Natural Resources: Access to natural resources is essential in order to create any type of sustainable environment. Natural resources include: food, water, building materials, and any other plants or raw materials you may need to create clothing and generate power.
Off-the-grid sustainability implies that you have achieved 100% self-reliance with no more trips to stores, gas stations, or medical facilities. In order to create an environment that’s sustainable for the period after the Possible Earth Events, it’s essential that it’s running efficiently prior to these events. However, if you find yourself in a position where you don’t have access to at least food and water after these events, then no preparations prior to the events will matter.
Sustainability and survival itself depends on access to natural resources. Some storage of resources would be prudent to accommodate for possible gaps in resource access that may occur due to abrupt changes in weather, water tables, and eco-systems; unforeseen damage from earthquakes, and possible atmospheric conditions. The amount of resources that are stored would be based on an understanding of your geographic and environmental risks, the number of people in your community, the method of food production, and even whether your storage methods are above or below ground.
An ideal location would be one where natural resources are accessible all year round and not limited to seasonal fluctuations. This will increase the chances of maintaining sustainability through events that could alter the geography, weather, and eco-system. However, the big question is whether your choice of location will still have access to natural resources after the Possible Earth Events.
Many of these events could instantly change access to natural resources. Shifts in the crust and earthquakes could change water tables, submerge rivers, and drain lakes. Volcanic fallout could smother vegetation and poison water supplies. Intense heat could cause spontaneous fires and destroy vegetation. It’s challenging, at best, to consider all possibilities, but it’s also essential in order to ensure your ability to sur-thrive through these times and these events.
Recommendation: Choose a location that has a long growing season before, but more importantly a high probability after the Possible Earth Events. Maintain adequate storage of resources for emergency and other possible issues with resource access. Choose a location that has multiple water sources and maintain the ability to dig, drill, or excavate to access underground water supplies.