Many preppers seem to think telling anyone, anything about your views on preparedness is a huge mistake. They point out it might make you a target of everyone who isn’t prepared when doomsday comes.
Others seem to embody the very reasons others are so tight lipped about their preps. These are the self absorbed jackasses that state nonsense like, “My AR15 and 2,000 round are all the survival kit I will ever need”. Such people live in a world of Hollywood B movies and fan fiction novels. In the real world such tactics are seldom effective for a variety of reasons.
This is why I have always taught that while there is a place for basic and common sense opsec it is still highly important to build community for both day to day living and for the eventual reality of a possible or even probable disaster.
Recently I got an email that caused me to do this show, it read as follows…
“Jack I grew way too many potatoes this year and have over 100 pounds more than I can use. I thought about selling them at the farmer’s market but that might make me a magnet when TSHTF, I thought about the neighbors but that may even be worse in attracting people if there is a disaster and I thought about donating them to a church but again that might make me a magnet if the SHTF, what should I do with all these extra potatoes.
Here is what my wife did when I read this to her
- Rolled her eyes
- Sighed and laughed
- Asked “is he serious?”
- Stated, “well if he is that paranoid just donate them anonymously”
- Asked, “has he been listening to you at all?”
While her response was great there were two bigger points here,
- Unencumbered by paranoia she found a solution in about 30 seconds, donate anomalously
- She saw at once the folly in the paranoia
I get a lot of emails that tell me many of the people in the audience are not yet sold on the true community aspects of prepping, so today I present to you 10 reasons why the lone wolf approach will not work in 99% or more disasters.
Join Me Today As I Discuss…
- What are humans at their core
- Why is communication considered critical by even the lone wolf
- 10 reasons you can’t go it alone or in a “tactical squad” successfully
- 1. Most disasters will not result in total break down
- 2. Most people can’t afford the resources for long term self reliance
- 3. You can only prey on others while they have something to take
- 4. Rebuilding will take precedence over tearing down
- 5. The weakest are strong in an organized group
- 6. In all but the most extreme examples LEOs will still be on the job
- 7. You don’t have close air support and massive logistics support
- 8. What ever you store will run out eventually
- 9. You are one serious injury or illness away from being essentially useless
- 10. You will need, want and desire recovery as much as anyone else
- What is Proper Prepper OpSec?
- Discuss basic preparedness not how much you have
- Create relationships not dependence
- Encourage action, any positive action, not here is all the stuff I do
- Stick to the more basic disasters people can relate to
- When you are pushing a string, stop
- See your priority as, family, neighborhood, city/town
- Realize in the worst case scenario, existing makes you a target
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