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?
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.