How to find a Preparedness/Survival Group
A lot of people would like to be part of a “Group” but don’t know how to find like minded people. This article will attempt to give you some ideas and starting points.
First I think you have to decide what type of group you are looking for and decide how much time you have to devote to it.
- Are you looking for a family oriented group where family members are always welcome at training and meetings or something more hardcore where people who can’t keep up should stay at home?
- Can you only give a few hours a month to the group or a few days a month?
- Are you interested in shooting the breeze, chipping in money to buy a retreat or something in between?
- Do you have an aversion to firearms, a particular religion or political affiliation? Know that most Preppers tend to be Pro Second Amendment and lean to the right. I’ve found Religion to be less of an issue.
- Are you willing to learn what you don’t know, teach what you do know and make a good faith effort to get along with everyone in the group?
- If you have serious friction with other group members consider moving on, it won’t end well otherwise.
Okay, that all sounds reasonable, so where to start? I would advise keeping your options open. You might end up being affiliated with multiple groups to some degree.
Friends, Family and Coworkers:
Do you already have some friends, family or coworkers who you find yourself talking about prepper gear with or how the economy is getting so scary you fear for the future or something similar? You might be able to start your own group or at least enlist a Prepper buddy to help you in your search for a larger group. Your friends and coworkers might be looking for the same thing and just need someone to take the bull by the horns and organize the first meeting. A word of caution on coworkers. You will have to work with these people even if things go sour with the prepper group so choose potential members carefully.
Chances are that your city, town or county offers CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training. The quality of this training depends entirely on who is doing the training and it can vary widely from one area to another.
You can search for local CERT training by Googleing the word CERT and a combination of your local area names such as “CERT training in Jefferson County”, “Grant County Emergency Management”, “San Antonio CERT” or a similar combination.
CERT training is generally well worth the time put into it. Not only will you get relevant training but you will get involved with your community and through CERT meet many like minded people. Be active in your CERT classes, talk a lot and get to know people. You might find that a few of the people there are already part of a group and you may be approached to see if you’d be a good fit. But if you never speak up during training they wont know to approach you. Or you may again have an opportunity to find people to bring into the group you have taken the initiative to start.
After CERT training is completed your trainer may offer more advanced training. Stay involved and engaged with what ever training your area is offering because this is further opportunities to meet like minded people or be invited into an existing group.
Zombie Squad local chapters:
Zombie Squad is a national preparedness network with local chapters located all over the US. Now don’t let the name put you off, 99.9% of the people involved in Zombie Squad know that zombies are not real and only use the term as a tongue in cheek way to make light of a serious subject.
They have both local chapter forums and a national forum that is very active and has a lot of useful information in it. The main forum can be found here – Zombie Squad forum and the local chapters can be found here – Zombie Squad local chapters
The local chapter are where you can make contact with like minded people. many of the local chapters don’t just talk online, they meet monthly, attend events and do charity work. Even if you don’t really want to be associated with Zombie Squad you can still use it to find local groups and people who are looking for the same things you are.
Meetup.com is another nation wide website that can be used to find like minded people. Meetup is used to create and join all sorts of groups from singles groups to mountain climbers. You just have to add your country, city and zip code to the sites search engine, then add key words that you are interested in and you’ll be given a huge list of relevant meetup sites.
The key to using the site to find preppers is the key words you are interested in and searching for. Of course there are the typical ones like Prepper, Survivalist, Patriot, but also search for terms like urban homesteading, Camping, backpacking, outdoor activates, shooting, zombies, amateur radio and any other terms you can think of.
Many of these sites require you to join the meetup before you can see their content. This is simple and easy and there is no commitment on your part at all.
Those are my ideas to find a Group or several groups for yourself. I’ve used and I’m still using all of these methods myself to meet knew people, get involved with more groups and find a few really good people to bring into my core group. Good luck in your search.
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