July 21, 2014

Zone of Survival Monday

Experts agree that the best survival zone is established inside a sturdy cave. Wow, talk about back to the future.

There are an infinite number of things we don't need, but only a limited number of things we do require. Those are the things that guarantee our survival.

Ensuring we have everything we need to survive and thrive has always been difficult. With current challenges, like extreme weather and extreme capitalism, it is getting more difficult.

In the short term it is possible to create a zone of survival with a minimal amount of things.

In able to respond to natural disasters, or any other situation that alters the way things work, every household should have an emergency kit/camping supplies containing the following essentials:
  • Water
  • Food/Cooking Supplies
  • Warmth/Shelter
  • Medications/First Aide
  • Sanitary Supplies
In a longer term situation like persistent economic trouble, the fall of capitalism, or the collapse of civilization, one needs to consider a longer term plan. Hardly alarmist, any one of these scenarios is possible in the coming years considering where we are headed globally.

Creating A Zone of Survival

  • Within 500 + kilometres of the coast and potential flooding from sea rising, tsunamis, and water-borne contaminants.
  • Under 200 feet above sea level, or at high altitudes susceptible to solar radiation exposure.
  • Close to volcanoes and super volcanoes (Yellowstone in northwestern USA).
  • In an earthquake/seismic/avalanche/fault zones (North American west coast, or New Madrid Fault Zone in central, USA).
  • In a river flood plain, or downstream from dams.
  • Within 200km of a coal-fired power plant, nuclear power plant or waste storage facility.
  • In a large city.
  • In a rural area with an ample water supply, 
  • Plenty of fertile land 
  • Abundant forests.
  • Close to or with small groups of like minded people.
  • In an area with unspoilt nature close by.
  • Somewhere with a mild climate.
  • Far from large population centers.
After looking at these lists, Linda and I realized that there are very few places in North America that fit the bill, or at least ones that don't experience 8 or 9 months of winter and cold temperatures that will definitely affect survival rate.

But if you are equipped with the supplies, skills, and knowledge for simple, cooperative and self-sufficient living I think you will have an advantage over those reliant on crumbling corporate for-profit systems, regardless of where you are living.


  1. You really provoke me into being better and more focussed on my goal. Thank you.

  2. Anonymous7/21/2014

    This is something I've been thinking about daily. I know that I have to start to prepare for what the future will bring, in a logical and non hysterical way. Thanks for more food for thought!


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