5 Reasons To Enlist Your Neighbors When Prepping
As a dad living in suburbia building his SHTF plan, I’ve been thinking a lot about my neighbors. They don’t know I’m a budding prepper and I’ve been debating whether to fill them in on my plans. Part of me is a bit worried about being seen as the “wacko” of my neighborhood but the other part of me knows what I’m doing is justified. I’ve decided that I’m going to explain to them what I’ve been doing in the hopes of getting there assistance and helping them build their own plan.
Here are my 5 reasons for enlisting my neighbors’ help in prepping.
1) More Hands, More Productive, More Prepared
Prepping is hard work and it would certainly be easier to stock supplies, build water gathering systems and garden with additional hands. While those hands come with their own mouths to feed, I believe the productivity would be worth it. If I were ever to get sick, I could count on those neighbors to help my family.
Also, having the additional hands will allow us to prep quicker thus having a more solid plan in less time. I think that benefit is worth it given the events of the last several months (Greek default, coming war with Iran, etc.).
2) Additional Resources And Contacts
By having more people engaged, we’ll not only have more hands to help prepare, but those hands come with additional resources and contacts that we may be able to use. Those resources include additional vehicles, different tools, and other assets. In addition, your neighbors will have their own contacts that could be deemed helpful. Having contacts with resources and useful skills can be very valuable in preparing and surviving once the SHTF. Sometimes, it’s not what you know but who you know.
3) Diverse Skill Sets
While I feel I have a pretty decent skill set for prepping, I know my neighbors excel at certain types of tasks. One neighbor is a welder – a skill I certainly don’t have. Another seems to have quite a garden that is the envy of the neighborhood. By having them as part of my prepping community, I get the benefit of learning from them and prepping more efficiently.
4) Saftey In Numbers
My biggest reason for enlisting the neighbors is defense. In suburbia it will be difficult to protect our home. However, with a community of folks watching and securing our homes, it becomes less likely that looters/others will bother with us. Consider it a circling of the wagons. We’ll build a tight knit group all trained to help defend and watch over our homes. The larger numbers will allow for shift work in patrolling/guarding when the SHTF. In addition, having that community of prepared folks will make us less of an easy target.
5) More Weapons
With enlisting the neighbors we give ourselves a larger overall arsenal. There is not much good in having 8 guns when you only have 2 people to fire them. With a community, you can get everyone trained and be a serious force against predators. Not many people would take a run at a community full of armed people. It would be much easier to move on to the next house/neighborhood.
On the last episode of Doomsday Preppers, Mike Mester decided to enlist his neighbors and found that many were open to his ideas. I hope to do the same in my neighborhood as a bug-out location just isn’t in the cards right now.
The above planning is not bullet proof, no plan is. However, if you’re forced to stick it out in your home, you’d be better served with a community than doing it by yourself.
Has anyone else has experience with organizing their neighbors in prepping?