Helping Those In Need After SHTF

M.D. Creekmore

I've been interested in prepping and homesteading topics for over 25 years. I’m the author of four books that you can find here. Five days a week (Monday through Friday) I will get up at 6:00 o'clock, drink a cup of coffee, eat breakfast, pour another cup of coffee and then head to my home office where I will scour the internet for the most 10 recent and important news and happening from around the world and post those in a ten-point list with my thoughts and options. Hope you enjoy.

7 Responses

  1. JA Neigel says:

    Fantastic (sp) !!!! We are putting together BOB bags for Christmas gifts for some friends that are just now getting started prepping. The gal told me that they are so overwhelmed that she was thinking of getting rid of what she already put together (food Water). I told her to put it on hold for a week or two and see what Santa would say.
    I have given her a couple of printouts to read and told her to just think about what they say and she would wake up one morning and know just how to proceed.
    After I get this Santa present done for her, her husband, and teenage son I will start bags to give to those who need some help. I have a large tote that I put things in and will keep adding when I find them.
    Thanks for the lists, it will be very helpful

  2. CPT D says:

    I think that when and what to share with others is very personal and individual thing. Two issues that bother me when considering offering help to those outside your prepping unit is: What is really “enough” and when you start feeding others, how do you stop? While it may seem selfish, we have an infinite responsibility to ourselves and loved ones. The idea of how long a crisis may last and how far reaching will have a dramatic impact on your attempts to have “enough”. If you have 10,000 rounds for your rifle and you have reached a point where you are down to your last round, one could surmise that 10,000 was not the magic number. For those of us who have been at this for a while, I think it’s comforting to think that you’ve reached the “enough” point, but I also think that it easy to sell yourself short. The second issue of “when do you stop” feeding those outside your group is a tough nut to crack. If you give food to someone outside your group you have to be comfortable with the reality that 1) They’ll be back for more and 2) They will almost assuredly tell others about your benevolence. I admit that this is a moral and safety quandry but it’s one that needs to be discussed well in advance of being placed in that situation.

  3. Jeanne says:

    Care packages are all well and good it makes you feel good. What is that old saying Give a man a fish you feed him for a day, teach him to fish you feed him for life.
    I’ve seen the worst of humanity, In a hospital you see it all and not just the patients but the friends and families. Whileyour givng theses care packages away what about that other family member who is thinking about how they can steal what you have. How to kill you and take what you have. Most grocery stores only have three days worth of food. When the mob shows at your door what do you do?
    I have seen people attempt to get patients sign wills on their death bed. I’ve seen them attempt to steal house keys. I’ve fed and cared for Border babies. Their mom’s come to the hospital and then after having the babies leave the hospital leaving their babies behind. 32 babies in nursery only 12 mothers and babies together. I’ve also carried dead babies to the morgue the mothers not staying around to even care. There are good people in the world but in general NO! My most important prepping is security. After living and working in our nations capital I couldn’t wait to get away from people. Yes, I’m jaded about humanity. I’ve seen it when times are good I am bracing for when times get bad.

  4. Horse says:

    I’m thinking of the muslims, even the Puerto Ricans that were gives clothing and food.
    Later piles of discarded food and clothing were found left behind rotting.

    All over Europe, mussies want cash, most the food they get is thrown out because they
    are economic migrants NOT fleeing violence.
    Not too hard to find that in the news if your not deluded.
    I have seen it in multiple articles.

    If you want to help then do so just watch your ass and have an exit when/if they get mad
    for not being handed everything they demand.
    I’m sure some will be grateful, the rest are problems.

    Charity? I\ll take care of my self and friends first.

  5. Mrs. B says:

    Great post! It is good of you to take care of others. I have freeze dried goodies I save. Extra blackberries, saved. Raspberries, saved. Peaches, saved. Our community is small and private. To come into our neighborhood you have to be from there or else someone’s gonna ask. It’s comforting sometimes, other times, a pain in the a**. If someone lost everything, I can start giving there. It takes little effort to do & it’s a blessing to those who need it. Thank you for taking the time to jot this down.

  6. Rick says:

    Great ideas for helping others in need of food, water and/or shelter. God bless you in all your efforts.

  7. Red C says:

    Thanks for a great article with lists for different kinds of people. Are the books intended to be a diversion or distraction from how bad things are? Or to teach something? I wonder, is there a booklet on the basics of gardening? I’m thinking of looking for New Testaments or small Bibles to give away. Also, I believe that condoms have an expiration date.