Mutual Assistance Groups

2/17/14    Jim's Rant For The Day.    Mutual Assistance Groups.

Over the weekend we activated our fall-back farm. It was only physically completed up until now. What we did was train the 30 members in spotting personalities in each other so that we can work more cohesively together; to being a family. We divided ourselves into six focus groups concentrating on the areas that will insure our success, that being: Physical, Medical, Nourishment, Morale, Planning and Security. We then formed teams under each group, such as Hunting under Nourishment. Each member joined several teams. All of this makes us functioning as a family the day that all members are forced to move here. We will know what we will be doing so that we can each concentrate on our jobs only, not general prepping.

When people hear of “prepper groups” that is what they think of. But that is wrong. To me, as a member of several prepper groups, they are actually just loose strangers listening to more experienced members explain what they have learned in preparing to go it alone, such as how to make candles out of crayons. When talking to such groups all I see is just people staring back. There is seldom feedback from them as to how they plan to react to a collapse. If groups are forming in their neighborhoods it is never revealed. I get the impression that most of them are loners.

A Mutual Assistance Group is a group of those awakened preppers forming a fall-back plan to be together for mutual survival, most likely under a systems approach to problem solving. It is not possible for one person to do and know all that is needed to get smoothly through such a radical adventure as we have before us. In our particular fall-back position, we have water and food covered forever. We have one heck of a medical team – we couldn't ask for a better one. Security is almost overkill if you will pardon the pun. We plan to close our concealed gate and for the most part, be left alone. For at least three or four months no one will know that we are there on our 30 acres.

Our only weakness and vulnerability will be from drama and conflict from inside. That is why we are placing so much emphasis on the Morale Focus group. Just like the fact that when boats are built it is planned that they will leak, we have planned for the fact that members will be stressed to the maximum.

This is where your emphasis should be as well. Plan on the stress preventing you and your family of going it alone. Create your own Mutual Assistance Group with a few neighbors and your extended family. Plan on a few campers being parked in your yard. Plan on utilizing the skills each other brings. Plan on one house storing the groups food and the surrounding houses acting as “redoubt” forts protecting it. Plan on a lot of people living in shifts in your house. Plan on . .. well, you get the picture.