This is a critical part of my survival and preparations with my disability. I don’t think many preppers understand just how much more physical work it will take if the SHTF. Oh sure people know in theory that they will work harder but until you do the work day in and day out for a week or more it’s not quite real, or at least that is how it is for me. I got through my five day water test but the last day was really tough as my fatigue level was going up and I could not fully recover via sleep. If the SHTF you probably won’t be sleeping as long or as well so that will add more fatigue. It is imperitive that you do all you can to conserve your physical energy just like you would conserve water or fuel.
Most of the energy saving tools I am getting are electric or battery powered. Going with electric give me the option of using the gas generator for power as long as my fuel holds out or using the Solar powered system I’m slowly building up. I can’t power a gas power tool with anything but gasoline. Don’t get me wrong, there are some big jobs that will have to be done with a gas powered tools that is better use of your potential energy rather than using muscle power. I got to thinking about this idea reading Pioneer Preppy work feeding his wood stove experiment. He cut a lot of wood and loss quite a bit of sleep feeding that beast. I’m sure the affects on his body were starting to slow him down a bit. I know if my water test had lasted even another day or two I would have had to stop almost all work for a day or two just to recover physically. My disability might make hitting that wall happen faster than for most people but I think most urban and suburban prepper types will hit that wall physically and mentally.
It critical that a person thinks about physically energy as a precious commodity to be conserved when ever possible and not as if you are lazy or some other such nonsense. I saw a person today blowing snow off the sidewalk and drive way with a battery powered leaf blower. That’s brilliant use of power made the leaf blower a year round multi-tasker and probably very low odds for any heart attacks or injuries compared shoveling snow. Getting things like good work gloves will help protect against blisters until you toughen up a bit. Pain relievers, heat/ice packs or muscle creams will help you ease the pain and let you sleep so your body recovers. Fatigue clogs the mind and body, that can result in avoidable injuries. If the SHTF there might not be an emergency room or doctor available if you are injured. Best to take steps now to avoid that kind of fatigue.
You have to get your mind ready to think “outside of the box”. You have to test your preps and how you will use them in a disaster. Start with short little test of 48 hours going with out lights or tap water or even your microwave and stove for cooking. Next time the news tells of a disaster some where in the country do a mental walk through of how you would handle that disaster, then a short test going without whatever the news or you think is the critical item. It could be as simple as a family going through a house fire and got everyone out of the house safely but what would you do next?
One thing I loved about the Army is the idea of Crawl, Walk, Run, way of teaching. Make a plan for the most likely disaster in you area and write it out/discus what you will do if you are work/school or whatever. That’s the crawl phase. Do a planned test of your plan and find anything you need to improve or you come up with new ways of doing stuff. The “Run phase” You can do a test at anytime and see how it all come together. Look for things that go wrong that need fixing but also think of things that go right and you add encouragement/positive attitude.