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I’ve seen many comments here over the last 6 months discussing how some are trying to bring friends and family into the world of “being prepared”. I’ve mentioned it in my own comments. I notice there are some success stories, but I also notice there are some endings that weren’t expected. Do we really know our friends and, in some cases, our family. Operations security (OPSEC) is one of the most important details of prepping. I want to discuss what we might take for granted every day, but when TSHTF, who will truly stand with us or, unfortunately, against us.
I know we want to spread the word and I know we want to help those we feel close to, whether it be a family member or a close group of friends or coworkers. The comments I’ve read are from those with good hearts who really thought they were doing the right thing by spreading the word of being prepared. (Me included) You might get someone who is curious and asks questions.
Do they want to truly know more or are they falsely showing interest just to see what you will say next? Be careful! Just because they act interested doesn’t necessarily mean they plan to change their ways and get onboard. Prepping is a way of life, not a weekend adventure. Remember one thing: Once the cat is out of the bag, you can’t put it back in.
Will these be the “friends” who turn on you when TSHTF? You won’t know for sure until that time comes. Will you share just enough that when something happens and these folks have nowhere else to go, that conversation is going to come back to them and they will show up on your doorstep…with all the people they’ve told about your prepping? It’s a tough decision. Do I help and try to convince people to prep or do I do my thing and let the rest fend for themselves?
Maybe the best approach to discussing prepping is to not discuss prepping. Be as vague as possible but still get to the point. Ask them if they have a garden. Tell them that home-grown vegetables are healthier for them than store-bought. Ask them if they’ve ever made their own bread. Tell them you tried it and it was quite good. Ask them if they can those vegetables. Talk about things indirectly and maybe by just getting them thinking, they might try something you suggest and it may save them down the road without them even knowing it.
Family can also be a controversial issue. I know this isn’t something any of us wants to think about, but it can and will happen, not to every one of course, but someone out there will have this issue. The people we should be able to trust the most could be the first to turn on us. We all have or know someone who has those relatives that only show up when they need something. It could be grown children, siblings, cousins and even parents. I know a lot of people familiar with that last one. Very sad, but true.
I’ve read here, too, about some who have put away extra food for family members who don’t prep. This is great. You know it needs to be done and you don’t mind doing it. Do it, just don’t tell them you are doing it. They could tell the wrong person and there goes that cat again…
So, how much information is too much information? Do we continue to share our inner prepping thoughts with others to try and sway them to get ready for the worst or do we not talk about our preps with anyone, except of course our online, friendly LMI right here on MD’s blog 😀