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Vote -1 Vote +1Survival Time
August 13, 2010 at 7:19 am

Thankfully I have had a small taste of group survival after hurricane Francis. Since I grew up in Miami, Fl, my family has always prepared during the summer months, so consequently I prepare each year as a matter of habbit.

Early on our new neighbors joked because of all the food, water and supplies I stocked…but after the hurricane, I was the one they turned to for help, some shared what they had, others looked to me like a ‘general store’ in a time when the situation is longer in duration, that can be a HUGE problem for one’s own survival.

I am thankful that I now live in a very (very) rural environment, It too has drawbacks, forcing more self-reliance than I’d have in an urban environment, but I am afforded security and a means to easily live each day and provide for my own needs. The trade off is, I don’t have such immediate access to skills that make a micro-community that works well, so I spend most my time learning things I will need when the time comes.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Keith_Indy
August 13, 2010 at 7:22 am

Great food for thought here. Looks like you’re going to be covering my main concern already (making our house not look like a good target.)

Just bought your plan, and cant wait to get through it.

Peace,
Keith

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Vote -1 Vote +1john
August 13, 2010 at 10:56 am

thats truly the best idea the more armed people u have that are the good guys the better off u will be and the group of bad guys will think twice about attacking u and find an easier target to go after like a said guns and ammo are the key to surviving groups of bad guys

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Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
August 14, 2010 at 2:28 pm

You’re right that the more armed people you have the better, but even better than that is to avoid conflict all together. This isn’t the movies or TV. High level trauma care may not be available, advanced antibiotics may not be available, and even if you “win” violent conflicts, someone in your group is likely to get an injury that takes a long time to heal or even becomes critical.

I’m not saying that there’s never a time for violence…in fact, I believe that’s FAR from the truth. But you do need to calculate the potential “cost” of winning into any decisions you make on whether or not to escalate a conflict with another group.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Maarianne
August 14, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Thanks David,

My husband and I were 79 this summer and are working SLOWLY through
the Survivein place course. We are retired BUT own and manage 7 residential buildings with 14 units. It is quite a job, especially in the summer when more
people move=much work. We must do most of the work in order to “make ends
meet” which keeps us busy. This keeps us healthy tho’ and active.
We are VERY interested in getting a group together BUT agree about being
cautious about sharing alot of information.
Thanks again and blessings,

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Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
August 16, 2010 at 10:26 am

Maarianne,

I know how challenging the landlord business can be. Best of success to you!

On your pace on the course…there’s a LOT of material in some of the lessons to be able to get done in 1 week. I had to do it that way so that people of all levels would benefit from the course.

The most important thing is that you keep making forward progress with it…and it sounds like you are.

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Vote -1 Vote +1john
August 15, 2010 at 1:52 pm

to david morris from john you are right to avoid a confrontation but on the other hand to make yourself and your group a hard target to fight with it good to and by the way i know make believe from reality and i deal in reality and those who chose to not be prepaired are the ones really living in a fanasy land and they will be the first to fall prey to and again prepairing by getting lots of first aid items and training is also a good thing. oh by the way im a trained medical teck and nursing assistant and i can handle a trama and by the way my group is very good in defending them selfs as an individual and as a group and again the more armed people the better and by the way i do know how to calculate when to fight and when to withdraw oh by the way the show jericho where they went to fight at the bridge with the mersonary thugs every person should be multi discipline in at least 4 different types of warfare i am at least four including sniper

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Vote -1 Vote +1Marcia
August 16, 2010 at 8:22 am

Good info. I think being in a like minded group is going to be essential but tricky to discern who is on board with you. I also agree that avoiding conflict if possible is best. Who will be available to treat things like gun shot wounds? etc. We are doing all we can to try and think and plan ahead but to keep a clear head. We had an ex-military man out to our house to go over gun care with us and he also emphasized that dealing with guns is not like in the movies. David, keep up the excellent and responsible advice. It is life saving!

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