Rhode Island is often referred to by its citizens as the “I know a guy,” state. When facing the bureaucratic quagmire that is state and local government here, sometimes people can get things done faster if they “know a guy.” The phrase works great for other situations as well, such as getting tickets to a big game, reservations at the best restaurants, or getting ahold of just about anything in short supply. It pays to know a guy.
In survival preparations too, it pays to know a guy, or girl for that matter. Communities are what make life livable for most people. Access to food grown by a farmer, or clothing made by a tailor, or transportation offered by drivers or pilots (boat captains work well too if you live near the water) are all resources that could come in very handy in any disaster.
As a bit of survival homework, consider who you know and what resources they bring to the table. Are you alone in your community, or do you have access to the talents and resources of a vast network of people who would be willing to help you out in times of need?
If you are alone, consider reaching out to those around you. Every person should understand their local food supply chain, and the you should start by taking a survey of your local farmers market. Get to know the folks who make food right in your own backyard. Farmers tend to be among the wittiest and most intelligent people you’ll meet, so meeting them will be as enjoyable as it is beneficial for you both.
Developing a community isn’t important only for times of mega-apocalyptic disaster. Your community will rally around you in times of personal disaster as well. Get to know the people around you, and don’t forget that communities work both ways. You can bring as much to the table for your community as they can bring to you.
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