Throughout history, there have been many instances where seemingly average community members step up and make a big difference in times of need. Recent history is no exception. Remember in recent hurricanes in Florida and Louisiana how far more people were saved by private citizens with boats than were saved by any government agency? Remember how during the L.A. and Baltimore Riots store owners and citizens would band together to prevent looting and arson in their neighborhoods?
Community action is generally faster and more effective than government or first responder actions. This sort of community helping community does not happen unless individual people step up. My question for you is that when disaster strikes in your community, will you be one of the people waiting to be saved? will you be able to save your own family? and will you be able to help others?
Even during times of relative peace, most government operations (police, firefighters, emergency medical services) have just enough funding and personnel to get by. It is no wonder why these same departments become rapidly over run during a time for crisis when there is a greatly elevated demand for help. The bottom line is that in a time of great need, government help will be slow, inadequate, and inconvenient.
The higher calling of a prepper is to not only be someone who can take care of one's self and one's family in a time of need but also to be someone who can help others in time of need. Not every method of help needs to involve some great act of bravery and heroism.
For example, if a serious blizzard comes and knocks the power out, community members are now at risk to both freezing temperature and not being able to travel far on blocked and icy roadways. Now let's say that you are the only house on your block that has a generator or a wood stove. Could allowing some of your neighbors to warm up at your place while the power is being restored possibly save their lives? You bet it could. If the roads were blocked for several days and your neighbors couldn't get food, could you giving them some extra rice and beans save their lives? You bet it could. If one of your neighbors get hypothermia and you know how to treat it, could you save their life? You bet. Not all life saving efforts are dramatic and heroic, but they are life saving all the same.
And yes, in an ideal world, everyone would be self-sufficient and would not need any help. Newsflash: this is not an ideal world. There are elders, young children, and good but ignorant people who will need help when the time comes.
You won't be much help to your community if you and your family are not squared away first. How much help can you be if you don't have shelter, food, or water? You wouldn't be much help. Charity starts at home. Once things are squared away at home, you will be able to better help others.
A good citizen is a prepper, and a good prepper is a resource for his or her community. When the time comes, will you be one of the many who needs saving, or will you be able to offer help to others. It all comes down to what kind of person you are on the inside.