Mar 312016

As people preparing for the future, and members of this forum, we all understand that one of the keys to survival is a community. Someone we can rely on and trust, share information with and to ultimately ensure the future of ourselves and our families. My brother and I have come to realize this and are looking to build onto the small community we have already started. We have about 20 or so people with family members. Each of us bringing different skills to the table in a collective we hope will carry us through anything that would happen. The location we have is in Northern Wisconsin with an abundance of natural resources and plans to install items to help with sustainability. We meet up three or four times a year to assist and train ourselves in the case of a situation. Our training includes, firearms, basic survival, team movements, reaction drills, general gear inspection and making plans for the next time. We are not militant types, anti-government or anything along those lines. We are moral, American value driven community of men and women looking to ensure the safety and the security of our families future. I wouldn’t say this a recruitment post, but more of a general call for fellowship and the open flow of communication. If anyone is interested feel free to respond or private message me. I’d be happy to answer any questions. Look forward to hearing from you.

Mar 202016

I have lived in the Milwaukee area nearly all my life and have begun to take the idea of prepping rather seriously. Given the current (real) state of the economy and the inevitability of financial collapse across all sectors, I have taken it upon myself to put a modest initial investment into getting my preps started. Aside from gear, food and water, I am also prior service, I was 11B (Infantry) in the Army and still retain a decent amount of what I learned through those years of training. I do realize that even if I were to have the best gear and training, it still would not supersede the need for having a group with whom one could rely when society comes unglued and WROL is the name of the game. I have tried to engage my peers but so far they remain uninterested and think that their happy go lucky lifestyle will go on forever . So I turn to this forum and I’m looking for anyone in the Milwaukee area with which to talk to and possibly meet up. There’s only so many Youtube videos I can watch before they all start repeating themselves and I would like the chance to hear from real people who’ve done this for a while.

Thanks in advance



Jan 282016

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Jan 172016

Hi i an new here. Im 45 year old married male looking for like minded people to learn from and hopefully i can help bring alot to the table for the group. I am an avid hunter. This includes bowhunting,gun hunting, blowgun hunting. I trained myself in primitive shelter building,primitive fire starting,primitive bow making,snaring, trapping etc. Spent many days and nights in summer and winter in my primitive shelters with very little. Just a few things in a pack. There is still alot to learn and thats where a group really can be beneficial. If you let me i can also teach others what i know. Please contact me if you are a central wisconsin group and you are still looking for new members. Looking forward to a reply.

Jan 172016


The Idea of prepping is simple. What you want to prep for can make if complicated. How well you can prep depends on your financial situation. We prep for what I strongly believe will be an economic collapse of this country. No person, family, city, county, state, or country can operate outside of a budget forever. Sooner or later the bill comes due. When it does it will most likely make our U.S. currency worthless. Then the question will be how will you live or how well will you live. We prep because we want to maintain as close to a normal life as we now have accepting some changes we will have to make just due to the situation at hand, but it doesn’t matter how well you prep. In the end it will come down to how well you can defend it. Because their will be more unprepared people than prepared ones. When people start going hungry they will do things otherwise they wouldn’t do when instinct to survive kicks in. No matter if you go to the mountains or where ever, somebody sooner or later will stumble across you by accident or hunt you out deliberately. The real challenge will be can you protect the ones you love and can you protect the preparations you have made to insure you and yours survival. The greater the number in a committed family the better the chances of surviving are.
We have been prepping for almost 8 years now. Only 4 of us have mainly built to what a few have called a small piece of heaven. I don’t quite see it that way…LOL Its been a LOT of hard work, and a LOT of money to get as far as we have and I still see a ways to go before I will feel I’ve done my best to provide for my love ones and have provided all the means necessary to protect it. We are looking for LIKE MINDED PREPPERS who are looking for the same as we are. Prepping takes commitment. For family’s to join together it takes honesty, trust, and most of all respect. Communication is the key to all that and more. So to answer your question. What are you looking for?
We are a family of 4. we have been hard core prepping for 7 going on almost 8 years now. We have two acres along the Alabama Florida line. We are looking for like minded families who are already peppers or is severely interested in prepping. We are looking for families or individual(s) to join us. We are not looking to form a group but more of an extended family. One’s who would possibly move/live on site to share the work with us. Or help out on weekends who feel they may need a bug out location. We have added additions on to our house. We have turned a 3 bedroom 2 bath house into a 7 bed room 3 bath house. We are looking to do one more addition. We also have a mobile home which is almost completely remolded to house a family also. We want to place one more on the property also to house others. We have a extended stock of food. We also have over 100 chickens, 40 turkeys, They are housed in a 24 X 100 foot long pen’s broke down to 12 x 12 pen’s with tin roof covering the entire thing.14 hogs housed in a 36 x 36 tin roof covered pen’s broke down to 12 x 12 pen’s. With water ran to all animal pen’s. We have a 8 x 16 shed that houses 4 incubators and a bitty bruter for hatching chickens and turkeys. We have 50, 55 gallon food grade drums of grain corn for human and animal consumption. We have 50, 55 gallon drums of animal feed for our animals. We have a solar powered well free from the grid for water. We also have a complete solar system to power our entire house free from the grid. We have built a EMP proof room to protect the solar power components. We have a 25,000 gallon above ground pool that serves not only as entertainment but as a reserve water supply also. It has a screened in deck with a flat screen TV and DVD player for entertainment and relaxation, including a 12 person pick nick table. We have a 125 gallon solid fuel hot water heater. We have a 12 x 24 glass green house a garden area with a above ground sprinkler system. We have converted from electric to gas cooking with enough fuel to cook for at least 2 years. I have a shop area with tools, welder, cutting torch to build and fabricate what ever we may need. We are currently putting in a out door kitchen. We are installing a 6 foot fence around the property. We do have much much more. We have implemented back up systems for almost every thing We work hard! We are very neat and organized. We are looking for others to join us for I know a single family cannot stand alone. We will not accept any FREELOADERS. We do not ask for any financial help. Only that you provide what personal stuff you may need for yourselves. If you feel you can and want to contribute financially that’s fine. If you don’t mind working hard caring for animals and getting your hands dirty a little we just might be the ones for you. We are looking for like minded individuals that know what is coming in this country and don’t mind WORKING HARD TO SURVIVE IT OR DEFEND IT. We are dug in deep no plan for bugging out!
WE ARE LOOKING FOR LIKE MINDED PREPPERS.PLEASE HAVE SOME UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT THIS MEANS. I want to address some issues I have ran into. We are just down home good old southern folks. We believe in God, the Bible, Country, and the Constitution but were not going to beat you over the head with a bible. Yes occasionally I like to drink a beer but I’m no drunk. No we don’t want illegal drugs brought here or grown here. No I cant just up and come and get you if you don’t have transportation. Then blame me for your problems because you was not truthful about yourself or all YOUR PROBLEMS. NO were not providing some kind of retirement community. We all work here! We have had several visitors come here spend any where from a weekend to a week. All who have visited have wanted to join or come back. If we do not feel you are right for us its nothing personal. I had a vicious slandering attack against me by one simply because we choose not to let one come back. This people called them self “a prepper” I know this site was set up to help LIKE MINDED PREPPERS, get in touch communicate, and form groups. Sadly I have noticed its being used for much more than that. If you feel you are a LIKED MINDED PREPPER then email me at Knightmagic101 @ aol {dot} com. I will return your email with a cell number so we can talk and see where it can go from there. I can provide a couple of numbers so you can talk with one or two others that all ready live here or one who is planning on coming back to join. Any ways happy prepping and maybe I’ll hear from you…Thanks Rick. Knightmagic101 @aol{dot}com I have had a lot of people contact me I have enjoyed the conversations with all. I have noticed all most all have done little prepping or lack the resources or financial means to do any prepping. We do not hold that against any one wanting to join us. Here’s the key issue. Pets,… mainly Dogs. I’m sorry we cannot take in any one with dogs. Especially keeping them inside the house. We just cannot have people living in and around the house and others in other dwelling and all with several dogs. There’s to many problems associated with this. Sanitary is the prime reason. I could list many others. So no matter how well you say your dog is house trained or gentle it is. The answer is NO. NO DOGS or Cats. Besides who’s going to feed them in a SHTF situation. We can not take our feed for our live stock to feed dogs. IF You have a solution that you think will work run it past me. I’m not heartless to the love of animals. But for the safety and well being of all you have to draw a line somewhere. If you think you have a good idea run it past me Maybe it might work…as long as its OUTSIDE THE HOUSE NOT INSIDE…
.. Posted by Blueleader

Dec 232015

Ima try to keep this plain and simple…ima 26 yr old male who lives in the milwaukee area…i have alot of family and friends and for those of you who knows it can get rough here…a couple buddys and I talk and debate about our government all day everyday which led to the whole what if shit did hit the fan here in milwaukee and which that led to this whole prepping thing…alot of questions came about like how the hell is us city people goin to survive, what would we do,where would we go,and definitely who could we trust so would survive…we couldnt really come up with any of the answers!!! So because of our lack of knowledge really got me interested in prepping…now we dont really have any skills but were ready to learn…were loyal and trust worthy and can definitely carry our own weight…were firm believer’s in love ,honor,respect,family and just taking care of people period…but like i said were new to this so we really dont know where to start…theres about 5 of us whos actually taking it serious but thats just because we hvnt really opened up to others about it yet…but because of the relationships that we have with the people here it wouldnt be hard to get others to join and contribute their skills…so if your willing to help us with any information/tips or if your even willing to link up would be appreciated… Thanks

Dec 102015

My partner and I both live in the Crystal Lake/McHenry area, and we’re searching for other like-minded Preppers in the area to form a community, trade secrets and skills, and even have meetups and such!  We’re still students working on our degrees right now, so we’re still in our early stages of prep, but we’re enjoying learning everything that we can, and we’re very easy to get along with!

I’m working on my psych degree, which I know will be an extremely useful tool when SHTF, and am also an Eagle Scout, so I’ll have plenty to offer to whatever community might be willing to help us out!



Aug 062015

Tired of trying to do it all on your own.  you may be a good fit for our group .We are a nationwide prepping group made up of good people who care about each other, who take care of each other, and who prepare together. Why? Because we live in very uncertain times and it is the smart thing to do. At this time , we are 452 members strong in 43 States. If we continue to grow at this rate, we will be in all 50 States by December 2015 with more than 1,000 members. We are inviting you to join our family of preppers. We are an amazing group, you will make us better!

Our mission is to create an independent system, free of external support which would promote interdependence. In an uncertain world filled with natural disasters and worldwide terrorism, it is only reasonable for a person to seek security in the strength of a group. This system will ensure the safety and security of its members regardless of the scope, duration, or intensity of any emergency. Our mission is to develop a nationwide network of well organized, well prepared, well meaning, likeminded individuals who know, trust and care about each other. The goal of our group will be to leverage the collective skills and resources of its Members so that when the storm arrives, the weak will be safe, the hungry will be fed, and the sick will be healed. Please check out our Plan B .  If you are interested in more information please email me back and I will answer any questions you may have.  bredon1384 [at] gmail [dot] com

Jul 062015

Hello all,

First off, happy 4th of July to all American preppers!

I am a part of a small, Ohio-based prepping network that are looking to extend our membership out to the other mainland US states! (sorry Alaska/Hawaii). We are very organized in our methods of prepping and want like-minded people who can contribute, to come on board!

So some more info…

What are we:

– An Ohio-based prepping network! What does this mean? Basically, we are a group of like-minded prepping individuals who share their knowledge, wisdom and experience with other members of the network. We have our own, private lines of communication to do this.

– What do we do? In ‘peacetime’ we mainly share information and news between one another. The local individuals do meet for prepping meets/range days/beers and we are looking to become more organized (and varied) with our meetings as we grow in size.

– What do we have? Besides the usual prepping resources, we have organization and (hopefully) a growing community! In all seriousness though, we do have a hierarchy. This is formed and enforced through a moderate selection process; each member has an assigned peacetime and post-SHTF role based on their skill set. We have contingency plans, bugout location(s) (working on a few) amongst other things. We pride ourselves in being very organized.

What do we want:

– Likeminded individuals: We do not discriminate based on age, gender, marital status, religion, sexual preference, or anything else you can think of. However, we do select based on experience and there is an interview/selection process as explained below.

– Experienced Preppers: We do have a selection process. This is essentially to prevent freeloaders and ensure that you’re a good fit! We do ask that people applying be actively prepping prior to joining, or have the means to do so after joining. Exceptions are always given on a case-by-case basis but generally we aren’t a group suited for brand new preppers.

– People with niche skills, such as:

  • Medical professionals: Doctors, Surgeons, Nurses, Medics, EMT’s, Combat Medics.
  • Former soldiers/military personnel: Particularly those who have undertaken both training and/or combat roles. Former ‘specialist’ MOS’s are encouraged to apply.
  • Mechanics: Particularly vehicle mechanics.
  • Builders: Especially those with experience building small houses (or similar)
  • Naturists: No, not the people who are naked all the time. We’re looking for people with experience in edible plants, alternative medicine and growing large quantities of food.
  • Electricians/Plumbers: As with the builders, experience with domestic buildings is a plus!
  • Chefs: Anyone with experience storing, preparing and serving food. People with experience in creating home made alcohol also a plus.
  • Farmers/Vets: Anyone with experience in keeping and maintaining the wellbeing of animals. Particularly farm/domestic animals.
  • Blacksmith: Anyone with experience in fabricating and welding.
  • Seamstress: Experience making and repairing clothes.

What we are not:

– A paid membership-based network: We are not ZERT! You will be required to only give up knowledge and experience to become a member. Besides what you spend on your personal prepping, we will never ask you for your hard earned cash!

– A militia: we are not an organization to help you plan your government overthrow. We are about sustainability and community. Yes, we are armed, but are by no means an offensive fighting force. We won’t be going to war with the federal government, teaching you tax evasion or helping you plan the assassination of your neighbor. So if that’s what you want – move along!

– A charity: Our members prep their resources for themselves. We share knowledge and training now. Post-SHTF resource sharing will occur between communities in line with our pre-approved plans.


I know I have posted a lot of info, if you think that this network sounds like it could be for you, please leave a comment below, tell us about yourself and leave your email address! I actively monitor this so will reply pretty quickly. Looking forward to seeing whose out there.

– JP



 Posted by at 11:55 am
Jun 202015

Hi my name is Rita and I am new to this site. I live in on WI/IL border.  I am looking for a group of like minded Christians. I’m feeling alone in this whole endeavor. I am middle age single and family and friends see everything as normal. I am planning on moving out of Beloit into small town living before the snow flies, and looking for a group of people that I can start collaborating with.

May 152015

I am a married father (38) of 3 living in the Fox Valley who has been more or less watching things unfold for the last 20 years and feel it is time to get things going.  I am a Christian who believes that we are truly living in end times and see that very soon my family and I will need to leave society.  I have never been happy living in society, I find it hard to fathom that God wanted us to spend all of our time working away from our families to buy things that in reality we really do not need.  The greed and lack of morals has turned this world into something I do not want to be a part of, by everything I know it’s is only going to get worse and I feel it’s time for me to get ready.

I would like to meet others who have the same beliefs and are planning to leave society in the near future.  Since I am now just getting started, I would really appreciate some advice on how others have started and things you have learned along the way.  Ideally I would love to find a group of people to form a self sustaining camp and pool resources at some point.

The kicker to this is that although I have had my beliefs for a long time I have never expressed them to my wife or close friends, I have always been quietly watching for signs that things are about to hit the fan and am now getting concerned.  How do you bring something like this up without sounding crazy…….Hi honey, lets start selling our stuff so we can start preparing to leave society and live in the woods…..  If I wait until the economy crashes all of my stuff will be worthless, taking the mark of the beast to stay in society and have currency is not an option.


Thanks in advance, I am hoping to meet some great people here.

Apr 072015

Hello everyone! First off, thanks for such a wonderful website, you guys have so many excellent resources here, and I’ve read nothing but great things from all of your members here.

So, down to business, we are a group of families, 5 in total, that are looking for like-minded preppers in the Western Wisconsin area. Our largest city nearest us is Lacrosse, but we are not in the same county. Our ages range pretty much from late 20’s to mid 40’s and we have varied levels of prepping skills. Myself, I have been prepping for about 16 years now due to my experiences living in other countries and experiencing disasters there. Several of our families are currently serving military, with their members having multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. We have lots of experience in security, patrolling, survival living, first aid and canning. We have multiple medium size acreage locations that we own and can switch between each if we need to. All of us also have children, all on the younger side of things, ranging from newborn to about 9 years old. We are looking for people who understand the trials, tribulations, and joys that having children entails, since they will be with us no matter what! So anyone considering this, please take this aspect into consideration as well.
So… What we are NOT looking for. ..

1) drug users, We dont “420”, and since we are mostly military, Im sure you can understand our point of view, we cant use it, and cant be around it. So as a base rule, if thats your thing, we probably wont see eye to eye.

2) criminal element or background. We understand everyone screws up in life, and must be held accountable, but if you are a child molester, pedophile, or have a violent criminal history, Im pretty sure we arent going to be compatible. Harsh? Sure, but Im talking the safety of my family here, its first and foremost my base criteria.

3) Extremist. This can range from religious, to governmental. If your friends say you have a tin-foil hat issue, or you start talking about UFO’s coming down to abduct people because “night time is the right time” we probably arent going to get along. Just being honest here.

4) Drama… save it for someone else, not our thing. Dont think I need to go into detail here.

SO… What we are looking for…..

1) people who understand what it takes to be self-sufficient and arent afraid to pitch in when it is needed to accomplish a certain goal

2) People who understand that there will be safety in numbers, but those numbers have to be able to get along, if they cant do that, it wont work

3) Folks with experience in farming, sustainable living, beekeeping, solar power, mechanical engineering, home schooling and HF communication. Im sure that sounds like a pretty extensive list, and yea, its pretty emcompassing, but its the primary areas where we are weak, so it only makes sense to add those factors into our group.

4) Families are preferred, but we are willing to accept single folks with the understanding that if the time comes that this is truly needed, we expect you to do your fair share of chores along with the rest of us. We dont care if you are male or female, as we dont see that as a hinderance or help either way, its the person and the skillset that matters to us.

5) Normal, well grounded folks, with imagination. Because if the time comes, theres a possibility we may be with out power, or running water, so folks who are able to see this for what it is, accept it, and be able to brainstorm to come up with positive solutions, well those are the people we are looking for. Folks who think outside of the box instead of inside it.


As a group, we all hunt, fish, camp and enjoy outdoors activities. So we are able to incorporate that mindset into our preps. We also are all firearms enthusiasts, and have various levels of experience with all aspects of firearms from defensive pistol, long range rifle, to state certified CCW Instructors. Obviously we are more than willing to teach each and every person everything we know, to make all of us more proficient, we only ask that you teach us everything you know so it helps us all out. We all have been prepping for various years, from 16 like myself, to 3 years with the lastest addition to our group, so while we know our little piece of the pie, we dont know it all, so thats why we want to network with others and possibly even add a few more families to our group.

A few other details about us, none of us are regular church going familys, we are all spiritual in our own ways, and have our own beliefs, we only ask that you respect that aspect of all of us, and we will respect your spiritual beliefs as well. We have law enforcement, nursing, soldiers, and outdoorsmen/women in our group, and we all get along because of a mutual respect for each others ability to bring something to the table, and each others ability to get along with others without the usual “catiness” you find with women, and “ego” you find with men. Its a unique situation because we all get along without the usual “issues” you find in some groups. Experts in one area know when to defer to experts in another, and we all set aside the egos to reach that goal. If this is something you and yours are looking for, then by all means, please contact us and lets start a dialogue with each other.

I can be reached at strmfeathr [at] yahoo [d0t] com and please, title any correspondence as “prepper family” so I know what it is regarding!

Til then, thanks for reading, and we all look forward to hearing from you folks soon!

Dec 282014

Just wondering if there is anyone is the Kingston/Markesan/Beaver Dam area of Wisconsin?

****If you know of any groups or individuals in/around our area, we would be so thankful to find out such information****

A little info on us. We are just a husband and wife couple who have some experience in prepping and farming, we also love hospitality and Christian gatherings. The Lord has not blessed us with children yet, but we do hope for them in His timing. We have chickens, ducks, a milk goat, a dog, and a cat. I (Josh) like to grow medicinal mushrooms and I am a roofer by trade. My wife loves to sew modest dresses. We both enjoy herbology and natural medicine. My wife is also studying in the field of midwifery and natural childbirth. We hope to do fostercare and IF we end up adopting through there, we are hoping to homeschool! That’s pretty much us in a nutshell!

We dont mind meeting people of all ages!

Thanks so much for your info,
JSK Family



Dec 212014


My name is Nick and I live on the boarder of Illinois and Wisconsin in the Kenosha area. I am new to the prepper   life, so I’m not sure what to say on here so I will just start with what I’m looking for and take it from there. I’m looking for a wooded area to do some camping on. My two boys want to learn how to make small concealed day shelters. We will clean-up after our selves because the nature of the training is to move, stay and move but leave as little trace as possible. We don’t want enemy patrols to see anything of our passing. So if anyone has something that we can use or even rent, please send me a text at two six two nine nine five eight zero nine five or an e-mail at nicholus.shaffer at gmail dot com.


P.S. Not now, but in the near future, me and two friends maybe looking at groups to join. It would be 10 people (6 adults and 4 children). We would have 73 years of military experience ( 11 in combat with 2 in special operations  ) to bring with us.


Thank you for reading and look forward to hearing from you soon.            Nic

Dec 062014

Racine/Milwaukee/Kenosha area group looking to expand its memberships. If you are new we will teach you basic prepping skills in a variety of areas. If you are experienced in the ways of prepping and survival, we are looking for a couple more leaders to help teach and facilitate groups.  We are developing our individual skills while also building a network of dependable individuals and small groups that can interconnect with each other.     Please message me if interested, John

Oct 172014

Newer pepper looking for others to bounce ideas off, connect with, and become better prepared with.

Im 27 and a father of a 15 month old girl. I have experience with US Army reserve, tactical/emergency medicine, armorer, steel welding/fabricating.

I dont have a large prepping budget but enjoy the diy aspect of it anyways. Im an able body and desire to become independent from the system. Off grid living is my long term goal.

If anyone is willing to give me a leg up or needs help with their own projects im open to all possibilities. Thanks

 Posted by at 3:02 am
Oct 032014


I am forming a group of people who are interested in working together for the common purpose of prepping and surviving. The idea would be to share ideas and work on projects together and network with other groups throughout the state. I am located in Racine county and would like to make my homestead as completely self contained as possible.

I am a pretty frugal person and have skills in plant propagation and foraging (a little). I also have a few chickens and have kept bees. Looking for others who understand the importance of prepping  and would like to share skills, time and ideas.

Please contact me if you are interested.

Sep 222014

I’m 26; I’m female, relatively healthy, married, mother of one son (age 5). I will not claim myself to be an “expert” in any way; I’m not. But I know some, and I learn fast, and I’m willing to push myself as hard as I have to. My “group” is currently a solid three people – myself, my husband, and our son – with a tentative additional two – one male, one female, both in their twenties. The male is a former army medic; the female is a veterinary assistant. Both are willing to carry their weight, should we permanently join up with like-minded folks to create a permanent compound, which is something I’m growing more interested in every day.

I know some things about medicinal plants (as well as more conventional methods of first aid) and have books on identifying and using them; I know various way to prepare them and seem to have a knack for knowing exactly what to use for someone when there are several possible options. I know a fair bit about childbirth as well, though again, claim no “expertise” in the area (other than that I’ve obviously done it). I also know a reasonable amount about gardening, and have books on everything from building greenhouses to natural ways to control pests/combat crop issues and can recognize quite a few edible plants people don’t have a clue they can eat.

I’m no sharpshooter, but I’m not afraid to hold or fire a gun and I’m willing to practice until I’m better. I’ve taken archery classes in the past and am a decent shot, though admittedly out of practice. I am small (not much above 5′) though a bit on the heavy side (I wasn’t always and am working on this) but I’m strong and flexible and a decent fighter. I grew up in a family of military/police officers and was taught many easy ways to defend against an attacker, and am always eager to learn more.

I can swim and climb and hike (though not as well as when I was thinner; again, something I’m working on). I’m not squeamish about killing my dinner, be it fishing, hunting, or trapping, and I’m eager to practice/learn all of those skills. I’m a fairly-good cook (and have been serve-safe certified which means I understand food safety to avoid things like salmonella) and can get creative when my “ingredients” aren’t conventional. I am willing to eat all manner of things (I’ve had squid and deer for instance and have always wanted to try both rabbit and bear though I’ve never had the opportunity) and I understand the value of balancing a home-grown/foraged diet with fresh/preserved meat, regardless of it’s animal-of-origin.

I am fantastic with animals. I own 3 cats (all healthy; all loving; all fantastic mousers) and I spent a year in high school working with a hunting dog trainer, teaching young dogs to retrieve game shot by their owner on silent command. I love horses and can ride relatively well (though again this is something I am out of practice on) and while I prefer to ride horses trained for heel commands, I can handle rein commands when necessary. I haven’t spent much time around farm animals, but I’ve been reading up on the care of animals like rabbits, chickens, and goats, and I have milked a cow before (I don’t think I was very good at it, but I’d be willing to try again!).

I have been learning how to preserve food (dehydrating; canning; smoking; etc. – basically, any way to keep food good for longer). I can sew. I can crochet. I’m capable of wielding an axe; a hammer; a screwdriver; a saw; a drill…and many other tools, with varying levels of skill. I can embroider a flower on a napkin, and I can fix a wobbly leg on a flea-market-find-dining-room-table. I can paint a room, pull weeds, cut hair, hem pants, fix a leaky sink, change a light bulb, lower a fever, bake pumpkin bread from scratch, stitch a wound as well as a seam, and dozens of other skills.

I know religion. In general, I mean. I can whip up a voodoo gris-gris bag in a couple of minutes, cleanse a room with sweetgrass and pine, create a protection charm better than most Wiccan priestesses, and spout off Bible verses. I studied to be a Christian missionary for three years devoutly, and have studied every other religion I could ever since, and I have faith. I feel very strongly that it doesn’t matter what we have faith in – only that we have it. My faith is strong. I do not argue religion; I listen and learn and, when asked, I teach. Religions aren’t as far apart as most people think, but close-minded religious bigots won’t be a good fit for me as I cannot abide being preached at rather than spoken with and listened to.

Beyond that…I am, at heart, a skald; a bard; a story-teller. I write original things, but it’s more than that. I can tell you story you’ve heard a dozen times and twist it just enough to make you swear you never heard it. I own hundreds of story books, of all sorts, and love to read aloud. I love mythology – Greek-Roman is my favorite, but I know tales from Norse, from Egyptian, from Native American, and from Gaelic myths as well. I adore fairytales – from Disney to the Brothers Grimm and various forms in between – and I can spin a tale to catch the attention of nearly anyone.

You can prepare for a lot of things – you can stock food and water; you can learn to hunt and grow and raise food; you can learn to shoot and fight; you can fortify your home; you can learn to hide; you can find alternative energy sources – solar, wind, bio-diesel, methane – for your compound. But what you cannot do – what you simply have no way to stockpile – is the sort of thing that feeds the soul.

Stories, and songs, and dance…these feed our souls. I’m not the best dancer, but I can sing passably well, I can sort of play piano, and I can tell a story like you wouldn’t believe. So while some preppers might have more food, or more secure shelter, or better weapons…no group that doesn’t have someone like me (a storyteller, a musician, or both) is going to be in better spirits. And happy people fight and argue less; they work together and pull together as a community better; they form stronger bonds and a more solid unit. They work harder and longer and smile while doing it. Because feeding your body isn’t enough; you’ve got to feed your soul as well. That’s the heart of our humanity; of who and what we are.

Music, laughter, stories…these things breed solidarity and community and connection. No group or compound should be considered complete without someone capable of bringing together the hearts, minds, and souls of it’s group. That’s what a bard does. So maybe I’m new to prepping; maybe you could find a group with stronger people or more-experienced people. But new as my tiny group is, we’ve got a strong bond and a lot of heart and we’re willing to learn and teach alike; to welcome others as new as us, and accept lessons from those who know more; who have done this for longer.

Anyone interested in learning more about me, or my group, either PM me on here or shoot me an email/gchat invite at theladyslytherin(at)gmail(dot)com. Use the subject line “Compound” so I don’t filter it to spam by accident.

Aug 142014

Me. My father. Brother. Fiancé. And a few friends are prepping for anything. Looking for like minded people in the area. 3 of us are fire rescue medics. 2 have intermediate mechanical knowledge and I have weapons . Combat and tactics training. Located in the middle of no where 45 miles out side of town.

E mail me for info! I hope to hear from you soon.
Never know when somethings gonna go down.

Joshua [dot] j [dot] treasure [at] gmail [dot] com

Aug 112014

Hi Everyone,

What a great site, I’m so excited to see so many like minded people coming together. I am looking to connect with a group in the Medford area if possible, otherwise farther if need be. We’re new to prepping and would love to get some guidance, experience and training.

Our backgrounds are in Alternative Medicine, Health Promotion and Wellness, operating engineer, mechanics and carpentry.

Aug 062014

I am a new prepper going through a high school work program. I’m looking for a bugout location for a shtf scenario before it is to late. I have a 7 day bag ready to get me out of Milwaukee and into northern wi where me and my group will start a small community or hopefully meet with yours(we currently have 3 people ready).  We don’t have many skills other than physical capabilities such as guarding, building, growing, information, ability to work with what we have. my end goal would to have an area to grow food, to build homes with our surroundings, to establish a well rounded defense, and to survive at all costs. If we were to join an existing group we would pull our slack, we are not ask for freebies but a place to build, protection in numbers, we are all young men (18) and living for our next generation. MSG me on here It may be awhile for a response.

Jul 162014

hello everyone, my name is Dan I’m a disabled United States Marine. I was a sniper and a communications specialist for 4 of my 10 years in the Marine Corps.
I live in the Westfield Wisconsin area.
if there’s anybody in my close that needs help with things I’m willing to help with and my physical capabilities.everybody Stay Safe and stay on Point. USMCDAN