Preppers Vindicated: Part 8

The following set of Real Revo posts are fictional. None of this happened.

The story up to this point can be found here.

May 15th, 1213: We just got word that Kent is up and walking. He is weak but feeling much better. He made it. We thank God but we still can’t see him. He is contagious and can’t come home. Thank God for the FRS radios. Without them, we wouldn’t have been able to keep in touch. They are a godsend. Keeping it charged on the cigarette lighter socket in the car is a snap.

May 15th, 1423: It occurs to me that my mortgage payment is due today. How in the hell am I supposed to pay it? No computer access, no telephone access and no mail access. Most of the country must be in a similar situation. In fact, people won’t be getting paychecks either. Nothing is happening.

What will happen? Will everyone in America be foreclosed on? Will every business go belly up? What is the status of cash? I still have heard nothing from my parents in Fort Lauderdale and fear the worst. Will I have access to their assets? Do they have any assets? Will any of us have any assets? I really don’t know what to expect except the deepest, darkest depression in American history.

May 16th, 1743: There are a lot more cars on the highway. In fact, there seems to be a lot more movement in general. The radio says that power has been restored in some areas. It also says that civil unrest is still basically out of control. Military units have been so decimated with sickness and desertion that they are largely non-operational. In the cities, there is real hunger and as survivors regain their strength, they demand food and burn and loot to get it. This thing is far from over.

May 16th, 1832: I have to tell you, we are all getting stir crazy. We are up at first light and to sleep at dark. We trade off for night watch. It has only been ten days but I am not used to being shut in day after day. The kids seem to be taking it better than the rest of us.

May 19th, 1447: Kent isn’t 100 percent, but he is getting close. He is up and around and is making a full recovery. He still can’t come home but he is our window into the world. Since he is immune, he intends to go into town in a day or two and have a look around. It should be interesting.

The only radio news we had been getting is from a local station repeating news as it gets it. We got ABC Radio national news for the first time today. It was very strange. It was – I don’t know how to say this – patriotic. It was very pro-America and very pro-collectivism. There was encouragement and talk of collective effort in just about every story. In fact, it pretty much reeked of propaganda. I think it is evident that it has been nationalized and is under political control.

The smoked beef is a success. We have several pounds of it and it is holding up well. It is tough but tasty.

We have been running the generator twice a day for about an hour. The freezer is staying cold and we haven’t run out of fuel yet. In fact, I haven’t even siphoned from the cars in the garage yet. We are running generators no more than is necessary to keep the freezer cold and the well pressure tank pressurized. We don’t run the furnace at all and have turned the water heater way down. With what we have in the LP tank, hot water and gas for the stove shouldn’t be a problem until winter.

We eat less than we did before, but it doesn’t seem to matter than much. I think we were eating too much.

Kent is going to go for a drive tomorrow.

May 20th, 1642: Kent got back and passed on what he saw. Things are a mess in town. It is burned out and there is no power or water since the pump generator is down. It is a ghost town with only a few people to be found. He spoke to some and heard horror stories that are the stuff of nightmares. I can’t believe we were spared only a mile away. He told me that there was activity on Bob Miller’s land south of town. A bulldozer was covering a mass grave.

After visiting our town, Kent tried to go to Dubuque. That is when things got interesting.

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14 Responses to Preppers Vindicated: Part 8

  1. Rockheim says:

    GAH!! Ciffhanger!! More more more!!
    Of interest.. Sickness carriers.. I have heard that People who are “immune” can sometimes be long term carriers of sickness. I wonder if that applies to those who get sick and fight it off as well. Does their body system and the bug merely reach an equilibrium? How long do they stay contagious?

  2. FreedomFighter says:

    There is a difference between immunity due to exposure and natural immunity while being a carrier. Typically with the regular flu, you get sick, your body fights the virus, antibodies are produced in quantity for your body to defeat the virus, and you are no longer a carrier after 24-48 hours once the virus has run its natural course of exposure-symptoms-sickness-recovery-immunity. A carrier has a natural immunity to the effects caused by the virus and never manifest symptoms while remaining contagious for extended periods of time. Because there is no cause for the body to build a defense due to a lack of sickness, a carrier could be contagious for years.

    However, a designer virus could be substantially different in its out of body survivability.

    In the scenario being played out in this case I would consider anyone who has been exposed to be a long-term threat. Especially if they have a natural immunity.

  3. FreedomFighter says:

    Also for the preppers who come here, I’d really like some good prepper product websites if anyone knows of any.

    I’m good on guns & ammo, it’s the food, power supply, storage, and availability I looking for.

    if anyone can help me I’d greatly appreciate it.

  4. notamobster says:

    RD turned me on to this site a few years back. I’ve bought a good bit from them. Always very pleased with my purchases.

  5. notamobster says:

    also good food source here:

    for info on the shelf-reliance products go here (cheaper to buy it from costco than the manufacturer) :

  6. notamobster says:

    Freedom fighter, check this out:

  7. JenR says:

    We get a lot of our stuff from Emergency Essentials.

  8. notamobster says:

    I’ve bought from them, too, Jen.

    I bought my cases of 115 hr emergency candles (lanterns, really) from them.

  9. sortahwitte says:

    Don’t forget who costco supported in the last election. Lots more companies out there. Go to and look at some of their advertisers. Also, don’t forget the Mormons. They were helpful and gracious when I bought food from them.

  10. Ray Davies says:

    RD, I thought you sounded like you were from the midwest. Just be sure to keep Kent out of Cedar Falls and Iowa City, To many dead liberals. You folks might think about adding dry ice to your survival containers and let it evaporate,the CO2 will replace the O2 and retard spoilage,then seal them. Aldi, has great prices on the staples(rice beans,flour,sugar,etc)

  11. R.D. Walker says:

    Yep Ray, I am out here in rural eastern Iowa.

  12. notamobster says:

    Sorta – costco is the cheapest place to get a year’s worth of food in an easily manageable form (#10 cans). Even the manufacturer can’t sell it to you as cheap as costco.

    I’m all for voting with my dollars, but I’m not gonna cut my own throat on prices, to spite my face. I’m not boycotting because someone supported a candidate. The costco guy is no longer the CEO, btw.

  13. sortahwitte says:

    Fair enough.