Weekly assignment: Spread the word

I’ve always felt that the more people there are out there prepping, the better. For every person that takes the time and initiative to set aside extra food and supplies, that’s one less person likely to be knocking on my door or looking to the government for help. Plus, there is another benefit to having someone “in real life” near you who is on the same page. You can bounce ideas off one another, provide moral support to each other from time to time, and it is just nice to know someone who doesn’t think you’re a Class 1000 Whack Job, right?

Quite often, we have people in our lives who are on the same page as us, but neither of us know it. For example, my wife was at work a week or two ago and got to talking with one of her coworkers. The topic of conversation somehow turned around to prepping. Her coworker expressed great interest in the subject. A few days later, my wife brought in a recent copy of Survivalist Magazine to show her a few of the articles I’d written. Turned out another coworker was also very interested as well!

Lisa Bedford (The Survival Mom) spoke at the survival conference in Dallas back in May. She related a similar story about how her husband had worked with this one guy for several years, neither of them knowing the other was interested in disaster readiness. When the topic had finally come up in conversation, each was surprised and delighted to find a kindred spirit.

This week, I want you to do a little bit towards spreading the word about prepping. I’m not talking about inviting people to your home for the grand tour. Rather, I just want you to approach one or two people and try to steer the conversation toward some aspect of prepping, see where it leads from there.

If you’re at a loss, maybe try something along these lines. “I think since all that back to school stuff is on sale, I might pick up a backpack to keep here at work. Y’know, just some snacks and other stuff in case we have a bad storm that keeps us here overnight.”


“My wife (or husband) was talking the other night about stocking up on a bit of extra food at home in case her hours get cut again. Figure having a little extra could tide us over until another job comes along. I think that’s probably a good idea, hey?”

Remember, there’s no need to go into great detail about what you may or may not have done with your own preps. The idea here is just to feel out a few people, see if you might gain a “convert” or two for the cause.

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for SurvivalWeekly.com. He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

2 thoughts on “Weekly assignment: Spread the word”

    1. See, and lately I’ve been having the opposite experience. Many people are, albeit slowly, coming around. Especially after Katrina as well as the Japan tsunamis, I’ve heard more and more conversations about setting aside a little extra, just in case. Then again, I don’t spend much time with true “city folk” so perhaps that skews things a bit for me.

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