When it comes to surviving a post TEOTWAWKI (The End of the World as We Know It) situation, there is a very big psychological plus to being with like-minded, survival oriented friends that you can trust with your life. Without these good, close, like-minded friends, survival will be extremely lonely.
While living and surviving under adverse survival conditions in a post disaster situation, your stress levels will be elevated. So dealing with all the stress of surviving a disaster, it is crucial to have family and/or partners that you can trust unconditionally. Sharing these burdens with close family and friends will be a great benefit and will lessen the stress. There is always help, safety, and strength in numbers when it comes to surviving. So, when selecting partners to survive with, there are two basic types of partners you would want to survive with:
Family members: Include grandparents, mom and dad, aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters, cousins, sons and daughters, nieces and nephews, and grandchildren.
Close friends: Not acquaintances but friends are the other type of partners you want to consider to survive with in a post disaster situation. Not all family members are suited to be partners in a post-disaster survival situation.
When considering family and/or friends as survival partners, it’s very important to keep in mind the following factors when choosing:
- Choose only family and/or close friends that you can trust your life with or the lives of your family and/or children.
- Choose only family and/or close friends that believe in the same or similar philosophy, politics, and religion as you.
- Choose only family and/or close friends that you can trust to keep their mouths shut and not brag.
- Choose only family and/or close friends that do not have a history of alcohol, drugs, or tobacco use.
- Choose only family and/or close friends that support themselves and are not a huge burden on the others.
- Choose only family and/or close friends that agree to work for the common good of the group; “Teamwork.”
- Choose only family and/or close friends that have knowledge, survival skills, and weapons that would benefit and help everyone survive.
- Every partner must be willing to keep a very low profile.
- Every partner must be trained in disaster first-aid at a minimum.
- At least two need to be trained as Ham Radio operators.
- The more partners you have, the more food, supplies, and space you will need.
With safety and strength in numbers, you will want to seriously consider having a good strong basis of at least twelve to no more than twenty armed survival partners aged 13+ at your survival place. These partners should all have the same concept and goal in mind, and that should be to survive. The group members should be large enough to defend off would-be attackers and gangs who would try to steal your supplies yet small enough to be mobile if needed. And with these numbers of partners, this will give you 360 degree security 24/7 which is crucial in surviving.
Silence means Security: Loose talk can and will get you, your family, and/or your partners killed. Stay away from military groups, large survivalist groups, unauthorized militia groups, etc. Always talk face to face, and NEVER talk about your partners or activities over technology (cell phones, e-mails, etc.); you never know who is listening.
Security Note: With time getting short and folks and families wanting to join an existing survival group of strangers, be aware of such groups, especially the leaders. Before anything, meet and get to know all the members of the group and their backgrounds. If you feel comfortable, and they ask you to join and put your supplies at their camp, make sure you keep total control over your own supplies until the time you go into survival mode. Keep them secured where you’re the only one to have access to them. Unfortunately, there are some groups out there that only want to take other prepper’s supplies, so please, BEWARE.