Let’s pretend that our community, and those surrounding are hit by a devastating natural disaster… Maybe an ice storm followed by blizzard lasting several days. Let’s also say this storm stretches from Kansas City to the Canadian border. The storm would have been well broadcast ahead of time so people would have had time to hit the grocery store, and stock up for a few days.
Anyone who has spent more than about 5 minutes in South Dakota this winter knows this is not too hard to imagine. The reality is, this just keeps happing this year, and if you watch our local stores, every time the forecast is bad the store shelves clear out faster than you can say TEOTWAWKI.
But these have all been day or two storms. South Dakota has seen worse, and will see it again. So in this scenario we are talking about being cut off from outside food supplies. Water lines starting to freeze, power loses due to ice on the lines, and the conditions are bad enough that outside resources start to dry up. Trucks aren’t moving so gas stations start to run out of fuel, no food coming into the stores so on and so forth. You find that you are forced to rely in yourself and your family.
What if it gets so bad that people start resorting to desperate measures? In a South Dakota blizzard no one questions when they don’t see movement around a house for a few days. So it would be a perfect time for someone to come in and take what you have… there will be no report of a missing person, or family for several days…
Times are starting to get desperate, and people are starting to band together. You have to choose, do you join up with those who are looting, steeling and causing harm to survive, or to you take sides with those who are at least trying to maintain some moral reserve, only taking from the dead, only causing harm in self defense and trying to rebuild?
After you choose your side, what are you going to do to contribute to the new community? Are you medically trained, or good with computers and networking? Are you a leader, if so are you able to hold onto that position, or are you willing to sit as second in command? Are you a hunter, a scavenger, a cook or butcher?
So here is the question…
Which side you take, why are you choosing that way, and what will be your position in this new community?
There are no wrong answers, just food for thought, and discussion.
Please use the comments section below to share your thoughts.