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Guest: Derek Haynie

You Can’t Go It Alone
My belief is that you and I are not prepared until our neighbors are prepared and that it is part of our responsibility to help guide them to doing so.  This is part of the concept of building a self-reliant “community” of which you are a part.  One problem is that it’s all too easy to just wait until a community is developed that you can then join.  What are you going to do if someone else does not get around to building one?

Rather than wait for someone else to develop the larger community getting prepared in his area, Derek Haynie was the one who stepped out to get things rolling.

Derek is a concerned citizen willing to make things happen.  We can all learn from his example: Why he did what he did, How he got started, What help he was able to enlist, What obstacles came up, What he’s done to over come them, etc.

One exceptional outgrowth of these efforts over the past couple of years is the establishment of a successfully expanding community farmers market and produce exchange.  He’s also developed a well-established ongoing monthly class series and other learning experiences that have involved hundreds of people developing readiness skills, survival capacity and positive interrelationships.

Derek Haynie is the vice president of a construction equipment manufacturer, overseeing global operations and distribution.  In this capacity, he has traveled throughout the U.S. and dozens of countries around the world.  . 
Derek is also a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) director and trainer, where he has developed a more localized approach to emergency response training and leadership.  He lives what he teaches and teaches what he lives.