A Survival Story: Will we unite?

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 5th   Will we unite?

Problem: We are running out of clean clothes and that is one part of my preps I never considered. I can only turn my underwear inside out so many times. OK, that was a joke.  :-)

I spent several hours going to door to door asking everyone if they would go to the model home in the neighborhood tonight at 5:00pm to discuss what is happening. A few people asked for details and I just said I thought it would be good to get together and discuss news and how everyone is doing. I did find quite a few homes with no one home as I rode my bike around.

Most of the neighborhood showed up and I asked for everyone’s attention. I had an agenda with some discussion ideas wrote down. Everyone was pretty accepting of me. Most everyone was scared and looking at the future with a lot of uncertainty.

We discussed the following:

    • Reality of the Situation
    • Status of Your Supplies – food, water, medicine
    • Sanitation
    • Defense/Security
    • Gardens & Rainwater Capture
    • Next Meeting 

I have never been good in front of a crowd but I think I did well. I spelled out the seriousness of the situation and tried to get across to everyone that if we worked together we would all benefit, and stand a better chance to survive.

I gave everyone basic tips on using minimal fuel in their vehicles, grills, etc. I discussed sanitation and the importance of keeping things clean. A cut and infection could lead to death or amputation of a limb.  When I brought up defense and security many really started paying attention. I told them the reality is there are a lot of desperate people out there. Thousands of people traveling and away from home with no way of getting home. What are they going to do? How will they get home to their families? What will they do for food? Desperation will turn civil, law abiding citizen to murderous criminals. We have a responsibility to protect ourselves and our families.  I mentioned that if anyone had a firearm to keep it at the ready – and expressed safety, especially with children in the house.

I also told everyone they had very little time left if they wanted to start a garden. Some people had seeds and with Eric’s raised bed business we had some extra supplies which could help. I also mentioned that everyone needed to be prepared to capture rain.

Of the 30 people that showed up many asked questions and gave their opinion on topics. A few asked about the government helping, and when the mail would start back up. I had to disappoint them with my answer.

Lastly – we decided to all go home and sleep on what was discussed – and meet the next day at 2:00pm at the model house.

M told me she was proud of me – that I looked like I actually knew what I was talking about. I thanked her. We sat outside enjoying the cooler temperature of the night and talked. I told her that although I wished none of this had ever happened – I was glad she was here. She just smiled – but I could tell she was unsettled. It has got to be tough for her – in a strange place surrounded by strange people.

Need to get some sleep before it is my turn to go on watch detail.

–          Jed


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