What would you do if a disaster destroyed your prepping supplies? Or what would you do if you knew of someone who had lost theirs in a fire, hurricane or some other catastrophe?
Timothy French, my guest on DestinySurvival Radio this week has a clever and unique solution that offers answers to both questions. He’s the founder of ANTS, which stands for Americans Networking To Survive.
As a firefighter from North Carolina, Tim helped in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He saw an opportunity to make things better for Katrina victims and those like them in other disasters. The seeds for creating ANTS soon developed.
In a nutshell, ANTS is a network of preppers who are there to provide basic survival supplies for one another in times of calamity. The organization has grown beyond Tim’s expectations.
There’s no formal organization to ANTS. But some small informal groups called Colonies have formed in a few places.
Ants is based on the actions of individuals.Members form supply chains between members locally and nationally to relay supplies to any other Ants who need them. In a sense, it’s like helping a neighbor or family member in need.
ANTS isn’t meant to replace or compete with the work of government agencies or charities. It’s designed to be an efficient way to provide individuals with specifically requested supplies in the aftermath of a disaster.
Those supplies are put in 5-gallon buckets called Supply Pods. It’s suggested materials be categorized into pods for shelter, medical, food, and sanitation to name a few.
ANTS will never ask for money. Members participate as volunteers and may be as involved as they want to be.
A Web site (AmericansNetworkingToSurvive.org) is a useful tool online for those who sign up. That’s where members can find one another when needs arise.
If the Web goes down, ANTS has provisions for functioning in the absence of normal communications.
So many of us want to help one another in the aftermath of a disaster, such as the massive tornado that hit Joplin in May 2011. Why not channel that impulse to do good into ANTS?
Discover more about Americans Networking To Survive by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for June 30, 2011.