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How To Find Other Preppers Or Prepping Groups In Your Area


How To Find Other Preppers In Your Area

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.

Hiding like a hermit is not recommend!

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.

Your main problem is:
How do you find other preppers nearby without risking ruining any OPSEC 

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.

How the heck do you choose a genuine prepper ?


Where do you actually start?
You can't just walk up to someone and ask them to join in helping to save the earth now can you!

You don't want to choose any old person that looks like they would help out.
You have to approach the whole selection process from a much higher level.
There's plenty of pretty obvious methods you could choose to use.
Social media being one of the first places that generally springs to mind. Not a good choice though, it's monitored and just that bit too much of a risk.
But I would suggest that finding the right person, with the right prepping attitude,skills and maturity to join your survival group is going to be a lot harder than just trolling the internet.

Don't just pick anyone to join

Social Media - A Bad Choice.

There are a few website devoted to prepping that bring other preppers together and try to match up by location. These seem to be exclusively American based though.
PrepperLink.com is one such American based website. I am not too sure how well this works but they do seem to have quite a few members. I suppose it can be a starting point.

A UK based starting point could be MeetUp.com as they allow groups to be started from anywhere in the world and I notice they have many types of groups from all around the UK. You can put a distance from your base that you are interested in.

If you are looking to form a group, or want to join in with one, then most prepping website have a comments section at the end of the article - like this site's comments at the bottom.
You could always simply ask other preppers if anyone is interested forming a survival group.

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..!


If you don't want to go down the face to face route


Sometimes its just not practical having face to face discussions, so you need to think of other ways of how to find other preppers in your area.

So the most obvious way is the good old internet.

However, EVERYTHING you do on the internet can be traced in some way or the other - so proceed with extreme caution.

Safe ways to find fellow preppers:

  • By using the internet you can make yourself a target and could potentially be seen, so you need to be as anonymous as possible.
  • Definitely check out the prepping and survival forums to see if there are any other preppers in your area that looks promising, But always sign up with a fake account.
    Your fake account must use completely fictional information about yourself, including your name, birthday and especially your location.
    Write down all the fake information so you don’t forget.
  • Get a specific 'fake' email address and do not use your name in it.
    Of course, Google or any decent hacker could find out generally who you are,  but a false email address like:  moc.l1448130415[email protected]1448130415666de1448130415rFyhs1448130415iF1448130415 is a far better choice than moc.l1448130415[email protected]1448130415htimS1448130415.diva1448130415D1448130415.
    By doing this it will give you added anonymity when you are mailing others.
  • Never give away too much information.
    Always start with general questions, and definitely make them non-invasive questions. 
    Maybe begin with sharing a few of your skills with a group forum and include a very general location about where you live.
    Then sit back and wait to see how the conversation progresses. Don't push it, if someone is interested, they will respond.
    If nobody responds, your information is still safe. Even though your details are still floating about out there for anyone to read.
  • If you find someone that you have a lot of common interests and goals, and someone who has 'potential' as a fellow prepper, then ditch the forums.
    You now want to make anything further contacts as private as possible only using by one to one emails.
    Yes, they are still electronic, and yes, they can still be traced by a decent hacker,  but the key is they are not out there for every member of joe public else to see.
  • I wouldn't use social media to find other preppers.
    That sort of thing is monitored so strongly - as soon as you start to ask questions you risk the chance of being a target for officials.
  • There's an interesting site called  MeetUp.com  that I mentioned earlier in this article, which offer people the chance to form groups in areas.
    Now this is not a dating site..! But in reality you are actually trying to form a relationship with other individuals - but it's pure survival.!
    A search for prepping groups or survival groups or self-reliant off grid living is worth a try for your area.
    If you do find something, then ask for an invite and go along to a meeting or see what involved.
    Get to know people in the group for a while and find out if you have any affinity with anyone there. It's worth a try and you might be surprised at the other members there....


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.

Always seek out well known, established friends first.
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..!

    Happy Prepping Folks.

    Steve

    Steve Hart UK Preppers Guide

    6 comments

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    1. Neville Robinson

      Neville Robinson, Suffolk / Essex border looking for mature survival and prepping folk.

    2. Jim McKeefery

      Kendal area / lakedistrict

    3. Robert Watts

      Marlborough area…anyone interested?

    4. Kerri

      Hi where would I find a group near me in Bristol started with a few things but looking fir other people for information and advice

      1. Ron

        I am in South Gloucestershire and also looking for other interested persons.

    5. kev and amelia hurcomb

      where is a group near us in stoke-on-trent very interesting we have started to put things by but need more information with people like minded
      thank kev and amelia

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