First of all let me give you all some background on my prepping history. I grew up in a pretty rural area and the only access into our home was over a bayou that frequently had the bridge washed out for sometimes over a week or more and also it was pretty normal to lose our electrical power for up to 10 days at a time. We grew or raised much of what we ate and never gave it a second thought. Fast forward many years and I always felt more secure with spare flashlights, food, water and firepower. Then came 9/11 and my entire outlook on my world changed that day and I knew that I owed it to my family to be as prepared for the worse and started prepping in ernest. For many years I kept my prepping a secret except to my wife and 1 of my 4 grown kids and never gave it a thought to do different. Then a few years ago I bumped into an old friend of mine that had moved into my area and quite by accident we finally figured out that we were both heavy into prepping and between us we had a large amount of supplies, arms and ammo and identical thoughts on survival in the case of SHTF. After tossing around some worse case scenarios we knew that our survival percentages would increase significantly with a larger group of like minded people. First of all just the concept of security of our base would be better served with more people. Imagine trying to stay awake or alert 24/7 with just 2 or 3 people versus a group of 5 or 6. About 2 1/2 years ago we had a family meeting and we discussed the future with the entire family. Now our core group includes 6 men, 5 women and also 6 children. Of this group most, but not all bring needed talent to the entire group. All will pull together and all will perform their assigned tasks, but of this group there are only 2 that in my opinion already possess the actual ability to take another person's life to protect the group and only 5 of the group can handle firearms and ammo and 1 of these is my wife. At first blush it appears that the others in the group would be an hinderance to the entire group and maybe even drag the group down. Then we made a list of other talents that these others can bring into the group and other than being a warm body that can tote, carry, garden, or cook they are also computer/electrical nerds and have medical training and woodworking experience. I guess my point of the looonnggg post is two fold: (#1) A larger group has a much better chance of long term survival than a small one. (#2) Most people have talents that you will be glad to have if SHTF lasts over a few weeks. Now I am wondering how many of you have a group or do you plan on going it alone even if things last for a long time??