This is often a dilemma you face as a prepper; you scrimp and save a little extra each month putting that money to your food and water resources.
For the last year or two you and your buddy Jim have had the “get prepared” conversation. He seemed to be an avid listener and agreed with the mounting problems that were becoming obvious at least as you saw them but he played his golf three days a week, lived large on his pension and his preps were virtually non-existent.
Your spare space in your apartment was filled with cases of food, and bottled water, your ToGo bags packed with gear and a week’s worth of rations and your Nalgene bottles sanitized and sealed tight ready to hold a gallon of water to get your through the day you’d be walking the 25 miles away from danger when your van’s gas was exhausted toward your “safe haven”.
You asked Jim how his preparations are going he says he has some things ready. You know he has enough personal protection items to supply a small platoon but doubt his readiness in case of an emergency, so what do you do?
Deep in my heart I’m not the kind of person to let my friends end up in harm’s way and that 180 days per person food and water is enough to give he and his wife 2 months of sustenance when the SHTF because I could never live with myself if I didn’t help them.
It’s enough for you and your family to survive any dilemma and you should be prepared but the food source you have shared can always be stretched to include one or two others for a couple months, the water purification you have will last five people for a year so you have the option to leave and be safe leaving others behind you care about or swing by and pick them up and not only save their lives but provide yourself with an extra pair of hands whom you know you can trust and will pull his weight because he is probably the most responsible person you know.
The choice is always clear to me I will help others and not be selfish…