Rural Survival


The talk of global warming, climate change, peak oil and related dire predictions have been around for a while but recent evidential events, like the doubling of oil prices and record setting extreme weather, has me concerned about the future viability and continuation of our rural life style here in northeastern Washington State.

Good news for people in rural areas is that we are in a good position to help ourselves by becoming self sufficient or close to it. We can grow our own food, develop our own water resources and have more choices to alternative energy than people in cities who, unless in ideal urban setups, are at the mercy of the infrastructure in place.

Since we are still not at the stage of persistent rolling brown outs and black outs, my focus is water and food. You need plenty of water to grow food. Good planning and a little sweat will go a long ways to secure those two basics and actual survival is assured. You won't be hungry or thirsty.

The development of real alternative energy sources are in their infancy and products are still in the realm of deep pocketed first adapters, not the average person. In my opinion it is best to wait for product maturity and price drops before committing to a system.

"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity." Seneca (5 BC - 65 AD)

"Opportunity is missed by most because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." Thomas Edison

"In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable." Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890 - 1969)



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