There are two types of people in a survival group – assets and liabilities. In your survival group, how do you determine who is a liability and who is an asset. For the sake of discussion, lets talk about liabilities.
Liabilities to a survival group usually do not:
Stockpile food – they do not take the time to prepare and kind of food stocks besides some canned goods, noodles, pasta,,, the typical stuff someone would keep in their cabinet.
Instead of having food stored in mylar bags or buying #10 cans, liabilities trust that other people will stockpile food for them. Storing food in mylar bags is not expensive, but it is time consuming. The liability usually does not want to dedicate any extra time to preparing their food stockpile.
If liabilities do have food stocked up, its going to be just enough for a few days, maybe a week or two at the longest.
When their food stocks run out, the liability will ask the other members of the survivalist group for help.
During a long term SHTF survival situation, the most in demands items are going to be food and safe drinking water. Even though food will be one of the most in demand items, its also one of the most overlooked items of the liability. Where a survivalist takes the time to study their food preps and stockpile food, the liability will usually shop at the local grocery store and only buy what their family needs within the next week or 2 weeks.
Plan – liabilities do not take planning seriously, they may not take time to organize their preps, make plans or test their plans.
Members of a survival group should take the time to have meetings, talk about each others plans, and how to group can work together. Liabilities may not take the meetings seriously, and even if they attend, they may have little to offer.
Back in the 1990s when the rumors of the US being invaded by the United Nations were going around, a buddy of mine made handout bags for other member of our group. The bag was a medium alice pack, and contained ammunition of various calibers, rain poncho, matches, food, couple of canteens,,,, in other words, it was a lightweight battle pack.
The plan was to hand the battle pack out to members of our survival group that may show up at my buddies house. The people that were going to receive the pack had bought an SKS rifle, but had not taken the time to stockpile any ammunition for their SKS.
Stockpile survival gear – liabilities usually do not take the time to stockpile survival gear. If they do, its just the basic gear – sleeping bags, flashlights, canned goods,,,,. But when it comes to stockpiling items that take time or money, such as storing food in mylar bags, water filters, or food in #10 cans,,,, the liability will not take the time or spend the money.
The liability will usually stockpile “just” enough gear to say they are stockpiling “something” at the meetings. When the group holds their meeting and everyone talks about their plans, the liability might say something like “I bought some extra canned goods, or an extra sleeping bag”.
Over the years I have seen a lot of different types of survivalist and have heard a lot of different types of plans.
Work as a team – one of the things of being in a survivalist group, is that everyone works together. Members of a group may buy matching firearms so that they can share ammunition, do group buys of #10 cans, supplies, ammunition and buy reloading supplies.
When the members of my group were reloading, we would pitch in a buy bullets, brass and primers in bulk. Instead of buying bullets in boxes of 100, we would buy a case of 5,000 bullets. We would then pick a weekend and spend a Saturday running the progressive presses.
On the reloading day, our group would have 3 people working together as a team – 2 people operating the presses and a 3rd person that kept the powder hoppers filled up, and the press operators stocked with bullets and brass.
During a reloading session, we decided to see how many 9mm we could reload in 1 hour. Between 2 progressive presses and 1 support person, we reloaded 1,000 rounds of 9mm in 1 hour. That is what working as a team does. We were able to achieve as a group, what we would not otherwise be able to obtain on our own.