As I follow the news daily that is filled with economic failures, presidential candidates, and constant talk of rising gas prices, I think to myself what should I be doing?

I prep little by little getting what I can, when the funds are there. Of course, I would like to get it all at once but it’s just not possible. Not only do I look at what I need, and what I want, I am looking at my surroundings on the home front. I decided a couple of years ago that I wanted to shelter in place and defend my home and family if at all possible.

So I as drive around my neighborhood, which is located in the suburbs of a descent size southern city, I think to myself (not what a wonderful world) but, who can I trust? The answer is no one.

How well do you know your neighbors? Although I have friends that live around me, they are not true friends that I can see myself or family teaming up with, when the shtf. Not only am I looking at the individuals and their families, I am looking for people that have skills; skills that can be used in a time of need. I’m looking for people with some, if not all, of the same views as me on where this world is going; there are very few that live near me.

There are others. I’m not sure what their backgrounds are, and don’t really care, unless I feel we can help each other. I do know that many of them are followers. I don’t think followers will make it far in a survival situation. I like leaders; I like people that are not scared to stand up for what is right and defend what is theirs. In my neighborhood there are plenty of these types of people (followers).

Currently, I am part of the neighborhood watch program and have had my share of run-ins with outsiders. There are approximately a 100+ homes in this development and I live towards the entrance. One way in and one way out.  To this date, I know who does and doesn’t belong. With the US economy in the current state that it is in, our neighborhood has seen an increase in foreclosures, rentals and homes for sale. What used to be a middle class family neighborhood has now opened its doors to the lower class, people that don’t care for others or their property. People that once couldn’t afford these homes now rent them or purchase them. So what does this bring to my surroundings?

I have noticed in increase in foot traffic, vehicle traffic, and now they are starting to build more homes. Although growth can be good, it brings even more problems with it. When I say problems, I mean unusual visitors. (Please know that I have nothing against any of the people or their professions unless they affect me or my family). You are now looking at construction workers, electricians, plumbers, masons, and the list goes on. These individuals or groups, day in and day out, drive through the neighborhood looking at each house or each person. If you cherish your home and belongings, you may be forced to tighten up security. It can be as simple as keeping blinds closed or keeping your garage closed unless you are out there. Don’t expose more than you need to.

Where I once could open my blinds, leave my garage open while I ran inside to get a drink, or let my kids just play, is slowly coming to an end. I don’t want to live in fear or shelter my family from the world. This is the first time I have not felt safe in my own home.

I work 24 hr shifts for a local fire department, and worry about the safety of my family when I am gone. I hope that my so called neighbors will be there for my family when I am not, but will they be there when the SHTF? Will they know what to do? Or will they seek my help?

I will continue to gather supplies, ammunition, firearms and seek people that I feel myself and my family can team up with. I will always be on the lookout for those that will harm my family and will not hesitate to defend them (family) and protect what is mine from others. As this world reminds me of the hit show Survivor, at home and at work I try to build alliances. Who will you build yours with?



West McBride

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2 thoughts on “Guest Post: TRUST THY NEIGHBOR? TRUST NO ONE!”

  1. I too have been feeling less and less safe in my home . I live in a more rural area of Montgomery county NC not far off a main highway I can say that the only neighbor I would trust is 86 years old and would be of little or no use if SHTF . I have been hoping to kind of network with people in my area but the closest one that I have met in the last year is over 7 miles away and at least so far I really don’t know him or his family well enough . Anyway I just wanted to let you know that You are not the only one feeling that way .
    Robert W

  2. I believe that in the long list of many crises running from hurricanes to SHTF to TEOTWAWKI that for the most part preps are not that difficult. Store food, save money, buy some junk silver, secure a water supply and water filters, plant a garden, have a backup plan for each necessity, etc. But most likely scenarios will be eminently survivable. If it is a hurricane, tornado, flood, earthquake, etc. then you can expect rescue to begin almost immediately and lives are saved etc. If it is a depression/economic collapse it won’t be fun but we all know what to do and few lives will be lost. The one plausable/possible scenario that few prepare for will kill millions and most deaths could be prevented by preparation; that is nuclear war. If a nuke explodes far enough away from you that you are alive and your house is intact but close enough that you felt it then you have about 10 minutes to seek shelter from radiation/fallout and potentially this radiation could be so strong that being in the open for 1 hour will assure your death. If you are much further away you have from 10 minutes to 10 hours to seek shelter and the radiation will be much less but still 8 hours of exposure seals your doom. You won’t die in 10 hour.s you will die over the next 10 days but it will be pretty gruesome. Someone will surely point out that they live 300 miles or more from the nearest target and therefore their risk is much lower. Well, maybe. After the first couple of nukes go off it is possible/probable that later nuclear devices will not hit their target and could be hundreds of miles off due to radio/electronic interference with navigational devices. There will be no safe place.
    Now, I’m too old to go out and dig a fallout shelter in 10 minutes or for that matter 10 hours. I suppose if I have enough “preps” I could tunnel underneath them but somehow I don’t think my preps will help me much in this situation. So the question is do you have a “good” fallout shelter? Are you prepared to live in it (without going outrside) for 7 weeks? If not then you are not prepping for the biggest risk but are in fact prepping for far lower risks because they are far easier to prep for. 10 or 20 years ago I might have laughed at someone seriously suggesting that the world was at risk of a nuclear war. Today I would laugh at someone who suggests we are not. Tornados happen every Spring, hurricanes happen every fall, earthquakes happen when they damn well please and even volcanoes blow their top but we as a nation lose far more people to food poisoning every year then we do to these common and likely disasters. In a nuclear war we would lose 100 million people in a blinding flash, another 100 million over the next few months from radiation sickness and millions more over time from failing to survive the primative conditions in the aftermath of a nuclear war. You honestly can’t do a lot about the first risk but the second and thrid risks are in your control. Do you have a stocked fallout shelter?


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