Ready or Not #286: Creating a Dome

I don’t get a chance to watch a lot of TV, but lately I have been watching a new series called, “Under the Dome”.  The premise of the show is based on how small town residents react after being encapsulated inside of a clear impenetrable dome that covers about a ten mile radius.

Some of the people that live in the town happened to be outside of the dome area when it came down and can’t go home, while strangers, that just happened to be passing through, got caught under the dome.  Some people have ongoing diseases, like diabetes and mental health issues, while others have to deal with medications and first aid supplies running out when a communicable disease and fighting break out.

Then, on the next episode, the panic started setting in.  The military tried to bomb the dome and get inside – even if it meant killing those trapped on the inside.  After the panic of possibility of being killed by the very people they had trusted to protect them, the military and government leaders, the alone-ness and reality of never getting out of their fishbowl started to set in.

Suddenly money meant nothing, but water, food, gas and propane were everything.  Looting, by once friendly, civil neighbors, set in and total chaos broke out.  People started to fight each other and even go so far as to kill each other to keep the upper hand and protect their own interest – mental and/or physical.

As I continue to watch the series, it keeps getting more and more interesting.  It is like watching a society falling apart and coming together again, while at the same time trying to make sense of things while living in a fish bowl.

When a disaster happens in the real world the area that is affected essentially becomes a fishbowl.  Until things get “right” and life normalizes again, if it ever does, you must consider how the reactions of the people in the area can degrade to the point that you don’t even recognize your neighbors by how they are acting – possibly.

If you haven’t prepared ahead of time, almost immediately hunger and thirst can become an overwhelming problem, especially if it is your children that are hungry and thirsty.  And if you don’t have food or water to give them, would you steal to take care of them?  And who would you steal from?  Your neighbor’s kids?

One of the saddest moments in one of the episodes is when one of the characters mother started to suffer because she was diabetic and all of her insulin was gone.  The desperate young girl found a list of diabetics at the hospital and went to each of the diabetics homes with the intention to steal insulin.

At the first house she didn’t find anything except a diabetic who had just taken his last dose and was pointing a shotgun at her and her friend because he caught them in the act of breaking in.  The second house they broke into had several insulin vials.  As the young girl snatched up all of the insulin and was getting ready to leave, she discovered that she was stealing a young child’s medication.  She couldn’t do it.  She did end up taking one of the vials, but returned the rest.

This show is a very good study of people trapped in a traumatic situation and how, as humans, we either rise to the occasion or give into our baser instincts.

One of the things that I hope you do while preparing for difficult times is to really think about the reality of what can happen.  Not what you want to happen, but what historically happens during stressful times. (Just think about all of the stupid rioting and mayhem in the streets over less important things such as sporting event frenzies.)

Store food, store medications, store items that would be important to your survival or that you can use as barter items and don’t be afraid to store items to protect you and your family.  If you prepare thoroughly and thoughtfully then you can create a protective dome over your home and loved ones.  Just take the time to think these things through – and then prepare.

(You can catch up on some of the episodes on  Just search “Under the Dome”)