October 20, 2018 at 10:28 pm #1130
Hi, everyone. I’ve kinda blown opsec awhile ago. I’ve shared what I know with neighbors and co workers. I figure it’s trade off. Every person I can get on board with prepping is one less person I have to fight later. I’ve found this approach has helped me get in contact with many folks in my area. They have skills other then mine. So I’ve shared what I know about food storage, gardening, wood fire cooking, generators etc. I’ve found folks that raise chickens, weld, reload ammunition etc. I know this isn’t a very popular opinion among prepper, but for me it has worked.October 22, 2018 at 11:22 am #1292
We don’t talk about prepping with people who we don’t know to be preppers unless it is in relation to a specific scenario (generally some of the natural disasters that could occur in our area). For example, when winter approaches almost everyone (with half a brain anyhow haha) talks regularly about basic preparedness.
We do talk about gardening, canning, wilderness skills (with hiking/camping minded folks), raising chickens, buying bulk foods (we have a large family so no one bats an eye when I talk about buying 50-pound bags of rice and oats) or whatever related topic might come up. After a few of these conversations, we can usually tell if the person/persons are preparedness minded or just someone who shares an interest.
With other non-family preppers, we don’t talk about our preps and they are close-lipped about their own which seems prudent. We share information and try to help each other acquire skills, but that is about it.
With family members who are preppers we are more open and so are they. Those are the people who will almost certainly load up their preps and come stay with us (more defensible and sustainable location) if a big SHTF event were ever to happen. Some are more prepared than others, each has their own priorities and concentrations. While I don’t think we’ll ever be a super organized tactical sort of group we have supplies and we have strength in numbers.
Definitely look for classes on First Aid/CPR, canning, gardening skills, concealed carry classes (if they have them in your area), homesteading skills, outdoor survival skills (a forest preserve in your area might offer this class) and anything you can think of that will help. It was through one of those classes that we found an amazing older couple that have been mentors for us.
Now I guess we are starting to mentor others a bit and that’s really exciting. But we aren’t mentoring people to be preppers, we are sharing specific skills with friends and family. We don’t open up and disclose everything about us. We do have people over for bonfires and dinner and such. That’s just hospitality, but we don’t give a tour of the pantry!October 23, 2018 at 4:53 pm #1474
Even in a small rental house you can hide preps under beds in low storage bins (label them summer or winter clothes) and by using square buckets covered with a nice tablecloth for end tables. Hide canned food in cabinets behind dishes, etc. You can also keep your vehicle loaded with preps. We have a dishwasher that broke full of canned food now. There is always a way.October 24, 2018 at 1:10 pm #1635
even if your town doesn’t have a CERT program, you may be able to find one nearby. i know i used to be in CERT, and it’s a great way to learn, but it’s been disbanded. so now i have to travel 5 to 20 miles to get to one of 4 other towns with CERT programs. many allow neighboring towns to sit in on training. i have been to flood-control, first-aid, ham liscense, setting up an emergency shelter, setting up an emergency command center, and others…PRICELESS, and it was all free…..plus, if something really happens, you will get to know what’s going on.October 26, 2018 at 12:26 am #1896
Looking for a place to get important information, try checking out your local community college, especially if you are a senior, you can attend classes for free, but without a certificate, as long as there is a spot available in classroom. Also the local YMCA offers classes, for example. I just went to one, where fire/ent workers did a class on emergency first aid, stop bleeding, and such. They had all the training equipment: dummy dolls, etc.
Also, about talking around others…you will not be able to survive alone and defend your family. We are going to have to form groups and quickly, in MHO, we all have so much information and ideas to share, come on…”PRAY, BELIEVE, AND RECEIVE, OR POUT, DOUBT, AND DO WITHOut” and “a struggle is a preparation for what is yet to come”.October 28, 2018 at 11:32 am #2223
I used water barrels as bedside tables in the guest bedroom and ordered coordinating round tablecloths to cover them. No one has been the wiser…November 27, 2018 at 1:09 am #5363
I think the problem is using the word Preppers. Prepping. People know I bottle. They think is is because of my heritage so they think nothing of it. Some know I store water. They think it is because of my pickyness with the well water others know it is because I worry about storms and others say it is smart because the Govn’t reminds us we need at least 72 hrs worth. So being prepared and saying we are preppers are two different words in some people’s minds I fear.November 29, 2018 at 3:10 pm #5505
Lots of good views. I stick mostly to family and not all of them can be trusted. But many of you mentioned belonging to homesteading groups, and other groups that can lead into good long term relationship as preppers. I don’t usually use the term prepper because of all the TV shows that were geared to making us look like nut cases. Having worked for the International Red Cross in my younger years I’m not dumb enough to believe that long term help is on the way after a disaster. Which many people have deluded themselves into thinking. I can not believe how many ding bats think you are there to hold their hands for months and years after a disaster! The Red Cross, FEMA and other disaster related organizations are there ONLY to get you through the immediate aftermath. That’s it. It’s not their job to rebuild and on and on and on… and never was. I also don’t like the attitude that a few days supplies will carry you through any thing. It’s just nonsense.
That bug out bag is just there to get you to another location, and that’s it, preferably to a more secure location where you can tuck in for the duration. There is always the debate of whether to stay or go but you can only make that choice. Unless you are a survival expert, your not going to make it on what is in your pocket or your cute little tin, especially if you have children.
Yes, the loose lips sink ships is a good motto for most people. If you need a history lesson just go back and read about rationing during the wars, depression and believe it or not lessons learned during prohibition. And down load some of the articles and books for free when you can, they will stretch your supplies and budgets. “Prepping” isn’t new.
Never let anyone know all of your preps unless they are the people you are prepping for. The free loaders and the dangerous types will be happy to help themselves and clean you out in no time because they sincerely believe they are entitled to it.December 1, 2018 at 8:21 am #5625
We once had a group that we often socialized with but not anymore. We are all still friendly. But my efforts to have them understand the importance of preparedness was not what they wanted to hear. They found it to be too negative. They were of the category of “That will never happen here” and “We’ll worry about that if it happens”. They still are enjoying themselves in the grasshopper sort of way while the ants continue to prepare.
I don’t talk about “prepping”. We have moved on and its been several years, now. Memories are short. We have relocated to a more isolated location thats not easy to find.
We don’t have a group, per se. I have like-minded acquaintances, but we really don’t do anything together. Mostly its due to distance and the fact that everyone is busy making a living. Should a worst case seanerio occur where motorized transportation is curtailed or eliminated, group members a distance away will be of little help, I’m afraid. If you live in a neighborhood where everyone pulls together on a lot of mutually beneficial activities, and within biking or walking distance, you are fortunate. A mutual aid group “MAG” will be much easier to establish.December 27, 2018 at 5:34 am #6825
I have learned the hard way. One day you are good buddies and the next day you are no longer speaking. Relationships can be a fragile thing. I will no longer share.December 27, 2018 at 9:00 am #6827
I live in a very rural area.
A number of people have been here their whole lives.
One neighbor can recall getting indoor plumbing as a child.
So, there are lots of old skills, people who were preppers before prepper was in mainstream lexicon. They have gardens, they can, livestock of various sizes. A lot of it is right out in the open.
Just about everyone hunts, so it is a given everyone has a deer rifle, a shotgun, and a .22LR rifle.
Dont really talk about prepping, just what we are doing, be it expand the garden, more herbs, more chickens for eggs etc.December 27, 2018 at 3:57 pm #6840
I don’t talk about prepping except tp a couple of close friends who do. I live in a small village in a wilderness/rural area and everybody here preps for storms if they have any sense at all. Most people have guns and hunt, fish and trap. I agree that we will need to band together and most will but there are still some who do drugs and such and believe that they are owed a living. I am willing and do teach others what I know how to do but keep opsec in mind. To tell everybody who does what so they can go there if SHTF is just unconscionable (sp?). Makes me feel angry just thinking about it. Lazy good for nothing people! But anger doesn’t get you anywhere, common sense does.December 29, 2018 at 10:44 pm #6961
We don’t talk about our preps or what we are doing around here. Our nextdoor neighbor has a son in jail for selling drugs. Good kid but stupid. His son is now grown and doing good living with his grandparents nextdoor and his father that’s in jail will be getting out in Feb. Next door neighbor’s daughter married a drug addict and he has been in and out of jail. She has since divorced him but he has stolen from neighbor and his own mother. So we have to be careful. I think part of the one in jail is he never got over his wife leaving him for another woman. Yes it’s a crazy story. But my trust to talk to anyone is out of the question. There have been other issues with other neighbors that I didn’t know about, but found out later. Though this has always been a nice neighborhood, it has changed to a point that I keep to myself mostly. We still have some neighbors that have been here a long time, but most have either died off and houses sold to very young couples or in a nursing home and the houses have been sold. Have tried to get to know some of the newer neighbors but seems the young ones don’t want to be bothered with the older folks still living here. Sad, but guess that is the newer generation. So my preps are hush hush. Wish I did have people to talk with around here though.April 8, 2019 at 1:31 am #13216
I talk about prepping, and survivalism topics, after I talk about other things and get a feel for the person I am talking with. What I rarely ever do is specifically talk about what I am doing, or have done in this regard.
It is problematic, this distrust of others in our fragmented culture. In the short term one rarely needs others if one is prepared, but in a long term situation, being part of a prepared group will be absolutely necessary for survival, for many reasons.
Man survives as part of a group in the long term. History spells that out unequivocally. Trying to make it alone is slow suicide, and lonely, not to mention that one will become real strange psychologically, after a few years.
It is a dilemma, the need to form, or become part of a group of like minded people, in the midst of massive distrust of others based upon real world pragmatism. It seems to me that lying and backstabbing is second nature to many, as long as they get what they want. I trust very few, know many people, but have very few friends, and I see this as logical and necessary ….. even so, the state of my fellow man causes me much anxiety.April 21, 2019 at 4:11 pm #16274
Wolphene, what you wrote sounds exactly like what i’m experiencing too. From the wildfires, unemployment, meth problem, the hermit attitude, being armed and added to that is our governor of the state declaring this state is a sanctuary one. Yuk! Therefore we have more than our share of illegals added into the mix. I am a senior citizen (although my mind & attitude doesn’t think so) living alone and the only people knowing of my prepper cache is my daughter & grandson. My daughter & grandson are not prepping in any way, they are barely scrapping by, but they also know that they, and they alone, are welcome here just in case. I am aware of my surroundings & people every time I walkout of my door. I, too feel alone in this. I’m portraying the image of another ol’ gramma barely getting by just as you are. Keep up the good work, as I will do too.
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