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 merely existing. Quality of Life matters.

Upcoming Meeting Topics
August 14, 2021
ꔷ Tarp Shelter Configurations
ꔷ Making Hard Tack
ꔷ Food Tasting – From the canning class, 40-year old freeze dried
ꔷ Silver and its use as a medium of exchange
ꔷ DIY Tire Repair
(For Time & Location, see below.)


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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?
(Not likely, but possible)


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.

Criteria for our program topics:

  • Can this be done or made at a time when the raw materials are not available in stores and cannot be locally harvested?
  • Does this skill directly improve our chances for survival or significantly improve comfort, rather than just being a minor “nice to have” item (i.e., no “arts and crafts” topics).
  • Can this be more effectively bought and stockpiled now rather than made later?
  • Does this provide a needed material in quantities enough to be practical?
  • Does this require a skill level that can be reasonably attained, or is it beyond the average prepper capability?
  • Does this raise awareness of real situations that require active preparedness in order to survive?

This is our basic criteria. Exceptions may occasionally be made, but our focus is on learning real-world solutions to serious survival issues. We do not have time for “arts and crafts” prepping at this point.


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

“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.