Saturday, May 24, 2014
If It Happened Today
So the premise is simple really. You're going about your daily routine this very day. Perhaps taking a break from the garden or whatever you are up to. Browsing the internet or listening to the radio, whatever. The power goes out....
Everything stops working. You hear random beeps from appliances that are now getting no power, fire alarms that sort of thing.
You look outside and there is no traffic. Perhaps some neighbors, if you have any, looking around or maybe some stopped cars with their passengers and drivers out looking around in confusion.
Now what would you do?
How long would it take you to realize this wasn't a short term blip? Would you even care to wonder if it was or not? Assuming there is no question the power is off for good what would you do?
There is no more time to prep, now is the time to start putting it all into action.
I think the first thing I would do would be to move the invalid flock of sheep down the road to rejoin the rest of sheep. The reason for this is two fold. One, the pasture down the road is much more secluded and would require someone to walk a few hundred yards either up the driveway or through brush before they could see the sheep. Two, the rams would need pasturage and water so the first day would be moving the small flock to open up the pasture they are on which would allow me to put one of the rams into it.
Just moving the stock would take most of the day I imagine without a working vehicle but it would be important. Grain would quickly run out so there would be no more keeping them on limited pasture and supplementing, best to get them on grass as soon as possible. I could haul water from the cistern and hand wells but having them in a location where they had some permanent water would save a lot of time and effort. This would be the most important first move. Also keeping as much of the livestock as possible from the view of any casual (and maybe hungry) foot traveler would be a real bonus.
If I had any day light left I would then take out a roll of barbed wire and begin fencing in the garden and a strand around what is now the yard. My electric fence wire is solar powered but since we know this is a permanent thing might as well get ready to use as much available pasture as possible. If the engines aren't working or there is no gas it isn't like I am going to be mowing anymore. Of course with the removal of vehicles from the problem live stock getting out isn't as pressing as it once was. You will just want em to stay close so you can keep an eye on them.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!