Find, Join Like-Minded Preppers


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.

Personal Liberty

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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