Bring back a sense of community to your neighborhood and perhaps connect with other preppers. Nextdoor is a resource that could be just what you need to help you do that.
I was contacted by a representative from Nextdoor.com. It’s a service that uses social media to connect neighbors in ways I’ll describe below.
Why Go Social With Neighborhoods?
By using a local social network in the here and now, you might meet up with others who are interested in prepping.
Some say living in towns and cities in times of trouble will give you certain advantages in the aftermath of disaster or collapse. For example, you can form neighborhood watch groups for safety and security.
That may not seem practical right now when one in three Americans today don’t know their neighbors by name, according to Pew Research. But Nextdoor.com is working to change that through its free service, which they say is easy to use.
Consider a couple of other tidbits.
- Social networks in a neighborhood lower crime, improve public health and raise test scores. (Robert Putnam, Harvard Professor and Author: Bowling Alone)
- Over 65% of all online adults use social networking sites. (Pew Research)
Nextdoor helps neighbors “get to know each other” and connect as a community. They’re working together with law enforcement and community groups.
According to Nextdoor, neighborhoods are turning to this new neighborhood social network for several other reasons, too.
- To communicate with neighbors
- Trade goods
- Borrow gardening tools
- Find lost pets
- Cut back on crime
- Respond to emergencies
Nextdoor’s social network is free and secure. It has a free emergency alert service that lets members send a mass email and text everyone within a neighborhood in the event of a flood, earthquake, tornado, or other disaster.
On the other hand…
What if a killer solar flare or EMP from an overhead nuke wipes out the means of communication we take for granted now? What if our electronic means of communication is no longer readily available? We should plan to survive without it, shouldn’t we?
Or is it better to ride the technology horse as long as possible and get the most out of it while we still can?
Nextdoor communities are user-driven.
Here’s how it works. Neighbors sign up for the service, verify their address, then invite individuals in their designated neighborhood to join.
Nextdoor communities are self-started. This has helped neighborhoods across the country…
- Create successful neighborhood watch groups
- Coordinate community meetings
- Work with local law enforcement
- Organize community events
- Find lost pets
- Find baby sitters
- Buy, sell and trade goods and left-over garden produce
Who is Nextdoor?
Nextdoor is described as a San Francisco based startup, founded in 2010 by internet veterans with deep experience in creating thriving online communities. They’ve been featured in such publications as USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, AARP, TIME, Forbes, FastCompany and others.
Find out if Nextdoor is the resource that can help you connect with other preppers by going to www.nextdoor.com.
Watch this introduction to Nextdoor.
An Important Update
I would never deliberately post something here that would jeopardize your personal security and safety. So I was dismayed to learn at the end of 2013 that this Nextdoor neighborhood website is funded in part by a company whose investors include the former head of the CIA. Are you disturbed by this? Or do you think it has any significance?
Check out the short video below to get a glimpse of people’s reaction to this news and draw your own conclusions.