woodsghost wrote:One possibility is to have skills needed in such a situation and "hitch a ride" so to speak with someone who does have resources and is in need of that skillset.
One of the most obvious is medical skills. An issue in the prepping community is that advanced medical equipment is available for sale, but relatively few preppers are actually skilled/trained in its use. Having knowledge of how to use medical equipment and tend to the needs, both severe and chronic, can help cement a place for you in a community.
Further, it may simply be important to connect with a community rather than "a group of preppers and their hoards of secret food." Those preppers are likely secretive and choosy about who they bring in. Simply having others around will allow sharing of resources and allow one to be useful and contribute to the group needs.
I agree, skills are something that can never been taken away by a disaster (because movies where people get bumped on the head and have long-lasting retrograde amnesia are not accurate). One survival skill that most people overlook is understanding how to access bureaucracy, red tape, and the government. I get that we tend to focus on those events, real or imagined, in which the rule of law is gone or completed corrupted because. However, many disasters are localized and the rule of law outside, and even within, the area still stands. I'm thinking of when Joplin, Missouri had the terrible tornado several years ago. Almost nothing was standing other than a safe deposit box room, but law and government weren't affected much. Even if you are amazing and sit like a prepper dragon on a hoard of stuff, at some point if you are affected by a disaster you will probably need to access the system. Even if it is not to report losses, find family, or obtain any assistance yourself, you can always help out and direct others.
And to piggy back on what woodsghost said about community, I think the ability to create and maintain a network of people you trust is important, whether that is family, friends, social groups, etc. That way, you have extra support in the case most of your preps go bye bye. Yeah, people can betray you and be d-bags, but they can also haul your ass out of the fire when SHTF. I think Harvey is a great example that many times people will listen to their better angels if they can.
Maybe this sounds too sunshine and rainbows, but I tend to believe that, in general, completely eschewing other people and the system to become a one man (or woman) prepper show is not just bad for our sanity as social creatures, but also not in you or your family's best interest for survival in the modern world.
"When you can't run, you crawl, and when you can't crawl..." "You find someone to carry you."
"She's tore up plenty, but she'll fly true."