Off Grid Security Continued

Off Grid Security

If criminals know your home is isolated, and you are not there at certain times, what does this tell a potential intruder? It tells them that they have all the time in the world to ransack your home.

Security is concern if you purchase remote property for your bug-out location or to construct an off grid homestead. If the nearest neighbor is 20 miles away then there is simply no deterrent for anyone wanting to break into your home if you are away.

Isolation May Not Be Your Best Option

Good neighbors can be beneficial, but for some people, the reason to go off grid is to get away from people and the hustle and bustle of urban living. Unless you never leave the home, or can have roving guards 24/7 you are susceptible to break-ins when you are not around.

Neighbors can work together to keep an eye on each other’s property, and if people in the area know this is customary in certain areas then would be intruders may at least think twice about breaking in.

Alarm systems can be incorporated but powering them 24 hours a day every day can be a problem if you are using solar to generate electricity, for example, and if you are not at home who would hear the alarm. Having a monitored system would be out of the question without cell or landline phone service.

Do Your Research before Buying

Subscribe to the local paper before buying property, while it will tell you some things about crime in the area it will not tell you everything, so you also have to do some footwork if you will. Drive the area and look for clues such as boats, ATV’s, and other items in plain sight. If high dollar items are scattered about the property then homeowners may not be worried about them being stolen. Do kids play in the yards, and are windows left open in warm weather.

Do not advertise your intentions. If you use a Realtor, for example, there is no need to explain to them your intentions. Word would get around, and once the word Prepper or homesteader is spread around you may get unwanted attention.

Have a police scanner in your vehicle, but be cautious, because having one may send the wrong signal to law enforcement. Pay attention to the calls police are receiving to determine the type of crimes typical to the area. Check state laws, because in some states there are restrictions as to the use of a police scanner in a motor vehicle.

Some security experts subscribe to occupying the high ground. Build on top and clear the area below for line of sight and to deprive intruders and others the benefit of cover is the thinking of some. This only works if you never leave the property, and can monitor the property around the clock however. Building high means people below can see you, your home stands out in other words.

Your structure can be built with security in mind, for example, make it two stories, and the bottom story could be all brick, stone or block walls without windows and a very secure door. However, your quality of living can suffer if you put all of your efforts into securing the structure.

Leave a Small Footprint

If your property is several miles off the main highway the last thing you want to do is to start clearing a roadway that leads right up to your property. Putting in a level gravel roadway only tells people one thing; there is a home at the end of the gravel driveway.

The roadway itself should be a deterrent and not look inviting. It will of course, get plenty of use by you, but it should look like a path that hunters or even hikers would take, it should not look like a well maintained road. Make people think twice about pulling off the highway for some sightseeing or snooping.

Consider a locked gate well off the main roadway so no one can see it passing by on the highway. If someone happens to drive up the road and encounters a gate they may not go any further. A gate of course would not stop anyone on foot, but it is impossible to lock down any structure or to make any area totally secure unless you have the personnel, time, and finances to do so. Locked gates do make people curious as to what may be on the other side, so weigh the benefits against the downside.

All you can do is to reduce your risk by not standing out, and by not telling everyone you are building an off grid home to survive the apocalypse, for example. Some people when they hear Prepper they think that firearms, hoards of food and other survival gear is being warehoused.

Game cameras can be used but they can only record the event while you are gone. If theft and vandalism is an ongoing problem cameras and video surveillance may identify the ones responsible however. 

Surveillance cameras whether working or not can act as a deterrent, because the theory is that the intruder would not know the cameras are not recording their every move.

On the other hand if someone has done their homework and knows you are not at home monitoring the system they may feel emboldened to break in anyway. They may know that you do not have landline service or that cell service is sketchy at best, so they may assume the alarms are not monitored by a service provider.

Any structure you build no matter where it is can be broken into. You can only reduce your footprint and blend into the area. There are advantages to extreme remote locations, but it would be difficult to build hundreds of miles from civilization simply to prevent people from finding your property. Twenty miles, 40 miles and even 50 miles from town is not all that remote considering you can get on the highway and cover 50 miles rather quickly in a motor vehicle.

Use a post office box for your mail and do not order items that have to be delivered. Do not make large purchases locally, and buy your firearms and ammunition in another town if possible.

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Work Sharp Guided Field Sharpener Review

Work Sharp Guided Field Sharpener

This angle guided, 5 stage sharpening solution is perfect for all of your sharpening needs, whether in the field or around the home.

It Sharpens and hones:

  • Your Flat Bladed Knives
  • Serrated Blades
  • Fish Hooks
  • Camping Tools
  • Kitchen/Camp Knives
  • Broad heads

The Work Sharp Guided Field Sharpener comes with 2 Diamond Plates one is coarse grit for shaping and repairing, and one is fine grit for sharpening

It also includes two Ceramic Rods one is a 3-position ceramic rod with coarse grit, fine grit and fish hook honing sides, plus a smaller diameter, fine grit serration sharpener

Work Sharp Field Sharpener

There is even more, it also includes a Leather Strop conditioned with a micro-abrasive to finish your blades to a razor-sharp edge

The sharpening guides are a perfect match up and they are specifically designed for your hunting knives, pocket knives and even your filet knives. The guides make quick work out of sharpening flat, curved and even serrated blades . Sharpen camp tools as well such as axes, hatchets, and machetes.

The diamond grit plates are held in place by rare earth magnets, and they provide cover for the broad head wrench and small storage compartment as well. Compact yet rugged and ready for practically any job. It includes a lanyard hole for easier carry or lashing to a pack or even to your belt.

Now that we have all of the technical aspects out of the way let’s talk about how it really does the job under any conditions. The Guided Field Sharpener should be an everyday carry because if you carry a clip-on knife or even a belt knife as part of your everyday carry then you need a sharpener that is up to the task.

It will touch up needles for sewing and leather awls for when you are working with leather or simply want to add another hole to your belt. The sharpener also has a small storage compartment where you can carry small odds and ends such as needles or fishhooks or even fish line

Work Sharp Guided Field Sharpener

The Work Sharp Guided Field Sharpener will put an edge on any knife and on practically any tool you have and the strop will hone it to the point you can literally shave with the blade, it is not recommended that you do of course, but a sharp knife is invaluable.

It is a solid piece of work and it will hold up out in the field, whether it is wet cold or in between it is there when you need it and it will do the job.

I especially like the guides because each blade has a different angle and if you are not paying attention you can spend a lot of time sharpening and not have accomplished anything. With the guides you know the angle is right and after a few swipes on either side you are ready to go. Of course it will take more work if the blade is damaged, nicked or is extremely dull but this sharpener will bring the edge back.

You might even be in a situation where you have to make your own fishhooks or cutting tools and this sharpener can help you do that. You can make needles, sharpen pop can tops into fishhooks and take the lid off of a can of food and turn it into a cutting tool using this sharpener.

The Work Sharp Guided Field Sharpener is not just a knife sharpener it is a survival tool for your bug-out-bag, survival kit, emergency kit for the home, in the car, even in the kitchen and on your person.

The sharpener is ideal for anglers, hunters, scouts, campers, law enforcement, active duty military, and hikers and for anyone with sharpening needs around the home and can be purchased for around $22 dollars on Amazon. 

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Communications Security (COMSEC)

Communications Security COMSEC

Communications Security (COMSEC)

COMSEC would include any electronic communications such as email, text messages, and postings on social media websites.

Who What When and Where

Who are you, someone may want to know, what are you doing, someone may want to know this as well, when is something going to happen, and where is it going to happen is relevant information that must be safeguarded when communicating electronically.

Radio Signals

Radio signals can be intercepted and with a directional antenna someone can determine your location by triangulation. All it requires is three bearings from three different locations. Where the bearings intersect is your location.

It is not quite as easy as described for those that have never triangulated a signal, but with a little practice and some knowledge of radio transmissions virtually anyone can do it.

Typically, someone would be monitoring radio traffic for information, and then decide based on that information they may decide they need/want your location.

Reduce Your Risk

To reduce the risk of giving away a location you can transmit from another location that is not relevant to you, or cannot be connected to you in any way. In other words, do not key the microphone while standing on your front porch if you do not want someone finding your front porch.

Keep your transmissions short and use just enough power to make contact with others on the net. The stronger the signal the easier it is to intercept and track.

Personal names should never be used so you should assign call signs to anyone on your communications net. If someone does not use the proper call sign and attempts to communicate with you then go dark, change to a backup frequency and attempt contact again, or wait to be contacted.

Remember, someone is always monitoring, and you would not know it. Unless you have sophisticated equipment your traffic would not be encrypted, and can be intercepted by anyone with a receiver.

The military and some law enforcement agencies use Communications-Electronics Operating Instructions (CEOI). The information is changed after a certain period typically every 24-hours. The guide would contain an authentication table, among other information, that all users would have to follow to communicate with anyone on the communications network. This is something that you could easily replicate for your communications net. A simple code that lets you know that the person you are talking to is a “friendly” and not someone searching for information.


Once you hit the send button there is absolutely no way of knowing who at some point may have access to the contents. The person receiving it may distribute it to any number of people, the service provider may scan the email contents for keywords so advertisers can target you and hackers and others can intercept it as well.

Think before sending email, is there information in the correspondence that could compromise your personal, family or business’s security. If there is any doubt do not send.

Text Messages

Treat text messages, as you would email. Once sent any number of people could view the information and it is not unheard of to text to the wrong phone number. Once again think and double check before hitting send.

Social Media

It should be obvious to most people that posting personal information online can be dangerous. Even information that is supposedly only accessible by “friends” can in some cases be viewed by others, and just who are your friends by the way, do you know.

Certain social media sites update their privacy policies from time to time, and they do not make much of an effort to notify users, so this could change who has to access your information. Typically, the sites do this so advertisers have greater access to your browsing habits, but along with advertisers there are others out there looking.

You may not even be aware of your privacy settings, so take some time to review how your accounts are set up to determine who has access to what as far as your online accounts are concerned.

Know what your children are posting on social media. An innocent picture of mom and dad’s new firearm may bring unwanted attention to your family. Pictures of your home and vehicles with license plates showing is not a good idea either. Of course anyone driving by can see your plates, but if someone is looking for your home, because they liked what they saw online, and they have the plate numbers of your vehicles it only makes it that much easier to find the right home.

Taking pictures of your prepping supplies and posting them online is not a good idea even though you think there is no information in the pictures anyone can use there may be a clue that together with another clue can allow someone to figure out who you are and where you live.

If you have to stop and wonder if it is a good idea then it probably is not a good idea when it comes to posting information online.

No one has to break into your home to plant electronic intrusion devices anymore. Electronic surveillance can be conducted from down the street or hundreds if not thousands of miles away.

Cell Phones

Cell phones are by no means secure for the common user. You have to assume every call is being intercepted and the contents of the call possibly stored somewhere. For most this is not a concern, because all of the calls being swept up in a dragnet, as it were, cannot be listened too, there are simply too many and it is not the intention of the agencies doing it to listen to everyone. The information is stored, and if something happens later on then they may access some calls, because certain keywords not previously relevant have surfaced.

The agencies conducting surveillance and call collection dragnets are looking for specific keywords and they focus on the location and destination.

Calls of interest include those that connect with callers overseas. The call may originate from the United States or come into the United States from overseas. Law enforcement agencies will intercept cell phones during investigations as well, so all in all, you have to assume to be safe that all calls are being recorded, stored, and possibly analyzed. For the typical person this means nothing and nothing would ever come of all this surveillance as far as the average person is concerned.

If you do not want anyone to know you are a Prepper then do not tell anyone you are a Prepper. However, your actions and purchases can indicate you are a Prepper. If you buy a lot of supplies on Amazon for example, it is a safe bet someone at Amazon knows or suspects you are a Prepper. They don’t care, but that is not the point, if someone gets a look at your browsing history or credit card purchases, for example they too will know.

Your browsing history will tell someone a lot about you and knowing what sites you visit may make you an easier target for hackers or others that may be gathering information about you.

Keep your phone locked/password protected so no one can access it to see what you have been up too. The same applies to your computer at home, use password protection so no one has access to your laptop, for example, to see what you have been up too.

Use common sense, security lapses often times occur because people did not stop and think. Something as simple as opening up an email attachment can override thousands of dollars of sophisticated security hardware.

Stop and think about who, what, when and where, when communicating with anyone.

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Off Grid Living

Off Grid Living and Security: Some Things to Consider

Reducing the dependency on local infrastructure, infrastructure managed by the local municipalities is the goal of many that go off grid. Anyone that has been paying attention realizes that the residents of any size city or town are at the mercy of those in charge. Cities control your water, electric, gas and even electronic communications to some extent. Taking control and going off grid however, requires work, planning, and adaptation.

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Faraday Cage Contents

What Should You Keep In a Faraday Cage?

First, a quick reminder of what a Faraday cage is, and how it works to protect electronic devices/components.

A Faraday cage or sometimes called a Faraday shield is an enclosure that is formed from conductive materials. The material can also be mesh as long as it is conductive material. The material blocks external static and non-static electric fields. It does so by channeling electricity along and around, but not through the enclosure. The conductive material provides constant voltage on all sides of the enclosure.

Faraday cages are named after Michael Faraday an English scientist who invented the cage in 1836.

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Ham Radio License

Communications During a Crisis: Do You Have A Ham Radio License?

The first thought of some is that a license to operate a ham radio is worthless when the SHTF. Do what you have to do during a crisis is the thought of some regardless of rules and regulations. There of course, is some validity to this, but the point is that you are not in the middle of a crisis yet.

To practice and get familiar with a ham radio you need to get on the airwaves, and you absolutely need to know what you are doing to be able to communicate effectively using an Amateur Radio. An operator gains experience through use. To legally transmit however, you need a call sign, which is only assigned to you by the FCC after you have passed a written test and have paid all the fees.

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10 Reasons Aluminum Foil Should Be in Your Bug Out Bag

Aluminum Foil Bug Out Bag

First, the technical stuff, which may be boring to some, but it may also give you some additional ideas for its use if you know what the properties of aluminum foil really are.

Aluminum foil replaced “tin foil” around 1910. Prior this to this time tin was commonly used and used similar to how aluminum foil is used today. Tin of course left some food tasting “tinny” and it rusted over time, as well as being hard to work with. It could not be wrapped or shaped around objects as easily, and it certainly did not have the properties of today’s aluminum foil. In Europe today, aluminum foil is still commonly referred to as tin foil.

All foil is not made equally, so when choosing foil for a survival kit or for your emergency supplies for the home, make sure it is foil that is at least or as close to 1mil (.001) as possible. Why 1mil, well because foil 1mil or thicker is permeable to water, gases and oxygen. In other words it would act just like a Mylar bag as far as not allowing contaminates to flow through the skin. Foil less than 1mil can have microscopic pinholes in it that over time would allow the transfer of oxygen, gases, and moisture.

Typically aluminum foil labeled “Heavy Duty” is between .0008 and .001 (1 mil) thick.

1 Mil is 1 Thousandth of an inch.

1 Mil numerically is .001

Okay Shiny Side or Matte Side, Does It Make a Difference

There is a shiny side and a matte side when it comes to household foil. The difference is slight however, and for general use around the home, and for cooking, the difference is not likely to be noticed. On the other hand, in a survival situation any advantage is a plus, so when foil is used as heat reflectors use the shiny side to gain the slight benefit. (alufoil, n.d.).

1.) Because foil reflects heat it can be used as you would a Mylar emergency blanket. It can be used in an emergency to prevent the rapid cooling of the body. Because heat conducts to cold, a human body is constantly conducting its warmth to the colder air surrounding it. Foil can be used as a reflector to prevent the conduction of heat, in other words, it will reflect body heat back to the body, so get your tin hats ready.

2.) Tape sheets of foil on the inside of your shelter to reflect heat back, the heat given off by your body and heat from a fire. Tape sheets of foil to a piece of canvas or to cloth and position it (by hanging or other means), so it reflects the heat of your fire into your shelter or onto your body. You can even wrap foil around larger rocks and place near the fire to reflect the heat in whatever direction needed.

3.) Shape heavy duty foil into a vessel for boiling water for purification. Foil will stand up to the heat and can be used multiple times for food preparation and for water boiling.

4.) Use foil to reflect UV-sunlight to disinfect drinking water. Fill a clear water bottle with contaminated water and place on a sheet of foil in direct sunlight. Slightly bend the foil up so it reflects more directly onto the bottle. This method works best if the water is filtered first, because debris can block the rays. If filtering is not possible then you would allow the debris to settle. Allow at least six hours for the sunlight to do its job. Once done if you did not filter the water first then pour the water off carefully, so that the sediment remains in the bottom of the bottle.

5.) Foil will provide a barrier against gases, water, and oxygen so in other words, foods wrapped in foil will not give off odors, which can help to keep four legged predators from snooping around your camp.

6.) Because it reflects light, foil can be used as a signaling device. Cut a square of foil, and either hold the square, or tape it to a flat solid object so it can be held and positioned easier.

7.)  Heat small stones in your fire and then roll onto the shiny side of the foil. Pick up the foil with the rocks and carry into your shelter. Make sure the rocks are sized properly so you can carry them on the foil, without them tearing through. Bend the sides to direct the heat in whatever direction needed.

8.) If the ground is wet or damp lay sheets of foil down in which to to build your fire upon.

9.) If stranded in a vehicle tape foil, shiny side to the sun, to the windshield to reflect sunlight. The reverse would be true if trying to retain heat inside of a vehicle in the winter time.

10.) Foil conducts electricity so thin strands can be used to create fire by shorting across the negative and positive posts of a battery. If the foil is shaped into thin enough wire it can be used with batteries that power your electronic devices. To help it along you can wrap some dry tinder around the foil before you short it to create enough heat to ignite the tinder. Use cotton, jute or any dry organic cordage, dried grass, or small strips of cotton clothing would work as well.

Obviously the above is not the only uses for aluminum foil in a survival situation, but now that you have some idea of its properties, you can come up with even more uses with a little imagination.

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Threat Assessment Power Grid/Communications Going Down

Power Communications Grid Down

Probability Low to Medium

The thought was originally to put an EMP threat in the title, it was left out however, because it is becoming increasingly obvious that the power grid can be damaged, or even destroyed by other than an EMP attack. 

This does not mean however, the threat of an EMP is any less, it simply means there are other ways of damaging, or destroying the power grid, ways that do not require the detonation of a nuclear device. In other words, our power grid and communication infrastructure is extremely vulnerable, and it would take little expertise or effort to cause significant damage.

A small group of dedicated individuals with some knowledge of the infrastructure could conceivably shut down virtually any sized city.

The threat also includes the loss of Internet, cable, cell service and other electronic communications. Remember Northern Arizona a few days ago, and even though the disruption only lasted a few hours it created a serious situation for many of the residents.

It would take considerable effort, the effort of a nation state in most cases, to shut down a large portion of the United States, so the more imminent threat for now is localized, as it was in Northern Arizona. Cities here and there can be shut down for a few hours, or a few days, causing serious damage to the financial, as well as, the physical well being of the residents.

If there is a coordinated effort multiple cities could be shut down at the same time. The communication infrastructure would likely be targeted first to slow the response by the authorities (slow down not stop), and then power stations would be sabotaged immediately after communications were disrupted. This would take considerable effort, but again not nearly the effort to detonate a nuclear device.

There would be no need to smuggle any device into the country, because all materials to carry out the plan could be obtained in virtually any city or town, and the people involved would not need extensive training. They would need practice drills, and have the ability to work, as a team, but sophisticated training and expertise would not be required.

As you by now know, a shovel or an ax in the hands of someone bent on creating trouble can create problems for thousands of people with one or two whacks. Imagine if a group decided to do this and they put some effort into the planning and execution.

Prepare For the Most Likely

Essentially you can awaken on any given day and find that your cell phone does not work, your Internet is out, and the Television is blank. It has happened, and it will likely happen again.

It may only be your town or city but that is of little comfort to you and others affected. You need to be able to use your debit card to pump fuel into your vehicle so you can get to work in the next town, you need groceries, and you need medications for your children all of which are denied to you, because no one can process debit or credit cards. Fuel pumps may not even work at all, and if they do you need to pay with cash before you pump.

Things to Have On Hand

  • Cash to fill your gas tank at least once and twice is better
  • Cash for medications and small food purchases enough for three days
  • Two-Way radios (Walkie Talkies) for emergency communications, each member of the family should have one, and of course know what channel for family communications
  • Citizens Band (CB) radios can also be used along with ham radios in some cases
  • Radios for news broadcast because you cannot rely on Televisions, Smart phones or the Internet for information gathering

If someone severed a fiber optic cable supplying your city, 911 services may be disrupted, so this means that if you have a medical emergency, or need the police they may not be able to receive your call, let alone respond to an emergency. This also applies to the fire department.

People of course will take advantage, so once it becomes known that the police cannot receive emergency calls then certain people will act out, there may even be some minor looting and attempted robberies of homes and businesses. This is something you have to be prepared for.

You should know already what the emergency plans are for the local school system. You will want your children with you, so you have to know the procedures for picking them up during a crisis of this nature.

If possible stay home and avoid driving. You simply do not know what effects the crisis will have on signal lights, draw bridges, toll booths and so on.

The Internet only needs to be down for a few hours to create havoc in any sized city. Be prepared for when it happens in your city or town next.

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The Lone Wolf Prepper Continued

Lone Wolf Prepper Continued

The Lone Wolf Prepper versus Prepper Groups: Is There a Middle Ground Somewhere

Some of you may be under the impressions that if you are not in a Prepper group then you are considered a lone wolf Prepper. There is a middle ground, however. It is not an either or situation, and you do not have to choose, and frankly, you should thoroughly investigate any Prepper group you are considering joining.

This article is not advocating for or against any position, only you can decide.

The facts are that most people today cannot survive living alone for an extended period away from society, or away from others that have certain skill sets and training. You may have training in a particular field, you may even be a skilled surgeon, but this does not mean you know everything. Even skilled professionals need other professionals.

A lone wolf can be described as someone that shuns society and the company of others hence the name lone wolf. The generally accepted definition of a lone wolf is someone that once lived among others, but then left the pack, if you will, to survive on their own. In the animal kingdom once a wolf leaves the pack there is no going back, either the wolf survives or not, the pack has moved on.

Are You Occupying the Middle Ground?

You are a Prepper, you have a family, and everyone in the family pitches in. Your neighbors may or may not know you are a Prepper and you may not even call yourself one. You do what you do because it makes sense to be ready for anything. You have no desire to spend weekends dressing up in radiation suits to see how fast you can evacuate your home suited up. You really do not want everyone in town to know your business. 

You know you may need medical care, for example, during a crisis so you make a point of knowing who your neighbors are without letting them necessarily know whom you may be. You also know that money may not be acceptable currency at some point, so you have stockpiled goods for bartering.

You have some skills that can be traded for other skills. The dentist that lives down the block may need your help during a crisis, and you may need his or her help, so you prepare for this. You do not form a group however to try to gather certain professionals together, because they may gather now during the good times, but when disaster strikes the rules change.

You do know you will need others if the crisis is an extended one. Long-term planning is important, and yet you do it in such a way that you know whom to contact, but no one seemingly knows to contact you. You simply cannot have those that failed to prepare showing up on your doorstep begging for handouts. You and your family’s survival is the first priority.

If you are in a group then everyone knows your business. Regardless of promises made, once you join a group things change and certain people, the leaders in particular would get possessive. What is yours is everyone’s to share under certain circumstances.

Groups that band together for survival can become altruistic societies. This means that to benefit the group, as a whole, you, and others would have to give up something, and sacrifice for the betterment of the group. Some people may enjoy this lifestyle, one similar to a commune where everyone participates, gives back and does their fair share until some are convinced they are getting the short end too often.

However, in a life or death situation you need leaders that can make decisions for the group without consulting with everyone in the group. Prepper groups are a conundrum. There needs to be a well defined leadership chain, and yet everyone in the group would essentially have to give up their possessions for the groups’ use, because the main concern is the welfare of the group. You would be obligated to some extent to benefit others in the group and not act to benefit only yourself.

The lone wolf decides they do not need anyone so they find a place where they can be alone. This lifestyle may work for awhile, and for some it may work for the rest of their lives. For most people however, this would not work. People need doctors, help with crops, help with construction projects, help with animals, and if nothing else people would want the company of others.

If society were to collapse people would gather to form communities. You would not call this a Prepper group however, because people would have their own possessions and would guard them closely, people would live close to each other but not with each other. People would help others in the community but once the project was over everyone would go back to their shelters to work on their own projects away from prying eyes.

Would Prepper Groups Fail During a Crisis?

People in this country for the most part have never experienced a collapse of a society that would spawn Prepper groups.

There are Prepper groups of course that have formed, but the concept is untested. Baptism by fire, if you will, is the only true test and that has not happened, yet. Once disaster strikes people within the group will look to their own first, this is natural, and it cannot be denied. The groups’ needs would take a back seat during a true crisis. What member is going to stick with the group knowing they have elderly parents, other family, and even friends in need outside of the group?

Some might say then you would have to recruit certain people. This may work, but those people without ties to the community, without friends and relatives would not be loyal to the group. They would use the group to their own advantage, and when things got rough they too would abandon the group in all likelihood.

Is the Lone Wolf Doomed?

People right now may believe they can go it alone but they say this knowing they can call for an ambulance if their appendix happens to burst and people can even get rescued from a mountain top if their day of skiing or hiking went bad. Even those in remote cabins have communication with the outside world just in case.

Mick Dodge even has a support group to help him out when he needs it, and most would consider him a lone wolf.

Is The Middle Ground the Safest Ground?

There are no guarantees, each individual and each family will have to decide how much they are willing to participate in the betterment of those besides their families during a crisis. In the short-term most people will have all they can do to keep their loved ones fed and safe, let alone worrying about the welfare of a group of people?

Over time people will begin to gather so they can benefit from others. Doctors and engineers for example, will become known, and people will seek them out to trade services. In days past communities as a whole provided shelter and food for doctors, school teachers, sheriffs, ministers and so on because the community demanded theses services.

Overtime individuals paid the professionals for individual service instead of the village itself, because the skilled professionals demanded more than just shelter and food they wanted currency, gold and silver.

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A Prepper Group Is Not Necessarily a Democracy

Prepper Group

Not everyone in a Prepper group would have an equal say and in some cases, the rank and file would not have a say at all. If everyone had equal billing and standing then nothing would get accomplished, because everyone would have a different opinion on how something should be handled. Decisions have to be made that benefit the group as a whole, and not ones that benefit just one or two people. Typically one or possibly two people would be tasked with making a final decision.

Essentially groups are formed because of safety in numbers, and so the group as a whole can benefit from the collective knowledge as well. Groups need a leader that can gather information and input from experts within the group and from information outside the group, and then make a decision on how to proceed. Not any one person can do it all, so a good leader should encourage those with knowledge and certain expertise to be part of the group.

Group Needs

Security is a main factor so all groups will need people experienced in security such as those with prior military and law enforcement experience.

Medical personnel are important as well. Everyone at some point will need medical attention, and during a crisis diseases will be more prevalent because of contaminated water and food products. Medically trained personnel will likely be as important, if not more so than security personnel during an extended crisis.

People with bush craft training will be an essential part of any group. Groups may have to abandon their area as a group to seek safety in a wilderness environment. You will need people that can teach others how to survive in this type of environment.

Groups will need people that have agricultural experience. Groups may have to begin raising crops and animals. Along with raising animals comes the need to treat those animals, so veterinarians would be needed as well.

Groups will need people that can cook and process wild game, mend clothing, and tend to children. To survive long-term, food surpluses will have to be preserved and stored so people will be needed to oversee the preservation and storage of foods. Camp chores will have to be performed, and some of the tasks will be mundane and general in nature, but they must be done for the health and welfare of everyone in the group.

Leaders can appoint themselves and then others can join up or small ad hoc groups can form and then a leader can be appointed by the group.

Most successful leaders know how to take advantage of talent from within an organization. The leaders themselves may not have any specific skill (s) other than being able to manage a group of people and their various levels of expertise. Leaders or managers should have a working knowledge of certain things, but they cannot be expected to be a doctor, cop, and chief cook and bottle washer all rolled up in one. A leader’s talent lies in getting people to perform at their peak and to perform the jobs they were trained to do efficiently.

There should be a second in charge or command if you will, that can make decisions in the absence of the leader, or if the leader becomes incapacitated. As stated earlier not everyone gets a vote, because it would be too confusing, and would simply take too long to make decisions. In some cases a decision to bug-out may have to be made quickly, and there is simply no time to consult with everyone in the group to get their opinion on the matter.

If a person is not willing to accept this type of situation then a Prepper group is not something in which they should be involved. There are those that believe they can do it on their own and some can but many will not be able to survive on their own if the crisis is an extended one.

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