Chad Person, over at his RECESS site, seems to have moved away from targeting neighbors in a SHTF event to empowering them. Ranger Man like! I’ve said it a hundred times before and I’ll say it again – a prepared neighbor is a good neighbor. Chad is now taking steps to make sure he has good neighbors by suggesting a new idea, a “Welcome-to-the-Neighborhood-SHTF-Kit” (WTTNSHTFK) to distribute. Chad writes:
The idea is simple: I plan to design a simple and inexpensive preparedness kit and distribute one to each of the houses on my block. The items contained in the kit would aid the neighbor(s) in a short-term crisis, and help the neighborhood band together and endure a long-haul crisis. In a perfect world, the neighbor might bury the kit in the garage and never think about it again. If a crisis arose…the distributed kits would be ready, and my most local community would be stronger as a result. The action of gifting this resource and knowledge may also lead some neighbors to explore self-reliance and preparedness independently.
I like the community-wide approach to preparedness. Individual and group survival rates increase dramatically when people have the resources and skills to work together rather than independently. Ideally both individual and community preparedness would happen, and Chad’s new idea may do both. On the one hand he’s proposing to distribute basic supplies and on the other hand, the most important hand, he’s prompting neighbors to consider their own additional preps by cuing them to the idea of preparedness. His list of items for the kit is:
- Solar or kinetic flashlight
- Inexpensive water filtration device
- Signal mirror
- Waterproof matches
- Propane tank adapter
- Neighborhood resource map
- A 2-way radio tuned to a neighborhood band with extra batteries
- Seeds for climate appropriate vegetables
- A slingshot
The checkered pic of a large ammo can he posted makes a very cool looking kit container. The items he is suggesting have value, but limited value. If/when the SHTF, significant amounts of food and water will be required to keep peace and civility. Seeds are a good idea, but their limited value is obvious – it takes months for them to produce food, and in a really rough situation, people wouldn’t live that long to see the seeds produce food.
The important thing is that Chad is going out on a limb here. He is wondering how to “break the ice” with neighbors in terms of preparedness and doing so puts one at risk in a few ways. I wonder how neighbors respond.
– Ranger Man
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On gold, for contrarian’s and entertainment’s sake, here are a few recent monetary articles speaking against the gold standard …
- Financial Times: Could the world go back to the gold standard?
Lastly, as a follow-up to Jarhead Survivor’s post yesterday about the cruise ship that went powerless, read this news article about how passengers dealt with it.