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MAG: How to Meet Mutual Assistance Group Members

By: Charley Hogwood | September 13, 2013

Editor’s Note: This is part of a series from Charley Hogwood of P.R.E.P. on mutual assistance groups (MAG). See all posts in the MAG series here.

So you’ve thought about it long and hard and have decided to seek out others and join an existing mutual assistance group (MAG). Perhaps you have an interest in starting your own group with the preference of building it according to your own set of values. There are some things you’ll want to keep in mind to save yourself a lot of grief and misery down the trail.

Married to the MAG

First, decide what you want from this endeavor. You may begin to notice that much of this process involves soul searching. There is a reason for it.

Think of it as marriage, but with a survival twist. In this case, if it goes bad the spurned lover and possibly his or her friends will take all of your stuff (not just half!).

Practice MAG Ettiquette

With this in mind it is wise to vet everyone carefully before they gain important knowledge about your plans and supplies. This is known as OPSEC (operational security). This doesn’t mean that you become that creepy person who never speaks; just don’t share any specific details that could compromise your safety later on.

Practice etiquette when speaking with prospective friends:

  • Begin with small talk to get a feel for their views
  • Don’t ask questions you wouldn’t want to answer yourself
  • And never, ever say you are going to their house if the SHTF

Where are Potential MAG Members?

Hurricane Preparedness PREP

Keep learning from the best. Download the author’s Living Ready University Online Course on hurricane preparedness.

Where does one even begin to look for like-minded friends?  That is the big money question. Keep your eyes and ears open at all times but begin close to home, that’s where you are likely to need them the most.

Some ideas to meet others:

•    Join a CERT team
•    Frequent a local farmers market
•    Take classes in self reliance such as gardening, bee keeping, homesteading
•    Join an active local online meetup.com group that does things self reliance

Now that you know how and where to find others you’ll want to make sure you are what they’re looking for. To be a strong candidate you will need to offer something useful to the group. Some people think they can just buy their way into a group by way of money and equipment then just bask in the protections of others while having no discernible skills. That is a recipe for disaster.

– See more at: http://www.livingreadyonline.com/emergency-preparedness/mag-how-to-join-a-mutual-assistance-group/#sthash.kmeBxmMj.dpuf

Editor’s Note: This is part of a series from Charley Hogwood of P.R.E.P. on mutual assistance groups (MAG). See all posts in the MAG series here.

So you’ve thought about it long and hard and have decided to seek out others and join an existing mutual assistance group (MAG). Perhaps you have an interest in starting your own group with the preference of building it according to your own set of values. There are some things you’ll want to keep in mind to save yourself a lot of grief and misery down the trail.

Married to the MAG

First, decide what you want from this endeavor. You may begin to notice that much of this process involves soul searching. There is a reason for it.

Think of it as marriage, but with a survival twist. In this case, if it goes bad the spurned lover and possibly his or her friends will take all of your stuff (not just half!).

Practice MAG Ettiquette

With this in mind it is wise to vet everyone carefully before they gain important knowledge about your plans and supplies. This is known as OPSEC (operational security). This doesn’t mean that you become that creepy person who never speaks; just don’t share any specific details that could compromise your safety later on.

Practice etiquette when speaking with prospective friends:

  • Begin with small talk to get a feel for their views
  • Don’t ask questions you wouldn’t want to answer yourself
  • And never, ever say you are going to their house if the SHTF

Where are Potential MAG Members?

Hurricane Preparedness PREP

Keep learning from the best. Download the author’s Living Ready University Online Course on hurricane preparedness.

Where does one even begin to look for like-minded friends?  That is the big money question. Keep your eyes and ears open at all times but begin close to home, that’s where you are likely to need them the most.

Some ideas to meet others:

•    Join a CERT team
•    Frequent a local farmers market
•    Take classes in self reliance such as gardening, bee keeping, homesteading
•    Join an active local online meetup.com group that does things self reliance

Now that you know how and where to find others you’ll want to make sure you are what they’re looking for. To be a strong candidate you will need to offer something useful to the group. Some people think they can just buy their way into a group by way of money and equipment then just bask in the protections of others while having no discernible skills. That is a recipe for disaster.

– See more at: http://www.livingreadyonline.com/emergency-preparedness/mag-how-to-join-a-mutual-assistance-group/#sthash.kmeBxmMj.dpuf

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