At our farm, we already have a generator, two freezers full of food,
food canned, a coldframe thast grows winter greens and an older
wood-burning stove (Fisher) that is capable of heating the house nicely.
These are things we always have because the power can go off here and
stay off for several days at a time if we have an ice or wind storm.
Extra planning - we plan to stockpile fuel - both for the generator and
for our vehicles. We plan to have a little cash on hand and ask the
bank for an itemized statement late in the month of December. We plan
to purchase most of our seed early - probably in November. Ditto any
other supplies we'll need for the 2000 growing season. We'll stockpile a
little drinking water, but have a good spring here, so don't worry too
much. Our livestock is forage fed, so except for hauling water from the
spring (and we have a gasoline pump), they'll be fine.
Just in case, we have also purchased open pollinated seed for the things
most important to OUR diet and will grow out half this year, put half in
the freezer for next year. We planned to do a little more seed saving
anyway and this just forces us to do it.
That's it - we'll watch what happens, feel reasonably secure, and all of
our preparations will be useful even if all goes well.
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