lonewolf, you will want to have a small group that you can trust. Remember that even if you live away from the cities when the SHTF there will be some going your way to take whatever you have. This is why you need to have a group where they can keep a eye(post) 24 hours watch. This means a group of 9 to 12. Two to Three for every 8 hours would be 9 but 12 is better since there will be health problems.
I believe in a small group that you can trust now before the SHTF.