Quite often we will neglect to consider those around us when developing our emergency preparedness plans. Sometimes it is better not to think of thy neighbor, but not always. It all depends upon the type of community you live within. There are many attributes, both good and bad that must be considered, and if the scales contain more bad attributes to your community than good, plan alone. You’re better off that way.

You need to look at the world immediately around you by asking one question. That is, “Can I count on my neighbors support and assistance when the crap hits the fan?” If the answer is without question yes, then by all means include your neighbor in your planning. There is wisdom and truth behind the old saying, strength in numbers.

It is advantageous not only to you, but those around you to be able to pool knowledge and resources into one group effort with a common goal. No one can be proficient at everything, so if you have the opportunity to align yourself with a broader group, you’ll also be able to utilize the broader knowledge that group can have.

Not only that, you may be able to combine your financial resources when buying long term storage foods and supplies. If you can get a case of something cheaper than loose cans, but you cannot afford a whole case, go halves, or thirds, or whatever with other families and split the order. Ten individual cans of potatoes may cost you one hundred and fifty dollars, but if a whole case of ten only costs one hundred and twenty dollars, you’ve probably paid for the shipping by getting them that way.

Sharing of tools and equipment can also be cheaper if the purchase and maintenance costs are divided between several people. If you all have yards big enough to plant gardens in, a roto-tiller can be useful to everybody, and by splitting the cost you’ll make it more affordable.

The need to be cooperative with your neighbors increases as a; your available property decreases, b; the community around you increases, and c; the likelihood of imminent danger from others increases. When I say cooperative, I don’t mean that you should develop the mentality of a go along to get along attitude that is so prevalent in today’s liberal societies.

What I mean to say by that is that you should develop relationships with those around you that will allow you to determine whom you can trust, and then build upon those relationships to create a common plan for emergency preparedness and later survival. You will be able to weed out those whom you can determine to be of no use, non-cooperative, and simply users of society. There are, in fact, people in the preparedness movement who will not be there when the time comes, in spite o their self promotion and braggadocio. Most of these people are going to be the ones who live by the gun mentality of survivalism, or those who need to be part of the crowd, but lack the ideology that preparedness consists of.

Even if you have a thousand acres of land, you cannot truly be self sufficient in every possible way. You must learn to have people around you that think and feel as you do. You must have connections to others who can do what you cannot. You must have community. Human nature demands it.

What kind of area would be best for survivalism in the long term? Wee, we know we need others, so those that want to isolate themselves from society as it melts down will be at a serious disadvantage. We should ideally poised to reside in a semi rural area with a moderate population. I think a good book that we should all obtain and read is 5 Acres and Independence by M.G. Kains. While not a preparedness manual, nor a survival guide, this book gives an ample discussion of the trials and tribulations of rural life, as well as the abundant rewards.

Also contained within the pages of the book, first written in 1935, is a wealth of information that will allow you to proceed with indifference to the conveniences of today that we have all come to take for granted. For instance, we all have refrigerators to keep food cold. When the power goes out, we will have few options available to continue using that refrigerator effectively.

You can run a generator, but eventually you will either run out of fuel, or the generator will break down and become un-repairable. You could use solar power to create energy, but refrigerators consume a lot of power, comparatively speaking. You could also invest in a kerosene or gas powered refrigerator as well. Both consume fuel, and then what do you do when the fuel disappears?

A better solution is a combination dumbwaiter refrigerator that Kains presents in this book. Built under the pantry, and filled with ice that you can get from your frozen pond, or other sources, you simply raise the lift to retrieve your cold foods. No electricity, no fuels, just the labor you invest in obtaining the ice for it.

This of course wouldn’t be useful in all locales, but at some point and time somebody will begin a business of ice harvesting and shipping the frozen gold across the nation to warmer states, just as occurred in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Most people wouldn’t even be capable of dreaming of such a device, but by being involved in a community of like minded people, these ideas can evolve and come to fruition.

You cannot live by yourself, no matter the disaster that precipitates you to try to do so. Learn to share knowledge and resources and when the time comes, the going will be found to be much easier.

This has been another in a series of discussions on the importance and need to be prepared for the times to come. For more, please tune in to my radio show here;
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