Community File #1 by D.
S.P.& L.,W.,F,.P. and H.
Better known as Sanctuary Power & Light, Water, Fire, Police and Hospital
As none of these will exist in a societal collapse, we must be responsible for providing all of these services that are normally taken for granted.
POWER and LIGHT
The core group has put together a photovoltaic (solar cells) system of about 1500 watts at 48volts and 16amps. This is less than half of what you probably usually use in your home. However it has been computed to provide for the following:
Refrigeration-24/7 to keep meat, medicines and make ice.
Entertainment-for a large screen TV and DVD player for a 2 hour movie every two days.
Computer/printer- to provide for a digital library, problem solving and medical research, as well as being a component of the communications system-2 hours per day
Water pump- on demand to top off water storage and provide for irrigation and daily
Lighting- to provide for a 5VDC LED minimal lighting system, throughout as needed.
Fans-for the kitchen area, on demand and sleeping areas, at least 2 hours per night.
Communications- to power our base station radios for patrols, AM/FM monitoring as
well as Shortwave two-way comms., for news outside of the area. The comm. shack
will also provide for re-charging the store of batteries.
Security- to power the perimeter detection systems, video and motion detection.
This system will provide for limited 120VAC and 12V & 5V DC power. It feeds a battery bank that provides for a day and a half without sun. It uses a control system to charge the batteries and an inverter to provide for AC power. This system will also power any power tools needed on request. As this is a minimal system and can easily be overloaded and damaged, use of power will be strictly budgeted and controlled. Do not abuse our power grid!!! This system will be backed up by two gasoline generators. Due to security considerations (noise control) they will only be operated during rainstorms to supplement the solar system.
The property is provided with a well (electric and manual pumps) and also has flowing water close at hand. We will keep an on hand supply of 275 gallons each of (solar) hot and cold water in two storage tanks. Water will be husbanded as nothing is for certain. Grey water will be recycled for toilets. Filtration has been provided for. Like everything else, do not abuse the system it will be always overloaded.
As public services will be non-existent and a fire could easily totally destroy all of our resources. Fire prevention should always be on your mind. IT IS A REAL ENEMY FOR US! Each person will be required to have at least one large ABC type fire extinguisher and be trained in proper firefighting skills. Keep it at hand in your living area. NO OPEN FLAMES WITHOUT MONITORING!
All residents will be required to stand a security watch of a least 2 hour shifts night and day. To this end, all residents will be trained in the safe use of rifle, pistol, and shotgun, as well as any other defensive weapons. Personal unarmed combat will also be taught. Maintenance of firearms and cleaning will also be part of this community responsibility. Skilled members will be responsible for day and night patrols, and serve as a FAST RESPONSE UNIT in the event of an attack.
A medical group will be established to provide for trauma and day to day care. A trained sub group will work with the doctor or EMT as a surgical unit to deal with emergency critical care. The better trained will conduct classes for the untrained. It is your responsibility to acquire as many useful skills as possible. The core group has assembled the necessary equipment and medicines to provide for a minimal community hospital. You must provide for minimal trauma materials for yourself to include personal meds, pain killers, trauma kit with quick-clot and sutures, as well as your personal first aid kit.
ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY JOBS
This is going to be a community unlike any that you are used to or can imagine. Due to the great many daily demands of food, water, battery maintenance, security, sanitation etc., and the small number of people to deal with them all, you will have no trouble sleeping at night, you will be too tired. This will be a small working farm in every sense.
Water must be pumped, batteries serviced, seeds planted and watered, garden and fish farm maintained, food harvested and preserved, ammunition assembled, guns cleaned, security patrols run, perimeter and living conditions constantly improved, meals cooked, dishes washed, wood chopped and fires tended, as well as sanitation and health maintained. There will always be something that needs done. Your new job is to see your way to tomorrow. You must contribute to the community or perish!
WHAT IS EXPECTED OF YOU……
Minimally, you should bring with you:
Food for each person for 3-6 months
Water storage capabilities and a personal water filter for each person.
Minimal shelter: tent, sleeping bag each.
Any firearms that you own and ammunition & cleaning gear for them.
72 hour kit as explained in the newbie files.
A large ABC fire extinguisher.
A collection of rechargeable batteries.
ADDITIONAL ITEMS, IF YOU HAVE THE RESOURCES:
One 6 or 12 volt 200-400 ah, deep cycle battery each. If you are using the resources, you should contribute to them if you can.
A case (1000 rounds) of either.223, .308, 7.62 short, .40, .45, 9mm, or 12ga (#6 or #4 buckshot) ammunition or components.
Additional medical supplies (pain killers, antibiotics, bandages)
Fuel (Coleman white gas, gasoline, diesel, propane)
Fresh meats and additional canned & dry goods.
Goats, chickens, ducks, pigs or rabbits and feed.
A SPECIAL NOTE: TRY TO PRE-POSITION AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE SO THAT YOU WILL BE ON THE ROAD MOVING FAST AND LIGHT AND DO NOT RISK LOSING YOUR SUPPLIES TO PREDATORS. IN MOST CRISES YOU WILL HAVE AT LEAST 4 HOURS TO GET OUT OF TOWN AND POSSIBLY AS MUCH AS 3-4 DAYS UNTIL THEY ALL GO CRAZY.DO NOT DAWDLE! YOU SHOULD HAVE LITTLE TROUBLE TRAVELLING 150 MILES IN THREE DAYS. THINK BICYCLES ON YOUR VEHICLE AS A BACK-UP.
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