I know some preppers who broadcast the fact that they are prepared for a very uncertain future. They don’t have any qualms about advertising the fact that they have stockpiled significant amounts of emergency food, water and other supplies, often in two or three locations. Folks in the neighborhood know that their home is a fortress and that they have very specific bug-out plans should they have to get out of Dodge quickly.
I know other people who are on almost the same level of preparedness, but no one else knows about it except for their families and very close friends. They keep their emergency supplies well hidden so that visitors to their homes never see it. More importantly, they keep their mouths shut about the fact that they envision a day when they will need to use what they have stockpiled, either while hunkering down or bugging out.
So, which is the correct approach? Is it better to let the world know you’re prepared for a disaster, or is it smarter to take a stealth approach to the situation? Both have their advantages and disadvantages.
The one who doesn’t bother to hide the fact that he’s prepared for an emergency has a golden opportunity to influence those who haven’t thought much about the subject. When they see and hear that someone in their neighborhood is taking seriously the threat of societal collapse, they might start considering doing the same. And the more like-minded people in your neighborhood, the better you’ll be able to defend your common ground if a crisis produces lawlessness.
On the other hand, if you are the only person in the neighborhood who is prepared for a big problem and everybody knows it, there is a good chance you will be a target when the SHTF.
As far as staying low-key about your preparedness is concerned, you probably won’t be singled out for your supplies if few people know you have them. As a result, you’ll have a better chance of staying safe during a crisis. But the downside is that you might be a lone wolf following a disaster, wishing you had some support from neighbors who might be strong in areas where you’re weak.
I believe the best approach is to covertly stockpile as many emergency items as you can, but also subtly find out who among your neighbors might be open to forming a survival team. Bring up the topics of disaster preparation and survival casually from time to time to see how neighbors respond.
If you come to the conclusion that some are on the same page as you, take it a step farther and see if they’re willing to discuss post-disaster plans with you. You’re bound to find somebody who could help make you and your family stronger in a crisis.