PART 2 What are your 2022 prepping goals and plans? Comms and Intel
I hope Carlotta doesnt mind me piggy backing on her other thread, But I thought this offshoot on 2022 preps would benefit from a seperate thread.
SOoooooo Before the INTERNET (yes I’m that old) We preppers and survivalists had far fewer resources to call upon for our news and intel. TV and Radio was the default and as we all know it was almost impossible to access foreign TV stations as they did not have the power to cross oceans. Worldband radio broadcasting DID travel further but the broadcasts were normally just PROPAGANDA for which ever country was broadcasting and natural disasters were often not mentioned as it made the broadcasting nation look weak.
So PRINTED media was the mainstream, International Magazines such as Guns N Ammo, Nat Geo, Time Magazine etc were often read cover to cover for snippets of useful info. In time magazines like SURVIVAL WEAPONRY AND TECHNIQUES and the AMERICAN SURVIVAL GUIDE came along to help us stay INFORMED, along with established magazines like Guns n Ammo adding survivalist writters to their staff ( Think Mel Tappan, Ragnar Benson etc)
So we were getting WRITTEN information, reviews, articles etc, but often it would take a MONTH of more from these publications to reach the reader. And we could only read the magazine editors OPINIONS.
In time the American preppers / survivalists started using the Small Ads in the backs of magazines to reach out seeking others like themselves, In time came Survivalist NEWS LETTERS like the famous LIVE FREE newsletter and some of these publications welcomed readers to write in and comment. But this STILL could take months for replies to get back to original authors.
Then came the INTERNET and E MAIL. its been a total boon for us as a global community of preppers to be able to communicate, advise, debate, instruct, share and support each other in MINUTES. Yes we as a community can reach out to our peers almost instantly with everything from breaking news, sitreps, recipes, advice, opinion etc. Great isnt it. look how utterly reliant many of us are now on instant access to comms and intel.
OK SO WHAT IF IT ALL STOPPED??
ACT OF NATURE
SITE CLOSED DOWN by HOSTING COMPANY
Think about it, how can you access intel, news, advice, opinion, warnings, tip offs from FRIENDLY sources if TP was taken offline?
Terrifying thought isnt it, you can only rely on your local broadcasters who may be controlled by state or federal authorities, only local news that meets statutary rules.
Your fellow preppers all isolated from each other.
WE NEED A BACK UP.
At the very least those who interact with each other closely, perhaps as friends or workmates, at the very least CONSIDER ( nothing more than CONSIDER) sharing an E MAIL address with your TRUSTED associates, Perhaps a PHONE NUMBER, or what about leaving a message on a bullitin board on some totally innocent hobby blog/ forum / site etc.
If you have been interacting with other friendly preppers within your state, consider having Rendezvous at pre agreed locations to chat and share / trade / barter, especially if TSHTF as we tend to call it.
What ever you do I respectfully suggest you investigate BACK UP means of communicating with each other for if or WHEN the web is unavailable.