posted on May, 29 2009 @ 08:07 PM
It depends upon what kind of S hits what kind of fan. Me, I'm bug-inner, not a bug-outer for most scenarios. I've enough room and resources to to
stay put, my area is defensible, and I've folks to can't travel well. I have a broad-ranging library with useful knowledge: medical, gardening,
survival, chemistry, etc.
So for me it would be a question of who I would find acceptable and would be useful. In a bad situation being acceptable includes the ability to
follow orders. If you want to join me you must accept my leadership. I've read far too many posts by idle fantasizers who would be worse than useless
in a pinch, and I'll not endanger those I'm already responsible for by allowing idiots in, especially self-righteous ones who want an unearned vote.
If you are competent, pleasant, and willing to share the work and resources, your voice will soon begin to carry weight of its own.
I already have a cluster of fairly sensible friends and family who will rendezvous here in case of trouble. They help with the veggie gardens, chores,
and add resources: one has asked permission to rebuild the chicken coop on his own dime and time. Permission granted and honors bestowed: when it's
done, he gets to put up a plaque naming it after himself, lol. Another has been adding solar lights. Still others help digging the well and deepening
the garden plots. We discuss this sort thing on a fairly regular basis, identifying trends for each other, sharing good finds of equipment, products,
and knowledge. We've talked about the advisability of bugging out to the nearby hills and mountains or further, but keep returning to the fact that
we're already in a pretty good spot: sea to the front, behind hills; mountains above and below; desert behind. The local regional population is
better educated and more cosmopolitan than average. So it would take some pretty bad SHTF to get us to leave prepared ground.
We could support up to forty folks here in a pinch, although twenty would be more comfortable. More people means better defenses, but lower living
standards. There's a few ATS'ers I'd welcome quickly enough, some few I'd probably fire a warning shot at, and some, most really, who'd have to
work hard to convince me they were worth adding to the tribe. If things start looking bad (crap, how low have we sunk? things already look terribly
grim) U2U me, you might be one of the lucky ones I like.