I told someone once I thought the most useful prep was allies. I'm not really even "prepping". I believe more in building complex, resilient systems systems that have low external inputs. My foreseen scenario is long-term economic decline, less government (no money for it), and possible losses of law and order. To me, the future is gritty. But I believe in creating systems of mutually reinforcing people. A tight, complicated network of people is really what I'm aiming to build. Is anyone thinking along these lines? I just think the bunker mentality is no way to live.