Resiliency Strategies (Under 30 crowd)?
New subscriber here. I’ve been going over the crash course for the past few weeks and like many I made my way to the last video in complete shock and awe of the uphill battle I’m currently facing. Due to the recent developments with COVID19 I feel like the already accelerated timeline is moving at warp speed. Now I have all this information available to me and I really have no idea where to start. I’m 27 and just finished a move to a new area. I have no familiarity with the community and have no support close by.. Feeling quite alone at the moment and I just want to see if there’s anyone out there with some suggestions on a plan of action given this seemingly insurmountable timeline?
Any help is much appreciated. Be blessed
In the same boat, what I’ve done so far is get enough food for 3 months, but if you can afford more good. And bottled water but also a gravity water filter for if you need it. Think of what you use every day; essentials & hygiene items. Get more of it so you’re not caught in a rush.
I live in Canada so was never trained in firearms but if you have access to that you’re in a better place than I.
Most importantly, take it all in stride, you won’t be able to prepare if you’re panicked. Your mental health is important.
Crowdsourcing is always a good idea. Groups are always more resilient than individuals. On PP it’s one of the 8 forms of capital, and called Social Capital. It consists of the relationships you develop in your community, and the give-and-take that creates social bonds and a mutual caring about one another. As a newcomer, you’ll need to go somewhat out of your way to meet others and start to develop friendships and a sense of the community.
I’ve moved many times in my life, and always go into a new community looking for ways to be of service without trying to take charge. It’s a great way to meet people around a task (which is instantly something to talk about and bond over), and signals your interest in helping make a better community along the lines already in motion. If you can, get active in more than one group, and more than one type of group; that diversity gives you a better perspective on your new home setting, and puts you in touch with a wider range of interests, skills, and abilities. In difficult times, real diversity really is your friend. You want friends and strong acquaintances among people with a wide range of ways of viewing the world, and different ideas about how to solve problems.
As those relationships develop you’ll learn who shares your particular concerns and so can be allies in preparing and facing the early onslaught of pandemic; you’ll also discover who will be friends, even if they are not as preparation-oriented; and you’ll figure out who’s going to need community support when the SHTF.
Find the “hubs” and become friends. Hubs are those few people who seem to know everyone and everything that’s going on, and who have a particular gift in connecting people around shared interests and needs. The hubs will accelerate your integration into your new neighborhood.
It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the speed at which things are unfolding. I started prepping during Y2K and still don’t feel adequately prepared. In some respects, having a known threat simplifies matters for you significantly. These are the risks as I see them for this particular threat. This is by no means comprehensive, but a starting point to keep you from feeling overwhelmed.
- Quarantine – an adequate supply of food, water, and basic necessities to ride out a 30 day quarantine. The last thing you want is to be standing in line for food with a bunch of highly contagious people. If you have pets, plan for them as well. If your buying dry food, 1lb per person per day is a good rule of thumb.
- Illness – if you get sick, there is a good chance that you’ll survive. I stocked up on OTC medications for the primary symptoms of this particular bug – cough, fever, and sore throat.
- Personal Protective Gear – masks, exam gloves, and clear goggles if you can find them. There is also some YouTube videos on making expedient field masks out of 3M furnace filters (1900+).
- Mental Health – being quarantined for 30 days is going to be boring….. Hopefully Netflix will stay up, but having some puzzle books, reading material, and jigsaw puzzles may help keep you sane.
Again, this is not meant to be a complete list but a starting point. If 30 days is too big a goal right now, don’t worry. Start with 3 days, then a week, then two. Preparedness is a lifestyle.
Best of luck