Purpose Statement

To provide practical information relevant to a long-term emergency situation that

enables a person(s) greater self-sufficiency.Assumptions

  • A significant negative event has occurred
  • Electrical power is out where you are
  • Communication is minimal or non-existent which limits your knowledge of the extent of

              the event

  • Motorized transportation is inoperable or unfeasible
  • When the event occurs, your location cannot change other than by walking or bicycling
  • Personal safety may be jeopardized by armed citizens or groups

Planning

Make a plan that makes sense for you and your family. Decide on the important things

 and begin.

Network with your family, congregation, and like-minded neighbors. We are collectively

 smarter than our individual selves. Research for yourself. Go online and find expert advice.

 There is a lot of noise out there. Some people offering advice are self-serving. Pray for

 God’s discernment to guide you.

Community

NOTICE that you are reading this on your computer. Notice that in order to get further

 information you go onto the Internet. It is Urgent that you print out this and every other

 section NOW while you still have electricity. Get a 3 ring binder and place all important

 information by section into the binder. Do it NOW!

A survival community is ideally composed of people with different traits and skills. The traits

 and skills should be complementary. At the same time, the values and beliefs should be

 similar, so that the goals are aligned and there is harmony in the group. A community could

 be based at your current home if surrounded by like-minded neighbors, or a community

 could be established at another pre-established location by agreement of the members.

What skills are needed for a community to thrive?

  • Leadership
  • Organization
  • Security
  • Food Production
  • Food Preparation
  • Medical / Dental
  • Hard Skills

Leadership

Every society and community has a leadership structure. An organization’s leadership

 structure determines how workflow, accountability and authority work together. Leadership

 can rest with a single individual or multiple persons, such as a committee or board.

A hierarchy is a logical organizational structure in which power belongs to the position rather

 than the individual. Absolute leadership, on the other hand, gives total control over to one

 person whose decision is final.

A survival community needs to have clearly defined leadership and all within the

 community must agree at the time of formation.

A survival community, at the very minimum, should be composed of 6 able-bodied adults. 6

 families is too much to put under one roof. A survival group can exist in multiple houses, if

 the houses are relatively close together.

Group Category

The group category identifies the support structure an individual plans on having during a

 grid down situation. While more people increase the chances of survival, there may also be

conflicting views and objectives within a large group of people.

  1. Lone Wolf – Is an individual that decides to survive on their own, without the immediate

     support of others. The lone wolf can go undetected, and will be seen as less of a threat

     if they come in contact with other individuals. The lone wolf is susceptible to external

     threats due to the lack of security while sleeping.
  2. Immediate Family Group – Restricts their group size to their immediate family members

     (spouse, children, and pets). Depending on the size and age of the immediate family

     members, this group may have the resources to conduct proper security procedures. If

     the family is small, and consists of young children or older individuals, they may be

     restricted in multiple areas to include security, personal defense, heavy labor, and

     traveling long distances on foot.
  3. Extended Family Group – Generally follows the immediate family group, but includes

     more individuals. Extended family may improve a group’s chance of survival, but may

     also limit more independent members of a group. An example of this is: Bob (age 40),

     has two sons (ages 17 and 18). Bob’s immediate family is able to travel great distances

     on foot and each family member is able to carry their own supplies. In contrast, Bob’s

     sister Mary has two children (ages 3 and 18 months). Mary and her children are likely

     to slow Bob and his boys down, if they had to rapidly leave an area on foot. While

     Mary’s situation is improved, Bob’s is not.
  4. Mixed Group – Consists of multiple individuals and/or families. Responsibilities can

     be evenly distributed amongst group members. Security is usually improved and pre-

    disaster planning, training, and fellowship can be conducted. Leadership may be an

     issue, if not properly established before a grid down situation. While you would think

     you can count on members of the group, you cannot rely on them 100%. Additionally

    the Bob/Mary example still applies.

Community Mission Statement example:

See Appendix A

Community By-laws example:

See Appendix B

The examples above merely represent one perspective and are not necessarily a reflection

 or an endorsement of the presenter’s views.

Organization

Logistics – This person must be highly organized and disciplined. The stores of long-term
food, medical supplies, vitamins, tools, barter items, ammunition, gold & silver coins, fuel
storage, and more will be tracked in detail by this person.

Communication – This person will oversee the supply of batteries, hand communication devices, battery rechargers, and solar power. Ham radio equipment would be ideal.

Security

One team member should take the lead on self-defense. Ideally this person has vast

knowledge and skills with firearms, and is able to teach firearms safety and usage. This

 person will need to manage and oversee the security watches and defense preparations of

the shelter. This person will also likely take the lead with hunting efforts.

Food Production

There are many berries, mushrooms, and edible plants that can be gathered. A person(s)

 with experience gathering foods that most would miss would be valuable. Each group

 should have one or more people with successful experience with large-scale gardening or

 farming. Animal raising skills are also very desirable.

Food Preparation

Preparing food for your survival community is very important. Pre-purchased food will only

 last so long and preparing non-traditional plants and meats to make them appealing will take a

 great deal of skill.

Preserving your food production is essential to a survival group. Having someone

 experienced with home canning, dehydrating foods, animal butchering, sausage making, and

 more are a great skill for a group.

Medical / Dental

The most ideal situation would be for one of the survival group members to be a physician or

 a nurse. At a minimum, someone needs advanced first-aid skills which would include treating

 burns and severe wounds. The medical role in your group will need to handle or stabilize

 trauma, deep cuts, broken bones, chronic illnesses that might exist in your group, infections,

 infectious waterborne diseases, food poisoning, and the annual flu/cold. The medical role

 will manage the medical supplies inventory and establish standard for cleanliness and

 sanitation.

Hard Skills

Energy Production – At a minimum, your survival group will need to obtain, split and store firewood. Perhaps a group member has skills in solar energy.

Construction Skills – You may need to maintain and repair your shelter. Being on the move and making a temporary shelters will be much easier for someone with the right skills.

Shared Roles and Responsibilities

The following are roles, duties and responsibilities that should be shared across the whole survival group.

  1. Meal Preparation – This duty should be shared, although a few members might cook more often due to having skills and interest
  2. Cleaning and Sanitation – Everyone should have responsibilities for keeping themselves and the shelter clean and disease free.
  3. Water Purification – This is an important daily responsibility that should be rotated. Another person should oversee the quality of water, since water is the most important component of any survival situation.
  4. Maintaining Security – Every able-bodied adult should take a security watch. Every able-bodied adult should be prepared to defend their shelter with firearms. Security is shift work. So having a mix of night owls and morning persons would be helpful. There should be check and balances to watch for someone falling asleep or being caught by surprise by an attacker.
  5. Lifting One Another’s Spirits – In a survival situation, it will be too easy to become depressed and despondent. Everyone will be under great stress. Children especially will be fearful. Everyone will occasionally have a down, bad day. The group must watch out for each other, and raise up the spirits of those having a bad day. Keeping everyone well rested, well fed, and surrounded with loving people goes a long way to keeping people in a good mind-set.
  6. Daily Chores – Every shelter will have a unique set of daily chores that need to be attended to. A home is never without work to do.

When you have a skills gap in your group, then use targeted learning or recruiting to gain those skills. Allocate time and funds for a group member to obtain training in a missing skill set. Once you have your survival group brought together into a cohesive organization, start cross training the skills. Never have a single point of failure. If the person with vital skill becomes ill or dies, the other group members should have enough knowledge to continue.

An effective survival group is composed of varying skills. Regardless of skills inventory, every member of the group will need to carry a heavy workload. Hard work and a team-oriented attitude are the keys to success. Lazy people need not apply to a survival group.

Appendix A

Enter Group Name

Title: Mission Statement

Document Identification Number: xxxxx

Date Ratified: Month, Date, Year

Author/s: xxxxx

Abstract: This document serves as the Group’s mission statement, and is organized by the following sections: I. Vision, II. Core Values, and III. Objectives.

I: Vision

  1. Vision Statement

The Enter Group Name, herein referred to as the group, is a mutual aid support network represented by a collection of like-minded individuals, which focuses on sustainable living, personal security, and assistance and support during the rebuilding processes, which may follow a natural or manmade disaster.

  1. Definitions

Mutual support is identified as assistance during times of emergencies, natural and manmade, and also includes possible collapse scenarios. Emergencies can range from local-isolated events, such as storms and other natural disasters, to state and national level events affecting all forms of personal well-being and recovery efforts.

  1. Assistance

During localized events, group members are encouraged to assist other members in time of need, by providing supplies, transportation, and/or manual labor. During large scale events, the community may become activated, and group members are encouraged to make their way to the retreat. The group may be activated for any of the following reasons:

  1. Loss of main electrical power for any time duration
  2. Loss of fire and medical department services
  3. Loss of food and water delivery, treatment, and distribution services
  4. Unsafe living conditions, due to environmental spill
  5. Unstable neighborhood / environment due to social unrest
  6. Local or regional disaster causing one or more of the above

II. Core Values

  1. Moral and Ethical Code
    • Honesty
    • Integrity
    • Loyalty
    • Compassion
    • Self-Sufficiency
    • Discipline
  1. Common Group Values

    • The Bible is the guiding document.
    • Racism is prohibited.
    • No stealing, cheating, lying, or putting the group or another member in physical danger.
    • No anti-government or militia activities, views, or sentiment will be held by the

       group or any group member.
  1. Individual Values

    • Honest, open, and trustworthy in all their relationships.
    • Reliable and consistent in the conduct of assignments and responsibilities, always doing what is right rather than expedient.
    • Objective, constructive, and responsive in all work and duties performed.
    • Truthful, complete, and accurate in what they say, do, and write.
    • Accountable for what they do and choose not to do.
    • Respectful of the work of others, giving due credit, and refraining from criticism of

       them unless warranted.
    • Free from affiliation with others or with activities that would compromise them,

       other members, or the group.
    • Respectful of guidelines and/or recommendations issued by the group

       leadership committee and/or team committee.
  1. Disclosure

All group members must agree to Core Values. Violations of any rule, code, or Operational

 Security (OPSEC) violation may result in a group member being removed from the group.

 This policy also extends to immediate family members.

III. Objectives

The group and its members will strive to create a self-sufficient community, agree to common group and individual values, and will assist others [non-group members] as the situation allows. Group objectives include:

  • Every member is responsible for their personal welfare, and the welfare of other group

     members
  • Creating a long-term self-support system, able to survive and thrive, cut-off from

     civilization for a period of one or more years
  • Fostering an environment that can withstand any number of emergency and disaster

     scenarios
  • Self-sufficiency, through gardening, livestock, and survival skills
  • Support network, which may also be extended to non-group members
  • Community outreach and assistance
  • Accepts and agrees to the Bylaws, and guidance issued by the Leadership

     Committee

Revision History

Date Ratified: Month, Date, Year

Date Revised: None

Appendix B

Enter Group Name

Title: Enter Group Name Bylaws

Document Identification Number: xxxxx

Date Ratified: Month, Date, Year

Author/s: xxxxx

Abstract: This document serves as the Community’s Bylaws and establishes leadership hierarchy, organizational structure, and rules for the officers, teams, and community members.

Article I: Name

The name of this organization shall be the Enter Group Name.

Article II: Purpose

The Enter Group Name is a mutual-aid support network, represented by a collection of like-minded individuals, which focuses on sustainable living, emergency assistance, and relief support. The community primarily believes in:

  • The Bible as the guiding document
  • Self-sustainable living, through gathering, hunting, farming and livestock
  • Sustainable living, through alternative energy systems
  • A consolidated community, centered around mutual aid and common values

Article III: Membership

  1. Membership Process
  2. The community shall follow a strict recruitment process, which screens candidates to

     ensure they are law abiding, responsible, and their membership improves the overall

     community.
  3. Current members are encouraged to recommend friends and family that they feel will

     add to the community. The recommended individuals shall meet all membership

     requirements.
  4. Candidates shall sign legal documentation, that:

    1. Releases the community, landowner, and LLC from liability.
    2. Acknowledges the community’s By-Laws.
    3. Acknowledges the importance of Operational Security.
  5. Candidates shall meet the minimum required items list, or have the ability to acquire

    items in a timely manner.
  6. Candidates shall agree to an inspection of all preparedness items, by an assigned

    community member, and the inspection shall occur with both parties present.
  7. Candidates shall agree to telephonic interviews and in person meetings with the

     leadership committee or assigned personnel.
  8. Candidates shall be able to meet financial requirements.
  9. Candidates shall complete a skills assessment.
  10. Privileges and Responsibilities of Membership
  11. Types of Community Members

    1. Leadership Committee Members
    2. General Members
    3. Associate Members
  12. Voting

    1. Leadership Committee and General Members are allowed voting rights to

       motions or other topics up for vote, which are identified by the Leadership

       Committee or team leads. One vote is authorized for each household.
    2. Associate Members are not allowed voting rights.
  13. Participation and Responsibilities

    1. Leadership Committee and General Members are required to be present during

      work days at the community. Pre-arrangements can be made with an officer or

       team member if a member is unable to attend a work day. Failure to participate may

       result in removal from the community. Associate Members are encouraged to

       participate during work days; although it is not mandatory.
    2. All capable members are required to be part of teams, but shall not be allowed to

      be a member of more than two teams. However, this rule will only be enforced after

       the targeted membership goals are reached.
    3. Leadership Committee and General Members shall ensure that their required

      items are kept up to date, and any purchasing plans or guidance are followed

      . Associate Members are encouraged to follow the required items guidance, and

       may only become full members after they meet all requirements.
    4. Leadership Committee and General Members are required to ensure food

       requirements meet mandatory levels, and that they can demonstrate they have the

       appropriate amount of food stores. Associate Members are encouraged to

      follow the food requirements
    5. Leadership Committee and General Members are responsible for ensuring they

       meet all community requirements, follow all property rules, financial obligations, and

       shall comply with the standard operating procedures (SOP). Associate members

       shall not be required to meet financial obligations.
    6. If an Associate Member requests full membership, they shall meet all above

       milestones.
  14. Operational Security (OPSEC)

    1. All members shall agree to Operational Security or confidentiality of the

       community, to include the location, names of other community members, types and

       quantities of items stored at the community, and security details.
    2. Failure to comply with OPSEC may result in removal from the community.
    3. Members shall communicate using approved methods only.
  15. Removal Process
  16. Member’s Choice Removal

    1. Any member, at any time, can decide to leave the community. In doing so they

       agree to continue to be bound by the confidentiality of the community, to include

       the location, names of other community members, types and quantities of items

       stored at the community, and security details.
  17. Community Directed Removal

    1. The leadership committee may issue a general warning to all community members,

      or a specific individual, if a violation occurs, or if individuals are not following

       community mandated rules, not attending meetings or community events, and do

       not meet equipment standards.
    2. A direct warning may be issued to an individual, via telephone, email, or in person.

       This conversation is considered a counseling session, and shall include guidance

       and a timeline for completion or remedy.
    3. Repeated offenses or failure to comply with guidance may result in removal from

       the community.
    4. The Leadership Committee has the authority to remove a member from the

       community at any time, and requires a simple majority. This shall include

       Leadership Committee members, General Members, and Associate Members.
  18. Personal Property, Community Purchased Items, and Improvements

    1. Members are allowed to take their personal property, provisions, and living

       accommodations if staged at a consolidated location.
    2. Items purchased through community dues, rent, other forms of revenue, and

       community purchases remain the property of the community.
    3. Improvements made to the land, at the expense of the family or individual leaving

       the community, remain at the community location. This may include materials used

       in construction.
    4. Following activation, members that decide to leave are allowed to take as many of

       their personal items with them as their transportation allows, but may not return to

       the community due to security concerns.

 

Article IV: Officers

The Enter Group Name is managed by a collection of individuals which belong to the

 Leadership Committee. The Leadership Committee shall provide command and control

over community members and functions. Officers are initially appointed by the LLC

 Board of Supervisors or founding members, and may not be voted out of office by

 General Members. Officers are responsible for Team Leads, organizing and managing

 meetings and events, as well as other tasks identified by the LLC Board of Supervisors.

While there is an appointed Community Leader, each Leadership Committee member shall

 have equal voting rights, establishing a checks and balance system. Decisions and direction

 shall be made by a simple majority.

  1. Titles: The Enter Group Name shall have the following officers, which make up the

    Leadership Committee.
  2. Community Leader
  3. Deputy Community Leader
  4. Advisors
  5. Support Staff – Shall not be considered a voting member of the Leadership

     committee, unless the position is held by the Community Leader, Deputy Community

     Leader, or Advisor.

    1. Secretary
    2. Treasurer
    3. Public Relations
    4. Logistician

  6. Qualifications

    1. The initial Leadership Committee shall be identified by the LLC Board of

       Supervisors or founding members.
    2. Support Staff personnel will be identified by the Leadership Committee.
    3. Full Members may be promoted to Leadership Committee positions, if additional

       people are required.
  7. Duties of Officers
  8. The Community Leader is the voice of the community, and is responsible for the

     oversight of the Leadership Committee, Teams and Team Leads, and Support

     Staff. The Community Leader shall be an ex-officio member of all teams and/or

     committees. The Community Leader is responsible for decisions in times of conflict,

     but may extend this authority to a different Leadership Committee member.
  9. The Deputy Leader shall act in the absence of the Community leader in all capacities

     as listed above, and shall assist in conducting the business of the community. Likewise,

     the Deputy Leader shall be an ex-officio member of all teams and/or committees.
  10. Advisors shall provide input into the decision making process, and should assist the

     Community Leader and Deputy Leader in the day to day management of the

     community. Individual roles and responsibilities will be issued on a personal basis, and

     shall be identified by the Community Leader.
  11. The Secretary shall keep track of meeting minutes, and shall ensure all

     documentations are up to date and accurate.
  12. The Treasurer shall receive any dues or other fees associated with the community

     membership, which may include rent, bulk purchases, and any other monies from

     community membership.
  13. The Public Relations Officer shall be responsible for communication with the public,

     media, and outreach programs.
  14. The Logistician shall be responsible for ensuring the Leadership Committee and

     Teams have the necessary equipment and supplies, and shall provide the Treasurer

     with budgetary requirements.
  15. Terms of Office

    1. The first Community Leader shall be identified by the LLC Board of

       Supervisors or founding members.
    2. The Community Leader shall remain in-charge unless he/she is physically unable

       to, if he/she decides to step down, or if/when the position is on a rotation

       schedule.
    3. The Deputy Leader shall remain in the position unless he/she is physically

       unable to, if he/she decides to step down, or if/when the position is on a rotation

       schedule.
    4. Advisors shall remain in the position unless removed by a simple majority vote by

       the Leadership Committee.
    5. The Secretary, the Treasurer, and the Logistician shall remain in their positions

       until removed by the Leadership Committee. They may also step down from their

       position on their own free will.
  16. Vacancies and Removal

    1. A vacancy in the Community Leader position shall be filled by the Deputy

       Leader, or shall be filled by the next individual in the rotation, or shall be identified

       by majority vote.
    2. A vacancy in the Deputy Leader position shall be filled by the assignment of a

      new Deputy Leader, and will be appointed by the Community Leader, or shall be

       identified by majority vote if the Community Leader position also needs to be

       filled.
    3. Any officer may be removed by majority vote by the Leadership Committee, and

       must be approved by the LLC Board of Supervisors or founding members.

       General Members are not permitted to vote on the removal of an officer; however

       they may recommend to the Leadership Committee that the committee should

       consider the removal of one of the officers.

 

Article V: Teams

Teams are designed to be responsible for a set of interconnected areas, and are managed by Team Leads acting on the direction from the Leadership Committee. Team Leads are responsible for pre-planning and the day to day operations for the respected role.

  1. Team Titles:
    1. Security and Communications
    2. Healthcare
    3. Food Preparation and Preservation
    4. Farming and Gardening
    5. Construction, Maintenance, and Power
    6. Child Welfare, Education, and Morale
  2. Responsibilities

    1. Security and Communications shall be responsible for:
  3. Responsible for firearms safety and training
  4. Responsible for communication equipment, procedures, and maintenance
  5. Responsible for the community security plan
    1. Healthcare shall be responsible for:

      1. General healthcare for all community members
      2. Preventative healthcare
      3. Establishment of medical clinics
      4. Issuing medications
      5. Treatment of medical issues
      6. Medical supplies inventory
      7. Ensuring required medical equipment is located at the community
      8. Monitoring of hygiene facilities
    2. Food Preparation and Preservation shall be responsible for:

      1. Food storage inventory of all members

      2. Developing meal plans that ensure all members receive the appropriate

         amount of food
      3. Preparing meals from stored foods, produce, wild edibles, and wild game
      4. Identifying gaps in food storage
      5. Works with the Gardening, Food Collection, and Livestock team to fill food storage gaps
      6. Preserves food, to include dehydration and other preservation techniques

    3. Farming and Gardening shall be responsible for:

      1. Garden management, to include grounds and pest management
      2. Produce collection
      3. Livestock management, to include animal husbandry
      4. Wild edible management and collection
      5. Permaculture design and implementation
    4. Construction, Maintenance, and Power shall be responsible for:

      1. The construction of communal structures
      2. Maintenance of vehicles and structures, communal and personal
      3. Establishment of alternate energy systems
      4. Maintenance of generators or other energy producing systems
      5. Management and rationing of fuels
      6. Ensuring other Teams have their required resources
    5. Child Welfare, Education, and Morale shall be responsible for:

      1. Continued education of school aged individuals
      2. Teaching supplies for school aged children of all ages
      3. Activities for children and adults
    6. Team Leads
      1. Team Leads will be assigned for each team identified above, and will be

         appointed by the Leadership Committee.
      2. Team Leads shall have the authority to manage their team, through guidance

         issued by the Leadership Committee.
      3. Team Leads must assign deputies for their position; however a deputy may

         not be a deputy of another team.
      4. Leadership Committee members may be assigned for oversight of a Team,

         and/or appointed to Team Lead positions.
      5. Team Leads will be held accountable for their decisions, and may be

         removed from a leadership role at any time.
      6. Team leads remain in position, until they are asked to step down by the

         Leadership Committee, or if they no longer desire to fill a Team Lead role.
    7. Team Participation / Membership

      1. Individuals are encouraged to be part of teams, and may volunteer for a

         position.
      2. Team Leads are encouraged to recruit other members for their team.
      3. It is at the Team Lead’s and Leadership Committee’s discretion if an

         individual is allowed to join a team.
      4. Team Leads are not permitted to be a lead for more than one team, or a

         deputy for a different team; however they are allowed to be a general

         member of a different team.
      5. General Members shall not be a member of more than two teams.

 

Article VI: Meetings

  1. Scheduling
    1. Meeting schedules will be issued by the leadership committee, a minimum of one

       month in advance.
    2. All efforts will be made to ensure maximum participation.
    3. Ad-hoc meetings may be required; however if a member fails to be present during

       an ad-hoc meeting, they will not be held accountable.
    4. Team Leads shall ask for the Leadership Committee’s authorization to conduct a

       team meeting if team members are required to be present. If members are not

       required to be present, Team Leads may conduct ad-hoc meetings.
    5. If the members are asked to provide documentation, evidence, or have items in

       possession at the time of a meeting or event, they must comply with the request.

      This may include equipment inventories.

  2. Attendance

    1. Meetings may be telephonic, using an online video service such as Skype or

       Google Hangouts, in person, or a combination of all methods.
    2. Members shall attend required meetings, or provide in writing why they cannot

       attend a meeting to the Leadership Committee or Team Lead.
    3. Failure to attend meetings may result in removal from the community.

 

Article VII: Events and Work Days

  1. Scheduling

    1. Events and Work Day schedules will be issued by the Leadership Committee, a

       minimum of one month in advance.
    2. All efforts will be made to ensure maximum participation.
    3. Events and Workdays may include:
       
      1. Training events, to include first aid, firearms safety, and hunters education
      2. The construction of communal structures and infrastructure
      3. Alert calls which will include movement to the community
    4. Attendance

      1. Members are required to attend mandatory events and workdays, unless

        they have provided in writing why they cannot attend.
      2. Only one adult family member is required to attend a work day, however

         maximum participation is encouraged.
      3. Members, the age of 15 or older, are expected to contribute during work

        days if present.
      4. For some situations, members may conduct work days outside of the

         scheduled date, if coordination has been made between the Leadership

         Committee and/or Team Lead.
      5. Failure to attend three consecutive workdays or events may result in removal

        from the community.

 

Article VIII: Open Door Policy

Any member, at any time, can request to speak with the Leadership Committee, an

 individual member of the Leadership Committee, or the Community Leader, to address any

 issue. Complaints will be addressed within the Leadership Committee, and may result in

 conflict resolution, changes to the Bylaws, or the changed direction of the community.

 

Article IX: Conflict Resolution

Although it is expected that everyone should and would get along, there is a requirement to address any conflict, disagreement, or violation of the stated Bylaws. All conflicts, disagreements and Bylaw violations will result in two moderators being appointed to resolve the issue.

  1. Moderators

    1. Appointment of moderators is done by the Leadership Committee, and any

       adult group member may be called to be part of the moderation if they are not

       involved in the disagreement or conflict.
    2. Moderators must maintain objectivity and address the root cause of the

       disagreement or conflict.
  2. Member Conflict Resolution Process

     
    1. Conflicts and disagreements can be resolved openly with the entire community or

       with the disputing parties and the moderators; the choice is up to the involved

       parties.
    2. Open resolution is preferred for conflict and disagreements with the moderators

       taking the lead for the forum.
    3. If a resolution in the form of a compromise cannot be reached, then the

       moderators will reach a solution.
    4. The solution will be voted on by the Leadership Committee, including the parties

       involved in the disagreement. The vote must be a simple majority to impose the

       solution.

  3. Bylaws Violation

    1. Violation of the Bylaws by any member requires moderation by the Leadership

       Committee.
    2. The Leadership Committee will discuss the violation without the offender

      present and determine the gravity of the violation.
    3. Once the gravity of the violation is determined, then the accused may address the

       Leadership Committee to plead their case.
    4. Three categories for the gravity or severity of Bylaws violation are as follows:
       
      1. Extreme Severity

        1. Any physical harm or overt threat to another member
        2. Any theft of personal or community property
        3. Repeated moderate severity
      2. Moderate Severity
         
        1. Failure to perform assigned tasks on time and to standard
        2. Repeated slight severity
      3. Slight Severity

        1. Not being honest in a self-assessment or reporting false readiness

          levels
      4. Bylaws Resolution
         
        1. Following information identified during moderation and/or

          investigation, the Leadership Committee will determine a resolution for

           the issue.
        2. The Leadership Committee will then discuss appropriate courses of

           action to remedy the issue.
        3. The Leadership Committee may suspend membership status, or

           remove a member from the Community.

Article X: Minimum Required Items

All members are required to conduct a physical inventory of required items with the

 Leadership Committee or assigned personnel. In some cases, photographic or video

 examples may be provided in lieu of physical inspection.

  1. Food

    1. Each family, or individual, shall have a minimum supply of six months of food per

       family member. Each family, or individual, should strive to reach a one year goal.
  2. Water, Water Filtration, and Water Treatment
    1. Each family, or individual, shall have the ability to filter one gallon of water, per person, per day for consumption.
  3. Approved Living Accommodations

    1. Approved living accommodations include recreational vehicles (RV), modified

       utility trailers, and/or portable structures. A tent currently qualifies as an

       approved living accommodation, however a harder structure is recommended.
  4. Medications
  5. First Aid Supplies
     
    1. Each member shall have a Basic First Aid Kit, which adheres to the community’s

       equipment standards.
  6. Survival / Comfort Gear

    1. Each individual shall have one sleeping bag or wool blanket.
    2. Each adult member shall have one rugged / tactical / camping backpack, capable

      of hold three days of supplies.
  7. Clothing
  8. Work Tools and Equipment
  9. Communication Equipment
  10. Power
    1. Each family, or individual, shall have a battery plan, to include an adequate supply

       of rechargeable batteries. Sizes and quantities shall be determined by the type of

       electrical devices.
    2. Each family, or individual, shall have a means of charging rechargeable batteries,

       which may include small solar panels.
  11. Firearms and Ammunition

Article XII: Community

  1. Design
     
    1. Communal Structures

      1. Communal structures shall be established as the budget allows providing

        improved infrastructure for community members.
      2. There is not a requirement to build, create, or modify existing structures to

         achieve this task.
      3. Mobile structures may be used as communal structures.
      4. The Leadership Committee and the Construction, Maintenance, and

         Power team shall be responsible for the design of the community, and shall

         receive approval by the property owner.
    2. Individual / Family Lots

      1. Members are required to maintain and develop a lot, which will be assigned to

         them by the Leadership Committee.
    3. Gardening Lots
      1. A gardening lot shall be assigned to each family or individual, so that

         members are responsible for food production.
    4. Farming Lots
      1. The Gardening, Food Collection, and Livestock team shall be responsible

         for designing and maintaining a communal farming lot/s.
      2. Farming lots shall be used for large scale food production and/or raising

         livestock.
    5. Member’s Access

       
      1. Property Privileges

        1. Members shall be granted access to the community location, for a

           period up to seven (7) consecutive days at a time, and no more than 15

           days over a 30 day period, if the retreat is in a non-activated status.
        2. Following community activation, members shall be allowed to reside at

           the community location.
        3. Members are not permitted to bring non-member family members,

           friends, associates, or any other individual not part of the community

           unless the Leadership Committee has approved entrance.
        4. Members are allowed to pre-position supplies, equipment, and a mobile

           shelter at the community location, as approved by the Leadership

           Committee.

Article XIII: Community Activation

  1. Activation Policy

    1. Small Scale

      1. During a small scale disaster or conflict, the community may become activated

         to assist those in the disaster area.
      2. The Leadership Committee shall identify the appropriate response and

        commitment required for all community members.
      3. Any reasonable assistance shall be provided to community members that are

         affected by a natural disaster or similar scenario.
      4. If community required items are consumed during a small scale event, those

         supplies shall be restocked following the disaster by the family or individual.

         A time table will be established for compliance.
    2. Large Scale

       
      1. During a large scale disaster or collapse, the community will become activated.
      2. The Leadership Committee shall notify members of the activation; however

         members are encouraged to move to the retreat without notice.
      3. Members shall bring the required items not pre-positioned at the retreat.
      4. Coordination shall be made to assist members to move supplies and/or other

         equipment to the community; however it is the individual’s responsibility to

         ensure they make it to the retreat.
      5. Travel plans may be identified to assist movement to the retreat, or for

         security reasons.
    3. Bug-in Policy

       
      1. Members shall have the option to “Bug-in” at their residence for the

         duration of an event.
      2. If a family or individual decides to “Bug-in”, and then requires assistance to

         travel to the retreat location, community members shall make reasonable

         efforts to assist in the recovery of a family or individual; however assistance is

         at the discretion of the Leadership Committee.
    4. Consolidated Items Policy

      1. Required Items

        1. Required items pre-positioned at the community, shall be secured by

           the family or individual, by lock.
        2. Following activation, members that have arrived at the community will

           consolidate all items, and items will be inventoried and provided to the

           appropriate team for use, rationing, and/or consumption.
        3. Items belonging to individuals that have not traveled to the retreat shall

           remain under lock for a period of six months following activation. After

           the six month period, the locks will be cut, and items will be distributed to

           the appropriate team for community use; regardless if the item owners

           have arrived at the retreat. In other words, if something happens that

           you cannot make it to the retreat in 6 months, the items you stored will

           be distributed to those that did arrive.

Article XIV: Standard Operating Procedure

Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) documentation shall be adopted, and shall

 provide additional guidance to the community and community members.

Article XV: Amendments

These bylaws may be amended by the Leadership Committee, and all amendments must be approved by the LLC or founding members. The community members shall be notified of adopted bylaw amendments by the most feasible means. Community members may request amendments be made to the existing bylaws; however members are not allowed to vote on existing or new bylaws.

Revision History

Date Ratified: Month, Date, Year

Date Revised: None

Sources

BePrepared.com

REI.com

EndTimesReport.com

 

How to Survive Anything, Anywhere A Handbook of Survival Skills for Every Scenario and Environment – Chris McNab

How to Survive the End of the World as we Know it – James Wesley, Rawles

Wilderness Survival, second edition – Gregory J. Davenport

How to Overcome the Most Frightening Issues You Will Face This Century, Defender Publishing

Surviving and Thriving on the Land – Rebecca Laughton

 

 

Trusting in God For Provision & Protection

Think about this. When a lighting storm comes, it is by simply dwelling in the shelter of your

 home and abiding there that you are protected. Likewise;

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1

Did you know God provides a place, a secret place, for those who want to seek His protection?

It is an actual place of physical protection and safety. God tells us about it in Psalm 91

To abide in the shadow of the Almighty, we must first choose to dwell in the shelter of Him.

What does it mean to dwell in the shelter of Him?

In Psalm 91:1, God lists our part of dwelling before He even mentions the promises included in His part. That’s because our part has to come first.

Moving on to verse 2… I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!” Psalm 91:2

Notice that verse 2 starts with, “I will say …” As we have learned before, we must say the Scriptures out loud to benefit from their empowerment.

We are not told to simply think the Word. We are told to say the Word. For example, David, Joshua, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego spoke their faith out loud in dangerous situations.

Notice what begins to happen on the inside when you say,

“Lord… You are my refuge,

You are my fortress,

You are my Lord and my God! It is in

You that I put my total trust!”

The more we say it out loud, the more confident and bold we become in His protection. Just silently thinking that the Lord is our refuge is not enough. Power is only released when we say it out loud.

When we say it out loud and we mean it, we put ourselves inside of His shelter; in His secret place.

Notice that this verse uses the word my five times!

“Lord… You are my refuge,

You are my fortress,

You are my Lord and my God! It is in

You that I put my total trust!”

The reason we know we can trust, is that we know He is our refuge, our fortress. The bottom line is God Himself is our personal protection. WOW!

Have you ever thought about how to protect yourself from all the bad things that can happen?

God knows we can’t do it. Psalm 60:11 says: deliverance by man is in vain.

God has to be our FIRST refuge before the promises in Psalm 91 will work.

We can get a doctor’s checkup, double-check our car’s motor, tires, and brakes. We can fireproof our houses, and store up food for an emergency.

We can take every precaution possible, yet we still can’t do enough to protect ourselves from every potential danger .

I’m not saying that any of these precautions are wrong. But God has to be the one to whom we run first. He is the only one who can fully protect us.

Some people will try everything else first, and when all else fails… THEN they turn to God!

Maybe this is why God has called us His sheep. A sheep’s only protection is their shepherd. They don’t have sharp teeth, and they run very slowly.

I think God is saying, “I want you to see Me as your source  of I am your Shepherd.

He may use doctors, policemen, firemen, storm cellars, bank accounts, and so on to meet our specific needs, but our hearts have to run to Him first as our shepherd and our protector.

When trouble comes, He will choose the best method to bring about His protection.

Here’s a joke that makes my point…

It was flooding in California. As the flood waters were rising, a man was on the stoop of his house and another man in a row boat came by. The man in the row boat told the man on the stoop to get in and he’d save him. The man on the stoop said, no, he had faith in God and would wait for God to save him. The flood waters kept rising and the man had to go to the second floor of his house. A man in a motor boat came by and told the man in the house to get in because he had come to rescue him. The man in the house said no thank you. He had perfect faith in God and would wait for God to save him. The flood waters kept rising. Pretty soon they were up to the man’s roof and he got out on the roof. A helicopter then came by, lowered a rope and the pilot shouted down to the man on the house to climb up the rope ladder because the helicopter had come to rescue him. The man in the house wouldn’t do it. He told the pilot that he had faith in God and would wait for God to rescue him. The flood waters kept rising and the man in the house drowned. When he got to heaven, he asked God where he went wrong. He told God that he had perfect faith in Him, but God had let him drown. And God said, “What more do you want from me?” “I sent you two boats and a helicopter.”

Psalm 91 is powerful, and it works simply because it is the Word of God, alive and active. And when we speak it out loud we bring its power to life.

When I faced dying from leukemia, I choose to trust the Lord by proclaiming aloud:

I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.Psalm 118:17

The difference it makes when I proclaim my trust aloud is amazing.

When  I had pneumonia for the 12 time and couldn’t breathe, Jackie spoke out loud 40

 Scriptures to beat satan up with the REAL truth and within minutes my 105 fever was way down and I could breathe and get around again.

During WWII, sixty German aircraft strafed more than four hundred men who were pinned down on the sandy Dunkirk beaches with no place to take cover. The men shouted Psalm 91 at the top of their lungs as they were under this intense attack!

Although the men were repeatedly bombed and shot by machine guns, not one single man was hit. Every man left the beach without a scratch.

Psalm 91:3 illustrates God’s deliverance two ways.

For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence. Ps. 91:

Do you know how a hunter lays traps? He covers them with branches and waits for an animal to step into the trap. The trapper places them in very strategic locations, along habitual trails.

This is what the enemy does to us. Which is why he is called the trapper! He knows our habits.

Like an animal caught in a trap, we suffer through a slow, painful process. We don’t die instantly.

Satan knows exactly what will attract us, and he knows exactly what thought to put into our minds to lure us into his trap.

That is why Rabbi Sha’ul tells us in 2 Cor. 2:11 that we are “not [to be] ignorant of his schemes.”

Then he says: because the weapons we use to wage war are not worldly. On the contrary, they have God’s power for demolishing strongholds. We demolish argumentsand every arrogance that raises itself up against the knowledge of God; we take every thought captive and make it obey the Messiah. 2 Corinthians 10:4–5

God not only delivers us from satan’s snare but He also delivers us from the deadly

pestilence.

I always thought pestilence was something that attacked crops; bugs, locusts, grasshoppers, etc. But pestilence is an epidemic that hits people.”

These deadly diseases attack with the intent to kill. But God tells us in verse 3 that He will deliver us from these deadly diseases. Consider too that often traps are set that can mess with our mind.

Satan will put thoughts like this into your head to try to discourage you… If God wants us to walk in health, why did He create germs?”

God did in fact make everything good. Germs are nothing more than microscopic plants and animals that satan perverted and uses to spread disease.”

To close let’s remember Yeshua’s promises to us:

Let not your hearts be troubled… John 14:1

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in

 Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the

world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
John 3:16,17

If you confess with your mouth that Yeshua is Lord, and believe in your heart that God has

 raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the mouth confession is made unto

 salvation.

Romans: 10:9,10

So if you have never asked Yeshua into your life, let’s do so right now:

Yeshua, I confess that you are Lord and Savior. I believe in my heart that God raised you

 from the dead. I also recognize my need for your power to live this new life. By faith, I

 receive your gift of salvation and your Ruach haKodesh (Holy Spirit.)

Thank you for pardoning, healing and becoming my personal protector

 

 

   
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