Notes on being a grassroots prepper

February 2019

Wendy Parker

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How to be prepared for impromptu meetings with representatives and lawmakers without burying a bus in the back yard.

First rule of prepping: never tell anyone you’re a prepper.

The original idea behind secrecy in being prepared probably lies somewhere in the security portion of any preppers handbook. Of course, that was before reality television took hold of the collective hive. Mention “prepping” in a public venue these days and it immediately brings images of unstable individuals with a bus full of ammo and canned-goods buried under their house.

It’s not that kind of prepping. And it doesn’t require nearly as much time or effort, but the advantage it gives you is just as measurable.

Believe it or not, having a business card is still a good idea. The act of being able to physically hand someone a tangible object relays information and an action all at once. It solidifies a quick passer-by verbal meeting with a means of further communication. You don’t have to own a business to have a professional card. I’m going all ancient-history on you here, but calling cards have been the LinkedIn of networking for centuries.

Be familiar with key issues that are of importance to you. Educate yourself with multiple sources of vetted information. Admittedly, this is the most time-consuming and overwhelming part of being prepared for and participating in grass roots movements. Ask questions, take notes.

Your subscription to Land Line Magazine comes in handy. You can count on the information contained in these pages to be multisourced and well-vetted. It’s great to study and pass on to those who may have questions. Remember, you don’t have to be talking to a lawmaker to make a difference. The general public votes on the same issues you do, help them understand pros and cons of their voting actions.

Final thought – be prepared to listen as much as you speak. Be brief, and be specific. Blanket statements and rambling manifestos are off-putting to even the most tolerant of listeners. LL