I'm starting to learn new skills and put our money in things that will pay off, like raised beds, rain barrels, a fireplace insert, etc. But I have to say that the thing that I'm most scared about is rioting/looting/angry mobs. We live in a wealthy suburb of a major metropolitan area, within a few miles of the inner city. If/when the sh!t hits the fan, the people who are the poorest now are NOT going to be happy with the people they perceive to be rich. (We are not rich by any means, but I'm sure we would be viewed that way.)
I just don't know what to do about this. I feel like I can turn my entire (small) yard into a garden and learn to can, etc. etc. etc., but what do we do if people start robbing from us, or attack us? At the very least, how would we keep people from stealing the food from our yard as it's growing?
OTOH, we can walk/bike everywhere we need to go right now. I'm not a country person and I'm just not up for moving us out somewhere where we can have chickens and cows and more land to grow food on. And even if we were
wired that way (DH is even LESS so), we'd be cut off from other people and services. It's such a Catch-22.
I'm about 1/3 of the way through The Long Emergency
, and I have to say I've been having bad dreams and am feeling very, very panicky.