By Flea - Be A Survivor
It is funny, many people in my family have no idea I am a prepper and those that do think I am a little weird. The reason for this is simple we live in South Carolina and everyone else lives in New Jersey or Pennsylvania. If there were a true disaster there would be very little I could do for my family and very little they can do for us.
Truth be told, I like that situation because it makes it easier for me and my wife to prepare. Don’t get me wrong I preach preparedness to my family but none of them even know about this blog and that is one of the reasons I write under a pseudonym. I like the fact I can write about what I want to freely without scrutiny from “family”. I can’t save the world but I can do my best to protect my wife and myself.
What are you to do if you are a prepper and your family members are not; you can try your best to convince them that some preparations are in their best interest BUT you can’t get blood from a stone. If they won’t listen it is up to you whether you put back enough to cover their needs when they come running to your house when the SHTF begging for you to open the door. It is also up to whether you open the door.
It really depends on your relationship with your family. If you are a very close knit family I would imagine that the thought of NOT opening the door would never cross your mind, in my case I would keep the door shut for most folks. I am certainly not preaching to you either way but you need to consider that your preps will not go as far for each (non-believer) person that suddenly shows up on your doorstep.
The one thing I will say without hesitation and that is to be very careful who you bring up your preparations with in conversation. This goes back to simple OPSEC, the more people that know you have stuff, the more chance someone is going to want to come and take it from you when it all goes down. I never talk about specific preparations even with family. They know I am that guy who always seems to be prepared but to what extent I go no one knows. Once again I like it that way.
If you do decide to bring people into your “survival group” including family you do need to take stock in what they can provide to the group as a whole. Do they have lots of money they can spend on food, guns and ammo? Are they a doctor of medicine or dentistry? Can they fix things so fast that they make MacGyver look like Girl Scout? These are all things you need to evaluate for each member of the group.
Make sure everyone can carrying their weight either with goods or services, no free loaders. You can even put the kids to work when needed as there are MANY things they can do if properly instructed and supervised. The larger the group the more that needs to be taken into consideration so size your group carefully. I honestly believe the perfect size is larger than 2 but less than 10 and that is entirely open to debate.
Family members should receive no special treatment. Work them just like everyone else. Work them HARDER if they called you and idiot for spending money on survivalist stuff pre-collapse. Karma is a bitch…
...that is all.
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