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RE: [Denvers-Urban-Survival-Network] Organizing this group

From: Richard B.
Sent on: Sunday, April 22, 2012 10:44 AM

George: Thank you for stepping up and attempting to give CPR to this group.  I am new, and my first meeting was at the “Bar”, and after I left the meeting, I felt inclined to NOT RETURN.


My thoughts are:>


I talked with many people at the last meeting. Each person had  questions, and was seeking credible answers. That is why they came to the meeting.


Regarding informative or “social”.  I think this is a no-brainer.  Informative first, and social activities will spring naturally from that interaction.  People come and bring questions….and seek answers they can rely on.


People want answers to questions about how to purify water, and store it  safely, and what kind of food,…dry, canned etc. to purchase and store.  People also want to know about communications, and how to store a small emergency radio in case of a national power grid failure,  iIF  America goes TOTALLY DARK.  Questions like these and many more.


I believe the meeting need some basic structure….and I don’t mean RIGID stuff.  Simply a group leader and some kind of a  rough meeting agenda that is predictable for each meeting.  Guest experts?…..absolutely, but with practical information, not theory.


I would also suggest some kind of a threat over-view, at each meeting so people can have an idea of what specific  kind  of threat to prepare for!    (All threats are NOT equal, and some have higher probabilities than others.) 


I wouldl also mention that my own community, Cherry  Creek Meadows Townhomes, has a lovely club house that will accommodate a maximum of 50 people, and we have nice furniture and carpeted floor, TV, and DVD players etc.  Plenty of  parking, etc.  It costs $40 to rent, with a $100 damage deposit. This facility is located about a mile north of the intersection of Hampden and Yosemite, on the West side of Cherry Creek, and opposite the Colorado Country Club  on the East banks of CC.


Thanks again George, and I look forward to more and better experiences to come.


Respectfully submitted.


Richard BoulwareDenver.




From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of George Sullivan
Sent: Sunday, April 22,[masked]:27 AM
To: [address removed]
Subject: [Denvers-Urban-Survival-Network] Organizing this group


Hello all:
Yesterday, I decided to pony up the fees to keep this group running when professor stepped down, but it's not my group, it is all of yours. In fact, I have never even attended a meetup, although I'd like to sometime.

So if this is your group, what would you like to do? Some folks have reached out to me already, some with advice, some with criticism of past leaders, some not sure if this group is for them. I would like to get feedback from more of you, so that this group does what you want it to do.

For instance, is meeting in a bar on a Sunday evening working for everyone? (It's not working for me, and I'm not a tee-totaller.)

Are the meetups informative, or social? Do we want both?

Do members need to be provided with specific credible information on the Denver Area's unique hazards and vulnerabilities?

What about recommended actions to be taken, individually and as a group?

A few more things to ponder: there are professionals working on the issue of community preparedness in the Metro Area. Federal Homeland Security capabilities include the work this group is trying to do. Do you want professionals at the table? Are public sector resources something the group would like to take advantage of?

Do you want to hear more from experts in the field? I can get them there, but not to a bar on Sunday, so that is more social time than work time, in my view.


I can be reached at [address removed]  but I encourage you to reply to the group and get some conversation going. With over 300 members, there have to be some opinions.



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