You might think I’m talking about a knife. Or a firestarter. Or maybe a good pair of boots. Nope.
Although all of those would be nice in certain circumstances– the best thing you’ll need to survive most SHTF scenarios is: a large network of good friends and family, scattered over a wide geographic area.
In almost any (realistic) circumstance that you can imagine, having a wide network of people you can depend on will be your best asset.
Imagine if you had a hundred brothers: Two in each state of the union.
Now imagine you’re homeless or suddenly out of job. Do you think having a hundred brothers might make finding a job much easier? Even if there are no jobs in your city… you can bet that at least one of your brothers in another part of the state, or in a neighboring state… or perhaps in a state on the other side of the country has a connection or a business or a friend who can give you a job.
What if your house got demolished by a hurricane?
Just go stay with one of your brothers.
A fire? No problem. Again, just go stay with a brother.
And if one brother starts to get tired of you or his wife is a nag? No problem… just go stay with a different brother.
“But Sobert… I don’t have a hundred brothers!”
Neither do I.
And that’s why networking is important. Join groups. Get involved with various hobbies and activities. Don’t just hole up in your bunker, instead get out and travel and make friends.
Use social media like Facebook and Twitter to cement those friendships and make new friends. Be a “doer” and a “joiner”.
Imagine the goodwill, support and relationships that Charlton Heston created during his lifetime– with both his career as a movie star and his activism with the National Rifle Association. Is there any doubt that if Heston lost all of his money that he’d still have a place to stay and a job waiting for him the next Monday? Heck, I’d probably make a job for him, myself. Or offer him our guest room for as long as he needed.
Developing a strong social network with people (offline) and then staying in touch with them (including online) is one “prep” you can’t afford to go without.