Providing charity during a long term disaster can be seen as a blessing to those in need. But to those providing the charity, it can be seen as a security nightmare. There may come a time when a person feels the need to help their fellow man. After all, it is human nature to want to help.
But, desperate times call for desperate measures. If the person in need is neither a family member or a friend that can help on the homestead, what can be done? If there is a group of displaced persons, do you risk it? Survival during a long term disaster depends not only on making the right choice, but the smartest choice.
Provided that a person has enough provisions to support his family for the long term, and has enough extras to give out, it would be wise to be as inconspicuous as possible when providing the charitable items. In a situation where people know that you have a lot of supplies, dangerous situations could occur. If a person were desperate enough, they could try to overtake your home to get to the supplies, or get a group together to attack your home. A person can never be too paranoid in a situation like this.
Many are conflicted with how they could provide charity and still maintain good OPSEC and home security at the same time. Going through a third party to give out the charity would eliminate the danger involved in face-to-face donations. This method would also eliminate the risk of people talking and spreading the word around that you have extra food at your disposal. A third party could be a member of a church, or a family member. A person could drop the donation off at the church door and tell the church leader to give the donation to who he/she feels needs it the most.
Charity during a long term disaster is quite a conundrum for those that have the means to assist. But there is no “one size fits all” answer to this question. It truly is a conundrum that each prepper may be faced with in the near future. Whatever decision is made regarding charity, keep in mind that in a post -SHTF world – the rules have changed, and there will be more dangers out there. So, make sure if you decide to give to charity, play it smart, and keep your family safe.