Neighborhood Skill Sets Assessment

I’ve talked a lot, here and elsewhere, about the need to avoid what I call Lone Wolf Syndrome. While going it alone might be ok for the short-term, when we talk about major disasters, we should be planning for group survival.

To that end, think about your neighbors for a bit. What skills do they possess that could be of benefit to the neighborhood as a whole? There’s Joe a few houses over who always seems to get a deer, even if everyone else gets skunked. And Barb, the retired physician a street over. Chuck from down the block who is always working on repairing engines in his garage. Martha next door, whose gardens are the envy of the neighborhood.

Think about it like this. Even if they aren’t preppers right now, they may have skills that will make them valuable during and after a major crisis.

Make out a wish list of skill sets you feel would be welcome in a survival group. See how many of those slots you can fill with those who live around you.

Like it or not, your neighbors are likely to be the ones who you’ll need to gather around you after a disaster. Sure, we all have neighbors we really don’t care for, whose demeanor and attitude set our teeth on edge. So be it. It might be a trade off if the guy who likes to call the police because your radio is too loud is also the same guy who is going to be the first one to notice a stranger in the area.

Published by

Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *