Originally posted by worldwatcher
While I expect a financial collapse and some degree of anarchy, I feel comfortable with my community being able to work together and hold our own if
we have to. My neighbors may not know yet, but I've already made a list of suggestions and plans on how we can protect our community from outsiders
and also how we can get out if our community is used against us to keep us confined.
I cannot stress how important it is to know and live well with thy neighbor. Know their strengths and their weaknesses, know what vices they have and
how you can benefit from that knowledge. It's the only way to survive any sort of sitx including the deep recession/depression we are already in.
I've mentioned this elsewhere too, but it's very easy to start a stockpile of anything you think you need, just one or two extra item, every time
you shop, put it away and just keep adding. It's easy on the budget and in no time you can have a nice little stockpile of necessities. Worried
about food, think Ramen noodles, worried about hygiene, buy bar soap in bulk, in hard times, you can use that same variety of bar soap to bathe with,
wash clothes with, wash dishes with, even wash your hair with...it's not the best thing for all those purposes, but its a cheap and perfectly fine
way to make due.. you guys get the idea...
Thanks World Watcher, you truly live up to your name in this post. At the risk of getting a warning for excessive quoting, I will address the above
When you take time to actually make contingency plans for the total economic collapse, rather than indulging in fantasy about how one is going to run
around haphazardly gun in hand shooting their way to freedom from oppression, you are the absolute hope for the future.
For every World Watcher that is silently and subtly steering the people around them, I applaud your higher consciousness and for thought. We have the
opportunity that was not available to the people of the last depressions, we have communication and an intelligence network of the people. This is the
blind card that they know has the potential to change the course of our governments and military actions in crisis.
The more we prepare, the less panic and fear will be present and in its place a sense of getting to work, rather than shooting at shadows when the
time comes. In the beginning the main systems for the small group will be food, water, medical and security and a willingness to not only survive but
thrive during the collapse. I do not want to rely on the gov. for assistance as it is gong to be over burdened and unsafe to do so.
In crisis, people will define those they trust to lead, and WW, you have the calm and assuring nature to do just that. So by assigning the task lists
ahead of time, you will be just that much more of a leader.
We have already felt the terror and fear of what was to come by our research and availability to learn all of the angles before the collapse. Most
were busy paying bills, going to work and living the dream. We were studying and working towards having the basics set in place. For us, we will not
go through the shock and awe, been there done that, lol.
My Grandparents could wake up tomorrow with their entire life savings gone, and they will not panic, because they have lived through this before and
know we have a network of people willing to grow, butcher and protect all of our needs.
One thing I wanted to share is that I keep extra shoes clothes and items the boys have outgrown in a big box in the garage, if in the future I need to
pass a coat or pair of shoes down to a little one I can. In turn I could get the parent of the needy to work for a day, I can feed them and give their
little one what they need. I can also send them on their way.
We cannot take on every passer by, and we do not have to show and tell what we have, but there will be decent people in need, not all passers by are
going to be murdering lowlives.
Also gathering rags from discarded sweatshirts and such will come in handy for wiping everything from fannies to counter tops. Simple sponges for
periods. In the old days women used rags as kotex. I keep a big supply for the collapse for personal use. I buy on sale and cheap brands and store.
Vitamins on sale are a very smart move as well. Canned baby formula, can get you some hard workers in trade. I did buy tobacco to grow this year for
people who need that... I have all the supplies to make my own lye soap, and never throw away the dregs of used soap. I have jars and jars of it to
make good soap in the future. It is CHEAP, to get the supplies to make your soap. I don't want to use it now, I like my store bought, but can in stx.
Candle wicks, learn to make your own, And buy reusable wax, that can be remade over and over. Cotton T Shirts twisted and spun dipped in wax...
I love that you are giving your neighbors edible plants, that is awesome. I also try to grow every type of medicine, from toothache plant to feminine
aids, pain relievers, and even anti inflammatories.
Gotta go for now, thanks for your positive influence. I had a GF come over yesterday and finally had the 'talk' with her, it was great and now I
know I have an alliance with another family in our part of the country.