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About LittleJon126

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    Contract security officer in STL area, into guns, shooting, tinkering, zombie flicks, wilderness survival, etc.
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    Saint Louis, MO
  1. Hate to disagree with the common consensus here, but there *are* advantages to living in and around cities, even from a disaster preparedness standpoint. A) 911 Assistance in Small Emergencies Access to emergency services and fast response times (like those available in small to moderate sized cities) is more valuable than seclusion during a large scale emergency. You know, your area *might* get hit with a tornado, hurricane, major power outage, flooding, what have you. It happens in our nation, and arguably in most, every year. But you know what's more likely to affect you directly? Small scale, "personal" emergencies. They happen DAILY, everywhere. You fall down the stairs and wind up with a concussion, broken bone, back/neck injury. You get into a car accident and are hurt. You get robbed or assaulted. You have a major medical emergency - heart attack, stroke, diabetic emergency, etc. That seclusion might be real handy *if* SHTF in a way that directly affected a nearby area, but if you hurt yourself working on the farm, it might take 45 minutes for you to get to the hospital. (Which, btw, is probably nowhere near as advanced as one in a major metropolitan area. As a case in point, compare the local urgent care of Jay, Florida to the Tampa General Hospital.) Or here's another one: someone tries to break into your home and happen to be successful in catching you off guard - that tricked-out HD shotgun rendered useless - they manage to shoot/stab/club/maim you. You need police and medical attention NOW. That isn't much consolation if it takes 'em an hour to get to you. Your house catches fire while you're at work. Because you live in Nowhereville, the house is largely engulfed before anyone notices to contact the fire department. When they do, it takes forever for them to get a pumper out to your little slice of Heaven. See where I'm going here? In a city, emergency responders are minutes away. I'm a five minute drive East from the nearest fire station, and there's another one ten minutes to the North. There was once a major medical emergency in my household, and that person was transported to one of the most advanced hospitals in the country in less than 15 minutes. It takes the municipal police department less than five minutes to have a stack of squad cars at my front door. Yeah, that's a long time if someone manages to break-in (and I'm not saying you shouldn't have something to handle that) but professional backup is on its way, and it'll be there soon. Not to mention - someone else did earlier in the thread - when a major disaster does happen, emergency management services always dedicate their attention to cities before they do to rural areas. It's a matter of money - do you have any idea what it does to the economy to have a city shut down for a week? Granted, we're not always excited about the prospect of "assistance" but hey, now that we know that they'll probably disarm you, gonna rethink making it obvious that your armed? Gonna work around that? Probably not a bad idea. Gray Man Being "gray" and bugging-in inside of a city of any size (small, medium, large) is incredibly easy to do. I'm surrounded by homes for miles, here in North County Saint Louis. The odds of someone targeting my home over another in our area for whatever - robbing, looting, etc - is very low. And it's be a big mistake to hit my home (unless they caught me totally unaware: see above to "emergency services.") We avoid making our home a target by keeping modest accommodations in a middling neighborhood and driving low-key vehicles. No flaunting and flossing here! Whereas, if you're living in a rural area, in a farmhouse right off the highway, where everyone driving by can see it.... it's a deer in an open field. Doesn't matter what you do, you can't easily make it blend in or disappear. Oh, and in your small town/rural area - where everyone knows everyone - if you've established yourself a reputations as being the guy who's prepared for anything, expect company. Word's going to get around. A lone goose in a pond stands out. That same goose in a gaggle, not as much. Now, if you're twenty minutes away from the road, back in the woods, hour+ away from town, where only the drones can spot you, odds are you're peachy keen (unless you need 911 services: see above.) C) Networking I'm willing to wager that a higher percentage of the rural/small town population is interested in preparedness (barring Salt Lake City and Nauvoo, IL --- cities with more dense populations of Mormons) but there are undoubtedly greater overall numbers of preppers in a given city. Again, Saint Louis is a good example. The greater St. Louis area has a population of nearly 3 million. If only an abysmal 1% of our area's pop is preparedness minded, that's 300,000 people. And I'm willing to wager that because of preparedness organizations like Zombie Squad, influence from pop culture and television, and other factors (like the general sense of the loss of hope for out society/government as a whole), it's probably higher than 1%. And we're all generally willing to link up with like-minded folks, aren't we? Let's just say it hasn't been hard for me to meet other folks in the area who also have a plan. Now, all factors being considered, there are few advantages of city living over a large town or small city. A large town has most of the amenities of a city - advanced 911 services, good response times, fairly low violent crime rate, large enough that blending in isn't difficult, decent infrastructure for making "survival friends" - without the disadvantages of being a potential terrorist target.
  2. "...home invasions are the home owners fault..." This is kinda like saying, for example, that your car getting door dinged in a parking lot is your own fault for picking that parking spot, or for owning a car in the first place. If I may be frank, this is nonsensical and unrealistic. Any home - and I do mean *any* home, regardless of how remote and hardened it is - can be cracked given enough time and effort. Should you consider hardening your home to prevent intrusion? Definitely. Should you be able to respond (training + armament + healthy dose of luck = effective response) if you're in the home when someone makes it through? As before, definitely. Should everyone who lives in your home be aware that home invasions can occur, and be ready to respond if necessary? Of course. But all of these things, given enough pressure, or just bad timing/luck can bring it all down.
  3. Deter: Maintaining the appearance that the house is occupied and that the residents inside are awake. Frequent police patrols, nosy neighbors in okay neighborhood. Delay: Doors locked securely, windows at ground level blocked by shrubbery, 80-pound Airedale Terrier with protective tendencies, very loud bark. Defend: Aforementioned dog, several well-armed adults, prepared action plan, typical police response time of under 5 minutes (city living has its perks sometimes!) Even got good handcuffs for those who decide to give up.
  4. Howdy, I'm new as well. See ya around!
  5. You're right about that DonDon! It's definitely got a certain amount of job security around here. Always something goin' down! Glad to meet y'all, btw.
  6. Howdy fellow survival-types! My name is Jon, and I'm into preparedness. I'm 28 years old, currently a Tier III Armed Security Officer working in the Metro STL area, and I'm working towards accruing more certifications and such in the hopes of moving into security management. My current post is pretty interesting, but in the next few weeks I'm being reassigned to one of the larger area PD's to provide security services on the weekends. Sounds crazy, I know; contract security at a police station, but we're less expensive than anchoring down LEO to fill the void and we're an insurance write off. Police officers are not a write-off, even if they're generally better trained than we are (and duh, quite capable of providing security.) Anywho, I'm getting off point. My collegiate endeavors include a degree in Criminal Justice, though I have formal training through one of the area police academies and experience in a lot more than just paperwork. Like any good survivalist, I'm interested in a lot of different things. Naturally, I enjoy shooting, and have NRA ratings in several disciplines and some competitive experience under my belt. I'm not really into hunting or fishing, but it's mostly out of a lack of experience. I could definitely use some professional tutoring. I like to tinker and modify existing items to suit my purposes; from refinishing riflestocks to tinkering under the hood of old pickups, I like turning screws. I'm a good cook, have more than a few years of martial arts experience now (Judo and Shotokan), backpacking, watching zombie flicks, and hanging out with my family. My girlfriend is also into preparedness (and helps keep me grounded) and her son has a cute little bugout bag of his own, ready to rock and roll. He's 4, and he's going to be awesome! I look forward to getting to know y'all, and learning with you. Take care, be safe. ~LittleJon