I’m not talking about those stupid meme’s that refer to keeping calm, be polite, but have a plan to kill everyone in the room or the one that say’s “don’t mistake my kindness for weakness.”
Nope, those two dimensional, warrior philosophies are for the peasants, pawns and rookies.
I’m talking about exercising your noodle a bit grander than that.
I’m talking about standing back and looking at the bigger picture.
You must constantly stoke the fires of your inner conquerer.
Let me break this down for you.
Your brain is a muscle and if you are to remain strong for when reality as you’ve known it has been turned upside down and inside out, you must exercise your disaster brain.
With the exception of first responders, hardly anyone at all exercises their disaster brain.
Remember these two points.
#1 It’s good to be King.
#2 Information is power
Most people want to be led and only think superficially.
Most people live pay check to pay check and barely make ends meet.
They’re too busy and don’t have time for such thoughts.
Other than a flashlight for a power outage during a storm, realistically, hardly anyone plans for a disaster at all.
Even with advanced warning of an impending winter storm or hurricane, the News routinely shows people running, last minute to the store for basic supplies. Humans for the most part, are unprepared, reactionary creatures and store shelves don’t hold enough supplies for everyone.
Think Deeper and Darker.
I encourage you to think much deeper than even those who’ve chosen a career in Emergency Management.
In a long term Grid-Down society, it’ll be more important to know where things are and how to get it.
You don’t need to be the guy with all the guns and a year’s supply of food.
It’s way more valuable to be the “Man with the Plan.”
Let’s say you’re one of the legions of people who can’t afford a year’s supply of dehydrated food or a tricked out assault rifle with 2,000 rounds of ammo.You can’t raise sheep, rabbits or plant a garden.You know nothing about stacking gold and silver coins and couldn’t afford it if you did.
Here’s where you can become an asset to a community struggling to stay alive.
Here’s the part where Information equals power comes into play.But you have to do your homework.
Your Homework Assignment.
Get a good map of your area. Not a map quest map. Get a good road map or atlas from your local gas station and a larger one from a company like http://www.mytopo.com. You must plan like there’s no electricity and no internet.
You should know the location of Doctors, Dentists, Nurses, EMT’s and Vets.
Hey you know where your nearest gas station, Target and Walmart are located right? You’d also be wise to know where your other service assets are in a long term grid-down scenario.
Speaking of Walmart and Target, you’d be wise to know what companies send shipments of goods through your area. When I say goods, I refer to food that’s being delivered to grocery stores.
What are their schedules?Where do they stop to make deliveries?What times?What current and alternate routs of travel do they have?
Many towns across America have sprung up along the railways that criss-cross this country.
Does a train pass through your town? What’s the train schedule for your town?
Where are your water sources? (Reservoirs, ponds and lakes)
Not only should you know where your local grocery store is, you should also know where your Farmers Markets are located.
How about Fuel? Do you have storage areas for gasoline, diesel, and kerosine in your area?
Do you know your nearest auto-mechanic, electrician and plumber?
Who runs your local buy and sell auctions and flea markets?
By now, I hope you’re starting to see the picture. You put yourself at a great disadvantage being the paranoid guy hiding away in your bunker with all your guns and food.
You will do much better by being an asset to your grid-down community if you can solve problems. At the very least, be the guy who knows a guy that can solve problems.
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