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Originally posted by antar
reply to post by cornblossom
What you describe is the reality of how civilized people respond to an emergency situation. And you do mention the fact that you are not living in a false reality in that you do not expect trouble if the bottom falls out of the dollar and commerce halts.
What is key in your post is the experience which you have in pulling together in crisis for the betterment beyond the small family.
You have already set the stage for cooperation among your neighbors. This does not mean that from now on it is expected or even desired, it does not mean that you have to become bosom buddies and help them pay their rent to make life easier from now on, no.
But what it has done is set the stage for responsibility on all the neighbors parts to see that they are a vital part of the concerted efforts to help in crisis.
The door has been opened and in your neighborhood people responed rather than reacted to the emergency. So follow up with a warm batch of chocolate chip cookies, just a few on a plate to thank those that you were able to help as well as those who helped you. Because in crisis it is always a balance of give and recieve.
Excellent addition to the thread, and I am glad to know you are safe and survived the icestorm.
Originally posted by Niall197
Shucks. I fear Grandma's been overdosing on her Prozac again.
Again pearls of wisdom from the greatest teachers of the last Great Depression. I cannot stress the need to incorporate the elderly, the people who have lived through the first one into your plans for this next one.
Originally posted by projectvxn
reply to post by antar
Right now would be a good time to make friends with people from the 3rd world.
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...