Some of items that are overlooked when planning out your Survival Supplies are often the larger things. It is all well and good planning ahead when it comes to food but how much can you really store and what will you do when it all runs out? There are some simple steps you can take that will help you create a sustainable style of living in the case of an emergency striking.
One of the main aspects of properly preparing and utilizing Survival Supplies is creating a situation where you can maintain an almost equal quality of life as to the one you lead now. Below are some ideas that you could start implementing into your currently life that will help you in the event that the infrastructure you have around you fails because of something like a natural disaster or food shortage.
Assuming you live somewhere that receives at least moderate amounts of sunshine means you could begin to harness some of your energy needs from solar power. This does not mean that you need to be in a warm climate to use solar power, but the less cloudy your average day is during the year the less panels you will need to power your home. Technology behind solar panels has not only grown leaps and bounds over that last decade or so but it has also become more affordable to the general public. It is not unusual to see houses running up to 90 percent of their appliance via solar power.
When it comes to your transportation there is an easy method to help you out while fuel supplies are low. You can run almost any diesel engine on biodiesel with little or no conversion. Biodiesel usually consists of animal fat or vegetable oils that have gone through a chemical reaction with alcohol or solvents to increase their flammability and are almost always created from a sustainable source or as a byproduct of usual production. Biodiesel prices per gallon are far cheaper than regular diesel and you can even buy kits to make it yourself at home.
Often used as a water supply for communities in rural areas, gravity fed water supplies can be used on a smaller scale inside your home. If you have access to a stream running close by a simple system can be set up to feed your house and garden. Failing water being close by why not try and install a rain catcher on your guttering? Normally consisting of a simple tank at the bottom of you run off pipe, these catchers can save you money very quickly. You can even use them to water your garden in times when there is no need for storage. Planting a vegetable garden is something you can add to this and it is a great way to build yourself something self sustaining to feed your family. Upon harvesting you can simply use seeds collected from your current crop to replant for the next season.
All the above ideas are things you should be thinking about now rather than later. Not only will they help to sustain your lifestyle but short term they will help the environment greatly. You may not be able to achieve them all in one go but step by step we can all do our part to help.