My interest in this pandemic is simple, I love watching societal reactions to events (not just disasters, but anything that gets people talking or moving) and trying to predict further actions. This pandemic has allowed me to reach further into the grab bag of possibilities than any other event in recent history short of Global Thermonuclear war. Those of us old enough remember watching "The Morning After" with Jason Robards (I think that's his name) and the dude from Police Academy. The television show "Jericho" fed into my societal project by given another version of living in the aftermath. Movies like "Children of Men" about living after a flu pandemic are bound to start hitting theatres and made for tv channels.
In my opinion, no matter what, this could get ugly. Most people living in or around large cities will not know how to survive if the groceries store shelves become empty. How will people act when police officers aren't patrolling and no one answers when you dial 911? People with no skills or knowledge are not suddely going to begin gardening, and if they try, where will they get the seeds, dirt, chemicals, etc? Who will collect the bodies of the homeless that die in the streets when the shelters close and people aren't there to give money? Where will the high numbers of dead be buried? How long will burials continue until funeral pyres begin burning?
The amount of humanity that will be shown by individuals varies by individual. Sadly I can say my humanity is based mainly on my children. If I were to lose them I don't know how I would react. Luckily, being from the south originally, I do know how to hunt and I do know how to farm. I don't believe in violence, but I will have to protect my family and my resources, which in doing so my bring my humanity further into question.
Hopefully, none of these things come to pass and this becomes a serious threat that never transpires into mass casualties. Although I am preparing for the worst, I am certainly hoping for the best. I am not digging a bunker into a hill in the woods, but I do have routes mapped out to get from where I am to where I need to be if things get bad. Here are my suggestions for anyone worried about worst case scenarios:
1) Have a plan - Let your family know your plan. Where will you be? Where will you go? Who will be with you? How will you get there? When will you leave?
2) Have enough supplies to last 1 week minimum - Don't forget toiletries and a bucket for waste in case water and sewage don't work
3) Have warm weather clothing AND cold weather clothing
4) Personal Protection - Option, obviously, but recommended
My plan consists of a 4WD vehicle (some people cannot accomodate this), my wife and children, 2 weeks supply of food, water, toiletries (don't forget female hygiene products), warm and cold weather clothing, sleeping bags, 2 flashlights (3 sets of batteries each), 1 emergency band radio (with crank), 1 emergency road kit (including 2 cans fix-o-flat), 2 first aid kits and my personal protection items (I can describe what these are and why I chose them if anyone is interested, but I don't think this is the proper forum).
I am military trained, so survival is not going to be too hard as long as I am not the one that is ill. I am trying to take this time to teach my wife as much as I can in case I am no longer around or able to assist. My greatest fear is not that I will lose my children, as I already have a plan for dealing with that, but that my children will lose me. They are too young to survive on their own unfortunately, and have never been trained in hunting or gathering.
Anyway, if anyone reads this and wants to discuss, let me know.
I'm not a doctor, and I don't play one on TV....
One does not have to be crazy to believe in conspiracies, but one MUST be crazy to dismiss them out of hand....
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