You Prep. You Research. You Plan. You Interact Online.
At some point you’re going to want to have some human interaction, at least if you’re normal. I know I did and I still do.
Now, I know that some of you are screaming at your computer screen…. WHAT ABOUT OPSEC??? I’ll talk a little bit about that at the end of this article.
But the fact is, you can really benefit from human interaction with other preppers.
1. You can learn skills – Reading articles online and watching videos are great! We live in a time where there is a lot of information online and you can find almost everything you want. But nothing takes the place of being one on one and being hands on when you are learning. There are many groups that hold free classes that you can find. See below.
2. You know you are not alone – Like I said, being online is great. You can interact with people all across the world. But, they are still 1’s and o’s on the screen. When you can talk to a human face to face, you are fulfilling a human need for interaction and relationship.
3. You can make some friends – How great would it be if you found someone in your town that has the same values that you have and believes in preparedness like you do? Wouldn’t that be worth it?
But before you can get to the above, you need to find preppers. Fortunately, you can use online resources to initiate contact. I’m sure there are more, but here are a few that you can check out.
Prepper Groups . com – From the website… “Prepper Groups is a place to meet, network and discuss prepper topics with other preppers – worldwide. The main site is solely for people looking to find other preppers, start or join a prepper group or to recruit for fellow preppers. The prepper forum is where general discussion takes place.”
Prepper Link – Prepper Link puts out some great content. But the website also hosts a sort of social media page that kind of feels like Facebook or a Ning.
- Connect and expand your network
- View profiles and add new friends
- Share your photos and videos
- Create your own group or join others
American Preppers Network – APN was one of the first websites that I ever joined. I’m not active on the forums because I just don’t have time. But you can still connect and leave messages for people in your state by going to the forum thread for your given state.
Prepper Forums – Prepper Forums is another forum that you can join. I didn’t notice specific threads dedicated to meeting others, but that doesn’t mean you can start one!
PatriotFB – is another social media site that looks exactly like Facebook. However, not everyone can join. You have to register and then they will approve your account.
Meetups – When I first started in preparedness, I found a few groups in the Houston area. Some were not active, but one was just getting started and I was able to meet a few people there. I didn’t keep up with the group because it met on weeknights on the other side of town. But I know that they held classes on prepper topics, went to the shooting range and even went camping together.
The picture above is from going to Meetup.com and searching for “survival.” I chose the “any distance” option to see how many groups there were….and there were a lot! The pic is just a small sample of what my screen could capture.
Hang-out Where Preppers Hang-out – I’ve heard Jack Spirko talk about this one. If you hangout where preppers hangout, you will eventually find some. For instance, if you hangout at a gun range, eventually you are going to find some preppers.
Teach a Class – If you teach a free class on something like “Food Storage,” “Building a Fire,” or “Preparing for a Hurricane” and advertise it on Craigslist, you’ll eventually run into preppers. The good thing is that you can pick and choose who you want to extend the offer to grab a cup of coffee or some lunch.
Ok, now that you have some possibilities to meet other preppers, here are some things to remember when you meet…
1. They are watching you watch them – A true prepper is going to be cautious. So expect your first few meetings with other preppers to be cordial, but not too revealing. A true relationship takes time and trust. Eventually, as you build trust over time, your meetings will be more friendly and both parties will be able to trust each other enough to support each other in preparedness.
2. Don’t give up important info. and preps – When you meet, at least for the first few meetings when you are feeling each other out, make sure you don’t give up any info. about your preps. Talk shop. Talk general preparedness for your area. Talk about the economy. But don’t talk about what type of guns you own, how much food you have stored, where you keep your precious metals, where your bugout location is, etc… Be smart!
3. Meet in a public area – This should be a no brainer. But meeting at a restaurant or a Starbucks is always a good idea.
4. Don’t give out your phone number or address – Until you feel secure with your new friend, don’t provide others with your phone number or address. All your communication should be online.
5. If it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it – If at any point you get THAT FUNNY FEELING, pull out of your meeting and don’t give it a second thought.
I know that the OPSEC NAZI POLICE won’t think that many of these things are a good idea. But we aren’t supposed to operate from FEAR. I hate to think about all the possible friendships that preppers are missing out because of fear of OPSEC.
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