Survival Is A 24Seven Experience!
May 21, 2020
From The Highlands of Southern California
Mankind’s Survival Is A Full Time Commitment!
Nowadays, the word survival is on the lips of the whole world! And why not? Well, we have just been hit by one devastating pandemic that came close to completely crippling even the most advanced, most wealthy nation like the United States of America and at the same time killing thousands!
But thank God, we as humans know how to duke it out with disasters. Man-made or natural disasters, it does not matter. We humans know how to adapt, find solutions to challenges and eventually rise above and beat our adversaries!
But we now fully realize that in order for us to continue this survival on the planet Earth, we have to be constantly on our toes watching out and keeping an eye out for every new threat and dealing with them as they come. Taking charge of our lives, being humans and taking dominion over all the Earth is just that! We are in charge of our own survival. No one told us it would be easy!
The Basic Components Of Survival
Survival is part instinct, part common sense and part experience and training. Once we have this God-given sense about survival, more basic tools and equipment rise up in front of us that would help us survive. Survival and the ease or difficulty of our abilities to go through and win against obstacles, sometimes could be dictated by our location, the environment and so on. Natural sources of water in one’s location such as rivers and streams are a huge survival bonus. On the other hand in dry areas, water sources could be very difficult to find. In my area here at the Highlands of Southern California, city water is our best source. Now, for survival purposes, deep wells could be dug for a hefty cost of around $30k.
Shelter, water, food, communications and power energy such as electrical and natural gas are the first few items on the list of the basic things to have for survival in our homes. These are basic services provided to us by utility companies. Now as we are hit by man-made and natural disasters, our survival scenario changes drastically. An earthquake can eliminate water, natural gas and electrical supplies. The infrastructure that provide these services could be destroyed in an earthquake.
Hurricanes, typhoons, floods. We know how they can also damage many things that will disrupt our ability to live and survive!
Pandemics? We do not see the thing. It can hit us anytime, anywhere. It is very deadly! This is one of the most difficult to fight. It does not destroy our our facilities and equipment. But it kills us!
Damage Control, Is It Achievable?
Damage control, prevention and the ability to continuously prepare for the unthinkable is not a perfect science. But the more we prepare, the more knowledge that we have, the better off that we will all be.
This website was created for the sole purpose of collecting data, sharing the data about all the aspects of how to prepare for, deal with and become victorious when SHTF!
Preparation, a great planned preparation over time is the best approach in handling potential natural and man-made disasters of any kind. Damage control as I have learned from my 20 years in the US Navy is being ready, equipped, trained for any type of disasters. On board Navy vessels, we have fire fighting equipment on all decks (top to bottom), from bow to aft of the ship. Ships are also compartmentalized in order to contain floodings or fires. Doors are fitted with water proof seals. All components are made of solid metal. And yes we have daily fire drills.
Damage Control For Homes
Preparing for natural and man-made disasters in our homes will be a bit different from that of a ship. The things to prepare for are also slightly different but not much. But I will narrow it down to a few very critical items: 1. Bunker or shelter 2. Water 3. Power 4. Food 5. Greenhouse Garden 6. Natural gas 7. Medicines 8. Firewood 9 Tools
- Bunker or Shelter
If at all possible have a place to hide that is safe apart from your home. If your property allows for a space for a bunker, I would have a shipping container equipped with all the survival gear where I could hide and increase my survival. Why a separate bunker using a shipping container?
Looking at my home built from 2×4 pieces of wood and some other flimsy materials, I do not feel that these things will be sturdy enough against massive earthquakes or hurricanes. A shipping container will withstand both when properly mounted on a concrete slab.
An alternative to a separate bunker if your home does not have an extra land space would be to do a retrofit of your bedroom(s). Add extra support using steel or thick wood pieces to support the weight above your bedroom(s). I have inspected the attic of my home and the size of the wooden support for the roof is very poor and flimsy. My roof is made out of concrete tiles. A massive earthquake could collapse my roof and the whole thing could come crashing down below.
Our water supply comes very high on our survival list. For without water we cannot last too long. Again looking at my location and its related connection to other cities, we are pretty much isolated as a city or a group of small cities. As we sit about 15 miles from the dreaded San Andreas fault that is ‘long overdue’, it would make sense to take this threat seriously.
A massive earthquake can easily damage water and natural gas pipes. A deep well and related equipment such as a pump can cost upwards of $30k at my location. Wells can go past 300 feet deep.
My solution if a deep well is not affordable will be one of these electric driven ‘air to water generators’. These things cost around $1800 to a couple of thousand. They are portable but they will extract water from air. Some can produce around 30 liters of water or more per day.
For survival purposes, a solar panel system with batteries is recommended.
Electrical power is a must for an extended survival in any location. But can we guarantee a steady electrical power supply at our homes during natural disasters? No. Our power supplies are susceptible to many disruptive factors as earthquakes, powerful storms, hackers, fires.
Solar power plus storage batteries can give us a great alternative to our local utilities. Have one system installed with the capability of off grid operation and you will be all set to survive many disasters. I would install the system apart from the house with all the controls in a separate building or shack.
A properly selected collection of different food items on our shelves is a big must. Canned food of every kind with the longest shelf life are recommended. Rice in water proof containers are also great things to have long term. You can survive on cooked rice and salt for a long time! Beans are also great.
5. Greenhouse Garden
A greenhouse garden is going to achieve year-round food production in any location and weather when properly done. And why a greenhouse? Greenhouses can provide for us the best location for a better-controlled climates for our plants and fish! Yes, you can grow veggies inside a greenhouse in the dead of winter!
Here are a few things that you can achieve using a greenhouse. Raise veggies, raise fish, build a barbecue pit in it. So do a little research on aquaponics. Aquaponics is a combination of aquaculture and hydroponics.
Recirculating Aquaculture Systems or RAS for short, are a form of aquaculture, that are self-contained systems usually using tanks where fish are cultured or raised. The water is recirculated, filtered and aerated and could raise more fish per unit volume of water as compared to the use of ponds.
Hydroponics are systems where we grow plants with no soil. We use plant nutrients in liquid form, provide the plants with grow medium such as pea gravel in a raised grow bed, etc and that’s it. We circulate the plant nutrient through the plant medium and that is how the plants grow. No soil is used!
Aquaponics is a combination of the Recirculating Aquaculture System and Hydroponics as stated above! It is simply using fish waste from the RAS to feed the plants in the hydroponics set up. And all this could be set up inside a greenhouse where plants could be grown year-round and in any kind of weather!
6. Natural Gas
Natural gas for most homes in the United States are piped in just like water. We take it for granted for the most part. It is used for heating homes, heating water and for our stoves for cooking and for barbecue pits in our back patios. It is a very critical energy supply that losing it could easily cripple the normal operation of a house. Without it cooking would be impossible, the house will be freezing cold in winter and there will be no hot water for the kitchen or showers! Talk about a disaster!
My favorite meds apart from my maintenance medications are Tylenols! Headaches, backaches and all kinds of muscle aches are history with a couple of these pills! We cannot exist in comfort without these very critical items for survival.
And hey, if you travel for long distances in your car, have a set of meds for emergencies!
Good old firewood will save the day when we just lost our electricity, lost our natural gas. Firewood will give us some heat, allow us to cook, heat up water. Have a good stock of firewood just in case!
9. Tools, Equipment And Miscellaneous Items
Basic tools as hammers, screw drivers, pliers, cutters, electrical testers, some nails of different sizes, electrical tapes, duct tapes, flashlights, candles, extra batteries, cords, plastic bags, tarps, lighters, extra thick clothing, blankets.