New to the forum, but have been learning from the Bear Independent Channel for some time. Live in the San Bernardino National Forest area, which is one of the few places in SoCal to actually have 4 seasons. Been preparing for years for a pandemic but sadly & embarrassingly I wasn't ready either and am grateful it's been mostly mild. I was an EMT-B for 6 years and then went on to start other businesses. Was a CPR instructor for 4 years under AHA and worked for a firearm training company for a bit. Always love to learn new skills and solve new challenges. I have tried before to encourage friends and family to link up and start a group but has been a futile effort. I realize we all need a network of people with complementary skills and resources to successfully survive. I am hoping to find like minded people to speak with and most importantly, the sharing of wisdom & knowledge.