How to prepare your family to survive and thrive in todays uncertain world

A Fatal Flaw In Most Prepping Plans

We’ve all heard it, and most of us have thought about it at least once. When the crap hits the fan, we’re gonna hunker down and handle it on our own.

We’re putting away food, water, seeds, tools, fuel … everything we need to hang out on our bug out location for a year or so until things work themselves out, right?

Ermm, no.

Can you hunker down for a while, maybe even a month or two, and not interact with anyone? Sure, probably.

Can you do that for six months? A year?

Not a chance.

See, you can have all the preps in the world in your home, but you’ll lack two things.

First, you lack skills. It’s just not possible for you to know how to do everything well. You can get a good library in place which will help, and you can educate yourself broadly which will help, but there’s no substitute for doing something hands on.

Second, you lack manpower. There’s just not enough hours in the day to get everything done. Between maintenance, upgrades, gardening, putting up food, preparing food, standing watch, etc … sorry guys, you can’t do it all. Even if you’re a young 20 something with plenty of energy.

So what do you do about it?

One word. Community.

You have to cultivate your local community and build deep relationships in that community. Your primary focus should be your close neighbors … where close is defined by your location. If you’re in a city, close is just that … close. If you’re in the sticks, then close may mean within a few miles of you.

These are the folks you want to get to know. You want them to know you. You want to work together BEFORE any sort of collapse or impact.

Something you’ll want to do is build a skills inventory. Know who has medical training. Know who is good at gardening, or livestock husbandry, etc. This will happen naturally as part of getting to know them, but you’ll want to keep a good eye out for folks that fill in gaps in your network.

Learning who your neighbors are is a pretty foreign concept to many people nowadays. We need to restore the classic concepts of community and relationships. We’ll all be the better for it.

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4 Responses to A Fatal Flaw In Most Prepping Plans

  1. You’re probably right that a community approach is the way to go for a variety of reasons but, unless everyone is already on board with prepping themselves, I would think you’re going to be very resentful of those who have nothing and expect/need you to care for and feed. Just take your local subdivision for example. How many families in this one small area are NOT prepared? Likely most of them. Are you going to feed all of them??

  2. Rudy, the key is the one word you used, “community.”

    I do think most of us will hunker for the short term just to see what might happen around us. But, before the SHTF, we better have in place the community we are going to need in the longterm.

    Learn about your neighbors and your general area as you state. But, have a plan for your family to join you, included extended family if necessary. What about close friends, will they come to you or you to them. This community you should be building now might be what saves you for the future.

    Side note, how are things going on the employment front for you? Hope you and your family are doing well.

  3. I grew up in a little Iowa farming community. You have just described how we lived! There was always a “specialist” to call.

  4. Shirley – Exactly like my hometown – no one ever had a weekend off because they were repaying someone else for a favor. When I go home now I see how much fun it is – one group of people helping someone. Friendships like that can never be replaced. Not only does some work get done – but personal problems are talked about and sometimes solved and even if not solved – a laugh or two can help also