Hello all, As the title states Im the "new guy". And being the new guy I need a little advice from those who have been around the block so to speak. Ok, here's the deal. I BELIEVE I am a smart person and have begun the process of being more prepared. I purchased some books, implemented a plan, and have begun obtaining the items I feel are needed. That being said here's my issues; 1. I live in a location that is not the best suited for any major incident (joliet,Il-a major city with pop. of 160k) according to most "guru's". They (guru's) suggest residing in a some what remote locale, but I can not live outside the city's limits. I live in a normal suburban (cookie cutter) home. You all know the type. Vinyl siding and crappy building standards. It does have a cement poured full basement (+1). Question:What's the best means for fortifying a home like this? Has anyone ever had a shelter installed? Is there an ECONOMICAL way to fortify a full basement from....let's say nuclear fallout? and 2. I have been looking for a community in Illinois comprised of persons with prepardness mentality. Iam not all familiar with communities and I would like some insight. Also, I would like to gain the benefit from being around others who possess more knowledge than I in survial and prepardness (remember Im the new guy). Questions: Does a community consist of persons who ban together at a particulat location when the SHTF? Does anyone know of a community that's already in operation? Does anyone have any comments on prepardness communities? Should I post a thread and strart one in my area? If I should start what's the best means of starting? Should I have rules or guidelines or be just open in general? etc Thank you in advanced Nick ps if you have any other advice feel free to lay it on me.