5 Reasons To Enlist Your Neighbors When Prepping

Mar 10, 2012 by

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.

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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) Safety 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 an 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?

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  1. Jeanne

    I wish I had that option. I’ve had to call police on my neighbors due to poaching. A farmer up the road had 5 cattle shot in the head at point blank range for calling sheriff on them. Seems before we bought there was no one on the land for several years and they feel it’s THEIRS; one even said that. He had the gall to ask ME what gave me the right to tell them NOT to hunt on MY land!

  2. Pam

    Mike Mester has made more sense to me than the rest of them…closer to what my personal thoughts on the whole subject are. Does anyone have any idea how to make those fire pucks he was making out of newspapers and leaves? I always have so much newspaper and leaves aplenty…if I could make use of them I’d be thrilled.

  3. I live in the suburbs too and I really like your ideas. They all make sense. I think the hardest part is the initial meeting with your neighbors to fill them in on your plans.

  4. Harold Dean

    I plan on staying put where I am due to age and infirmity. I have, however, established and alternate location with cached supplies just in case. While I do agree, that an assembly of like minded neighbors would make things much easier, I have not found that to be readily available close to me. Most of my neighbors are of the entitlement class and as such would expect me to ensure their survival should the big daddy government collapse and not be around to provide for them. Their mentality has been succored over the years to the point they actually believe they are valuable and should be treated as such and nurtured at our expense. Hopefully they will die off quickly through starvation or being disposed of by other means and then I can look for other like minded people to move close to me in a SHTF situation.

    • Harold you make a great point about many people expecting they would be taken care of in a collapse. I agree that they would not likely last long with that attitude. I also think when the dust settles a bit you will find folks that are similarly prepared and could be allies. Thanks for the comment.

      • mike i was wondering what are some of the ways that you started on preping? What were your steps in starting this survivel skill?

  5. Zellie

    Mike, I liked this article, and I have thought long and hard about it. Let me say, that of my 8 siblings, only 2 are open minded, but not ready to come on board, and NO friends are….all the people I know think that all this fun will go on forever…it isn’t that they aren’t feeling the pinch and the pressure, they just can’t envision any kind of a disruption. Our little house in the city would roast us in the 100 degree summers, so without electricity, there wouldn’t be much to defend…a generator would attract attention…bugging out would be best…however, IF a neighbor is on board, the bug out could include stages and them onboard, so a future could still be conceived and achieved.

  6. Mike I think you have a great way of survival skills watching your episode made me want to start on preping for my family. I also think it is a good idea to include your neighbors and let other in on the info. Thank you Mike

  7. lonewolf

    would be nice if I could involve the neighbours in my prepping, unfortunately they are all sheeple and would classify me as the local “whack job”, i prefer to keep my OPSEC intact thank you.
    i do not prep to be a “resource” for those that cant be bothered.


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