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Find, Join Like-Minded Preppers

December 13, 2012 by  

Being a lone wolf of preparedness may make you a very capable individual who has the knowledge to survive a potential crisis in the wilderness, but this mindset does not account for 99 percent of the situations that involve living in social context.

While the lone wolves might be ready to disappear into the woods and take on nature, they may not actually be able to survive the darker sides of a chaotic society in a likely crisis situation. For this reason, even though becoming a true “survivalist” is a great goal to shoot for, it is imperative to join like-minded preppers in your area if you want to be ready to deal with the fact that there are other people in our society who will affect your life in a time of crisis.

It is essential to develop a team for all aspects of your preparedness, especially for the security portions of your plan. The adages “two heads are better than one” and “there is safety in numbers” couldn’t be truer than when addressing the subjects of both preparedness and security. Whether it’s planning, sharing of responsibilities, leadership, safety in numbers or the actual use of force, teamwork will greatly increase your ability to implement and protect what you’ve been working on.

A downside of teamwork, conversely, is being able to trust everyone’s cooperation with the agreed-upon rules of privacy. Another old adage is true: “Lose lips sink ships.” The larger your team, the greater the risk will be for too much information being shared about your preparations.

The moral of the story is: Coordinate a team as soon as possible, but chose wisely with whom you want to ride out the storm.

The following lists just a few benefits of preparing in the context of Teamwork:

  • Safety in numbers.
  • Many hands make light work.
  • Variety of gifts and skills.
  • Friendship and fun.
  • Sharing goods/gadgets (save money).
  • Encouragement.
  • Financial assistance and security.
  • Reduced learning curve.
  • Rest available for the weary and injured.
  • Leadership structure.
  • Avoids over-focusing on pet projects.
  • Accountability.

For these reasons, the five categories of preparedness (water, food, shelter, power and security) are centered on the need for community. No matter how much money, knowledge or time you have, if you are trying to prepare on your own, you will miss something.

Austin Fletcher

is the Executive Director of Category Five, a Preparedness Education Network, and is a prepper at heart. After graduating from Arizona State University with a degree in Global Business Management, Austin spent seven years in pastoral ministry while building ministry and business relationships around the globe. During that time he became keenly aware of the coming financial storm that is upon us today, and has been prepping ever since. For this reason, in early 2009, Austin and his team at Category Five began to change the original purpose of the organization to become what it is today. Prepping is not about being an expert in survival or having experience as a former Special Forces soldier; prepping is about building on the strengths of those you prepare with and educating yourself about things you can control. This is the idea behind the Category Five, and the necessity of a Preparedness Education Network.

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  • Rennie

    Everytime someone starts talking about grabbing their bugout gear and heading for the mountains I ask them what their long term plan is, and how many otehr people will be up there running out of supplies and preying on others? As it is there are cases of camp break ins now from people trying to be hermits in the mountains, they forget a century ago there was more game because of logging operations and abandonned logging camps left much to scavenge, timberland owners would often gladly supply hermits who would help keep an eye on things and prevent fires, and poaching was common and much harder to prevent. You would have to cache supplies and stay out of sight to be on your own, or stay put and be part of a “tribe” and produce food.

    • Peaches57

      I LOVe the people who say that they are going to “bug-out and live off the land”. Fools. All land is owned, by either private people, corporations, or the government. Most people who brag about “living off the land” have never tried it for anything other than a couple of weeks, near safe places and stores where they can pick up what they need, receive medical attention, etc. These folks will be the “second wave” – those who will go crawling into FEMA camps or toward fully-prepared and armed farmhouses, bleeding, infected, and injured, or starving and feral, only to be indentured as slaves or put down as rabid animals. No loss.

  • johno

    I’ve come to the conclusion it isn’t going to happen soon. There are still too many rural communities that could survive without the almighty dollar. Communities that would come together and help each other. Urban areas would probably kill each other but all around America are good people that could survive without the outside world.

    A huge natural disaster is something noone can control but if its some kind of coup we are worrying about the powers that be will destroy more of the rural areas first which is happening. I just think they will take a few more years so they don’t encounter so much resistance.

  • Jim Martin

    I for one do believe that in todays society there is ample reason for being a prepper. Look at all the warring going on all around us and look what our own Govt. is trying to take away from ,we the people. I am not an alarmist nor am I one to sit and just wait for something to happen someday. Something IS going to happen and many, many people are ill prepared to deal with what could only be called, “Society Meltdown”. I don’t know how bad it will be but I believe it is going to be bad enough that you are going to want to protect your family and yourself from the “ill prepared” who are going to be all too ready to take what is yours once their stockpiles of food, water and other neccessities are gone (and this is most people in this world). If you prepare yourself and your family, friends and neighbors for what is inevitably going to happen in our own country then you are miles ahead of most others. If nothing happens at least you’re prepared for anything that may happen, and, if something does happen you’re going to need your skills and your families skills to get through it all. I, myself, look at it this way; Our govt. is making too many mistakes with our lives to be trusted anymore and if you really think that they have our good will at heart you are mistaken. I am going to do what I can in order for my family to have a chance at life rather than sitting on the couch looking through rose colored glasses saying to myslef, “I don’t have to worry. Our Govt. is on it”. In fact, I choose to say I am on it and I am responsible for my family.

  • Nicole

    How does one go about finding fellow preppers? I’m made fun of and ridiculed for working on being ready for whatever may be thrown my way. Make’s me want to keep it to myself and not share. Even close friends and co-workers poke fun at me.

    • Incredulous1

      Check out the author’s web site, Category Five.

  • apple-eater

    And just where would one find like-minded preppers? Even my husband (ex) and daughter doesn’t believe and I seem out-of-step with everyone I know. I am afraid to speak with other people too much as they seem to scoff at the need to prepare so they might take advantage of my preparedness or turn me into the government if they felt they wold benefit from it. I seem to be standing alone and don’t have any idea how to join up with others with the same goal.

    • Incredulous1

      Check out author’s web site, Category Five.

  • Peaches57

    How I found like-minded people… My daughter and I went looking for property in the Great Plains and Midwest. We found the “perfect place” – 60 acres, 150 miles from any Wal Mart or interstate. But to be sure, we went down to the local bar in the evening, and sat and drank and ate – and listened. All around us, at every table, were people talking about “self-sufficiency” – i.e., raising gardens, livestock, what the weather would be like, how it would affect their crops and livlihoods. We didn’t say a word. As the evening progressed, and people had a few, they began talking about economics, the war, the Presidency, the Congress… and it was clear that we were in an area that not only believed in self-sufficiency but were prepared to defend themselves if need be.

    You don’t find ‘like-minded people’ by trying to convert people whom you already know. Those who don’t see the purpose in self-reliance at this point will never see it, and they are best left alone. You find people by not only listening to what they say but how they say it. I now live in that area, where barter is an accepted way of life, where free trade exists, and where people carry as a matter of self-protection and common sense. Do not try to convince the ignorant or the obtuse – you are not the Jackass Whisperer.


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