I know many of us love to have this hollywood vision of being 'A Lone Wolf', a one man band prepper, defender, food-storer, hunter, gatherer, scavenger, guard. The idea of ticking every box yourself, filling every position in your theoretical preparedness team with your own abilities.
I understand it, it's difficult to rely on others. It's difficult to find others with the same mindset, same commitment or interests. Of course, we all remember from school it isn't that easy to make friends. Even less so now we've all grown up and are busy with our own lives but this is one of the few things as a 'Prepper' I really hope you go out and do.
Go out and make friends. Meet like-minded people, speak to your friends or family who you trust. Get people onboard, and get them preparing.
If you like it or not, you cannot do this alone.
You cannot singularly repopulate the earth (no matter how much some of you may try...), nor harvest food, hunt, cook, protect your stores etc.. If you look at any modern emergency people have survived in groups. Family units, Army Units, hell even business units. People stick together and they do well. It's rare that someone comes out of an emergency on their own unscathed. Maybe they survived physically but they carry heavy mental scars. Any soldier will tell you, the scariest situation you can be in is being left somewhere on your own. You learn to love your unit, rely on your friends, build up that level of camaraderie where you can put your life in the hands of your team, and this is what you need to be preparing for.
I'm certainly not saying don't prepare to fill every position. At times you'll need too, at times you'll certainly need to do two or three. But practically, think about it. Whilst you're out hunting and gathering (which in a real emergency can be the bulk of your time) who is holding down the fort? Who is protecting your wife or kids? Who is looking after the supplies you've already built up?
In this instance you need at least two people. But then think about it; what happens if one of you goes missing? You've gone out scavenging and not come back. How long before your friend will come looking for you? Who's protecting your supplies then.
Okay, so lets say then you need a group of three, right? I'm from a kayaking background and we always used to go by the rule of threes. One person to get injured, one person to stay with the casualty, one person to go and get help. It's a practical number. It's easy to find three people to go kayaking. It's probably pretty easy to find three friends who you'd trust to be sensible about prepping too. So lets start from there. Why not go out and drop into a conversation about maybe gearing up a little bit in case of an emergency? Now is truly the perfect time, preparedness, pandemics, the end of the world as we know it. It's all at the forefront of peoples minds. It's a great opportunity to see who is handling the situation well and who is handling it poorly.
Dish out a bit of advice for the friends who are struggling, maybe drop a few hints to the ones who have proven that they are in some part ready to deal with the unknown. Start thinking about who could fit into that team.