from roaming away and protect them from predators. This is where the chickens will sleep, eat, and lay their eggs. Chickens need space to move around outside of the sleeping area, so be sure to include that. Each chicken will need a nesting box inside the coop, where they can lay their eggs. Feeding the chickens a whole other problem. Chicken feed can be purchased at a any supplier, and you may want to simply stock up on a lot of it in a preparatory sense, but you can make it yourself. But, again, it’ll require some things you aren’t likely to have lying around, or will be able to grow terribly easily. A good chicken feed consist of Corn, Wheat, Peas, and Oats (all dried). Frankly, it’s easier just to stock up, and start growing the ingredients for chicken feed if it’s starting to look like you’ll run out eventually. In the meantime, chickens will eat whatever you give them as they’re omnivores. So anything you don’t eat, feed it to the chickens much like the dog.

3 – Learn to Hunt and Fish

Your crops and your chickens will provide you with nourishment, but the absolute best food you can get is meat. Meat is nutrient dense, freezable (more on that in a minute), and provides all the protein you’ll ever need to stay healthy. Vegans and vegetarians will tell you that you can survive purely on plant matter, and it’s true, you can. But to be healthy you need meat. If you’re interested in that subject, you can check out but that’s not the topic of this post. Hunting and Fishing will replace any rations you’ve gone through extremely well. A 150 buck (male deer) will net you about 30-40 pounds of meat (head, legs, hide, etc. aren’t really edible). Then the bones will provide you bone broth meals for weeks. If you’re near a decent body of water (assuming it isn’t contaminated), you could catch all the fish you’ll ever need. You can hunt and fish year-round, regardless of the weather and the seasons. This is how your ancient ancestors survived. LEARN these skills, and HAVE the gear ready to go. It’ll keep you alive, and probably thriving.

4 – Energy

Electricity: we all take it for granted. Yes you can live without it, but it’ll make your life a lot easier if you’ve got some. Your first step here is to figure out how much energy you use. You can probably get the information from whatever power company you’re using, or you can read the average use off the meter outside. Either way, get a ballpark of what you use, and what you think you would be using if you were no longer using a bunch of stuff (computers, TV’s, dishwashers, clothes dryers, etc.). Got a number? Ok, it should be pretty low. Let’s work with that. Now, how to generate electricity? Surprisingly, generating a small amount of electricity is relatively easy. Solar panels, wind powered alternators, etc. all work. The problem is generating the power when you need it. Without getting into tons of detail, you’re going to need a battery bank and an inverter (everything runs on AC, batteries produce DC – We’ll do a whole section on this soon). Whatever generating device your using will charge the batteries, you’ll run the inverter off the batteries to produce AC electricity when you need it, and continue this cycle indefinitely. Of course, you could run off a diesel or gasoline powered generator, but you’ll eventually run out of fuel, then what? In this case, green energy is the way to go, not because it’ll save the earth, but because it’ll save you.

5 – Have a Communications Plan

Most overlook this problem. What if the cell network goes down? How are you going to communicate with loved ones across town? There’s safety in numbers, how are you going to get together? How are you going to know where to go? There’s really only one answer, radios. Walkie Talkies, CB’s, short waves, whatever it is. This is how you’re going to do it. Keep a set of walkie talkies, give some to your loved ones, make sure the battery is charged, and make sure everyone knows to fire it up when disaster strikes. Keeping the battery charged should be easy if you’re following the energy solutions talked about in the previous paragraph. All you may need to do is pass on a few words: “come to my place”.

Hopefully this article has been insightful, useful, and inspiring. You can never be too prepared. Follow these suggestions and you’ll be able to provide, stay safe, and stay alive. Thanks for reading

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