One Important Key to Survival-People
John Woods 01.14.19
It is quite admirable to think you could bug in or bug out essentially alone, but you would have to be a well-trained and experienced expert to make it work. Most of us unfortunately are not experts in survival. We just want to survive long enough and well enough to get through the rough stages of any SHTF scenario until the critical days pass or significant help comes.
The key to the long term aspects of survival, which might weeks or months, is the people around you or the ones you associate with. The key to survival is not just people. It’s the right people.
What is meant by the right people? If you live alone or as a single family unit, then you can train and get support from them. Even the children in the household can be taught to take on certain jobs to help out during times of undue stress and pressure. Even so, most families cannot usually cover all the necessary bases that are needed to attend to over the long haul.
For example, you may be an excellent cook, food organizer and such, or your spouse may be. Perhaps you have carpentry or mechanical repair experience and can usually be relied upon to fix anything around the house. Those are great skills to have as a prepper or survivalist. But what about other essential aspects that you don’t perform as well?
Medical, and sanitary issues for example are specific areas of need that many people have little or no clue about. Can you serve as an impromptu doctor or nurse? Can you diagnose illnesses, dress a cut or wound? How about setting a broken bone or a dislocated shoulder? This is just one area of need that perhaps you cannot fulfill. There are many others.
So, make an assessment of the skills your core team has, but as importantly the ones you lack. Then you’ll have to consider going outside your unit to find those skills. Obviously that means other people down your street or in the extended neighborhood. Without being nosy or prying, ask around about what jobs and careers your neighbors are involved in to know if you could possibly partner with them.
Picking the right people can be difficult. The deal is you don’t want to take on additional liabilities in survival. Partner with people who can contribute. Once you establish a core network to survive, then you can reach out to help the less skilled or unfortunate. Always keep the right people perspective at all times.
John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications