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Community! You won’t last long without it.

This article does not address short-term inconveniences such as a two-day outage of hot water in the summer. It focuses on much more serious crisis scenarios that can go beyond the confines of your prefab. Imagine a situation where the water and electricity are completely shut off, when an epidemic caused by unremoved feces threatens the whole house, and when for some reason you are unable to leave your apartment building. There are a number of reasons why you might find yourself in this situation, and you can easily think of dozens.

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In such circumstances, it is likely that the local government will be able to provide only minimal assistance. You have to stay in your house along with a hundred other people. Without mutual aid, social collapse can occur in this area, which can lead to the creation of many small groups in the vicinity, which may or may not be better prepared for a crisis situation.

So what does community protection involve in such a scenario?

Sharing resources and skills: Each member of the community may have specific skills or resources that could be useful in such a crisis. For example, someone may have medical knowledge while another may be skilled in repairs.
Resource sharing

Food: In times of crisis, food supplies can be scarce. It is important that every member of the community participates in the collection and distribution of food so that no one goes hungry. This could include sharing canned foods, dry food supplies, or even growing food indoors if possible.
Water: Water is a basic need for survival. Sharing water supplies and knowledge on how to collect and clean water is key.
Medicines and medical supplies: If someone has access to medicine or medical supplies, it can be very beneficial to share this with others who need it.
Weapons and defenses: In some crisis scenarios, weapons may be necessary to protect the community. However, it is important that these weapons are properly and safely used and managed
Sharing skills

Medical Skills: In times of crisis, medical skills can be extremely valuable. People who have knowledge of first aid may be able to help with injuries or illness.
Repair Skills: If someone can repair basic household appliances or generators, this can be very helpful.
Agricultural Skills: If someone knows how to grow food indoors or how to gather and preserve food, these skills can be extremely useful.
Communication skills: Communication is important in a crisis. People who can use walkie-talkies or other communication devices can help maintain contact with the outside world.

Collaboration and planning:

Emergency Planning: Every community member should have an understanding of different crisis scenarios and how to respond to them. This could include evacuation, strategies for obtaining food and water, or plans for security and defense.

Information sharing and coordination: In crisis situations, it is important to maintain open and effective communication. This may include sharing information about current resources, needs, risks and opportunities.

Division of tasks: Each member of the community should have a clear understanding of what their tasks and responsibilities are. This can include taking care of food, maintaining security, health care, and more.

Learning to live together: A crisis can last longer than we think. Therefore, it is important to learn to live together in a tight space and under adverse conditions. This may include maintaining personal hygiene, avoiding conflict, and respecting the privacy and needs of others.

Training and preparation: Every member of the community should be prepared and trained for different crisis scenarios. This can include first aid training, evacuation, firefighting and more.
Conflict resolution and community management:

Communication: Open and honest communication is the basis of conflict resolution. Every member of the community should be able to express their concerns and opinions and should feel heard.

Mediation: When two or more community members have a disagreement, it can be helpful to have a neutral party to help mediate the discussion and help find a solution that is fair to all parties involved.

Conflict prevention: Creating an environment that promotes respect and understanding can help prevent conflict. This can include rules for communication, shared values and mutual respect.

Community management
Division of responsibilities: For the community to function effectively, it is important to have a clear division of responsibilities. Each member of the community should have a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities.

Shared Decisions: On larger issues, the community should make decisions together. This may involve voting or consensus on important issues.

Leadership: Although it is ideal to treat all members of the community as equals, in some situations it may be useful to have individuals who are experienced in leadership and coordination. These persons should be elected or appointed by community consensus.
In building and maintaining a community, it is important to maintain open and honest communication, respect the needs and wishes of individual members, and work together to achieve common goals. In tough times, community can be the key to survival.

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