One of our most active squadrons is in North Carolina. That’s why we reached out to Z16426 (a.k.a. Ken), who along with co-admins Marcus and Joel have organized a wide range of activities for members in the Tar Heel State.
XP001: Ken, we hear you guys are doing all kinds of great things for your local members to help them prepare for the big one. What kinds of activities is Z.E.R.T. organizing for your local squadron?
Z16426: We run a full schedule of meet and greets, all with focus on different skills, and range days. We try to do two events per month.
Topics have included: shooting drills/range time (stress drills and buddy tactics), medical, comms, patrolling and CQB, convoy operations as well as fighting from inside a vehicle, land-nav and map reading, combatives/hand-to-hand, bugout gear, water filtration, alternative power sources and even diplomacy/mediation.
We have even established our own check-in/comms/SOI protocols for "zombie" events to keep track of our NC personnel and to assist if needed in hurricanes, and snow/ice events, as well the recent COVid-19 event.
XP001: What motivates you guys to run these events?
Z16426: What motivates me and the other admins is not just maintaining and improving our own skill-sets/training/preps, but to help and teach other likeminded individuals and grow a community network. We want to be ready to assist each other in being prepared for whatever zombie (SHTF) events that may occur.
XP001: So, what’s in the pipeline for the rest of 2020?
Z16426: The COVID-10 lockdown has changed lots of things – including our NC squadron plans. Once the NC stay at home order is lifted, we plan to start up our un-official range days with a two-gun match.
Our cancelled May mock-bug-out will become our fall event, which we now plan to hold in September. This will cover a variety of topics/instructional blocks to be held over four days. We're also planning another, shorter mock bug-out event in January 2021; we do two of these events a year.