Monday, January 5, 2009

Getting the clan together

So over this past weekend, had to make a trip up to Ohio to pick up my wife from visiting some relatives as I stayed behind to keep an eye on the homestead and plugging away at my job.

One of my fellow preppers went with me and we talked about this and that on the way up there, but mainly about prepping. We have 4 total families that are in our prepping group. One live in the same small town that I do, another lives about 10 miles away, and the prepper that went went me lives about 25 miles away. One of the topics that we discussed was some serious plans about where to crash when everything else crashed. The good thing is that all of us live in very small towns (my farm is in the largest town with just over 1000 residents). This makes for some nice options, but all of my group feels that one of our residences is in a much better area to handle things if they end up going really south. This family lives on a small beef farm on about 300 acres, heavily wooded on at least half of it and pretty secluded. Of course when I use the term secluded, most people would probably say it is in the middle of BFE, but around here, that is just the norm.

The only problem is that their house is also the smallest. They can house one extra family, and take care of all the cooking, clothes washing etc, but thats it. Sure, they have plenty of outbuildings that could be converted (not easily) for semi-habitable human occupation, but our goal is the live as well as we can post-schumer, so we are prepping toward that end. So we will be having some work parties out at their place to get some sort of small (we discussed probably 20x20 or so) bunk-house type of structures to house the rest. Now granted, 400 square feet is not the largest place to stay, but if we are forced into this eventuality, we will probably not be taking our knick-knacks, extra couches, end tables, etc, etc. We will be looking to the necessities first, and a few extra's like the big screen to watch dvd's on after the work is done. One of the good things about a small structure like this will be the low requirements for heating and cooling, so there are some upsides.

Our workflow is already laid out with one family responsible mainly for the bulk food purchases, another family responsible for safety and security, one family responsible for power alternatives and one family responsible for medical and various other preparations.

I would urge everyone (anyone) reading this blog, if they haven't done so already, to get a group that they can trust, put down some firm plans, and work the plans.

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