Let’s assume that you have decided not to bug out, you have decided to stay home, using your house as a base of survival. Not every survival scenario ends with you living in a tent or shelter made of branches.
In a post-apocalyptic (or at the least post-large scale disaster) world people will be fighting for survival, for food, for water, for security.
Let’s assume you have a plan for this
- You have been stockpiling food and supplies
- You are adequately armed
- You have educated yourself and know exactly how to defend your home
In many cases, your best chances of survival are on turf on which you are familiar—home field advantage and all that.
There are two problems with this that must be addressed, preferably before disaster strikes
- The first: you are only one person.
- The second: you may be surrounded by neighbors.
So What’s Wrong With Self-Sufficiency?
Simple. You can’t do it all alone.
Just because you are living in your home does not mean you can just lock the front door and go to sleep. If the nature of the disaster is such that food and resources become scarce, you can bet there are bad guys out there who have not prepared as you have.
Don’t let the fact they haven’t stockpiled fool you into believing they haven’t prepped. For some of the more ruthless of our brothers, prepping simply means firepower and the will to use it.
These guys figure why waste time and money stockpiling food or gear when they can just take what they need from someone who has it.
This is a valid argument on their part. It is damn near Darwinian.
The lion doesn’t think twice about running the cheetah off from a kill.
The ruthless man who is willing to exert his ruthlessness can generally get what he needs. This factor multiplies if you are talking about many ruthless people working together.
The police won’t be there to stop them, and if they leave no witnesses, no one can testify later should civilization reemerge.
You simply can’t provide 24 hour a day security for your family—and can you really count on your wife or ten year old on the roof with the deer rifle to cover the hours you have to sleep?
To make matters worse, surviving will require more of you than just standing guard. You need allies to share this responsibility.
This is where neighbors may come into play…your makeshift survival coalition for those who plan to stay.
I listed two problems above, the second of which was neighbors.
Just like in normal times, they can be both an asset and a liability—in some cases a hindrance. A responsible, dependable, skilled, friendly neighbor with high moral standards can be a powerful asset, just as a weak, unreliable, unskilled, unmotivated waste of DNA can be a liability.
Neighborhoods can come together to forge alliances for mutual protection and support, but only if the right people are involved. The wrong people can lead to mutual destruction.
You need to know which of these people live around you.
How Do You Form A Neighborhood Survival Coalition?
You start now.
You can’t wait until disaster strikes. That would be rolling the dice with your family’s fate.
You need to know now who you are dealing with and begin laying the foundations for a future survival coalition—for now let’s just call them friendships.
You don’t want to come across as the nutjob extremist in the cul-de-sac, which you are not. You are just a rational person forging relationships for mutual interests.
Best case scenario the efforts will just yield friends who will help you swap out an engine in your truck or buddies you can go fishing with on weekends. Nothing wrong with a few more friends.
So put yourself out there if you haven’t already. Introduce yourself and your family to your neighbors, invite them over, have a block party, swap home improvement help…whatever.
One evening on the street bar-b-cue-ing and drinking beer, and you’ll know exactly with who you are dealing.
Sometimes you can tell whom you are dealing with just by their handshake. For most people, you can usually tell if someone is an asshole or a patsy in the first five minutes.
Within an hour, you’ll have a pretty good understanding of who these people are and if they are reliable human beings or just oxygen thieves.
As you get to know these people you may steer the conversation toward things like camping, hunting, fishing, firearms, martial arts, etc.
People love to talk about their hobbies. It’s a completely natural thing that will tell you volumes on these people.
Now you don’t have to be friends with all these people. Truth be told, that might even be a mistake.
There may be a few you will want to keep a healthy distance from. They may prove to be the ruthless guys not looking to cooperate.
That being said, don’t immediately disqualify the ruthless guy from your survival coalition. In fact, the ruthless guy who is willing to cooperate and has a modicum of morality and dependability can be a great addition to your team.
So now you know the good from the bad, the wheat from the chaff, the cream from the milk. Although you may be forging friendships with the wheat—don’t piss off the chaff.
Keep on friendly terms with everyone in your neighborhood, if possible. That asshole may change his colors when TSHTF.
So does this mean you have to spill the beans to your new friends that you are building an end-of-the-world security force? No. Bad idea.
No matter how you do it, you won’t sound rational to the average neighbor—-and in order to be taken seriously later, you have to be thought of as rational today.
Just keep a mental list of your prospective survival coalition team and the skills, tools, equipment and vehicles they possess.
File it away in the back of your mind for future use and enjoy your new friendships.
So what if the seeds of disaster are starting to sprout? There are disaster scenarios where the general public can see the event coming (like an economic collapse)—sometimes for weeks or months before it arrives.
In these cases, keep current on the news and ensure your friends in the neighborhood are current as well. Encourage talk amongst yourselves about what’s coming.
You may be surprised when your friends start talking about making plans to deal with the coming disaster. Work the mutual protection concept into conversation slowly and put your friends at ease with the notion you’ll all take care of each other.
Remember the number one rule for both bunkers and stockpiles? “Don’t talk about your bunker or stockpile?”
Well, this is still a good rule, but as the time of the disaster approaches you will have to share this information at some point—that is if you want mutual protection.
Still, be wary about with who you share it. Some neighbors not quite in the group, but on the cusp of acceptance, may be left in the dark for a while until you can ascertain their true intentions—it’s a judgement call—like most things in survival.
This Brings Me To Adding Millennials To Your Survival Coalition
These young adults are very different than those of us reared back in the Twentieth.
On the surface, some of these young people may not seem to possess skills useful to survival, but on the other hand, many of these kids are really, really smart and may just prove incredibly adaptable under adverse conditions.
They are an untested hypothesis—an unknown quantity.
It may serve you well to welcome them into your group if they possess the right personality, rather than the right skillset.
On the other hand, if they seem worthless and completely lost without a cell phone in their hand—they just might be.
Another judgement call.
There are those weak souls out there, often Liberal types, who just don’t seem to have a self-preservation instinct. They oppose firearms, national defense, corporations, national borders and mandatory sentencing for violent criminals.
They are very trusting souls when it comes to people they really should not trust.
These types are more concerned about their environmental impact than they are about staying alive—but maybe that’s because staying alive has never been in doubt until disaster strikes.
These people could be a terrible hindrance to your efforts. Don’t give these people critical jobs or place too much trust in them. They don’t see the world as it really is.
Given time, the Nature they want to protect will eat them up and shit them out. In the meantime, you may have to deal with them.
Building your survival coalition, like friendships, takes a little work, but it absolutely necessary to the long-term security of you and your family.
Better to find out now which neighbors can help and which can hurt your chances of survival.
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