I just finished writing 8 pages of notes on what I’ve done, and I made it available to friends and acquaintances to encourage them to prepare. I encouraged folks to check out The Prepared and its Forum. The document topics were Background, Intention, Assumptions, Priorities (physical well being, emotional well being, water, food, shelter, communications, logistics), and Conclusion. I replaced failing household items to avoid having to do it later when the situation might be worse — water heater, thermostats, bathroom water supply line, one of the electric baseboard heaters. I added a reverse osmosis water filter to feel better about the well water. I upgraded my vehicle to make it more functional if I had to leave — added side rails, crossbars, and a trailer hitch. I bought a bike rack and a soft-side cartop carrier. I bought camping gear and camped for a couple of weeks this summer, mostly nearby on private property, usually a day at a time. I wanted to see how well I could lug things around, set up, take down, handle the bugs. 🙂 I added a tool box to the vehicle (containing hammer, camp axe, nails, awl, small pry bar, wire snips, leather gloves). The bow saw doesn’t fit into the tool box. The tools are separate from first aid supplies. Regarding physical well being, I wrote, “I am not opposed in principle to other people using firearms to protect themselves. However, I do not choose that route for myself. I rely on situational awareness, avoidance of potentially harmful situations (even if that means avoiding worthwhile protests), reasonable precautions, such as locking condo and car doors, and basic self-defense techniques . . . If I find myself in trouble, I hope to call upon emotional intelligence and ‘soft skills’ to de-escalate the situation.” I really appreciate all The Prepared has done. Thank you!