One of the biggest mistakes Preppers can make is to tell the wrong person or people about it. While helping people in a time of need is one of the most selfless things you can do, if you’re the only person prepared in your neighborhood and everyone comes looking to you for help, all your work will be for not as less friendly people take the things you’ve worked so hard to save. We believe that it is better to be safe (keep our preparedness plans to ourselves) than to be sorry (try to approach the wrong people about prepping only to pay the price later).
While you don’t want to tell the world about your plans, it’s expected that you want to share with close friends, family and possibly trusted coworkers. To help you understand who you should tell and who you shouldn’t, we’ve put together a few points. Be careful and practice OPSEC no matter what.
Unless you plan on including the person you’re talking to in your Preparedness Plan, then it’s best to keep it a secret. If the person isn’t a prepper and you don’t trust him or her with your life, then there’s no reason to mention your plans. That’s stating the obvious, right? When something bad happens everyone that knows what you’ve been prepping for will look to you for help. While lending a helping hand is great, too many favors will leave you high and dry with no way to protect you and your family.
Even if you don’t take a possible future calamity into account, you still run the risk of people looking at you like you’re one of those “crazy preppers” they hear so much about. People that aren’t educated in survival and prepping don’t know why we do it and may actually resent you for it, even though they will be the first people knocking at your door. You have more than enough things to talk about. As a general rule, prior to collapse, practice OPSEC and keep your prepping to yourself.
Complete privacy is nearly impossible to keep, especially when you will surely need help with something at some point. It will be very difficult to survive on your own. The biggest reason to form a survival group in our opinion is to maintain security. After collapse, your world will become much smaller. your neighborhood will become your universe. Focus on establishing a group of neighbors first, then look outward for like minded thinkers.
The goal is to survive and if possible looters know what you have, that survival will be a big challenge. Within days if not hours of the collapse event, your neighbors will begin to gather to seek information. You will have a decision to make. Step up and be the leader of the group, or lay back and observe. We are in favor of continuing your OPSEC practice after collapse.
Focus on your immediate family. You shouldn’t tell anyone else your plan. This means if you tell your parents that live outside your house (which of course you will) you need to save supplies for them as well. If you tell your close friends, you need food and water for them, too. If you tell anyone they immediately become part of your plan. This is why the final step is getting those special people in your life to prep as well. This way, you now have a network of trusted preppers that can help one another now and when times get tough. Once you have them all at your location, then you can begin to take a more active role in your neighborhood survival group. Your close knit group of family and friends can defend your preps in case their is an uprising amongst your neighbors.
Getting other people to prep is far easier said than done. If it were easy to convince people to spend their hard earned money on a possible bad future, then we’d all be prepared and there wouldn’t be a fear of looting and raiding, but it isn’t and those threats are real.
When first talking to someone about prepping, you need to understand your audience. This means that if you’re talking to a hard-core outdoorsman you can bring up far more survival-esque components to prepping while a friend that is just talking about a natural disaster should be eased into it more.
Secondly, it’s important to focus on the need to prep over the possible reasons. People don’t like thinking about a banking collapse or super volcano, so instead of hearing you talk about prepping, those people will instead argue the finer points of why those things can’t happen. If you focus on the possibility of something making food, water, or essentials like toilet paper hard to get, it only makes sense to prepare for that possibility. That could be a problem local grocery stores to an all out stoppage of travel. Whatever the case, getting people on board by scaring them doesn’t work, but getting them to understand their lives without the essentials is a sure fire way to get them signed up.
Once you get friends and family on board with prepping for themselves, it’s easier to talk with them and for everyone to help each other. There’s something to be said for standing on your own, but a little help never hurt.
Also Read: OPSEC for Preppers Prior to Collapse
After Collapse: Who should I tell?
So the big question is “who should I tell about my prepping?” and the answer is anyone you feel comfortable surviving TEOTWAWKI with. If you want to house enough supplies for all your neighbors to come enjoy, tell them at your own risk. Even then you run the risk of them telling their friends and so on until you have 100 people at your door looking for a handout. Help people with knowledge and never let on to the size of your prep or the weapons you have. Getting to know your neighbors will be a big help. You will be able to determine who has the will and aptitude to survive a collapse event. After collapse, cautiously approach those neighbors to form alliances and encourage them to use their skills to help them and your group.
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