We tend to focus our pieces and re-posts of other authors on the NPT that will operate outside the NPP. What we fail to mention from time to time is equally important: The NPT’s support network. Without one, the NPT isn’t going to last very long in a WROL/SHTF scenario.
When developing your NPT, remember to ensure you welcome those who might not be able to go to the field and hump a ruck or shoot a rifle, but can put away food, or become a supply pre-positioning point, or offer a warm place to sleep, or a hot meal, or a thousand different things that might make the difference between you and your NPT not making it through an external security patrol.
Having these folks involved means being able to talk with them without making them feel like they ‘can’t cut it’ or are somehow not as valuable as the people carrying the rifles and rucks.
Genuinely looking at them as valuable members of your Neighborhood Protection Association helps build the one thing absolutely essential to your success: legitimacy. If they don’t believe you’re legitimate, they’re not going to help. Period. Which could be disasterous, say, if one or more of them could have warned your NPT about some suspicious people setting themselves up a street or two away from you in a “L” shape for some reason…..and they decided, since you can’t be talked to, that they’d just mind their own business.
Find out what people who want to be involved in your NPT can offer, and then let them do it. Remember, this is a community effort. If S does HTF, if there IS a WROL scenario, everyone in your little corner of the world will be affected, and it can be made significantly less uncomfortable with less privation and risk if everyone comes to the table with what they have.
Why? Because everyone can bring something to the table. It’s up to the NPT leader to recognize it and capitalize on what’s brought.
Legitimacy. Just as important a tool as your Personal Protection Carbine/Rifle.