A Survival Story: July 4th Independence Day…….

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 4th   Independence Day…….

This day has been an emotional one for myself and many others. As a day that often has been celebrated with cookouts and friends/families getting together  – THIS Independence Day was different.


The reality of what has happened is sinking in to many. Just a few days without power and modern comforts is literally putting folks on the brink of suicide. Years of instant “everything” – food, water, hot showers, entertainment, air conditioning – has led to incredible stress on those not prepared. Now it is taking a lot of effort and preparation just to cook a small meal. There is no TV, DVD’s, no drive-thru’s to get a “Happy Meal”.  It is summertime here in the South and the heat is relentless with no air conditioning. With the heat – water is even more critical.


I got with Eric and M today regarding defense. We have the shotgun at the front door. I am carrying my S&W M&P 9mm on my side constantly. My Stag AR stays with e when I am on watch at night. I told them I feel like we need to set up “watch rotations” to monitor activity around the house. It is just a matter of time before some desperate folks makes their way through the neighborhood.


We are all watching everything during daylight hours. From 9:00pm until 1:00am Eric is on watch. From 1:00 until 4:00am it is me and from 4:00 till 8:00 M is on watch. I have small trip alarms set up along the entire length of the fence in the backyard. If anything tries to climb over the fence – a loud shrieking alarm will sound. These were a great deal as the main “trip” was bought at the local Dollar Store for $1.00 each. I will set these up out front as well.


Tomorrow I am going door to door to try to set up a neighborhood meeting about what has happened.


 – Jed


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