One of the vital areas of Preparedness and survival that is becoming more discussed and refined, is the importance of building community support structures – especially as it relates to health and wellness. These preparedness communities are key to surviving and thriving during times of difficulty and peril. The July 2014 digital publication offers great training, tips, and encouragement that will help you connect and support your local preparedness movement, and learn skills that you will need for your health and safety.
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Communities have undergone a degradation of sorts in the last few decades. No longer is there connectivity between the local blacksmith and the miller. Gone are the small town doctors who would make house-calls. However, with our isolated, technologically dependent lifestyle and the advent of severe global change on the horizon it behooves us to take a closer look at developing a stronger sense of community once again.
The Transition Movement is a global resurgence of people seeking a tighter connected community in their areas with an emphasis on “reskilling” our society. In some Transition towns even the currency is localized. One approach to forming a more solid network between people would be by Sharing Your Skills and Knowledge with your community via 4H, Continuing Ed Classes and libraries. Another idea would be to gather together with like-minded folks to move toward Building Resilient Community through Skilled Practitioners.
Before you form a group, don’t forget there are at least 5 Tips for Developing Community and be sure to make plans for Finding a Qualified Survival Group Medic. Healthcare for a small group, whether in crisis or otherwise is vital. Just check out our focus feature of The Community Sick Room and see how important it is to be prepared to do care for our community when the systems in place may no longer be effective.
Since community is vital, but not the soul sum of the Issues of Practical Survival, we round out this July 2014 Digital Edition of PREPARE Magazine with some other great topics. The newest installment of the series: Apache Knife Fighting & Battle Tactic 9 entitled: Tumble Weed Comes to Turtle Island continues with the similes and vivid techniques to ground the action style of the warrior in your memory. Another option for self-defense fine-tuned with Martial Arts Practice. While one of our skilled authors offers an article for natural cures in the article: Getting Comfy with Comfrey. And since there have been an increase in this form of natural disaster, it’s important to remember Earthquake Do’s and Don’ts.
The devotional section entitled Preparing the Wrong Way can help you set your foundation for preparedness on firmer ground as life’s hurdles rise and things get more chaotic. Please also take a moment to stop by the Community Connections section that is always included in the digital issues and see if your area has a notice in it. With our virtual society and social media as the new norm, it’s always nice to find real-life connections. If you know of any free groups or activities in your area, please be sure to email us.
We hope you will enjoy this issue, but even more than that, we hope you will use PREPARE Magazine as a vehicle introduce others in your community and extended family to the peaceful and inclusive side of preparedness. One that wants to build and restore starting now.
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