Today’s lesson… Could You Live Off Grid If You Needed To?

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Most men, myself included, suffer under the delusion that we could make a go of it and live off grid for a bit if we needed to.

It’s a man thing for the most part, as I don’t know many women who feel that way. In this area, women seem to be way more brutally honest with themselves.

*Nicole Appelian is one of the rare shining examples who could live off the grid forever probably. You might remember her from the show Alone.

Men, I want you to take on a dose of that brutal honesty for yourself as I flush out this lesson.

I’m currently reading One Second After by William R. Forstchen. It’s about a massive EMP attack on the United States, and is set only a few hours away from me in a small NC town I know really well.

Basically, the EMP attack shuts down all electronics and plunges the US into the dark ages. It’s a really scary book, because it’s actually very realistic, both in the potential of the event and how people would likely react to it.

It got me to thinking about this Prepared series and my goal for helping Dads become Prepared Dads-


I’m not here to help you prepare for the apocalypse.

My goal-

I’m here to help normal Dads learn the basics for the most common Everyday Emergencies and Disasters.

Now some caveats associated with that:

  • If you want to go way beyond these lessons and prep for the apocalypse, I can help you. I nerd out on that stuff.
  • You can’t go full doomsday prepper without learning the basics first.
  • If you get yourself killed in an Everyday Emergency, you won’t make it to the apocalypse.
  • If you haven’t been SuperDad for your kids in some basic disaster events like evacuations, power outages, and riots, let’s work on that before you feel you’re off grid fighting zombies kind of ready.

Let’s talk about what Off Grid really is, so I can really make my point that you need to build up to that with years of the basics before you should ever think you’re ready.

I’m going to summarize Off Grid living the shortest and best way I can here, but be sure to download the round-up. I’ll expand a lot there on specific things you’ll need to consider.

To summarize…

Total off grid living would kill the average American in about 3-6 months.

Starvation, sickness, water, infection, injury, roving gangs of outlaws, sewage, animals. These are all just normal things that society keeps in check.

For now, let’s keep working on the everyday stuff.


Real Life Case Study: Off Grid Family Found Dead in Colorado

This happened in July 2023.

A family of three were found dead in the Colorado mountains by a hiker. They included sisters Christine Vance, Rebecca Vance, and Rebecca’s 14-year-old son.

They decided to go off the grid out of concern for the way civilization was progressing. Familymembers tried to convince them not to go, but they left hoe anyway and refused to tell anyone their destination.

Their plan was to live off the land.

“They had no outdoor skills at all. To prepare, they read books about survival and watched online videos on the subject.” Source

It is believed they died less than 3 months into their experiment from starvation and exposure.

Off the Grid Kit Checklist

If you really want to jump ahead and start putting together an Off the Grid Kit, I have one already made up for you.

It’s a checklist for one person to live off the grid for one year.

After a year, you better have a plan in place for more, like growing your own food and medicine.

Get it HERE.

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