Every week, it seems, I get questions from readers asking how they can connect with other preparedness-minded people in their neighborhoods and towns. It’s not an easy dilemma because most preppers don’t want to be found!
Over the holidays it’s likely that you’ll be spending time with more friends and family than usual. This is an ideal time to find out if any of them are like-minded. Try one of these conversation starters and see what happens. We’d love to hear the results, so please report back in the comment section!
- We watched “Doomsday Preppers” on TV the other night. Have you seen it? What did you think?
- I’ve been thinking about learning how to can my own vegetables.
- Do you happen to know if our town allows backyard chickens?
- Some of the Christmas grocery store sales have been so good that I’ve been stocking up on a lot of things. Have you been doing that?
- Have you ever thought about what your family would do if you (or your spouse) ever lost your job?
- I’m thinking of joining a Meet-Up group of people who are into preparing for the next hurricane/tornado/disaster. Would you want to come along?
- …Be creative! What conversation starter can you come up with?
And, if these questions are met with ridicule or a blank stare, you can quickly fill in that awkward silence with one of these:
- What do you think of Snooki’s weight loss? Doesn’t she look awesome??
- So what do you think? Was Beyonce really pregnant this year or was she just faking it?
- Are you excited for the next American Idol season?
- Are Bella and Edward the most romantic couple ever or what?
Some people will never, ever be able to admit to themselves that the future is uncertain. They’re the ones who believe the news reports telling us that the recession is over and the housing market is on an upswing. They’ll continue to believe in a mirage as long as possible. Don’t waste your time trying to convince them otherwise.
The smartest thing to do is sort through your friends and family members, find out who might be on board and to what extent, and then begin spending time together. Sharing ideas and information will help you extend your circle of prepper friends, and ultimately, those people may be the key to your family’s survival.