posted on Apr, 5 2009 @ 12:43 PM
In the current climate of bubbling tensions and our bonds worn to thread thin, I believe it is time that we prepare. Responsibly. While a fair number
of you reading this will, or attempt to, find a bug out location safe from it all, I cannot join you. Not out of lack of knowledge, resources or other
such problems. I intend to voluntarily stay in my community, and I beg others to consider doing the same. In the great sh!t storm that we all fear,
many things could happen. Electricity could be cut off. Sewage lines could be ruptured. City services, such as fire and police, could be denied to
some areas ( If not all. ). Food could run short. And in all of this, our friends and neighbors could be preyed upon by the less scrupulous.
So, what to do? Do you flee like a modern day Jedd Clampitt, waving out your truck window and shouting "GL HF!" to your neighbors? Do you sustain
yourself on bottled water and C rations in the bomb shelter under your backyard? Do you slap on your shoulder pads and patrol the country on a
motercycle, searching for "guzzoline"?
Or, do you avoid taking a leap backwards in the progress of humanity, and help your community?
The people here are, by and large, more prepared for a collapse then the average individual. Most of you have done research, many own and are familiar
with at least one firearm, and some even have detailed plans and hoarded spupplies for the journey. But what about everyone else, who is not only in a
state of denial about our teetering global economy, but wouldn't know what to do with themselves when it finally tips over the edge and goes into
For those who have been unable or unwilling to prepare for the uglier prospects of our future, it will be a very grim time indeed. But, it dosen't
have to be.
Surviving, or even prospering in, the SHTF is not only possible, but within our grasp. There are three steps to this, and none of them are an
unreasonable demand on yourself, or those around you.
1) Organize. Some of us have neighborhood councils, PTA meetings, or other such gatherings. Don't pitch your "The end is coming" ideas there.
People, in groups, will find it much easier to reject something they don't want to be true if it challenges the status quo. Instead, consider your
neighbors. Pick ones that you think will listen, and in your most rational and reasonable methods, explain to them why you think preparing for the
worst is a necessity. If they accept that it could be true, then you have a new ally. The next person you try to welcome into your fold, both of you
go. If that person joins, then the three of you go to the next house. And you continue this until you've either recruited your neighborhood or
defined who is and is not part of your plans.
IF no one joins, which is always possible, then consider abandoning your current location. If people are unwilling to listen, then they are unwilling
to listen. There is not much to be done about that, and you don't want to spend your time shouting at a wall.
Here are some tips on making the "End of the world" seem reasonable to as many people as you can.
- Do NOT, do NOT, do NOT make it a political issue. No matter how much you personally believe it is, do not run the risk of alienating people who
disagree politically. If you do, they'll be disagreeing with you as a matter of principle, rather then a logical basis.
- Set the example. Meaning you don't ask any more of your neighbors then you've already done yourself. This will make it clear that your being
serious, and that your not just trying to get them to pull your weight along with theirs.
- Be reasonable. Don't demean them if they disagree, but rather find out why it is they think your wrong. Once you know, politely tell them why you
disagree, and why you believe this is a serious matter.
( Almost out of room, continued in next post. )