Speaking of castle laws (see yesterday’s post), its time to talk about what you should and should not discuss regarding your emergency preparedness planning. This is a fine line to walk, though. Personally, I think we have a moral obligation to try to help educate folks on the need for personal preparedness. However, the obligation to help your fellow friends and neighbors must be tempered with the need to protect yourself, your family, and your Keep.
Most preppers are passionate about what they do. We really believe in preparedness and it means we can sometimes be eager to share our ideas, strategies, and plans with others. I believe this is a good thing. Like the motivation for this blog, I want others to know. I want others to be ready and feel the peace of mind that I feel. And let’s be honest the more prepared people who exist in a crisis, the less stress on emergency services and those of us who are prepared. We don’t only want others to prepare, we need them to prepare. It is a worthy cause to educate those that you can. For anyone who will listen, this is a lifesaving initiative. I think the more you start to prepare, the more you will want to share with others.
But how much sharing is too much? How much of your Keep details should be secret? Why wouldn’t you want to plunge ahead and shout far and wide, “PREPARE…I am, you should too!”
Go back to our first scenario from the maiden voyage of this blog, imagine that you have been snowed into your home with no electricity or running water. This time, however, imagine that it has been over two weeks. Two days ago you gave your children your last bit of food. They are hungry. They’ve been crying and lethargic all morning. They are begging you for something to eat, begging for food you can’t provide. A neighbor comes over and knocks on your door. He tells you that he heard that the family on the corner have enough food for a year. He and another neighbor went over there last night and asked for help. They begged for food. The family turned them away. Overnight they decided that today they would go back and forcibly take whatever they can so that they can provide for their family. They want you to go with them and promise you a cut of the take, if you will help them by standing guard while they go inside. Most likely, you would go. Even if you think you wouldn’t, you probably would. Having your children beg for food and starve before your very eyes would be more than any human could take. It would force you to do things you wouldn’t believe. And it will do that to everyone who isn’t prepared. At some point an animal-type instinct to survive would inevitably kick in.
The point is, if you are not careful about who to tell regarding your preparedness planning, it will be you they come to when they are cold, hungry, thirsty, or sick. Of course you want to talk about preparedness with those you love and care for. You may be so motivated that you want to shout it from the rooftops, but share very carefully. Share with your eyes open. Know that for everyone you motivate to prepare, you are saving lives, assisting emergency services, and decreasing the number of folks who will need to be “saved” during a crisis. But also know, that if you describe in detail what you have and the extent to which you are prepared, you are might be making yourself a target for those who didn’t prepare.
I consider there to be three groups of people to consider. 1) my family and very close friends. These people know all about what I do to prepare, and I do my dead level best to get them to do the same because they are important to me. 2) complete strangers. They have no idea where I live or exactly what all I have done to prepare. I tell them with the same fervor that I tell my loved ones. 3) my actual neighbors. There are about 200 homes in this community. Much to my personal heartache, I don’t have the luxury of living in a secluded area on a large tract of land. Instead there are 200 homes and countless mouths to feed. They are completely unaware of my beliefs. I do sometimes have the urge to talk with the neighbors that I know and respect. I want them to learn about preparedness and get on board. I can’t disclose this to them though. It would put my family at risk. Nothing is worth that cost.
You have to make your own decisions about what to share and what to keep close hold. Can you just send a friend, neighbor or co-worker a preparedness link and say, “I was looking at this and thinking maybe its a good idea.”? Sure. At least then you have pointed them in the right direction and planted the seed. Either way, do what is right in your heart. But most importantly, know that this topic of sharing is reality for all preppers. Approach it with caution.