One of the principles of the Transition Network is “resilience”. Here is an extract from the website:
The capacity of our businesses, communities and settlements to deal as well as possible with shock.
Transition initiatives commit to building resilience across a wide range of areas (food, economics, energy etc) and also on a range of scales (from the local to the national) as seems appropriate - and to setting them within an overall context of the need to do all we can to ensure general environmental resilience.
Most communities in the past had – a generation or two ago – the basic skills needed for life such as growing and preserving food, making clothes, and building with local materials.