(SurvivalDaily.com) – If you’re into prepping and survival, chances are you have a strong independent streak. You’re not willing to rely on the government to keep you safe; you want to take responsibility for yourself and your loved ones. The question is, just how independent do you need to be? Is it better to be a lone-wolf prepper, ready to go it alone? Or will your chances of survival increase if you band together with a few like-minded people?
Shared Vs Personal Survival Gear
For many people, preparing for the worst that could happen is an individual effort. They don’t want to rely on anyone else, so they aim to be completely self-sufficient. That’s great if you can achieve it — but it’s also difficult and can be very expensive. One alternative is to join, or form, a survival group. That way you can share the load with others split the cost of necessary equipment and put together a wider range of skills.
In a group, the cost of radios, generators, water purifiers and tools can be shared, so the cost to each member is a lot lower. One important factor to consider is, what happens if somebody decides to leave the group — and take the generator they paid for, with them?
Group Vs Personal Decision-Making
If you’re on your own, you can make decisions quickly and easily and carry them out right away. There’s no need to form a consensus with people who disagree with you. In a group, making decisions can be a lot more complicated, and in some situations spending time arguing and discussing can eat away at morale as well as much needed time. On the other hand, with solid leadership, there is strength in the willpower of the many — once they make the decision.
Visible or Invisible?
Lone preppers are inconspicuous, and in a crisis situation that can count for a lot. Fears that the government will come after preppers to confiscate their food supplies may be wildly exaggerated — it’s much easier for the government to requisition that Walmart down the road — but what about your neighbors? If you have food and they don’t, they might try to take it away from you. As a lone prepper, you’re much less likely to get noticed by anyone. And if asked, you can dodge the question easier if there’s no one else to contradict your statements when caught off guard.
Strength In Numbers
On the other hand, if you’re on your own you’re also a lot more vulnerable. You have to sleep sometime, after all, and that gives threats time to slip in. You’ll also struggle to defend your home from more than one direction. A group can stand sentry duty and work up a proper defense plan for its protection. Groups can also forage together and run missions together in a way that one person could never consider.
Which Suits You?
Both lone wolves and survival groups have some real advantages, but neither scenario is perfect. What are your priorities? What does your personality type need to thrive? If you already have the resources you need, perhaps you’re better going it alone but for a newcomer to prepping, it might be best to try a group, at least for a while.
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