I'm a "communitarian prepper." I don't want to be unrealistically naive or optimistic, but ideally I'd like to prepare for an emergency or prolonged disaster / grid failure and have some resources to also share with some of my close neighbors. Collaboration and teamwork in a prolonged emergency is essential.last updated 3-25-2023
This website is a place where I (Wesley Fryer of Matthews, North Carolina) share ideas, resources, and reflections on being and becoming a "Communitarian Prepper."
I have a "slow hunch" we are living in a season of life and history in which we are called to become "Communitarian Preppers." While many (or most) preppers "incline toward individualism and competition," I believe we are called (for both practical and faith-based reasons) to prepare for emergencies and even catastrophes so that we can not only take care of our own families, but also help take care of our neighbors. For me, this is the essence of being a "communitarian prepper:" Building strong relationships among our neighbors and in our own community, and developing both our resource base and skill sets, so that we can better weather and survive the storms of life together through all the forms they might take.
We need to prepare to take care of ourselves, take care of our families, and take care of each other. (I wrote a bit more about this on our family learning blog.)
““Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.””
Videos and Video Playlists
Power Grid Failure?
Over 38,000 residents of Asheville, North Carolina lost municipal water service because of cold weather around Christmas this year. Some were still without clean water after the New Year. Are you ready for a residential water service interruption? I shared a post on our family learning blog with some ideas & reflections on January 2, 2023: "Residential Water Interruption: Are You Ready?"
A Wakelet of collected resources about power grid attacks in North Carolina (in Dec 2022) and elsewhere.
Webinar Recording (63 min)
Also available as an audio-only podcast on the Anchor channel, "Class with Doctor Fryer." Ask your Amazon Alexa or Google Home Smart speaker to "Play the latest episode of Class with Doctor Fryer" to listen to it!
In addition to these resources, I maintain a YouTube playlist for videos related to Communitarian Prepper topics.