Although we’re living in times of political and social turmoil, most people still don’t see the usefulness of prepping. As a result, many of the good folks in our community feel lonely, even when they’re part of a numerous family.
One thing is clear, though: with the advent of the Internet and social media, people have started to congregate based on hobbies, passions and interested. Those who’re willing to seek likeminded people, will eventually find them.
This is why I think my article will help: it’ll give you some good ideas on where to find other preppers. You probably thought about some of them but didn’t do much or maybe not enough.
Why would you want to make friends in the first place? Isn’t it better if no one knew about your preps, particularly strangers?
Yes, but you should still make them. Not to spill the beans on where your bug out locations are or on how big a stockpile you have. You could use them to:
- learn new things
- feel confident that you’re not crazy for doing this
- just have someone to talk to without judging
- learn from their mistakes
- maybe even to establish a prepper group (e.g. you could each allow the other person to bug out to in case of emergency)
So how do you make prepper friends?
#1. The Internet is Your Friend
You can do this without revealing too much about yourself. If you’re really afraid someone will track you down for, you can go as far as using anonymous browsers, anonymous search engines and VPN connections to surf online.
The top places to find preppers online are:
- forums (you need to register but no one really checks the validity of what you input)
- inside blogs’ commenting sections
- dating sites for preppers (yes, they exist, even the famous site PlentyOfFish allow you to browse profiles based on this interest)
How do you find them? Well, just you a search engine and type “survival forum”, “prepper forum, “survival blog” and so on. And don’t worry about getting into verbal conflicts online. Since survival has a political aspect, there are plenty of quick-tempered keyboard warriors out there who say things online they never say to other people.
#2. People Interested in Right-Wing Politics
Though some preppers are libertarian and others have no political affiliation, I think it’s safe to assume that, when you meet someone who’s a right winger, that person may prove to be a prepper (or start prepping at some point along the way).
#3. At Flea Markets, Prepping Expos and Outdoor Events
Yes, since many folks interested in bushcraft are also preppers, you can go to any kind of event that’s related to prepping: gun shows, crafting workshops, gardening or permaculture classes and on and on. If you take the top survival blogs you rad and look at the menu, you’ll find plenty of categories to find expos and seminars to attend: woodworking, primitive skills and so on.
#4. Start Testing Your Friends, Co-Workers
I actually have a friend who’s more and more interested in bushcraft. We’re going out in nature this Sunday and I’m going to ask him about prepping. He knows what I do and I’m sure he’ll be open to the idea.
#5. Join a Party
I’m not saying we should all go into politics now, but maybe you’ll like it. You’ll most likely run into preppers and, even if you don’t, you’ll feel proud of yourself for trying to make your country better.
Ok, You Found Them, Now What?
Friends are friends, you never know what they are up to. They might qut prepping at some point, maybe they’ll remember where you keep your stash when SHTF and they are desperate. Rule #1 is to avoid telling them critical details about your preps. This includes:
- your bug out location(s)
- your cache locations
- if and where you have valuables inside your house
- how large is your stockpile (food, water, guns, ammo etc.)
So what can you talk about? Things like:
- survival skills
- where to find the best deals on survival food, gear etc.
- survival plans
- and, of course, politics
So long as you don’t give specifics about what YOU have, you have nothing to worry about. And to make sure you’re both on the same page, you can ask him to do the same and keep essential info away from you.
Should You Join a Prepper Group?
Of course you can, but only after you’ve made sure each member is trustworthy. You still don’t have to reveal intimate details about your preps but you will have to be more open about your plans, because these people will become a part of them.
This is usually not a problem, everyone knows not to reveal too much. If you find it weird, you’ll get the hang of it soon enough.
Prepper groups can be beneficial in SHTF situations because:
- they can alert you of disasters before the media does
- they can tell you which routes are safest for bugging out
- you can buy land together for a bug out location / homestead
- you can bug out together (because there’s safety in numbers)
Well, there you have it. I think I’ve proven just how valuable having a prepper friend can be. But if you don’t have any or if they’re all online, don’t despair. So long as you continue to improve and prepare, you should be able to survive with or without a prepper group.