Back just about two years ago, I wrote a blog post discussing what I called the “Survival Community Myth.” You can read that post here.
I still stand 100% behind that post, as it was what I felt the truth to be at that time. However, in the intervening years between then and now, some things have changed.
In the last 24 months, I’ve received more than a few messages from people who are starting or have already started some form of survival community. Some appear more serious about it than others, having already secured land, constructed buildings, and started gardens. Others were still in the raising capital stages, working on obtaining funds to get things rolling.
I was even asked to be a spokesperson for two different outfits.
Some of these communities developed organically, arising out of an established group centered around hunting, camping, and the outdoors. Like-minded people who were already together in some capacity and decided to make things a little more official.
Interestingly though, the only communities I’ve seen that are actively recruiting members are those that aren’t funded yet. The others with which I’m familiar aren’t looking to add new people, except and unless they are fully recommended and vetted by current members.
In other words, while survival communities have become more popular, it is still difficult if not impossible to find one to join, at least without knowing someone already involved with one. The exception to this rule are those communities that are still in the planning stages and looking to raise money to acquire the land and build the structures.
Another thing that hasn’t changed is that many people seem to still be looking for an existing survival community to be the answer to all their needs. They figure they can join up, often citing some sort of military or law enforcement experience and offering to work “security” for the community, and not have to worry about stockpiling food or supplies. If TSHTF, they’ll just hightail it to the community and set up shop.
The reality is most of the survival communities I’m aware of require the members to bring with them at least enough supplies to provide for their own needs for a given period of time, say a month to a year. The community will provide the members with storage space for their gear and supplies but they aren’t looking to feed and clothe anyone.
As I’ve said before on this site and elsewhere, I’m a HUGE proponent of community survival. But, just like with any other aspect of prepping, you can’t expect someone else to do all the heavy lifting.