You have supplies of all the essentials, food, water, first aid and so on. You believe you have 6 months of supplies. But here’s the real question, have you thought about when people turn up at your door? often this idea is not thought about and the consequences could be catastrophic for you and your loved ones, an unexpected request for help could lead you to some tough decisions or unnecessary adverse risk.

To help or not?

You would have two options, to help and not to help, assuming the people that turn up would be close enough to you that you have mentioned about your preparations, then you can assume that you would be inclined to help them.

The alternative is to not help, which could lead to their demise or from them to reaccess the bonds that you had, this could be especially apparent if they have a family to look after and their only resource is your preparations. An old phrase comes to mind “loose lips sink ships”, and in times of plenty of people you tell about your preparations may laugh or make fun of you, however, things will quickly change in times of need. This is why its especially important to be selective about who you tell. One rule of thumb to use is “If this person turns up at my door, would I want to help them”. If the answer to this is no, then I would advise avoiding informing them of your preparations when SHTF.

More people than you may realise will look to you for help

Those 6 months of essentials would soon whittle down. Say your parents turn up, another two people living on you supplies would take it down to 2 months’ worth. A dear friend turns up and now you’re at 6 weeks, but they brought their parents too, who are old and vulnerable and to turn them away would most likely lead to their demise, so now you’re sitting at 1 month’s supply for just 6 people.

If you have a partner, then all of a sudden numbers can drastically increase at two families may be dependent on your preparations. work into your calculations the worst-case scenario (essentially everyone that you would be prepared to help (or couldn’t turn away)) no matter how far away they live, how distant the relationship is now or even if they have their own preparations as these could be lost or stolen or just simply out of reach when they are needed.

Depending on how many people you spoke to about your preparations will depend on the likely number of people that will turn up at your door in times of need, even if they laughed or made fun of you when they are in need you may be the first person that they think of when they need to feed their family.

Prepare for more

The consequence of over-preparing is having more supplies than you need, which lasts longer than you thought, which gives you a better chance of survival.

The consequences of being underprepared are having to make some tough decisions on who you can and can’t help, running out of supplies before whatever situation that required the preparations has ended.