Far into my teenage years, my parents always wanted to meet my friends to size them up and either encourage or dissuade my continuance of the relationship. The decision was mine but, ultimately, I would find that my parents were correct in their assessments. Over time, I developed that sense my parents had of knowing if a person was good or bad for me. Friendships will either inspire us to better our lives or bring us down or cause our personal growth and happiness to stagnate. How are your friendships affecting you? Will they be there during the lowest times in your life; when you have nothing to offer them except your friendship? Do you trust them to "have your back" when the rest of the world seems to be against you?
An Emergency Plan should include working with trusted members to prepare. For most, this will be a spouse, other family members or close friends. For others, reaching outside their circle of friends/family may be desired.
|In the case of Seniors and the disabled, there is little difference in the way they should prepare for an emergency than anyone else. Unfortunately, they are the most affected given their situation and physical condition. Everyone should be honest about, and consider, their physical, medical and emotional condition and limitations in their emergency planning. No offense intended; many Seniors and those with Special Needs may not be as capable of saving themselves from disaster as younger, more physically abled citizens. But with proper planning, senior and special needs citizens can increase their chances of survival by bonding and planning with someone younger or a Caregiver. Read more about Emergency Preparedness Tactics For Seniors, How Family Caregivers Can Keep Loved Ones Safe and Prepping Tips For The Mobility Challenged.|
Do you feel like Noah (in the Bible) when trying to talk with others about prepping? For me, it's like having conversations about politics or religion; they're either on the same page with you or on another planet. For whatever reason, it seems to stike a chord at the very core of the soul. Maybe it's because many people don't want to think about bad things happening and if we don't think that way, it won't happen. I have, personally, experienced this; told not to talk to them about this anymore. So, though I still occasionally make the mistake of talking or sending out topic information, I just do my own private prepping. Unfortunately, I realize that those who do not prep could likely be my biggest problems when a "bad event" happens; so I have to prep for that as well.
I encourage those who believe in preparing to have those conversations with family and friends (without giving them a lot of details about your specific preps). But, if they aren't receptive, let it go quickly. If they ever do acquire the intelligence to understand why to prepare, they have a resource in you. Otherwise, put them on your list of those to watch out for; now they know where to come when (not if) the SHTF. Unfortunately, many people don't comprehend their need until they are faced with it, like a "no atheists in foxholes" moment; then it's usually too late.
Why Plan for an Emergency
How to Prep When Your Spouse is Against It
Prepping Your Significant Other For Prepping
Building a Preparedness Community
Are 'Preppers' Whack Jobs or is the World?
Good Leaders Must First Be Good Servants:
The terms servant and leader are considered opposites of each other but the term "Servant Leadership", coined by Robert K. Greenleaf, means that one must first have a desire to serve others which then pushes to want to lead others. Matthew 20:25
To become a good servant leader, there are ten tenets that are integral. A person must have these qualities and habits deeply rooted in them first. They include:
Committing to help one another, as a couple, family or team of like-minded individuals to stay safe, gather supplies, plan and prepare physically and emotionally is a vital skill to learn.
Neighborhood Watch is an organized effort by concerned residents to look out for each others safety, and to help law enforcement officers protect people and their homes against criminals. If your neighborhood has not yet become a crime statistic, consider crime preventive measures by starting a Neighborhood Watch Program. At the very least, call the police any time something looks suspicious or out of place. If your neighborhood has already become a crime statistic, a Neighborhood Watch Program can tackle this problem. Ignoring the problem will not fix it. In some cases and situations, it may be appropriate to form a local militia group.
Community and Neighborhood Prepping Tips
Things to Consider When Forming a Prepper Community
Community Response to an Emergency
Group Organization: When planning for a long-term emergency or a full-blown survival scenario, a well-organized survival group is necessary. The group must include trustworthy, moral people that possess diverse skills and a strong work ethic. Having a well-rounded collection of skills represented in the group will provide a better chance of surviving and make the whole ordeal much less difficult. With the exception of infancy or extreme incapacitation, ALL members of the group MUST actively participate in one or more group activities in the following areas; there is no room for charity, handouts, entitlements or laziness.
Building a Survival Group
Key Roles and Team Dynamics Within the Survival Group
The Community Survival Plan
|Strengthening Family Values and The Power of Family and its Impact on Society|
|For some, a pet may be the only Survival Companion they will want or will be included as a valued member of the team. A pet, specifically a dog, will not only be very loyal but may be trained to perform many tasks that may help in an emergency. They may alert to "visitors" and dogs with a "big dog bark" may deter a [human or other] predator. A dog that has been trained to attack is a formidable defense weapon. Unlike humans, pets are not likely to turn against you and are not lazy if treated well. Here are some other animals and things to consider:|
Our right to "keep and bear arms" is supposed to be protected by the Second Amendment with the exercise of that right protected by the First Amendment (freedom of Religion, Speech, Press, Assembly, Petition)! The ultimate protection of our rights, however, come from you! The people of this nation armed, trained and prepared to fight any foreign or domestic enemy is our best weapon against tyranny and usurpation of our liberties.
The U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 8, Clauses 15 and 16, provides for States to organize and train their Militias according to standards established by the U.S. Congress, and to appoint the officers, but it was not the intention of that clause to authorize states to forbid local organization and training of Militia units, but to require that they be organized and trained. Here are some Steps to take:
Militia Organizations & Resources:
American Militia Association
WHYU FM - 102.3 MHz [or listen online] in Meyersdale, PA (American Militia Association - Radio Station)
My Militia News
Should I Join a Militia?
Patriot or Traitor