While not the best course of action, imo, once I'm settled, I've been thinking about becoming well acquainted with people who would be handy to have around in a SHTF scenario. A doctor, dentist and blacksmith (they can make just about anything) come to mind right off, and it will be really useful if they are fit and have hobbies like mountain climbing. I don't think it is always possible to blurt out that one is a prepper right off the bat. Perhaps after time when something in conversation allows you to bring it up in general terms, but most folks will look at you like you are crazy. I don't think it is necessarily a terrible idea to cultivate these types of friendships and in time, let it be known that in an emergency, they can come see you. I realize there are a lot of drawbacks to this, but it is one way to build a team with the types of skills you think might be handy. Although I believe more people will survive easier than a handful, I'm not big on trust, so letting others in on my preps isn't something I would do lightly.