Preparedness has more or less been a hobby of mine since around 2006. Zombie movies were the first initial trigger that made me question how I would care for my family if things went bad and no cavalry was on the way.
This interest led me to start researching the various aspects of preparedness. I wouldn’t consider myself a prepper but simply a responsible citizen. By being self-reliant I can not only give my family the best assurances possible, I’m reducing the amount of burden my family could place onto others.
I went through the typical ‘oh shit’ stage when I came to grips with how fragile society really is. My job as a police officer only enhanced this feeling as I was routinely introduced to real life boogeymen. My initial fear-based mindset gave way as I become more educated and better prepared, which eventually led to pursuing a more sustainable life on my little farmstead. Panic led me to preparedness, which led me to increased self-reliance.
Just a little bit about the background I have; 6 years as a Patrol Deputy in the Denver Metro area, Defensive Tactics/Ground-fighting Instructor, certified armorer, and 4 years Active duty Army as a 13M MLRS crew member, (Korea, Iraq 2003).
Currently I’m a Tactical Response Team Member at a nuclear power plant which has given me opportunities I would previously have never dreamed of. I’ve also obtained a bachelor’s degree in Homeland Security and an undergraduate certificate in Sustainability. I guess that would put me in the strange warlike hippie category.
I brought up my background not as a stroke to my own ego but to help in some way better express how I’ve developed many of my opinions. I also believe it is important to establish somewhat of an identify with the reader in hope of developing a healthy exchange of ideas.
So if you’re reading this, let me know what kind of stuff you’d like to read about.