Guest Post: How to find a Preparedness/Survival Group

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.

 

CERT Programs:

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:

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.

 

KoryN

http://blog.emmt911.com/

 

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11 Comments

  1. Many advantages to being in a group if the SHTF. The one disadvantage that has always kept me out of one is the OpSec issue. I’m probably too paranoid, but some aspects of my SHTF plans will work best if nobody else knows what they are. Not to detract from a great post, I do believe that in the majority of SHTF scenarios your life expectancy is higher in a group – something inside just tells me it’s better to lay low and wait and see how it plays out first. Just one bad apple can spoil the barrel, and some choices made can’t be undone later.

  2. We started our own group. Me and a bunch of friends are always researching preparedness information and sharing with each other via email, Facebook etc, running ideas and product reviews off of one another.

    If your friends see you doing it, they might get more involved, and if they don’t get involved, rest assure they will be the first ones over your house in the even of an emergency.

  3. Good Stuff KoryN. Waco Preppers have grown to 150 strong members. So large, we have splintered into smaller Core Cells that still come to the Meetups, but the Cells meet more often and do things for their own preparations. Some Cells have more, and some Cells have less. You have to figure out early on, who is a good fit. If unable to Bug-In, our Cells will move to designated areas and work to provide security and unity. Beware of the groups that charge exorbitant amounts of money to receive their training. They are in it for the money and not to assist with preparedness.

    Mike the Gardener, want to share ideas?

  4. zombie squad has turned into a utter joke lately – they’re more worried about being politically correct than anything else. Been part of it for several years and have seen first hand how the 20 (and now 30)somethings care more about the guns/ammo side of preparedness (and consuming lots of alcohol) than actual preparedness. I’ve been looking for a group to join lately and found three groups now who have been formed by militia/patriot members who are disguising their militia/patriot group as a preparedness group sucking in the average person. I personally know this one group who couldn’t get 20 ‘militia members’ but now that they’ve rebranded themself as a prepper group – they have over 100 people.

  5. I have purposely pulled back from our Prepper Group which has exploded to 600+ members in a small county in Alabama. I got a little nervous about having that many people know anything about me, especially that I am a prepper. Back to me and hubby for now. Can’t seem to find any close friends or relatives that appear to be like minded.

  6. JH and BamaLover sum up a lot of my concerns. All it takes is one nut in the group that goes overboard, gets caught with the wrong kind of sear in his firearm, and decides to make a plea deal with a prosecutor in exchange for details on his associates (who may have done nothing wrong). Suddenly you’re a known associate of a felon as far as the law is concerned, and probably on DHS’s ‘watch list’. I was ‘survivin” in the pre-McVeigh days, glad I stayed away in hindsight.

    See, told you I was too paranoid.

  7. Good advice – but – I have been cautioned against getting involved in CERT or similar programs because they expect you to do community work if TSHTF instead of being home with your family. If you are not prepared to go back on your word and abandon the CERT group in a situation, don’t get involved with such a program. If you’re ok with that and just want to take advantage of the training, I say all’s fair in love and war.

  8. I am new on this site, and have a few qualms about commenting. I am no coward, but do any of you folks feel uneasy about talking about the things that preppers talk about? If the powers that be are spying on us as many have suggested, They can assume certain things about us such as we have food. things that go bang bang, and a not so sheepish attitude. They will know who and where we are! I would never have believed 20 years ago that I would be afraid that my own countrymen would do me harm! it is a scary, horrible feeling. I guess I need to know how others are dealing with this.

  9. You do need to practice good OpSec, especially in the beginning when you don’t know or trust the people you meet. Just because you sign up for a meetup site and attend one meeting does not mean that you have committed to anything.

    You wont be telling 100 people all about your family, life, preps and skill sets at the first meeting. You will naturally open up with a small group of those people as you get to know and trust them.

    Also rememebr that just because a meetup as 200 members or zombie squad has a ton of people does not mean that many of them will actually show up for a meeting or training.

    Really these large groups are just places to learn, practice and meet a handfull of people that you can “click” with and trust.

    You will not “click” with all 200 people of a meetup.com site. Nor will you have 200 people over to your house. You will probably, over time build a trusting relationship with a few of those people that will become your “core” group. These are the people you might actually link up with post SHTF.

    Every group is different but one thing is true about all the options I mentioned in the article. They are all free with no commitment on your part. You will get back what you put into any group but if you want to sit back and take it in or not show up at all that’s fine too. I would never look twice at a group that wanted money from me up front or right off the bat.

    Down the road money might de discussed so you can get better prices on bulk deals or somethign to that effect. The bottom line is you will never know if you don’t put yourself out there and try. What could be easier then signing up for a meetup group and maybe attending one training session that sounds interesting to you?

    Also one poster said that CERT expects you to help the city/county in an emergency. That has NOT been my experience with CERT. The idea of CERT is that you will be trained to take care of yourself and maybe your cul-de-sac during an emergency, thus being one less problem for the first responders to worry about.

    If you stay involved with CERT and continue on with any “advanced” training offered then you might be asked or expected to commit a little more in exchange for free training.

    That being said you still have zero obligation to show up to city hall in the event of a huge earthquake. if you are at home taking care of your family and checking on the neighbors then you are doing exactly what CERT was designed for.

  10. Good post Kory. I think CERT is a very good program, it was first developed by a California fire department. It teaches basics of first aid, search and rescue, and basic self reliance because in a natural disaster, the police and fire department will be overwhelmed and not come to help, you are on your own. Being more aware and self reliant will just help boost your confidence in a disaster. The (72 hour) 3 days supply that was touted for so long is very inadequate, (that is fine for keeping in your car), a more reaslistic figure is at least 3 weeks worth of supplies. Start small and work on accumilating more as you can afford it. Disasters will happen it is not a question of if, but when.

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