I received a comment on my last blog post for the Self-Reliant Homestead which I thought was worthwhile opening up for input.
This reader writes:
Thank you for linking us to so many resources and fellow preppers willing to share their ideas! You and others that blog about survival offer a great and selfless service to humanity!
This thought led me somewhat off-topic... and I'd like to pick your brain a bit. I know you and Don have accepted that to be of utmost service you cannot be 100% private regarding your location, etc. But what do you suggest that we silent preppers do to discourage our well intentioned prepper friends from sharing the details of our prepared lifestyle/secluded homestead locale/etc.?
Admittedly, I am op-sec "paranoid" and tend to be a wee bit private. I think back to the privacy you afforded the guy that sold you the hay. No one had to tell you that it's not cool to blab about the guy's setup. I have been horrified to find that a fellow prepping friend has divulged details of our family's preps along with the ultra-secluded location of our homestead to mere acquaintances they deemed to be of similar mindset - this has happened a few times. And I've found out after meeting the acquaintance at a later time. Something like 'Oh, yeah. So-and-so told me about you. You live up such-and-such. They say you've got a nice setup, like guns, are right minding, been putting away food for what's coming.'
Any suggestions? Gentle hasn't worked so far. I feel the person's heart is in the right place but they are the prep type living in perpetual fear of TEOTWAWKI, so desperate of building community without regard to the liability of putting everything out there.
***And yes, I realize it's my OWN doing for sharing and planning with someone I obviously hadn't completely vetted. :( *** ?????
The concept of OpSec is a thorny one as well as an important one. Unfortunately it's also something my husband and I have blown by being so public out our interest in preparedness. Our only answer to that is we feel it's a God-given calling to share our concerns with others and urge them to prepare as well.
But this reader isn't public, he's private. So everyone, let him know your thoughts and advice -- it will benefit all of us!