Finding Community Prepping Resources

Jerry D Young

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My thoughts on finding area resources.


Google Maps/Google Earth

USGS Maps


Do not discount phone books, professional directories, Meet-up group information, business directories, and construction plans on file at local jurisdiction courthouses (especially commercial and government, as they will list things like springs and waterways that had to be diverted or dealt with in other ways to be able to do the construction, as well as things like storm sewers, infrastructure vaults, etc.) among many others.


Keep an eye out on local heavy construction projects for equipment, and construction support items (mobile/stationary toilets, water trucks and stationary tanks, lighting equipment, mobile signs with solar panels and batteries, etc.)


Try to frequent trade shows if they occur in your area. (Reno has bunches every year, of course.) Attend estate auctions and make contact and foster friendships (or at least friendly acquaintanceships) with auctioneers and estate planning attorneys. Foster the same kinds of relationships with local jurisdiction public and emergency service workers. Volunteer at hospitals, clinics, and other health service operations to learn who has what, who to see about things you cannot see, and maintenance people that know what kinds of and the quantities of useful items the facility keeps on hand.


Scout out local crafting groups, from knitting groups, quilters, and the newest that I have discovered, monthly fee workshops that have all kinds of hand tools all the way up to large bed CNC plasma cutters, CNC wood mills, welders, 3D printers capable of printing with not only plastic but ceramics and metals.


Talk to any Latter Day Saint church members to (gently) find out the status of the local stake preparedness stance.


Search the internet for specialty clubs such as boaters, flyers, off-roaders, hang-gliders, RVers, etc. Attend events and find out what you can.


If you have multi-story buildings in the areas, if you can gain access to the roof, video the area from there. If not, try to get visual access in all directions from the highest floor you can and video from there. Do the over-flight suggestion if you can. If you fly for business or pleasure, make sure you watch outside during takeoffs and landings and make note of features you will be able to see from altitude that are not obvious other ways. (You will not be able to video as electronics are restricted during takeoffs and landings.)


Have a public service band scanner and listen to not just police, fire, and ambulance calls, but city and county maintenance, business band operators, construction site communications, and anything and everything else you can find. Keep pen and paper handy, or a note program open on your computer, to take notes of interesting facts and tidbits of information you will hear. If you do not want to invest in a scanner, use an app to listen over the internet to the local repeaters and other systems.



Just my opinion.
 
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