I felt it was necessary to add a bit more substance to what I do in my preparations and what an ideal suburban survivalist situation would be to me.
I don’t have a lot of land, approximately 1/3 of an acre, but I really don’t think you need to have 5 or 10 acres to make your homestead productive. The one thing I do regret was buying property that is managed by an HOA; they can really limit what you can do with “your” land. I highly recommend you look somewhere else if the property you are looking at is managed.
On your small slice of land there are several things you can do to start to make your situation better:
1.) Gardening, start a vegetable garden and make it as large as you feel comfortable managing. Plant vegetables and herbs, find out what thrives in your area of the country and get your garden started as soon as possible. I have not only my raised gardens but I have a dozen pots scattered around areas of my backyard with additional plants and herbs. We also have an herb garden indoors in the sun room.
2.) Plant a fruit tree or two this will generate a fairly good crop of your favorite fruit, and will give you something to practice your canning on.
3.) Get a few chickens and rabbits they really don’t take up a lot of room and if you are not interested in breeding the chickens you don’t have to deal with a noisy rooster. You would be astounded by the egg production of just one chicken. At their prime a chicken can lay and egg a day easily.
4.) Get a food storage program going as soon as possible. I recommend buying what you eat and just buying more of it. Doing this will enable you to build a stock pile of food you know you will eat, just be sure to rotate as you add to your store. I suggest you enhance this program with your garden and small live stock (chicken and rabbits). You can also supplement your food store with some freeze dried food or MRE's (or both); I just don’t recommend you base your entire plan on these.
5.) One final suggestion in the area of food is that you get yourself a pressure canner and learn how to use it. You can preserve your fruits, vegetables AND meats with this type of canner. They are completely SAFE if you follow the instructions. This is something EVERYONE should learn today. It is cheap, fun and canned food can last years if done properly.
Everything I have just mentioned doesn’t require acreage or a retreat and can be done right in your backyard. I am doing all of these except for the chickens and rabbits because of my HOA, between you and I though (SSSHHHH!!!), I will be starting a rabbit hutch in the future (they are quiet and can be kept under wraps). My neighbors would probably notice a bunch of chickens wandering around in my backyard.
One project I am currently working on is rain collection. My goal in the next month or two is to have 2 – 55 gallon drums collecting water from my down spouts. The goal is for me to be able to irrigate my garden using that water.
The next area of concern that usually is faced by people in the suburbs is about defense and what type of protection they should have. I usually recommend a good defensive sidearm like an S&W M&P, Glock, 1911, or something like that. I also recommend a good shotgun (like a Remington 870 or a Mossberg 500) and a hunting rifle. If you have that trio you are in some damn good shape.
Finally, I have a few remaining recommendations that I want to outline:
1.) Have a BOB (Bug Out Bag) packed and ready for each member of your family and keep it packed and ready to go always. Make sure you have the proper equipment like flashlight, tents, sleeping bags, etc. You should be able to live out of these for up to a week.
2.) Get yourself some backup power in the form of a generator (diesel, gas, propane).
3.) Get yourself a propane grill and store a few FULL propane tanks for it. This will be your primary means of cooking if you lose power and gas.
4.) Have an emergency stash of cash that is ready to go at a moment’s notice and add some silver and gold to that stash to hedge against something that may make money worthless. Having duplicate equipment would also be good as you will be able to barter these items.
5.) Lastly have a WELL stocked medicine cabinet full of medicines and medical supplies.
The whole purpose of this post is to give folks some perspective on the FACT that just because they are in a populated area, all hope is not lost. Doing the things I describe above will put you head and shoulders above most folks out there. This is a simple suburban survivalist plan that I have outlined. You should take what I have said and modify it to fit your needs. This is by no means exhaustive and you should use it as a stepping stone to start your own survival plan.
Repeat after me (I am going to make this my quote of the day one day I promise):"A suburban survivalist is a person who has researched and executed a plan to prepare his or her family for unexpected scenarios which could change their happy and comfortable circumstances into miserable ones for an undetermined amount of time."
Yes...it is that simple.
...that is all.