Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Prudent Prepping: Life During Curfew

The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. 

In this post from almost two months ago I was joking around by quoting a Talking Heads song. From the first part of March until now, the first part of June, what originally looked like a short-term limited response to a virus has turned into a large-scale disruption to our country. The news from the last two weeks makes being prepared for any change to your surroundings important, but the changes in the last 4 days have really made preparing for anything not just important, but required. Right now I'm making sure that everyone in my group is equally prepared.

What's Going On
I have friends living in what was considered a safe area... at least until the protests turned into an excuse for looting which has begun to be exported into the suburbs. These folks are older than I, and if anything happens in their city their  closest prepper friend is 20 minutes away, so the plan is for them to stay in place and friends will come to them. Due to health and mobility issues, keeping them in their house until things become really serious is the best plan so far. We hope it never comes to that, but keeping them safe is our priority.

If Things Change
At that point, getting out of their neighborhood could be a problem. In fact, getting to them could be a problem, since they live on the other side of town from all of us and have the usual targets for looting near them. They have supplies for several weeks, and we all have enough to add several weeks more to the total. Luckily for all of us, a friendly neighbor has an amazing camera setup and a couple are pointed at the house for protective surveillance.

Closer to my home is the local destination mall, with the usual anchor tenants you have seen targeted in your local news. On Monday night, about 40 cars bypassed the flimsy barricades blocking the entrances. Fortunately, no damage was done, several arrests were made, and not long after that serious water-filled barricades were placed at the entrances. Even closer to me is a  national used car chain that advertises late at night, and across the street from there is a Target.

I'm not necessarily worried by all this, since with all the fires the past 2 years, this household has had practice getting out of Dodge. Any civil unrest in my neighborhood can be seen coming from a long way off, decisions on what to do will be made calmly because everyone has talked this through and some of us have had practice leaving places in a hurry.

I don't have a snappy or funny wrap up to this post and, like Lokidude said in yesterday's post, if you don't figure things out calmly when you have plenty of time, you likely won't be making good choices under pressure.

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