I have recently been asked about meeting other preppers and what the problems are. As you may have read in previous posts, I do attend meetings in this area. Many of them have been organized as preparedness fairs or solar events by the LDS Church (Mormon). I have never had a problem at any of these events. I have attended Preparedness Expos and they have been fine. At these meeting you can blend into the crowd and maintain some degree of anonymity. At the LDS fairs you cannot purchase items, but they will direct you where to get them. At other events carry cash.
Meeting Other Preppers, can be a problem
Where I have had a problem, is meeting with individuals. I am very slow to trust, I believe that trust has to be earned. Even though we write this blog and teach classes, we still do not share everything with everybody. Many people that I have encountered want way too much information and talk too much. If you are meeting other preppers for the first time, get to know them before you share more than minimal information.
Beware of people who talk too much, if they tell you everything right away they will tell others. Keep your Secrets Secret. More on operational Secrecy and Federal Spying. If their primary interest is in weapons and they talk violence, don’t walk away, run. You can end up in trouble without having done anything or they may be a troll. Now, I am not saying that you should not own a firearm, because I believe that you should own one, if the law permits it and you should have the ability to defend yourself.
If you wish to form a group, look towards family or people you have known for a long time. You want people who have earned your trust. Avoid people who attract attention from law enforcement. You don’t need somebody else’s problems. I would avoid meeting other preppers through internet forums, you never know what their real objectives are.
The big things that seem to cause splits in groups is money, ideology or personality. You need to discuss any money issues right at the start and get everybody on the same page. As far as ideology is concerned, make sure your goals and objectives are the same. That person you can get along with at an occasional meeting may drive you crazy on a weekend camp out. Spend time with people and get to know them on a social basis. Will you trust them with the lives of your family?.