A Survival Story: Collecting resources

A_Survival_Story_CoverWhat follows is just one part of an ongoing survival fiction series written by John Rourke and has been published on Amazon. It is being made available here for free. A new entry is published every day. The story is written in a daily journal format.



July 31st   Collecting resources….

A group of us finished going through all 32 empty houses. The ones empty prior to The Event had nothing of value. The others provided a lot more than expected.

Like yesterday quite a bit was found. More food, some very valuable antibiotics, more batteries, radios, flashlights. In particular – we found several bags of charcoal, 14 bottles of propane, and almost 30 gallons of gas in gas cans. Also found a few inverters ranging from 350  to 750 watts. I also discovered that Thomas next door still had his 4 wheeler in his shed. I brought it over and stored it in the backyard. We also came across 3 garden tillers.

Going through one of the first homes I came across a car battery sitting in the garage and I realized that there were dozens of batteries all around us that were not being used. Bill and I discussed the need to get the batteries from vacant cars and somehow use them to benefit the neighborhood. We talked to all the other Team Leaders and everyone agreed that tomorrow we would get the car batteries that were available and then work towards a method to charge them. We figured we would end up having extra’s on hand which would be a good thing.

Eric worked on educating people on composting. With an inability to purchase composted cow manure and fertilizer for gardens composting will be important.

M goes on patrol for the first time tomorrow and I don’t like it. She will be working a 4 hour rotation. With having more people involved in the patrols Ryan shortened the time for each patrol to 4 hours. He felt that would keep people on their feet and reduce the chance of them becoming complacent. He is also staggering the rotations so if someone is watching us they will not be able to predict the “changing of the guard” so to speak.

In the past several weeks so much revolves around “that which you have” and “that which you have not”. It is a frustrating feeling knowing that if you had just put “X” back it would make life easier now.

– Jed


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