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The Practical Prepper
The more we develop a self-reliant lifestyle and work on our preparedness, the more my family appreciates the value of simpler things in life. This doesn't mean that we shun technology (in fact, I work with technology as a part of my career), but it does mean that we aren't obsessed with it.
Like many other things (e.g., cars, power tools, firearms, etc.), we believe that technology is a tool, sometimes providing a quicker, faster, easier, or cheaper way to accomplish some task. In that spirit, here are some easy ways we've used technology to enhance our preparedness.
Here are a few ways we've integrated our mobile phones into our preparedness plans, so that they become a tool for our family to stay in touch and coordinate things:
Keeping mobile devices charged
Of course, mobile devices have a finite battery life. Here are some of our most common ways to keep them charged up:
Using technology for data backup/preparedness
We keep backup electronic copies of our most important documents. Typically, we keep them on a USB flash drive, but we're considering an e-reader (e.g., the Amazon Kindle) so that we can actually view the files without a computer. The list of documents and files we keep backed up includes the following:
Of course, having this much personally sensitive data in one portable place is a risk that needs to be mitigated. First, it's important to encrypt your flash drive with a password. That way, your data is secure even if you lose the drive or it's stolen.
Beyond that, it's important to protect your data from loss due to static discharge or electromagnetic events. The easiest way to do that is to keep your drive in a Static Shielding Bag. Bags like this form a Faraday cage, protecting your data.
So, what about you? How do you integrate mobile technology into your preparedness?
Believing that preparedness and self-reliance are key to individual freedom, Atticus Freeman is the founder of the Self-Reliant Info blog, in addition to authoring The Practical Prepper weekly blog here on Farm Dreams. Thanks for reading!
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