Long term Recovery: While searching for TOTM March I solicited ideas from fellow monkeys, there was the suggestion of re-establishing community post collapse: We have our beans, our rice and bullets but what about after? There is that one point when it is time to re-emerge and join society again. Do you even have plans for that? The terms cottage industry and the barter system are things of the past, but they may also be our future. We will see communities trying to form and start to establish some type of society. Scenario: An event happened. Your world has collapsed. Doesn’t matter what happen all you need to know is the country is destroyed. Help from other countries is not coming and if it is coming it will not be enough both in time and tangibles. Your nation is on its own. The gas has stopped flowing. The resupplying of food to stores stopped plus FEMA ran out of MREs. Virtually every corporation is shut down domestically and internationally, they have suspended operations because of the collapse of society as we know it. Starvation, disease, riots, looting and robbery has claimed about 70% of the population, more loss in large cities. You survived all that. There are a few various small businesses that are trying to supply, self-produced goods and services but cottage industry and barter can only service local folks until transportation is restored. You were adequately prepared or lucky enough to survive all that. How are you going to move beyond subsistence farming and living on the meager food and medical you have left? Do you intend to just garden by hand and forage for rabbits and squirrels (the deer were mostly gone in 8 weeks) until you can't physically do it anymore and then die? Trade WILL start back up in some form. Think- What preparations do you need to be considering and making NOW to best position yourself for this period of rebuilding after the SHTF? Rebuilding from scratch to include currency and other necessities. Are we going to be rebuilding the same failed system we have now? Would you be active? Survival monkey is host to many news stories, basically bashing all the ills in the world. We are good at finger pointing and armchair quarterbacking, so when it comes time to rebuild will you step up and help to re-establish? There is a difference between surviving and thriving. How are you preparing to thrive for generations to come?