I have had an interest in joining or creating a survival group in my local area for some time. I have some ideas as to what I see as the structure, purpose, and interactivity of such a group. So far – no luck.
It is not easy to find like-minded folks. It is also not easy to find like-minded folks that you can trust. Good people. I want to be associated with good people. No racists. No criminals. No one with tin-foil hats on. Must be responsible, law abiding folks. Serious about their prepping but not so serious that they fail to live and enjoy life now. They should have an ability to provide skills and/or supplies to the benefit of the entire group. Each group member should be responsible for themselves and their family and rely on the group for shared work and security in numbers.
The group has to agree on certain things. Things such as where would the group go if the SHTF? Would they go anywhere at all or possibly just communicate with each other via HAM after the event? How will a secondary location be funded? Is there one person that makes the final decisions in the group or is it always based on voting? Do you standardize firearms? What if a group member decides to leave, but they know all about plans, locations, and supplies? What if the group decides one member should not be a member any more?
A lot of things to think about.
Right now I know of only a couple people that I think would fit into such a group that I would be a member of. I have found that people far too often feel that THEY have to be the ones that make the decisions. To find a group of people that I would be associated with in development of a survival group – I would have to be able to get along with everyone and have similar beliefs and expectations. A tall order I think.
I have friends that I think would make great group members. Unfortunately – they are not preppers – not even close.
I’ll keep looking.
If you were to create or join a survival group – what would you look for in the group and in its members?
– – – Rourke