|Sent on:||Thursday, August 30, 2012 9:53 AM|
Most all of us made it through hurricane Isaac without a scratch, but let it be a reminder of how vulnerable our grid is to attacks by nature and by man. I hope that some of you had an opportunity to advise neighbors to buy extra fuel, food, water and medical storage preps. This was a great opportunity to break the ice with your neighbors and to start forming mutual alliances in your areas. Special thanks to member, Michelle, for organizing a successful, free to the public, bug out bag review and demo meet during Isaac.
Some very educated and motivated people have contacted me recently, expressing interest in getting serious about organizing a public family emergency plan through this and other cooperating networks. I was honestly discouraged by the lack of interest shown by the group to this idea, but it appears that there was more interest than what was originally expressed. My fingers are crossed that these public plans made by private individuals within our circles will materialize.
I've had 4 requests in the past week to offer for profit classes and deomonstrations to members on our meetup calendar. I understand that there can be material costs that need to be covered sometimes, but a line has to be drawn. I've almost always rejected such offers stating that the goal of the group is to grow a sense of community. If one member gets paid to do a demo at our meets, then it will create a viscious circle of people only willing to organize activities for profit which would defeat the goal of fostering community.
Some of the most serious preppers make prepping a life style and that leads to business interests in prepping. I absolutely respect the right and need to earn a dollar and I have great admiration for entrepreneurial spirits as I am one myself.
If any of you have prepper related business models that you want to promote, please use our discussion boards to talk about your products and the services you offer. I believe that preppers will be more interested in you if you become involved in the community. Let us know if you want to give a FREE demo to the community. We'd be happy to put that onto our calendar. This would be a great opportunity to promote yourself and your business as well.
Thank you everyone for your participation in the group and welcome to the new members who merged over from the Prepper Connection.