Because your immediate area will be compromised or unsafe for you to remain, you need somewhere to retreat to. The ideal location would be within walking distance, but not so close it will be affected by whatever calamity has stricken your area.
Your network should include people who do not live in the same town or neighborhood as you. This benefits you as well as your group. Having a number of contacts in several surrounding towns or locations is ideal. If you happen to be the lucky one who was not in the middle of a siege or natural disaster, the people in your network will come to your house or retreat.
In an ideal situation, you would be able to trust your network contacts implicitly. You could help them build outbuildings, setup firepits, till garden plots and other things that will be necessary in an off-grid, self-sustaining situation. You would help your contact build up a place that will sustain your family as well as their family and any other members of your group.
This is something that will require a great deal of trust, especially if you will be leaving resources at the secondary location. However, it is a tit for tat situation. Everybody in the network would be contributing resources as well as time and energy to ensure there are retreats set up around a given area.
Every prepper knows you don't want to put all of your eggs in one basket. Having options available increases your chances of survival. You may be forced to retreat to location A because your home along with all of the other ones have been compromised. Having numerous options spread out over a region gives you the flexibility to change your plans based on whatever disaster you are dealing with. If roads are blocked, you are not stuck. You can take another route in the opposite direction to another retreat.
Your secondary retreat should be ready to sustain you. If you are walking, which is a strong possibility, you cannot possibly carry hundreds of pounds of food and water. By utilizing a member in your network, you have someone safeguarding your supplies versus leaving your emergency surplus in an isolated retreat.
When you choose to utilize people that live around you, but not next door, you are also going to get the benefit of their knowledge. They are going to know where to find water. They will have an idea of the best places to hunt as well as forage. You will be in their backyard and vice versa. You won't have to go off on scouting missions that could be fruitless. The contact will have already done all the exploring and scouting. It will save time and energy you can focus on rebuilding and taking care of necessary duties.
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