and i wasn't sure where to put it but here goes. I live in north central Illinois and have for the past 25 years. My wife and I relocated here from Chicago and at first, it was quite a shock. The town has about 1,000 residents, a single gas station (convenience store) , a post office, and one bar. We may have a resteraunt in the next couple of weeks but we';re not holding our breaths. The town is located 70 west of Chicago and the nearest major towns are all at least 18 miles away. By major towns I mean they have a "stop light" and a grocery store. The nearest Interstate is 20 miles north or 20 miles south. When I first started looking around and thinking "survival" , my first instinct was to find asome property, preferably on a hill, and do my best to hind a home and builkdings. But, after thinking about it, I decided it might be better to move into a rural town and establish myself and family because I think if "whatever" happens, it might be much better to have a bunch of people working together and sharing all the hardships and work. So, we did that. We have great neighbors, know most of the people in town and everyone knows me. I retired as the police chief here in 1987 and went back on active duty with the Army at age 40. That was so strange that i developed a certain amount of notoriety. Our house has changed over the years. We have two natural gas fireplaces now because we do loose power often. The fireplaces will easily heat the whole house. I am thinking about an outside wood burning furnance and have started reading about those in case the "whatever" includes losing natural gas. I have a 5500w generator that we actually use on occassion but I am thinking about saving up for a 10K installed generator running on either natural gas or diesel. There are no diesel tanks in town but all the farmers have diesel. I am buidling up the armory and ammo and starting to store rice, beans and pasta in 5 gallon pails. Thought I would get a thread going. What are you doing and why?