This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com
A few months ago we traveled with another family to enjoy the snow for a few days. Each family took their own vehicle. On the day we were scheduled to leave, it snowed heavily the night before. We were apprehensive we would not be able to get to the road without a snow plow, and there were none available. Our vehicle made it just fine, but our friends’ car got stuck in the deep snow. Fortunately we were able to tow them out.
This event got me thinking about the need for companions when things get rough. While the idea of the “lone wolf survivor” may be appealing to some, the reality is life would be so much tougher if you had to go at it alone.
Safety and Security
The old adage about “safety in numbers” is true, but only if you pick the right companions. They would have to be people you can trust.
In one of the books I recently read, Going Home by A. American the main character originally did not want any companions in his journey. But one of the travelers who wanted to tag along reminded him he would need to sleep sooner or later and someone should watch his back. This was a convincing argument. No matter how good at self defense or how well-armed you are, when you go to sleep you are vulnerable. Having others keep watch would be much safer.
Even during normal times, a neighborhood watch group can help protect the neighborhood from thieves and other criminal activity.
Food gathering and preparation
People can split chores according to their expertise: some people can hunt, fish, garden, while others can prepare food.
Another good reason for having companions is to share skills and expertise. If you know someone with a medical background, or other skills such as building and construction, sewing, canning, etc. you can help each other or barter your time.
Now that we realize the benefits, the real challenge is really getting to know your community. Unfortunately, most communities especially in big cities are not close knit – some neighbors who have lived next door to each other for years barely even know their neighbors. A few ideas to consider:
- Take the time to get to know who’s around you. I’m not saying you should tell the neighborhood about your prepping but at least get to know who’s who and build rapport with them. It takes a while to find trust worthy people.
- If you don’t think they are reliable find some other like-minded friends or family members and develop a relationship.
- Don’t be heavy handed in trying to convince people to be prepared; if they are so inclined, you will know.
- Once you find people you trust, even if it’s just one other family, make plans to communicate with each other and get together in the event of a dire emergency or collapse.
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