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In a terrible scenario of an economic collapse or some type of natural or man-made disaster, will we wish we had a bug out location, food storage, weapons to protect ourselves, garden seeds, and access to water. But that’s not all. You may think you’ll be self-sufficient. But that won’t work. FEMA is not the answer either. We will also need folks/friends/neighbors to work with.

There is safety in numbers but only if it’s with the right people – not just anyone will do. If you’ve seen shows like The Walking Dead, Survivor, etc., you know you need alliances with others if you expect to survive. If you start asking your family and close friends, many will think you are a kook, prepper, extremist, etc. But the only way to find like-minded people is to ask. Even if they are strangers today, it is critical to find others who share many of the same morals and principles.

I was recently involved in a discussion with a group of people at prepperfest and the topic of conversation was what we would do if in an emergency if people came begging for food.

One man said, “I’d shoot to kill. You can’t feed ‘em – they’ll never leave, and only bring more people to feed or rob us.” That might work if you live by the same principle (“kill or be killed”), but though most of us might be willing to kill in self-defense, we wouldn’t necessarily want to commit murder. So having open and candid discussions with people you know is critical to finding like-minded people.

If you think that you can stay with friends, then discover they are willing to shoot and kill people, you might instantly have bigger problems – let alone eternal problems if you believe murder is a sin. I don’t want to be in a group that is murdering people.

Building a network of like-minded people has been one of the biggest challenges for my family. The best place to start is family members, fellow churchgoers, friends, co-workers, etc. Here are a few starter questions to get the conversation going:

  1. Pretend a national economic collapse or some type of disaster happened – what options do you think you have for your family?
  2. In a worst-case scenario, if you wound up in a community of other people, what principles would you want the society to live by?
  3. If we had been living for 3 months on our own in the wilderness, and a family came begging for food, what would you do? If they came to steal our food by force, what would you do?

These are the first of dozens of great questions to ask others who you are considering teaming up with in an emergency. Create your own list of questions as you think about what is important to you.

In the near future, I will have another post about other issues to consider when forming alliances, such as skills, tools, knowledge, and other important things. These should also play a part in who you decide to work with in an emergency. In the meantime, start thinking about whom you might approach with the idea of working together.

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