No matter how prepared we are, supplies and space are finite. Providing for the needs of everyone showing up at our doorstep after the shtf is impossible, but the question remains who should be turned away and what will you do if they refuse to leave?
How many people could you provide for and for how long? Most of us have only enough for ourselves and our immediate family. A family of four with a years supply, taking in just one extra person reduces their stockpile by 25%. Two extras and your down to six months at best. Three extra – you get the idea.
My family knows not to come to me looking for a handout. They are welcome to set up camp at my place if needed, but they know to bring their own food and supplies and to be ready to do their share of the work.
It’s true that there is safety in numbers, but only when everyone works together for the common good of the group. More hands make lighter work but there will be no room for slackers.
The thing with family is they often bring extended family and sometimes even their friends, who may not share your beliefs or work ethic. Should you take them in or turn them away? What will you do if they refuse to leave?
Most people think they are entitled and will feel no remorse or debt sponging off you, and if you don’t give them what they want, don’t be surprised if they try to take it by force. They may leave, but they will come back, possibly with armed reinforcements.
It’s best to keep your mouth shut and to look as poor and helpless as everyone else. Most people think I don’t have a pot to piss in or window to throw it out of. Hopefully they will pass me by thinking it’s not worth the effort.
In a sense survival is looking after number one, putting yourself first may seem selfish, but sometimes we need to make difficult decisions in order to stay alive. If it comes down to me or them – it’s them.
What will you do when unwanted visitors come to your door looking for a handout post collapse? Will you turn them away? Or will you pull the trigger if they refuse to leave? Could you live with yourself in the aftermath?
That reminds me; I need to finish digging that hole out back – never know when it could come in handy…
What have you done to prepare for new arrivals post-TEOTWAWKI?