Ogden Marsh — The Crazies
Dr. John Woods 08.20.20
The western town Ogden Marsh is fictitious. It could be your hometown or a community just down the road from where you live now. Today it is a safe, hideaway commuter village, tomorrow it could be overrun with undesirable crazies. It happens. It has happened. It will happen again. On a much bigger scale, look at what is happening to Chicago.
That vacant house down the street was not sold, but rented out (to the dismay of some in the otherwise well-kept neighborhood). In short order, the grass has grown up beyond the standards of the residential covenants. The second broke-down car now parked in the middle of the yard is disconcerting. The loud music at nights, and busted up trash bags on the curb are starting to smell. What do you do?
One by one, houses begin to deteriorate. They go unpainted and in disrepair. People shadows come and go at all hours of the day and night. Drug dealers? Gang members? Prostitutes? Worse? Strangers are wondering up and down the streets, even in front of your own house.
It starts slowly. It almost goes unnoticed at first. Many epidemic crisis’s begin that way. Diseases spread incrementally, creeping in, taking over. Influenza, the Ebola virus, plagues, Avian flu, Nipah virus, H1N1, and many others. What next? The Crazies do it the same way. They bring crime, theft, home invasions, drug trafficking, harassment, threats, assaults, murders, and all else. Pretty soon it is out of control.
So, how do you stop the advance of these society destroying elements? First of all, “when you see something, say something.” This is a motto that has been circulating for some time, but people need to step up and take action of their own. If you notice illegal activity of any kind in your own neighborhood or in your town, then call 9-1-1 to report it. Unless you report such incidents, then nothing can be done to stem this tide.
As a prepper, you need to be prepared to protect yourself, family, and then neighbors first before you worry about property concerns, but don’t let those slide either. If it takes it, personally go see the town’s police chief, county sheriff, and attend city council meetings to report any concentration of illegal activities. Get your neighbors to join you to add power to your voices. Votes do count. Make your concerns known.
Don’t allow your home town to become an Ogden Marsh. Don’t let the crazies take control of your home neighborhood or town. Join together and fight back.