A Grassroots Plan to Secure America — for your Review and Adaptation

A Grassroots Plan to Securing America

from Bryan on Ron Paul Forums

a draft to review & adapt to your situation

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Plan Forward: The objective of this plan is to provide information on how individuals and communities can enhance their safety and comfort in times of emergencies by being self-reliant. The sources of possible emergencies are seen with a study of history which shows the possibilities that one can face including natural disasters, financial calamities and political instability. While seemingly farfetched, horrific acts such as foreign invasion or a coup of ones government that eliminates self-rule are historical realities and are never outside the realm of possibilities. Despite all possible hazards, when a community has solid planning and fortitude it can manage whatever situation it is presented with and soon be on the road to normalcy. This has historically been the American way.

This draft of the plan is intended for individuals who already understand a need to take positive steps to secure America without waiting for anyone’s permission. It is not intended for people who do not understand the issues America faces and see no reason for action. This plan is sized to provide an overview of ideas for a course of action, it is not meant to be comprehensive. Individuals and communities must adapt plans for their situation and seek deeper knowledge in specific areas.

Do not allow the volume of effort to be a deterrent from making progress; set priorities and make a road-map of how to proceed. Some items might not be possible or necessary but all great journeys begin with a single step and with many people contributing a plan can quickly come to fruition.

Personal Action Plan

When you want to secure your family you need to start at home. Some things to consider:

Commit

Deciding that you want to make positives changes is the first step. Confirm you want to make changes and that you will stick with it.

Prepare Self and Family

Working towards being ready for possible failures in the current system is an important step. Areas to consider include:

  • Develop emergency action plans for your family and those closest to you.

  • Increase the supplies you maintain for your family, including:

  • Food and water.

  • Means to provide heat as needed and to cook food without utilities.

  • Means to provide light, including flash lights, batteries, hurricane lamps and lamp oil.

  • First aid, medicine stock and fire extinguishers.

  • Extra footwear and clothing.

  • Toiletries and cleaning supplies, including hand washing equipment.

  • Water purification and filtering.

  • Gasoline for vehicle.

  • Provide for home defense with weapons, necessary supplies, tools and training.

  • Diversify from the US dollars backed assets as possible. Maintain dollar availability for the payment of  debts.

  • Develop personal skills with using your supplies, defense and first aid with books and by consulting experts.

Recruit

Once you have a foundation of having your family ready, reaching out to others is the next step. One can start this while still preparing their family. Things to do:

  • Make your commitment public.

  • Educate others, both inside and outside of your community, on why action is needed and inspire them to make a similar commitment.

  • Find and work with those in your community who are interested.

  • Get those interested to start their own Personal Action Plan and discuss with them a Community Action Plan.

Become an Expert

Not everyone within a community needs to be skilled in all areas. Cultivate an area of expertise that matches your aptitude and interest that has a need within your community. These areas are addressed in the Community Action Plan and include items such as defense, healthcare and more.

Be Vigilant for Rights

As issues such as the co-opting of ones government can occur without an immediate outwardly change in appearance or structure it is important that individuals understand their rights and make sure that they are upheld. Fighting against encroachments to ones rights is a good way to find like-minded people, recruit others to the cause of planning as well as preserving the integrity of ones governing bodies.

Areas to fight that should be considered are areas that directly secure rights in critical ways. Fighting fraud, waste and abuse has little to no value to maintain rights. Some areas to consider:

  • Preventing the confiscation of personal property, most importantly in areas of defense and food production.

  • Maintaining control over issues that directly effect ones health, such as being required to take vaccines or other medications.

  • Issues that involve one being secure within their home, such as required evacuations.

  • Direct attacks against the rights of an individual within your community.

Educating others on the issues and on the importance of rights will strengthen your coalitions and is of value.

 

Community Action Plan

No man is an island, and many people are needed to secure America with communities coming together to solve community issues. Communities are ideally geographically close but need not be. The goal of implementing a Community Action Plan is to have a way for a community to manage local emergencies and to insulate itself from the effects of negative external influences until a sense of normalcy returns. Community Action Plans are not intended to create compounds that are cut off from the rest of the world but to have a way for the community to self-provide for critical needs at any time.

Community plans are best fulfilled when relying on existing infrastructure as much as possible and then supplementing it and provide sustainable alternatives when necessary. Each community must determine the best course of action for themselves as they will be different from others, no one plan will be best for all.

Some areas that need to be considered are:

Community Building

The first step to having a community is to build one. Learn who your neighbors are, meet them, share your concerns, address what matters to them, share your commitment with them, hold a community event, socialize and discuss issues. Repeat as beneficial. Communities should be open and friendly groups and not be cliques. Find ways to have fun and make community progress.

Community Service

Create teams to help those within your community who are in need so they can reach their full potential. Many communities already have outreach groups, some can be found here: http://community-outreach.meetup.com.

alert flashing iconResponse  To Local Emergencies

A community must learn to deal with local emergencies which will vary based on geographical region. Communities should form teams to deal with emergencies, this may best be organized by volunteering to be in a “Community Emergency Response Team” (CERT) as part of the “Citizen Corps” which is “FEMA’s grassroots strategy to bring together government and community leaders to involve citizens in all-hazards emergency preparedness and resilience.” See: http://www.citizencorps.gov/cert/

Using the CERT system will help provide legitimacy to your organizational efforts, will help put you in a better position during emergency situations and will allow you to find like-minded people. If authorities provide resistance to planning find alternate ways to make progress without CERTs.

Emergency plans should include means of local fire protection and assure roads can be cleared of obstructions for emergency vehicles.

Volunteer Defense

Organized protection is critical for survival but limited resources and the possibility of subversive leadership makes is necessary for communities to develop their own plans that can supplement existing defensive measures. Care must be exercised however since un-necessary militant plans can be targets for media criticism and/or legal action.

Any form of defense group, regardless of the degree they are armed, must be decentralized with limited leadership visibility to prevent creating targets from co-opted authorities that have non-community serving agendas. Volunteers should organize and train in small groups where each person knows and trusts the others. For personal safety reasons, no one  should identify themselves as being a part of a local armed defense but they should have communications lines with other like-minded people. The goal is to create a hidden but strong network that has no centralized points to attack. Groups should not have names. Volunteers could consider switching groups from time-to-time to share ideas. Individuals will always have a free-will to act on any potential threat or not.

The Appleseed Project is a group designed to help train citizens for volunteer defense in the American tradition: http://appleseedinfo.org. The Oath Keepers organization is a group designed to support the military, veterans and peace officers in their fulfillment of their swore oaths of defending citizens over unconstitutional orders: http://oathkeepers.org.

Community Communications

It is important that your community develop ways to keep in contact within the community and with surrounding communities. Developing systems that rely on existing infrastructure is OK but having methods that are totally self-reliant is a must. These communication systems can be used immediately for any purpose desired.

Methods that rely on existing infrastructure:

  • Phone trees.

  • Cell text message blasts.

  • E-mail / web based communication systems.

Methods that are totally self-reliant:

  • FRS, GMRS, CB and ham radios – useful for mobile point-to-point communications within the community and with neighboring communities.

  • Sirens / bells- useful to alert a community of an emergency.

  • Community print media such as printing presses – useful for spreading news.

  • Community meetings – needed to maintain direction.

Community Decision Making

Sometimes communities need to come together and make decisions. To do this, communities need a place to meet and a method to conduct dialog to reach decisions. Consider the use of Roberts Rules of Order for such dialog for large community meetings. Decisions are not a means to justify taking from others or using force against people who disagree but to build coalitions to new ideas.

Healthcare / Medical Emergency Management

Efforts must be made to manage healthcare and medical issues, some items to consider are:

  • Find current experts and facilities in your community.

  • Train new people in areas of need as possible.

  • Identify new potential care facilities, should they be needed.

  • Stock facilities as possible.

Conflict Arbitration

Communities need a way to resolve disputes so some system must be devised. Arbitration systems rely upon the consent of all parties involved and typically, if an individual within the community does not wish to honor the arbitration system, they will forfeit the support they receive as being a part of the community. A properly developed community dispute resolution system can provide value once a sense of community has developed. Caution must be used with arbitration systems to not engage in the use of force to resolve conflict as such systems are often the targets of legal action themselves.

Supply Chains

It is very impractical for a family to be totally self-stocked with supplies, thus having the community find ways to help provide for or supplement essentials supplies is important. Some areas to consider are:

  • Food supply – find area farmers and work out plans to help them in exchange for food. Develop plans to safely get food from a farm to the market.  Support the development of new local farms. Consider native edible plants, with proper instruction.

  • Water supply – identify best sources of water such as rivers, creeks and wells, also consider the best areas for rain water collection. Stock water storage containers. Assure supplies can be secured as best possible.

  • Energy supply – consider the use of bicycles and other means for local transportation. Investigate solar and other options when there is a critical need for power.

  • Waste management – find ways to deal with local waste. Investigate composting and reuse centers.

Construction / Structure Repairs

A community can face issues that call for building construction and repairs, so finding ways to deal with construction projects is important. Some things to consider:

  • Stock hand and other tools.

  • Stock building supplies as possible, particularly items needed for roof repairs.

  • Identify areas to acquire natural goods that can be used for building materials.

  • Acquire construction how-to books based on tools and supplies that will be available.

Commerce

If a crisis has some longevity, a community can consider developing standards for a new means of trade. Possible actions include:

  • Identify items that could serve as an anchor for commerce such as: precious metals, grains, rice, beans, sugar, salt and more.

  • Develop ways to add integrity into the system by assuring the value / authenticity of commerce items.

Education

Continuing education systems helps to develop the community and maintains a sense of stability. Some things to consider:

  • Collect and save text books, teaching materials and other supplies.

  • Find home school families, teachers and private schools in the community to learn from and build around.

  • Cultivate new teaching talent.

  • Encourage and support schooling that can be maintained by the community without assistance.

  • Identity potential small / private school facilities within your community and see that they get supplied should they be needed.

Spiritual / Worship

Work to assure there can be a continuity of spiritual worship within your community.

Wise Council

Most communities have individuals that have a wealth of life experiences and studies that allow them to provide insight to solutions of issues. Identity these individuals and listen to what they have to say.

Posted by Sandra Crosnoe for Finding Gems & Sharing Them

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Survival and Preparedness on a Practical Level — Setting Priorities for You and Your Family

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I am preparing to do a series of posts on survival and preparedness tips. In getting ready to do that series, I asked a couple of friends what the order of priorities should be on these posts. We differ a bit on that and I wanted to ask you to make your own list and discuss with your own family and set your own priorities for the days ahead. What you believe will in fact change how you live!

One of the most important events in my spiritual growth was my awakening about the Sabbath. If you work to order your week so that you can rest on the Sabbath, I maintain that you will come closer to being where you should be when you should be there. Have you ever seen an accident on the highway and been aware that had your timing changed just a little that could have been you? I believe that our heavenly Father cares about the details in our lives; I also believe that He is most fully aware of our difficulty in hearing clearly amidst the noise of life! Nevertheless, the still small voice keeps breaking through especially as we listen carefully, stay in the word, and practice doing things the way He says to.

Here is Clint’s list of priorities:

  1. Spiritual 
  2. Location
  3. Shelter 
  4. Water
  5. Food
  6. Sanitation
  7. Protection
  8. Clothing and Footwear
  9. Medical and Dental
  10. Storage
  11. Distribution
  12. Others
  13. Mindset
  14. Procurement
  15. Health
  16. Energy

[Clint’s comment on priorities:  All of these categories are important.  For now I would say that the spiritual and location are the most important.  If one does not have the help of the Lord Jesus, then most likely they will not survive what is soon coming.  If they are not in the location he leads them to before certain events occur, most likely they will not survive.  See previous posts here on this website for more from Clint Young.]

Here is my list of priorities:

  1. Spiritual
  2. Trumpet – warning to others
  3. Community – network
  4. Energy (personal)
  5. Health
  6. Location – suggest multiple
  7. Shelter
  8. Water
  9. Food
  10. Sanitation
  11. Protection and Security measures
  12. Clothing and Footwear
  13. Medical and Dental
  14. Backup Electrical / Utilities
  15. Procurement and Barter Mechanisms (secondary ways to generate income)
  16. Storage
  17. Mindset – actually this one is tied to #1 and is ongoing and impacts all levels

My parents lived through the depression and taught me the value of saving and practical methods for multiplying income.  The Lord taught me early in my corporate career to get out of debt and live beneath my income rather than beyond it.  It may not have been enough but I tried to do that.  My parents were also givers of time and money.  I have tried to emulate that as well.  Much of my time has been given to politics of late and I have done what I could to wake up America.  Now we seem to be gaining on that front, but not fast enough to escape the judgement of the Lord for the wickedness afoot in the land.  I still hope and pray that we will wake up in time and turn from our wicked ways so that our heavenly Father may be pleased to hear our prayer and heal our land.  In the meantime, I believe we should prepare for some really difficult times because of our really lousy choices as a nation.  To that end, I will be sharing some practical tips here on this website.

I must tell you though that my situation is different from yours.  Noone can hear the Lord for another.  That requires a personal relationship.  May I encourage you that your first priority be to know Him and hear from Him and walk in His way.  I encourage you to be a student of His word and when you lack wisdom to ask.  He wants to be your Lord and walk with you and be your strong right hand in whatever lies ahead for you and your family.  You can trust Him because He is trustworthy!

Please make your list and have important conversations with your family and friends about the days ahead and how we can help one another and be the body of Christ in a hurting world.  Whatever you do, do not take the mark of the beast in your hand or forehead!  Enough said on that?!

What are your priorities?  Please pray and seek the Lord while He may be found!

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 

Philippians 4:8  (KJV)

 

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Time To Start Buying Food!!

The only sure thing about the future is that there is no sure thing. Storing food for your family is one of the most prudent actions you can take. No one knows what can or will affect the functioning of society or food distribution. With stored food, you eliminate the worry.

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