Saturday, April 30, 2011


Jamie, Mason, and their team have found a mobile cell transmitter. They looked at a few fire departments and emergency management centers but found nothing. In the early days of The Fall, the cellular networks were slammed with millions of people, myself included, trying to get in touch with their loved ones. 

If we'd have thought about that beforehand, we could have saved a lot of time. As it is, it took most of the morning for the team to get to the spot near Louisville where they found it. 

Or, I should say, them. 

It looks like the safe zone the military tried to set up included a major communications center. There are two large cell trucks, and three smaller trailer units. Jamie reports that they are going to be hard to get to, surrounded by discarded and damaged equipment. It's enough for now that his team found them. We'll worry about moving what we need later, when we can spare the manpower to get through the labyrinth of bodies and heavy gear scattered through the safe zone. 

I'm hoping that this trend of good news will continue. It seems as though the storm fronts that have been wracking us nonstop have finally let up. The storms must have damaged some of the cell towers in the deep south where some of our allies live, because we haven't heard from them in a few days. Other than that, things here are going pretty well. We're able to field a lot of people on the farms to try to catch up on our planting. 

I'm pretty envious of the people of North Jackson for their luck in having that big contingent of soldiers join with them. A dedicated force of guards would leave the rest of us to do other things. On the other hand, they'd also leave us with a lot of extra mouths to feed. 

As time goes by and groups of survivors join together and pool their resources, we'll get stronger. Some communities will get bigger in bursts that way. Some, like us, will eventually even out and have to grow slowly. The amount of people we can absorb and support has reached its limit unless we can find enough time to expand our resources. 

It's fine with me. I'm hoping that the spring storms have finally passed, and that there will be opportunity for us to strengthen our reserves. 

It's funny to realize that the means of our continued communication with the outside world was sitting right there in the ruins of what should have been a haven for people. We've been past that fallback point a dozen times, but all we saw was a sad remnant of the efforts of our government to save people. We didn't see it as anything other than another sad sight. 

Which just makes us stupid, really. We didn't see anything useful there, since most of the weaponry and easily removed supplies had already been fleeced. We won't make that mistake again. 

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