This article comes from Samantha Biggers at Backdoor Survival – What Can Prepper Groups Do To Support Each Other During Quarantine. You may not be able to have physical meetups, but what can you do?
A lot of people have been members of preparedness groups for quite some time. While some groups may have been just casual meetups once in a while, others were seriously training and getting together on a regular basis.
pandemic is not necessarily the event that most groups considered likely. This is not an event where people can all feel good about gathering together to ride this thing out.
But that doesn’t mean that prepper groups cannot offer a ton of support and help to one another. This article is going to talk about what prepper groups can do to support one another during this time of social distancing.
What Can Prepper Groups Do To Support Each Other During Quarantine
- 1 Learn skills via video
- 2 Have some classes that are designed to help entertain and offer constructive activities for the teens and kids of those in the group.
- 3 Check-in on each other. Sometimes it is nice to just know that others are thinking about you.
- 4 Share recipes
- 5 Practice Communications
- 6 Let’s talk about barter and trade via social distancing.
- 7 Drop Off and Pick Up Points
- 8 Exercise Together and Talk Via Online Video or Voice Chat
- 9 If your group has a shared faith or can agree on a non-denominational online service or prayer, it is something to consider.
- 10 If you are not a member of any prepper groups, consider joining an online one during your stay at home time.
- 11 Set up a mental health support network.
- 12 We don’t know how long this is going to last so we must be supportive of one another.
Learn skills via video
Prepper groups often have people with a huge variety of skills and knowledge. If each person takes a turn offering an online webinar, then everyone can use this time to learn and come through this even more prepared than ever. Some of these classes could even be added to your homeschool curriculum where appropriate.
Have some classes that are designed to help entertain and offer constructive activities for the teens and kids of those in the group.
While kids are going to have some homework to do, I know from my own homeschool experience that doesn’t take up anywhere near the entire day. Kids are going to need things to do and if you don’t want them to spend all that time watching television or playing video games, then you are going to need to give them some other constructive options.
Check-in on each other. Sometimes it is nice to just know that others are thinking about you.
The pandemic is making it so that people are suffering from extreme stress and anxiety. For many, there is a lot of uncertainty. Regardless of where you get your news, there has been an overwhelming amount of information and some of that info changes faster than you can keep up. There has also been planting of conflicting information.
When people don’t know what is true and a lot of promises are being made that it is impossible for any human being or government to be able to guarantee them, it can feel scary and lead to extreme stress. Poor mental health can affect your body and immunity.
Talking to others through this hard time, especially friends can help. Isolation can be very hard on some people that are older or those that live alone. I would not be doing so well with isolation if I did not have my husband right here with me and my father very nearby.
For many people, this is the first time they have had to cook with at least some basic foods or be responsible for all the meals consumed. If you get takeout or deli food 5-7 times a week, it is a big change to suddenly have to take care of that yourself and plan your day so that you have time for it.
Getting creative with all those prepper foods you have stashed back can make eating a more enjoyable experience. Variety helps more than you might realize. There are ways to make comfort foods from very basic things with just a few skills and some knowledge.
Some prepping groups have communications procedures and codes in place. Now is a good time to practice those skills. Some people are getting more into shortwave radios and learning how to operate a HAM radio…(continues)