Long Term Shelter and Post-Disaster Recovery Considerations
By Chris Watson (Redhorse_Ronin)
Hosted by Karen and Chris
This past Friday, Karen and I tackled the subject of considerations for long term sheltering and looked at post-disaster recovery. We based much of the conversation in Karen’s research for her upcoming book on disaster preparedness.
We opened up with Karen’s definition of long term shelters and the necessary sustainability features to look for or to develop. We looked at the property options from various security viewpoints. Water security, food security, transportation security, and physical security were just a few of the topics we covered.
We defined grid-dependence and advised doing a realistic assessment of your property’s dependence upon the power and support grid. We discussed ways to mitigate or reduce your dependence upon the grid. We talked about solar, geo-thermal, hydropower, passive thermal exchange, and wind as various energy alternatives. We talked about the importance of the diversification of alternative energy sources.
We stressed RESEARCH as the most important part of your real estate preps, no matter if you are looking for or already have your long term shelter or BOL/BIL (Bug Out Land / Bug In Land) property. We first talked about researching water quality and availability on the property in question. We discussed the controversies surrounding water rights, especially out west. We touched on the possible legal ramifications of non-permitted wells, ponds, channel diversions, and low head stream dams.
Then the subject of arability of the property was discovered and we had a knowledgeable caller from the chat room, Taladan, who provided some excellent points on micro-farming and the importance of researching your property’s government and industrial history. We talked about soil health as the result of prior land use.
We discussed mineral rights, especially in eastern coal country. We talked about the competing interests of big business and land owners with mineral rights.
We moved on to some financing and cost defraying options. We mentioned credit unions, alternative finance options, and sub-divisions. We discussed shared family property and the growing interest in colonies in the prepper movement.
We continued the show with some post-disaster and maintenance points. We brought up the financial and environmental hazards of buying places to renovate. We looked at beginning some small livestock operations. We finished the show talking about health maintenance and emergency care training before the disaster strikes.
You can join us every Friday night at 9pm Eastern/8pm central at prepperbroadcasting.com. Join us as we discuss disaster management and how YOU can be more self-reliant when the world goes downstairs in a hand basket!