“Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much” – Helen Keller.
The lone wolf survivor. I can survive on my own. It’s just me and my gun.
We’ve heard some variation of these phrases in the comment sections of our blogs for years that when things go sideways, they’ll find a way to survive on their own. But in a prolonged SHTF scenario, surviving on your own will be almost impossible to do, especially over a long enough timeline. When push comes to shove, you’re going to need help. You can’t stay awake forever to secure your location and you can’t be everywhere at one time. This is where having a Mutual Assistance Group or MAG will come in handy to help you survive in the long-term.
In this blog, we’ll discuss what a MAG is, why it is important, and how you can start your own.
A MAG or Mutual Assistance Group is defined as a group of like-minded individuals who agree to help and assist each other out during an emergency or crisis. It’s simply a group of preppers who pool their skills and resources together to make it easier for the members of the group to survive in times of disaster.
Though this is the usual definition given to MAG, I came across another definition on a blog article from a prepper known as Paranoid Prepper. For him, a MAG is composed of family, friends, and neighbors that he cares about. They’re basically people who you won’t turn away and leave to die should they show up at your door during a disaster or collapse.
He adds that he doesn’t necessarily tell them they are part of a MAG unless he is sure they can maintain operational security and not share their information with others. But regardless if they know or not, they are in. He does have a valid point since we do have people who are close to us and live nearby that it is likely they’ll show up at our doorstep should a disaster sets in.
When that time comes, can we turn them away and leave them to fend for themselves? This is why he includes them in his MAG, so he doesn’t have to make a tough choice when the time comes.
As we mentioned earlier, a MAG can help you survive in a prolonged collapse. It can provide support and assistance, making it easier to deal with the disaster. Let’s discuss in more detail the reasons how they can help during a disaster.
One of the main benefits that a MAG provides is that it can expand the skillsets of the entire group. For example, there’s a doctor in your MAG group, which means he possesses the knowledge and skills related to medical and first aid. These are vital during a disaster since it might not be possible to go to a hospital if you’re injured or sick. Another example is if one member of the group is skilled in carpentry and plumbing. He can be the one to provide help when it comes to doing repair work or building things for the group. It’s impossible to learn and do everything yourself. So being part of a group that can provide different skills and knowledge will be very helpful during a disaster.
Another benefit of having a MAG is that you can focus your preparations more on a particular task or role. Members of MAGs are usually given a designated role or task that they can focus on when preparing for a disaster. This can be helpful since you don’t have to worry too much about other things, as other members of the group are tasked to handle it. For example, you’re part of the committee that is in charge of security and keeping the entire area safe. During a disaster, you just need to focus on your assigned task, as the other things like gathering food and water, and handling inventory, among others, are delegated to other members of the group.
It’s not easy being a prepper, considering the many challenges that you would have to encounter. These challenges can take a mental and physical toll on anyone, so having a mental and emotional support group is a great help. A MAG can provide you with that since the members will know what you are going through and can help you out in any way that they can. You can easily talk to them about your challenges and even ask for assistance and advice when it comes to finding solutions. If you have a religious leader in your group or a mental health care professional, these members will provide a very valuable role in your community.
Having a MAG will also make it easier for you and your group to secure your area or neighborhood, not only from the dangers of the disaster but also from other people who are looking to raid your stockpile of supplies. One of the things that preppers are always wary of during a SHTF scenario is the threat coming from other people, especially those who didn’t prepare for the disaster. Having a group behind you will make it easier to secure and protect a neighborhood from raiders who are looking to steal resources.
Before we discuss how you can start your own MAG, here are some questions that you need to answer first to see if you are ready to be a member of a mutual assistance group.
If you answer no to any of these questions, then you might not be ready yet to start your own MAG or be part of one. You need to make sure that you are willing to participate and commit to the group in order for it to succeed. Remember, the other members will depend on you when the time comes, just like you will depend on them.
After learning what a MAG is and why it’s important to have one, it’s time to discuss how you can build your own Mutual Assistance Group.
One of the first things you need to do when you are planning to build a mutual assistance group is to establish clear goals or objectives for the group to follow. This is important since the goal or objective will serve as the foundation that each member will need to follow and abide by to ensure the success of the group. Without this, people won’t even have an idea why the group exists in the first place.
After establishing what the group’s goals are, the next thing you need to do is to set the rules and regulations that will govern the MAG. Here are some things you need to consider when setting rules and regulations:
Once the goal, rules and regulation of the MAG are created, the next step is to focus on recruiting people to be part of the group. There are also considerations that you need to know when selecting the people you want to be part of the group.
The last thing you need to do once you have members is to establish the different committees that will be in charge of certain tasks and activities. This is simple since you just need to look at the skills and knowledge they possess and then assign them to the appropriate committee.
Establishing your own mutual assistance group is not easy and it will present many challenges. But it’s important to be part of one in order to survive a prolonged grid-down scenario. The success of a MAG will greatly depend on each and every member committing and dedicating themselves to the goals and objectives of the group and working together, especially during a collapse.
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