I got thinking about what you really really need. TEOTWAWKI aside... just living in this current crisis is reaon enough to rework priorities... Here is my list...
1. A place to live and a supply of water that is not dependent on the grid. If you are going to shelter in place then figure out where your water is coming from in a post shft senario. Lately there is a massive uproar on the price local utilities are charging for water and electricity. Another great reason to live out of town or have a weekend retreat that is out of town and off services as much as possible.
2. Food security. This means different things to different people... but at a minimum it is important to remember that getting food takes calories. So store food and maintain a few simple gardening tricks.
- Have a few 25 watt flourescent bulbs over a salad and small veggie growing area. These can run off of a small solar panel and battery.
- Potatoes in a barrel... simple and reliable
- Chickens... easy and a great source of protein and eggs
- Fruit trees on drip and an edible hedge of berries
- Scope where you would grow wheat in a pinch... hint.. your lawn works!
3. Figure out how to wash clothes and yourself in a post shft situation. And do it now saving on energy.
4. Figure out a second career that will be useful as you look at the next 20 years. Nursing and the medical fields are good, anything mechanical is good, farming and farmers markets will be good. Home kitchens for canned goods at farmers markets is good also.
5. Make being self reliant a famiy hobby. Triple insulate your home, learn car repair, hang out at the local swap meets or second hand shops an see what is selling and in need. Join your local community groups and churches.
6. Focus on your family, your community and what matters. Have enough for yourself? Start working on making your neighbors secure, your street self reliant or your community safe.
What else I am working on ? I am buying a couple of more large cisterns. I have a good supply of water and a pond, but I want to be able to have gravity flow out of cisterns (which are fed by a solar well) to handle my landscape plant growing project. I am also working on a self sufficient golf cart project. I have no idea if it will work but i currently get around my orchard on an atv pulling my branches cart and saws. That takes fuel. I am putting together a solar recharging station and a golf cart to see if I can bring up pallets of landscape plants or pull my orchard cart. We will see...??? . post shft i really don't want to go back to a horse and plow :-) and for now it saves fuel...