November 16, 2018 at 1:44 pm #4617DaisyKeymaster
I like to think I’m a realist, but reading and editing Selco’s new book was an eye-opener to me. Here are my rambling thoughts.
This being said, it’s important to note that there’s a huge difference between an all-out SHTF and many of the lower level things for which we all prep.
November 16, 2018 at 4:19 pm #4629Crow BarKeymaster
In the Marines, we have a saying, “Train as you fight, fight as you train.”
The idea being if you train, and train hard to the point it is second nature, if you come upon a “freeze” moment, your training takes over and you continue the fight.
The fire service is similar. A “freeze” moment can be life or death not only to you, but to your fellow firefighters. No one wants to be that guy. So, the fire service they put you through the ringer in a controlled environment to stress you as much as possible so you wont freeze.
EMS is not much different. Classroom it is all clinical, by the book. Reality is quite different when your patient is in real pain, bleeding, in panic, and screaming.
How do you over come something like the above? Get training. Train hard. Push yourself.
Our kitchen is full of funny and some serious signs, like some bars. One reads, “You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.”
Know how strong you can be.
November 17, 2018 at 3:37 pm #4709James MitchnerParticipant
The average person has no idea about what real violence and trauma look like. Unless you are one who has dealt directly with the results of what one person can do to another its simply unimaginable to most people. I’ve seen it, but not on such a large scale as Selco and combat vets in a short period of time. My experience lasted over three decades, and I never want to see it again on any scale.
November 17, 2018 at 4:53 pm #4717woodsrunnerParticipant
One thing I thought about- I remember being grossed out the first time I stumbled upon a dead animal with maggots crawling all over it. If dead bodies were lying around very long we could expect the same thing. Not trying to gross anybody out but that would be a fact.
I try to prepare for the worst (mentally also) and hope for the best. Gangs would be a factor even in a small town because of so many people who think they need to feel good all the time and are on drugs or think the world owes them a living. At least in or near a small town you likely know who the locals are but you still don’t know who they really are till adversity.
July 17, 2019 at 10:22 pm #21013LittlesisterParticipant
I have the book but have not had a chance to get back to finish reading it. Need to take some time to catch up on my reading. I do agree. I really think the towns that are most populated will be first hit by gangs. Then they will move on to smaller towns and the suburbs and country last. I really hope nothing like that happens but we never know and just need to be prepared for anything and everything. Easier said than done.
July 18, 2019 at 7:35 am #21017Crow BarKeymaster
Well, those of us out here in the country know where the bridges are, and you cannot swing a dead cat without hitting a tractor, earth mover, or back hoe. By the time they head out our way, they are going to have to do it on foot. And that could be a long way.
July 18, 2019 at 10:32 am #21020Mouse WizardParticipant
And we know where the choke points and killboxes are. My community has two ways in and out. I’m a little tongue-in-cheek here, but both might be defendable by a 12-year-old with a bb gun.
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