The Category 5 storm that ripped through the Panhandle on Oct. 10, leveling housing and fences, has been an unfolding disaster for local nonprofit animal rescues. First, they had to deal with the destruction of their own facilities and homes, an ongoing issue. Then, the surrenders started coming in from people whose homes and apartments were so damaged that they no longer could care for their pets.
Living off the grid can be a great experience for homesteaders who want to live in remote natural areas, in pursuit of a simpler life that is more engaged in the world around them. However, living off the grid comes with unique challenges and compromises -- including access to emergency services.