posted on Feb, 13 2009 @ 08:05 PM
It only makes common sense to do a modicum of preparation for future disasters be they tornado, hurricane, earthquake or whatever. If we know that
the economy is going down the crapper common sense would tell anyone there will be less resources for disaster recovery. Common sense also tells you
that anything you can do to lessen your need for income such as growing a garden, raising a hog or freezing your favorite wild game will mean one less
person in the bread line.
As far as arming up and fantasizing about being a Rambo/Mad Max in a future wasteland, I don't see that happening. What is more likely is that
the suits are going to have to come to grips with the fact that they have to get dirt under there nails and wear their clothes for longer than a
season. Same goes for the drug dealers and wastoids. If I was in the city I would be more worried about bandits and the like but where I live I
reckon at least 30% of homes have a gun if not twice or more times that and people use them for hunting every year. Theives, rapists and murderers
will not be tolerated AT ALL.
Survival and farming are in our blood.
heh went a little off track
long term: saving seeds of hardy crops, learning how to put food by, and trying to figure out what are going to be the items that get scarce and
prices rise before they do.
chainsaw (but know how to use safely)
shop tools (we should have at least a few hours of electric)
hand tools (hammers, screwdrivers, nails, screws, hand drill, etc. x infinity)
tools for serious outdoor work:
axe, pulaski/grubhoe, rakes, round and flat shovels, bow saws and pruning saws, pruning shears, digging/rock bars,
sharpening stones and know how to use them
Foods that require little care but provide food or other value:
Jerusalem artichoke - look like little sunflowers, the raw tubers are delicious
fruit trees but may have to learn about pest and disease control
blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, artic kiwi, hardy grapes
potatoes are supposed to be easy
I live in USDA zone 5. If you are in a warmer area your food posibilities go up.
Lastly, poke around and you may find some old abandoned properties with apple fruit and nut trees.
Hard cider is going to become more popular.