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  1. My next door neighbors are great people and very hands on and self sufficient in many ways without being preppers They know im a prepper and am not very good at hands on So im going to recruit their help in building a structure to put multiple rain barrels together your article has motivated me to do that and also to ask them if they’ve thought about a disaster plan with their local extended family.
    Thanks for the motivation

  2. Good article! I actually used that same TV show along with the walking dead to reach my in-laws; they were some of those people fascinated with zombie apocalypse lol. The walking dead was mainly for examples of things you should never since Rick usually makes the worst possible decisions…
    I would be leery of discussing this with townsfolk outside of your family though because of the obvious problems it would present for OPSEC. They could leave the most motivated newbie survivalist in the world, but when it comes down to deciding between laying down the capital to get seriously prepared or taking that family trip to Disneyland which do you think they will choose? In my experience it’s usually Disneyland and then there’s a few more hungry desperate individuals heading your way when SHTF.
    As far as a documentary to show your family members that are still not survivalists I found one that I really like called “End of the Road: How Our Money Became Worthless.” It turned on a few light bulbs with my people hopefully it will with yours as well.
    Again it was great article!



  3. Granted, my experience is statistically insignificant except to me. I do know that the mindset here in the Redoubt is a whole different world from those back east. Many are even in hurricane-prone areas and you would think that would motivate them toward self-sufficiency. I see no evidence of that. Men are supposed to be providers and protectors of their love ones. Honestly, this old coot believes this natural sense of duty has been bred out of American ‘men’.

    Brandon Smith was right. The vast majority of Americans are too self-absorbed in frivolous pursuits to accept reality. Their country is falling around them while they are consumed with texting, cell phones, selfies, sports, recreation, leisure, entertainment, TV, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Pokemon GO etc. Yea, it’s fun. And it’s a lot easier than preparing to protect their love ones. Their suffering will likely be Biblical…

  4. Thanks for the article and the pep talk. I will talk gardening and canning with the local folks but I tend to not discuss preps with anyone. The country folk around me are generally retired with small pensions, incredibly poor and depend upon the government for their handouts. These people I will help when needed but their worthless, blood sucking children will meet my shotgun when they start mooching off their parents.

  5. I actually try and avoid loaded words like prepper. Instead I say I believe in disaster preparedness and risk mitigation. And that just as I have health and life insurance, I think it’s a good idea to have some disaster insurance in case the next earthquake, fire, hurricane etc happens

  6. Our local EMA office uses the film series “Jericho” as a teaching tool to what prepping is all about. After our first CERT training course all new CERT team members were requested to watch the series in full. A follow up class, months later, was had were we discussed EMA’s responsibilities and its ultimate inabilities compared to the community coming together.

  7. Sadly, CERT is a ‘Non’ with few exceptions, it is just a Gov’t sponsored pretty picture with very few sponsored $$$. As a CERT team Leader for 5 years, we were called put on numerous SAR mission’s and a few ‘flood / sandbagging missions’ and until our county EM (Emerg. Mgr) said he wouldn’t cover our team under the county’s insurance which in other words means we would NEVER be called out, and this was quite common throughout our state (verified through other team coordinators and team leaders attending the yearly state conferences). We trained over 250 students and had a dedicated team of 40+- active members. Monthly admin meetings (w/ the county sheriff attending every one), monthly County EMS meetings (w/ our Coordinator attending every one along w/ our sheriff),monthly field training, twice yearly litter pick up through the ‘state adopt a highway program’, a self supporting bank account from fundraisers (but not enough to fund our own insurance coverage every year), self purchased Sat-Com tracking programs, big screen monitor in our response trailer and GPS ‘hunting dog collars’ for each team to monitor search patterns and progress, etc. The training is great and professional and I do recommend it to every community member but if you think you’re going to get called out…think again. I would bet that 90% of teams in the entire United States do not get a call…EVER! Not sour grapes…just reality. Good luck. Keep your powder dry and continue to fight the good fight!

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