Whether man-made or natural, crisis does strike. It is prudent to prepare your disaster response plan . But how we do so should be fun, as well serve as a regenerative and sustainable model. This is the ultimate preparation for those who inherit what we create.

Are you able to leave in a moments notice? Are you prepared to hunker down without modern conveniences? Most disasters ultimately become resource shortages of shelter, energy, food, water, medicine, and personal care products.

Hurricanes in Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida and off the coast of Ireland are firm reminders to be prepared. Major fires in Portugal, Spain, and California ring the same. A looming energy crisis even more so.

Start this 21st by talking to your inner circle about your plan! Generate some surplus, share the resource wealth and knowledge, and throw a Progressive-Prepper-Party (PPP) to spread the word.

In this spirit, let’s examine 21 Ways to be a Happy-Regenerative-Prepper

  1. Plant a fruit tree every year so you can have backup for when the store shelves go dry.
  2. Grow fruits and veggies, your own source of minerals and vitamins.
  3. Grow garlic if your climate allows it. While delicious, garlic is also an antiseptic.
  4. Turn part of your food garden into a seed garden. Acclimate and share your favorite strains.
  5. Compost, create worm castings and natural plant-food teas to maximize mineral content and health of your soil, critical for keeping all of our immune systems flourishing.
  6. Raise chickens, rabbits, goats and more to fertilize gardens, maintain natural fire-suppression efforts, and have farm friends.
  7. Raise bees for pollination, honey and honeycomb. Honey is also an antiseptic, and the honeycomb makes great candles.
  8. Grow and utilize your own medicines making sure nature’s choices are a few steps away.
  9. Buy large bags of organic bulk foods and shop from yourself pulling from your multi-month supply of dried goods, reducing package waste.
  10. Install rainwater catchment systems ensuring you have water and enough to share.
  11. Store potable water in reusable containers letting go of single use plastic, its own crisis.
  12. Invest in a pedal-powered bicycle adapter for your blender, radio, and other minor electronic needs. Bye bye gym membership.
  13. Take regular walks in your neighborhood to understand where other resources are, to map emergency routes in case of evacuation needs, and to know your neighbors.
  14. Procure and use your hand-crank radio to stay connected to the world and disconnected from the grid at the same time.
  15. Take periodic multi-day staycation trainings where you power down non-essential appliances and lights and ‘rough’ it…think extended book reading in a hammock.
  16. Invest in micro solar and wind powered devices for radios, charging that HAM radio, and LED lights.
  17. Install a solar shower allowing the luxury of hot showers even if utilities are off.
  18. Write to the local paper about how living the solution = minimized problems when crises occur. Start a club. Promote your efforts on social media.
  19. $upport local public radio, a staple in most any local emergency.
  20. Have a go-bag ready for instant evacuations with enough essentials that your immediate needs are taken care of.
  21. Host a neighborhood meeting/party to map out local skills, assets/liabilities, fruit trees, medicine, and tool resources.

Can you think of other actions to take for sustainable resiliency and preparedness? Share it on your Facebook page and tag us! @turn21.org

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