Editor’s Note: This is part of a series from Charley Hogwood of P.R.E.P. on mutual assistance groups (MAG).
Your mutual assistance group (MAG) will need to decide how to fill those slots as time goes on. Tasking requirements in the beginning before disaster with only a few people is considerably different than if you evolved into a full-time colony in a world without rule of law (WWROL).
It is important to identify your priorities and only advance into new projects when the manpower, treasure and conditions permit.
Start with Existing Operations and Personnel
Begin by taking account of what you already have. Start with your existing operations and personnel. What priority survival systems are already in place? Are they running smoothly and at a reasonable capacity? Once your current situation is under control, only then can you begin to think about adding more work.
You may find in your initial assessment that there are active projects that are not priority right now and they may be delaying more important projects. After you are comfortable in the current situation, start the expansion process. You should identify a list of desired projects and assign them a priority.
Along the way you will begin to see some opportunities for interdependency. Some jobs will naturally dovetail with others.
For example, most tactical and security work utilize similar personnel and equipment. Farming can combine animal husbandry and gardening. You can always follow the Rule of 3s as a quick reminder of what’s most important in survival.
Security is Top Priority
Now, there is one important adjustment to this thinking: SECURITY IS ALWAYS JOB ONE!
You’ll have ongoing daily chores and activities, but you must also provide for the task of security. We know that security never takes a day off. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, the security plan must be performed with discipline and proficiency.
Too often, people overestimate their abilities and underestimate their situation. Choose your battles and take every advantage available to you.
* Click here to read part two of this article on mutual assistance group chores.