Communications in times of Trouble

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Planning for the future is something everyone needs to do. However, for those of us who believe very hard times are ahead, our plans seem of greater importance. What about food stocks? How long will it last you and your family? Are you prepared if we lose electricity? What about heat? Do you have an alternative heat source? What if the disaster is man-made and brings major chaos to our country? Are you ready for that? If either arises, do you have a network of like-minded people who can help you defend yourself, your family and your property? These are all questions this blog speaks about.  But do you have a communication system for contacting them if you need help or they need your assistance? In a natural disaster usually land lines and cell phones go down. In a national problem, communications will probably be shut down.

In a recent conversation with a friend who is in total agreement with our way of thinking over the state of affairs in our country, we realized most people will not have a sanctuary they can turn to. (In my book Flee to the Mountains a refuge is built and people move to the small city away from all population centers when things turned bad.) So my friend and I talked about alternatives. What can we do to prepare to help one another? Neighborhood watch will not cut it. There are many who are not like-minded in these groups. Sure they want to protect their homes, but what happens if the stores are cleaned out? If others know you have food stored, many will turn on you in a flash.

We need to come up with a plan of action for those who are on the same wavelength as we are.  So where to start. Communication comes to mind first. It is important for your group to have a way to reach each other.  Shortwave radios, hand-held radios with a good range or CB would fit the bill.  You need to make sure everyone in your group has one or preferably more. You need to predetermine the channel so everyone is on the same one should the need for contact arise. In addition, you need to test your system of communication using a code or phrase to identify yourselves. You don’t want outsiders to have the ability to transmit false information.

Next, those who have land and the ability to raise gardens, cows, pigs, chickens etc. need to be protected. (Your ability to provide food will be extremely important. Helping them in their work should be something everyone in our group is willing to do. They cannot and should not increase their work load to help feed others without help from others in your group. Sharing the fruits of your labors is one of the ways you will be working together.) Patrolling will be of great importance. It won’t do any good to do the hard work if someone can come in and steal it.

Regular meetings in advance are recommended and a course of action set for every possible set of problems that might arise. Brainstorming together will allow everyone to talk about the options and pitfalls. From here, decisions can be made that will benefit everyone.

It’s important to start now. Don’t wait until things get bad…have your plan of action ready ahead of time. In the next few blogs, I will continue to suggest ideas for your preparations.