All posts by DJ Cooper

Groups: Seeing the big picture!

Groups: Seeing the big picture!In the first three parts on survival groups we talked about why join a survival group, the ABC’s of the survival group and knowing your role. What does all this mean to you?  There was a lot of information given and some of these things warrant repeating, a quick overview of what we covered in the other shows included:

  • How you can participate and offer assistance
  • Knowing the hierarchy and mission statements
  • When including others things you should keep in mind.
  • The big questions: Who, what, when, where, why and how
  • Security, communications and OPSEC
  • Medical concerns
  • Energy technologies

Outlining for yourself many of these things will help you decided the things that are important to you and your group.  Addressing your big questions and knowing your reasons will help you in gaining perspective on the big picture and giving you an informed place to start in your journey.

6-8-16 6-group-survival-shelter-poles-2In this show, let’s bring it all together and discuss the group as a whole.  As opposed to picking pieces of the group as being part of our ideal group, now it is time to look at the group as a whole.  No group is going to be perfect.  The difference now is determining what factors are most important and which ones are of lesser importance when choosing your group or members.

Also in this show let’s go over ways to find groups and/or members.  There are a number of places where we can seek out others with like minds.

Some examples of places to look for like minds.

  • CERT
  • Redcross
  • Social media
  • Local clubs and news outlets

There are a few resources that may also be of assistance in your search for a group as well as some to guide you in your journey to building your own survival group.
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Survival groups – Leadership and your role

Survival groupsIn the first two parts, I spoke of survival groups and why part of one, the ABC’s of survival group and deciding to join or build one.  This week join me in talking about things to consider in leadership and what your roles and the roles of others may be.

6-1-16 CSAIn any group, there are going to be those who set the expectations and those who follow them.  Other things will arise and knowing the means by which any group determines the way the group runs and how decisions are made will be an important part of your decision to build or join one.  Also having a clearly defined expectation for the roles of those in the group will alleviate confusion.

6-1-16 30518-head-with-members-hierarchyThis week in defining these roles we will address some of the many skills a group might need their members to have or learn.  Through training, meetings, and planning to get the group in a position to maintain itself.  Addressing these things early on or knowing the expects is integral to choosing or building the best group.

Knowing the needs of the group and listing some of the needed skills, addressing;

  • Security, OPSEC, Communications and the vetting process.
  • Food production, gathering, and preservation
  • Medical needs
  • Energies and water
  • And group accounting and accountability

Up next week: Bringing it all together
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ABC’s of the Survival Group!

DJ Cooper “Surviving Dystopia

ABC’s of the Survival GroupThe second part in a series of shows highlighting the survival group.  With this, we include many different kinds of groups.  Last week we talked about the need for a group, the kinds of groups and whether or not to build or join one.  Moving forward with our discussion on groups let’s talk about the most basic things to either look for or set up in our groups.

5-25-16 who whatBriefly touching last week on something called a mission statement or set of goals that the group will have in place or will establish.  This is crucial to the setup and operation of the group.  This week we look into the questions surrounding this crucial first step in either establishment or finding an established group.

The ABC’s is the most basic elements of the group;

  • Who are the members of the group
  • What is the goal of the group
  • When do they meet or when a call to action would be appropriate
  • Where is the location or is there a location
  • Why do you want to either build or join these groups
  • How do you go about either joining or establishing the group

These questions are the beginnings of either finding or building your group

Quoting Alfred Henry Lewis, “There are only nine meals between mankind and anarchy.”  It is important to note that this represents three days.  Knowing this should help you to determine the type of survival group, the rules, ideals, and requirements of the group; and ways you can make yourself a valued member of the group.
Up next week: Part 3 – Knowing your role and the roles of others in the survival group.
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Survival groups

Survival groups… why do you need one?

Survival groups why do you need one?
DJ Cooper “Surviving Dystopia

Survival groups why do you need oneYou’ve considered all the scenarios and you feel prepared.  One thing troubles you, others…  There must be others out there that think like you do.  Others that think like you that can offer assistance, others to barter with.  You know that it is not practical to try the lone wolf school of thought and you don’t know where to begin.

Moving forward over the next few weeks we will talk about groups and alliances.  This week join us in discussing the important things to consider when either choosing a group to work with or if creating your own is the way to go.

Moving forward, weekly a post will apply to this topic and a show will also air Tuesdays @8:00pm EST, on Prepper Podcast Radio Network

This week let’s touch on just figuring out what your needs are and where you may find yourself fitting into the grand scheme of things.  At this point, the premise is that you have pretty much decided to go with the group.  So now how do you determine what is the right fit for you?


Some points to consider:

  • Can you offer assistance and participate in the group activities and or build the group?
  • How do you feel about participating in a hierarchy where the questions of the group are concerned?
  • Is it just you or do you need to convince family members that this is a good move

Let’s explore the options of both, building a group and finding an established group.  Also finding candidates and being a good choice for an established group. Different ways to find like-minded people and create those connections.

In preparing we often forget the need for help to do things, companionship, and security.  Creating a network of others could save your life.
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Prepper Shows/Expos

by Pappy Canoli

Pappy’s Ramblings

Hello, and welcome to another  of my ramble’s

Recently, I was able to attend with my wife, our first Prepper Expo by NPS EXPO and sponsor Mountain House.  I have read articles and listened to podcasts about Prepper Shows/Expos and the people, exhibitors you meet there.

I was not disappointed.

As soon as I walked in, I immediately felt at ease.  I no longer felt like the proverbial fish out of water.  It seemed everyone was feeling a sense of ease as we mingled with like-minded people.  So many exhibitors, speakers, and demonstrations to participate in.

A great source to find a show near you is Prepper Shows USA

So, Let’s talk about the show….shall we?
Continue reading Prepper Shows/Expos

Cooking Fish Off the Grid

A post by: John Schips, Primary Contributor for www.flannelfishermen.com

One of the best things about catching fish is enjoying top quality, fresh meat!  Few meals are more appreciated than a fish plucked straight from the water; and when it comes to preparing the catch, one rule stands the test of time – the simpler the better. Continue reading Cooking Fish Off the Grid

Welcome to The House of “B”

You might be sitting there, wondering what the hell you’re listening to here.     Well, let me tell you a bit about that.

The House of B is a place where you can come to get a different flavor on the world of prepping. The Liberty Chronicles is a three book series that begins more of a political fiction with I Overthrew The Government and This Is How I Did It continuing with The Freedom Fighters that slowly transitions to more of a post-apocalyptic by the end of the third book. I try to incorporate prepping ideas and concepts into the story because I happen to believe that one can use works of fiction to better educate people about the reality of the world we live in… and how easily it can come crumbling down. Continue reading Welcome to The House of “B”

Bugging out -vs- Bugging in, SHTF waits for no one!

Both of these terms are decidedly “Prepper” terms, but have we ever really considered the true meanings of these? The differences and implications of each, and should we be equally concerned about both of them?  First thing is first, let’s talk a little bit about what each of these terms means to you.  Continue reading Bugging out -vs- Bugging in, SHTF waits for no one!

Addiction Post SHTF

It’s interesting to note that addictions come in many forms it is not only drugs or alcohol the people are addicted to.  I am not wanting to climb up on a soapbox but sometimes we look at things and we don’t realize that they consume far too much of our time.  I could give you a giant list of these… Facebook, food, cigarettes, porn and even coffee. I’d like to examine a few of these and offer not only insight into them but also links to assist my fellow preppers. Continue reading Addiction Post SHTF