How Well Are You Prepared to Help Rebuild Your Community After the Coming Collapse?

It’s anybody’s guess as to exactly what will happen after a collapse. So many have their featured scenarios. But one thing’s for sure. It looks like a matter of when, not if one is coming.

A number of people predict the economy will come crashing down further than it already has. Or it may be something like a huge natural disaster that serves as the catalyst to bring down our economic house of cards.

What I don’t hear much of is meaningful solutions. There’s more to preparedness than having the right gear and supplies. What are we going to do about rebuilding society when its current infrastructure is incapacitated?

Oh, sure, a few talk about solutions, such as Brandon Smith of But there aren’t enough who are doing so.

Vance Lindstrom, author of Rebuilding a Village, has put a lot of thought into the problem. He has been a guest on DestinySurvival Radio. What follows is a summary of his second visit to the show.

Vance is a pastorand homesteader as well as an author. He’s one of those who sees a collapse coming. I asked if he sees the economic situation differently than when his book came out a few months after it was published. He said we’re on track for a worst case scenario. And,–no surprise here–politicians are offering no real answers.

As a student of history, he foresees chaos ahead. The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina gives us a glimpse of the kind of societal breakdown we’re in for. And we’re not prepared for it. We’ve lost the skills and mentality of past generations.

A blessing in our modern times is the Internet. As you well know, it is a wonderful resource to help you and me get prepared. But it can be a curse, too. The social networking many of us participate in can’t replace the people contact we should be making with our neighbors and those in our local communities.

That community involvement and networking is crucial for survival, including in urban areas with millions of people.

Vance is fortunate enough to be part of a group of people who are training themselves for leadership in the wake of collapse. If you’re not part of such an effort, you might want to get his book for more info on how to cultivate such a group.

When things start popping, what’s going to happen when police and military decide to take care of their own households and leave you and me to ourselves? What happens when they don’t get paid?

One of the topics Vance and I discussed was militias. He’s brave enough to deal with it in his book, which more fully reveals what he envisions. But if you substitute the word “posse” for militias, you’d have a better idea of the concept he envisions.

It’s not about revolution or taking over or any such thing. He wants to see groups that will support the local community. They would help restore order and keep peace as in America’s early history.

Vance and I also briefly discussed medical care. We need to prepare now for austere medicine. The days of the specialized medical care we take for granted now will be over.

I invite you to hear my interview with Vance Lindstrom on DestinySurvival Radio for May 17, 2012. Get Rebuilding a Village by clicking on its title where it’s linked in this post. You’ll be taken to the page where it’s featured, and you can order from there.

Are you looking ahead to rebuilding society? Are you involved in a group that’s preparing for the aftermath of a collapse?

What about meeting the needs of people right now? For example, does your church or other cific group have a garden? Ever had a canning party? What about classes in firearms training and self defense?


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.

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