Thursday, December 15, 2011

SDS Daily Briefing for Thursday, December 15, 2011

Guns Sales Are Off The Charts

Gun sales on Black Friday set new sales records.  People, especially women, are taking more responsibility for their own personal safety. 

If you're one of those new gun buyers, I congratulate you.  I also highly encourage you to get training on how to use it safely and effectively.

Building Your Team

Today, I had lunch with a fellow prepper.  It's good for me to meet with other preppers to hear their concerns and share ideas. 

One of the topics we discussed was how to build a team or network of like minded people to share ideas and, if need be, rely upon in a crisis.  In my mind, it's one of the most difficult challenges - if not the most difficult one - someone who wants to prep as part of a network.

It got me to thinking - what might someone new to prepping do in order to build their own network?  Some ideas include:

  • The Internet is filled with info on preparedness groups around the country.  Reach out to them.  I do caution people about jumping head first into any preparedness group.  Start slowly with any prep network you join.  While I'd like to tell you everyone who is a prepper is an upright person, I know there are some within the movement who have ideas counter to mine.
  • Talk to your close friends.  Identify ones you think "get it" but perhaps haven't started taking action, and encourage them to do so.  They can be a fantastic asset, since you've already vetted them to be worthy of close friend material.
  • Look beyond conventional "prepper" groups.  Groups focusing on gardening, amateur radio, neighborhood watch, and training people in first aid are often filled with people who are interested in learning more about self sufficiency. 

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