My goal is to try to make prepping more acceptable (as it should be!), help those just starting out, chronicle my prepping journey and hopefully provide some meaningful tools to the community.
I grew up in a children’s home on a working farm in Kentucky. It was here I learned to hunt, fish, camp and to love the outdoors. Living on a working farm and being a Boy Scout taught me to be prepared. Growing up in a home with 100 kids made it a necessity!
After High School, I joined the Navy, made Chief Petty Officer and retired after 20 years. Those 20 years in the Navy taught me to be prepared as well.
So, in a way, I’ve been “prepping” all my life. That said, I’m a relative newcomer to the prepping scene of today. While I did some prepping on a small-scale, a flood near me two years ago got me thinking more seriously about the subject. When the flood happened again last year and this time took out our Internet for a few days, I began prepping in earnest.
I have learned a tremendous amount in the first year! The most important thing I learned was just how unprepared for any disaster I was!
Like most beginner “preppers”, as some like to call us – and usually in a derogatory way -, I made the usual mistake of buying a lot of the wrong stuff. Oh, it will still come in handy, it’s just that I didn’t buy the right stuff first. After many months of research and buying more supplies, I finally came up with my own system. That experience is what led me to launch this website.
There are many prepping and survival websites out there and all of them are probably more professional than I. Still, I thought it might be useful to have a non-professional website on the subject. One where people didn’t feel intimidated by professional survivalist; one where people could relate to a “newbie” prepper like me.
One of the things I find so fascinating about the prepping of today is, a lot of it is common sense and things our grandparents used to do. Funny isn’t it? Back in our grandparents days it was perfectly normal (and in fact expected!) for people to prepare for hard times and disasters. Now, some people seem to want to use prepping as a way of marginalizing and even demonizing those who are doing what’s perfectly sensible. Of course the media doesn’t help when they take one extreme case and tar everyone with the same brush in the pursuit of ratings. So that became another reason for this website.
I’m currently retired and live in Scotland with my wife and three children.
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