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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.

Program topics are aimed at real-world prepping, and we avoid “arts and crafts” prepping topics. With that said, we aim to do more than merely survive, so where appropriate, we sometimes include topics that help us retain what makes us human rather than just animals surviving.

Empowering Our Community by Teaching Emergency Preparedness


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.

September 12 Meeting Topics

  • Tribe Building Project (Continued – Please come at 6:30 to get the most out of this)
  • Processing corn – Drying, Shelling, and Grinding, and What is Nixtamalization?
  • Starting Transplants, Seed Saving and Plant Propagation
  • Killing the Illusions – Myths and Really Bad Ideas about Prepping, and Maybe You Need a Better Plan

October 10 Meeting Topics

  • Tribe Building Project (Continued – Please come at 6:30 to get the most out of this)
  • Radio Comms using the group radios. Practice will be done, grouped by your location (Tribe Building) – Practice Session – Bring your radio
  • Communications Plan for the Tribe Building Project

  • Techniques for preserving eggs
  • Encryption and data security
  • Grand Solar Minimum Update
  • Knife and Tool Sharpening
  • Medical Review
  • Using a tourniquet
  • Using the Israeli Bandage – Hands-on practice session
  • Treating for shock
  • Stop the bleeding
  • Uses for emergency/Mylar/Space blankets
  • Herbal medicine essentials
  • Home Remedies
  • Dental issues
  • Wound Closure techniques
  • 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.”

“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.