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I live in a city and generally most people I know including friends and family aren't interested in prepping or anything survival related. I'm 23 y/o, a student living in the city I realize that the inner cities will be the most dangerous and chaotic in a SHTF situation.

Other than a couple friends who own firearms, almost no one I know is at all prepared for civil unrest situation or for food/fuel/energy shortages or anything else. I do my best to prep for specifically civil unrest (rioting, looting/home invasion) and fuel shortages (and the consequences that follow) because I've decided that those are the most probably SHTF scenarios for the area I live in.

It would be nice if I knew some other people taking precautions and preparing for this stuff, but I don't know where to meet folks like that and its pretty awkward to approach people with the subject because many completely disregard the entire concept.

Where do people generally meet like-minded folks? Or have most of you convinced your close friends and family to prep?
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Preppers tend to be a bit security conscious, so that tends to lead towards them not branching out much. Cause you never know when it's going to be someone that's of the mindset that raiding is the solution to their post-SHTF needs.
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^ yeah OPSEC


well then are most preppers the lone wolf type?
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well then are most preppers the lone wolf type?
While there are certainly many lone wolf types, prepping for survival almost dictates that you have some support structure in place. Be that like minded neighbors/community, friends or family.

It just takes time to bridge the trust factor.

I've been bad about meeting people outside my circle of friends/family. And have always been cautious about meeting people from the internet.
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I would start with organizations or communities that promote a skillset useful to a prepper. Meet people who regularly visit the gun ranges, garden and can, hike and camp, etc. Eventually you'll see some overlap between the people interested in each of those skillsets, and you can try to befreind those folks.

I wouldn't start with identifying as a prepper, that will seem off-putting to a lot of people, as many who would identify themself as such tend to have higher than average levels of paranoia. Use common skill interest.
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Yes, it does get discouraging,mantis tobogen. I only just discovered this site, but will probably also look at permaculture and organic farming sites. At least in a city there are more folks to choose to share with, but you're right, when TSHTF time comes in America, you don't want to be in a city anyway if you have any choice in the matter at all. Those who have stayed anyway, may not have much to offer you. Yet out in the country it's mostly families and they're few and far between, and a little paranoid. I deal with this also, but in Spanish because I'm in South America. There are English speakers here - more all the time - and we are preparing - but the locals are pretty clueless. They think all the bad stuff will happen up there. They could be partly right, but it's almost impossible to convince anyone from up there that the country's done and it's time to rebuild somewhere where there's realistic hope - where you can drink the water, breathe the air, and eat the food.
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People who hear that I am a prepper and an experienced urban survivor tend to become suspicious of me and shun me. They think I'm a nut job and a conspiracy theorist. I guess it's completely not possible for our society to collapse right? I mean it's never happened before in history right? People want to live in their own little bubble and when they see you prepping it disturbs their delusions. Therefore I tend to be really careful about who knows that I prep. Besides some documents handed down from DHS to lower LE Agencies have stated that someone storing extra food/water might constitute a flag for terrorism. It's completely ridiculous. After all it's human nature to survive and adapt.

I would agree with Dragonid. Make friends through skill interest first. Personally if someone suddenly became interested in what I was doing I would be suspicious.
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Preppers tend to be a bit security conscious, so that tends to lead towards them not branching out much. Cause you never know when it's going to be someone that's of the mindset that raiding is the solution to their post-SHTF needs.
I totatlly agree, you want to know who to trust, keep it local.
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I would start with organizations or communities that promote a skillset useful to a prepper. Meet people who regularly visit the gun ranges, garden and can, hike and camp, etc. Eventually you'll see some overlap between the people interested in each of those skillsets, and you can try to befreind those folks.

I wouldn't start with identifying as a prepper, that will seem off-putting to a lot of people, as many who would identify themself as such tend to have higher than average levels of paranoia. Use common skill interest.
I look to some of the people in my commiuty neigbors & ferinds family. The smaller the easyer it will to surive.
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Most preppers prep for themselves, family, relatives, and (maybe) some help for the neighborhood. Not much point in randomly branching out, unless its a particular skillset you want to work on (radio communications, first aid, bushcraft, etc.) My community posts municipal fliers with courses, volunteer opportunities, and so on. Then you should look at amateur radio clubs, the Red Cross, etc. for good matches for what you want to develop.
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I have no idea about this. I have struggled with this as I won't tell anyone that we are preppers except family and they all think we are completely nuts. It is just me and my wife and she is scarred that if something happens to me during SHTF that she would not survive. She hounds me everyday about meeting like minded people but I tell her I don't know how to do that and don't know if I would trust them anyway when situations get bad.
The only idea I have is to try and find a church in my area that has prepping in mind but haven't found one yet.
Good luck!
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Yeah, especially start with family / close friends. Ask them to tag along sometime.
"Hey was going to hit up (cheap food store here) wanna go?"

Get them shopping at the same places you do, let them see you buy a few flats of canned goods.

When they ask, just tell them the deal is too good to pass up and you can never have to many canned goods.

See if they agree with what your saying and buy a few flats themselves. They may let you in without knowing it on how they shop, or what kind of food they have put away. Either way you have engaged on the subject without them really knowing.

And with the recent publicity of the prepping movement, they may jokingly ask you "hey your not one of those preppers are you? those guys are nuts"
And you can answer that with a simple, well I would not call myself a prepper, but I do like to keep food on hand just in case. Should be easy with friends and family to get that conversation to open up.

You just need to keep conversations related to things everyone already needs or does. Shopping for food being one of them. It opens the door to conversation and you can always backtrack if you feel they are not into it.

Make jokes, "Hey, tell you what, you buy 3 flats of pork n beans and I will buy some spam, if the world ends we will join forces and have spam and pork n beans " Insert har de har har jovial laugh here lol

You see where I am going though, easy way to engage family and friends to view their thoughts without showing your hand and maybe get them in the game.
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From what I've discovered meeting the folks in my survival group, is that the key is in meeting people that share other, related interests. For example, one family I met at the shooting range. Another at church. Some of our other members are fellow gun show dealers.

Perhaps get out to some group events related to things that preppers are interested in, such as garden clubs, groups learning how to can food, shooting ranges, etc. Often community colleges have short courses on canning, gardening and such.
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I have the same problem.

The only people who SAY they believe in prepping is my family.
(Even though they don't prep)

The only people I can really trust is my family.

However if I met someone who has a good moral code and actually preps I would love to at least network with them.



Worst Case Scenario: Prep enough FOOD ONLY for family members who don't prep. But do not give them any soap, salt, luxuries, etc... Just food and a weapon to use and I would make them trade anything they have and work for their food too.
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Check out some institutions that traditionally promote self reliance, such as the Masons. I belong to our local lodge, many there that share my concerns and practice the same lifestyle as I do.
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Too bad I left the Philly area 3 years ago. I would've prepped with ya!

If you're a student, nothing says you can post a sheet of paper advertising your interests with your email on a bulletin board in a hallway.
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If you're a student, nothing says you can post a sheet of paper advertising your interests with your email on a bulletin board in a hallway.
That's like putting a bulls-eye on your head. I don't tell people in my classes about the firearms I own or the preps I have or that I am a survivalist. If I did I may end up on the campus watch list. Collages are far too liberal to accept the survivalist movement because they think that the govt will fix everything and if they see you stray from the herd being lead to the slaughter they will do everything in their power to make your life miserable.
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^ yeah OPSEC

well then are most preppers the lone wolf type?
Hmmm... I never see anyone way back here in the woods unless UPS or Fedex comes by quickly, and they're always nervous as hell...

Been back here for 40 years doin' this...

At least I have freedom and room to run and howl all I want

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I found a prep group that I never got a chance to meet in Jacksonville FL on meetup.

Most Ham Radio operators = prepared people by the buckets. They tend to be older but they are more likely to help you setup for pennies on the dollar then most gun guys, and they usually are more stable then the local gun store dooms dayers.

Many people floating around gun stores. Watch for the nut cases.

Fire & EMS usually have a good bit as well.
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Meetup.com has groups but most of them are kinda babies IMO.
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