Reading an Interesting Book

It’s The Dad With a Flamethrower, about an America thrown into chaos by an electrical emergency, leading to blackouts, lessened electrical flow (making those all-electric homes and vehicles seem like a VERY bad idea), and civil disruption.

It’s KU – Kindle Unlimited – but it’s also only $0.99 to buy if you don’t have it.

I think we may learn more from the bad examples of prep than the “I’ve got this” types. This man is semi-ready, but just barely. For example, he has a generator, but only one gas can. Once the urgent need hits, he realizes that there are no extra cans for sale, except at inflated prices.

I’d previously read the 299 series of books. Interesting story, but the main character had made preps over many months, and that prep included physical training, gun training, and a defensible community near water. Not what many of us would face.

When we moved from SC, we considered more rural properties. A major argument against them is our age (70+), the distance from family support, inadequate medical facilities within a short driving distance, and the money and work required to make those properties habitable and able to withstand power outages. So, we choose to buy in the city (not a major city, mind you, and one that could be cut off from disruption by blocking bridges, manning the approaches from highways, and otherwise keeping out invaders.

Most of our near-neighbors are homeowners and either retired or working at jobs. In other words, stable people. Quite a few with military experience or who hunt. I’m one of the few amateur radio operators I know of, but I hope to link up this summer with the ARES group – Amateur Radio Emergency Services. They work with the civil authorities to facilitate communications between police, fire, and other emergency services.

But our first goal is healing injuries and bringing up our ability to manage ADL – Activities of Daily Living – by ourselves. I don’t want to have to depend on others to assist with gardening, work on our house, or other tasks. It would also help us keep our medical costs down.

I guess that caution makes me a person you might consider ‘twitchy’. The political situation – both at the state and federal levels – along with the financial instability I’ve been seeing, make me more than a little nervous. I’ve volunteered to be a poll worker this year, along with my husband. OH generally has more honest voting than most states (outside of Columbus, Cincinnati, and Cleveland).

Cross your fingers.