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What are ‘they’ doing now?

Orson Welles’ 1939 radio broadcast of “War of the Worlds” frightened the nation into believing that the Martians were invading the Earth, but the weirdest part of the story for us today is how it ended. After taking over the world these all-powerful alien beings, unaffected by even our most powerful weapons, are finally killed off by a simple virus for which they had no immunity. Ironic that in our current situation we, the “advanced” humans, are being attacked by an alien virus for which we presently have no known cure. Each of us are now faced with figuring out what to do next.

A good way to start is with something we learned in training or from “Wandering Wild” articles in The Inter-Mountain. If we think we have become lost, then the first step in survival is to Stop, Think, Observe, and Plan. This is a great first step for any confusing situation.

By now we have all had to “stop” or at least slow down our normal routines and that has given us time to “think” about what’s going on. First, our prayers go out to those ill and suffering, and to those who have lost loved ones. In sizing up our own personal situation few of us are being physically threatened and generally speaking life is going on as normal. We still have running water, electricity, gasoline, television, police and fire protection, EMT/hospital care, groceries, wireless communications, entertainment and the ability to go to the store or have items delivered when we need them.

But, what have we “observed” going on nation-wide and what does it mean? The reaction we’ve seen so far includes: uncertainty, fear, illegal/unconstitutional government actions, business closings, assembly restrictions, deficit spending, panic selling, panic buying, fighting, crowded health facilities, canceled sports/public events, travel restrictions, reserve army call-ups, increased sales of guns and ammunition, and forgetting about due process. These kinds of reactions are typically seen during the early stages of invasions or civil wars in other countries. As a result each of us has a choice to make.

We either believe the current situation is about to go from bad to worse, or we believe that the situation will soon get much better. For those choosing to believe the worst is over, they will simply continue on and wait for the government to announce the “all clear.” But, for others this pandemic has provided a unique glimpse into a strange, uncharted environment and they believe we are just in the first stage of something possibly more terrible or disruptive. They have been pondering questions such as, what to do if workers, drivers, technicians, doctors, police and other providers can no longer keep things running? What if food and gasoline are in short supply? They have come up with a “plan” and they continue on quietly preparing.

Their first task was to take inventory at home of all available food and water, essential supplies, medicines, first aid, tools, and materials. Their current priorities are food, water, health and security. They have been shopping or ordering online for non-perishable food and essentials to last a month or longer. They have prayed as a family, reassuring one another, and probably done the same with others by phone or internet. They have discussed everyone’s responsibilities and assigned essential chores.

They have contacted their elderly friends and trusted neighbors, reminding them, “We have your back.” They are already storing tap water for drinking and cooking, and have a large plastic tarp for collecting rain water. They have supplies for maintaining personal hygiene and good sanitation, critical for staying healthy. They will have batteries, flashlights, candles, fuel for cooking outside and fresh fuel for the backup generator. They will have firearms and ammo secured, but ready. They will have spent more time preparing than on watching television and they will have done it unnoticed by others who are still waiting on government to provide the solutions.

— Find out more about emergency planning and preparation, and opportunities for individual and group instruction at, www.mountaineerwilderness.com “http://www.mountaineerwilderness.com” or contact Chapin at (703) 901-0732 or at Mark@mountaineerwilderness.com

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