Tuesday, April 14, 2020 by Zoey Sky
Staying in a homestead lets you practice self-sufficiency, but the homesteading lifestyle isn’t without dangers, like minor medical emergencies, fires or pests in your property. Get ready for these incidents by making the necessary preparations. (h/t to DoomsdayMoose.com)
Living in a homestead means you don’t have access to the same resources that people living in larger communities have. Despite this drawback, you can set up preps to keep your homestead intact when disaster strikes.
Follow the four tips below to prepare your homestead for common emergencies.
Living off the grid doesn’t mean you’ll live in total isolation. Sometimes, you’ll have neighbors who are also preppers and homesteaders. In the worst-case scenario, they might not be familiar with homesteading, but that doesn’t mean you can’t teach them how to be more self-sufficient.
Socialize with your neighbors and let them know that they can count on your help when the going gets brought. Once you gain their trust, maybe they may extend the same courtesy willingly.
If your closest neighbors live several miles away, make an effort to befriend them. When facing a survival scenario, it’s always better to have more people on your group.
Introduce the benefits of homesteading to your neighbors by trying the following suggestions:
A fire may break out in your homestead when you least expect it.
Always have a fire extinguisher in several rooms in your house and learn how to use it properly. Finalize a fire safety plan in and teach your family what to do and where to go in case of a fire.
Check your fire extinguisher regularly. Make sure it’s working and that it isn’t past its expiration date. (Related: Crucial first aid skills you need to learn before going off grid.)
Various creatures can wreak havoc on your homestead. Some pests may try to get into your food supply while others may steal materials to build their own homes.
Predators like bears and mountain lions may try to invade your living quarters, putting your safety at risk.
Setting traps and using certain sprays that can deter wild animals to keep them out of your homestead. Before you shoot anything, even dangerous animals, review the gun laws in your area.
Winterizing your homestead is essential if you live in an area where the winters are very cold.
Insulate your home with eco-friendly materials like cotton or sheep’s wool so you can be more comfortable when winter arrives. Any equipment that you need to keep your homestead up and running must also be winterized.
Add sufficient amounts of antifreeze and other fluids to protect your tools from the cold.
Get rid of pests in your homestead and befriend your neighbors before SHTF to keep your property safe.