How critical will groups and community be during a WROL situation? If important, what suggestions do you have for fostering it?
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When we give our lecture on Survival Medicine, we say that the first thing that is necessary for your medical well-being is to have a support system. In our power point presentation, the slide behind us while we are discussing this is of a lone wolf. Here he is below:
Now why did I put up an old image of this forlorn creature rather than a robust red or gray wolf? Because this is a Tasmanian Wolf (sometimes called a Tasmanian Tiger); it is extinct, and so shall you be if you don’t gather a community around you that can help you survive.
There will be activities that you would find hard to imagine in a WROL situation. You will have to stand watch over your defensive perimeter. You will have to lug gallons of water from the nearest water source. You will, eventually, have to chop wood for fuel. Fill up a 5 gallon bucket with water and walk 100 yards with it (after staying up from midnight to four a.m. standing outside your house) and you’ll get the feel of what you’ll be going through on a daily basis.
You can see how much more do-able this will be if you have a group of like-minded individuals helping each other. You can’t possibly have all the skills needed to do well by yourself, even if you’re Grizzly Adams. For example, we are a physician and nurse who are Master Gardeners for our state, ham radio techs, and raise tilapia as a food fish. Sounds like we have some skills, but neither of us have done any carpentry and neither of us have ever fired a weapon in anger at another human being. There are those, however, who have done these things, but could use some of the skills we possess.
Put enough people together with differing skills, and you have put together, even in the middle of a city, a village. A village filled with people that will help each other in a crisis. A rugged individualist might be able to eke out a miserable existence in the wilderness alone, but a society can only be rebuilt by a community.
Having said that, how do we help these communities to form? By using whatever means we can, including social networks, internet forums, ham radios, town meetings, and self-reliance expos to gather and discuss each other’s concerns. Communication is the key to identifying who has seen the storm clouds on the horizon, and is ready to do something about it.
You will find that not everyone you talk to is a perfect fit to be part of your survival family. As they say, you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find a prince. However, over time, you will find others who match your needs and that you are compatible with. Meet regularly to set out plans A, B, and C, and work to make those plans operational.
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