The Prepper’s Creed

The Prepper's Creed

First Aid Kit for the Prepared Home

A subscriber asked for my help putting together a first aid kit for her home. First Aid isn’t my forte but we haven’t identified our First Aid, Medical and Trauma Columnist for Prepography yet so this video will have to tide you over.  I have had military first aid training at the self and buddy-aid level and that’s the background I used to develop my family’s First Aid Kit.  So, here’s a look at the Jackson family’s First Aid Kit…it should give you some ideas towards starting your own.  The video can also be viewed directly here.

For close up views of some of the first aid items I’ve stocked my kit with you can check out the Personal Health Section of the Prepography Amazon Store.

REALITH CHECK Recognize the Potentialities & Begin the Preparedness Process!

Note from Andrew:  Today I’m pleased to present another article in a periodic column by my friend Roger Reality.  Roger has been a key mentor in my life particularly with regard to critical thinking and analysis, and as you will see…he speaks with passion.  This discusses the need to recognize the potentialities and begin the preparedness process.  Enjoy.

Prepping begins with recognition, recognition of potentialities.  A person begins prepping by transitioning from that “light bulb moment” (recognition) into a preparedness process.  The preparedness process then begins with a decision to prepare oneself and family for some of those potentialities within the limits of reality.  The reality is that we will NEVER achieve complete preparation!  Preparedness is, as I said, a process and as such is a continuous and evolving endeavor.

PerilsThe process involves certain “steps” and there is no perfect solution but generally includes recognizing the need, deciding to prepare for probable “threats”,  obtaining information regarding both the threats and the preparations necessary to address them, analyzing your capabilities and limitations (this will be a whole article in the near future), acquiring knowledge, acquiring training, and FINALLY acquiring resources that enable the application of the aforementioned analysis, knowledge and training.  I affiliate myself with because it recognizes that prepping is NOT about finding an excuse to spend way too much money at the gun show and Sams Club!  It is first and foremost an intellectual endeavor that requires a mindset of calculated, prudent and total preparation for events that WILL tax our abilities, resolve and resources in ways somewhere along the spectrum from inconvenient to savage survival.


Do One Thing For Preparedness

Between work, family, church, more work, and life in general, it can be hard to prepare for hard times.  Both the desire to be prepared and the (ever increasing) need to be prepared is certainly there, but the pressures of life can make it too easy to “do it tomorrow” or put your prepping strategy on the back-burner.  I’m going to tell you how you can do one thing for preparedness and you will soon be well on your way to preparedness and being more self reliant.

A common mistake of many starting preppers is to try to be 100% preparedness right NOW!  It’s not possible.. so relax and start simply.  When people do a serious assessment of their personal and family readiness, it is easy to become frightened and want to feel safe without any delay.

Prepography is a discipline – a marathon, not a sprint!

Yes, given enough money, you can buy a range of supplies  and other goods that will make you feel comfortable or take a bunch of classes to acquire the skills you feel you lack.  Given enough time and money, I could be Batman.  The key is to make your personal preparedness part of your life – a discipline that seems as natural as walking (which you should be doing as well).

Do One Thing for Preparedness Today

So, iPreparedness Foodnstead of going on a mad-dash to stock up for the end of the world, may I suggest doing one thing.  Just one little thing.  Do this one thing for a week until it’s just part of normal activity.  Once it becomes normal, pick another thing that can become part of your normal activities.  Each little step you take to develop your personal and family readiness builds on itself.  You will be growing your preparedness.

Here are a few things that you can do TODAY: (more…)

Top 10 Preparedness Reasons to Carry Cash

Our world is so digitized and automated that a lot of folks have stopped carrying cash.  Think about it…when you’re checking out at the grocery or hardware store…how many people in front of you whip out a piece of plastic to pay for their purchases.  Some days it seems like the era of the good old American greenback is over (we’ll leave the discussion of real money versus fiat currency for another day).  You can now even make some payments at the checkout counter with your cellphone.    As attractive as the idea of going cash free is to me…after all my wife knows where I keep my wallet…I refuse to stop carrying cash for the following reasons:

  1. Purchasing Privacy:  I’m just old fashioned enough that I want to keep my business to myself.  I know it’s becoming an outdated notion in this overly digitized world full of instant electronic over-sharing, but that’s how I feel.  Read my article The Top 10 Reasons to Be a Stealth Prepper for more information on why privacy is so important.
  2. Service Interruptions:  There have been a number of credit/debit system service interruptions over the last few years including at least one that lasted several weeks.  When traveling I make it a point to carry enough cash to get home without any help from plastic.  Make sure that you can get yourself home if a computer glitch or cyber attack shuts down your plastic
  3. Cash is King!  Cash Discounts… by offering cash you can often strike a better deal when making purchases.  I use this technique all the time when dealing with tradesmen and contractors.
  4. Cash Only Establishments:  There are also places where cash is the only option like garage sales (good for purchasing inexpensive preps and may not take checks) and restaurants in smaller towns (I still see the ‘no out of town checks’ signs as I travel the back roads).
  5. Rise of the Underground Economy:  Increasing taxes and regulations are driving more and more commerce underground (a variation of what Arthur Laffer discussed with his Laffer Curve…to be discussed in a future article).  I can foresee the possibility that in order to purchase certain good or services in the future you can only do so with cash as whole segments of the economy potentially go underground. (more…)

Why Prep, Part 3 Triggers & Stressors

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Why Prep

Note from Andrew: The complete Why Prep Series has now been consolidated HERE.

Today we present the third article in our series on why to prepare for disaster.  In the first article, ‘Why Prep, The Introduction’ we asked and answered the following question:

Question:  Why Prep…why become more self-reliant?

Answer:  Because it’s the only reasonable and logical response to an unknown future and even a cursory study of history.

In the second article, ‘Why Prep, Historical and Current Examples’ we discussed examples of places and periods where preparedness could have made the difference between survival and suffering (or worse) for you and your family.  In this third installment we’ll discuss stressors and triggers for potential The End Of The World As We Know It (TEOTWAWKI) situations.

Today we’re going to talk about stressor events and triggers.  A stressor event is an occurrence that has the potential to change a system or society.  Stressor events happen all the time and can vary dramatically in the amount of stress or influence they place on a system.  Some examples of stressor events are election outcomes, legislation, trade wars, disease outbreaks, government spending programs, wars, acts of terror, social movements, development or loss of key infrastructure (like the internet you’re browsing), information releases (like the Watergate scandal) or changes to the physical environment (like drought or natural disasters).  From a societal standpoint, stressors often manifest themselves in multiples and if significant enough disruption occurs…they can create a situation that cascades out of control.  While it’s an overly simplified model think of these stressors from the last century:

  1. Germany loses World War I and a large percentage of its reproductive age males
  2. War damage and reparations create severe economic hardship
  3. Rise of the National Socialism in Germany bringing Adolf Hitler and his Brownshirts to power (were the Brownshirts easier to recruit due to a lack of fatherly guidance?)
  4. Election of 1933 gives Hitler enough power in the Reichstag to pass the Enabling Act and assume dictatorial powers

This example from history led to TEOTWAWKI for much of the world from the mid 1930’s to the mid 1940’s and eventually ushered in the atomic age.


Why Prep, Part 2 Historical & Current Examples

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Why Prep

Note from Andrew: The complete Why Prep Series has now been consolidated HERE.

Last week in Why Prep, the Introduction we briefly discussed the fragility of the status quo and clarified that preparedness is not about getting ready for the ‘end of the world’… it’s about building the skills, resources and resilience to endure the transition periods following dramatic financial, environmental, societal or individual life changes.  If you haven’t read the introduction yet, I recommend that you read it before continuing by clicking on the hyperlink near the start of this paragraph..

Today we’re going to take a look at some current and historical situations and events that are/were much more survivable (financial and otherwise) for those that took the time to prepare.  For brevity’s sake I have chosen a small sampling of the historical examples available and have chosen not to include many areas of perpetual warfare (Cyprus, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Palestine/Israel, Northern Ireland, etc.).

Note:  The links included go to articles or preselected internet searches (to make results more timely) in case you’re interested in doing additional reading on that subject.  For convenience, these examples are listed by continent although many of the events/situations spanned multiple continents. (more…)

Top 10 Free Steps to Preparedness

Preparedness discussions often seem to devolve into what another preparedness writer describes as “beans, bullets & bandaids”…the ‘stuff’ of preparedness.  However, your most important preparedness resources are the knowledge, skills, readiness and the confidence you develop as you become more self-reliant.  You can enhance and develop these traits without spending any money if you are a little creative and put your mind to it.

The Top 10 Free Steps to Preparedness are:

  1. Leverage training you receive or can volunteer for at work.  For example: as a soldier I’m fortunate enough to receive regular training in first aid; my father attended Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) training as a Naval Aviator; Abigail (daughter #2) received Cardiopulmonary Respiration (CPR) training as part of her training for an after school job at a daycare; Sparky (daughter #3) received trained in food safety by her summer job at a restaurant; and a good friend received training from his police department in order to assist homeowners with improving household security.  Not only is this training that’s free (to you), but it may make you more valuable to your employer.
  2. Leverage training you receive through your volunteer activities.  For example: a friend from church received training in how to respond to active shooter situations; a ham (amateur radio operator) friend participated in a disaster preparedness exercise supplying emergency communication;  a number of friends and relatives have become volunteer firemen and received training in first aid (including EMT training), equipment operation, extractions, and of course…firefighting.  Seek ways to give back to your community and connect with like-minded people while developing your knowledge and skills.
  3. Couponing.  Using coupons to build your preparedness supplies isn’t just free…it pays you in the money you saved (assuming you were going to prepare anyway).  For those of you who don’t think this is a skill…trust me…when Rachel (my better half) gets into her couponing groove she can reduce the cost of a cart of groceries by 30%-50%…and I’ve seen her walk out of Walgreen and CVS stores with sacks of goods and money in her pocket.  A note of couponing food…it’s almost always for heavily processed foodstuffs…not the healthy stuff but it keeps.
  4. Exercise.  You don’t have to join a gym or buy fancy home workout gear.  Start with going for a walk, doing that yard work yourself instead of paying someone to do it (see more money in your pocket) or helping a friend move.  At one of my old military units the junior officers were all into CrossfitCrossfit replicates a lot of the types of exercise human beings used to do as a part of daily living like chopping wood…or you could just go chop wood.  A side benefit of regular exercise is that it enables you to deal more effectively with stressful events.
  5. Rediscover a preparedness related hobby.  I used to enjoy fishing but haven’t done it in years.  I already have all the gear and plenty of places to fish…all I’ve got to do is get started again.  Yes, you may need…a fishing license (maybe not if you’re military or a senior citizen) or bait if you don’t use flies and lures… but you can recover that in the fish you put on the dinner table.  There are other benefits of hobbies as well…they’ll connect you with like-minded folks if you put a little effort into it.  Think about what you used to enjoy and make time for it again. (more…)

Why Prep, The Introduction

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Why Prep

Note from Andrew: The complete Why Prep Series has now been consolidated HERE.

Today we present the first of a series of articles designed to answer the question… Why Prep?  This series was originally written as a single essay solely for the consumption of my parents, my sister and her new husband.  In many ways the writing of this essay served as the genesis for this website.

Question:  Why Prep…why become more self-reliant?

Answer:  Because it’s the only reasonable and logical response to an unknown future and even a cursory study of history.


I came to the conclusion while serving in Iraq that civilization is essentially an idea held in our collective minds.  When a certain percentage of any country or region’s residents lose confidence in its institutions (executive, legislative, judicial, bureaucracy, banking/financial, etc.) and common courtesies then there is a radical shift in group and individual behaviors that initiate The End Of The World As We Know It (TEOTWAWKI).  A side note before we continue, TEOTWAWKI is prepper-speak for dramatic change…this isn’t the ‘end of the world’ but could be a radical shift in how society operates…as in ‘as we know it.’

This dramatic change can take many forms…but one of the factors that these potential changes have in common is the potential rapidity of the change once it begins.  As an intelligence officer and student of history I have studied this phenomenon in both contemporary and historical failed states as well as seen the effects firsthand during my travels and deployments.  Those of us lucky enough to live in the United States know that we live in a great nation… but thinking that our country is so great that the laws of nature, physics and economics stop at our shores is foolish and shortsighted.

Given enough time, many of the scenarios or perils I explore in Section II of this article become not just possibilities….but eventual probabilities.   (more…)

Top 10 Ways You Know You’re a Prepper

Preparedness is both a mindset and a way of life.  Here are the Top 10 Ways to Know You Know You’re a Prepper… and a bonus 11th:

  1.  You often catch yourself buying an extra case of canned food or a jumbo pack of batteries ‘just in case.’
  2.  You find yourself talking to characters in Apocalyptic & Natural Disaster television shows & movies… telling them how stupid they are or what they should do next.
  3.  You never let your fuel tank in your car/SUV/truck/HUMVEE/UNIMOG/Armored Car get below half a tank.
  4.  You’ve quietly moved a portion of your investments into precious metals or productive farmland.
  5.  You catch yourself reading economic, natural disaster or other Peril related news articles to your spouse because you want him/her to ‘get it.’ (more…)

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