It’s a good idea to have a plan so you can live off the grid for at least a month. I have well water, so when the electricity’s off, we have no water. I’ve store up extra food and have invested in some 55 gallon drums for an emergency water supply.
I wish I could afford a back up hand pump for my water system, but that will have to wait for another day. Just paid my taxes, you know.
Funny, I just commented about having my hand pump installed last week. My well guys call ‘em Y2K pumps. HA!!
After about five days off the grid, hungry people will be driving trucks through the front door of Albertsons/Safeway/Acme. After another five, they’ll be roaming the neighborhood. A month? Sarajevo.
I cannot have a well as I am in the city. I have stored up extra food but I need to do water as well. I can live without lights but living without the computer might put me in a real poor state of mind.
I am saving money left and right to have a well dug, and a hand pump put on it. Or, I’ll just put out every container I have and prepare for rain.
As an experiment, I put a 55 gal plastic drum under the down spout on the house gutters. ONE short southern rain shower filled it up. Just FYI.
Just FYI. I built a diverter that would allow the first dozen gallons to bypass before it overflowed into the drum to allow dirt/debris to mainly bypass the drum. However, I have a creek 50 yds away, so I'm in good shape.
Next experiment, outhouse :-)