Ok, we have been waiting for a "revolution" or for the SHTF situation since 1976 when Carter was in office. Our "prepping" has been in earnest some years, then laid back in others. But for the past 3 years its been ALL ON.
I've been working to get family and friends on board, so I read the book Rebuilding A Village
and have passed it around to those I love and care about. Now we have the beginnings of a "local village" of folks preparing. The idea is to "spread around" the needed "systems" so that we don't have to duplicate each and every thing, yet we keep our individual families independant but working together. The Plan in a best case scenario works this way:
We have chickens and goats, a very large garden space, fruit trees and honey bees. Our homestead skills are high, we have most the necessary tools, books, and lifestyle geared from homesteading for all these years.
My sister's family backs up to National forest and a big mountain where deer and turkey are mostly left alone due to the steep terrain. They all hunt and also have a huge garden area. They will have a smokehouse set up and a "crude affair to brew distillates".
My son & wife and her folks have a garden spot, a few fruit trees, a 2 acre pond stocked with fish, are working on a root cellar, have horses, and plan on buying hogs soon.
My daughter's family are stocking up on canned foods, live about 30 miles away, and will come with whatever they can when the time comes. They invest with us in some of the equip that will make roughing it easier.
All of us are armed and have a good bit of mental preparation. Our farms don't connect but are within 5 to 20 minutes jog from one another, with mostly forest in between, (except for the daughter & her hubby.)
Our oldest son is prepping, but is out of state...we are trying to convince him to buy the 5 acres next door and "join the village"...
One of us is a Nurse, one is a Pastor, one is a Carpenter, one an Electrician, some musicians, some great cooks... Best of all, we are all close friends, likeminded, and enjoy spending time together. All are hard working, good humored folks.
I know all the talk about "just wait til the hard times start" but seriously, we've been thru some hard times and come out closer. We are still not "ready" as there will always be more to do. But we are working together. Others have posted asking how do you build a community? My advice is to help each other out. If you can, where you can, build a village!