December 4, 2021 – How to Talk About Preparedness – Part 2

My apologies, I missed the net for part 1 of this topic, thus there are no notes from the previous week.

Net Control: N0KMO

N0KMO – Always a hard subject to approach, hard subject to talk about. In any context it’s difficult, but there are people who want to talk about it. Some people don’t talk about it openly for fear of being ridiculed. Being prepared for things doesn’t make you a doomsday prepper or hoarder.

Staying away from the political side is hard to do; for a while our own government was having us prepare. I find a lot of localized information from local and county governments on preparing.

KF0DDD – Lots of static, hard to hear.

KD0YBJ – When discussing this with neighbors and friends, I preface with local weather conditions. It a little easier for people to talk about.

N0KMO – Good point, that’s how a lot of my conversations start. I carry an HT on me every day.

KD0UFO – Emergency coordinates for Adams ARES nice that we’re discussing this. It’s important that you prepare, a lot of people think it’s useless and silly. If you live in CO for any amount of time, you know you could be stuck in your house and have preps on hand.

KF0CJA – A good way to bring it up is bring up past experiences. Local events that people have gone through before. What are you doing differently now that this has happened and can happen again. Bring it local.

N0KMO – My research originally started because of something that happened in my life. I grew up in a very remote part of California, and you need to be prepared for various natural events. Past experience of people I know. A lot of my skills I can trace back to personal experience. Good research is FEMA and Red Cross guidelines, and that is a good start.

KF0MTB – I grew up in extremely rural Maine, and these things are just things you do. How I would bring it up with people is just call it emergency supplies. This way there is no connotation of prepping and people will be willing to talk about it.

N0KMO – A lot of preparedness movements were actually in play by a lot of organization prior to 2 years. Being prepared is an every day thing, for everyone. How do you talk to your community and how it’s perceived. There are communities out there that want to talk about this openly. Talking about it will also help find some community.

K0STR – I meet with a group of guys, all professionals, they don’t want to talk about preparedness. They tell me they don’t want to discuss it.

N0KMO – There are some people out there that just will not want to talk about it. Leaving it open-ended is an option if they don’t want to talk about. A lot of people are preparing, but don’t want to be called a prepper.

KF0MTB – If people know that you’re a prepper, you’ll have people showing up at the door if something happens. What do other people this about it.

KF0FXA – We stock up on food items that we grow, in the event that someone showed up, we would gladly trade food for security should anything happen.

AK0EL – I spent 35 years working on SoCal, so we were always prepared for fire and earthquake. Working for a large power company, nd always talked about lists of things to prepare. Vehicles, always have a least half full fuel. Also water and food. Also paperwork. Always want cash around. Generator, flashlights with batteries, cell phone charges for your car. Clothes and blankets in vehicle. Always have a hand-held radio.

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