posted on May, 18 2008 @ 04:05 PM
For me, if all the utilities were gone, it wouldn't matter much. My computer and a dim light is all the electricity i really use anyway, and i can
easily do without both. I already eat most of my foods raw and what i need to cook can easily be done a number of ways, candles, wood, alcohol
stove, even solar is possible in the right areas, like around here in summer.
I don't have a fridge or freezer, all the food i buy is in a form that doesn't require it.
I don't really take showers much, only when i need one, the rest of the time i just wash whatever parts of me are dirty with a small towel, a lot
more efficient than taking a shower all the time.
I don't really need heat either, it was down in the single digits a lot of nights this winter in a drafty shack and i sleep just fine on an air
mattress with a sheet and a thin blanket. If it got cold i could use my sleeping bag or more blankets.
The only thing i really need to worry about if that happens is dumb scared people acting dumb and scared. When the day comes though i'll probably
just pick up my pack, a few supplies i keep ready, (5gal buckets of rice, and other stuff i keep in rotation) lock and load, and hike out into the
bush for an extended camping trip.
Thing is, realize what's necessity and what's luxury. Necessity is water, food, shelter in that order. Make sure you have or can get water.
Make sure you can feed yourself with simple foods that require little or no prep, or prep that's easy to do without appliances. Like i said, you
can cook on candles if need be. If you have a freezer full of lots of meat, well, you'd probably be wise to commence to drying some meat. Also
realize that anything you have frozen you risk losing. Don't stockpile anything you can't keep frozen or use when the power goes out.
Shelter is an easy one if you already live somewhere, if not, then that's another topic altogether, but if you need to stay warm block off all rooms
but a small useful room near the center of the house and keep that room lit with candles and body heat. Yeah, it'll suck being stuck in a small
room, but if you're not able to stand the cold, it'll probably be more comfortable than hypothermia. For me this isn't a problem as i'm
perfectly happy in cold weather even if i'm in my tent.