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The Autonomous Living website provides resources, information, products to help you prepare for emergencies and long economic downturns,  establish a more autonomous lifestyle, whether alone or in community with a group of like-minded people, and foster self-sufficiency, family and community.  Self-sufficiency is to self-sustain oneself without using outside resources.  By growing and raising what you need, by trading and partnering with others, you may reduce your dependence, whether it be money, job or government handouts; and increase your satisfaction and enjoyment in daily living.  Autonomous Living will help you to plan and prepare.

It is our hope that you will be agitated and inspired by this website and its links, information and resources.  Background articles on the "Commentary Page" provide more information concerning "WHY" you should prepare.  We hope you pursue a more fulfilling, autonomous lifestyle.  Get prepared now and please pass it on!  Your comments and opinions are important.  You can reach us at: 
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 What IF you had:

No Electricity, No Heat,

No Food, No Water?  Are You Prepared?


 

    Topics and Links below are 'Starting Points' to facilitate your efforts.  You should still do your own research and ascertain your own needs and solutions.

     

    The following information is 'under-construction' and is undergoing continuing update, but is listed here in its present state in hope that it helps your efforts in preparedness.

     

  1. Emergency Preparedness - being prepared for unexpected events, involves choices and preparations.  You need to define what you are preparing for, your goals, timelines, financial capabilities, action steps, and make it happen!
    1. Further discussion is on this site's "Commentary Page".

      

    IMPENDING ECONOMIC COLLAPSE INFO:

    http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/US_Federal_Reserve_ceases_to_publish_M3_index

     

    http://www.nowandfutures.com/key_stats.html

     

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/09/world/europe/09iceland.html?_r=2&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

    News about Iceland economic collapse. 

     

    http://www.frugalsquirrels.com/cgi-bin/ubb/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=044387;p=1

    Argentina’s “FerFAL”, survivor of economic collapse

     

  2. Emergency preparations can be for:
    1. 2-3 day / G.O.O.D. Kit (Get Out Of Dodge Kit)
      1. Such as Hurricane Katrina, Earthquakes, tornadoes, ice storms
      2. 1 - 2 weeks
        1. 9-11-2001, illness
    1. 1 - 2 months
      1. Job loss/change, injury
    1. Long - term (potential for several months or even years)
      1. Pregnancy, illness

     

  3. Considerations and Essentials in Preparedness:
    1. Checklist (page 194, "Basic Preparedness")

     

  4. Water
    1. Quantity per Person
      • Keep at least a three-day supply of water per person AND a means to make it POTABLE.
      • One gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation.
      • Children, nursing mothers, and sick people may need more water.
      • If you live in a warm weather climate more water may be necessary.
      • Store water tightly in clean plastic containers such as soft drink bottles.

    Inserted from <http://www.ready.gov/america/getakit/water.html>

    1. Purification Techniques  - 1/8 teaspoon of Chlorine (household bleach works) per gallon of Water; additional information on water purification available at:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_purification

     

  5. FOOD (backup emergency food)   Make your choices based upon your objective or purpose and resources.
    1. Purpose
      1. 2-3 day / G.O.O.D. Kit (Get Out Of Dodge Kit)
      2. 1 - 2 weeks
      3. 1 - 2 months
      4. Long - term (potential for several months or even years) - you need to define what you are preparing for and what your goals are.  You need to have some emergency preparations.  Optimally, food storage is to get you through a crisis, or until you have the opportunity to harvest what you have grown for yourself (which could take a year).  [Remember that could be gardening & livestock.]
    1. Food may be pre-packaged (store-bought) or home-packaged.  You need to determine the amount you need to have on-hand.  There are numerous ways to figure your needs.
      1. One of the Best Food Calculators available:

    http://www.thefoodguys.com/foodcalc.html

     

     

    http://lds.about.com/library/bl/faq/blcalculator.htm   LDS Food Storage Calculator

     

    http://www.backwoodshome.com/articles/hagan59.html

    Food Storage on $10/Week

     

    1. Food Processing and Preservation Comparison Sheet, (There is a good Comparison Sheet on Food Processing and Preservation on Pg 15 &16, "Basic Preparedness"  (available at: http://sczyz.com/store/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=11).  It cites the Advantages and disadvantages of:
      1. Fresh Food
      2. Home Canning & Bottling
      3. Freezing
      4. Commercial Canning (Wet Pack)
      5. Home Dehydrating and Drying
      6. Commercial Drying, Dehydration and Packaging
      7. Freeze Drying and Packaging

     

    1. Sources for Foods Supplies:

     

    1. Home-prepared Food Storage 'put-up' by you!
      1. Methodologies may include canning, dehydrating/drying/jerking, bulk storage (buckets), root cellaring, freezing.
      2. Instructions for home-prepared and home-storage techniques are available at numerous cites.  A few are listed here:
        1. https://www.usaemergencysupply.com/
        2. www.YouTube.com Search 'Food Storage'
        3. www.backwoodshome.com

     

    1. Sources for Supplies and Food/Stuffs
      1. Shelf life - (affected by heat, light, moisture, oxygen)
        1. Canned Goods - Indefinite (which means virtually forever)
        2. Flour can go Rancid after a few months
        3. Yeast - freeze to keep for 1 year
        4. Oil -  Can go rancid in a few months unless refrigerated
        5. Rennet for Cheese - freeze for about a year shelf- life
        6. Cheese Cultures - http://www.cheesemaking.com/
        7. Wheat Berries which can be ground for flour or sprouted for food and vitamins, properly stored - Indefinite
        8. Garden Seeds

    http://www.arkinstitute.com/

    http://www.victoryseeds.com/

    1. Dehydrated Foods
      1. http://www.amazon.com/Excalibur-2900-9-Tray-Dehydrator/dp/B000I6MXZG It comes with an instruction book with recipes too!
    1. Frozen foods (Ball Guide to Food Preservation)
    1. Mylar Bag…food grade (link: 

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fk9b0dAtJ80 

    How to Seal Mylar Bags with a clothes Iron

    https://www.usaemergencysupply.com/information_center/food_storage_faq/mylar_bags.htm

    http://www.sorbentsystems.com/mylar.html  Food grade Mylar bags.   Mylar Bags, Part # P15C2030

     

    http://www.survivalunlimited.com/foodstorage/mylarsealing.htm

    1. Gamma Seals .. Easy Open for often used food stuffs

    https://www.usaemergencysupply.com/emergency_supplies/gamma_seal_lid.htm

    1. Seeds - get and use non-hybrid only!  Viable and need oxygen to survive; they may be able to survive in CO2 for 1-2 years in dormant state
      1. http://www.arkinstitute.com/
    1. Options for milk & cheese: Dairy Goats or Dairy Sheep
    2. Options for meat:  Goats, sheep, rabbits, chickens, pigs, cattle, fish, game (deer, elk…)
    3. Options for eggs:  Chickens, Ducks, Turkeys, Geese
    4. Canning
      1. Your Local Hardware store often carries Canning Supplies & can also special order them for you. 
    1. Freezing
    2. Dehydration
      1. Jerky
      2. Fruits and Vegetables
  6. Shelter
  7. G.O.O.D. kit (samples available on Youtube and survival blog websites)
    1. Emergency essentials packed to grab and go (flood, hurricane, tornado, earthquake, volcano, riots, etc.)
    2. Essential Documents and Items
  8. Medical / First Aid Kit
  9. First Aid Kit

    In any emergency a family member or you yourself may be cut, burned or suffer other injuries. If you have these basic supplies you are better prepared to help your loved ones when they are hurt. Remember, many injuries are not life threatening and do not require immediate medical attention. Knowing how to treat minor injuries can make a difference in an emergency. Consider taking a first aid class, but simply having the following things can help you stop bleeding, prevent infection and assist in decontamination.

    Things you should have:

    • Two pairs of Latex, or other sterile gloves (if you are allergic to Latex).
    • Sterile dressings to stop bleeding.
    • Cleansing agent/soap and antibiotic towelettes to disinfect.
    • Antibiotic ointment to prevent infection.
    • Burn ointment to prevent infection.
    • Adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes.
    • Eye wash solution to flush the eyes or as general decontaminant.
    • Thermometer (Read more: Biological Threat)
    • Prescription medications you take every day such as insulin, heart medicine and asthma inhalers. You should periodically rotate medicines to account for expiration dates.
    • Prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood pressure monitoring equipment and supplies.

    Things it may be good to have:

    • Cell Phone
    • Scissors
    • Tweezers
    • Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant

    Non-prescription drugs:

    • Aspirin or nonaspirin pain reliever
    • Anti-diarrhea medication
    • Antacid (for upset stomach)
    • Laxative

    Pasted from <http://www.ready.gov/america/getakit/firstaidkit.html>

     

  10. Communications
  11. Here's Something To Think About...

    You should have at least one traditionally wired landline phone, as cordless or cellular phones may not work in an emergency.

     

    Pasted from <http://www.ready.gov/america/publications/allpubs.html>

     

  12. Energy
    1. Types
      1. Electric
      2. Solar
        1. Solar panels, inverters, battery banks
        2. Solar refrigerator
        3. Solar cook oven
        4. Solar water heating
        5. Passive Solar construction
      1. Generators and Appliance
        1. Gas (1 year shelf-life; extends to ~ 2 to 3 years with StaBil additive)
        2. Diesel (2 year shelf-life; Additive extends)
        3. Propane (LP) - keeps indefinitely
        4. Kerosene - keeps for a long time, stored correctly.
        5. Wood powered (heaters, cookstoves, steam-engines)
        6. Steam
      1. Livestock (horse)
        1. Horse overhead (food and shelter and equipment)
        2. Horse implements to perform work
      1. Manual (use less power and do it manually)
        1. Butter Churn
        2. Icecream maker
        3. Bread recipes (versus bread machines)
        4. Cheese Press
        5. Washboards
        6. Clotheslines & clothes pins
        7. Manual lawn mowers
        8. Hard floors instead of carpeted floors
        9. Gardening manually (or horse assisted, versus tractor)
    1. Fuel Storage
      1. Safety
      2. Containers
        1. Barrels
        2. Drums
        3. Tanks
          1. Small
          2. Medium
          3. Large
            1. Above ground
            2. Underground
    1. References and Resources:

    http://www.backwoodshome.com  Includes discussions about:   Solar, Hydro and Steam Power

     

    http://www.utterpower.com  Generator

  13. Defense (To protect and keep what you have)
    1. Safety Considerations
      1. Massad Ayoob / Backwoods Home magazine & www.backwoodshome.com
    1. Weapons (refer to other sites & resources for further information)
    2. www.survivalblog.com

    Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse: A Novel of the Turbulent Near Future, by James Wesley Rawles (Author)

    http://www.amazon.com/Patriots-Surviving-Collapse-Turbulent-Expanded/dp/1425734073/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1220348795&sr=8-1

     

  14. Financial Considerations
    1. Critical Documents, Certificates, Pictures, Titles, Insurance
    2. Debt Management

    http://www.nfcc.org/  National Foundation for Credit Counseling

    1. Financial Reserves (Cash and/or Cash alternative resources)
      1. Metals

    http://www.nwtmint.com    Silver, precious metals - NW Territorial Mint

  15. REFERENCES AND RESOURCES
  16. http://astore.amazon.com/autonomousliv-20

    Autonomous Living Store

     

    www.survivalcenter.com

    Their catalog is a encyclopedia of resources and a 'must have' item, available at: http://sczyz.com/store/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=62

     

    http://www.daycreek.com/dc/HTML/DC_ss_thingsyoucando.htm

    Things you can do to become more self-sufficient

     

    https://www.usaemergencysupply.com/

     

    www.Amazon.com

     

    www.canningpantry.com

     

    www.google.com

    www.walmart.com

     

    www.costco.com

     

              Self-Sufficiency

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-sufficiency

     

    Gulching

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulching

     

    Resource for Emergency Preparations

    http://www.survivalcenter.com

     

     

    http://www.backwoodshome.com

     

    http://www.survivalblog.com/

     

    http://www.homesteadingtoday.com/

     

    http://www.daycreek.com/dc/HTML/SSMENU.HTM

     

    http://www.countrysidemag.com/

     

    http://www.grit.com/

    http://www.homesteadingtoday.com

     

     

     

     

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