In a survival situation there are many decisions that need to be made. Probably one of the most important decisions is whether to go it alone or to be part of a survival group. I recently discussed the advantages of being in a group and what affects it had on your chances of survival. If you are still unsure whether to start planning for lone surviving or group surviving here is the other side of the argument with some disadvantages of survival group for your consideration.
In my opinion the biggest disadvantage of group surviving is having to trust every member of your group. It can be difficult to know who you can trust when all is well with the world – if you add the pressure and the stress of trying to survive a bad situation; it becomes even harder to pick out the trustworthy from the bad guys. All it takes is one wrong choice on a group member and it can lead to a whole world of trouble
Most preppers will agree on the importance of stealth i.e. moving quietly and remaining undetected by any potential threats. In a group this becomes a lot more difficult. A group will always make more noise than an individual, they will be seen easier and a group is likely to move slower.
One thing that you may overlook is people’s independence. What I mean by this is that although you may have a group of people who all agreed on everything in the beginning, there are no guarantees that all members of the group will continue to think the same as you. In a group you will always need to have your wits about you and remain alert just in case a group member decides they are better to go it alone but they are going to take your supplies first.
Food will always be rationed out throughout the group. Even if you go out, track, kill, gut and skin the meal – you still may only end up with a small amount of food for yourself once it has been shared equally. This can have a big impact on your morale as you could be working a lot harder than other members but still be given equal shares.
Equipment and survival gear will also likely be shared amongst the entire group. Whilst this can be a good thing for you – gaining some new tools that you might not have already had – my concern would be becoming separated from your group and then only having a small amount of gear to keep you alive.
Your group may be joined by strangers. This is a positive for the whole strength in numbers argument but how do you know what their intentions are? They may be friendly survivors who want to pull their weight within the group but they may be waiting for the opportunity to take your supplies and run.
If your group has families included then there is a chance there may be babies or young children within them. These can cause you big problems from a badly timed tantrum or crying episode etc. your safety could be compromised by something that is out of your control.
Living with the same people 24/7 with no other people to interact with can obviously cause some tension. A tiny disagreement between a couple of group members can quickly escalate into something that is too much for your group to handle. There is a real chance that a small argument could tear your group apart and leave you picking up the pieces of what’s left.
Whether you decide to be a lone survivor or part of a survival group, make sure you have a plan in place so you know exactly what you are doing. You are always going to have the biggest impact on your own survival so make sure you make your choices wisely and stick to what your plan.
Written by Rob Survival for UKSN