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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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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!

6 Survival Skills for Bugging In and Out

A post by Dan Sullivan:

The topic of survival skills is a big one. There’re literally hundreds you can learn and become good at that will help you survive. From filtering water to homesteading to raising animals to making primitive tools and weapons, their number and complexity may seem intimidating. Ideally, you should get each family member to specialize in a few of them so you’re always covered no matter what happens… but some of them are too important not to have everybody learn them. Continue reading 6 Survival Skills for Bugging In and Out

Ways to decide… Friend or Foe?

 

I posed a question on my Facebook asking…”What should I talk on?”  There were a few responses but the thing that got some great conversation going was a reply…”How to form friendships or greet people after the collapse.”  Funny thing was this morphed into a conversation about defenses. Continue reading Ways to decide… Friend or Foe?

What R ya gonna Do???

I mean really, What are you gonna do??

I’m on facebook and other social media sites like most and all I can see is Paris and Cat videos.  On the news I watched as the events in Paris unfolded live, just like they did on 9/11.  We all sit mouths agape and in shock at the horrific things we see.  Seriously?  Are you really that surprised? Continue reading What R ya gonna Do???

Saving with Co-ops and buying clubs

Saving with Co-ops and buying clubs

11-3-15 buy-in-bulkLast week on Surviving Dystopia we talked about pinching pennies and ways to save with projects aimed at reducing the costs of some of the things we need.  Another way to save money and make those pennies last is to buy in bulk.  If in the long run you can reduce the expenses of your household wouldn’t this be something you would choose to do?

11-3-15 foosdBuying items in bulk can be a fantastic way to save a few pennies but we also need to remember these things must be stored.  When buying in bulk a few things need some special care, for example; Perishible items.  Taking care to establish safe methods of storage for such items is critical, so you can be sure you are saving those extra pennies. Continue reading Saving with Co-ops and buying clubs