Getting serious about survivalism might be the most important decision you make.
Preparing for a crisis could be the one thing that saves you and your family from complete ruin.
And if you’re in it for the long haul, you should strongly consider one resource to guide you along the way.
One vital decision that survivalists have to make is whether or not to bug out.
If you bug out unnecessarily, you could be blowing up your life for no reason.
If you don’t bug out, you could miss your window and put yourself in serious danger.
Another crucial decision a survivalist must make is whether or not to go it alone.
It can be tempting to fly solo, especially among those who prep.
Rugged individualism is a quality often found within the demographic of preppers.
However, preppers should fight against that instinct.
Even loners need someone to lean on from time to time.
That’s why survivalists should consider the benefits of MAGs, i.e. mutual assistance groups.
This group of like-minded individuals allows preppers to share information, resources, or simply offer emotional support.
Being a prepper can be trying, especially if you’re within an environment where you must keep your activities secret.
There could be real-life consequences if the wrong person discovers you have a bunker or a cache of weapons.
The first thing to consider when joining or starting a MAG is observing OPSEC – or operational security.
Only the most trusted individuals, e.g. family and very close friends, need to know about the finer details of your prepping and home security.
Use the group to ask questions, spread knowledge, and perhaps find people who could potentially become a part of your inner circle.
There are online resources for group meetups, but it might be easier to start with people you already know, such as a nearby family member or friend who you think wouldn’t be alarmed about you being a prepper.
Depending on their habits, you’ll likely be a very good gauge of what they can handle.
The next thing to consider is precisely what you want out of the group.
If you’re a beginner, you might want somebody to point you in the right direction for certain needs, such as a good gun range in the area.
Or you could simply be looking for companionship.
It’s neither easy nor beneficial to live in your own head all the time.
Being able to talk freely with other people is great for your mental and emotional health.
Loneliness and isolation can be just as deadly as anything else.
Going solo means you have a much smaller margin of error.
If anything goes wrong, you won’t have anyone to help you.
Also, family and close friends make the hard times worth enduring.
It’s much more challenging to get through a crisis without having support or at least having someone who cares about your well-being.
So fight the urge to fly solo and find even just a small group of people with which you can interact.
It will make your survival quest much more manageable and rewarding.