Prepping Starts NOW!

start preppingPrepping: It’s not a Matter of IF, but WHEN

If you are anything like me, your family is your most valued treasure.  I would protect them at ANY cost…and that’s why I started prepping!

Imagine for a minute that your city has lost all basic utilities, the streets are impassible, gangs and marauders are roaming the streets looting, stealing, raping, and killing.  Emergency responders and law enforcement have been crippled and are unable or unwilling to respond.  Potable water is nearly impossible to find and if you want food, you will have to get it the old fashioned way, kill it and cook it.

You may think that this sounds like an apocalyptic Hollywood movie script, but it’s exactly what the citizens of New Orleans experienced in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in the fall of 2004.

Can you imagine if a crisis like that occurred and you were unable to provide basic necessities of life for yourself or your family?  Are you prepared and capable of leading your family through a disaster scenario?  Lets assume you had the foresight to store food and water and that your home was inhabitable; would you be able to protect it from would be bandits?

I Started Thinking Differently

. . . during a military deployment to Afghanistan, I would catch myself watching the crafty and quite capable people of one of the poorest nations on earth carve a life from nearly nothing in extremely inhospitable conditions each day like it was no big deal.  I thought to myself, “most Americans would be dead within a week” if they were forced to endure the conditions I witnessed in that small, war-torn country.

The Art of Self-Reliance

When I returned from deployment, my quest to practice the art of self-reliance was ignited and I began thinking about how fragile our economic and political structures really are, and how easily entire cities or regions could plunge into chaos; a major earthquake on the west coast, a hurricane on the east or gulf coast, massive tornadoes in the mid-west, a major economic recession or “Great Depression”, or a major terrorist attack on the scale of 9/11 are just a few of the possible scenarios that could cripple your ability to survive.

Cut from a Different Cloth

Friends and family used to poke fun at me and ask me why I wasted my time scheming about something that will probably never happen…until it did.  In 2011, southern California experienced a widespread power outage that left the entire southwest region of the country powerless (pun intended).  Estimates projected (we listened to our weather radio since internet and cable TV were out) at least 96 hours before power would be restored, but I wasn’t worried and neither was my family.  Why?  Because I had prepared a Bug Out Bag (basic 72-hour kit) for each member of the family to include a three-day supply of water and food!

The piece of mind I had just knowing that I was minimally prepared in that situation resulted in a life changing experience and was one of the main reasons I started prepping and eventually building this site. Don’t wait! Prepping starts NOW!

About the Author

Greg B. is the president of Survival Tactics NOW! providing professional consultation in survival planning and emergency preparedness. He is an ardent outdoorsman and wilderness survival enthusiast.


  1. Lewis B. says:

    Nice article. During that blackout, we did a practice run up to the retreat (which had power because of my solar with battery storage). I was glad for the practice run because I forgot so many things (like the keys to the cabin; had a spare hidden there, fortunately). Keep up the good work!

    • Greg B. says:

      Thanks, Lewis. We were all fortunate that it only lasted about 24 hours rather than the 96+ hours that was projected. We all forget things which is why doing “dirt dives” (practice runs), as we sometimes call them in the military, are essential to a good strategy (speaks to your obvious experience).
      A good rule I try to live by for essentials that you already talked about is:
      Two is one; One is none (great foresight to have the spare key).
      Hope you continue to follow us.
      ~Greg B.