Thought Exercise

My best friend is attempting to get some of his acquaintances who see, but have no acted on, the risks we face to take action. To prepare. This is the first exercise he offered. I’m providing it to you in this venue because I think it’s worthy of being pondered.

Exercise #1

Good afternoon, gents, I hope your day has been a good one – productive and meaningful – thus far. Allow me to initiate a thought exercise for us all to ponder. There is no need to respond or answer; simply read the question/statement and consider your action/response. In other words, what would YOU do? The corollary is, what can YOU/WE do NOW to mitigate the risk IN THE FUTURE?

Context: We are how we are, right now, each of us carrying on in our personal and professional lives. We know what we know and we do not know what we do not know. In essence, we are dancing with the one who brought us.

Scenario: You wake up tomorrow morning to a dark world. Some time during the night, the lights/power went out and they remain out for the foreseeable future. It may have been a solar flare, it might have been an EMP, or it is possible the entire grid went down. Vehicles may or may not work, but you have no power, no internet, to cell phone service.

Questions
1 – What do you do?
2 – What do you have?
3 – What do you prioritize?
4 – What do you NOT have that you need?
5 – Who do you contact? How?
6 – How do you ensure the security, safety, and sustainability of your family? What about those in your network? How do you contact them? How do they contact you?
7 – What are your shortfalls? What do you need to do to have all you need for long-term power outages?
8 – How can you assist those in your network? How can they assist you? What should your network do to prepare for such a scenario?

Think on it. I will. Imagining you woke up to this scenario really opens your eyes.

Exercise #2

Scenario:  Our country, such as it is, has gone to war, yet again.  As the recent conflicts on the other side of the world have exploded, they have also continued and expanded.  More countries are on a war footing.  Not only are our military resources being expended overseas, we are seeing shortages at home, including fuel, food, power, and more.  Shortages have led to increased costs for everything and it is difficult for folks to get to/from work, as fuel is becoming cost prohibitive.  Rolling blackouts are the norm to conserve power consumption, usher in control over the population, and protect an already strained power grid.  Additionally, there is civil unrest in parts of the country in reaction to all the hardship, primarily major urban centers, and this has led to a heavier hand by those in power and their law enforcement institutions.

Questions

1 – What do you do to continue to provide for the security, safety, and sustainability of your family?  What about those in your network?  Do you cooperate and collaborate with them to ensure their well-being?  If so, how?

2 – How do you earn enough to afford the things you and your family need to survive?  How do you protect all that you have?

3 – What do you prioritize?  What do you have that you can share?  What do you NOT have that you need?  How do you get it?

4 – What are your shortfalls?  What do you need to do to have all you need for long-term power outages and increased civil strife?  What will you do if they institute martial law?  Will you resist?  How?  Is your network set up to resist?

5 – How can you assist those in your network?  How can they assist you?  What should your network do to prepare for such a scenario?

Think on it.  I will.  Imagining you woke up to this scenario really opens your eyes.

      
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foot in the forest
foot in the forest
3 months ago

I came up from my basement one afternoon to a forest fire. A very interesting experience, I have the burn scars on my feet to this day. CPA to my home 12 feet. Prepare what you can but mostly try not to panic.

Nobody
Nobody
3 months ago

No. 2. How do you earn enough to survive, etc. You don’t, it’s too late. No power, no work. The shooting has probably already started.

mike
mike
3 months ago
Reply to  Nobody

Maybe. But if there are neighbors nearby that you are only minimally familiar with, and around here that means many farmers, an emergency like this is a great chance to approach them and build networks last minute. There are many specialty farms like beef cattle, dairy, orchards, vinyards, poultry, and pigs. An introduction, asking how they are doing and what they need to keep going might lead to a mutually beneficial situation. Maybe you have extra acreage to grow hay for their feed in exchange for products you do not produce on your own farm. Maybe they have extra room and will allow you to grow more grain on their property. Maybe they need all kinds of manual labor with the power out and you have a squad of bored and idle kids who need to find out where food comes from. In time, this expedient barter could turn into an old fashioned rural economy. It can also lead quickly to an organized area defense when you start seeing each other as interdependent neighbors and not strangers.

Jane
Jane
3 months ago

The sky is falling. What do we do? We do what we can.

tom finley
tom finley
3 months ago

This will happen in my opinion before the next election, they will declare martial law and bring in UN troops. The CCP already has troops in Canada and Newsom in California will bring CCP troops in on the shores of California. The southern border will bring in the cartels and Hamas and Hezbollah, these factions already control the southern border. The CCP has always been their model, just look at how well they control the billions of slaves, zero hour is upon us as I type. I will check my immediate area on who needs help and help where needed. Just look to the major cities and what is going on there and this will spread and happen on a much larger scale. Prepare as best you can and stay armed at all times, the war is already here.

Joe Blow
Joe Blow
3 months ago
Reply to  tom finley

Hehehe, yeah, people who look at you cockeyed when you say things like “you don’t have enough ammo” are a hoot to be around!

tom finley
tom finley
3 months ago
Reply to  Joe Blow

Yep, clueless zombies.

Henry59
Henry59
3 months ago

Not to make this a long dissertation, but, People network and when the SHTF, have alternative meet up points in a predesignated spot, not just one but multiple (Think Compromise). this will be the biggest hurdle to get over in a grid down/war scenario, everything else works itself out.

Joe Blow
Joe Blow
3 months ago
Reply to  Henry59

I had read….. somewheres, prolly Survivorblog, public libraries will serve as a central meeting place.
Nearly every town big or small has one, usually centrally located. Not a federally owned/controlled building like the post office. A time/day will be designated weekly by the surviving community members, and outlying folks (like us preppers) can come into town once a week for news, updates, trade, etc. Wednesdays at noon, that sort of thing….

a follower, working on it.
a follower, working on it.
3 months ago

i see Yahuah and i see the world. opposites.
The world wants, ‘needs’ me to fear it, (man.)
i see the Creator, and i see His creation. i see much of His creation wishing to be Him, His replacement.
Yahuah or ‘man’ nukes? Which do we believe, which do we Respect and or love and follow?
Simultaneously we see we are on the brink of something that we can not stop. Prepare accordingly.
we should be humbled by Him. His forecast, His promises.
Hear,O Yisharal:
Yahuah our Alahim, Yahuah is one! And you should love Yahuah your Alahim with all your heart, and with all your being, and with all your might.
And these Words which I am commanding you today shall be in your heart, and you shall impress them upon your children, and shall speak of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up, and shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and between the frontlets between your eyes. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deut6:4-9
His mark or man’s mark?
I bow myself to Your set-apart Hekal, and give thanks to Your Name for Your kindness and for Your Truth; for You have made great Your Word, Your Name avove all. Psalms 138:2
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