There are various communities around the internet that center around preparedness and survival theory. Some of them are a bit…off. Some of them really mean well! All of them have guns. 🙂 I would suggest that you do some simple google searches, maybe find some blogs with organization links, etc. and find a few potential communities that you think you’d fit in with. The reason I support finding a community as your first step is because you need to know that you’re not the only person in the world thinking about this. There is a reason this industry is growing fast – more people are concerned about being prepared than ever. You aren’t the only one – in fact, you’ll probably not only find people in the same stage of research as you, but probably find that there are some people in your region from that community! Use these people for help – some of them have lots of great experience.
I choose to spend my time in the interestingly named – Zombie Squad (http://zombiehunters.org). Don’t be fooled by the names, or the appearances, or the sheep- the Zombie Squad is:
Zombie Squad is an elite zombie suppression task force ready to defend your neighborhood from the shambling hordes of the walking dead. We provide trained, motivated, skilled zombie extermination professionals and zombie survival consultants. Our people and our training are the best in the industry.
When the zombie removal business is slow we focus our efforts towards educating ourselves and our community about the importance of disaster preparation.
To satisfy this goal we host disaster relief charity fundraisers, disaster preparation seminars and volunteer our time towards emergency response agencies.
Our goal is to educate the public about the importance of personal preparedness and self reliance, to increase its readiness to respond to disasters such as Earthquakes, Floods, Terrorism or Zombie Outbreaks. We want to make sure you are prepared for any crisis situation that might come along in your daily life which may include having your face eaten by the formerly deceased.
You see what they did there? That’s the old ‘bait and switch’ if I’ve ever seen it. Reel you in with promise of zombie killings, then make you learn about emergency preparedness and helping the community when you’re not looking.
If you jump into the forum, introduce yourself and get to looking at all the vast resources laid out for you- you’ll begin to understand that this is a great community of people who want to help each other, and their local communities with emergency preparedness.
Before you post your second topic (your first being your introduction of course) in the forums, please read the wal-mart thread. It is entertaining, and informative. And very very long. Enjoy!