With current dependence on technology, corporations and government, it is hard to imagine being faced with the true survival issues of drinking water, breathable air, power, food, and the Internet. Through basic instincts and knowledge, people can survive without iPhones and Xboxes.
Print out the list and follow the steps to prepare for disaster.
The CamelBak® All Clear™ turns tap or clear natural water sources into potable drinking water in one minute. It uses UV technology to neutralize microbiological contaminants to Environmental Protection Agency standards. It is BPA-free and has an LCD to confirm water purification results.
This Survivair Optifit CBRN mask is for protection from Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear attacks. Watch the video by expert Kydexby Parlusk on how much information is necessary to use these effectively. This mask is made in the United States and costs about $350 plus the cartridges for various chemicals. It must be tight-fitting, does not work for men with beards, does not protect from all chemicals, requires certain gloves, suit and boots for full protection. But it will help in a tear gas or sarin gas attack. Do not buy an old military gas mask because the old ones have asbestos in them and the shelf life is only about 5 years anyway.
Learn how to store and preserve food without refrigerators. Build simple storage systems like this apple and potato storage bin that keeps the potatoes in the dark but lets their symbiosis of gases keep each other longer. See the Wired website for more storage methods.
If there has not been a nuclear attack so the sun is still visible, growing plants and warming the earth, it can be used for some solar devices since electric power grids may be gone. Solar-powered LED flashlights, even solar garden lights, and radios like this one from Eton can help. Passive solar houses will be a plus with their south-facing windows collecting the sun’s warmth and storing it in walls and floors keeping occupants warm in winter or using earth-cooled air to keep it cooler in summer.
View websites like Survive the Apocalypse and Switched for other solar gadgets.
The World Wide Web can still function in case of an apocalypse, with data hosts surviving in bunkers around the world like Norway’s Green Mountain Data System. It is located in a former munitions storage site where it is protected from fire and electromagnetic pulses and uses hydroelectric power from a nearby fjord. Sweden’s Pionen Data Center is another one deep withing a mountain former military command center that can withstand a thermonuclear bomb and is cooled by mountain waters and naturally cool temperatures. Buy a solar-powered laptop like this Sol to stay informed. At $300 it can last up to ten hours on one charge and only needs two hours of solar energy for the battery to restore.
Build a survival house like this Paraguayan Caja Oscura, by architects Javier Corvalán and Laboratorio de Arquitectura. It has a basement structure and a manually-operated tilting metal box with no natural light inside over the top. It contains a bedroom and bathroom in the basement and an impenetrable kitchen and living area located in the box above accessed by a staircase. The metal box made of iron tubs with a galvanized metal exterior is set on custom-made pivots operated with a hand-winch.
At 914 square feet, it was completed in 2012 and cost $27,000 to build.