What 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.
August 17th Missing weather reports…..
I miss being able to click on a weather app on my cell phone and know what the weather will be for the day – or the week. A storm came rolling through – high winds, torrential downpours. I wondered for a bit if a hurricane might have hit the coast and headed inland like Hugo did way back when. Got me thinking about this winter. Although we may get flurries every year -an occasional ice or snow storm does happen. Would be great to be able to get a heads up on something like that coming.
A group went out today scouting for supplies and came back with some useful items. They found some empty 55 gallon plastic drums, extension cords, a few car batteries, blankets, jackets – minimal food and no fuel.
I went on my own scouting trip today – M not too happy about it. Aaron went with me. We drove up the road a few miles to where there are some railroad tracks. I had remembered seeing something that would be useful for the trailer. When we arrived at the tracks there was what I had remembered seeing – a solar panel. I am not sure what it was used for – possibly some kind of sensor for the tracks. We unbolted the panel and brought it back to the Jeep. I decided to drive to another intersection where there was another track – and found another panel. After that we headed back to the house.
Place is like a ghost town. As we drove around there we no other cars on the streets. We saw more burned out houses and evidence of violence. We saw a few people walking near homes – but that was it. Just so strange.
Aaron said he was glad to get out and it was good for us to spend some time together. I have been feeling a lot closer to Caleb – and maybe that is natural since he is just a little kid and Aaron is a lot older. I explained to Aaron that the solar panels would be mounted on the trailer. Several batteries would be charged by the panels and then hooked to an inverter as a power source. He thought the idea was pretty “swag”. Not sure what that means but I guess it is good.
Another thing Aaron and I did was look over my preparedness library. Before The Event I had bought a lot of books. I also printed out many articles and manuals and put them in 3-ring binders and organized them by category. I also have my Kindle Fire loaded up with books and pdf’s. Lastly – I have a couple of external hard drives and USB thumb drives full of stuff. With power scarce – glad I have the books and binders. Aaron asked if he could read some of them and I told him no problem.
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