A widespread, long term grid down situation is possibly the worst case scenario possible. No running water, sewerage systems down, no electricity, shops out of food, and fuel stations can’t pump fuel or are dry would just be some of the implications.
Would you have the tools, knowhow and supplies at hand to get through something like this? Most preppers, wouldn’t, even though they think they would!
A long term grid down situation could be caused by many different events, such as a solar flare, EMP attack, pandemic and the likes. This article is going to go over the tools you will need to make it through a long term grid down event. I do not make any notes on food or water in this post.
First and foremost, lets talk about home security, or security for your bug out location. Assuming you don’t have a generator, or alternative means to generate electricity during a grid down to run CCTV or alarm systems, weapons and booby traps are going to have to be suffice.
You should have the following for home and personal security:
- Firearm and Ammunition (Provided you can own firearms legally)
- Combat Knife (You will run out of ammo at some stage!)
- A homemade perimeter alarm (Easy and cheap to make) – Guide
- Solar Powered Security Lights
- Plywood, or boards to coverup windows and glass doors
You are going to need some way to keep warm and cook, right? A wood stove that will heat your entire house, or as close to it as possible is going to be your best bet here. A stove is much more efficient than an open fire, and will hold heat, and burn for far longer.
It is possible to cook on top of a wood burning stove, thus making it a very versatile item. It can also be used to dry clothes, heat large containers of water for bathing and washing up.
A wood stove is a valuable part of any preppers kit.
- Wood Stove
- Stainless Steel Cook Set (Stainless steel lasts a long time, and is very robust)
Wood Processing Tools
You are going to need fire for many different things if the grid goes down for a prolonged period of time. All that gas for your camp stove will not last forever, so having an alternative means to heat food, boil water and keep warm is essential.
Processing firewood is not an easy task. If you have never done it before, go out, and see how long it takes you to cut and process a weeks worth of firewood! You will be surprised.
Lets look at what tools you are going to need to process firewood effectively in a grid down situation.
- Chainsaw (Yes, you will run out of fuel, but it will make things easier to begin with)
- Spare fuel for the chainsaw
- Felling Axe (This will be used to take down trees)
- Bow saw – 30 Inch (Used to cut your felled trees into log sized rounds)
- Plenty of spare blades for your bow saw (At least 10)
- Splitting Axe (For splitting logs)
- Small Hatchet (For small work, such as splitting kindling)
- Splitting Wedge (This is handy if you get your axe stuck, or can be used in place of a splitting axe)
- Spare shafts for your axes and hatchets
If the grid is down for much longer than 5 or 6 months, then you are going to have to start thinking long term, and plan on growing your own food if you want to survive much longer.
Having access to a patch of land that is suitable for growing on would be essential, though, I guess if SHTF, I doubt all farmland is going to be farmed by farmers, as they will not have the fuel to power their machines, so you can either make a deal with the land owner, or just use it and hope for the best if you do not have your own land.
This isn’t going to be a walk in the park, and will end up taking up most of your time!
You are going to need the tools to carry out this work, which are as follows:
- Pitch Fork
- Brushes (Helps to keep your place tidy)
- Wheel borrow
- Seeds for various fruits and vegetables
General Tools and Items
Along with all the tools mentioned above, you are going to need more general tools for repairs to things such as your home and property which will gradually degrade over time.
Assuming this is a long term grid down (6 months plus), you are going to be working the land, and foraging for food in the wild, and the homes of the dead, or gone whilst available.
- Wood Saw (A few of these as they go blunt with use)
- Snow Shovel
- More buckets
- Duct Tape
- Various sizes of wood planks
- Wooden Pallets (These are great for making things from, and are dirt cheap, sometimes even free!)
- Shifting Spanner
- Vice Grips
- WD40 and other various oils and lubes
- Ratchet straps (great for moving heavy items)
- Food safe 5 Gallon Buckets
- Food safe 55 gallon barrels (For water storage and rainwater collection)
- Ladders (I made a ladder from old pallets!)
- Work Gloves
- Safety Glasses (Sawdust in the eyes is a bitch!)
- Hand Crank Drill
- Hand Crank Bench Grinder
- Tape measure (Handy when building things)
- High Quality Knife
Keeping Tools in Working Order
In order to keep your tools in tip top condition, you are going to need to maintain them, and in order to do that, you will need some equipment.
This is the basics of what you will need to keep you tools in working order, and preserve them for long term usage.
- Boiled Linseed Oil (For Wooden Handles, Axe Shafts and so on…)
- BeesWax (Can be used on wood also)
- Whetstones (To keep knives, and other cutting tools sharp)
- Leather Strop – If you like your knives hair popping sharp, you will want one of these too, and some compound.
- Gun Oil, or any other light weight oil (To prevent rust on tools)
Again, this is a list of tools that should greatly assist you in a major long term grid down event, where you have to survive off the land, and scavenge what is available in the local area. Hopefully it will never come to that, but slowly buying tools as you need them around the house is a great way to gather up these items. You can even pick them up at car boot sales, or yard sales.