Greetings Bear Nation,
We have an established group in southwest/southcentral Wisconsin. The group consists of several families and a couple of singletons with a mix of currently-serving military, EMTs, a nurse, a prison guard, truck drivers, a commo guy, homesteaders, a pilot, and firefighters. The group meets regularly for weapons training (everyone shoots, no exceptions except young children), homesteading discussion such as garden plans, livestock management, food storage and preservation, and just good old fellowship. As an example of how we run things: we set an agenda for our meet-ups so things keep moving and we accomplish more than chit chat. Last meetup, we had a presentation on the acquisition and use of different antibiotics for likely-to-encounter infections during a SHTF event, practice with application of tourniquets and basic first aid, training on UHF and VHF radios, team movement drills, and a discussion on what happens AFTER the first year of SHTF. Next month’s agenda (social distancing allowing) includes a fellow prepper (not in the group, but an ally) coming to discuss solar options for our homesteads. On one event last summer, the men and boys of the group went for a weekend long canoe/camp trip down the river to test out their shelter making, fire starting, and food procurement skills. You get the idea – we enjoy each other and we learn together.
Three of our families live within a mile of each other out here in the hinterlands bordering a state forest. Two and possibly three more families are looking to relocate nearby, so we’re always on the lookout for properties coming up for sale. We ideally would like to achieve a sustainable community of sorts, with the manpower and firepower to provide 24/7 security when spicy time arrives.
We are always interested in discussion with other preparers, and it is possible we would add new folks to our group, but we have a fairly rigorous vetting policy. If there are any folks interested in discussing that further, please send me a message.