My Favorite Preps
Today, let’s talk about ways to get to know your neighbors for prepping purposes! Is it just me, or does it seem as if everything has been turned upside-down recently? While some of our country’s leaders have ignorantly classified it as nothing more than “protesting,” civil unrest has slowly begun revealing its ugly head in major cities all across the United States.
If these riots were to ever show up on your street one day, do you really think that your family alone would be enough to stop them?
As you’ve heard many times before, there’s strength in numbers. Whether it’s knowledge, wisdom, or physical strength, having your neighbors on your side would increase your family’s chances of survival exponentially.
This goes for emergencies as well. Waiting for this scenario to happen is not the time to find out who your neighbors are and how willing they may be to organize for the protection of the neighborhood. These are ways to get to know your neighbors for prepping purposes.
This tip might seem like a no-brainer to some of you, but it takes some real guts to actually carry through with it while living in the 21st century. Especially since it seems that a majority of our neighbors would rather keep to themselves these days and we fear that we might be imposing by taking a moment of their time.
Truth is, many of them may just be scared to take that same step. So muster up your courage, knock on their door, and keep it short and straight to the point.
Maybe this method seems totally unnatural for you? It may just be easier for you to catch them while they’re out getting the mail, walking the dog, or taking out their trash. That way you’re not worried about ringing their doorbell when they’re halfway through dinner or while their baby is taking a nap. This is such a simple way to get to know your neighbors for prepping purposes.
Sometimes leaving a personal or encouraging note is a great way to break the ice, in certain situations. All you have to do is introduce yourself, and say something nice that can start up a future conversation. You can tell them how great their lawn and garden look, or how wonderfully behaved their children are.
If you are ready to take it to the next level, invite their family over for dinner at their next convenience. Just leave the note taped to their door instead of placing it in their mailbox.
My current neighborhood is so different from any place I have lived. In years past I would knock on someone’s door who had beautiful flowers in their yard and tell them I love to see their yard in full bloom. I wouldn’t dare knock on a door where I live now, which makes me sad. We never see people, ever, it’s crazy.
A beautiful bouquet of flowers or freshly-baked cookies would be a welcoming gift to anyone. Not only will it brighten their day, but they’ll be more willing to put themselves out there with you and your family. Though it should never be expected, you may be surprised how your neighbors return the small kindness to your family in some fORM sometime down the road.
We all love to eat, especially when we hear the word “barbecue.” Share with one family or a few of your neighbors that you’d be willing to take care of the meat, salad, and side dishes, if they could simply bring a desert or some type of drink.
I’m willing to bet that they’ll show an eagerness to come with an offer like that. You’ll find out all kinds of useful infORMation from them while an opportunity may present itself for you to share with them how you have taken steps to keep your family safe during a handful of emergencies.
There are a lot of parents who like to make sure that their children get on the bus safely, so if you have smaller children, this is a win for you. But even if you don’t, this is the perfect time for you to go out on a walk and say “hi” and introduce yourself to them.
Once you’ve met one or two of your neighbors, team up with them to host a block party in your small neck of the woods. Block parties are generally a great way to meet your neighbors, and you should have some success in meeting many of them at one time. Give your party a theme, whether it’s a weenie or hog roast with lemonade for the summer, or warm apple cider and smores for cooler fall temperatures. In case you missed this post, 9 Easy To Make Refreshing Drinks
There are families out there that enjoy having a game night every now and then, or a street party if your street would work. If you are one of those families, maybe this time you can invite the neighbors you’d like to get acquainted with. This will create the perfect excuse to go up and talk with them. Our neighborhood has an annual Halloween party, which is nice.
We used to do a potluck until COVID hit, so we had to change it up a little bit. We served only store-purchased food to be safe. We did social distancing and wore masks (those that wanted to wear them).
There are always moments where you can go out of your way to show kindness to your neighbors. Maybe they have been at work all day and haven’t had the chance to shovel the snow off of their sidewalk, or your elderly neighbor isn’t able to get out and get their lawn mowed or their trash set out to the curb.
Take the time to be an example of what a good neighbor looks like. This is a great lesson that you can teach your children at the same time.
Moms are always setting their children up on playdates these days, so there’s nothing weird about asking a neighbor if their children can hang out with yours. You can talk about your children and some of your hobbies, then move on to prepping topics.
Once you’ve gotten to know your neighbors better after initial conversations, now’s the time when you can start sharing with them that you like being prepared for the unexpected. But take the conversation slowly and be sure to pay close attention to their body language. Now, this statement may stop you in your tracks. I get it.
But, you can casually ask how they feel they are prepared for any type of emergency. I know a lot of people will back off like “why would we need to be prepared?” There’s your answer about THAT neighbor and their willingness to participate in a neighborhood project! LOL!
Some of your neighbors may be all for joining your coalition, while others may take more time to come around to the idea. Please don’t share your gun collection and stockpile of ammunition, some stuff needs to be kept to ourselves. For prepping purposes, this is super important!
How we stock food and preps should be kept private unless that neighbor becomes a close friend and someone you feel you can trust. They may even share with you what they are doing in the preparation department.
Because I write this blog, I know I’m an open book, but I want to teach people how to store food, and store preps. I’m also an author, my book, “Prepare Your Family For Survival”, shows people what to store, how to store, it, and what preps to buy. It’s crazy yesterday, I was in my backyard, and I swear I saw a drone flying around, am I paranoid?
No, but I’m aware of my surroundings. We must all pay attention to what is going on around us.
Introducing yourself to your neighbors and then immediately showing them your prepping supplies is not the right way to get to know them. I assure you they may think you’re crazy right off the bat. Reaching out to your neighbors is often as easy as smiling and waving at them or simply saying hello.
Other times you may have to be willing to step outside of your comfort zone in order to be that neighbor who wants to do more as a neighborhood partner in the prepping efforts that are needed. What are some other ways that you’ve been able to reach out to your neighbors for prepping purposes? May God Bless this world, Linda.
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Hi Harry, thank you, I will go fix it!!!! Happy Sunday! Linda
This is a very hard thing to accomplish. Many folks here have correlating skills but refuse to delve into preparedness very deep.
Hi Matt, I have to agree with you, in my old neighborhood we would be working together. Not here, my anxiety levels are way too high! Linda
It’s funny that you mentioned a drone. I had that experience a few years ago. It was looking into my living room window. Than at a later time it was by the bathroom window when my husband was showering. We had planned to catch it if this ever happened again, but it stopped. Now I know that this is not uncommon these days.
Hi Sabrina, a drone looking in your living room window and then the bathroom window! OH MY GOSH! I saw one about a year ago, and it was creepy, I felt like my backyard was being watched. LOL! I have nothing of value in my backyard, but I wondered why they kept hovering over all the back yards on my street. Now, I live in an HOA and someone in a neighborhood group mentioned maybe it was someone from the HOA spying on us. WOW, do they have nothing better to do?? LOL! I never heard if it was them or not. But your living room and then the bathroom, yikes! I’m glad they have moved onto somewhere else. Stay safe, Linda
I am lucky and live on a short gravel road. There is 5 of us on this road. 3 of the men hunt, 3 of us
have gardens, and I have talked to 3 of my neighbors all the time. The one family is still new so haven’t
gotten to know them yet. 2 of my neighbors we have talked about our ” strengths” and what we can do
if we ever have an emergency. One raises chickens, one raises rabbits so I think we could do pretty well if we were cut off from others. I do need to talk to the new neighbors and “feel them out”. I’m sure between 5 women we can cook almost anything. We also share some of our garden items and I usually tell them to help themselves to my apples and pears. I live in a great area.
Hi June, what a blessing to have those families in your short gravel road area. I love hearing you have hunters, families with chickens, and rabbits. AND you have apples and pears. You are so lucky to have 5 families who can work together. I would love 5 families to work with. Great comment, Linda
Linda, my neighborhood is just like yours. I see people leaving for work and then coming home later in the day, but very few have time to even wave as they go by. It makes me sad because I knew everyone in my previous neighborhood and even families on the blocks behind us.
Hi Paula, I used to sell real estate and owned my own mortgage company. I always told my clients to knock on doors before we made an offer on a home. It may help them decide if it’s a neighborhood they want to move to. Of course, today, that would not work, they all have 50-100 offers on one home these days. Crazy times. I hear you on knowing everyone on your street and blocks behind you. I miss those days!!! I would move if I could. Stay safe, Linda
In Florida, we know our neighbors way better than we did in Indiana.
Hi Jess, oh that’s awesome!! It’s so fun to see neighbors outside enjoying life and waving! Life is good! Linda
Yes, can you believe it? I live in the suburbs and ever since I had that creepy feeling of being watched. Just recently we built a 7 foot redwood fence all around. We also have a security system and other protection sources. Talk about privacy. Now, I enjoy my space and are comfortable once again.
Have a great evening.
Hi Sabrina, I love hearing this! I decided to get a security system as well. I feel more secure too! Linda
Most certainly want a “village” when it comes to SHTF surviving and defending your town/subdivision/street >> look for the POSITIVE ASPECTS that will be beneficial in an emergency …
Hi Illini, you are so right, we need a village. Great comment as always. Linda
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My Favorite Preps