What if there's no morgue?

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This is not meant to be a troll question. I have not seen any discussion on this subject.

If it goes anything 9 or above, how do we deal with our dead? If they die during the frozen months we can't bury them. We can allow the bodies to freeze, but how do we keep wild animals away from them until such time as they can be buried?

I've thought a lot about this, but not come up with any real answers. Any help would be appreciated.

-- Tim Jacob (tjacob@nb.aibn.com), December 01, 1999


Put them out under the snow on the north side of your house or on a north-facing slope, covered with boards and rocks. That will keep big animals off them. Bury them in the spring on a south face. The south ground will thaw before your ad-hoc morgue does. Speaking as an old Minnesota boy ...

-- bw (home@puget.sound), December 01, 1999.

Here's a link for a site that sells plans for a make-your-own-casket: http://www.volcano.net/~johnstone/casknews.htm


The plans sell for $19.50. I purchased mine a year or so ago. You can use the casket as a bookcase, coffeetable, etc. until needed. Old New England homes were built with an unheated hallway from the kitchen to the back porch that is big enough for a casket. If necessary, the casket would stay there until Spring thaw.

-- walt (longyear@shentel.net), December 01, 1999.

TIM-- I MUST be in denial. Although I've prepped with the best, and realize that all is left up to the Lord beyond whatever we THINK we have covered, I can't imagine this happening in my area. I HAVE to believe that there are others like myself who will manage to help out as much as we can to attempt to prevent folks from freezing to death or starving. (Yeppers...already have read the "Are you willing to watch your children starve to death" type threads)

I would be arrogant to sit here and state that your thoughts, and those of the others who think it'll be a 9 or 10 are wrong. I've stated over and over that NOONE knows what will happen. I pray to God He'll help us through this next year and we'll have few casualties. I know that your thread is not completely without warrant, as I have a friend I've mentioned in other posts who is very, very ill...I spoke with her today about the possibilities of someone coming to her home to take her to a hospital (MASH) or otherwise if things do indeed get bad.

Her doc has mentioned the possibility of her being on dialysis before year's end. I told her of the additional POSSIBILITY of the gov declaring a state of emergency. I said this after she told me not to worry, that she was assured by the hospital that police would transport nurses to and from her home in that case. I explained that if things were bad that the police may be busy doing other things that will prevent them from being a taxi service for her nursing care. (That sounds rather blatant and mean, but I assure you it sounded much softer the way I presented it to her)

Perhaps it's folks like her that you're speaking of in the first place. I pray throughout the days for God's mercy on a not so terrific world.


-- beej (beej@ppbbs.com), December 01, 1999.

walt- interesting story about the "waiting" rooms in New England. I believe most of those have been converted into small half-bathrooms.
very odd to enter the house from the back and find yourself in the bathroom!

well, better than finding a full casket waiting for spring thaw I guess...

-- plonk! (realaddress@hotmail.com), December 01, 1999.

A backhoe can dig in ground that is too hard for a shovel. You'd be suprised how many rural folks have old construction equipment laying around. Keep an eye out for it now. If there's no diesel left in 'em, get it from somebody's home heating oil tank.

-- biker (y2lbiker@hotmail.com), December 01, 1999.

Sorry Beej, as soon as it is obvious that we have gone to 8 or higher, kindly and gently shoot her in the back of the head, angling up to destroy the brain instantly.

We will all be doing things we never thought possible. If you have a choice of hunting for canned beans to feed your spouse and kids or trying to find an oxygen cylinder with the right threads to care for grandpa's bad lungs which are you going to do. What are the odds of finding A:canned food, B:proper drugs for a cronic condition one of your kids has?

-- Reality (life&death@real.com), December 02, 1999.

Read Alas Babylon. Best survival fiction ever. Tale of small (5000) Central Florida river town during a major nuclear war. 1960. The town isn't touched but looses power when Orlando was destroyed.

An older lady went into a diabetic coma and died when her insulin failed due to lack of refrigeration. Her husband, daughter and future son in law dug a grave in front of the house. "Her coffin was an electric blanket and her herse was a wheelbarrow."

-- Alas Babylon (Read@it.com), December 02, 1999.

beej, I too pray that this NOT come to pass. But I'd rather take precausions now then be wondering what to do later.


-- Tim Jacob (tjacob@nb.aibn.com), December 02, 1999.

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