A quick check-in on my goals set out six months ago….here were the topics:
- Water security. Done. Have 5000 gallons of rainwater harvested. It only took about 10 days of rain to gather. Amazing.
- Food security. Done. Regular biointensive gardens + permaculture food forest + backyard chickens installed. Chest freezer + storage closet full of one year’s food as backup.
- Personal training. In progress. Unarmed self defense training is well underway; I’ll continue practicing this in perpetuity. Next up is likely medical training via advanced CPR and EMT classes.
- Physical security. In progress. We start weapons training at local range this month. Motion-sensitive security lights installed. Safe room planned but not constructed. Dogs discussed but not yet purchased.
- Transportation alternatives. Done. The longtail utility bike works well for me, although this might expand to an inexpensive neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV) in the future, replacing one of our gas cars.
- Wealth management. In progress. Actually, it is just on hold. And I don’t have an excuse for the inaction, other than these are very weird economic times. There is zero consensus among money managers what type of investments to be pursuing right now.
- Energy security. In progress. Whole house generator in place. Two cords of wood for fireplace stove in place. Solar hot water tubes scheduled for a March installation. Still have several months left for measuring wind speed for our location to see if wind mills are feasible.
And I’ve avoided getting cauliflower ear so far in MMA training. Thank goodness for arnica. 🙂
More wisdom from Joel Skousen:
“Possessing a few personal friends you can intrinsically trust at all times is one of the most important contingency preperations you can make.”
- Connect the various parts of our small town via ham radio to maintain contact even during emergencies when our phone and cell systems have shown they can be easily overwhelmed. Specifically have these ham radios sit at locations where we are connecting food, water, and reliable heavy transportation (horses). These radios are not sitting at city government offices, but in private homes of clued-in people.
- Map walking/biking/horse riding paths for non-vehicle transportation around our town.
- Create my own personal “Board of Mentors” of those who can train me, help me, and join me in leading our small town in preparedness.
- A close friend who is clued-in and knows many of our local farmers on a first name basis. He’s a rebel rouser who has proven that he can create positive solutions that fly in the face of traditional wisdom. The one who clued me in to Wendell Barry.
- An acquaintance who is an expert on ham radio, electric vehicles as alternative transportation, and has significant financial resources.
- A close friend who has recently become a local micro-farmer / micro-rancher. The one who turned me on to Joel Salatin.
- Several acquaintances who are skilled craftsmen (wood working, plumbing, etc).
- An acquaintance who is a permaculture expert.
- A former student who is an alternative energy expert (solar and wind). We’re setting up a tool next week to measure our wind capabilities for the next year.
- An acquaintance who is an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and member of our town’s volunteer fire department. He also trains doing MMA, so he may become a reliable Krav Maga sparring partner as well. Although I’d have to convince him this is not a sport for me, but a way to keep my family and friends safe.
What roles am I missing? You tell me. Either comment below or send me email at optoutenmasse at gmail dot com.