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Are You Prepared to be Wrong?

If being wrong means:
ꔷ grocery stores are empty?
ꔷ the electrical grid is out?
ꔷ the water mains are dry?
ꔷ the rule of law no longer applies?
ꔷ chaos and violence are the norm?
ꔷ governmental services are no longer available?

Are You Prepared to be Wrong?

If being wrong means:
ꔷ we have peace and prosperity and financial stability?
ꔷ life continues pretty much as it has for the past 50 years?

 

Our focus is on making the kind of balanced and realistic preparations that used to be considered ordinary common sense in an unstable and unpredictable world. That means being able to carry on without being dependent on external systems for the basic necessities of life – regardless of what happens – or what doesn’t happen.

Our focus is on both Preparedness and Awareness.
Preparedness is about independence and self-sufficiency rather than obsessing over any specific scenario.
Awareness is about understanding potential threats to our way of life and how to deal with those threats. Think of it as an expanded version of Situational Awareness.


Empowering Our Community by Teaching Emergency Preparedness

 

Until further notice, our meetings are being held on-line as a YouTube live stream, at the same day and time.
Please note that the actual meeting is for our members only. The presentations will be posted on our YouTube channel, but the actual meeting among our members will be on a private, unpublished live stream. Thank you for your understanding.

We meet every second Saturday at
Crossroads Christian Church
3838 State Road 44
New Smyrna Beach, Florida

6:30 p.m. Social
7:00 p.m. Program

FEB 2019 meeting. Charles Scott presenting program on Grand Solar Minimum.
OCT 2019 meeting – Radio workshop. Familiarization and practice using radios from the group orders. All radios have been programmed with local frequencies.

Upcoming Programs

(See blog for notes & photos from previous meetings)


Program scheduling may be changed as needed according to what needs to be covered and when our speakers are available. Check back regularly for the latest schedule.


March 14, 2020 (Meeting notes will be published as soon as possible)

  • Alternative Power
  • Fishing skills for ponds – Demo and supplies
  • How to Make Lye from Ashes
  • Knife Sharpening – Bring a knife you’d like sharpened, and learn the right way to do it – and then use those skills to sharpen your own knife at the meeting.

All meetings have been canceled until further notice.
Our plan is to conduct meetings using live streaming through YouTube, but we are still working out the details. Note that these live stream meetings are only for our regular members. We plan to post an edited version after the live stream meeting.

April 11, 2020

  • Scheduled Live Stream Program:
  • The Dyna-Med ALS kit – on display
  • Large group emergency medical kits – how one church does it
  • Using the Israeli Bandage
  • Using a tourniquet
  • Sewing your own face mask – demo and link to pattern

  • ON HOLD TOPICS
  • Medical Review
  • “AMP 3” video
  • “AMP 3” contents
  • The Dyna-Med ALS kit – on display
  • Large group emergency medical kits – how one church does it
  • Fish antibiotics, must-have books, home remedies, toothaches
  • Stop the bleeding
  • Using the Israeli Bandage – Hands-on practice session
  • Treating for shock
  • Using a tourniquet
  • Uses for emergency/Mylar/Space blankets
  • Herbal medicine essentials
  • Wound Closure techniques

May 9, 2020

  • ON HOLD TOPICS
  • How to make a blow gun and slingshot (have some fun with prep stuff!)
  • Essential Knots and rope work
  • Meals-in-a-jar
  • Don’t forget breakfast and lunch
  • Cooking with a Sun Oven – Demo starting earlier in the day

A few thoughts to keep in mind

 

Paranoia is a survival tool. Panic is not.
Ole Remus

“Crisis takes a much longer time coming than you think, and then it happens much faster than you would have thought.”
Rudiger Dornbusch, MIT Economist

“…nuclear warfare is not necessary to cause a breakdown of our society. You take a large city like Los Angeles, New York, Chicago–their water supply comes from hundreds of miles away and any interruption of that, or food, or power for any period of time, you’re going to have riots in the streets. Our society is so fragile, so dependent on the interworking of things to provide us with goods and services, that you don’t need nuclear warfare to fragment us anymore than the Romans needed it to cause their eventual downfall.”
Gene Roddenberry

“The key to survival in anything – disasters, careers, and life in general – is being able to observe, understand, accept, and quickly adapt to radical changes. Preparedness makes the process smoother and easier.”
SCM

“When paranoid, you can be wrong 1,000 times and you will survive. If non-paranoid; wrong once, and you, your genes, and the rest of your group are done.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan, Antifragile, Skin in the Game, and Fooled by Randomness. On Twitter concerning the Covid-19 threat, February 23, 2020.

 


You might be at a Volusia County Prepping meeting if…

… there is a cage of chickens just outside.
… you see cases of MREs stacked by the front door.