The Tie That Binds: Why We Should Help Others Prepare.
We tend to ‘preach’ it a lot around here at Prepare Magazine headquarters. We actually have different names for it around the office, but no matter how you paint it – many people don’t quite understand why the most important part of preparing for life as we know it to change is helping others to see the need to prepare.
Not that long ago we were seen as alarmists or survivalists, or just plain weird. But the truth is that in the past, the louder voices of preparedness sang a lone-wolf song and used the ‘look out for number one’ mantra. It’s no wonder people are a little resistant when we try to share the need to prepare – it seems so selfish to some people. But we can work hard to change that perception.
Here are some suggestions you may want to try in order to help others prepare:
- Gather. Form a group or bring a friend or two to a group to which you belong. Often this is enough to break the ice and see most on this journey are ‘normal folk.’
- Share. Give a ‘gift box’ of extra batteries, flashlights, or candles if your neighborhood is prone to power outages. Share your extra blankets in the winter and some surplus food in the summer.
- Encourage. When someone shows interest of their own in preparedness or simply has questions, offer encouragement rather than negative advice. Don’t overwhelm them or try to scare them to act.
- Plan. Simply plan a little bit for your loved ones or people you care for on your own. You know the people that will likely turn to you in crisis. Are you willing to help them? Why not plan now to be able. What’s a little more storage on hand among family and friends?
We would like to add another voice to impress upon us all the importance of not attempting to go it alone or leave others in their denial. It is important to know why we should consider working with others, bringing new people into the fold and consider outreach as a vital part of our preparedness plan.
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A Guest Blog Post – By David Browne, Author of Are You Ready?
If we understand what we are preparing for, then it is just common sense to prepare for it. If we could look into the future and see the problems, it is easy to then prepare for it. Thus, the real issue of preparedness is to know what the future holds. If we prepare for the worst and it is much better than that, great, but if we don’t prepare hard enough, we lose. And people die. Not being prepared will ultimately flows downhill to others and make life worse for everyone.
I have told many people that to understand the future look to the past events. Look to Hitler, look to the end of Vietnam and the Khmer Rouge killing fields and today with ISIS. Is there an example of someone, anyone who we can look to for a pattern to save lives and how they did it? One very good example is the movie “Defiance”, starring Daniel Craig; a true story where four brothers saved some 1,500 people from the death camps of Hitler in Poland. Watch it!
What can a neighborhood do or a church do to prepare? The answer is teams of people organized in a survival coop.
You will need to organize in work groups in all areas that you feel you will need. Areas such as spiritual, food gatherers/hunters, cooking, sanitation, builders, water, safety, medical, farmers, butchers, scroungers, scouts, schools, trade shops, and the top management team of 12 elders.
Each group will have a leader and two helpers and a chain of workers. If a group can establish this type of relationship with others they will have all the advantages of life.
No man is an island; if you horde your food storage, it will rot before you can eat it or it will be destroyed. The key to survival is helping one another and anyone who comes to you for help.
David Browne, Author of Are You Ready? , was assigned to guard duty in the Watts Riots, the Dominican Republic Riots and then in Udorn Thailand with the CIA Air America. His experiences have given him great insight on surviving riots and war. His family lived off the grid for over 10 years in Southern Utah Mountains. His intention is to take what God sent him to learn and pass it on for you to prepare for the new millennium.
There is safety in numbers. Many hands make light work. No man is an island. No matter the cliche’ there is truth behind the fact that the more people you can have that are prepared around you, the less likely the opportunity for the mayhem around to reach you.
The Tie that Binds us together will actually help more of us thrive emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. So shifting the thought process from ‘How much can I store up’ to ‘How many people can I help’ has a ripple effect that will keep more stability and offer more good will for an unstable future.
In the upcoming, August 2015 Digital Issue of PREPARE Magazine, there are several more articles on this topic by well known authors. It is our hope that this blog, our guest’s insert and the upcoming Free Digital Issue can help you lay the groundwork to help other people around you to also prepare.