This is the second of a two part series on home preparedness. Part One of Preparedness Basics focused on short-term home preparedness to prepare your household for a sudden and temporary interruption of goods and services. In this segment, the focus will be on long-term planning in anticipation of energy descent as we begin the lifestyle transition away from fossil fuels.
Long term planning for energy descent can be simplified into three steps: research, plan and take action.
First: Research energy descent
Second: Make a plan
Take stock of where you are now and where you want to be. Consider how future trends will influence your daily life.
- Figure out where you want to live – and get there.
- Figure out what post-peak skill you have to offer or would like to have and where you can best use it.
- Build redundancy into your planning. For example, try to have multiple clean water sources, rather than relying on a single source.
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If you live or plan to live outside the city:
Third: Take action
Now it’s time to implement your plan. Prioritize your tasks and begin to work your way through to do’s. Don’t try to take on too much at one time. Set quarterly launch dates, introducing something new each quarter.
Consider organizing a few friends or family members to do this with you. Having others going through the process will help all of you stay on track and you can share research and resources.