How Will You Handle the Domestic Refugees?
“No “one” house can provide for a whole nation but that nation is a collection of houses working together for the good of all.”
This is the million dollar question that none of us wish to face. Will we or won’t we address this problem. Will we turn away the homeless and starving when they approach our home? No matter how much we think about it and discuss with others, what will we do at the moment is occurs?
I have heard about every imaginable answer to the question. From “feed them” to shoot them. From “it’s not my problem” to telling them “my neighbor has food.” The truth is, do we really know? I don’t think so.
I know in the past years, my thought process on this question has changed some. The foundation of my belief system remains the same. But, how I will handle it has changed. Why? Partially based on some of the reasoning Mr Rogers states in the article below.
We, as preparers, can lean back and thump our chest as we say “I told you so” to those who didn’t prepare. Oh how wise of us, right? But, how many who prepare will remain prepared throughout a major disaster? How many will be forced to abandon their plan and flee for safety leaving most of their possessions behind? That could me or you, right? So, as we approach the gates of a community, starving, cold, and dirty, we beg for food and water. Then, we hear the words broadcasted through a bull horn, “go away or we will shoot.” Oh no, a reversal of your existing policy from your camp or neighborhood. Now what? Do you see my point? Of course every situation will probably be different. But, in general, we must keep some degree of sanity about us to maintain a level of civility.
Even though most of my thoughts in this area remain the same, I have grown more agreeable to listen and accept each case to be just that, a single case. I do still struggle with family and friends who choose to ignore every effort made to get them to put some food back and prepare, then they may show up on my door step wanting help. I know, I know, we can’t fix stupid. But, they are humans and family or friends at that. If this happens, will we allow our personal frustration with them over ride civility and what is probably the right thing to do?
I have this little bird chirping in the back of my brain saying “if they failed to prepare, even with all the reminders and convincing arguments I made, why believe they will fall in line and work as a team and follow someone telling them what to do?” So, now we have gone from an external problem wanting inside the area to an internal problem.
This a good article for provoking your thoughts. I hope it will.
What’s the deal with the Domestic Refugees?
Bob Rogers – Survivopedia
With the intensity of natural disasters growing year by year and seeing that such disasters can relocate a large number of people, we can’t help but wonder where all these will people end up.
In the last decade or so, we’ve all witnessed a large number of refugees fleeing a country ravaged by war or brought to its knees by the economic meltdown. Some of them managed to integrate rather peacefully in their new environment while others have become a problem for the countries that made all the efforts to resettle them.
I can understand the concern of some people having to deal with external refugees, but what concerns me the most is that nobody is talking about the domestic ones. The people that have the same rights as you and me, the ones being forced to relocate due to reasons or events that were out of their control.
If a major disaster occurs in the United States or some apocalyptic event if you will, we will have to deal with a human exodus right here and now and we have no clue to what this may lead to.
What are domestic refugees?
Currently, the people you work with, the people you know on a personal level and distant relatives you visit once a year, can all become domestic refugees at some point.
The people that are forced to migrate inside their own country is what we call domestic refugees. The ones that are forced to move from one place to another in search of a safer living area where they can regrow their roots.
I’ve often heard preppers call these people “the unprepared,” but that’s not how this really works. No matter how well-prepared you are, an event that will force you to relocate can happen to anyone. It may be right that if you are a prepper or a homesteader living off the grid, your chances of surviving a SHTF event are higher, but sooner or later, you will have to interact with these refugees.
Should we be concerned about them?
We live in a great country with infinite development potential for everyone, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have our own refugees. I honestly believe that this is something that needs to be addressed, and people seem to forget that there are certain events that can cause a great human migration within our borders.
You’re probably aware of the warnings NASA has been issuing for the past 15 years regarding the solar activity and how it can affect our way of life and send us back to the dark ages. While the government is preparing for such a scenario for a few years now, the general public will have to deal with the outcome of such an event on their own.
Imagine a large city hit by an EMP. That area will not be able to sustain life once the resources are cannibalized. People will have to move in order to survive.
How will domestic refugees behave when SHTF?
As history showed us, people act differently when resources are scarce, and their survival is at stake. They will either migrate to a friendlier environment, or they risk it all and try to make it work with what their current environment has to offer, often competing with others over what is left. While this might have worked in the past, in our modern world, where we are chained by technology, the survival spirit of humans is barely alive.
Modern humans will act like locusts, and once they cannibalize the resources from an area, they will move to the next one. They will continue to do so until they find a place that could accommodate most of them.
Unfortunately, very few have the knowledge to survive and start over with what they can find in a particular environment. Even if there are some who manage to start over, things will not go smoothly because they will eventually have to fend off wave after wave of domestic refugees. Not to mention that the locals will not welcome everyone with open arms since there are unknown factors that can put all of them in danger.
The longer people will struggle to survive, the more desperate they will become. And once desperation settles in, they will do whatever they can to survive another day. The worst part is that some of them already have the means and knowledge to fight for what they believe is the right thing.
As preppers and law-abiding citizens, we have to understand that not only external refugees can become a problem when SHTF. Land and resources have always been the reasons for starting a conflict and building kingdoms. I believe that before we prepare for external threats, we should at least acknowledge that someday we may have to handle and deal with the local refugees.
How to deal with local refugees?
Now, this is the million-dollar question, and it’s quite hard to provide a proper answer. However, there are many factors that can influence the outcome of such a scenario. One thing I can tell you for sure is that you are the lone wolf type, you won’t be able to survive for long. In this case there is safety in numbers, and you should have your own survival group.
A post-collapse community is a must, and it should cover all aspects of organization and leadership. If you are part of such a community, you have better chances of surviving than staying hidden all the time and ahead of the “heard.”
Even with a community, there will be people coming and requesting access. The leader and main pillars of the community will have to consider the implications of allowing more people in. Every decision they make will eventually affect the entire community.
Besides having one more mouth that needs to be fed, they also have to put in balance the benefits outsiders may bring to the community.
There are some general guidelines that can be followed as a survival group when taking new people in.
1. Access can and should be granted if the person is known in the community or owns property within its boundaries. Access should be granted only if the person can prove ownership of said property. This can be done by showing some form of identification or by other residents vouching for them.
2. Access can and should be granted if the person is a family member of current residents. However, this will often be done only if the residents acknowledge responsibility for them. If the community can no longer accommodate new people, a voting process will be required to make sure everyone is on board with the decision (whatever it may lead to).
3. Access can be granted if the newcomer proves that he or she owns specific skills that are needed the needs of the community or improve its development. Every survival group has its own strength and weaknesses and new people should be accepted only if they can increase the strength of the survival group. This also requires a vetting process and residents within the community that have similar skills should be involved.