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Massachusetts Preppers Roll Call 3/06/11

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Massachusetts Preppers Roll Call 3/06/11

Postby North Idaho Patriot » Sun Mar 06, 2011 10:50 pm

The American Preppers Network is conducting a network-wide roll call.

Massachusetts Preppers, please reply to this post and let us know what you are doing to prep.


Are you new or not sure where to start?

Here are a few tips

Networking
The APN focuses heavily on promoting our state groups at the regional and local levels, more so than most forums. Here is the State Network directory, use it to get to know and communicate with others near you.
viewforum.php?f=36

Some other things you can do:
* Check in to your states group at least once or twice a week to help keep your local groups active
* See a storm or disaster in your area? Post about it and let others know
* Find a good deal at a local merchant? Tell us about it.
* Join your local CERT teams. Each state directory has a link that lists the teams in your state.
* Join ANTS (Americans Networking To Survive) ANTS is a unique group that forms supply chains between members so that members should not have to rely on the government for emergency supplies in a disaster. Here is their website: http://www.americansnetworkingtosurvive.org/
Here is their sub-forum here on APN: viewforum.php?f=618
* Join a local survival, preparedness, or sustainable living meetup group, or start one yourself. Meetup.com is a great social network that helps you meet others near you. APN is offering for a limited time free Meetup.com pages for our Gold members who want to start local Preppers meetups. Normally these pages are $20 a month to get started but with APN Gold membership being only $5 a month you can realize a net savings of $15 a month. Here is information on the offer: viewtopic.php?f=606&t=9170

Learning
Here on the APN learning is free. Our index page (index.php) is organized and categorized so that you can browse easily by subject to find the categories you are looking for. If you dont see a topic that you are looking for you can use the search bar. If you still can't find what you are looking for, then pose a question in the appropriate category and our members are more than happy to share their knowledge.

Resources here on the forum:
* The basics section here on the forum: viewforum.php?f=616
* The Survival, preparedness, and sustainable living directory: viewforum.php?f=12

Free downloads:
* http://cd3wd.com/ (Over 4,000 titles totally over 13 gigabytes)
* http://www.preppers.info/Free_Downloads.html (Over 300 ebooks, manuals and pdfs for download or get them all on disk for free. There is a suggested donation of $2.97 to help cover shipping and handling)
* http://www.stevespages.com/page7c.htm Hundreds of military training manuals and coursebooks for download
*Here is an article on how to build your survival library for pennies on the dollar: http://www.americanpreppersnetwork.com/ ... y-for.html

Teaching
By sharing what you know on how to prepare, survive, or live sustainable you are helping others to become more self-reliant in the process. "Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime." The more prepared everyone is and the more self-reliant everyone is, the freer we all are. When the unprepared become prepared they are no longer a liability for everyone else. Understand the difference between being in a disaster where there is only one able bodied person who is prepared and 10 who are unprepared vs a disaster where there are 10 prepared and only one who is in need. An unprepared populace that is dependent on the Government means less freedom for YOU. Do you see how you can "Find Freedom Through Teaching Others Self-Reliance"?

Some things you can do:
*Share your knowledge on these forums. You may find it to be a fair and equitable barter when you do. If are able to learn something from others here, then repay the favor by sharing with them what you know.
*Contribute articles to the blogs. The APN and state blogs are member and reader contributed blogs. We are holding a weekly contest now: viewtopic.php?f=606&t=9086
*Attend the local meetups if there are any in your community and teach your skills.

Do you have most of the bases covered already? Then reply to this post and tell us what you've been doing to prepare. You may inspire others to try something new. Good luck and Prep On!
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Re: Massachusetts Preppers Roll Call 3/06/11

Postby Western Mass Man » Mon Mar 07, 2011 9:11 am

I'm still here.
Trying to prep as best as I can.
My better half still has her head in the sand, so I'm sort of fighting a loosing battle.
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Re: Massachusetts Preppers Roll Call 3/06/11

Postby oldforgefarm » Mon Mar 07, 2011 5:05 pm

I just joined this site and I'm just looking to network with like minded people. I've got quite a bit of agricultural experience. I'm interested in EMT training and possibly wilderness first aid classes. I'd like to find if there is any training available in my area to address these areas. I am going to re-certify in CPR/ First Aid but I would like to go beyond that.
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Re: Massachusetts Preppers Roll Call 3/06/11

Postby ACfarmer » Mon Mar 07, 2011 5:54 pm

We were out checking on the bee hives this weekend... they've all made it through the winter thus far. Traded some honey last fall on a return for maple syrup this year as it worked out well for all involved. Had the family out on snowshoes as often as possible... good year for it with all the snow.
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Re: Massachusetts Preppers Roll Call 3/06/11

Postby Lynda » Tue Mar 08, 2011 10:26 am

Still here, very busy. Planning my garden layout and waiting for the snow to disappear.
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Re: Massachusetts Preppers Roll Call 3/06/11

Postby spark » Tue Mar 08, 2011 2:17 pm

Hi All,

Just trying to survive every day. Slowly but surely adding to the larder. I've been practicing the "need one, buyt three" mantra on all of our dry goods.

-Spark
(Western MA)
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Re: Massachusetts Preppers Roll Call 3/06/11

Postby LarryP » Tue Mar 08, 2011 3:19 pm

Present! (Albeit very busy with urgent family/legal/medical issues as well.)

Re my prepping, I've bought bleach, and got (via a friend) better gear to measure it out (syringes marked to tenths of milliliters, no needles, just the body+plunger.) I'm also setting up a flood-resistant outer storage for my water bottles, in case on of them breaks at an in-opportune time.

I have some fuel for my camp stove (multi-fuel, MSR, *highly recommended, but get the maintenence kit also.)

I have food sufficient to feed my family for at least a week. Rice, beans, pasta, canned goods, etc. Water is currently my limiting resource, but you can see I'm working on improving that.

-- Larry P.,
Lexington MA, USA
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Re: Massachusetts Preppers Roll Call 3/06/11

Postby lroberge » Tue Mar 08, 2011 3:56 pm

Sir! reporting in.

Taking training in June with medical Corps.
Taking some training at Western Mass gardening workshop later this month.

Still stocking food, medical supplies, and preparing for gardening and food storage for this year.

Also, been getting some silver and tools.

Finally, obtained in past few month my first firearm and ammo,.

Hope for more later. Working in my head-later with my hands solar systems and solar food dehydrator.

Trying to fight fear...scared as hell over global nonsense-want to protect wife and daughter.

Thanks to all.

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Re: Massachusetts Preppers Roll Call 3/06/11

Postby owl » Tue Mar 08, 2011 7:17 pm

i'm still around.
just been slowly stocking up on food and necessities like camping stove, shortwave radio, silver etc.
going to do the basic hunter education course tomorrow at methuen. should be good. looking forward to it.
quite commendable of these people to volunteer their time and not charge anything.

i guess the prepper pod fizzeled out. was waiting for it to get near mass but it never did.

i tell ya, you can really see things starting to fall apart now. the devaluation of the dollar, the hike in commodities (gas, food, etc), riots in the middle east and soon to be here.
hang on to your hats.

i'll feel alot better when i have my own firearm the way things are shaping up.
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Re: Massachusetts Preppers Roll Call 3/06/11

Postby russa11 » Wed Mar 09, 2011 5:05 am

Yep, Still prepping. right now I am doing another inventory of what I have and what I need while waiting for the snow to melt.
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Re: Massachusetts Preppers Roll Call 3/06/11

Postby Vindicated » Wed Mar 09, 2011 10:52 am

Still here...

While things do in fact deteriorate here, "extend and pretend" can last quite a while. Europe will be the test case for us here I think as they are just as bad as we are, if not worse. The Middle East of course speaks for itself, however, March 11th ("Day of Rage" by the opposition) in Saudi Arabia will be the true test of whether the Middle East stabilizes or falls into chaos. My bet, with the U.S. full backing, they'll do whatever they want to their own citizens (of course we criticize Libya for the same thing).

Medical preps, short of a hospital bed and staff are done. Food and water almost done, few more items. Firearms, check. Really weak in the Comm area, as it would be an extra bargaining item with the spouse that I can't push. Have quite a bit of junk silver and some Eagles, trying to convince the spouse into a move slowly into the gram weight gold, as the pricing obviously isn't getting cheaper, and spot for both PM's are getting up there locally.

Garden is being expanded this year, will be starting staggered germination planting this month and cross fingers for snow to go away.

I don't know too many that prep, even as friends and family still lose jobs. Most have family to move in with for support, but my question to them is what happens if their support vanishes like their own? Contrary to government propaganda (i.e. BLS not counting people dropping off the face of the earth, 99'ers), the Employment Rate continues to decline (using the BLS's own model.

Politicians? I write almost weekly to my Congressional Reps. on various issues, usually financial and legal. My two most recent writings were the banking "settlement" by Iowa AG Tom Miller, and the ridiculous Federal Reserve auctions only benefiting Primary Dealers at our expense, a complete on-going fraud...I digress.

Anyways, until I see organic growth in this country (not simple transfers of wealth and currency), or even on the planet for that matter, prepping is a prudent lifestyle, especially if you are of limited means, or can see the writing on the wall of future employment prospects.

Good luck to all of you.
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Re: Massachusetts Preppers Roll Call 3/06/11

Postby Ironfire182 » Thu Mar 10, 2011 2:37 pm

I'm still here.
Waiting on the seeds to come in. Getting the stuff out of the basement so I can start some of the plants for the garden indoors.
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Re: Massachusetts Preppers Roll Call 3/06/11

Postby helwen » Fri Mar 11, 2011 3:57 pm

Sorry for not posting until today. DH had the stomach bug so I had my hands full taking care of him and the chickens.

Most of my seeds have arrived. Still need to get oats and buckwheat, but I can get at least one of those at the co-op. Working on stocking up -- starting over in some ways because I can't have very much gluten any more. That's okay, need to work on getting more foods that are locally attainable anyway.

A person in my town just started up an email discussion list for interested folks in our town, to discuss becoming more sustainable. Joined the list today.

Still have a long row to hoe, but we'll just keep on keeping on.
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Re: Massachusetts Preppers Roll Call 3/06/11

Postby thepatriot0921 » Sat Apr 09, 2011 3:46 pm

Checking in for the first time.

I'm a Paramedic and firefighter in MA. I have also began increasing my firearms and ammo collection. New to the whole prepping thing, so slowly gather things here and there as i can afford them.

patriot out.
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Re: Massachusetts Preppers Roll Call 3/06/11

Postby Lynda » Sat Apr 09, 2011 5:34 pm

patriot, welcome and glad you're here. Nice to see another fellow Massachusettsian.
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