The Prepper’s Disaster Communications Plan…

Today we present another article in our non-fiction writing contest –Moira M

You are at home waiting on the cable guy on a drizzly Monday morning. You relax in the quiet house since your spouse is at work, older kid away at college and younger kid in school. You settle in with a nice cup of coffee and the paper, when suddenly the TV show is interrupted for a breaking news bulletin. There have been terrorist attacks in your state capital and two other cities nearby. You grab your cell phone and get a polite message that the system is experiencing technical difficulties and to please try your call again later.

Your home phone has the same problem because it uses Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) and the internet is down. This means no emails either. What do you do? Do you try to pick up the child at the local school? Do you try to make the hour drive to the college to pick up your older child? What will your spouse do? Would you make it to the college only to find that your child had left for home or that your spouse had already picked her up? The best solution in this case would be to have a plan already in place for how to handle the situation and how to communicate when conventional methods fail.

In an emergency whether it is a deliberate act or act of nature, communications can be disrupted. Not only can an increased load on the system cause failures, but the emergency at hand could damage the infrastructure. Storms take out towers and lines all the time. Terrorists could intentionally target communications infrastructure. Not only does it cause a panic when people can’t contact loved ones, but it also prevents people from coordinating to resist them.

In the case of the famous and courageous resistance of the passengers of Flight 93 who tried to retake the plane on 9/11, crashing it in the process, but preventing it from being used against targets such as the White House and other occupied buildings communications played a major role. The people on the plane were able to talk to loved ones to say goodbye.

They were able to talk to emergency personnel and get news of the planes that crashed into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. Obviously we can’t speak for them, but if they had thought the plane would land somewhere safely in a ransom demand, the passengers may have reacted differently than they did knowing that it was highly likely the terrorists planned to crash the plane into a populated target. The next time, the terrorists may prevent such opportunities.

We live in the age of instant communication. At any given moment you can contact people by phone, text, email, video chat and instant messaging. You can get information on news, current events and any conceivable topic under the sun via the internet, from your wireless device that works almost everywhere. What if that changed?

I used to think it was a convenient plot hole when a movie character was out of cell service at an interstate rest area. That was based on my experience living in Florida. Since then, I’ve lived in Vermont and Tennessee. There are plenty of stretches of interstate highway in those two states without cell service, let alone the remote boondocks locations we would explore. If you have a car accident or breakdown in those places you either walk to find help or hope someone comes along. Your personal emergency may be affected by lack of communication. This can be avoided by letting someone know where you are going so that if you don’t arrive there or get back safely in a reasonable time, then they can search for and potentially rescue you.

In a short term emergency, such as a hurricane, ice storm, blizzard, or terrorist event, there may be more people trying to use cell phones and land lines than the available resources will allow. The nature of the emergency might also knock down transmission lines and towers that provide the services. Many people these days have VOIP phone service (via internet) which requires both electrical power and internet service to work. Long term emergencies, of an apocalyptic nature would likely be the end of these services forever. We would have to turn to other methods of communication.

In the scenario above you could have a plan where one spouse always collects the older child and the other spouse always collects the younger. You could have a plan where you establish which route (and backup route) would be taken so that you could go from the other direction and meet the person, whether it be the college child or the other spouse. You could establish a central crossroads type location where a message could be left that would let other family members know your plan before they go miles in another direction.

There are many alternative methods of communications that we don’t normally use because cell phones are easier to use. If you had a CB radio or long-range walkie talkie, then you could communicate with each other when you were close enough. For emergencies, we should consider setting up some of these methods and including a generator or solar powered method to run them and recharge batteries.

For short term emergencies, it is a good idea for all families to designate one or more people who live far away to be the communications hub. If an ice storm hits Tennessee, then my brother in Florida would be our hub. If my family was scattered when an emergency happened, instead of each of us trying repeatedly (and maybe unsuccessfully) to reach the others, we call my brother to let him know whether we are ok, where we are sheltering and/or how we plan to travel to the others.

He could prevent each of us from traveling to where we thought the others might be sheltering. That would help us to get back together more quickly. The hub person could also serve as a news center if the people in the disaster area had spotty access to news (such as road closures and storm paths), and let extended family know you were safe. Depending on what had happened, CB radios, long range walkie talkies, and ham radio sets could be useful. These radios don’t require the infrastructure as land lines and cell phones. Ham radios require a license and training to use legally.

For long term emergencies communication plans would be more difficult. By long term emergency, I’m referring to anything that disrupts society on a national or worldwide scale. This would include revolution or foreign invasion,  a massive EMP, anything that takes down the power grid, a pandemic or an apocalyptic event. Again, CB radios, long range walkie talkies, and ham radio sets could be useful.

These communications methods could allow you to talk to family and also to get information about what is going on in the disaster. However, the Ham radio license would mean that your name would be on a list. Depending on the emergency at hand, that could make you a target of any group wishing to control the flow of information. Any large antennas could make you the target of anyone looking for a prepared location to raid for food, weapons, and other supplies.

If you don’t have a way to communicate, you would need to have a prearranged plan to meet up. If you’ve ever separated at a Wal-Mart Supercenter and then tried to regroup without cell phones, you can imagine what it could be like. You take the front aisle from produce to pharmacy. Your spouse takes the left aisle from pharmacy to sporting goods. In this fashion, you could walk for miles inside the store without catching a glimpse of each other.

Imagine this on a statewide or multi-state scale with various difficulties in place caused by the disaster. Without a plan you may never see each other again. Depending on the distance, you may decide not to try. If you do want to try, consider setting up a system in advance to improve the odds that you’ll find each other. This is even a good plan to establish with family members living in the same area. If communication is down, but the disaster destroyed the entire neighborhood where the home was located, how would your family get together?

Family homes or other landmarks could be designated in a particular order as meeting points. Meet first at Grandpa’s house. If it is destroyed or in an unsafe area , go to the big tree by the Baptist church, then mom’s house and so forth until the group could meet. In each case, messages could be left in some agreed upon fashion, such as painted on the house or driveway, nailed to a tree, or hidden under a particular rock.

In disaster movies we often see people trying to get together with loved ones and don’t know if they are dead or alive. If your group gets separated at some point or if you have family members living in other areas, you could meet at a central location at a fixed time. An example could be to meet at the eastern end of the Trammell Bridge over the Apalachicola River in Florida at midday on the full moon every month. If that is too much travel, pick one specific time, such as December.

The system isn’t perfect because without a calendar, people may have trouble keeping up with months. Since December includes the winter solstice, hopefully people could keep track of when the days were shortest. In that part of Florida, December would mean colder weather and less chance of meeting up with a poisonous snake. In northern climes, a summer meeting time would be best. Any place or time would do as long as the area would be relatively safe and the date and time could be calculated without a calendar. It could also serve as a place to leave a message without meeting up. You or your relatives could leave a message in code or plain English that gave information or instructions for meeting up.

Talk to your family and set up a plan. Test it occasionally so everyone is familiar with it. Be prepared. Remember that communication is an important step in being prepared.

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Comments

  1. PrepperDoc says:

    Very thoughtful article.
    I especially appreciate the suggestions to have DEFINED MEETING POINTS and defined responsibilities for who is picking up whom. Sad to take unnecessary risks to try and pick up or meet with someone — who is already (unbeknownst to you) safe & sound. I have got to get this set up….

    The example of trying to find someone WHOM YOU KNOW IS IN THE SAME STORE! is sobering. Without a cell phone, almost impossible even within one big box store.

    May I suggest that trying to meet at long distance on HF ham radio is extremely difficult, from my own experience. Constantly varying skip zones, interference, frequency measurement errors on both sides….I have trouble meeting anyone without help. That is why the “nets” are so helpful in providing STRUCTURE and even “repeater” capabilities for far flung people who can’t be heard by the net control station. If you aren’t familiar with them, now is the time to find one in your area and get at least their frequencies /times & practice “checking in” at least a couple times.

    My 2 cents to find someone when you get near to them: PLBs have a “homing” signal at 121.5 to allow searchers to home in on you. FRS / GMRS / CB / ham handitalkies (on simplex, on agreed-upon frequencies) would allow you to FIND people much quicker. [Range will be < 1 mile in many circumstances] Rechargeable batteries in stored radios discharge over time, so consider having stored radios with INSTRUCTIONS (eg "short call repeated 3 times every 15 minutes on this frequency/channel; you are "mommabear", I am "big sis") and alkaline/lithium batteries with spares. Practice the technique once and you'll be way ahead!

    Not easy to make all this work. Hope we never need it….

  2. When I started in the cell phone business in 1997, Montana was a “third world country” technologically speaking. Dial up internet was long distance, cell signal was analog, and even in town service was spotty.

    We have come a long way, yet we have lots of visitors who come to experience the “wilds of Montana” in shorts and flip-flops, assuming that if they get in trouble, help is just a few minutes away. Many places still don’t have service. And if they do, if it took you 2 hours to get where you are, it will take someone at least that long to find you.

    Someone told me the other day that Common Sense has become a mutant or super power, because it is so rare. I’m beginning to believe it. People just don’t think about taking care of themselves. They have been conditioned to “let the experts” handle it.

  3. Hunkerdown says:

    Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m not qualified to talk directly about the scenario above, simply because I don’t own a cell phone. No TV, radio, or entertainment center either. Sorry, I never make it past Pac Man. So, being without “instant communication” is already part of the norm. In fact, if my bride didn’t show me which button to push on this computer we wouldn’t be having this conversation now. If you don’t like me: blame her, ok. All that said, not having, or ever even giving thought to such things has made me much more aware of the importance of consistent ongoing prior planning. I check the oil, air in the tires, water, general condition, etc, nearly every time she takes a trip, even short ones. First aid kit, fire extinguisher, snake bite kit, (don’t laugh, it has happened more than once down here in Texas when people step out to change a flat tire) are all part of the daily routine. We also make lists of what we need before she goes grocery shopping or any other type of shopping. Have you noticed it is always her that is doing the traveling. Well, that’s because we never, repeat never, under any circumstances leave our home, preps, and belongings unguarded anymore. I could bore you with pages of this stuff, but relax, I won’t. The bottom line is, lack of all the gadgetry makes you a better survivalists/prepper. The gadgetry also completely destroys your opsec. Completely! Would you call total strangers and tell them what you are doing? If what we are told about the NSA and other agencies is true then that is exactly what is happening. The bride doesn’t need to be calling me from the grocer saying, “I’m purchasing 25 more cans of such and such.” You understand the ramifications of those conversations. In closing, we won’t have access to any commo after teotwawki, so why not learn to live without it now. In fact, we don’t need gadgetry anyway, it is nothing more than an addiction (a very expensive addiction). Or maybe it is an underlying fear of being alone. Beware, alone is where we will be after the collapse: Might as well get use to it now. That’s my opinion. God bless and thanks.

    • Fenland Prepper says:

      Finally, someone who doesn’t see the need for mobile phones etc. What a breath of fresh air in this tec driven world. Most people just won’t know what to do when their cell doesn’t work and the internet is gone! You see them now walking around either madly texting or with them stuck to their ears.

      • Hunkerdown says:

        Thanks Fenland Prepper, have a great day, and here’s to old fashioned communications. If you will allow a little more, it goes beyond communications. We sold the motor driven jon boat ages ago and purchased two Kayaks. What a blast. No license for the boat, no fuel, no oil, just gobs of fun. Atv gone: replaced with bicycles. Travel trailer gone: Love the tent. Pickup gone years ago too: Bought a used Toyota Corolla, took out the back seat, packed it with a little camping gear, drive to where we need four wheel umph and get out and walk the rest of the way. Inside the home we got rid of the stove, fridge, and dishwasher. Eat mostly raw, out of the garden, sometimes Crock Pot, got off of meat (almost), we use one mess kit each and wash our own. Life is better, healthier, light years more economical, less stressful, and much more enjoyable. To each his/her own, but that is the course we took and have never regretted it. Wish we had done it 40 years ago. Thanks for listening and God bless.

        • Thomas The Tinker says:

          Hunker darlin … after reading this…. I understand you choice of screen names so much better. Nice work……

        • Thomas The Tinker says:

          Hunker darlin … after reading this…. I understand your choice of screen names so much better. Nice work……

      • I call them the “Head Down Generation”.

    • AXELSTEVE says:

      Some people get upset with since I turn off my phone when I go to church .If I bring it at all which I normally don`t. Then I normally don`t turn it on when I get to the parking lot, unless I have a reason to make a call. I am of t he opinion that I am the master of my phone and my phone is not the master of me.

      • Hunkerdown says:

        Agreed, and gave you a thumbs up on that one, but from what “they” say, a person can still be tracked if the battery isn’t taken out. Also, Blacklisted News, which is nothing more than a hype-site, did have an interesting article worth prepper’s attention a couple days ago. Just punch in “The Sad State of Today’s World Illustrated. Those few cartoons made me understand perfectly why we can’t get people to wake up and become part of the real world. Thanks and God Bless.

      • Diana Smith says:

        I had to train my kids and friends that I may not always respond immediately to texts or calls. I didnt grow up with a phone so they are not a high priority. I’ll call back when I’m ready.

    • Hunkerdown, I am with you on this almost 95%. Since its just me and my lovely bride we don’t really have an emergency comm plan. We do have a pair of handhelds with xtra batteries in our get home bags. Our plan to use them when we were still in Houston was simple. On a set frequency, contact would be attempted every 30 minutes, starting at a quarter after. We would attempt contact for 5 minutes and to save batteries we would turn them off in between. Fortunately never needed to do that.
      Where we live now we don’t normally carry our GHB’s. The furthest we go is 4 miles from home. If we have to run into a big town we might should start carrying them.

  4. EXCELLENT article. I’ve tried until I’m blue in the face to express to our two kids…well they’re in their late thirties…the need to set up a network. For instance, if here in SC we have a disaster, we contact my wife’s sister in MS. My kids won’t even let us know if they are going out of town! I fear they will get a wake up before long.

  5. Having been an active Amateur Radio operator for 60+ years, I have this covered…………

  6. ….older son enlisted, set to report on HS grad 6/16.Younger guy lives close….. have covered this topic somewhat…. now it’s down to 2 of us…. older boy to be gone 6yrs…. my original network evaporated, too loose- great peeps, nonetheless! Searching out new venues. Positivism on sale! Get it, keep it, never let it go!

  7. mom of three says:

    I have discussed this with my teenage children one is in middle school, the other in high school. I will be the one getting our children out of school, it’s one reason we live close both school’s are within 5 minutes of walking. Everyday, I know where my hubby is working so in case I could meet him or even get him if he had trouble with his
    work van. He also calls to tell me if his schedule changes. I like to know at all times where my family is. School is starting here this week this is a great time to reinforce our meet up plan’s.

    • Hunkerdown says:

      @Momof3: If you don’t mind, I would like to ask a question about school and your children. We don’t have kids in school so am ignorant on these subjects, but if disaster was to strike suddenly would the schools allow your children to walk home, or would you even be able to get them out of school if you went there yourself under those conditions? thanks and best wishes

      • Nimble Fingers says:

        This is such a good question, Hunkerdown! At my daughter’s school, which is a K-8 and has about 1000 students, there is a district-wide plan in place that will check the students OUT of school into parents’ hands or whomever is on the Emergency Card after showing photo ID. The students will be in concentric circles, 8th graders surrounding kinders, 7th surrounding 1st graders, 6th surrounding 2nd graders….you get the idea….in the center of the school sitting on the basketball pavement. There are student runners who are appointed to go back & forth bringing the children from their circle to the front where they are processed OUT. There are tables in front of the school with lots of staff to man them and help the parents alphabetically. Actually, they already went through the drill last year, and the kids, God Bless Them All, knew it was a serious and NEW drill. My daughter said they all got into their assigned circles in 12 minutes. Period. She said they had thought it would take 30 minutes. The kids were all quiet and serious. Imagine….1000 kids waiting, watching, noting, quietly. Gotta love it!!! They knew it was a serious thing and they reacted accordingly. The teachers (& administration at my daughter’s school) were delighted of course. Bravo to the kids. As to the parents….well, they know there is a plan. But one thing is for sure….a plan doesn’t mean they wouldn’t storm the school, but it does mean that they will give it a chance as year after year this major emergency plan is practiced. This is an earthquake drill in southern california where my DD teaches, but as you know, such a meticulously thought-out plan can be utilized for any type of serious emergency. (There is so much more to this plan than I am telling you about here.) But parents should realize that everyone will rush the school, and parking will be a nightmare, too.

        You may think this may not happen, but it very well could. Many years ago, I was teaching in northern california when a Parent showed up at my room…. how she got passed the Office, I don’t know, and she opened my classroom door and eyeballed her daughter and summoned her. I was speaking to the class at the time and I just watched in amazement. This was around 2000, prior to 911 when everything changed forever. As the girl was walking toward this woman, I awoke from my amazement, and said, “Stop, ____.” To the woman, I said “Who are you?” She gave me a look of, I don’t know what, fear? anger? annoyance?, something and said, “This is my daughter. I am taking her home.” I said, “Why!” She replied, ” Because of the threat of ______.” I replied, “What threat?” She answered with a look that would curdle milk, “Haven’t you been listening to the radio?” And I said, “No. We aren’t allowed to listen to the radio or TV. I’ve been teaching. Maybe the Office listens, but not the teachers. Not the classrooms.” This was before cell phones. And then I said, “Where is your note from the Office to take her out?” The girl said, “She is my mom, Mrs. ____.” And I said, “I don’t know that. I have to know where you are and with whom. Wait until I call the Office.” Fortunately, they waited, because I don’t know what I would have done if they had left without my OK.
        Anyway, this story is already too long. I made the Mom show me ID, a driver’s license. The Office said her name was on the Emergency Card. So they left.

        I don’t think people outside of the school world realize how seriously teachers take the monitoring of the students. I taught at a 7-8 and we had 1100 students and we had to be careful who took them out of school and everything was documented. In all my 27 years of teaching this incident of the parent showing up in a panic only happened once, but it was unnerving for me, the teacher. We just could not let kids at the age of 12 & 13 go home with anyone. Parents must realize how important it is to make sure their kids are safe & we are the guaranteors of that safety. We ARE responsible for our students. We take the parents’ trust of their dear children, even the less than nice ones, seriously.

        So, if your youngster is in a public or private school, ask about the plan in case of _______ emergency. Fill in the blank. Then figure out from there what you will do. May God help ALL Parents whose Darling Children are in a school without a Plan like the one in my daughter’s school.

        Ending on this note: thanks for the question, Hunkerdown. It gave me a chance to reflect & share. Plans are such a lifesaver. Period.

  8. Encourager says:

    Good, thought provoking article. During our upcoming entire family camping trip, I will be talking to the 2 ds and setting something up like this.

  9. Diana Smith says:

    I could swear the writer of this article has worked Red Cross or Emergency Management before. It’s very similar to what we covered. I grew up country with parents a bit older than other kids. We didn’t have a phone til I was 16. Had TV by the antenna. We ALWAYS told someone when we were going on a trip, whether it was into town or on vacation. Town trips, they knew where we were going, when we should return. We called when we did, so they would know. On vacations they knew where we were going, when we should arrive (we called when we did), when we left for home, and should arrive back. Any deviation, we let them know. That way, if something happened, at least someone would miss us and call out the troops.

    It is a habit I still follow. Going to town? I let DH know when and where, either at the beginning of the day before work, or by leaving a note. Kids are gradually seeing the wisdom of it. Like Hunkerdown, we check all vehicle fluids, air, tires, etc. We keep our gas tank half full. Each vehicle has a go kit in the trunk/back end. Tools, shovel, etc.

    I won’t say I’m super ready. I think I could improve–a lot. But for folks with teens or young adults, just know that if you took the time to teach them in the first place, when they need it, that’ll all come rushing back. Hopefully, before they’re trapped somewhere. But they will remember. “Train up a child in the way that he should go, and WHEN HE IS OLD he will not depart from it.” 🙂

  10. We have plans, always. When we go to any location that we end up separated, good example is Walmart, we will note where to meet in case of an emergency, so that we aren’t searching for each other. We would bee-line to the meeting spot instead of going with the herd. We will also pick a spot that is not the first spot everyone will go to, like the front door. We will choice a back or side door. We also will check watches and make note to call at a certain time to confirm all is still good (this, of course, is not in an emergency – but keeps us connected). We have been in emergencies that all cell/phone service is shut down. Most panic and keep trying the phones, which is amusing, we just keep on moving to the plan.

    Having a plan and sticking to it keeps you calm.

  11. always planning….. ever vigilant….. look to others for more knowledge…. TY all!

  12. within minutes of a REAL SHTF thingy..ALL sat-com/internet/cellphone,GPS,etc will be run with pre[programmed “messages”. Nuttin we can do about it. WE have ALL our places/routes/means “gridded” on topo-maps…….cheap insurance. All of us will be “somewhere” in this grid “checkpoint”/ or in-between……….hopefully enroute to our common rendezvous points(we have several,depending on WHAT happens and WHERE. WE all have CB’s….cant imagine ANYTHING SAT-related would be working except to offer “canned” messages.Gotta believe hundreds of thousands of people will FREEK OUT without being able to stare-ENDLESSLY into the 2 square inch plastic- zombie screen while their ears are plugged. Hopefully whatever is coming will find them the “low-hanging-fruit”. Sad to say, I know….but

  13. I am an older female that lives alone. What should I do in an emergency. I don’have a plan and don’t know any preppers. Is there a place where peppers go to meet?

  14. I in Texas. Do I go north, away fr the coast?

  15. We have so many refineries near me. I fear they would be a target. I imagine everyone will be headed for the hills. Do I try to go out of state?

    • Hi Donnaho…. sounds like u r kinda new, good question nevertheless….! Try to network w/others….finding other blogs 4 your area or church groups may be workable- u will prolly have to do some investigation, many Christians simply are not prepping…. a Mormon group may possibly be near….even some of them are not prepping….again do your homework….one political/Baptist group is based in Oklahoma- RA4C (reclaiming America 4 Christ) ….. they are facing the political onslaught from fedgov…..u may find some near you 2 network with…. remember that to be accepted/integrate 1 ought have their contributions (prep goods, skillsets, & willingmess to contribute)….best 2 u!

    • Gypsy Dancer says:

      Donnaho, you haven’t given much background. Are you retired or working? If retired or not working, is there an option to relocate? What is your level of prepping (see articles at this site, such as ’10 Things to do Now)? What are you most afraid of…..crime, weather, not enough food and safe water, unavailable medical care, transportation? I’m not asking you to tell us, simply evaluate your position.

      Any small preps are a move in the right direction. If you do the most basic things, then you will be more prepared than 75% of the population. Consider how your ancestors lived their lives. They made sure they were covering all avenues in being self sufficient. As a single person, you have to be responsible for yourself.

      As first steps, work on having at least a week or two of food, much of it transportable (as opposed to frozen). Keep all of your medical supplies and medicines up to date. Make sure you have plenty of batteries and a way to keep warm. Have plenty of cash on hand, even if in the form of travelers checks. Keep your car in good repair and full of gas. Research bug-out-bags (BOBs) or Get-out-of-Dodge (GOOD) bags and do that in case you had to suddenly leave home in an emergency.

      Depending on your circumstances, storage space and budget, you can choose to expand on these ideas.
      If you consider your neighborhood or area unsafe, plan a move, sooner rather than later. Moving is easier at your current age rather than later. We’re senior citizens and currently doing a huge move by ourselves…it’s hard!

      So far as finding others, take it slow. There’s a very good reason for Op-Sec. Join groups or a church and keep your ears open. Never directly ask or tell others. When you hear anyone talk of gardening, canning or dehydrating, that’s a clue, but only a clue. Let it be known that you’d like to learn to can or dehydrate food. That’s a clue for others. God has a plan for you in the overall scheme of things, but he gave you the intelligence to make your own plans and decisions.

      You’re at the right site. Read, read, read the wonderful articles in the archives. You’ll find wisdom and support here. Don’t get scared off by the occasional hard-core prepping viewpoints. Everyone approaches it differently. The only wrong thing is to do nothing!

      Wolf Pack, I think you realize I’m trying to address her most basic questions, not send her into a tailspin!

  16. This article helps me see a GLARING hole in my EDC/GHB preps: Outside of my cell phone, I have NO alternative means of communication! Something I must remedy, and quickly….thanks for the awareness check!

    As far as the addiction to tech: admittedly, as a young person (28), I’m not as bad as some people. Even my own brothers, self-avowed preppers, chide me for not “upgrading” to a smartphone. I just can’t see a phone being needed for anything more than basic phone calls or emergency text messages, activity beyond which would require being part of the “heads-down generation” alluded to above. No thank you! I hated seeing those people in college and I’m sure not becoming one of them now! For anything requiring Internet use, I have a tablet and I RARELY use that outside of my home.

    Even if there was a grid-down scenario, I’m fairly sure that I wouldn’t even miss my tablet. The only thing REALLY worthwhile on it are bookmarked prepper articles, Kindle books on various prepper/survivalist/homesteader topics, and some pictures of prepper projects/ideas and a few prepper podcasts on various subjects. If I were to copy it all to a computer and print off the articles tomorrow, I could care less if my brothers took it and chucked it out as a target for a shotgun!

    I see what tech I have as tools to get what I need (primarily information) and if a turn of events made it obsolete/inoperable, then so long as I can make it into hard copy, I’m.good with it!

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