Antibiotics for Survival

Expanded list of natural antibiotics for survival times

Let food by thy medicine and medicine be thy food. ” — Hippocrates.

An antibiotic is a medicine that inhibits the growth of or destroys microorganisms. It
can be topical or taken internally. Stop poisoning your body with man made chemical
antibiotics. Instead trust nature, and let food by thy antibiotic!

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Expanded list of natural antibiotics for survival times

Let food by thy medicine and medicine be thy food. ” — Hippocrates.

An antibiotic is a medicine that inhibits the growth of or destroys microorganisms. It
can be topical or taken internally. Stop poisoning your body with man made chemical
antibiotics. Instead trust nature, and let food by thy antibiotic!

The survival antibiotics most overlooked by preppers? The ones from nature!
Hippocrates was correct that food has healing powers and stimulate the body’s
immune function. Fruits rich in Vitamin C, such as strawberries, pineapples,
cantaloupes, watermelon, oranges, lemons and limes, for example, can help reduce
incident of infection by stimulating your own body’s immune function. Vegetables rich
in Vitamin C include broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and kale. They are equally
powerful foods to heal the body naturally.

The Hippocratic oath includes this important sentence: “With regard to healing the
sick, I will devise and order for them the best diet, according to my judgment and
means; and I will take care that they suffer no hurt or damage.” This is an important
sentence. The message is clear about doing no harm. If you listen to advertisements
for prescriptions medicines you will hear an alarming list of side effects. The side
effects for prescriptive antibiotics include vomiting, severe diarrhea and abdominal
cramps, vaginal itching or discharge, white patches on the tongue, shortness of
breath, hives, swelling of lips, face, or tongue, fainting and rash.

Why would anyone succumb their body to such torture when nature is all the
medicine a sick body needs, and is virtually free of symptoms?

Indeed, nature offers a powerful prescription! Let’s take a closer look.

List of Most Powerful Natural Antibiotics for Survival
Take a closer look at natural antibiotics for survival because antibiotics may not be
available when you need them most. Natural antibiotics can be your first line of
defense (before going to the doctor for antibiotic drugs).  Natural antibiotics can help
you with sinus infections and colds, sore throats, urinary tract infections and
ordinary cuts and scrapes. You need only have the knowledge of the right natural
antibiotics.

Nineteen Natural Antibiotics
Let the healing begin! This top list of powerful antibiotics don’t require a prescription:

Natural Antibiotic #1: Apple Cider Vinegar.
Apple Cider vinegar is a natural antiseptic and antibiotic. Further weight loss,
arthritis, cholesterol, skin disorders, sinuses, anti-aging and much more. ACV is a
great detox for the body and can also be used as an astringent topically.

Natural Antibiotics #2: Andrographis to help with upper respiratory
infections.

Many preppers have not heard of andrographis. Grown in India and Sri Lanka,
Andrographis is a powerful anti-inflammatory to help you fight respiratory infections.
This powerful anti-inflammatory that’s a popular traditional Chinese herb.
Andrographis supports healthy digestive, cardiovascular, and urinary systems. For
an upper respiratory infection make andrographis tea.

  • Recipe for Andrographis Tea: Make a tea by using one tablespoon of the
    herb into hot water. Drink this tea three or four times a day. It’s rather strong, 
    but well worth the benefits. If you can’t muster the tea,  then get the capsule
    form!
  • Andrographis tablets: Andrographis Extract  in Nature’s Way, pictured right, is
    standardized to 10% andrographolides to support healthy immunity. Take 1
    capsule 2 times daily with water.

Natural Antibiotic #3: Cinnamon and Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil.  
Cinnamon is a natural antibiotic alternative that helps regulate insulin levels in the
body. Cinnamon helps repel insects too! Cinnamon leaf essential has a warm, spicy
and clove-like smell.

Cinnamon Leaf Oil (distinctly different from Cassia) is extremely effective against anti-
biotic resistant bacteria, which makes a powerful food safe nontoxic disinfectant to
disinfect Kitchen cupboards, inside refrigerators and toys. Cinnamon Leaf Oil
promotes circulation, helping to alleviate aches and pains. As well, Cinnamon Leaf oil
builds and maintains a healthy immune system and has long been used to flavor
food and for its internal health benefits.

Natural Antibiotic #4: Cloves and Clove Essential Oil.
As an antibiotic, Clove Essential Oil is a botanical alternative worth considering. It’s
an active ingredient in Fresh green black walnut wormwood complex, which helps
treat parasites. Cloves were precious in 16th and 17th century Europe, worth more
than its weight in gold for its medicinal properties. Avoid during pregnancy.

Natural Antibiotic #5: Coconut oil.
Prepper’s love multi-functional preps and coconut oil is one of them.Coconut oil is a
heat stable food that provides fast energy among many other useful properties,
including as a cosmetic. You can apply coconut oil directly to the skin!  It’s the lauric
acid in coconut oil that turn into an antibioitic.

Natural Antibiotic #6: Echinacea.
Echinacea purpurea is stem leaf flower, which has been clinically shown to support
the immune system. Echinacea is most effective at the very onset of a cold of flu. It
has the proven ability to increase white blood cell count, but it is a stimulant.

Natural Antibiotic #7: Frankincense (Botswellia serrata).
Frankincense has been used to treat inflammatory diseases for the centuries.
Boswellic acids from Frankincense are compounds isolated from the gum resin of the
Boswellia serrata plant. Frankincnese Essential Oil has a rich woody, earthy scent
with a deeply mysterious nuance dating back to biblical times. Frankincense also can
help aid with cancer according to Dr. Axe who also proclaims that food is medicine!

Natural Antibiotic #8: Garlic, Chives, Leeks and Onions.
Raw garlic is an antibiotic, antiviral and a fungicide. Not only will you keep those
vampires away, but raw garlic will help you overcome colds and flu and is used as a
cancer prevention food. Garlic has sulfur compounds which are beneficial to the
cardiovascular system to maintain cholesterol. In the same family for consideration
also are chives, leeks and onions.

Natural Antibiotics #9: Goldenseal.
Golden Seal is an ideal botanical option for antibiotics. Goldenseal prevents bacteria
from adhering to cell walls.  Used as a treatment for irritations and inflammation of
the mucous membranes of the respiratory, digestive and urinary tracts, Goldenseal
is ideal to for preppers to stock for many other reasons. Because of its anti-microbial
activity, goldenseal has a long history of use during the winter season and is often
used in combination with Echinacea.

  • Recipe for Sore Throat Gargle with GoldensealMake a gargle from
    Goldenseal PowderStart with a pinch of salt with half a teaspoon golden seal
    powder. Mix in the glass then gargle and spit. Do this three or four times a
    day. Do not take longer than two weeksRight, is Smallflower, Goldenseal
    root powder (one ounce of loose herbs). Smallflower is packaged in old world
    apothecary style, air tight brown paper canisters to keep light and moisture
    out, and freshness in. Use in teas, tinctures, and elixirs. See also, Frontier
    organic Goldenseal powder, right for your bulk use of goldenseal.
  • Read more about the immune boosting powers of Golden Seal. Golden seal
    may be applied topically on dry wounds to speed healing!For many centuries, 
    people from all over the globe have found fresh herbs to be a gentle yet
    effective health-enhancing blessing. The goldenseal herb has properties that
    stimulate appetite, aid digestion, often increase the production of bile and
    cure digestive problems, in addition to its antibiotic properties.

Natural Antibiotic #10: Grapefruit seed extract.
Grapefruit Seed Liquid Extract is a versatile natural oil known to have antimicrobial, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. There are many tablets on the market,
which you can take for anti-bacterial/anti-fungal maintenance. Grapefruit seed
extract helps keep the beneficial Flora.

Natural Antibiotics #11: Honey (Specifically, Manuka Honey to help
heal cuts and scrapes).

Many preppers believe ordinary honey will do the trick, but really you must choose
only honey, which comes from the Manuka tree in New Zealand!

Manuka honey has a stronger antibiotic component to it than ordinary honey. (Use a
tablespoon of Manuka honey and apply it topically three times a day). Be sure also
to look for the pre-made bandage with Manuka honey.

Natural Antibiotic #12: Lemon Eucalyptus Oil.
With it’s strong and woodsy aroma, Eucalyptus oil, is a treatment for skin ailments
such as burns, blisters, wounds, insect bites, lice and skin infections. Historically
Lemon Eucalyptus oil has helped combat the effects of colds and the flu, making
Lemon Eucalyptus Oil a fine addition to the list of pandemic preparedness and
supplies. It also has been used for over 100 years to combat sinus issues. Common
uses also include arthritis, bronchitis, poor circulation, and sinusitis.

Natural Antibiotic Food #13: Limes and Lemons.
Both lemons and limes contain flavonoids, which have antibiotic effects. Lime juice is
also effective against Cholera.

  • Grow lemons for survival.
  • Lemons can help soothe a mosquito bite!

Natural Antibiotic #14: Oil of Oregano.
Oregano oil has proven antibacterial qualitites according to a study published by the
JMM (Journal of Medical Microbiology).

Known to support digestive, respiratory and joint health, an active ingredient in Oil
of Oregano is carvacrol. According to Dr. Oz, “Oil of oregano, which is distilled from
the flowers and leaves of the oregano plant, could be one of nature’s most powerful
antibiotics. “Its ingredient, carvacro, may provide support to the immune system and
it also inhibits the growth of bacteria.”

Natural Antibiotic #15: Olive Leaf.
Olive Leaf was used by the Egyptians and written about by Hippocrates! Pictured
right, Barlean’s Olive Leaf Complex is an anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal. It’s a
powerful antioxidant that can help give support to the healthy immune system,
cardiovascular system, and joints. Olive leaf features a natural antioxidant
(oleuropein), which neutralizes harmful free-radicals to bolster immune function.

Natural Antibiotic #16: Peppermint Oil.
Sure peppermint oil is revitalizing, invigorating, and cooling when applied topically as
aromatherapy, but Peppermint Oil aids with digestive problems (including irritable
bowel syndrome). It freshens your breath as well, which is why it’s an active
ingredient in many mouthwashes. Peppermint Oil has antibiotic properties, which is
another reason its often included in mouthwash and toothpaste, thanks the menthol
which is an organic compound of the peppermint plant. In addition to combating
stomach ailments, peppermint oil helps bruises heal more rapidly and soothes sore
joints. As an extra measure of natural goodness, perppermint is an antibacterial, as
well. Avoid Essential Oil of Peppermint during pregnancy (and keep out of eyes)!

Natural Antibiotic #17: Pau D’arco.
Not often talked about in prepper circles when it comes to botanical antibiotic
alternatives, is Pau D’arco. Pictured immediate right, Pau D’arco has a long history of
use in traditional cultures as a blood cleanser. This botanical from the rain forest
boosts your body’s defenses at the cellular level.

Natural Antibiotic #18: Tea Tree Oil.
Preppers are discovering the power of tea tree oil,  particularly in the realm of first
aid, but there is so much more tea tree oil can do for preppers! Indeed tea tree oil is
well loved in the medicine cabinet by preppers for dealing with everything from cuts,
abrasions sun burns and sprains to rashes, tick and chiggar bites and even tonsilitis!

From personal hygiene, to first aid and pet care, tea tree oil is extremely beneficial
for preppers. Tea tree oil offers a variety of cosmetic benefits, including clearing up
acne, blackheads and blemishes, as well as eliminating body odor, dandruff and
even bad breath. Tea tree oil is a natural and safe disinfectant! Preppers are also
discovering benefits in fighting mold, and helping relieve bacterial and viral infections.

Read more about the beneficial uses of tea tree oil and its significance to preppers.

Natural Antibiotic #19: Thyme oil.  
According to an abstract published by the U.S.National Library of Medicine National
Institutes of Health, “Thyme Oil demonstrated a good efficacy against antibiotics
resistant strains of the tested bacteria.”

BONUS Natural Antibiotics #20: Silver (Colloidal and NanoSilver).
Silver is an ancient remedy worthy of consideration. Colloidal silver was mainstream
medicine in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It was replaced by man made antibiotics!

A natural and powerful antibiotic, colloidal silver works as a catalyst to disable
bacteria, fungus and viruses. Colloidal silver was first discovered in the early 1900s
by Alfread Searle who found it could kills the most deadly pathogens.

For Ebola prevention, choose 10ppm: as with Silver Biotics, which can supercharge
your family’s immune systems. Free of artificial ingredients, preservatives or
additives, Silver Biotics supports the immune system with 10 parts per million
beneficial silver. Dr. Rima Laibow says it’s a nutrient effective in neutralizing Ebola.
(She is referring to Nanosilver 10 parts per million)! The declassified research in
2009 from the Department of Defense shows that NanoSilver 10ppm (not to be
confused with Colloidal Silver) inactivates and neutralizes the Ebola virus.
There are many natural, botanical antibiotic alternatives to find in the natural food
stores or search easily online. Please tell us what you find!

Extensive list of Natural Antibiotics:
While the above list is a good start, below you’ll find an extensive list of more
natural antibiotics:

  1. Acacia
  2. Aloe
  3. Andrographis, listed above
  4. Bergamot (natura al polyphenolic antioxidant free radical scavenger)
  5. Cabbage
  6. Collodial Silver, listed above
  7. Echinacea
  8. Eucalyptus (see also lemon eucalyptus, which is not the same)
  9. Garlic, listed above
  10. Ginger
  11. Goldenseal, listed above
  12. Grapefruit Seed Extract, listed above
  13. Horseradish
  14. Honey
  15. Lavender Esstential Oil
  16. Lemon Eucaylptus Oil
  17. Licorice
  18. Olive Leaf, listed above
  19. Oil of Oregano, listed above
  20. Myrhh
  21. Pau D’arco, listed above
  22. Sage
  23. Tea Tree Oil
  24. Thyme Oil, listed above
  25. Turmeric
  26. Wooly Lamb’s Ear
  27. Wormwood, excellent for parasite cleansing.

How to Survive in a world without antibiotic prescriptions
Antibiotics, which surfaced for medical use in the 1950s, kill or inhibit the growth of
microorganisms — they are directly lethal to bacteria  and have no effect on viruses)!

Available topically or orally, antibiotics have been helping mankind win the war
against bacteria and live to tell about it. Penicillin was the first natural oral antibiotic
discovered for medicinal purposes, but there are many natural alternatives.
While the natural antibiotics are a viable option, storing antibiotics intended for
animals, because they don’t require a prescription is a common prepper practice.

Fish antibiotics, like FishMox, is a common prepper survival tactic and well worth
considering. Mind you, it’s difficult to find and not always available in pet stores, nor
on Amazon, but if you can find it, then get some! Consult your doctor about FishMox,
which is the same amoxicillin prescribed for humans, to see if this is right for you and
your family. This antibiotic intended for fish may be the only antibiotic available in
uncertain times when a doctor is not available.

  • Doctor Bones and Nurse Amy recommend botanical antibiotic alternatives, 
    such as cayenne, eucalyptus oil, honey, thyme oil, peppermint oil, garlic oil, as
    well as fresh garlic and ginger. As well, they advise use of Fish antibiotics.
  • Read the Survival Blog: Veterinarians perspective on Prepper Medicine.
  • See this testimonial from a Doomsday Prepper who advocates pet medicine use.
  • NOTE: Always consult a physician for a proper human prescription as you may
    have a sever allergic reaction. Prior to ever needing this medication, consult
    your doctor on the proper dosage, should you ever need it when he or she is
    not around for a prescription
  • Patriot Nurse Recommended Antibiotics:
  1. Zithromax
  2. Ampicillin
  3. Cipro
  4. Amoxicillin
  5. Doxycycline
  • (Additionally she recommends clindamycin, Flagyl and Bactrim).
  • Equivalent antibiotics available for fish, popular with preppers:
  1. Fish Flex (Cephalexin)*
  2. FishMox Fort (Amoxicillin)*
  3. Fish Pen (Penicillin)*

While antibiotics have had a role in modern medicine, considering the long list of side
effects from prescription drugs, isn’t it wise to consider first the natural antibiotic
alternatives?

Grow your own Medicinal Herbs:
What will you discover in Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs book, a beginners
guide? Bring herbs into your life! Learn to make an aloe lotion soothes poison ivy,
dandelion-burdock tincture for sluggish digestion, and lavender-lemon balm tea for
stress relief. Pair this guidebook with the Medicinal Herb Garden in a can, also
pictured left. Soon you will enjoy.

  • Cayenne, the most widely regarded as a circulatory stimulant said to
    strengthen the heart and blood vessels while promoting increased vitality.
  • Borage, effective against weak or diminished adrenal function, inflammation, 
    sore and inflamed eyes, colds, bronchitis, congestion, and fever.
  • Pleurisy root, used by Native Americans, has been used in the treatment of
    diarrhea, dysentery, chronic rheumatism, and as an expectorant
  • Nettle treats asthma as well as cold and allergy relief when steeped as a tea.
  • Skullcap treats insomnia and is a headache remedy.
  • Culver’s root treats liver and gallbladder disorders.
  • Hyssop leaves have been brewed into a tea to soothing properties for colds, 
    flus, sore throat, bruises and burns!
  • Lemon balm is a known folk remedy used as an anti-viral agent.
  • Lavender has a multitude of uses for preppers.

What’s the Difference between Antiseptics, Antibacterials and
Antibiotics and Disinfectants?

  • Antibacterial: apply to skin! An antibacterial is anything that is active against
    bacteria.  Saliva has natural antibacterial properties, which is why wound in
    your mouth heal quickly, so your instinct to lick a wound is actually a good
    thing! Antiseptics go a step further.
  • Antiseptics: apply to the skin to prevent the growth and reproduction of
    disease-causing microorganisms. An antiseptic is gentler than a disinfectant, 
    because its applied to living tissue. The microorganisms an antiseptic deters
    include bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and viruses! Believe it or not, some mouthwash is an antiseptic. Mouthwash antiseptics include ingredients such
    as cetylpyridinium chloride, chlorhexidine (available by prescription from your
    Dentist), or zinc chloride.
  • Antibiotics. An agent that kills or inhibits the growth of a microorganism 
    applied topically or orally. Antibiotics are transported… used in or on the body
    to kill or inhibit the growth of microorganisms. Antibiotics have no effect on
    viruses.
  • Disinfectants: apply to surfaces (not skin). A disinfectant is a chemical liquid
    that destroys bacteria. A disinfectant is stronger than an antiseptic. It kills 
    bacteria, and also viruses and fungi.

When there is no doctor, preppers will need to be creative about their medical
supplies. Following is a list of antibacterials and disinfectants to consider stocking.
Many have uses beyond their wound cleansing properties.

Happy endings…
Survival antibiotics  often overlooked by preppers, come from nature. This earth is
complete with natural remedies. Look to nature to heal. Nature is happy to be your
medicine doctor! Below you will find some related articles to help you in your quest
for natural healing.

30 Uses For Trash Bags In Your Bug Out Bag

Deciding how to spend available funds in the preparedness budget is not any easy task. Multi-use items are always a favorite of wallet-conscious preppers. Trash bags, even the brand-name sturdy ones definitely fall within the “reasonably priced” category, but when we look past the obvious uses for the plastic bags, they become an even more advantageous contribution to our preps.

Deciding how to spend available funds in the preparedness budget is not any easy task. Multi-use items are always a favorite of wallet-conscious preppers. Trash bags, even the brand-name sturdy ones definitely fall within the “reasonably priced” category, but when we look past the obvious uses for the plastic bags, they become an even more advantageous contribution to our preps.

Trash bags are one of the most economical prepper “to do” list finds and literally dozens of potential disaster uses. In addition to being easy on the budget, trash bags are lightweight yet durable and take up very little space in bugout bags, INCH bags, and get home bags.

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Top 30 Uses For Trash Bags

  1. Put in bug out or get home bag to use as a poncho. Simply cut or carefully tear a hold for the head and even the arms, and one poncho is coming right up.
  2. Packing a tent or tarp for an emergency shelter is of course optimal — but such items take up a lot of space and are heavier as well. Even a one-person tent will not fit in a child’s backpack, but a trash bag and some duct tape surely will.
  3. Trash bags are also useful in keeping your shoes and feet dry. Open a trash bag, step inside and tie or secure with duct tape and keep rain and snow at bay. Storing several trash bags for emergency booties and a poncho inside a get home bag or bugout bag takes up very little space and adds virtually no weight to the pack.
  4. Keep your spare socks, change of clothes, and blankets dry with trash bags. The bags used to store these items can be turned into a poncho, bootie, or emergency shelter in mere minutes.
  5. During either a short or long-term disaster, trash bags can be used to safely store waste when commodes are not working. The bags work equally well for sharps and bloody cloth or bandages used to treat wounded. Preventing the spread of disease becomes even more important during a teotwawki scenario.
  6. Keep the rain off or your head with a makeshift trash bag hat.
  7. Make a fly screen for the front of your shelter with a trash bag — or two. Cut the trash bag into a sheet type form and then cut slits within a few inches of the top of the bag and you have a protective screen to keep the bugs away.
  8. Trash bags also make great ground cover. If you are using a tarp, or another trash bag for a shelter, placing another plastic bag onto the ground will prevent dampness from impacting your clothing. The trash bag also offers another layer between you at bugs which will come out of the ground seeking a food during the evening and early-morning hours.
  9. Although not exactly soft, trash bags can be used like thermal underwear under your clothing. Tape or tie piece of the bag around your legs, arms, and stomach beneath your clothing to prevent body heat from escaping quite so easily.
  10. Sure, they will be a bit flimsy and perhaps messy, but trash bags can be used to mix food or drink ingredients.
  11. Trash bags have also been successfully used as part of a solar water still.
  12. Although this is not US Coast Guard approved, some folks have reported success with trash bag life jackets — it is at least worth a shot during an emergency. Tie the ends of the trash bag together and blow air into it to inflate, then secure the open ends together as well. Tape or tie the back into a life jacket shape and use it to help keep your, your pets, or your get home bag afloat.
  13. Trash bags can also be used to store and transport food.
  14. Give your head a somewhat soft place to rest during an overnight hike home by inflating a trash bag and using it as a pillow.
  15. Trash bags can also be used as an emergency water container. The bags will hold a decent amount of weight, but will need to be carried carefully so the plastic does not tear and the water spill out onto the ground.
  16. Keep your sleeping bag and yourself dry and a little warmer by using a trash bag as a cover. To stay extra dry, slip into a sleeping bag like you would a potato sack for a race before getting into the sleeping bag as well.
  17. Mylar emergency blankets are inexpensive, lightweight, and take up little space, but trash bags can be used as a good substitute if more injured than expected need to be protected from the elements or shock.
  18. Trash bags can be hooked onto branches, or taped into place, to make a temporary sun shade. After taking the hiking break, carefully fold the trash bag into a small square so it can be used again during the next break period.
  19. Trash bags can also be used as a pressure bandage or a triangle bandage. The bags can also simply be used to cover a traditional bandage to help protect the wound from exposure to dirt or the bandage from exposure to the rain.
  20. Tie a splint with a trash bag, double the bag or tape two together to make a sturdier splint.
  21. In addition to being used as a makeshift water carrier, trash bags can also be used as a catch basin for water. Tie the bag to something mildly sturdy in an area exposed to the sky, or line a bucket or similar item with the bag, and capture enough water to keep yourself hydrated.
  22. Trash bags can also be used as patching for leads in other food and water containers. The plastic bags can be taped to cover worn spots or tears in bug out or get home bags too.
  23. Use trash bags to signal help. Tie or secure a white trash bag to a rock in a visible spot to let others know where you are. It is always a good idea to carry a permanent marker and spray paint to write messages.
  24. Trash bags can be used as plates. Find the most smooth and flat rock in the near vicinity and place a piece of the trash bag onto the rock for a clean eating surface.
  25. Use trash bags to tie onto trees for trail markers.
  26. Make a windsock with a trash bag.
  27. If an injured person, pet, or heavy gear needs to be moved, make a liter and line it with several trash bags.
  28. Make a banner with the trash bag to leave warning notes for others or to mark unsafe buildings. Tape, string, and marking materials will also be required.
  29. Fill a trash bag up with water, sit it in the sun for a while and then hang it from a sturdy branch to use for a shower. Heated water is also useful for cleaning wounds.
  30. Make a temporary backpack with a trash bag so the non-prepared person you come across during your trek home can help you carry the load. Be warned, the person could run off with your stuff, but if they are scared and unaware and you appear full of knowledge, the person will likely stick to you like glue.

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When packing the kiddos off to school, do not forget to include a few trash bags and other essential emergency items in their little backpacks as well. If your child or grandchild ever needs to spend the night at school or hoof it home or to a designated meeting spot, a few age-appropriate preps could be a life-saver.

What Will Be Best Form of Communication If the Grid Goes Down?

What is the lowest common denominator of our civilization, or any civilization for that matter? By that I mean, what is the one thing no society can go without? Is it water and sanitation? Fuel and transportation? Food and electricity?

I would argue that absolutely nothing we have is possible without our ability to communicate. A society’s sophistication is directly proportional to the ability of its citizens to communicate with each other. Members of a primitive, nomadic society may only be able to speak to each other in person, whereas an advanced industrial society has telephones, radios, and the internet. And don’t think for a moment that high tech societies create these devices. On the contrary, these devices create high tech societies.

What is the lowest common denominator of our civilization, or any civilization for that matter? By that I mean, what is the one thing no society can go without? Is it water and sanitation? Fuel and transportation? Food and electricity?

I would argue that absolutely nothing we have is possible without our ability to communicate. A society’s sophistication is directly proportional to the ability of its citizens to communicate with each other. Members of a primitive, nomadic society may only be able to speak to each other in person, whereas an advanced industrial society has telephones, radios, and the internet. And don’t think for a moment that high tech societies create these devices. On the contrary, these devices create high tech societies.

So we should ask ourselves what the most useful forms of communication would be, should the grid ever go down permanently; not only to keep in touch with other survivors, but to help rebuild society after the cataclysm has passed. Without some of these critical tools, we’re only prepping to survive, not to thrive.

Cell Phones/Computers

At first glace, there is little potential for these devices when the grid goes down. Without the multitude of servers that are scattered around the globe and the electricity that feeds them, our computers are nothing more than bulky hard drives. Cell phones might still work for a little while since some cell towers have backup batteries and solar panels, but their usefulness might be short lived.

However, don’t be too quick to scoff at the prepping potential of these devices. Computers might still be useful for communicating in some cases. It’s fairly easy to create a local WiFi network (aka ad hoc network) between computers that are within range of each other. This would allow people living on the same street or in the same apartment building to talk to each other, provided they can generate their own electricity.

The better solution would be to create a local network with cell phones that isn’t reliant on any infrastructure. Their energy demands are far less than other computers, their range is longer than WiFi, and they are of course, mobile. The technology for creating peer to peer networks between cell phones has existed for some time now, but unfortunately it has yet to be sold to the public. Companies like Terranet have been perfecting it over the past few years, and they estimate that about 30% of cell phones will be capable of making these networks with a simple software change. So right now, cell phones will be pretty much useless when the grid goes down, but that may change before the end of the decade.

Ham Radio

When most preppers think of communications, ham radios usually come to mind, and for good reason. They can communicate to other radios over hundreds of miles, and they may be the only form of very long distance communication when all else fails. Unfortunately, they wouldn’t be very useful for the average person.

They use a lot of electricity, the equipment can be pretty expensive, and only about 700,000 Americans are licensed operators. Still, if even a fraction of them are up and running after a major disaster, they will play a crucial role in the relief effort. Due to their limited numbers and the amount of resources that are required to keep them running, you won’t see them being used for casual conversation, but you will see them used by communities for conducting commerce and coordinating reconstruction efforts.

CB Radio/Walkie Talkie

I suspect that CB Radio’s and Walkie Talkies will be the main form of communication for the average person, and they are the best candidates for filling the gap that cell phones and internet providers would leave behind. If anything, CB radios were our parents version of the internet. They were affordable and accessible, you had to learn the lingo to use them, they allowed you to communicate anonymously, and much like the internet, they were used to skirt the law from time to time.

There are millions of CB radios lying around, and many of them are still being used by truckers today, so they will be available to many of the survivors. More importantly, they don’t use too much electricity, they’re more user friendly than ham radios, and some of them are portable. Depending on the conditions you’re using them in, their range can extend anywhere from 1 to 25 miles.

As for walkie talkies, I don’t have to tell you how useful they could be. Much like the WiFi network I spoke of earlier, these will be pretty handy for staying in touch with your neighbors. Together, CB radios and walkie talkies will be most common form communication after a disaster.

Courier

If the grid is down long enough, eventually some enterprising citizens would start to provide courier services. Whether it’s by foot or by bicycle, they will fill an important niche that other items on this list can’t provide, and that is a secure form of communication. If you had to send a message to someone who lives out of the range of your radio or WiFi network, and you needed that message to remain a secret, writing that message down and sending someone out to deliver it by hand would be the only way to do it. WiFi just doesn’t have the range, and radios are too easy to listen in on.

So how do you plan on keeping in touch with your friends and relatives after a cataclysmic event? Are their any other methods or technologies that should have been included in this list?

Florida Makes Living Off-Grid Illegal

It’s no secret that an opposition to sustainable living exists. Earlier this year, Texas state brought several SWAT teams to a sustainable community and threatened to shut it down. Each one of the community members were initially handcuffed at gunpoint. It was called “The Garden of Eden Community,” and was totally self sustainable. You can read more about that here.

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It’s no secret that an opposition to sustainable living exists. Earlier this year, Texas state brought several SWAT teams to a sustainable community and threatened to shut it down. Each one of the community members were initially handcuffed at gunpoint. It was called “The Garden of Eden Community,” and was totally self sustainable.

This time, it’s Robin Speronis that’s come under fire. She lives off the grid in Florida, completely independent of the city’s water and electric system. A few weeks ago, officials ruled her off-grid home illegal. Officials cited the International Property Maintenance Code, which mandates that homes be connected to an electricity grid and a running water source. That’s just like saying our dependency on corporations isn’t even a choice. The battle to live without most utilities has been ongoing for Robin, the self-sufficient woman has lived for more than a year and a half using solar energy, a propane camping stove and rain water.

In the end, she was found not guilty of not having a proper sewer or electrical system; but was guilty of not being hooked up to an approved water supply.

So what exactly is off grid living?

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“It means living independently, mainly living independently of the utility companies. Providing your own power. It does not mean living in the stone age, it’s not about bush craft. It’s about generating your own power, your own water, dealing with your own waste. Probably as part of a community, not living on your own like a hermit. It’s also about being more self-reliant and being less dependent on the system. Perhaps realizing that the system isn’t really protecting us anymore and we have to look after ourselves.” – George Noory

Our potential as a human race is quite extraordinary, we just don’t realize it. Sustainable living is not about giving up a certain lifestyle, can still have all the modern amenities, design and beyond. Living off the grid wouldn’t be a problem, we have technologies that can generate over-unity power, we have technologies that can provide unlimited amounts of clean energy. I’m talking about free energy, which goes far beyond solar energy. We can have neighborhoods exactly like we do today, even better. They would be totally green, off the grid and self-sufficient.

The only problem with off the grid living is that corporations lose their ability to control others. With a completely self-sustaining life style, no body would ever have to work. What would happen then? Think about that for a moment. We would be free to expand and create, to discover our full potential as a race and move forward into the world of exploration and discovery, all the while living in harmony with nature, not against it.

We’ve accepted the monetary system, and deem it necessary for the proper function of society. Money doesn’t ever have to come in the way of necessity, we’ve just been made to believe that it does. It’s time for the human race to move past the concepts of competition and greed into one that benefits the whole.

“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozled has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.” – Carl Sagan

The human race does not need to be dependent on these corporations. While we continue to feed this dependency, the planet continues to suffer. In order to move forward, we must start cooperating with each other, and realize just how much potential we have to create something magical and amazing. Bottom line, anybody who has the desire to live off-grid should not be hassled for it, it should be a free choice.

Disconnecting from the Electric Grid is Closer than you Think.

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Tesla Energy

Powerwall

Powerwall is available in 10kWh, optimized for backup applications or 7kWh optimized for daily use applications. Both can be connected with solar or grid and both can provide backup power. The 10kWh Powerwall is optimized to provide backup when the grid goes down, providing power for your home when you need it most. When paired with solar power, the 7kWh Powerwall can be used in daily cycling to extend the environmental and cost benefits of solar into the night when sunlight is unavailable.

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Tesla’s selling price to installers is $3500 for 10kWh and $3000 for 7kWh. (Price excludes inverter and installation.) Deliveries begin in late Summer.

Powerwall specs:

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  • Mounting: Wall Mounted Indoor/Outdoor
  • Inverter: Pairs with growing list of inverters
  • Energy: 7 kWh or 10 kWh
  • Continuous Power: 2 kW
  • Peak Power: 3.3 kW
  • Round Trip Efficiency: >92%
  • Operating Temperature Range: -20C (-4F) to 43C (110F)
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Dimensions: H: 1300mm W: 860mm D:180mm

Highlighted Powerwall Distribution Partners

Treehouse
TreeHouse, a sustainable home improvement store, is collaborating with Tesla to sell Powerwall. “For the first time, running your home on a battery will be affordable and easy,” says TreeHouse co-founder and president Jason Ballard. “I think in the near future, having a battery in your home will be as normal as having a water heater or a dishwasher.” Ballard added, “This just takes us one step closer to being able to power homes completely without the use of fossil fuels.”

Fronius
Fronius and Tesla have partnered on a global level to offer Powerwall in combination with the Fronius Symo Hybrid inverter as a seamless solution for residential PV systems. For new PV installations, homeowners can use the Fronius inverter to operate both the PV and Powerwall, which reduces the overall system cost. For homeowners that already have solar PV, the Fronius inverter can be added to the system (AC coupled) or replace the existing inverter (DC coupled), and the Fronius solution will function with any type of solar energy system. This makes the Fronius plus Tesla solution a highly flexible solution across the globe.

Fronius is a leading inverter manufacturer in the global market, with nearly 1 million inverters installed worldwide. Fronius is known for both innovation and high quality, with 1,008 active patents and 23 years of solar experience. Its products are exported through 22 international Fronius subsidiaries and sales partners/representatives in over 60 countries. The company is a multi-industry leader in the fields of energy storage, battery charging, and welding technology. Fronius and Tesla are pleased to expand a current successful relationship into the realm of energy storage.

SolarEdge
SolarEdge, a leader in the global PV inverter market, and Tesla partnered for the joint development of a PV storage and backup power solution for the worldwide residential solar market. Building on SolarEdge’s proven DC optimized inverter proven and Tesla’s leading automotive-grade battery technology, the solution will require only a single SolarEdge inverter to manage both PV and storage functions. The system is designed for efficient, outdoor installation and includes remote monitoring and troubleshooting to keep operations and maintenance costs low.

Founded in 2006, SolarEdge provides an intelligent inverter solution that has changed the way power is harvested and managed in solar photovoltaic systems. The SolarEdge DC optimized inverter system maximizes power generation at the individual PV module-level while lowering the cost of energy produced by the solar PV system. Since beginning commercial shipments in 2010, SolarEdge has shipped more than 1.3 Gigawatt (‘‘GW’’) of its DC optimized inverter systems, including over 220,000 inverters, its products have been installed in PV systems in more than 73 countries, and more than 100,000 systems are monitored in its cloud-based monitoring portal.

Green Mountain Power
At Green Mountain Power we are thrilled to bring Tesla’s innovative home battery storage to Vermont as part of a radical transformation of how energy is generated and used to empower customers to save money and increase reliability and resiliency. As Vermont’s energy company of the future, we are turning the old utility model on its head, and offering products and services to help Vermonters use less energy and one day rely on the grid as a backup system. GMP is focused on a future that moves away from dirty inefficient sources of energy to a clean, sustainable and cost effective energy future. Powerwall will speed up the pace of change and keep Vermont on the cutting edge of innovation.”

Tesla Energy for Businesses

Based on the powertrain architecture and components of Tesla electric vehicles, Tesla energy storage systems deliver broad application compatibility and streamlined installation by integrating batteries, power electronics, thermal management and controls into a turn key system.

Tesla’s energy storage allows businesses to capture the full potential of their facility’s solar arrays by storing excess generation for later use and delivering solar power at all times. Tesla Energy for Businesses anticipates and discharges stored power during a facility’s times of highest usage, reducing the demand charge component of the energy energy bills.

Energy storage for business is designed to:

  • Maximize consumption of on-site clean power
  • Avoid peak demand charges
  • Buy electricity when it’s cheapest
  • Get paid by utility or intermediate service providers for participating in grid services
  • Back up critical business operations in the event of a power outage

Highlighted Tesla Energy Businesses

Amazon
Launched in 2006, Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers a robust, fully featured technology infrastructure platform in the cloud comprised of a broad set of compute, storage, database, analytics, application, and deployment services from data center locations in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Ireland, Japan, and Singapore. More than a million customers, including fast-growing startups, large enterprises, and government agencies across 190 countries, rely on AWS services to innovate quickly, lower IT costs, and scale applications globally. To serve these customers, AWS is committed to operating in the most environmentally friendly way possible. In addition to the environmental benefits inherently associated with running applications in the cloud, AWS has a long-term commitment to achieve 100% renewable energy usage for its global infrastructure footprint. Today, three AWS Regions are 100% carbon-neutral, including US West (Oregon), EU (Frankfurt), and AWS GovCloud (US).

“We’ve been working closely with Tesla for the past year to drive innovative applications of high-capacity battery technology in data center applications with the ultimate goal of reducing the technical barriers limiting widespread adoption of renewables in the grid,” said James Hamilton, Distinguished Engineer at AWS. “Batteries are important for both data center reliability and as enablers for the efficient application of renewable power. They help bridge the gap between intermittent production, from sources like wind, and the data center’s constant power demands. We’re excited to roll out a 4.8 megawatt hour pilot of Tesla’s energy storage batteries in our US West (Northern California) Region. This complements our strategy to use renewable energy to power our global infrastructure.”

Target
“As part of Target’s support to our communities, we’re excited to partner with Tesla on a pilot test at select Target stores to incorporate Tesla Energy Storage as part of our energy strategy,” said David Hughes, senior group manager, Energy Management, Target. “Tesla’s cutting-edge technology offers unique benefits to powering these stores, most importantly relieving stress from the electrical grid at peak times, furthering Target’s investment in designing and operating energy-efficient and sustainable buildings.”

Jackson Family Wines 
Jackson Family Wines (JFW) is a collection of premium and luxury wineries best known for its acclaimed Kendall-Jackson Winery. Sustainability is intentional at JFW; we have taken a two-fold approach to energy management at our wineries by improving operational efficiency across all levels of our organization and reinvesting those savings in onsite renewable energy systems.

With Tesla’s stationary energy storage solution, JFW can significantly mitigate energy use around four areas that account for the most consumption in our winemaking process: refrigeration/cooling, lighting, compressed air and process water treatment. Each battery pack will draw electricity from the grid or our onsite solar arrays during times of low demand and store it for later use to smooth out energy spikes.

EnerNoc
EnerNOC’s energy intelligence software helps customers make the most of Tesla’s energy storage systems by integrating them into an overall energy management strategy. EnerNOC’s software easily integrates with any site that has a Tesla energy storage system, optimizing battery usage during high price periods and enabling customers to utilize batteries for demand charge management and demand response.

Tesla Energy for Utilities

Advanced Microgrid Solutions (grid resource adequacy)
“Tesla’s bold approach to advancing battery technology will change the way we build our cities forever” -Susan Kennedy, co-founder and CEO of Advanced Microgrid Solutions.

OnCor (microgrid)
Oncor realizes the electric industry is changing as well as our customers’ needs for electric service. Oncor believes the only way to prepare for customers’ future needs is with a flexible, adaptive electric grid which can only be accomplished through the use of technology like advanced meters, smart grid and electric storage. Tesla has long demonstrated its ability to be a technology leader which is why Oncor has looked to Tesla for grid-scale storage. Oncor looks forward to working with Tesla to make sure the electric grid meets all customers’ future needs.

Southern California Edison
Edison International is proud of its efforts to help create a market for battery storage systems and its work with Tesla to bring this technology to customers. Southern California Edison (SCE), the regulated utility subsidiary of Edison International, has developed the nation’s largest battery storage system and has contracts in place for an additional 264 megawatts of storage, including projects using Tesla batteries. SCE is working with Tesla on three demonstration projects that can help drive down the cost of battery storage systems for residential and business customers, as well as EV drivers. These demand response demonstration projects will test communication capabilities and explore rebates to customers who allow SCE to manage their battery charging in order to increase the use of renewable energy while ensuring continued grid reliability.

SoCore Energy, a subsidiary of Edison Energy, which is Edison International’s portfolio of competitive businesses and equity interests in emerging companies, is working with a client to design and install Tesla batteries at two of their retail properties in Southern California. The sites will feature Tesla battery units that will be charged with electricity from the grid during nonpeak hours at night. The two battery systems will be able to store up to 400 kilowatts and 600 kilowatts, respectively. SoCore Energy is working with its client to identify additional locations for potential battery installations. SoCore Energy is not the same company as Southern California Edison, the utility, and SoCore Energy is not regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission.

AES (solar paired at a utility level)
Tesla Motors’ commitment to battery production will help meet the growing demand for energy storage; as a launch partner, we are particularly pleased to leverage the home battery product across our distributed energy platforms. AES has been providing grid-scale energy storage solutions for seven years, building on more than 30 years of experience serving utilities with power solutions that improve lives.The AES Advancion™ digital control system for energy storage manages best-in-class batteries and other components for both centralized and distributed storage systems. In addition, AES’ world-class capability in engineering, installation and operations and maintenance enable turnkey energy storage solutions from KWs to hundreds of MW for utilities and end customers.

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