Okay, that title may be a bit misleading, but I couldn't think of anything better. Here's my topic of discussion; Watching the news, and maybe even being present, most of us have seen what happens during periods of social unrest. Whether it is isolation from natural disasters like hurricaines and ice storms or civil unrest like riots, we can all see how ineffective our taxpayer-funded emergency services can be.
So how well do you know your neighbors' capabilities to handle this type of situation? Will they be a benefit or a burden? Having a neighbor with guns and ammo may be an asset for defending against looters, but what if that neighbor has plenty of firepower and not enough food to last more than two days?
Now some may say "I live in the sticks. I don't have neighbors". That may be true if you compare good living like that to those of us stuck in the hell of residing within city limits. But unless you have a house on a hill in Montana, chances are good that you have a family or three within decent walking distance of you.
While trying to form an emergency action plan out of the blue with your neighbors may be a bit much, finding out what your neighbors do for a living and whether they have any prior military, law enforcement, or emergency medicine experience will help you know what kinds of skills you may be able to call upon in an emergency.
"I have always been a soldier. I have known no other life. The calling of arms, I have followed from boyhood. I have never sought another." From The Virtues of War, by Steven Pressfield.
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