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Recruiting Your Family, Friends, or Community To Become Prepared

We often hear people say: “get your family and friends involved in preparedness”, but that is much easier said than done isn’t it?  When your just learning, or even if your an expert, getting others to see your point of view isn’t always easy to do.  For quite some time now, I have wanted to involve our community in food storage and being prepared with out coming off as “the crazy lady” of the neighborhood.  So finally, today, I sat down and wrote a letter to stick in peoples mailboxes in our neighborhood.  After writing it, I thought to myself, this would be a great outline for others to use.  So today I am posting my copy to you all, in hopes you can adjust it to your needs and help get your family, friends or community involved in becoming prepared to survive hard times!  I hope you can get some use out of this.

During times of plenty, prepare for times of need.

Hello Neighbors,

I will try to keep this short and sweet for you.  I am writing to tell you about home preparedness in a times such as job loss, natural disasters, or economical collapse.  This letter is about long term food storage.  We all know how hard times can be and how so many people are losing their jobs.  That is why long term food storage is important for you and your family.  A lot of people feel it is silly to store up food for hard times, but if you think about it, even wild animals do it.

I assure you it isn’t silly at all.  A woman I know say’s, “During times of plenty, prepare for times of need.”  It makes perfect sense to me.  Most of us have children, and the thought of job loss is very scary and usually the first thought (besides I’m going to lose my home) if how will I feed my kids in hard times?  Food storage is a simple answer, and will make you feel more secure about hard times, because it is one less thing to worry about should something like, job loss, disability, war or any number of things that could happen rendering you unable to work.  It will also allow your money to pay the rent and utilities verses lining the stores pocket with money you need to keep your home.

I plead with you, please start your own food storage pantry, closet, room, or whatever space suits you.  You won’t regret it in the long run.  There are many ways to start doing this.  When you go to buy something at the store, by an extra can or two to put back in that closet and slowly build up.  Buy things that have long shelf life such as instant potatoes, pancake mix, canned items and meals, powdered soups etc…things you like.  (We love Sam’s.)  You can join other neighbors and buy together in bulk and save even more money!

If you worry about things sitting too long, then come up with a system to rotate your items when you purchase more of it, so you use your older items first.  Learn how to can fruits, vegetables, and meats.  Canned items usually last 10 + years.  Grow a garden.  Food is not the only thing you can store, you can store, laundry soap, cleaning supplies, toiletries, and many other things.  Do some homework, go online and learn how to do this in a way that is good for you.  Think about it like this:  if you never have to use it because you never lose your job then GREAT!  But what about when you retire and are living on social security?  Would you rather your money go towards food all the time, or enjoying retirement?

During times of plenty, prepare for times of need!  Give yourself less to worry about and more security knowing you’re taking care of your family should anything happen.  Also, remember that in hard times, strength comes in numbers, go introduce yourself to your neighbors and people in the neighborhood. You won’t regret it!

~ Your friendly neighbor

This is what I typed up to try and get our community to help themselves and each other.  We printed up about 50 copies, folded them in half and wrote on the outside, ” From a concerned neighbor, please read.” (Did you notice I never used my name? This is to ensure your safety.)  My hopes are that this could possibly help you get your neighbors more involved in preparedness  as well.  If not, then too bad for them, at least you tried.  If even one person takes this as a calling or takes it to heart, then our jobs are done.

Keepin It Spicy,

Jalapeño Gal

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About the Author:

Cari is an editor and author for American Preppers Network. Her family currently live in Georgia. Cari spends her free time gardening, canning, testing products for review, helping others prepare and going to the gym. She believes preparedness is about love and taking care of your family. Cari also has her own website where she shares all of her preparedness articles and her recipes for canning, dehydrating, juicing, basic cooking. To have a look and hopefully follow her: Click Here! Please Join My New Blog!

11 Comments on "Recruiting Your Family, Friends, or Community To Become Prepared"

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  1. I have had 4 people approach me with in 2 days of putting this in their mail box. ITs worth it to help others learn how to prepare.


  2. boone says:

    Thanks jalapeno gal this is a great start on a letter. i will change slightly and give it a try.

  3. Duane says:

    Just out of curiosity how did this work out for you? Jalepeno gal?

  4. Its been great, I have had many people call and about 9 that are showing a real interest in pursuing food storage. You just have to be willing to talk to them and guide them on beginning. Talk to them about web sites, research etc/ Tips you use as well :)

    • Duane says:

      Okay awesome!

    • Thanks :) I think even if it was only one person then the effort is worth it. That person might tell his friend or family member and get them involved as well, making the community stronger in the end. I firmly believe in strength in numbers and I would rather my neighbors be prepared than have to shoot them in a shtf scenerio lol

  5. Dillian says:

    Is publishing your address a good idea? If the economy does collapse you will have 50 neighbors who are starving that knows where they can go to get some food. Desparate people are very dangerous.

  6. I would not publish your address. EVER!! But there is no harm in speaking with people who are interested over the phone and then eventually meeting them. If they are serious about food storage then they won’t show up on your door because they are prepared. I suppose there could be danger in everything we do to prepare if we include others, but there is also danger if we do not teach and include others because they will be coming after us for our things and bullets eventually run out.

  7. Jesse Banke says:

    Here is your Mission APN…. make a 1 page brochure that WE can print off at home, and distribute locally.

  8. i believe you can copy and paste the letter into word and print it. What sort of brochure do you have in mind?