Aug 05

Building a Preparedness Community from Scratch

I am in the preliminary stages of building a preparedness community, assembling a contingent of like minded individuals / families which can trust each other when times get tough, be it a localized disaster or something greater.  The reality of the situation is that no matter how much training or preps you have, a community will be more of an asset than trying to go it alone.  The time to find out if your neighbors can or cannot be trusted or might have skills which are valuable isn’t after a major event has occured.

My journey to start this process began a few weeks ago with a handful of people around a table sipping on coffee and discussing likely vs unlikely events and how we could address them.  I hope you will follow along as I continue to document the progress we make and setbacks we face.  What follows below is a brief synopsis of how I got the whole thing off the ground to begin with.

Putting out Feelers

I rather dislike social media but also understand that it can be a good tool for open source communcation, I also understand that big bro also knows most everything about me anyways so whatever.  I put out a feeler on a local community FB page asking if folks would like to meet to discuss preparedness with the caveat that this wasn’t some doomsday / anti government type of thing, but rather a practical exercise with hopes of meeting some folks who would like to chat about some of our threats and what we can do to address them.  I had an overwhelming response to this post and it was mostly positive, we set a time and date and went from there.

Meet and Greet

We decided to meet for coffee at a local shop, turns out there were about 10 of us that showed up.  Not bad for strangers all unsure of who else might attend or the actual intentions of the person who set the whole thing up (me).  There was a feeling out period where we shared information about ourselves, backgrounds, why we thought preparedness was important and what some of the largest threats were that we faced.  While there was some mention of low probability, high impact events (WW3, Supervolcano) we mostly agreed that things like fire and localized power outages were top of the list.  From there we took a look at wasy to mitigate those risks (brainstorming).

Path Forward

In the hour or two that we sat at that table we weren’t going to solve the world’s problems but we could prioritize a list of what we could address on the local level immediately.  One thing we decided was that we needed to have consistent meetings, we also needed a better way to communicate other than social media.  Another longer term goal for all of us was getting set up on HAM so that we could have consistent communicaiton and situation awareness (SA) with our surrounding community and even outlying areas.  We agreed to work on many of these things and exchanged contact information and called it a successful meeting.

The Bottom Line

I have no idea if I can trust any of these people quite yet, nor do I know if any of them actually truly want to put in the work to do what it takes to build a solid community.  What I can tell you is that by establishing gates with solid action items it will weed out those who are actually about doing something, and those who are in it for the free coffee.  What I know to be true is that there are folks like me with other skills who can be an asset to my family and together we can be an asset to the community as a whole.  This time will be filled with trial and error but if say, 6 to 12 months from now we have just 3-5 families who have started to work together toward a common goal it will be more than we started with.  I hope to keep everyone updated on the progess as we move along.


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    • keebler on August 5, 2017 at 3:05 PM
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    A few of “us”” Lynchburg,Va, tried this, Leader / originator, was very knowledgeable & willing to teach us, 1 gal offered her home to meet as not to be at Barns & Noble it was a great group I had offered my 24 acre farm as a Campout & trane, that never happened, city folks don’t do that. I stayed with the group for a Yr, I enjoyed being tough from FEMA’s disaster manual. several just came to get the free food,Etc., I have since moved 150. miles away i surely would like to meet another group. Im just not a Leader enough to start a group..I still have the Farm B.O.,land. my strongest is Solar power. Love camping.
    keebler in the richmondva area.

  1. Thanks for the great information, I love learning about this stuff! There is so much to learn and so many different opinions out there.

    • J on August 9, 2017 at 2:55 PM
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    Good to see you again, PJ.

    I have seen any number of articles on this subject and it seems that many go the same way in focusing on skill sets: you need a medic, a leader, a mechanic etc…

    One of the most important things I think for forming such a group such as this, and you did touch on it, is cohesiveness. People are going to need to be able to get along and work together under sometimes extreme circumstances.

    All the knowledge in the world wont help if people cant work together to act on it.

      • PJ on August 10, 2017 at 12:10 AM
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      thanks! Long time but I’m back and rejuvinated….you’ve been with me just about all 5 years and still going. To touch on your point, cohesiveness is absolutely key. Look for more posts and thanks for the comment

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