Finding Like-Minded People in Your Area

I’m often asked "How do I find people in my area that share my interest
in preparedness?"

When recruiting for a retreat group, or if you are considering joining an
existing one, proceed with appropriate OPSEC precautions
and prayer

To supplement your own extended family, try to find folks with the same religious
background and representing a good mix of skills. My novel "Patriots:
Surviving the Coming Collapse"
describes some of the specific
skills that would be ideal for a group retreat–like a doctor, a mechanic,
a machinist/welder, a farmer, a combat veteran, and so on. If you are already
living at your intended retreat, it is probably best to recruit locally. If
not, then you should probably recruit regionally looking for preparedness-minded
people that have the same long-term relocation destination, or at least people
with the willingness to be flexible about where they relocate.

I recommend nine web sites (seven free and two
paid) for making connections–whether you are looking to join
or form a retreat group, or even for someone looking looking for a "prepper" spouse.
They are:

- – The
Prepper Groups ["Meet-up"] web page
–a free service courtesy
of the folks at BTW, if you use this service, then
please give some
business. Buy a couple of books. They have a great selection.

- –

– -

- –

- – Sovereign Grace Singles

- –

- – (a paid matchmaking service–based
on in-depth questionnaires)

– - is
an online dating-type site that caters to: "Farmers, Ranchers, Ag Students
and all of Agriculture, Horse, Livestock Owners and all Animal Lovers
Cowboys, Cowgirls, Rodeo Fans and Country Wannabes"

- – Chris Martenson’s Resilient Life Groups Page.

Needless to say, use discretion when using these services.
As a prepared individual, you have more to lose than most folks. For your safety
and security, it is better to go through a long series of correspondence and
to do some background and reference checking before revealing your home address
or phone number. You might even want to set up a separate Hotmail or Gmail
account, just for the purposes of making such contacts. Think OPSEC

Identify Yourseflf — Discreetly , If You’d Prefer

Another proven method of finding like-minded people has had remarkable success:
wearing or carrying the SurvivalBlog logo. We offer a variety
of T-shirts,
hats, bumper stickers, and tote bags with the distinctive SurvivalBlog logo
Many of these items are sold at cost. I have
heard from folks throughout the US and Canada, and even from as far away as
Iraq that have had people stop dead in their tracks and exclaim with a huge
"You read SurvivalBlog?"

If you trust in Divine Providence, make
a point of wearing
SurvivalBlog T-shirt
when you attend public events such as gun shows, or conservative political
events, or when you go to your local shooting range. You will be surprised
at who you
run into.

I’ve chosen the "76" Battle of Bennington flag as the official "OPSEC-conscious" flag for SurvivalBlog readers. I have Battle of Bennington Flag logo T-shirts, hats, stickers, mugs, and tote bags at my CafePress store. (For those readers that consider it too "high profile" to wear a "SurvivalBlog" hat or T-shirt.) By wearing either a SurvivalBlog logo, or the Bennington Flag, you may providentially meet folks in your town that are fellow SurvivalBlog readers.


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