How Preppers Help their Communities

Today as we celebrate Martin Luther King Day our thoughts turn to Dr. King’s life and legacy.   I wanted to focus on what  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’”

Unlike other holidays, the King holiday is celebrated as a day of service.  Not just a day off from work to sleep late and go shopping, it is a time to remember King’s dream for all people and his life of service.

What’s this got to do with prepping?

Well, negative publicity and comments in the media have implied that preppers are selfish in only looking out for themselves and their own families.  This mistaken idea that prepared people don’t care about others is far from the truth.   Many preparedness and survival experts recommend setting aside some of one’s own supplies to give to others who may be in need.   You may do it without fanfare, and anonymously, but it is giving nonetheless.  Many preppers who have stockpiles choose to donate to to food banks and other charities and share the bounty.

Other preppers get involved in groups that help their communities be more prepared, or actually get involved in disaster relief efforts.

At the same time, many individuals choose to give of their time and knowledge by showing others how to be more self-sufficient and prepared for the next disaster.   Free information on how to prepare for disasters or acquire skills is freely given.  You don’t need to spend money to be charitable.  Just the simple act of showing someone who is willing to learn how to do things is helpful enough.

As we remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy, let’s consider using this day to do some something for others.  To all the preppers out there doing service to others, not just today, but everyday:  thank you and please keep up your great work.

Quick Update:

Promising new additions to Blog Links:

I was contacted by Dennis Evers about his new resource for “hands-on” preppers.  Below is a description of his new site:

Preppers are typically “hands-on” kind of people, and with that in mind, a new website; “Preparedness is Fundamental”, has just been launched that features articles and short how-to videos on prepping for anyone that doesn’t mind getting their hands dirty. One video shows you how you can secure as many perfectly good batteries as you want for free while another walks you through the easy construction of a super bright, rugged 12 Volt LED prepper light for around $6.00.

Other information includes how to build a solar generator, gardening, free prepper materials and discount codes, while upcoming videos and how-to articles deal with a serious homemade smoker for under ten bucks, LED security lighting, long term food storage, seed preservation and more.

To the first 50 visitors “Preparedness is Fundamental” is offering a free eBook; “How to Handle a Crisis” (a $4.99 value) which deals with all types of disasters, terrorism, CBRNE, medical crises and survival.

 To visit, go to http://proficientprepping.wordpress.com/

 

I’ve also added a link to Prepper Next Door, the blog companion to one of my favorite preparedness books:  The Prepper Next Door: A Practical Guide For Disaster And Emergency Planning.

 

 

 

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Can Helping Out be Hazardous?

I was reading Arsenius post over at Living Out There blog (update:  blog is no longer published), in which he describes passing by stranded motorists on the freeway, and feeling bad about not being able to help out because of safety concerns.  This is such a valid concern these days, I felt compelled to write a post about it.

Last week in the local news there was a story about three female criminals who were using their kids to get homeowners to open their doors.  The kids would stand in front of the door, ring the doorbell and pretend to ask for help to find a puppy that “wandered off.”  The residents would feel sympathy, open the door, whereupon the criminals would pounce on them, beat them and steal their credit cards and valuables.  Usually the victims were elderly.   Within an hour or so, the thieves ran up the credit cards buying purses and clothes on a shopping spree.  These people are pretty despicable, using their kids to gain entry, and training their kids to rob people.   These criminals prey upon the kindness of people, who will now think twice about helping someone out.

I see many panhandlers while I am out driving, many of them standing out in street corners and collecting change while the light is red.  Sometimes they are youths wearing orange vests that try to hand you a note asking for charity while you are stopped at a light.  Alone or with kids, I never roll down my window, as I am always wary about safety.   Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against helping out or giving to charity.  I prefer to donate at Church or give to food bank, children’s hospitals or other organizations than give out cash to panhandlers.

It’s becoming more of a dilemma on how to be a Good Samaritan and be safe at the same time.  The worsening economy will only increase crime, and unfortunately, the basic trustworthiness of people will come into question.  I once read on Rawles’ Survival Blog that in a disaster type situation the way to give would be through anonymous means or through a 3rd party.  We are not in a full blown disaster currently but maybe we are already in a time when being openly charitable and trusting can become a safety hazard.   Use your best judgement when stopping to help, and please be aware of any potential dangers around you.  If you choose to give anonymously, give through an established charity or thoroughly check the background of the organization that you are contributing to.