Originally Posted by allielb
I first started feeling compelled to be more prepared for whatever after reading a post-apocalyptical (sp?) novel Dies the Fire
which takes place in the area I live.
The book is actually the first of a trilogy. The other two aren't quite as good, but it's an interesting read to see how important community is. As much as stocking up is key, so too is finding people you can trust and people you know will keep their mouths shut.
For example, I put up my pics for a short time, but would never keep them up for others to see IRL. The only people IRL who know I prep are my next door neighbors, with whom we would hunker down in a bad situation, and my family members that are welcome here in a desperate situation. The next door neighbors are key for us because we are not comfortable owning firearms and they are... and know how to use them for hunting. They are also hard workers and would not sponge. Likewise, we have the heat and cooking source they don't have and we're equally as hard working with a completely different set of talents. They are also good friends that we dearly love.
It's important to include in your preps people you will want around you in a crisis. YKWIM?