Strategic Preparedness – Episode 5

building strategic community for preparedness - we're in this together

Building a Strategic Community

We’re learning to face the future with hope and confidence, and a lot of it has to do with what’s in our head and hearts. “We’re in This Together” is continued from last week to complete the fundamental concepts of how a community might be structured, and more importantly—WHY.

The really major life altering events have a way of being filled with a lot of surprises.  Trying to go it alone is a huge mistake, you need to plan and prepare in advance to not be on your own.  However, you must do it correctly or the problems will only get worse.

In such a time as this we are all in the same fix, trying to figure it out, and probably do things that we’ve never done before. One of the biggest challenges will be working with the people around you, particularly if you don’t have an established relationship with them.

In order to survive, others around you must be engaged. In a survival situation, even if you’re doing everything right, but others around you are not, your ability to stay well, secure and healthy is drastically diminished. There are really two kinds of people in such a situation – people will either be contributors or consumers. A consumer without a solid moral center will become a thug. Desperate people do desperate things. In the book, Aware, Not Afraid you’ll learn recognize some of the problems and issues with people around you, and help you develop strategies to avoid becoming a victim at the hands of others. I highly recommend that you read and study this book.

One way we discuss to gain order and stability is to create a contract, or Articles of Federation, which your group, or cluster community, will sign and agree to abide by. A great example of how this works is in the book Endurance. It is best to create a small group of like-minded people, maybe your extended family and/or friends, with which you can build an alliance and work together.

Ultimately in order to recover from a major event it will take a “community” working together.  It is far better to develop your working relationships as a part of your community before you are thrown into a world of chaos. Strangers and chaos make for a very volatile situation.

Having ourselves founded on correct principles makes all the difference in the world.

Listen to Episode 5

(broadcast October 13, 2016)


Handout #1 Episode 5
Handout #1 Episode 5
Handout #2 Episode 5 - Community Structure
Handout #2 Episode 5 – Community Structure

Thanks for tuning in again this week. This episode is part of our Strategic Preparedness Course, which is a FREE course to help you prepare your mind and family for rough days that may lie ahead. If you’ve missed any of our previous episodes, you can catch up anytime! We’d love to hear your comments, questions and feedback about this week’s show. Please leave us a comment at the bottom of the page!

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Instructor: Jim Phillips
Jim Phillips is a nationally known speaker and teacher who has professionally taught thousands of classes all across the United States for 40 years. For a number of years prior to this career, his hobby was teaching cold weather safety & survival.

Jim is a strong advocate of self-reliance living and family preparedness. He developed an entire preparedness curriculum by asking himself the question “What if?” and then setting out to discover what actually does and does not work.

The answers he seeks (and then teaches) must be based on true principles derived from first hand experience. Above all else, he believes that attitude and practical knowledge is more critical to survival than having a bunch of “stuff.”