SurvivalDuty.com is an educational and product resource guide for off grid survival. In the 1800’s, most Americans were homesteaders; able to provide the necessities of their family with limited resources for months at a time, sometimes up to a year.
The arts of canning, bread making, soap making, candle making, or small garden farming are no longer needed in a modern urban infrastructure.
The arts of canning, bread making, soap making, candle making, or small garden farming are no longer needed in a modern urban infrastructure. In the 1800, 90%+ of US Population was rural and agriculture. In 2000 less than 20% rural and 5% agriculture.(1) Most modern families fulfill their needs in weekly intervals at local groceries stores, home hardware stores, and restaurants. Power and water/sewer grids supply daily needs of life. Transportation grid supplies daily urban resources for manufacturing, inventory, income, and comfortable lifestyle. Any disruption longer than a two week period, most Americans would began to starve and thirst. In a month, with infrastructure shut down, most Americans would find it hard to survive.
We all are completely dependent on our modern international supply chain.
We all are completely dependent on our modern international supply chain. Without the energy to supply modern machinery for farming, manufacturing, and product delivery, the world would only have the capacity to feed half the global population. Any scenario for a disruption (temporary or sustaining) of this supply chain: war, terrorism, nuclear, natural disaster, will cause great suffering throughout the world. Waiting on a “Red Cross” to hand out water and food will NOT be an option if the world is trying to feed 7 billion people a day with half the resources.
If you think this is far-fetched, modern examples occur all the time around the world. Canadian’s Fort McMurray residences had to flee a massive wildfire in 2016. Red Cross and other agencies had to house the evacuees in mobile home shelters. After the fires were extinguished, Authorities would only allow residence back if they had food and water to last them several weeks. In other words, those who had prepared and had the knowledge how to survive without water, power, grocery stores (food), gas stations, (fuel), and had personal security (firearms) were allowed back home. Without a surrounding infrastructure to feed and support the evacuees, most would have simply perished less those who were prepared. What makes an individual a survivalist to those who are dependent is simple; the mindset: “it will not happen to me,” “if it happens it happens,” or “I will take care of myself.” In any event, those who are prepared always end up supporting the unprepared, the dependent.
Those who interested in a background knowledge on how to become self sustaining, then this site can be a resource to start your research and preparedness.
(1) USDA and U.S. Census.
Editor: Michael Callahan. A mechanical engineer in aerospace, material handling and power equipment for over 20 years. Practicing survivalist designs and techniques for over 10 years.
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