More and more preppers realize that surviving a real emergency situation could mean depending on your neighbors. As a result, community preparedness needs to be on your radar! The old adage, “there is safety in numbers” is still very true. Not to mention, your neighbors more than likely have knowledge and skills that would be valuable. At the very least, they are eyes and ears that can help watch the perimeter.
But what happens when ALL the neighbors around you are problems and you are considering taking on the zombies on your own rather than linking up with “Crazy Sue” and “Nut Job Sam” living next to you? This was the question I was asked in a recent email. As I started to write back a response, I realized that I was writing more than just a few ideas and that other people out there might be in the same situation.
This article also was the topic for Episode 667 of The Prepper Website Podcast. Listen to it below. I go into some more detail about some of the points that are here.
Community Preparedness and the Crazy Neighbor Question
“Sorry to say this and I really enjoy your website but how do you prepare and start a group when your neighbors are absolute a**holes? I won’t get into the particulars but this is what I deal with all the time. I really am more worried about them than what chaos that might come down the road. Any help or advice would really be appreciated. – R.”
Just like in college, before I could take one of those “interesting” upper-level courses, there is a prerequisite to answering this question. Here it is.
Prerequisite: You’re not trying to convince your neighbors about preparedness or survival or zombies or the coming collapse of America. The purpose of getting to know them is to build trust in a real relationship. So, when the poop hits the fan, you are able to come together as people who have something in common: your neighborhood, families and desire to be safe.
Bringing Your Neighbors to “the Party”
- Create a beachhead. Find one neighbor that you can get along with. Be open about it, meaning do it in your front yard where others can see. Pull out the grill, do some hotdogs on your driveway. Bring out the folding chairs and have a few beers while just chatting.
- Reach beyond your next door neighbors. Unless you live in a real rural setting, you will have neighbors all around you. You might not get along with the next door neighbors, but you might get along with the neighbors a few doors down or even on the next block. Community preparedness should include your whole community.
- Create opportunities to connect. James Walton of Prepper Broadcasting Network and I Am Liberty wrote a book called Come Unity, a clever title for the basis of community preparedness. In his book he discusses creating opportunities for neighbors to connect along like passions, like building a community garden or starting a neighborhood watch. To listen to James discuss his ideas, check out Ep.559 of The Prepper Website Podcast.
What About Looking Inside?
- Consider if you are the problem. Is there something that you need to change about yourself and what you expect from your community. You might be ready to gear-up because you’ve been prepping for a while, but others don’t have a clue about what is happening or what is coming. They need time to adjust and see for themselves that coming together is valuable.
- Are you starting with the right attitude? – You more than likely will be stuck with these people. You can work with them or be completely on your own. Is there any redeeming value in getting to know them or having them on your side?
- You might just need to move! If your neighborhood is a total loss and you don’t think you can ever work with the people around you, then you might need to move. The problem with this is that you might walk into another situation exactly the same. You will need to do some research about where you would be moving to and even talk to some of the neighbors around where you might move.
What Are You Doing About Your Neighbors?
Being safe in an SHTF situation is something that eventually comes up in every prepper’s mind. You can bugout, but what if you don’t have that option? You will be stuck with your neighbors. Some look at that as a good thing, others as a bad thing. But you don’t have to wait to find out how things are going to go if you are purposeful about building relationships. Community preparedness is a real thing and should be part of your overall strategy when you think about preparedness. But more than that, being a good neighbor is just a good thing to do!
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