Turning Your Neighborhood into a Survival Team

Dear Fellow Survivalist;

cv-weekly-snowy-rescue-2One of the difficult questions we are all faced with, as preppers and survivalists, is whether or not we help those around us. The standard answer to that question is “No,” as its going to be hard enough to take care of your own family and ensure their survival, without trying to take care of anyone else. But that answer may be easier said, than done.

Most of us practice stringent OPSEC, trying to ensure that nobody knows what we are doing. But let me ask you, do you really think your neighbors and friends don’t have any idea? At least some of them are observant enough to see what’s going on, no matter how well you try to hide it.

I can assure you, when things get bad, those who know, or even suspect, what you’ve been doing will be knocking on your door. Are you sure that you can really turn them away? Won’t you be tempted to help them out, especially when they start talking about their kids… kids that you know… being hungry?

To be honest with you, I don’t know that I could stand there and turn them away, even though I know that I should. My responsibility is to my family, not to my friends and neighbors. But then, some of those people  are closer than those who I’m related to by blood. In a very real sense, they are more my family than some who share my last name.

So I’ve decided that I need to develop a different strategy. That is, I’m planning on co-opting as many of them as I can. Rather than turn them away, I’m going to offer them what help I can; but I’m going to expect something in exchange. Rather than just give them help, I’m going to barter for it.

But that’s stage two of my strategy. Stage one is to see how many of them I can turn into preppers now, even if they only do it halfheartedly. Every friend and neighbor I can convince to start prepping, is one less that is going to be totally helpless when the brown stuff hits the rotary air movement device. While they may not have enough of a stockpile to see them all the way through, they’ll have something to start with. That something is something that I don’t have to have for them.

As part of that, I’m training those who are interested in learning. Granted, they’re not going to learn everything that I’ve spent years learning. But the more they learn, the less they’ll need to rely on me. Those people will at least be able to do some things, even if they can’t do everything for themselves.

Then there are the others. The friends and neighbors who don’t want to put any effort into prepping. Some realize they should, but aren’t concerned enough to make the effort. Often, they complain about not having the budget to stockpile. I can understand that; but I don’t have the budget to stockpile for them either.

Even so, there is some stockpiling that I’m doing for them, so that I am ready to help them out. At the same time, I’m focusing on helping them be able to help themselves. Ultimately, that’s what they need and what I need from them. So, the types of things I’m stockpiling include:

  • Food for them – limited to beans, rice and oil. While not appetizing, it will keep them alive.
  • Seeds, lots of seeds – they’ll need to start gardening, so this is the biggest thing I’m doing for them. In addition, I’ve got a roto-tiller and a stock of gasoline. That way, they can prepare their gardens.
  • .22 Rifles and ammo – that way, they can have a chance at defending themselves. Some have their own guns, so this is really just for the others.
  • Extra water purification capacity – my water purification system is much larger than what my family needs. That way, I can purify water for my neighbors too.
  • Fire starters – enough to pass around. Hey, disposable lighters are cheap.
  • Personal hygiene – toothbrushes and soap don’t cost a lot and will help keep people healthy.
  • First-aid supplies – I have a rather massive first-aid kit, as well as enough extra supplies to restock it a few times over.

That may seem like a lot of trouble and expense to go through for people outside my family; but I guarantee you, this isn’t really from some altruistic motivation. I’d rather call it enlightened self-interest. You see, if I don’t help them, then I’ll have to guard my home, my garden and my chickens from them. But if I do help them, then I can count on them to help me. Not only that, but I can pull them together to defend our neighborhood, when the other neighborhoods come around to steal what we’ve got.

One of the biggest reasons to have a survival team is for defense. By taking these few actions, I’ve created the potential for a sizeable defensive team, with really very little investment. So, when the time comes, I’ll be able to count on them to defend me, because they will do so for their own enlightened self-interest. They’ll do it because they’ll realize they need me.

How’s that for a plan? I’ve just increased my family’s security; turning people who otherwise might have become a problem, into those who will help me solve my problems. All-in-all, it looks like a good plan to me.

So, take a look around your neighborhood and at your friends. Are there some you can convert to your side now? Are there others you can convert to your side when the time comes? Plan accordingly. In the mean time, keep your powder dry and your survival gear close at hand.

Dr. Rich and Chris

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