Resiliency Building

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17+ Ways To Become Self-Sufficient Before ‘The Crunch’

Skills and resources to get while you still have time
Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 5:35 PM

A simple list of basic skills and resources to acquire before they become more difficult to learn or get.

Also check out the recent Peak Prosperity WSID article on What Can I Do? (Understanding your level of preparedness). » Read more

What Should I Do?

Building Resiliency with GoalZero

A portable solar setup
Friday, November 16, 2012, 8:16 PM


As a resident of the coastal Pacific Northwest, I set out to set up a backup power source never thinking I’d be a candidate to discuss the pros and cons of such a setup. After receiving a strong reference from Jason W., I contacted Denis Korn of “Prepare Direct”. I checked his products and blog and came across the Extreme 350 Base Camp kit manufactured by GoalZero. Because of my particular situation (living in a fairly urban environment, in the PNW) I didn’t want to purchase a large system that was going to be tied to the grid for several reasons:

  1. I didn’t think it’d generate enough energy to make a difference.
  2. A larger system would be a ‘permanent’ addition to my home, which I don’t intend to stay in for long.
  3. If I ever had to leave quickly, I wanted to be able to take a “renewable” energy source with me.
What Should I Do?

Country Home - Amanda Witman

Making Do

Increasing resilience in a less-than-ideal home
Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 12:36 PM

We spent the last nine years living in a sprawling 1969 split-level ranch-style house that was clearly not designed with resilience in mind.  At the time the house was built, oil was cheap and abundant, and this fact is clear in the design of the house.  While I lived there, I learned quite a lot about what factors contribute to a house’s resilience – or not.  My husband and I were not in a position to sell the house and move to something more ideal, so I did what many people have done for centuries:  I found ways to make do. » Read more

What Should I Do?

The 12 Crucial Questions of Preparedness Planning

Ask the right questions for a clearer plan forward
Wednesday, August 8, 2012, 9:32 PM

Awareness of our global circumstances and predicaments first came about for many readers of this article through watching the Crash Course. For others, it has evolved from the experience of challenging situations that prompt a more prepared response to future events. Many of our readers have started taking action and moving forward by reviewing the Crash Course Self Assessment and answering the initial questions found in the Self Assessment and the following article. The first steps that arise from answering these questions can sometimes be the hardest to take, but they are all-important. Read on; there is much to think about.

The following 12 questions and the corresponding subset of questions apply to any preparedness planning scenario you believe to be appropriate.  Whether it be a scenario of financial collapse, natural disaster, grid-down event, or civil unrest, there are many questions to ask – and many possible answers.  Answer them carefully.  Your safety, health (emotional and physical), peace of mind, and comfort depend on it. » Read more

Daily Prep

International Homesteading Education Month, September 2012

Start a local event to share knowledge and learn from others
Friday, June 29, 2012, 11:52 AM

A coordinated effort through Mother Earth News and Grit to connect people in the month of September to share knowledge and get communities to build more resiliency through homesteading efforts and practices. Register an event.  Register as a speaker.

What Should I Do?

Rain flowing through a gutter

Rainwater Harvesting

Understanding how to capture and store rainwater
Friday, January 6, 2012, 6:21 PM

Water is essential to life, for we cannot exist without it. We are running short of fresh, clean water in many parts of the USA. That is also the case in many other countries. Those who live in the northeastern quadrant of the lower 48 states are generally in good shape for now, water-wise, though there may be local issues with clean water in places. But as you travel west of the Mississippi, average annual rainfall drops off sharply, particularly in the desert southwest, which includes portions of the Chihuahua, Sonora, and Mohave Deserts.

The situation is particularly foreboding in the Colorado River Basin. There are more demands for the water than the river can reliably supply. Las Vegas is vulnerable to a water emergency, as are Phoenix and Tucson. Thirsty Los Angeles gets drinking water from far away Northern California via the California Aqueduct. As the podcast from a few weeks ago highlighted, water management and access is becoming an ever-increasing concern for many parts of the country.  » Read more