Assistance Groups: You scratch my back I’ll scratch yours! Mutual Assistance Groups aka MAG’s are the epitome of this old saying with a lot more to boot. What are Mutual Assistance Groups, Mutual Assistance Associations or a host of other names? What can a MAG do for you or not. The term when searched on line brings up a bevy of entries, 2,980,000 on one search engine alone. That’s a lot of information to digest.
Mutual Assistance is a term used in many areas of living, our electric companies and other entities wishing to work together for reasons such as economic, efficiency and productivity often form these types of alliances. But wait, we are talking about personal preparing, what does a MAG have to do with us? The prepping community began talking about and forming MAG’s around 2010 and some probably much earlier, as many saw the handwriting on the wall in that if and when it all hits the fan, no one is an island as they say, no one person can do it all, can cover all the skills. It is a proven fact organized well; there is power and safety in numbers. So surviving and preparing folk embraced the concept of Mutual Assistance Groups. MAG’s come in all sizes and personalities, how do you sort it all out.
In essence to quote my guest this Sunday, Charley Hogwood, of Ready Go Prep ( Personal Readiness Education Programs) http://readygoprep.com/website/ a MAG a is “a group of like-minded individuals who pledge to assist each other in times of crisis.” The need or reasoning is pretty clear however this same reason creates a plethora of questions including who, what, when, where and how. The Other Side of a Preppers Path examines the MAG this Sunday. Lynna has tapped well known instructor and prepper, Charley Hogwood asking him to share his extensive knowledge on MAG’s. Charley recently posted a series of articles available at http://www.livingreadyonline.com/emergency-preparedness/ what-is-a-mutual-assistance-group regarding MAG’s. Rest your eyes and tune in to hear it straight from the horse’s mouth, hear the the questions you want to know.
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In previous episodes of the Homestead Honey Hour, I’ve talked about locating and developing your homestead as well as finding balance on said homestead. This time I’d like to take it a step further and share how to keep track of everything you have going. As we work towards a self-sufficient lifestyle the tendency is to incorporate more and more things that will that need attention into our daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly routines. For example, weaning oneself away from dependence on the grocery store means growing more and more of your own food and all that entails. It’s easy to get overwhelmed. Let’s talk about how to organize those yearly, seasonally, and monthly tasks as well as special projects so they neither sneak up on you, nor get overlooked. In the course of this show, I’ll also be discussing the importance of customizing what you do to suit your own unique set of circumstances. No two preppers or homesteaders are alike and neither are where and how they live. It doesn’t matter, if you prep or homestead from a suburban lot or on 200 acres in the middle of nowhere – everyone can benefit from better organization and management of their resources.
So join me, Renée, (also known as Michigansnowpony on youtube), as I share what this difficult year has taught me and how I am determined not to repeat it because I have developed and put together a Homestead Master Calendar to help me in 2014 and beyond. You too, can do this for your own homestead — I’ll tell you how!
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