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Episode 34 S1-34

Should You Stay or Go


Special Guest:

Day After Disaster Ch 34

~Ralph Swasey~

In the Day After Disaster adventure the plot thickens as Erika and her family leave the sanctuary of the Lotus Camp and head out into the mountains. Today, Ralph Swasey draws on his military and police background to help us decide when it is time to stay and when it is time to go.

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Being a Nomad vs. Staying Stationary

  • Following a mega disaster you might have to be more nomadic to find water and food.

  • Your provisions may not hold out causing you to get moving.

  • People would be exiting urban areas to try and find food, shelter, and water.

  • In order to settle you would have to have provisions like seeds to make that happen.

Key Indicators it is Time to Go

  • Availability of water

  • Food production

  • Amount of salvaged supplies

  • Security where you are.

  • Deciding to leave would have to be a group decision but survival is parmount. If it is not going to happen where you are you need to move on.

  • "You need to be able to adapt, adjust and overcome"

Risks vs. Benefits of a Nomadic Life

  • Staying more settled means you can build a stronger community guidelines and rules clearly set.

  • Some find the nomadic life style exciting and you may have more access to provisions.

  • Staying more settled means you would be able to secure your camp better and protect it from outside intrusion.

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Day After Disaster Ch 34

~Ralph Swasey~

“I graduated high school in Santa Maria, CA. Upon graduation I joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve. My training included Boot Camp at MCRD, San Diego, CA, Infantry Training Regiment, and Basic Infantry Training School at Camp Pendleton, CA.


"I joined the Santa Maria City Police Department as a Reserve Officer in 1974. In 1975 I reenlisted in the United States Marine Corps as a Military Police Officer MOS 5811 at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. Honorable discharge December 1976.


"Upon my return to Santa Maria, CA I completed the Basic Police Academy at Alan Hancock College. I was hired as a full time police officer by the Grover City now Grover Beach Police Department. After a year at the GCPD I made a lateral transfer to the Red Bluff Police Department. In 1977 I returned to my home town of Santa Maria joining the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department. In 1980 I was appointed to the North County Special Enforcement Team (SET). Our team was very active in the years that I was assigned as a Lead Entry Operator. In 1985 my partner and I were awarded the H. Thomas Guerry Award for Valor based on a barricaded suspect who had his wife as a hostage. The hostage was successfully removed and the suspect succumbed from injuries sustained in the gun battle. After numerous close calls I took a lateral transfer to Northern California joining the Amador County Sheriff’s Department.


"Upon my retirement from law enforcement I worked as a High School Athletic Director, Assistant Principal, and Principal. My last ten years were spent teaching high school students Law Enforcement in a Regional Occupational Program in the Sierra Foothills of California."

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