How To Find Other Preppers In Your Area
Hiding like a hermit is not recommend!
If your the kind of prepper who fancies himself as as a big tough survival specialist capable of surviving everything the world and his dog throws at you.
Then maybe this article is not quite for you!
If you plan on disappearing into the woods with a big old hunting knife and to keep yourself alive and fend off, would be, hordes of bad guys.
Then, How To Find Other Preppers In Your Area is definitely not the article for you.
For the rest of us, slightly more sane preppers out here, there is without doubt a very good reason to forming a bigger prepping group.
The increased value of teamwork by including other, like minded, preppers who all share your common goal of staying alive and surviving against the odds is increased ten fold when you work together, and when you pool all the skills of individuals the mutual benefit to the group is increased exponentially.
Firstly, you might want to ask yourself - "Why would I want to meet anyone else"?
Strength in numbers is the simple answer.
As part of a group of preppers you are going to be able to do more.
The more different people you have in a group, the more you can achieve.
Of course there are always the negative aspects of group prepping - big personalities can clash causing unrest and friction within the group, disagreements will always happen and if left unresolved you could easily land up worse off than on your own!
There are many articles giving advise on creating a prepping and survival group. Discussing who gets to be the decision maker, group rules, skills and much, much more - it's a whole science on its own.
But, I my opinion, the overwhelming concern is making that right choice in the first place.
Making that crucial decision of exactly who gets in the group and why.
There are a few questions you should ask yourself before doing anything...
- What type of prepping group do you want to join
- How will you benefit by joining them
- What skill can they offer you
- What skill can you offer them
- What are their concerns, aims and goals
- How local are they
- How often do they meet up
- How 'secure' are they
- Can you trust them
You simply must be able to trust your fellow prepper.
If you are going to be sharing information about you and your skills, as well as your preps, and much, much more, you must trust each other 100%.
I have a few friends who I trust more than some members of my family. They share the same ideology and prepping beliefs as me and would be part of a group far sooner than certain family members.
That may seem harsh and a lot of the time preppers harp on about protecting their family, but the bottom line is if you have a family member who is not interested and has nothing to offer, then he/she is dead weight and will just pull you and other group members down.
As a prepper, you have to be a kind of 'grey man', just blending in with everyone else. Whilst quietly beavering away behind the scenes getting all your supplies and equipment together.
Others may be out trying to get an extra round of golf in, or rushing to a football match, you're learning new skills and perfecting old ones.!
Don't get me wrong, I'm all for a round of golf or watching a match, and if that's your hobby then that's fine too. But my hobby and something I really love doing, is prepping - this is why you should choose you fellow prepping members carefully AND slowly.
You certainly don't want someone who walks around with an "I'm A Prepper" tee shirt on or someone who is constantly telling others about how he's going to survive better than them.!
So choose your new prepper group members very carefully - put them on the spot and vet them to really know what they have to offer you.
Almost put them in the interrogation chair..!
You have friends, work colleges and acquaintances who you already know, so why not test the water with them? You can gauge their level of preparedness by discussing simple world wide events and seeing their reaction. The recent Ebola outbreak and its impact on our future could easily be a talking point.
Maybe discuss the state of the world stock markets and its vulnerability.
With others you might simply talk about sporting hobbies like shooting, fishing or hunting. Or less active hobbies such as gardening or even canning and preserving.
Every bit of information you can acquire will help in your choice of fellow prepper.
Do you already have friends who you share a hobby with? Or family members who enjoy the same things you do?
By starting this way you already have a common ground for discussion and for you to see how they react to different scenarios. You don't need to give away any of your prepping information either.
It's low key, you have a level of comfort with these people anyway so use this to see if it's worth digging deeper into their views on the prepping world.
It might actually surprise you how they react - they could easily be putting supplies away for a 'rainy day' as well..!
As part of a survival group, you will be looking to make a huge commitment, and an even larger level of trust will be expected from everyone.
You have to be 100% confident you are making the right decisions in joining or having others join with you.
Especially if they hold the same values and survival beliefs as you do.
Tread carefully, build up trust and don't give too much away - slowly, slowly catchy monkey..!
Steve Hart - UK Preppers Guide