How often have you been talking with friends and they joke that if the SHTF, they are coming to your place? Most of us quietly are saying in our heads, “you are out of your damn mind if you think you are coming to my place.” In fact, for those that spend zero time preparing, training, or putting even the smallest amount of effort into their own survival insurance, I would agree, I have no sympathy. However, the mere fact you are reading this right now tells me you have taken a step in the right direction and are in fact interested in insuring the continued existence of yourself and your family. You are actively trying to take positive steps. For those of you out there, I would suggest established preppers consider opening their door and taking you in under the right conditions. Unlike the billionaires creating much of the havoc in our world, very few of us will ever have the funds to buy our own private island or renovated missile silo protected by a first rate mercenary army so it is best we start working together. In today’s article, I will deviate from what I consider dated prepper logic and argue why inviting others to your bug out location is in all of our interests.
Since the dawn of time, humans have been social creatures that have relied on the group for survival. Nothing has changed except the prevalent false belief that one can be totally independent and survive for very long. A division of labor is not just necessary for obtaining and preparing food, but shelter, warmth, medical care, security, and defense. I like to say that one man, no matter how tough, has to sleep sometime. In the Neolithic sense, the bigger the tribe, the better off its members tended to be. Just imagine for a minute what even a couple months look like out there on your own and you may start to see my point. You must fetch every drop of water. You must cut, chop, and split wood daily for cooking, light, and warmth. You must find, grow, harvest, and prepare from scratch every meal. You have to suffer through illness and disease without the benefit of modern medicine or someone to bring you water. Even a single one of these tasks is daunting, but together, they can become insurmountable. To survive, you must do what our long forgotten ancestors did, organize in groups. In a post-SHTF world, I want the biggest tribe I can put together and I would prefer to have it organized in advance with likeminded people. For that reason, I am giving you the chance to in effect, invest in what will probably be your only and best post-SHTF life insurance policy.
Remember, there are no free rides. You must earn your keep. If you come, you need to bring a good attitude, tangible skills, the willingness to work as a team, and the understanding that you come as a guest and are in no place to make demands upon your host. I won’t try to over glamorize the notion of joining ranks. It won’t be perfect, folks won’t all get along, and times will still be tough if we are truly dealing with a major collapse. You will need to take orders, conduct assigned tasks and chores, provide for the common defense, build good rapport, and act responsibly. However, for those gifted with rational foresight, you will immediately see the benefits far outweigh any temporary inconvenience to your totally independent lifestyle. For those willing to agree to a basic set of rules, the potential to not just survive in the event of a major collapse, but actually live well, dramatically increases. Of course, you could also falsely believe you will make it on your own or with a few others until reality strikes and a company sized element of a local street gang shows up on your doorstep in the middle of the night to take what you have. At that point it will be too late and all of your falsely held beliefs of self-sufficiency and home defense will evaporate as you beg for the few remaining seconds of your life. Your choice, but I would recommend you contemplate it long and hard because buying into a false reality will cost you your life when the SHTF.
At this juncture, you don’t know me and I don’t know you so why should we trust each other? For starters, you are reading my posts. Second, it is of mutual benefit to have a division of labor and greater manpower for security. Third, if you can make it if far enough to link up and join with me, you are a capable individual. Fourth, you already know I operate at a level of preparedness far above even most preppers. Finally, it is highly likely your other options are either non-existent or simply not that good making this the best game in town. In fact, when most of you think of bugging out, it will most likely be for shorter duration emergency events for which your plans may be totally sufficient. However, in the event of a long term, wide spread collapse, without prior organization, you will be subsisting in extreme peril. Your brother, buddy, husband, or son may work out fine for a while, but soon enough a far larger and better organized group will come to visit. You will be faced then with only two or maybe three options: die in place, run for your life, or maybe get lucky and be offered the chance to join that group, but you are going to lose all your preps no matter how you it ends. I have witnessed again and again around the world a common theme in every country I have lived and worked in and that is those that are the best organized before a major crisis or collapse come out on top.
So how does this work you ask? How can we organize? How is one to find me in the event of a major catastrophe or collapse? The answer is simple, you need to do what I am doing today and accept some personal risk by reaching out and contacting me today. Waiting till the power grid is down, phones are out, and the internet is a thing of the past won’t cut it. You will be on your own at that point. To make this work, you have to join into the organization now by letting me know you are interested and that you want to join ranks. From that start point, I will work with you directly to build that rapport, provide critical training, establish a means of post collapse communication, provide you critical rally points and link up procedures, tailor what you will need to bug out to one of my retreats, and identify key skills and resources you can bring to the table. Organizing now also lets me put in place preps to accommodate you in the event of the need to bug out long term. This isn’t exclusive, feel free to let other likeminded friends know, but like leading a horse to water, I can’t make you drink. I can only offer you the means. You alone must take responsibility for your own survival and reach out to begin the process of building a post-SHTF order that will not only be resilient, but capable of continuing civilized life in a sustainable manner. As such, I invite each of you to email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line, “Pre-SHTF Organization.” I respect individual privacy and keep your information strictly confidential. I share it with no one outside of LMS. Let’s start now so please spread the word on social media and build out a resiliency network capable of surviving long past when the SHTF.
I look forward to speaking with you.
January 27, 2015