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Doomsday preppers are a special breed of survivalist. They don’t just prepare for a natural disaster or minor social upheaval — they plan for the absolute worst case scenarios including:
People who call themselves a Doomsday prepper are extremely dedicated to improving their survival skills and emergency preparedness. Most doomsday preppers also realize the importance of developing social networks to help survive an apocalyptic event.
But how do you find other dedicated survivalists?
Because some of the emergency situations they are concerned about concern the abuse of government power, they tend to stay below the radar which can make them difficult to find.
This article will give you a few ideas for finding doomsday preppers and increasing your chances of survival.
There are a number of reasons for connecting other doomsday preppers including:
Doomsday preppers have varied skill-sets, equipment and stockpiles. Working together will almost always improve everyone’s chances of survival.
Ways to Find Doomsday Preppers
Social Networking Websites
Meetup.com is the leading social networking site for organizing real-life gatherings with like-minded doomsday preppers. The site has a special category for doomsday prepper meet-ups, which includes 20 groups and nearly 3000 members across the United States.
There is also a standard preppers meet-up group which has many more groups and locations (174 groups with nearly 28,000 members)
Some of the doomsday prepper groups are private and you must apply for access. The meet-ups often have training events or just provide a venue for the exchange of ideas. If you attend one of these meet-ups, focus on building relationships with the people there, instead of just going for the training event. When you find someone that you like and trust, mention working together after a doomsday event.
Other kinds of social networking websites usually revolve around virtual interaction. You can join Facebook doomsday prepper groups, but it is unlikely that you will meet most of these people face to face.
The best group for survival and prepping tips is the survivalist tips fan page.
It is important to realize that there are more risks involved with operating in online environments.
You can never be certain the person is who they say they are, which presents an operation security risk. The best way to meet a doomsday prepper is always face to face.
Ask Friends and Relatives
You can talk to your friends and relatives to assess their emergency preparedness. If they have already begun to create a stockpile, they are clearly interested in becoming a prepper. Discuss the potential for a doomsday event and see if they are interested in increasing their preparedness.
You will already have established a close relationship with your friend or relative and built a sense of trust. That makes them perfect allies in a survival situation where trust is critical.
Doomsday Prepper Conventions and Training Events
There are a number of prepper conventions and expos held each year, displaying new prepper products and supplies. They can be a great place to meet some fellow preppers, although it can be somewhat difficult to approach people in these settings. To build a relationship at a convention, you may have to meet and chat to the other individual on many occasions before developing a friendship.
There are also prepper training events held in some parts of the United States. The kinds of lessons provided at the events can vary greatly and include everything from first aid to gardening tips. One useful website for finding conventions and training events is http://www.preppershowsusa.com/
Some websites dedicated to educating preppers also provide methods for preppers to contact each other. Some notable sites include:
Prepper groups http://www.preppergroups.com/
American Preppers Network http://americanpreppersnetwork.com/
Prepper Link http://www.prepperlink.com/index.php/connect
Resilient Life Groups http://www.peakprosperity.com/groups
With these websites, always show caution and don’t reveal too much about your bug out/in locations or stockpile until you have developed a relationship of trust with a person you are talking to. Ideally, meet them in the real world before giving them any personal details other than your first name.
There are dozens of survivalist and doomsday prepper websites online. Some of these websites provide a great deal of information and can help you become a more efficient doomsday prepper. However — they may not be the best places to meet other preppers.
The Internet allows people to retain some anonymity and you can never be sure who you are communicating with. You also never know who will be monitoring your communications if you decide to discuss your stockpile, bug out location, and emergency preparedness online. This is especially important for doomsday preppers who are concerned about a tyrannical government or foreign invasion.
A lot of thought must go into selecting the best bug out location for you and your family. A bug out location should be a safe and secure spot that is within a reasonable distance of your home.
Location and your ability to get there
Will you be able to get there after an emergency situation has disrupted your community and the highways are closed?
Survival skills required to survive at the location
Is your bug out location difficult to survive in and requires high-level survival skills? Or is it safe and comfortable for your entire family?
Water availability, soil conditions and wildlife at the location
Can you sustain yourself and your family off the natural resources around the bug out location?
Weather conditions at the location
Are you ready and willing to battle freezing conditions or must you have a climate controlled environment that sits at 71.6 degrees Fahrenheit all year round?
Protection from attackers
Is your bunker a heavily fortified castle with dual mounted M60s or your focus more on remaining off the grid and invisible.
Type of natural and man-made shelter available
Does your bug out location have plenty of naturally occurring shelter or will you be forced to prepare a bunker before hand?
Is it a barren rocket environment in which you will bury you shelter, or is dense forest where you will be potential invaders will struggle to find you
Do you feel it is safer to stay near the city center or is your first objective when bugging out to get away from people?
Your choice of bug out location says about your survival-skills and emergency preparedness. Here are some the most common bug-out locations and how they reflect upon you as a prepper.
Going Into the Wild
The most challenging form of bugging out is taking a back pack and venturing into the wilderness. If you have selected this type of bug out location, you must have high-level survival skills and be very self-sufficient when it comes to finding food and shelter.
Most preppers who have a plan to go into the wild are very familiar with the natural environment they are venturing into. You will have extensive training in hunting, gathering wild food, first aid, and building shelters. Going into the wild is usually a favorite bugging out destination for preppers who are single, young, well-trained and fit.
Most preppers who choose this path will favor isolation and self-sufficiency as a survival strategy. You will rarely come across other people or prepper groups and when you do they will be other highly trained individuals like yourself. Preppers who go into the wild also prefer mobility and flexibility — they are ready to bug out to any location at the drop of a hat.
Going into the wild is an excellent strategy in times of civil unrest, foreign invasion, tyrannical government action or a widespread disease affecting populated areas.
Bugging Out to a Carefully Prepared Bunker
Preppers who struggle with the outdoors often choose a bug-out location that has been meticulously designed and does not take them far from home. They often construct a heavily fortified bunker close to their home so transport is rarely an issue.
This kind of prepper believes that preparation is the key to surviving an emergency situation. They usually have a very large stockpile and items for every eventuality. Preppers who stay in a heavily fortified location often have restricted mobility, either because of health reasons or because they have a family with young children.
Bunker preppers may lack some of the survival skills necessary to live off the land. Instead of battling mother nature, they stockpile the right combination of items to provide water, food and shelter for months or years.
A bunker prepper also prefers to use their brains instead of their brawn — harnessing various technologies to improve the security and adaptability of their bunker.
Heading to a Cabin, Cave or Abandoned Mine in the Wilderness
Halfway between the two extremes of a basement bunker prepper and wilderness survivalist is the prepper who sets up a base in the wilderness. The base may be in a cabin, cave, mine or other structure located far away from population centers.
This kind of prepper has a combination of survival skills and emergency planning skills. They spend hours setting up their base and learning how to survive far away from other people. By having a more permanent base, they have a relatively secure location for their family to reside after bugging out.
Bugging Out to a Derelict Building in the City
While cities can often be dangerous places in the event of civil unrest or a natural disaster, they can also great locations for scavenging food and supplies. Some preppers realize this and plan to take over abandoned buildings in the event of an emergency.
Many large cities in American have dozens of abandoned factories and municipal buildings that can be easily modified to become very secure locations. Preppers who decide to bug out to one of these locations spend hours scouting for the perfect building and planning how to secure it.
In the event of a crisis, they simply pack their car with the supplies and drive to the abandoned building to set up base. In the event of a societal collapse, most people will leave the city as quickly as possible, often leaving food and supplies as they rush to escape. Preppers who stay in the city will take advantage of this fact and obtain what is left behind.
In the event of an emergency situation, bugging out to an abandoned building is surprisingly effective. Most people will simply flee the city and it would be unusual for anyone to start searching derelict buildings.
Preppers who consider using abandoned buildings as bug out locations usually have mechanical and engineering skills which make them confident they can quickly secure a location.
The building may have to withstand intruders while maintaining the appearance of being abandoned.
This type of prepper also has street smarts, weapons training and knows the city well. Your risk of encountering a vagrant or marauder is greatly increased while staying in the city, so this option is usually of interest to young and fit people who may have some military training.
Hitching a Trailer and Driving
Some preppers prefer to stay mobile so use a caravan or camper to bug out. The caravan or camper is both a bugging out location and a mode of transport. If a location becomes dangerous, they simply put the vehicle into gear and get the hell out of dodge!
While this method of bugging out has some serious limitations, a 4WD vehicle and caravan can get to a remote location very quickly. All of the necessary tools the supplies can be carried in the vehicle.
This kind of prepper may have a family with young children, so is interested in getting away from sources of danger very quickly. They also prefer the ability to be flexible and move to new locations when required.
They may have some survivalist training or may simply stock 6 months of food which quickly gets thrown in the vehicle in the event of an emergency.
How to find a Survivalist Group
Where to go and what to look for when you get there
Let me first state that survivalists are primarily focused on ensuring their own self-sufficiency. You should also not mistake preppers with survivalists as there are some stark differences into the methodology in which they are planning for the worst case scenario. That being stated, it is a good idea for those which are novices to living off the grid and survivalist living to find a survivalist group which will help them hone their survival skills so that they can be fully off the grid and ready for any situation. Here is how to find a survivalist group and what to look for when you get there.
Where to find a survivalist group
Where NOT to go
If you want to keep a bit of your secrecy then the best place to look for a survivalist group would be the internet. However, this is a catch 22 as you will also want to get away from technology.
Also, I would not be so quick to join up with someone that I have not met face to face to talk about what I am planning on doing if the government gets involved in a manmade disaster (do you really think that they do not have people monitoring the message streams and posing as members. Be realistic, if there are 4,000 members at least 10% probably work for government intelligence).
You really want to avoid the internet for your survival groups for the main fact that you do not know the person whom you are talking to.
Yes, you can use the internet to get information and survival tips. Yes, you can watch survivalist videos.
NO, you should not trust anyone in an online survivalist group to be who they claim to be.
So where should you go?
Look for actual survivalist meetings and festivals. These are the best places to find people who are already living off the grid and get the insiders edge to how to do it.
You will find that at most of these meetings, a great many of the people will already know one another, so yes you may feel like the intruder.
However, once you build the trust with the group then they will be more than happy (in most situations) to help you with your own survival training and self-sufficiency.
Of course, the greatest advantage of finding an event is that you will get hands on knowledge. You will also get local survivalist knowledge. It does not help to find a survivalist group which is planning for an arctic winter in wilderness Alaska if you live in say Arizona.
Here are a few survivalist festival held throughout the country:
These events vary in the size of attendance. However, you can be assured that each one will have some local division of a survivalist group that you can become a member of.
If you are not in these areas look for events which are close to you. Should there be no events close to you then you may need to do a bit of traveling.
For those which are close to the Canadian line, there are a number of events on wilderness survival and such in Canada.
Although you may not find local prepper groups in this situation, you may be able to find a survivalist group which you can meet up with quarterly or annually. In these situations it will benefit you to have an internet connection to contact members with questions and to gain survival tips as needed.
As each survivalist group is different and each expo has its own agenda, you need to ensure that your survivalist group is actually focused on survival and not on marketing survival equipment or specialized survival DVDs and junk to you (there are a great many expos which I have been disappointed to attend for this main fact).
You also want to ensure that you are not joining a support group but a training group.
Here is the difference. In a support group you start to depend upon the people in it and them upon you. In a training survivalist group you keep your independence and learn from each other.
What to look for when you get there
Survivalist groups should be focused on survival and not be a social club. Your survival group should help to give you the survival tips and the methods which you need in order for you to be self-sufficient.
There should be a camaraderie but at the same time you should have somewhat of a distanced relationship. Let me explain. In a survivalist situation it will be you who is looking out for you.
There will not be a chain of people who will march arm and arm with you into the woods to start living off the grid. When everything go haywire then the people who have taught you your survival skills will be looking out for number one.
Thing which you should get from your survivalist group include:
Notice that the group is to provide you with skills not with information. If you want to find information all you really need to do is go on the internet and start doing some research.
You will be able to find what you are looking for rather simply. If you want to actually survive in a situation where you must either implement survival skills or die, then you want to have those skills engrafted into your instincts.
The only way you can do this is through hands on practice, guidance, and honing of the skill.
How To Find Preppers In Your Area
Many preppers pride themselves on being self-sufficient and well-prepared to survive an emergency situation themselves.
However, in a survival situation having trusted friends and allies who can come to your aid is very useful.
Ideally a prepper will collect the tools and knowledge necessary to be self-sufficient but will also join social networks full of like-minded individuals who may be helpful during a time of crisis.
Of course the next question is — how do you find other smart preppers who are ready for a survival situation and are also trustworthy? This article will give you some tips on finding prepper groups!
Why Find Fellow Preppers
There are a number of reasons why you should build a social network of like-minded preppers.
Improve Your Survival Skills and Emergency Preparedness
Meeting with other preppers can help you develop your survival skills and give you some great ideas on how to improve your emergency preparedness.
They may have more comprehensive stockpile lists, useful tips on preserving food, weapon handling tips and much more information.
Often the best way to learn something is directly from an expert.
Strength in Numbers
Being a part of a social network also means that you can band together during an emergency situation.
If there is civil unrest and rioting, being able to create a stronger force with greater numbers can improve your chances of survival.
If you have already established a relationship with fellow preppers, you know they are ready for the challenge, they will not panic and they are trustworthy.
Establish Trading Partners
In the event of food shortages, it will also be useful to know some people you can trade with.
You might have stockpiled too many baked beans and are in desperate need of a block of chocolate!
Having a trusted trading partner can take a great deal of risk out of the situation as well.
Building a relationship with fellow preppers allows you to pool resources.
You may have invested heavily in energy generation while a fellow prepper spent a lot of money on a reverse osmosis system.
You can combine forces so you both have plenty of energy and fresh water.
You might have incredible skills as a hunter, but you can’t repair an engine.
By finding another prepper who has that skill-set, you can increase your group’s survivability and emergency preparedness.
Imagine if you found a prepper who was also a doctor, a combat veteran or a farmer?
It would be incredibly useful to have this person within your social network as a trusted ally.
The Best Ways to Find Fellow Preppers
Finding a trustworthy prepper can take time and it should be done cautiously.
After all, you might be relying on these people to save your life during a survival-situation.
Start by Asking Friends and Relatives
The first approach to finding other preppers is checking if you already know some!
Ask existing friends and relatives about their emergency preparedness.
Many of them may be interested in improving their readiness for an emergency situation.
They might be very keen to start stockpiling and sharing resources.
Relatives are the best kind of prepper ally because the trustworthiness between family members is already very high.
If your brother or sister is also a prepper, you know you have an ally who will be in the fight with you until the very end.
You can sound out your neighbors to gauge their level of emergency preparedness.
If they are keenly aware of the recent events around the world (terrorism, the ebola outbreak, the condition of the stock market), then they are more likely to be aware of how close the world is to an emergency situation.
The benefit with having prepper neighbors is obviously their close proximity — during a survival situation, an ally is just a few steps away.
Social Network Websites
Websites like meetup.com are very useful for finding nearby prepper groups.
Many of these groups have classes aimed at developing survival skills and self-sufficiency.
Most meet-up groups are informal and you can just “test the waters” without any real commitment.
While the classes can be useful, focus on the people attending the event. Ideally you will find some people at the meet-up who are smart, organized, friendly and trustworthy.
By developing your relationship wit them, you will have a valuable ally in the future.
Prepper and Survivalist Websites
Some websites are devoted to helping preppers connect — even romantically!
Facebook groups can be useful for finding preppers, but not recommended because you will immediately be giving random strangers many of your personal details.
The Internet in General
While it is entirely possible to meet fellow preppers on other website forums, you should be very cautious about exchanging details.
Only after many months of building an online relationship with someone should you tell them who you are and where you are from.
The Internet is rife with scammers and it is extremely difficult to gauge the trustworthiness and authenticity of someone online.
If one of the situations you are pepping for is tyrannical government oppression, you should avoid posting your details online ever!
Use fake accounts (with fake email addresses) and if you establish a friendship online, take your time and build trust gradually.
Be Aware of Fake Preppers
Some people enjoy frequenting prepper websites and exaggerating their level of emergency preparedness.
They describe their state of the art bunker and the years of supplies it contains.
If you build a relationship online, ensure that the person is authentic before deeming them trustworthy.
If you give a fake prepper your personal details and a survival-situation occurs, they may attempt to take your stockpile forcibly when they become desperate.
To spot a fake prepper, ask them specific questions about their emergency preparedness.
If they are faking it, these kinds of questions can trip them up.