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Posted: 3/25/2011 - 10 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: National Climate

What's happened and is still happening in Japan is tragic. We're looking at perhaps 20,000 dead and missing from the Tsunami itself, and then the untold long term illnesses and deaths to be attributed to the radiation eminating from the destroyed nuclear reactors at Fukushima.

These two events have created for the people of Japan a "refugee shock". There are now millions of people who have to seriously consider moving away from their town and homes to avoid being in close proximity to the radioactive fallout. This radiation is of special concern to children and pregnant mothers becuae so many of their fast growing cells are especially vulnerable to the negative effects of radiation.

My hope is that I can find a computer developer who is fluent in both Japanese and English to take the code here from Amerisafe and adapt it to the Japanese language. If anyone reading this blog knows of a Japanese programmer who would be willing to volunteer his/her services please have him/her contact me. I am based in Chicago, USA, and preferably I would like to work with a developer in the city, or at least based in the United States.

Along these lines, I also contacted the Information Office at the Japanese Consulate/Embassy in Chicago. I was told that my introductory email was being distributed throughout the office. I hope they get back to me, but I can understand why they wouldn't because I'm sure they are very busy, and new ideas and tools often sidelined when an organization (or individual) is under stress. However, if anyone reading this has influence over the Japanese Consulate, please also feel free to have them contact me.

A final thought: Our civilization is like a finely designed Swiss wristwatch. Every little gear and cog fills an essential role to the proper functioning of the timepiece, and if one little part is broken or out of alignment, the entire watch stops. Society is fragile. Human beings are fragile. But if we all can come together and make emergency plans, then we're designing safety and elasticity into the system. It will keep us from shattering.

Thank You,

Rich Seng

Founder of Amerisafe.org

 

Posted: 11/15/2010 - 10 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: National Climate

 

Hey XXX,

Again, great talking today. I know I made some bold claims about a sinister agenda in motion that is directed from an echelon above visible government. There are many examples I could point to, but I don't want to overwhelm you, life is busy enough, so I'll just point out one, for now.

Below is a link to a 7 part documentary that explains the phenomenon and effects of "chemtrails". Maybe in your life you've noticed the contrails that follow behind jets high in the sky. Normally these exhaust trails dissipate, but over the last 15 years or so now often times they don't. They linger in the sky and create a light haze.

The fine particles in these clouds eventually float down to the ground, and alarmingly, soil conservation botanist-scientists have been measuring increases in the PH levels of the ground soil over the last decade. Furthermore, the parts-per-million of toxic substances (specifically, Aluminum and Barium) across the board are on the rise and are exceeding EPA/FDA safety levels.

As the documentary explains, the aluminum and barium are most likely being used in a experiment to see if humans can curtail "global warming" by aerosoling the upper atmosphere with particles that reflect sunlight back into space.

These "tests" are being conducted without thought towards the consequences to plant life, the water table, and human health. Furthermore, it is a proven fact that aluminum is a neurotoxin linked to Alzheimers and other debilitating conditions, including infertility.

Furthermore, the documentary explores the relationship and forethought of Monsanto in patenting genetically modified seeds resistant to high-levels of aluminum in the soil. This is a good business strategy because as organic seeds produce smaller yields, farmers will be incentivized to paying a premium for the aluminum-resistant seeds.

Therefore not only is Monsanto positioned to benefit from a monopoly, but the unaccounted-for shadow-forces behind this spraying has a power to introduce hunger on a selective basis. This is known as the "weaponization" of food, or the controlling of populations through hunger.

And again, like I was saying earlier today, the issue of chemtrails is just one example of a larger agenda aimed of making us dumb & distracted, infertile, and sick unto death.

And again, this is connected to a larger thought that humans are irredeemable creatures plaguing the earth's environment and that steps (both overt and covert) must be taken to reduce the world's population.

I certainly have been at cocktail parties and clinked wine glasses with all sorts of intelligentsia who hypothesize on ways to reduce the world's population. Well, they can rest assured, it's happening right now, from the top to the bottom, from the sky to the soil.

I want you to know about this because as a member of the establishment press society is counting on you guys to be a watchdog against corruption. This issue relates to our food and water, and because not everyone can afford to enjoy non-gmo and pesticide-free food through Whole Foods and other "boutique" farms, it is a social justice issue as well.

But then again, the establishment media is in on it too (just like 9-11, and every other lie you guys are forced to repeat and amplify)... not you though... I think you're pretty darn cool and seeking awareness.

But I have hope in all of this. The loss of hope is the loss of imagination, and for me that's simply an impossibility.

Peace,

Rich

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-K9rXydMmfw&feature=related
Posted: 10/10/2010 - 9 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: National Climate

Greetings Matthew & Friends,



Earlier today I saw Matthew's interview with Project Camelot about making plans in the event of a social collapse. I recently launched a social-networking website for "Preppers" that connects people in the countryside with people living in the cities so that in the event of a disaster the people in the densely-populated areas may have a pre-arranged and welcome place to go.



The site is called Amerisafe.org. It is free to join and so far we have about 50 members. When people sign-up the give their approximate location, and then they fill out a questionnaire much like on a dating website so that people can find like-minded partners with which to buddy-up.



The site also allows users to blog, embed videos, create events and groups, and make friends with other preppers around the country.



Our mission is to create a buffer to any social shock that may come in the future. The more that people can safely move to the countryside in the event of social stress, the more likely we will hold onto our freedoms, and civilization.



Thanks you for your time, and let me know if you have any thoughts or questions.



Best,


Rich Seng


Chicago, IL

Posted: 10/9/2010 - 12 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]

I saw a man this morning on a neighborhood street of Chicago blatently toss a handful of litter on the ground. I walked up to him, picked up the trash, and asked him:

"Why did you do that?"

He replied, "That's why we have street cleaners."

"Well maybe we wouldn't need street cleaners if people weren't littering... ever think of that?"

He blew me off and walked away, but this got me to thinking about a similar mindset you can find at larger music venues in Chicago. But I am not talking about litter, I am talking about security.  Ever since 9-11, going to a large music venue in Chicago requires an intrusive pat-down search. I don't know how it is at sports areans, I never go to Bears or Bulls games, but at these music venues, it's gotten to the point where they now even have security guards stationed in the bathrooms.

And I know why they do it. They need to cover their lawsuit liability in case something happens. And they need to not only protect the patrons, they also want to keep hoodlums from trashing and graffiti-markering (tagging) the place.

The problem with all of this, like the litterbug from earlier, is that we're all slowing adopting this mindset that the individual is no longer responsible for his/her actions. The litterbig is no longer liable for taking care of his own trash, and the rock-show hoodlum is no longer responsible for his or her crimes (and weirdly enough, it almost seems like the hoodlum has license or permission to cause harm if the establishment did not instal security measures).

The weight then of all of this backwards thinking then falls on the government, or the businesses that are actually trying to build something, and in turn they raise our taxes and/or install security cameras every 50 feet.

Can you see how then as a society we are sliding down a slippery slope? The individual is poorly formed, is in rebellion, and is modeling trashy-living to the younger generation.

So my question to everyone is this: What's going to happen? How long can this go on? What caused this breakdown in the first place? And what can we do besides "prepping"? I have my own ideas but let's get a conversation going here first.

Thanks, Rich

 

Posted: 10/1/2010 - 9 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]

Last night I went on a date with a lovely woman born and raised on a 5-acre horse farm in a far-reaching suburb of Chicago. Our conversation on the phone leading up to the date was very interesting. We found that we shared a lot of common ground in how we viewed human formation and today's government. I told her a bit about this website, but honestly, she was neither interested nor impressed (and darn it, I want my websites to impress a lady).

The thing with her is that she believes one must transcend the notion of fear, a notion that she feels I rely on (and by extension, this website, and the "Prepper Community" in general). I tried to explain to her that I am motivated by a deep-seated desire to provide, to protect, and work towards waking people up, and to help them build the necessary communities now so that in a time of social stress (heaven forbid), people will be ready, and then, when it matters most, they won't fall into fear. I hate fear. I hate how it makes my stomach churn. I hate not having my basis covered... and that's why I'm building this website.

But does she have a point? Is there too much fear at play in the prepper community? Are some of us stuck in paranoia and pride? Are some of us even looking forward to a social collapse so that we can scoff at the unprepared?

One example she gave was that instead of using alarmist language to "wake people up", she felt quite simply it would be more effective to open an inner-city community garden that would connect people with the soil, and indirectly, these people would become "more preparred", and perhaps even able to teach these skills onto others. This way, no one is body-shocked, yet they learn something.

I see the value in this approach, but I only seeing it going so far. Plans need to be more deliberate, and people need to wake-up to the forces (both deliberately nefarious, and those simply emerging from indifferent economic principles & human nature) that are pushing-down on us, civilization, and our human freedoms.

Ironically (and this is the best part folks) she works at a commodities trading desk downtown in the financial district. She was hired because the trading firm where she works is anticipating increased demand in food and precious-metals trading. Her bosses are all "going long" on these items. Gold, she said, by some internal estimates is expected to hit $11,000 an ounce. My reply was that the more we feel "safe" in the purchase of gold, the more we are saying goodbye to our freedoms because only if society "slips and flips" will gold reach those amounts. In other words, we will be mourning the loss of our nation and our God-given freedoms if we ever see gold reach those amounts... and didn't the Bible warn of this??? To paraphrase the Book of Revelation: "Not even a bar of gold will buy a loaf of bread."

And again, that is why I am building this site. It's not about fear, it's about fear-mitigation. It's about creating a buffer to absorb the shock of a catastrophe or the slow erosion of society. I also want to say that personally I don't believe we are entering the END TIMES as described in the Bible. There have been many other severe tests in the past, and many people were convinced then that they were living in the end of days, but history marched on. No matter how bad things always got, the sun rose the next day.

While riding my bike home from our date I somehow starting comparing our current day-and-age with what happens to my cat in the 20 seconds before he ever throws-up. His chest heaves, his stomach undulates, he starts making this pecular noise in his throat, and he gags about 15 times before he actually throws up. In comparing this to our world's social climate, WWI was one of those gags, WWII was another one of those gags, and so was Vetnam. And right now, well,  I think we are gagging again. And yes, it is more intense than the last, but there are still 10 more gags to come that extend way beyond our lifetimes before whatever-the-big-one is, hits.

I hope to see her again, but we'll see. She became quite impatient with me as I would not accept her notion of reaching wholness through accepting and embracing darkness as the counterpoint to light. To her there is no centerpoint of truth, only Divine Oneness, where thoughts on good and bad are merely man-made illusions. In my discernement I feel that these words are like honey-coated poison-pills. They taste sweet, but they discombobulate you in the end. She had some good ideas, and fresh perspectives on things, but I'm sorry, I can't be passive. There's a good fight to be fought. We stand on the shoulders of many great people who came before us and sacrificed a lot so that more individuals today have a better chance at self-actualization. We owe it to them and that hope.

Okay. I am starting to rant. Thank you all for reading this. Please leave comments, and start spreading the word.

Best,

Rich Seng (Amerisafe Founder)

 

Posted: 9/23/2010 - 5 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: National Climate

Greetings Friends of Amerisafe,

I don't know the extent to which a network like this may already exist, but I think alongside the idea of city-folk and country-folk networking for the sake of disaster preparation, I think it would be a good endevour to try and network organic and pesticide-free food distribution. Certainly science is a good thing in helping raise yields, but the human body is so sensitive to foreign chemicals. We can't go on forever thinking that these chemicals and the manipulated genes in food will not have some effect on the population. But aside from that, again, we need to build out alternative food distribution networks, and this, I believe, would help create those pathways of familiarity and friendship that would be key to creating a robust Amerisafe network. Thoughts? ... and Thanks, Rich

Posted: 9/20/2010 - 7 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]

Dear Amerisafe Community,

Thank you for your patience with the technical difficulties we faced over the weekend. The hackers exploited a vulnerability with our server. We discovered that we were not targeted specifically as all of my colleagues who also use the same hosting company were also hacked.

The hack was a simple defacement, which means all they did was find a way to switch our homepage with their "splash page". No user data was accessed.

We are in the process of switching our server to a new company, but in the meantime you can use the features of Amerisafe without worry.

My only thought of caution, again, is how Iran was blamed for the hack . It seems like a propaganda ploy, but that is just my opinion, and it has nothing to do with Amerisafe and our privacy-security.

Thanks again, and please feel free to contact with me any questions and concerns.

Best,
Rich Seng

Posted: 9/18/2010 - 7 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]

Dear Friends of Amerisafe,

On Friday night at 7pm here in Chicago Amerisafe.org was hacked by a group called "Purgatory VX". They redirected the homepage to a splash-screen taking credit for their deed. They indicated that they were Iranian and Turkish.

Because these hackers took down not just Amerisafe, but all 8 of my websites, we know that they infiltrated Amerisafe at the level of my host provider. The name of that company here in Chicago is called mmhosting.com. My developer has been working all day to get to the bottom of this.

He discovered that none of our data was touched. Everything is still in place (but they could have deleted everything). All these hackers did was redirect the URL of our homepage to theirs. He also told me this morning that they hacked us at the VERY FOUNDATION of our server, which is pretty darn sophisticated.

We are going to review the security situation with MM Hosting on Monday. We are going to get to the bottom of this, and if they can't deliver a 5-Star excuse for why this happened (as well as deliver reasons for how this will never happen again) we are set to move our hosting to another company. I will keep everyone posted on this.

But back to the hacking itself... I can't speak definitively to their motives. It could be related to the mission of city-country networking we have with Amerisafe.org, or, it could be entirely unrelated and random (as a Google search of this crew produces thousands of hits). However, we do know that "Homeland Security's" definition of "terrorist" has evolved. The government is keeping more of a watchful eye on groups that identify themselves as "patriots". That may include us, but so far we are only 40 members deep. You'd think they'd want us to get to 400,000 members before they revealed their cards.

Another thing too that is interesting. The hackers take credit as being Iranian. This could be a set-up. For one, we do know that current cyber-security legislation gives the Department of Homeland Security (and their related sub-agencies, both overt and covert) complete and unimpeded access to the "back end" of any USA website anywhere. This might explain how these hackers drilled so deep into the servers of MM Hosting.

Second, an understanding of the current political climate plainly shows that there is a growing agenda for America to attack (in coordination with Israel's air force) Iran's developing nuclear power facilities. Therefore, it wouldn't surprise me if these sorts of hacks (where Iran is the boastful culprit) are being secretly being perpetrated by American and Israeli operatives who want to see America, in the words of Senator John McCain, "Bomb Bomb Bomb Bomb Bomb Iran". In other words, these hacks are propaganda to get Americans fuming mad at Iran and to make us want to attack them. So, maybe let's keep in mind the possibility that Amerisafe is simply one of many thousands of sites undergoing a low-level "false flag" attack, or griefing.

I am going to post this email on my blog too. Please send me your thoughts.

Best, Rich Seng

Posted: 9/16/2010 - 5 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]

About a month ago I contacted "The Survival Mom" to review Amerisafe. She was kind and wrote an encouaging bit. Here's the link:

:thesurvivalmom.com/2010/09/15/survivalmom-round-up-time/

 

Posted: 8/28/2010 - 12 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: National Climate

Below is an email exchange I had with a well-known blogger in the prepper community. She is concerned that many country-folk are not inclined to show hospitality to city folk in the event of a SHTF scenario....

[Friday, Aug 20, 2010]

Hello XXX,
 
I am contacting you because recently I launched a social networking website called Amerisafe.org that networks people living in the cities with people in the countryside so that if ever there is a social collapse (whether from man-made or natural causes) the people in the cities will have a safe and welcome place to go.

When users sign-up they fill out a profile which then helps them find like-minded individuals. The site also uses filters and geo-mapping to help people find partnering households at adequate "safety distances" from their homes.

The site is free and entirely volunteer-based, but the main goal is to help preserve lives and our freedoms in the face of any trials that may come.

The website still needs a population of users for its features to work. This will still take a little time, but if you could, please take a minute to review the site and if you like it please review it in your blog... and let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks, & Best,
Rich Seng
www.Amerisafe.org

 
[Her Reply]
Rich,
 
I'm interested in how you visualize this working out in reality.  I've read too many comments on blogs and forums that indicate people in the country see city people as a horde to mow down with their rifles.  If a family shows up at a homesteaders door without food, clothing, or any resources, other than Christian charity, what's in it for the homesteader?
 
Your site is taking a long time to load on my computer.  Maybe you've already answered these questions there.
 
XXX
 
[My Reply]

Hi XXXX,

Thanks for writing back.... and sorry about the site taking too long to load... I just spoke with my developer and he said it could be caused by a few things...for instance, because the site is using Google's free mapping API we are not a high-priority, or, Google could just be having a slowdown, or, so could my server of my host. Also, there is the chance that you haven't installed yet the highest version of Flash, which can also sometimes be a source of slow-downs. I hope though that this slow-down is just a one-off and won't be present in your future visits.

In answer to your question though about the hostilities people in the country might have for people flooding-in from the cities, well, this is EXACTLY why I made this site. It was in my prayers and flowing imagination that I thought this sort of network would help avert mistrust and conflict between city-folk and country-folk.

I mean, if we ever start turning our guns on each other we are really going to be miserable... and it would be so unnecessary too. The mission of Amerisafe is to build this network of hospitality and planning NOW so that if the you-know-what ever does hit the fan people will not panic and hence become desperate.

Another thing too... and I say this as a person living in the middle of Chicago... most of the people here are disconnected from the soil... from the land. We are here doing are own thing, and to our credit, we are contributing our part to what helps make America such a great nation. But people in the country... they are more rooted in the land... and this gives them a more natural spirituality... and more importantly... the "eyes to see." So, I guess what I'm saying is that people in the country who are making preparations have a noble calling to be sensitive to our blindness... and to extend hospitality and love...even when by most secular measures we don't deserve it. But if we can build that bridge now, while we still have time, all of us will be better off in the long run.

I hope this makes sense. And, I hope you find amerisafe newsworthy for your blog. It is pretty well-known (with a very cute illustration, btw). If you have any more thoughts or questions please let me know.

Best, & Thanks,
Rich
 

Posted: 8/28/2010 - 6 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: National Climate
Hello Readers,
In my efforts to populate this website I have been reaching out to some well-known bloogers in the Prepper community who might be willing to review it. I am learnning though that some Preppers are leery of people from the city. Here is one exchange that I thought I would share:
 
[My initial email, sent during the middle of August, 2010]
Hello XXXX,

In the spirit of preparedness, I recently launched a social networking website called Amerisafe.org that connects people living in the cities with people in the countryside so that if ever there is a social collapse (whether from man-made or natural causes) the people in the cities will have safe and welcome homes to go to.



When users sign-up they fill out a profile which then helps them find like-minded homestead partners. The site also uses search filters and geo-mapping to help people find partnering households at adequate "safety distances" from their homes.



The site is free and entirely volunteer-based, but the main goal is to help preserve lives and our freedoms in the face of any trials that may come.



The website still needs a population of users for its features to work. This will still take a little time, but if you could, please take a minute to review the site, and if you find it newsworthy, please help spread the word through your blog... also, let me know if you have any comments or questions.



Thanks, & Best,


Rich Seng
www.Amerisafe.org

 

[His Reply]

Rich:
I am "XXXXX", YYYY's other half. After touring your web site Let me say that it is a good idea HOWEVER.....I foresee real problems with the concept.
 
#1   It seems the entire burden of food, housing, defense(If it should come to that) are on the country folk.
#2  This will be an OPSEC nightmare for the country folk ,It is human nature after securing a safe haven in the sticks to tell your friends, co workers,ALL of your relatives were this "Safe haven" is ( I lived in Seattle for 32 years and it  would be hard not to educate everyone about having     a back up plan) If your unfamiliar with OPSEC it stands for Operational security.
#3  IF a person makes it out of the city after a disaster (Which I think it would be very unlikely unless they were able to foresee the problem and get out of Dodge early. Remember the freeways after Katrina?) they would encounter other refugees and  all of them would land at your                 door
#4  All of the things listed above not withstanding if you made it out how could leave without your girl/boy friend, your aunt or grandma your buddy at work? All with out making proper arraignments. this too is human nature.
 
Rich we have prepared for a disaster, You cant prepare for everything but we do what we can, As Christians we have stocked up on items for charity as this is one of the important commandments for the Christian religion and it is the right thing to do even if you are an atheist. But you cant take care of 10 to 100 extra people... and now there in your yard what do you do now????? 
The idea is good and you started this venture with the best intentions however I believe there is a road paved with them somewhere.
 

[My Response]

Hello XXXXX,

Thank you for taking the time to check out Amerisafe. I agree with many of your concerns, on both the levels of human-nature and logistics. Allow me though to try and field some of our concerns.

#1. When people sign up they indicate how much money they would be willing to contribute to supplies. So no, the burned of paying for everything is not supposed to land solely on the country-folk. Also, the amount a city-person is willing to contribute can be a factor a rural homestead considers in deciding with whom to buddy-up.

#2. I believe that as people sign-up it will catch-on and spread via word-of-mouth. You are right in that you can't have hoards of people heading to the same homestead. Instead, the people in the cities who do make plans need to spread the word to their urban neighbors to create their own Amerisafe partnerships. Everyone needs to know (and this is pretty obvious) that people need to take responsibility for their own contingency plans.

#3. Not all disasters will be instantaneous, and the ensuing social collapse could take several days, weeks, or months. We never will know until (or if) something happens. As for Hurricane Katrina, the weathermen was forecasting its hitting New Orleans 5 days in advance. That's plenty of time for the prepared to head to their partnering homesteads.

#4. Again, you have a good point about people bringing their entire clan to a homestead. But that is the whole point of making arrangements now... and making sure everyone is accounted for. If everyone in the city had a back-up plan think of how powerful that would be. Think of how that would bring us all together in cooperation, instead of under a spirit of panic and fear, where surely then the guns would come out. We can avoid American fighting Americans if we plan smartly now. And yes, this requires an extra effort on the part of the country folk... a heroic spirit of hospitality... but let that be your opportunity to most closely pattern your life after Jesus' commandments of feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and taking in the homeless. I mean, these trials that seem to be building on the horizon will be first and foremost tests of our fidelity.

I am glad you have the eyes to see. People in the city are wising up too, but many of them are disconnected from the soil and the countryside, which is your particular strength.... which is why we need you, but America is made of all of us, and we are a great nation because we have both cities and countryside. We work together now, so, let's just start building in-roads into area of disaster prep.

Thanks again for your thoughts, and please feel welcome to send me comments or ask me more questions. Please also feel welcome to voice your opinions and concerns over your blog. At the very least our discussion here may help some people connect.

Best, Rich Seng

Posted: 6/25/2010 - 5 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: National Climate

I just heard of this startling article on Alex Jones' infowars.com

It's speculative, but it speaks of worst case scenarios of mass evacuation in the gulf states in the event of a hurricane blowing inland the toxic fumes offgassing off of the oilspill...

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/22/AR2010062205391.html

Posted: 5/19/2010 - 5 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: National Climate

I just read this interesting article about how people on the west coast are spending tens of thousands of dolllars making plans for themselves and their families in case of a major disaster... interesting too how one of the persons intrviewed stresses that he doesn't want his prepping to become a self-fulfilling prophecy...

www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-bunkers-20100517,0,3723845.story


Posted: 5/2/2010 - 7 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]

Amerisafe.org is a social-networking "buddy system" that connects people in the cities with their neighbors in the countryside so that IF a natural or man-made disaster strikes our nation the people in the cities will have a safe and welcome place to go. Fear, desperation and lawlessness often accompany catastrophe, but so do great acts of courage and generosity, which for those who have "the eyes to see and the ears to hear”, this is an opportunity to extend hospitality and make plans now.

Amerisafe.org matches "country folk" with "city folk" much in the same way that dating websites suggest couples. When users sign-up they plot their approximate location on our mapping system. Next, they fill out a short questionnaire on their religious beliefs, ethnicity, educational background and skill set. These questions then help people locate potential partner-households around similar values, cultural experiences, and knowledge. However, screening based on these characteristics is entirely optional. We simply offer the option if it increases one's comfort level.  

Here is a screenshot of a typical household search. It shows all of the "matches" between 100 and 300 miles of the center-point (about 50 miles west of Chicago), and as you can see, the Religion, Education, Skill Level and Ethnicty filters are unchecked or "turned-off".

Once you find a person that you might get along with drop them a note and say hello. If the conversation leads to a "household partnership" it is up to both of you to make it as formal or as informal as you prefer. Furthermore, you can make no-commitment friendships with anyone, and this is a good idea as you might like to blog, post videos, create groups, and organize community events.

These features are designed to help people find safe and welcome places to go whether the disaster zone is local, or if it covers a large area, in which case people would need the help of homesteads located far away. Therefore, users are encouraged to create many different kinds of friendships so that the Amerisafe network is robust and elastic.

Many people already have an informal network of places to go to in case of an emergency. This is good, but just in case those back-up plans fail it is wise to build relationships with other households. Also, by creating a profile for your home, you are offering hope to a family that may one day need your hospitality. The spirit of generosity is a two-way street, and the harder the test that may befall society, the more we are going to need each other to preserve civility and virtue.

We hope that families will never have to call upon the hospitality of their partnering household, but just in case, it's good to have the peace of mind that comes from being prepared. 

And lastly, as the founder of Amerisafe, I give you my word that the information you divulge upon signing-up will not be used to betray, annoy, or harm you. I created this site because I believe in America's ideals of privacy, liberty, and virtuous enterprise. A social collapse, whether sudden or gradual, would severely test these values, but if we all come togther now we can build a shelter that will weather any storm.

Thank You,

Rich Seng