Re: Common House as a lifeboat
From: Kay Wilson (
Date: Tue, 25 May 2021 14:16:51 -0700 (PDT)
Some years ago when we were relatively new, we packed large (30 gallon?) 
plastic tubs with enough "gruel" to feed everyone for something like 2 weeks. 
We used a recipe that someone found for the gruel, which I think consisted of a 
mix of dried beans, rice, and vegetables. I think the gruel is supposed to last 
something like 20-30 years.

Kay Wilson
Meadow Wood Cohousing
Bremerton, WA

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Subject: [C-L]_ Common House as a lifeboat

Has anyone considered equipping their Common House to serve the community 
through extended natural disasters.  I’m thinking of situations like a major 
earthquake on the west coast, extended loss of power, utilities disruptions 
(water, sewer)..  What might be good goals for such a plan and how would one 
implement it?  We are in our design phase now and what should be be planning?

Dean Smith
Sunnyside Village Cohousing
Marysville, WA
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