Are You Prepared for Lockdown? (Article)

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    Source: https://www.theorganicprepper.com/a...ow-to-stay-safe-when-chaos-erupts-in-america/


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    Are You Prepared for Lockdown? How to Stay Safe When All Hell Breaks Loose in America


    October 31, 2018

    by Daisy Luther
    Tensions are incredibly high in the United States right now. I realized that over the past three years, I’ve written that they’re “at an all-time high” far too many times. So, I’ll just say, they’re high enough that all hell could break loose at any moment given the right (wrong) application of fuel to the flame. The number one thing you can do for this situation to keep your family safe is to be prepared for lockdown.

    Pretending that it isn’t happening or hoping to hug it out is not a rational response to the chaos that is coming. I know that some cling to their misguided views on the way the world works with the ferocity of a mother bear protecting cubs, but for the rest of us, there’s this thing called reality. When we accept it, we can prepare for it.

    People near the border are quite reasonably concerned that if thousands of immigrants push through our border illegally, they and their families could be at risk. People in other parts of the country are concerned about the aftermath of whatever happens when these people arrive at the border. Regardless of what occurs, somebody is going to be unhappy. Add in the fiercely-fought midterm elections and the threat of civil unrest is high.

    Are you prepared for lockdown?
    Which leads me to a very important subject. As the situation in the United States devolves, how prepared are you really? If you had to go into lockdown mode and keep your family safely at home, how long would you last with the supplies you have on hand? If the answer is “a few days” or “a couple of weeks” you need to work on that. Immediately.

    By planning ahead, we can avoid the fear, panic, and confusion that leads people to rush to the store and clear the shelves like a horde of hungry locusts. We can stay away from the angry masses, the rioters who will use any excuse to steal, and the hungry people who are determined to feed their kids no matter who stands in their way.

    Whether the next few weeks lead to pandemonium due to violent protests provoking some type of martial law, a prepared mindset, a defense plan, and a well-stocked home can help to keep you and your family out of harm’s way.

    Keep in mind that the decision may not be entirely in your hands. In a martial law situation, it’s not unusual for the authorities to force people to stay in their homes. Remember in Boston when law enforcement was searching for the young man who, with his brother, was accused of setting off the bomb at the marathon? Residents were not allowed to leave their homes due to a “shelter in place directive.” The directive was presented as voluntary, but if you didn’t wish to have SWAT teams pointing guns in your face during this period of de facto martial law, staying home was the only option. Some people ran out of supplies the same day. Don’t be one of those people.

    This isn’t the first time I’ve written about the potential need to lock down. It’s a viable response to a variety of crises. For example, had the Ebola cases on US shores turned into a pandemic, a lockdown period would have been the very best way to keep your family safe.

    With situations of civil unrest, it isn’t as clear-cut. It depends on where you live. In a small town, far away from riots and protests, your lockdown area could be much greater than your own home. It could encompass your immediate community, too, and life might go on as it always has for you, aside from the need to stay just a little closer to home than before.

    However, if you live in a city or suburb, it may become essential to make a decision quickly. Do you lock your doors and stay home? Or do you get out of Dodge? It is a question only you can answer. One thing that is very important is this: if you need to go, do NOT miss your window of opportunity to do so safely. If the entire city feels the same way, you’ll most likely be stuck in traffic and trapped in your car. Protesters have shut down the highways more than once in recent years, and you’ll be far safer behind the brick and mortar of your home than you will be in your car.

    By the way, there’s always someone who chimes in with a snide remark about how cowardly it is to lockdown with your family in order to stay safe. If you want to go get involved in a battle to make a political point, that’s certainly your prerogative. However, my priority is the safety of my family, and as such, I hope to avoid engaging altogether.

    First, get home.
    If you happen to be away from home when violence erupts, your first task is safely navigating your way home. In a perfect world, we’d all be home, watching the chaos erupt on TV from the safety of our living rooms. However, reality says that some of us will be at work, at school, or in the car when unrest occurs. You need to develop a “get-home” plan for all of the members of your family, based on the most likely places that they will be.

    • Devise an efficient route for picking up the kids from school, camp, or daycare. Be sure that anyone who might be picking up the children already has permission to do so.
    • Keep a get-home bag in the trunk of your car in case you have to set out on foot.
    • Stash some supplies in the bottom of your child’s backpack – water, a snack, any tools that might be useful, and a map. Be sure your children understand the importance of OPSEC.
    • Avoid major thoroughfares. If you need to go through the city, avoid the areas that are most likely to be the subject of unrest. Listen to the local news and traffic reports to help avoid the worst areas. Take the safest route, not the shortest route.
    • Find multiple routes home – map out alternative backroad ways to get home as well as directions if you must go home on foot.
    • Find hiding places along the way. If you work or go to school a substantial distance from your home, figure out some places to lay low now, before a crisis situation. Sometimes staying out of sight is the best way to stay safe.
    • Avoid groups of people. It seems that the mob mentality strikes when large groups of people get together. Often folks who would never ordinarily riot in the streets get swept up by the mass of people who are doing so.
    • Keep in mind that in many civil disorder situations the authorities are to be avoided every bit as diligently as the angry mobs of looters. Who can forget the scenes of innocent people being pepper sprayed by uniformed thugs in body armor just because they happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time?
    • Know when to abandon the plan to get home. Sometimes, you just can’t get there. Going through a war zone is not worth it. Find a different place to shelter. Pay attention to your instincts.
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    Prepping for lockdown
    Once everyone is safely home, you need to commit to your decision to lockdown. This could last a day, a week, or longer. There’s really no way to predict it. It’s most likely that you will have electrical power throughout this crisis, but you should be prepared just in case the grid goes down due to damage during riots or attempts by the authorities to gain control of the situation.

    You should be set up with the following (at the minimum – hopefully you have these supplies and more):

    • Water
    • Necessary prescription medications
    • A well-stocked pantry – you need at least a one-month supply of food for the entire family, including pets
    • An off grid cooking method like an outdoor burner, a barbecue, a fire pit, or a woodstove)
    • Or food that requires no cooking
    • A tactical quality first aid kit
    • Lighting in the event of a power outage
    • Sanitation supplies (in the event that the municipal water system is unusable, this would include cleaning supplies and toilet supplies)
    • A way to stay warm in harsh winter weather
    • Over-the-counter medications and/or herbal remedies to treat illnesses at home
    • A diverse survival guide, a very thorough preparedness book, and a first aid manual (hard copies in case the internet and power grid are down)
    • Alternative communications devices (such as a hand-crank radio) so that you can get updates about the outside world
    • Off-grid entertainment: arts and craft supplies, puzzles, games, books, crossword or word search puzzles, needlework, journals (here are some more ideas to keep the kids entertained.)
    If you are completely unprepared for this type of thing, order some buckets of emergency food. Keep them in the back of your closet – they last for up to 25 years. This is absolutely the fastest way to create an emergency supply. Choose a high-quality product like the ones from Preppers Market – you don’t want to make yourself sick eating poor-quality food if you normally eat healthfully.

    Try to stay under the radar.
    Your best defense is avoiding the fight altogether. You want to stay under the radar and not draw attention to yourself. The extent to which you strive to do this should be based on the severity of the unrest in your area. Some of the following recommendations are not necessary for an everyday grid-down scenario, but could save your life in a more extreme civil unrest scenario.

    • Keep all the doors and windows locked. Secure sliding doors with a metal bar. Consider installing decorative gridwork over a door with a large window so that it becomes difficult for someone to smash the glass and reach in to unlock the door.
    • Put dark plastic over the windows. (Heavy duty garbage bags work well.) If it’s safe to do so, go outside and check to see if any light escapes from the windows. If your home is the only one on the block that is well-lit, it is a beacon to others.
    • Keep pets indoors. Sometimes criminals use an animal in distress to get a homeowner to open the door for them. Sometimes people are just mean and hurt animals for “fun”. Either way, it’s safer for your furry friends to be inside with you.
    • Don’t answer the door. Many home invasions start with an innocent-seeming knock at the door to gain access to your house.
    • Keep cooking smells to a minimum. The goal here is not to draw attention. The meat on your grill will draw people like moths to a flame.
    • Keep the family together. It’s really best to hang out in one room. Make it a movie night, go into a darkened room at the back of the house, and stay together. This way, if someone does try to breach your door, you know where everyone is who is supposed to be there. As well, you don’t risk one of the kids unknowingly causing a vulnerability with a brightly lit room or an open window.
    • Remember that first responders may be tied up. If the disorder is widespread, don’t depend on a call to 911 to save you. You must be prepared to save yourself. Also keep in mind, as mentioned earlier in the article – the cops are not always your friends in these situations.
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    Be prepared to defend your family.
    If, despite your best efforts, your property draws the attention of people with ill intent, you must be ready to defend your family. Sometimes despite our best intentions, the fight comes to us. (Have you seen the movie The Purge?)

    Many preppers stockpile weapons and ammunition for just such an event. I know that I certainly do. Firearms are an equalizer. A small woman can defend herself from multiple large intruders with a firearm if she’s had some training and knows how to use it properly. But put a kitchen knife in her hand against those same intruders, and her odds decrease exponentially. I know this is true about the firearm, because I have been in this situation personally, and the gun in my hand was enough of a deterrent to make 3 men leave.

    When the door of your home is breached, you can be pretty sure the people coming in are not there to make friendly conversation or borrow a cup of sugar. Make a plan to greet them with a deterring amount of force.

    • Don’t rely on 911. If the disorder is widespread, don’t depend on a call to 911 to save you. You must be prepared to save yourself. First responders may be tied up, and in some cases, the cops are not always your friends. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, some officers joined in the crime sprees, and others stomped all over the 2nd Amendment and confiscated people’s legal firearms at a time when they needed them the most.
    • Be armed and keep your firearm on your person. When the door of your home is breached, you can be pretty sure the people coming in are not there to make friendly conversation over a nice cup of tea. Make a plan to greet them with a deterring amount of force. Be sure to keep your firearm on your person during this type of situation, because there won’t be time to go get it from your gunsafe. Don’t even go to the kitchen to get a snack without it. Home invasions go down in seconds, and you have to be constantly ready.
    • Know how to use your firearm. Whatever your choice of weapon, practice, practice, practice. A weapon you don’t know how to use is more dangerous than having no weapon at all. Here’s some advice from someone who knows a lot more about weapons than I do.
    • Make sure your children are familiar with the rules of gun safety. Of course, it should go without saying that you will have pre-emptively taught your children the rules of gun safety so that no horrifying accidents occur. In fact, it’s my fervent hope that any child old enough to do so has been taught to safely and effectively use a firearm themselves. Knowledge is safety.
    • Be ready for the potential of fire. Fire is a cowardly attack that doesn’t require any interaction on the part of the arsonist. It flushes out the family inside, leaving you vulnerable to physical assaults. Have fire extinguishers mounted throughout your home. You can buy them in 6 packs from Amazon. Be sure to test them frequently and maintain them properly. (Allstate has a page about fire extinguisher maintenance.) Have fire escape ladders that can be attached to a windowsill in all upper story rooms. Drill with them so that your kids know how to use them if necessary.
    • Have a safe room established for children or other vulnerable family members. If the worst happens and your home is breached, you need to have a room into which family members can escape. This room needs to have a heavy exterior door instead of a regular hollow core interior door. There should be communications devices in the room so that the person can call for help, as well as a reliable weapon to be used in the unlikely event that the safe room is breached. The family members should be instructed not to come out of that room FOR ANY REASON until you give them the all clear or help has arrived. You can learn more about building a safe room HERE. Focus the tips for creating a safe room in an apartment to put it together more quickly.
    Even if your plan is to bug in, you must be ready to change that plan in the blink of an eye. Plan an escape route. If the odds are against you, if your house catches on fire, if thugs are kicking in your front door… devise a way to get your family to safety. Your property is not worth your life. Be wise enough to accept that the situation has changed and move rapidly to Plan B.

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    Stay home.
    If trouble comes to your neighborhood and you decide to stick around, stay home.

    It’s the number one way to keep yourself safer from during a civil unrest situation. If you find yourself in an area under siege, the odds will be further on your side for every interaction in which you avoid taking part. Every single time you leave the house, you increase your chances of an unpleasant encounter. Nothing will be accomplished by going out during a chaotic situation.

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    My family briefly experienced a "lock down" several months after the celebrated Boston martial law.

    The police blocked off roadways and asked people not to leave their houses.

    Practically speaking, this meant a lot of people woke up, left their homes, and took alternative routes to work.

    The local cops at the roadblocks seemed to understand that we were just trying to get to work to feed our families and waved us through.

    The too-heavy armored vehicle rolled around destroying the road surface and my wife texted me throughout the day about helicopters thumping heavily over rooftops. She didn't take the dog for a walk that day.

    Why all the parading around in SWAT gear all day?

    The suspect was already detained before most people woke up.

    They justified their very expensive "kinetic action" because the suspect might have hid a gun in some bushes.

    Hey, according to CNN and Don Lemon, the color of my skin makes me the number one terrorist threat.
     
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    I live 100 miles North of the border, and no one here is worrying about martial law or the "Golden Horde ". So there...
     
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    Because they are prepared, ignorant, or suffering from normalcy bias?
     
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    @Harper Great info, as always.
     
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    one good reason not to live in a city or suburb too close to one. the Boston thing was a travesty and sickening how the people said thanks for the violation. In the end, it was a citizen that located the terrorist. All that lockdown crap was ineffective. all the cops needs was a few dogs and could have avoided dragging regular people out of their houses for illegal searches
     
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    Thanks for posting this, @Harper. Good info, for sure. I wish more people would read it and pay heed.

    JohnP
     
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    Hadn't thought of current political drama leading to this potential issue, duh, I should have. Thank you @Harper.
     
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    What data says tension is at an "all time high"? I think previous tensions that we got through just fine as a country were worse than what we are going through right now. I really wonder if the majority of people with all these feelings of tension are folks of little consequence hanging out in their hidey holes behind their keyboards, oh and the folks that make money fanning the flames.
     
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    don't know, riots, politically motivated assaults/murders/fake bombings, politicians getting attacked or harassed while out to dinner with their families, 179,000 calls for assassinating the president on a public forum (including one or two from sitting congress women), ambush attacks on police officers....20 years ago it wasn't like this...so yes there is plenty of tension out there. If you are paying even a little attention.
    If you don't agree, put on a MAGA hat and walk down town in Houston, NYC, Chicago, etc...
     
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    This^

    Tensions have been much worse in the USA in prior eras. The pervasiveness of 24/7 mass media and the strong sampling bias for negative news gives the appearance of things being much worse than they are. We're just much more aware of violence in the modern era because we have instant access to information.
    This misperception is a common phenomenon: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mean_world_syndrome

    Homicide, domestic-violence and war have been on a steady downward trend over the past 100 years in the west. The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker is a great book on the subject.
     
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    Go about your business, do not live in fear, live your life. But be prepared to confront evil at any moment, you'll likely have no warning. Be trained, be armed and be confident in yourself and God. Carry on...
     
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    Bingo. All you have to do to see it is open your eyes.


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    Remember the SLA kidnapping of the newspaper heiress and subsequent shootout. Weather underground bombings. Multiple riots in major cities. More recently in the 80s the shootout in WA state with the leader of the Order gang. Same story different players this has happened before in the US. Something is always bubbling ready to boil. Not a good thing.
     
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    Yeah, I feel much safer now than I did in 1970. :confused:
     
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    Oh shush, from January 69 to April 70 there were only 4,330 bombings in the US. That's nuthin'.
     
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    Thanks for that link!

    I love this:
    A direct correlation between the amount of television one watches and the amount of fear one harbors about the world has been proven, although the direction of causality remains debatable in that persons fearful of the world may be more likely to retreat from it and in turn spend more time with indoor, solitary activities such as television watching.
     
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    try to identify neighbors that can help you in advance. The other day, my kids were playing with a neighbor's boy who had a toy rifle. I heard the mom say something about not pointing it at others, so I asked if they were teaching good gun habits and she said yeah. Conversation went on, turns out they served in the military and have a couple of pistols and long guns. They haven't taken their son shooting yet, but I mentioned that I've taken my kids and we should do a family outing to the range.

    I don't know what assets they have other than a cord of wood, which is great, but I'd share our limited food and water with them for the added security. Another family a few doors down also has guns and knows how to use them. There are two doctors in within a 100 yards.

    So, if the worst happens, we can work together.

    Get to know your neighbors, including the ones who will be a liability... I know one neighbor that I should never ever share any info with and must play dumb because he's the neighborhood snitch. Another neighbor is friends with thugs, so opsec with them as well.

    But lockdown, I suspect boredom will be almost as big of a threat as violent people roaming around. If my kids can't play at the park, insanity would ensue
     
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    I'm just happy I live in a state that is mostly rural and deep woods where the only place an effective lock down could possibly happen is within the city limits of the 3 or 4 large towns that we call "cities" up here.
     
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    This hints back at the question of whether to Bug OUT or Bug IN. I have already expressed my preference to bug in from a purely practical standpoint (age and health included) with a backup plan to move out to family located several hours away and "camp" in their back yard. The bug out plan works for more local natural disasters like floods, tornados or fires, but the bug in plan works for the majority of situations which do not directly affect my house.

    My current location means that I am unlikely to be affected by flooding (high enough ground), no forests nearby for fires (unless the neighbor sets fire to their house!), hurricanes are usually down to just a storm and only a direct hit from a tornado would force me out. The only other things that might make me leave are a forced evacuation of the area due to something like a chemical spill or a real imminent threat of nuclear war as I do not live far enough away from a major target (though I gotta say that a 3 minute warning is not going to be enough!).

    However, from what we have already seen, there is far more likely to be a "lock down" order given as the local government, law enforcement and even military try to contain and control a situation involving some form of civil unrest. So in my view, I am far more prepared to stay put, bug in or "follow orders" and remain at home, with my "Plan B" to get out, as a back up.

    Everyone has to make their own assessment of what are the LIKELY risks in their area and particular locality (I do not include things like zombie apocalypse as a likely risk), and then decide what their options are based upon those risks. Natural disasters like hurricanes or forest fires are good reasons to get out if they are heading your way, but do you then want to go to your bug out location in another part of the same forest or even in the same state!? All things to think about when you make your plans and perform your own risk assessments. Then the civil unrest and propensity for lock down orders/containment of a situation like active shooter (see what happened a week ago with the synagogue shooting), or as quoted above the Boston bombing etc. or the curfew situation in recent riot areas and you may want to have a decent plan for bugging in. Again I will say that this is the sort of thing aimed more at those living in metropolitan areas than those living way out of town or at the end of a 4 mile long dirt track, but again I will say that each has to make their own assessments based on their circumstances and location.

    Do not just dismiss this article as a flight of fancy because, for some, it is totally appropriate based upon their circumstances. Lets face it, in some cases a lock down order in a local town may have an effect on you even if you live several miles away in the country. You should have some stock of your daily needs/supplies in case you are unable to go into town for fresh produce etc. Also, remember the recent exploding gas pipes and the effects of that in the short term for quite a large number of people, no cooking or heating for a period (without some sort of plan in place)! So these types of situation are certainly worth some consideration as a risk to be planned for and are unlikely to force you to bug out, unless of course your only stash/reserves are stored at your bug out location!

    Just some of my thoughts. YMMV.

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    the only way I bug-out my family is if there is an immediate threat to our lives.

    what scares me more than my city being on lockdown is bugging-out because where would I take my wife and kids? We don't have a BOL, so that means living with my wife's mom or worse, my wife's sister's family. *bleep* that *bleep*

    are we allowed to curse on this forum. I really feel like cursing the only way I can truly express how much I do not want to live with in-laws.
     
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    Perhaps this is an area where you could do with some more planning, getting together some ideas of where you could go and what you may need to enable you to get to/stay there for a period of time. Now this could be as simple as having a bunch of cash and/or large limit plastic card and a motel or three pre-selected where you can quickly get a room just to get away from home if necessary.

    Yes I am lucky in that my wife's daughter and her family (including the grandson) are somewhat like minded and we have a reciprocal agreement that if they ever need to "get out of town" or "Bug out", they (and a portion of her menagerie!!) will head to our place and with the use of tent(s) in the back yard, spare bed and sofa, they would be able to stay with us for a potentially extended period. Likewise we could go stay in their back yard if we needed to get out of our place. It would basically be a bit like glamping as we can use the facilities at each others place for cooking/washing/toilet and bath etc. With several hours drive between us that gives a reasonable separation if either of us experience relatively localized issues and no need to carry huge loads of food etc. as we both have stocks enough to cover a short time and would have the benefit of local stores that are likely to remain well stocked as they are not involved in a disaster situation. Oh, and the great thing about it is that we all get on well and don't have "outlaw" issues!

    If you do not have any family or friends that you feel comfortable making a similar arrangement with, you may want to look at selecting some sort of camp site where you could "Bug out" with your family even if it means "glamping" to keep the wife/kids happy. I would suggest looking for somewhere at least a 4 hr. drive away from your home (depending upon exact location) as that is usually enough to remove yourself from things like an incoming hurricane (if you head in the right direction!!) or forest fire or tornado strike. Having several pre-selected campsite options in different directions from home may be better still.

    However, if you lived say at the southern tip of Florida, 4 hours drive may not be enough to get you out of the track of a hurricane, hence my saying that many plans are very dependent upon your location and the type of disaster(s) that you are considering as potential threats that might/would mean leaving your home.

    Just a few quick thoughts, but I would reiterate that even people living in the same street may have different plans and ideas for what they will do in each particular situation they have considered. This also assumes that they are actually thinking of this type of thing, as I find that the majority of neighbors I talk to have not even considered what to do if something as simple as loss of electricity occurred. Hope this helps a bit.

    OJ
     
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    I’m not very inclined to self-indulge in “what-if”, or other imaginary scenarios, but if I were going to create imaginary scenarios, they would not be the sort where I must live in fear of my friends and neighbors. Living in fear isn’t living at all,,,
     
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    I don't see a lock down scenario happening. All you'll do is create a huge, angry and well armed mob here in the USA.

    God bless the 2nd :)
     
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    great post! Thanks! I do have several campsites that I have visited here in colorado. I guess my point was... if the choice was to be locked-down inside the quarantine zone or live with in-laws, I choose the virus ;)
     
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    Fear mongering sells.

    I’m not buying.
     
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