A lot of attention in the community of preppers and survivalists is spent on self-defense and crime and home defense, since we know from other countries that have experienced economic collapse that crime skyrockets.
A term that you will hear that describes the favorite strategy of the more experienced preppers and survivalists is "Gray Man." This describes the technique of blending in to your background and being very unnoticeable.
While the younger, more inexperienced preppers and survivalists may brag about their guns, knives and self-defense strategies, it is far wiser to avoid a conflict than to have to be in a position to figure out how to come out on top.
The Gray Man never talks about his preps with people who are outside his immediate circle of trusted family and friends. He does not want to draw any attention to himself. While he may plan to be very generous and share supplies with others when the "Sewage Hits The Fan" (SHTF), he will ensure that it is on his terms. The last thing he wants is a bunch of people coming to him begging, or worse yet, demanding help.
The Gray Man plan isn't just employed from a "strategic" standpoint, but also a tactical standpoint. In everyday encounters after a crisis hits, the Gray Man plans to be very inconspicuous. He never wears the coolest, high-priced tactical gear, as that just attracts attention from the bad guys who are sure to notice and decide that he is a good target for expensive stuff to rob.
In his daily life, the Gray Man wants to wear nothing, say nothing and do nothing that would cause anyone to remember him. This is actually a strategy employed by many salesmen who do in-home sales calls. They would never wear a button for a political candidate, as that might turn off people from the opposing party and he risks losing a sale. Nothing he wears or does or talks about should draw attention to anything but his product / service and further the sales process.
When the salesman leaves the house, the majority of the people he has visited shouldn't even remember what he was wearing. If they remember that he was wearing $ 500 alligator shoes, that was a distraction.
So it isn't only that you don't want to wear expensive or tactical clothes in an SHTF scenario where you are trying to employ the Gray Man persona. You don't even want to wear a jersey from a particular football team or anything but bland, unremarkable clothing.
By not sticking out, whether in their lifestyle every day or in how they may make a trip outside their home in a tough situation, the preppers and survivalists who employ Gray Man are the least likely to have to worry about getting into a sticky situation.
Source by Mike Kuykendall