Pre-Collapse: Getting Others To Prep
Getting other people to prep is far easier said than done. If it were easy to convince people to spend their hard earned money on a possible bad future, then we’d all be prepared and there wouldn't be a fear of looting and raiding, but it isn't and those threats are real.
When first talking to someone about prepping, you need to understand your audience. This means that if you’re talking to a hard-core outdoorsman you can bring up far more survival-esque components to prepping while a friend that is just talking about a natural disaster should be eased into it more.
Secondly, it’s important to focus on the need to prep over the possible reasons. People don’t like thinking about a banking collapse or super volcano, so instead of hearing you talk about prepping, those people will instead argue the finer points of why those things can’t happen. If you focus on the possibility of something making food, water, or essentials like toilet paper hard to get, it only makes sense to prepare for that possibility. That could be a problem local grocery stores to an all out stoppage of travel. Whatever the case, getting people on board by scaring them doesn't work, but getting them to understand their lives without the essentials is a sure fire way to get them signed up.
Once you get friends and family on board with prepping for themselves, it’s easier to talk with them and for everyone to help each other. There’s something to be said for standing on your own, but a little help never hurt.
After Collapse: Who should I tell?
So the big question is “who should I tell about my prepping?” and the answer is anyone you feel comfortable surviving TEOTWAWKI with. If you want to house enough supplies for all your neighbors to come enjoy, tell them at your own risk. Even then you run the risk of them telling their friends and so on until you have 100 people at your door looking for a handout. Help people with knowledge and never let on to the size of your prep or the weapons you have. Getting to know your neighbors will be a big help. You will be able to determine who has the will and aptitude to survive a collapse event. After collapse, cautiously approach those neighbors to form alliances and encourage them to use their skills to help them and your group.