By John Heatherly
Preparing for an uncertain future when you have a family can be stressful and sometimes overwhelming. While most of us have a desire for healthy self-reliance, it is also just as healthy to strive for a sense of community with like-minded people.
For example, even a “jack-of-all-trades” possesses a few skills that they excel at more than others. One person might be good at clothing repair while another is good with firearms while yet another knows how to can or garden. A knowledge and skill exchange can make everyone more capable and confident.
If you haven’t done so already, you might consider talking to your best friends or neighbors about their prepping ideas. By starting the discussion now, you and your friends will have a headstart on dealing with an emergency or natural disaster. If you’re hesitant about bringing up “prepping”, simply find out what skills and knowledge they have and ask if they’d be willing to share those with you and your family.
Another great online community is the The Survival Mom Forum. A glance at the forum reveals discussion topics such as: “Oil Lamps”; “Organic vs. Other Foods for Storage”; “Has Anyone Spoken to their Church Community on Prepping”; and “Amount of Supplies Need for One Month,” just to name a few.
Again, self-reliance is empowering, and the creation of networks with like-minded people can be a force-multiplier for the self-reliant.
John Heatherly is the author of The Survival Template.