Hey guys! My name is Greg, and I am a 40-something business professional and father of two who loves his family more than life itself. No different than you, I would gladly lay down my life for my babies, and would go to the ends of the earth to provide for them and protect them from harm.
I was twenty years old when my first child was born, so I was a young dad….a baby having a baby. I knew nothing about caring for the life of another. Shoot, I could barely provide for myself.
When my girlfriend and I got pregnant, I was going to school full time at the local community college and working a full time job at Kinko’s Copies trying to make ends meet. Needless to say, I was so focused on providing and surviving from day to day, that preparing for anything in the future was the furthest thing from my mind.
It took me seven years to graduate from college, but I finally did it. I graduated Cum Laude with a 3.89 GPA, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in both Economics and Political Science. After I graduated, I was accepted to law school and had big plans for the future, but as is so often the case, life had other plans.
I won’t bore you with the ups and downs and details of the next 15 years of my life that led me to where I am today, except to say that the older I get, the more I realize that being prepared means much more than just having some money hidden under the mattress, or stowed away in a savings account for a rainy day.
I had heard about “Doomsday Preppers” or “Survivalists” but those terms always conjured up negative connotations in my mind. I pictured a bunch of paranoid mountain men (and women) living off the land, eating what they killed and caught and stockpiling weapons as if they were part of some anti-government faction ready to burn down their compound and die for their cause. Man, I couldn’t have been more wrong.
With our ever changing political and economic climate, I began thinking long and hard about the world we live in. I’ll never forget driving to work and listening to the news on the radio the morning of 9/11 and thinking to myself “this could be the last day on Earth.”
Even after an event like that, the world eventually moved. Just like millions of other Americans, things went bak to normal and I too went on with my life.
It wasn’t until recently that I began thinking about “prepping.” Regardless of whether it will be a local event, or a more global catastrophe, I knew at a very high level that I would need a plan and I would need supplies. Things like food, water, a way to purify water, maybe a couple of weapons, and something of value to trade/barter for given that currency as we know it today will most likely be worthless.
But, I didn’t know where to start. How much water? What kind of food? What skills might I need to learn? How could I add value to a larger group, so they would take me and my family in? What about shelter? First aid supplies, medicine and antibiotics? What skills should I teach my kids? How will I protect them?
I had no clue!
And that my friends, is the reason for this website. Whether you are brand new to prepping and looking for some very basic answers on how to get started, or you are a seasoned survivalist looking to join another community and continue to grow and develop (and hopefully share your ideas and best practices), I hope you find what you are looking for here.
Your questions, comments, feedback and suggestions are always welcome. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to see you again soon.
All the best to you and your family,