Greetings from snowed in Michigan. First I'm only new here. Old gal, retired for a verrry long time. Little bit about us. We have lived on our homestead for 30 years. Hubby and I grew up on farms. He claims he was poor. I thought his family was rich. LOL Our homestead is smack in the woods. State Forest pretty much as far as the eye can see. My grand-father homesteaded this land and we were lucky enough to buy the 40 acres that was left of his homestead,when it came up forsale. We could get off the grid if needed, I think. Say this because we always look for better ways to be prepared to do this. In fact I hope to get more ideas on here. Perhapes share what we have learned too. We put up most of our food ourselves. Heat with wood. Very lucky to have our own forest to harvest. Because of our ages we try to always have 3 years wood cut adhead. Never know what may give out at our age. Forest is over run with deer. Huge turkey flock comes to eat at the goose feeder every day, sometimes twice, three times a day. Never harvest a turkey close to a feeder. You follow them back to where they roost at night. They are creatures of habit. Always roost in the same place. Turkeys are easy to track. Plunk them where they come to feed they won't come back. The forest is our fruit market. Tons of black berries, huckleberries etc. Our geese are our watch dogs and alarm system. Nothing gets past them day or night. You will always know if something is lurking around. We have put down 3 wells ourselves. It really is not that hard. The water is perfect and safe too. All three wells can be switched to hand pumps if the need should arise. We both know how to hunt, dress and butcher animals. Have done almost all our own vet work on the animals. Farm vets love to teach you anything. Just give them a good cup of coffee, homemade coffe cake and they will teach you all you need to know. Also tell you what animal antibotics are safe for humans and where to buy them. I take no doctor's medicine. But do have my own pharmacy of herbs. Get a check up once a year and the doc says I'm in excellent health. The check up is free, and I get to visit a lot of old friends. Last doc. visit she spent the whole time writing down what herbs I take and what they did.She still billed our insurance co. Go figure. We do have electric but do not depend on it. Because it is not dependable. We have a couple of generators also. But we do not depend on them either. My vice and thing I stock pile, toliet paper.Have to have my toliet paper. Hubby and I depend on just ourselves. All work etc. is done by just the two of us. Good healthy work and we enjoy it. We do keep over a years supply of everything we need. The green house provides us with goodies year around. My husband and I have built two houses, two pole barns, work shop and garage. You can learn to do anything. Knowledge really is power. Hubby even built the cutest outhouse. It's a two holer. Now I never met anyone I would want to do my daily reading and business with. So the two holer amuses me. All that said. Wooo sorry for it being so long. The reason I'm here. With all that is going on and no one knows what will happen. Just got worried and wondered if people were preparing for this. Read a few sites and reallly got turned off. All that bickering about everything except what was important. Found this site and well to say I was impressed is mild. You really get it!