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

If You Don't Band Together You'll Die Alone

You might manager if you live here...
You might manage if you live here...

I hate to burst your bubble but you can’t survive alone. Chances are you can’t even survive as a family. This assumes of course that a major event has occurred, something akin to the end of the world for all intents and purposes. If you’re alone, you won’t survive. Sorry!

No way! I can keep my family safe!

Sure you can. You’ll sit up in the upstairs window with your rifle, shooting at the zombie horde. Until it’s time to sleep. Or eat. Or forage. Or tend the garden. And what if the zombies can fire back?

The cold hard truth is that you can’t do it alone. Even if you have a big family your chances aren’t all that great.

You’ll do fine if you’re talking about a relatively low impact disaster. But if you’re dealing with anything at all that involves significant societal impact, you have to have more help than you currently have in your family.

So now what?

Band together. This can take a variety of forms. You can go join a commune with a bunch of like minded people. You can talk to your neighbors and get to know them. You can build a big house and double up. You can make plans to join up with another family if the balloon goes up.

Please plan ahead

You need to think about this. I know I’m thinking about it and have made plans around this. The benefits don’t only kick in if the world comes to an end. By making friends and banding together with like minded individuals you can leverage the skill-sets of everyone involved. You might be a great mechanic and your buddy is a doctor. The potential benefits there should be clear!

Food for thought

I hope this gives you something to think about. Don’t approach it in fear, don’t approach it with panic, but approach it realistically and make your plans.  This post is a kickoff post for a new series I’ll be doing that outlines my approach and will hopefully give you some good ideas!

Oh, and for the record, the likelihood of you being in your upstairs window plinking at zombie skulls is pretty minimal, but you never know…

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4 Responses to If You Don't Band Together You'll Die Alone

  1. This is all hypothetical. How many TEOTWAWKI events have you actually survived? A larger group makes a larger target and changes the dynamics of escape and evasion should that be necessary.

    It may be that the downside of getting together with others is an actual increase in the risk of being attacked in this situation. The issue should be explored from all sides before reaching such an extreme conclusion.

  2. Amen to that. I have clients with guns and ammo galore, food and water for their family for a year and a stash of gold and silver, “just in case”. Their plan is to “blow the punks all to hell.”

    I ask them what they’ll do if there is more than one bad guy, or if they are surprised during the night, or if their spouse is taken hostage without a shot needing to be fired. What then?

    Crickets chirping.

    People assume they’ll be attacked by the mindless zombies. They need to look at the amazingly successful strategies employed by street gangs. If TSHTF, that is a much more likely opponent.

  3. America breeds this “independent” spirit and it does have some advantages. But preparation isn’t one of them. CHief Instructor has it right. You just can’t do this alone. We are on a large parcel of property and recently our neighbors got together just to discuss life and stuff. Interestingly, we all had been thinking about a lot of the same prep things and are looking forward to finding ways to help each other and band together. Lots of possibilities. It is a great way to meet some great people too!

  4. America breeds this “independent” spirit and it does have some advantages. But preparation isn’t one of them. CHief Instructor has it right. You just can’t do this alone. We are on a large parcel of property and recently our neighbors got together just to discuss life and stuff. Interestingly, we all had been thinking about a lot of the same prep things and are looking forward to finding ways to help each other and band together. Lots of possibilities. It is a great way to meet some great people too!