It’s been almost 10 years since I first recognized the need to protect my family in case of an emergency. The one image I have stuck in my mind is, everyone walking across the George Washington Bridge on 911. People were covered in soot, tired and thirsty as they walked to safety. That day, I realized that the world has changed forever, and not for the better.
What use to be a “Fringe” concept has rolled over into mainstream society with overwhelming acceptance. No longer is the idea of self sustainability and preparedness a foreign concept to normal people like you and I.
I was recently visiting a friend of mine who owns a survival store here in Charlotte, NC. I watched dozens of people come through the door who never would have thought of prepping one, two years ago. I walked over and tried to offer some reassurance. Everyone that I spoke to said relatively the same thing, “The world is a crazy place”, I don’t feel safe any more” and my all-time favorite, “I just have that funny feeling like something is going to happen”
“Prepping is for Nut Jobs and Conspiracy Theorist!”
Wow, that statement can’t be any more false. I have had a small marketing company for several years and my wife is a travel agent (yes, they still have those). Although we now live in the middle of nowhere, we are both city dwellers, her from Houston and I from New Jersey. Needless to say we where the epitome of middle class white bread.
I love a good conspiracy theory, for entertainment that is. The day I start quoting the rambles of Alex Jones, please, lock me up.
What I want to convey is that, Preppers come from ALL walks of life, we only share ONE belief. The belief that we must take care of our own and not rely on anyone. We believe in self sufficiency and personal responsibility. Prepping does not discriminate nor does it care how much you earn. We are the ones who will remain standing when disaster strikes. We are the ones people will look to for help.
Welcome! The first step is making a conscience decision to explore, learn and take action. Since you have found and read this article, congratulations, you are now a prepper. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
Here is some advise.
- Don’t become overwhelmed
- Ask for advice
- Always research what you hear and read
- Be thrifty
- Don’t buy needless junk
- Don’t go in to debt
How to Get Started in Prepping
We have over a hundred great articles and tutorials on this site but what you need is a good prepper blueprint. Something that will break things down and prioritize it all for you.
My second book “The One Year Prepper Plan” is a twelve month plan to help you and your family get started in the RIGHT direction. I strongly suggest that you pick up a copy and READ IT. Books don’t do any good sitting on a shelf.
Do what is says! I have a great friend who is a prepper but hasn’t taken any steps to prepare. He can talk all day about prepping and survival but talk gets you nowhere. Don’t be like my friend.