Imagine a supply chain collapse. People would be without the essential survival items: food, items, electricity, water, etc. If there was a riot, pillaging, and lawlessness would break out. This could also lead to civil unrest which could be dangerous for anyone.
We’ve seen similar issues already happen during the pandemic era and now with the unfortunate invasion of Ukraine, we’re seeing hundreds of thousands of people being displaced and forced to scavenge.
Quick Steps to Prepare for a Supply Chain Collapse
We’re going to cover the following 4 major essentials we consider when prepping for a supply chain collapse. Each one will get a separate section below where we provide examples.
- Stock up on your essential needs: food, water, medicine, etc.
- You’ll also need generators and gasoline in the long run.
- Become familiar with your local food production and supplies.
- Invest in producing your food and goods at home. This will help you when times get tough and you need to take care of yourself.
Securing Your Essential Needs during a supply chain collapse
One of the first and most important steps is to have enough food to last you and your family. If the supply chain collapses, grocery stores will be emptied within days. You need to have at least a 3-month supply of non-perishable food items. This includes canned goods, dry goods, and other items that have a long shelf life.
You should also have a supply of water. It’s recommended that you have at least 1 gallon per person, per day. This is for drinking, cooking, and cleaning purposes. If you live in an area with a lot of sunshine, you can also invest in a water purification system to help extend your water supply.
Medicine is another essential you’ll need to consider stockpile. If you or a family member has a chronic illness, make sure you have enough medication to last at least 3 months. It’s also a good idea to have a first-aid kit on hand in case of any minor injuries.
Storing a Generator and Gasoline for Supply Chain Collapse Emergency
A generator is a great way to have a backup power source during a supply chain collapse. If the power grid goes down, you’ll still be able to have electricity to power your home. Gasoline is another essential you’ll need to store.
It’s recommended that you have at least 10 gallons on hand. This will allow you to run your generator for a few hours each day. If you have a gasoline generator, it’s important to follow these safety guidelines:
- Never run the generator in an enclosed area, such as a garage. The fumes from the generator can be deadly.
- Make sure the generator is placed in a well-ventilated area.
- Keep children and pets away from the generator.
- Only refuel the generator when it’s turned off and cooled down.
Familiarizing Yourself with Local Food Production and Supplies
Before a supply chain collapse, you’ll need to know where your local food production and supplies are in case something happens. This way, you know where you can get the food you need to survive.
Talk to your neighbors and see if they have any garden space you can use and potentially share. Also, be willing to compromise and share some of your space if you have a trustworthy person eager to contribute.
Another tip to consider here would be to visit the local farmers’ markets and farms. Understand what it takes to make that work, and consider establishing relationships with them so you can get food directly from the source either with money or other trade goods.
Investing in Home Food Production
One of the best ways to prepare for a supply chain collapse is to invest in home food production. This way, you can grow your own food and not have to rely on the grocery store. There are many ways you can do this, such as through gardening, hydroponics, and aquaponics.
Gather seeds so you can grow your own fruits and vegetables. You can also raise chickens for eggs and meat, and goats for milk. Additional livestock options include rabbits and pigs. If you have the space, you can also grow wheat to make flour.
Aquaponics is another great way to grow food because it’s efficient and doesn’t require a lot of space. With this method, you can use fish waste to fertilize plants, and the plants help to clean the water for the fish.
It’s a symbiotic relationship that doesn’t require any additional fertilizers or chemicals.
Another option is to invest in a rainwater harvesting system. This will allow you to collect and store rainwater for watering your plants.
You can also install solar panels to help power your home during a supply chain collapse. Solar energy is a renewable resource that can help you reduce your reliance on the grid.
Making Your Home Self-Sufficient
Like we’ve covered in similar posts, being less reliant on the grid can put you a step ahead if there’s a supply chain collapse. There are many ways to have a more self-sufficient household with off-grid heating options too! You can do this by harnessing solar power, wind power, hydropower, and even geothermal energy (the heat from underground).
Additionally, being handy with tools can help you maintain your home and grow your food. Learn how to fix plumbing, build a fence, and do other repairs. These skills will be essential in a supply chain collapse because you won’t be able to rely on someone else to do it for you and the good news is these skills are always helpful and needed.
There are many ways you can prepare for a supply chain collapse. By following these tips, you’ll be able to survive if the worst happens. We hope you use this information wisely! Remember:
- Make sure you have a stockpile of food and water that will last for at least three months.
- Have a backup plan in case your food stockpile runs out.
- Invest in producing food and making your home be less reliant on the grid.
- Be prepared to barter for goods and services in the event of a worst-case scenario.
- Stay informed and have a plan!