Developing a Community of Skills
We are also developing a community of neighbors & –more importantly– developing a community of neighbors with skills. We’ve got one neighbor who a woodworker, for instance. One who’s a welder. Several growers live around here, one person who sews, a an automotive wrench twirler, a bike mechanic, a cop (in another life, in a galaxy far, far away, I spent a decade as a cop myself, so by definition I’m pretty useless, except for tracking down a Krispy Kreme). But my wife’s an RN…and she’s a seamstress, too, so there is plenty of other talent in the house. And I can cook a little, so maybe I’m not so useless after all.
When it comes to skilled neighbors, we’re actually quite lucky. In this Navy town, over half my neighborhood is associated with the military in some way: active, retired, or veteran. The Navy Flyer’s are kind of useless if things go “primitive”, but like the two SEALs & 3 Marines who live around here, they’ll be useful for security. And in the Navy everyone aboard ship is a fireman, a corpsman, and has damage control experience.
What we’re doing is not perfect, but we’re working on building a resilient life in a resilient community right now, right here. We’re throwing down our anchor and setting it against the worst night, not the placid calm we expect. We’re living a life that balances surviving possible risks while living the most likely, mundane, day-to-day existence.
HERE is where we’ll likely be when disaster strikes, not some well stocked but inaccessible mountain redoubt hundreds of miles away. And HERE is where we’ll weather the storm. Set your anchor and thrive.
A major storm, a big blackout, an earthquake, a collapse of the electrical grid, a total reboot of the economy, we’re better prepared than most.
How resilient is the life you’ve built?