Preparing for the Winter Bug-in

3-Day BagIn the last five years I’ve had to spend a couple of nights at the hotel across the street from my job. Texas doesn’t handle really cold winters well. A good three day snow can shut us down while places like Ohio would be bustling with plows and salt and the roads would be open again in a few hours. They’re used to that. While we’re used to triple-digit summers.

February gave us our first and last inclement weather days and a couple of us camped out in the hotel Thursday and Friday nights. By the weekend the slushy stuff had melted and dried and we were left with the sandy/salty stuff all over the place including our cars.

I usually keep a duffel bag of clothes and a toiletry kit in my car year-round. I didn’t restock it after the days 9 months ago. I think I still had one change of clothes where I usually keep two. I reloaded it on Labor Day because of the chance that we might have to evac. because of the fires. Now the fires were quite a ways down the road and the chance of us needing to leave was very remote. But I’d have to help other people get their stuff together and that process would go more smoothly if mine is already taken care of.

We were still baking then so I didn’t pack any winter stuff. Now that we’re finally in November I decided to get the bag ready for the cold. I’m not packing for a bug out situation. The ice usually clears up in a couple of days and I’m betting that society and the economy will be as intact as they are now.

Bag Contents:

2 changes of clothing
Several pairs of socks
Several pairs of underwear
Belt
Suspenders
Toiletry kit
Knit hat
Scarf
Gloves

I keep a first aid kit in my messenger bag but I’m going to start adding first aid supplies to the toiletry kit. I’ll also be adding meds and supplements plus some protein bars and the extra stainless water bottle.

Again this is for what Nutnfancy would call ROL or Rule of Law times. I still need to put together a full 72 hour kit. I probably need a few more items and a backpack that can hold it. The thing is in an evac. situation you don’t want to have to repack a bunch of stuff that is already packed.

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Episode 5 – Bylaws

I haven’t commented on the last couple of episodes because I didn’t see anything that applied to preparedness or survivalism. The last couple of episodes mostly had drama themes.

One of the characters in this episode used the phrase “Frontier Justice.” I guess that’s harsher than the way we do it in our modern, civilised system with brutal murderers being able to lay on a table in an air conditioned room and fall asleep.

Let’s say this economic time bomb we’re dealing with goes off tomorrow and we begin a full power descent into chaos with food riots, looting, civil unrest on an uprecedented scale. Think Rodney King to the nth power. Small sub-communities should form made up of a couple, maybe three neighborhoods. Security would be mainly an amped up version of Neighborhood Watch.

How do you handle justice in this situation? The community might be forced to banish someone or execute them. These are not easy decisions. They should tear at your gut. And the community is diminished by having to make them.

Pray for wisdom, because you’ll need it.