And with a fresh new week comes a fresh new post.
If you have not yet read the first three installments, I suggest you do so as it will be of help in understanding just where this is coming from.
This weeks post here will be talking about good neighbors and bad neighbors.
When you’re done here, stop by Paratus and read his essay about the questions arising from the process of getting yourself mentally prepared for situations such as those we’re discussing.
Title and key phrase “Who Will We Fight?”
We are sticking with the scenario from the previous essays of being hunkered down in your home with your family, awaiting the restoration of order.
You need to figure out who is and isnÃ¯Â¿Â½t on your side. Who in your neighborhood is going to help you defend your shelter and who may try to take it from you, and likewise, who you would be willing to help do the same.
Sadly, a good number of neighborhoods these days are just a bunch of people living next to and barely tolerating each other. This does not make for good neighbors without good fences (which we discussed last week).
So, this may also be a chance for you to get out and meet some of your neighbors, hopefully to good ends if you have not already done so already.
You should probably start with the people living on either side of you, since they are the closest and then move to the people living across the street and then move onto the people in back of you.
Of course, some of us may have exceptions to the location of neighbors. Myself, I do not have anyone living behind me unless you count the little old lady that owns the two acres of rolling hillside between the back of my house and the front of hers. I suppose I could go and be friendly, but I think the occasional wave/returned wave will do for now.
This is not just a question of Ã¯Â¿Â½Do you trust this person with your tools and/or lawn equipment?Ã¯Â¿Â½ It more follows the line of Ã¯Â¿Â½Do you trust this person with your wife?Ã¯Â¿Â½ or, possibly more appropriately, Ã¯Â¿Â½Do you trust them to be alone with your kids?Ã¯Â¿Â½
The reason for these questions is that, in the event of a disaster or attack, your life and those of your familyÃ¯Â¿Â½s will be put at risk. You may need to depend on this person to cover your respective backs. Not only that, but if you are taken out of commission by an attack, you may need this person or persons to look after your family.
In the event of an attack on your shelter, such as the one weÃ¯Â¿Â½ve been using, you will need to be able to depend on your neighbor/s to come to your aid in fighting off trespassers. A good, accurate shot is just one of the things your neighbor might need to be, but just getting them to just show up for the fight is usually daunting.
They surely donÃ¯Â¿Â½t want to alert the trespassers who are currently attacking you that they too are occupying a place of shelter, food and water, and sometimes getting people to realize that once the trespassers get done with your house, they will probably move on to others in the neighborhood.
Of course, while scoping out a neighbor for this duty, not scaring the piss out of your neighbor is essential. You might also want to make sure that they donÃ¯Â¿Â½t think of you as a loony or some sort of uber-survivalist.
I am not very much of a social butterfly. Nor am I any kind of social scientist, so you will have to just feel your way through these people and figure out if they are good candidates for help. Once you find a neighbor who is like minded, you can make up sort of a mutual agreement to come to each others aid.
Once an agreement has been reached, you can discus preparedness plans including, but no limited to, the things we have discussed in the previous posts. You can then move onto fires zones that with be both effective and also safe for you both so as to lessen the chance of friendly fire.
Hopefully, your agreement can be made with a number of your neighbors who will make these agreements with other neighbors, and so on and so forth until you have an entire unified neighborhood that will be a good, strong defense for any gang of trespassers who decide to venture into your area looking for easy pickings.
This type of coalition of neighbors will definitely lessen the ability of potential trespassers getting very far into your neighborhood, thereby lessening the chance that you will have to defend your home with arms.
Now, go make some friends.
If there are any social butterflies out there who have tips of this sort of neighborly interaction, feel free to share them.
Also, I open to any suggestions of topics for this series.
Next week weÃ¯Â¿Â½ll cover getting the vehicle ready in the case of a terrorist attack at say, the mall.