|Sometimes the machine stops for want of a drop of oil
Arthur Sido at Dissident Thoughts posted an "Open thread" asking
...what are some important but overlooked items that many people might not have considered (for these times of growing chaos)?
I attempted to post a comment but it bounced.
After consideration, I think the topic deserves a wider audience. Take a look at his post and the comments if you are so inclined.
The Vikings were so effective at conquest because their ships could move down the coast and up rivers faster than the populace could be warned. Only the very rich had horses.
Unwarned, the communities didn't have a chance to arrange their defenses.
Have you considered a neighborhood net of hand-held radios or CB? Not only could the net serve as a warning system, its value would be beyond measure for trading purposes.
It would not need to be very large. Three miles in each direction would be plenty. That is an hour's walk or a 15 minute bike ride. Longer if pushing a wheel barrow. Most of your trade is likely to be with others within a half mile.
I think this is the best time to scout out like-minded neighbors. Agree upon a channel (and sideband if appropriate). Neighbors on knolls will have better reception and can serve as "repeaters" to valley folk if they are willing.