I’ve stated here before(in intro I think) my OPSEC was blown by myself ages ago with my attitude on trying to get friends even some basic stuff…Mostly my firearms and ammo side as I was often trying to get friends to the range but also with food and water here in CA as you’re lucky to meet one in 5000 people that would actually can food.
I’ve spoken about growing your own food with my passion in gardening and looking back, that seems to have been the most effective way for my to get people prepped. I’ll post pictures of harvest, plantings, greenhouse construction(It’s a plastic tiny thing really for my experimentation and learning as I’m in SoCAL), and more than a few are amazed with my production to the point where they’ll ask my help setting up for themselves.
I saw how bad OPSEC became when a earthquake hit a few years back and a few people made the comment that we dread…”I almost ended up over at your house DR1VEN! ha, ha, ha, ha…….”
I’ve handled it as best as possible since then, but the damage is already done obviously…..The newer comments “I have three days of food and water, so should you” trying to play down my level of preps will only go so far….
With that being said, I’m “That guy” that is always the go-to guy if you need some help with something, anything, and I’ll either already have the answer or immediately do research to make sure you get the basics in getting it right/not getting screwed……It’s something I find enjoyable if not a little tiring always dropping my own items to help out someone else. For the most part my satisfaction comes from it being appreciated. I find there’s only a true few who just take advantage and I drop them like a rock refusing to help them when asked again.
I see what you’re all saying, but I definitely lean more to the point of Swamp here
You can lead a horse to water and you know the rest of that story! I no longer discuss the issue outside BASIC storm preparation, something anyone in this area should be doing.
I have found it best to operate on two levels for my own well being and cover. I simple could not justify not helping my neighbors if I could. At the same time I will not risk our well being if the worst would happen.
I have a rather large storm shelter (rated for 30) and it is fully stocked. Only one neighbor even bothered to tour or discuss it! Although they all ended up in it when a twister sat down near here.
My BOL is never discussed with family and only one trusted friend even knows it exists. I made the mistake of telling close family about the first one and that information was shared with way too many “friends”.
This will sound horrible, but survival is not politically correct, fair, or pretty. If something happens my entire family is welcome to come share my home, shelters (there’s more than one), and my extensive inventory. If it truly goes to hell, a select few of my friends and family will leave and wish them the best. My plan is not perfect, but life rarely is. Swamp
Well stated SWAMP……
my point being this….
So, in the spirit of prepping, helping neighbors that are idiots, getting looked at as if you have the 3rd eye, and satisfying your own humanity in doing the right thing and trying to help out, where do you draw the line?
It’s obviously a personal choice so there is no wrong answers…
“you can lead a horse to water……”……… of course. and I do get it.
But does that mean we should stop trying?
As in, with all things and not just in war….” The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”(Edmund Burke)
At what point, where, will you draw that personal line in the sand?
Where do you draw that line between the two????
Statistics: Posted by DR1VENbyKNOWLEDGE — Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:25 am