My wife Lisa and I have been interested in survival and preparedness for some time now and decided to become a little more public about it a few years ago.
We started to notice that because of show like Doomsday Preppers anyone that was interested in preparedness was being labeled as such.
The term “Prepper” was becoming derogatory and if you happened to mention it to anyone they immediately tag you as a wacko doomsday prepper and stopped listening to what you have to say. I even wrote an article on Survivalist Prepper titled “has Prepper Become a Dirty Word”
History has shown us over and over again that we as people, civilizations or as an entire planet are not invincible.
Could I be wasting my time and money? maybe. Could everything collapse tomorrow destroying life as we know it? Could be, and I will be ready to defend myself from everyone caught off guard and unprepared for survival and trying to take advantage of my survival preparations.
We want to educate everyone about some of the very real scenarios that are possible in the world we live in today. Everyone knows that an earthquake can cause millions in damage and loss of life but how many people are really paying attention to what is going on right outside their front door?
The Survivalist Prepper Website(s)
In early 2013 we decided to create SurvivalistPrepper.net and become a bigger part of the preparedness community, we wanted to do as much as we could to get good information out there, and add something to the prepping community rather than take away from it.
Along the way we have met some great people and gained a better understanding about who the real preparedness bloggers are, and who is out there just to take advantage of the preparedness community.
We are not the overboard tinfoil hat wearing conspiracy theorists, we are just like you, everyday Americans that enjoy the freedoms that this country offers. But over the last 10 years it has become increasingly clear that something really bad is going to happen that changes our lives forever. Maybe it’s because as we get older and more responsible and the protection of me and my family takes precedence over everything else.
We created Survivalist Prepper because we are always looking around the internet at other prepper and survival websites it just seemed logical to start my own. Not only because we have been prepping and learning survival skills for a while now, but because we want to help spread the word and educate people about how to acquire the skill set that gives them the best chance for survival no matter what the future brings.
We write articles a couple of times a week ranging from food storage to primitive skills. Lisa and I decided on the name Survivalist Prepper because Lisa is more of the prepper and I am more of the survivalist or outdoor type.
Lisa is a registered nurse, a mother of 5 and focuses on first aid, planning, food storage, gardening, canning and anything that has to do with protecting the family from events that might change our lives.
While I also write about prepping topics such as finances and mental preparedness, I also have a passion for the outdoors and know how important it might become to learn some of these survivalist skills.
What Is Our Philosophy On Survival And Prepping?
You might hear people talking about how you need to be in the middle of nowhere with $100,000 worth of guns and ammunition and a highly fortified perimeter around your property but this is just mot possible for the average person on a budget.
Our philosophy on being prepared is being educated about what you will need to do considering the environment you live in. a good survival plan does not depend on how many guns you have or how big your food supply is, a good survival plan all depends on how well prepared you are to defend those things you have and keep the supplies you depend on for survival.
Most of us cannot spend every extra dollar we have on expensive guns, ammo, MRE’s or underground bunkers. But we can learn how to survive when all of that is taken away from us.
Another thing we noticed is that this created a big business opportunity, and sometimes not in a good way. We noticed that there were quite a few websites that were taking advantage of people’s fears and trying to get them to buy something before they had time to think about it, and excuse my language, but they don’t give a damn if it helps you become better prepared or not.
You have probably seen this, or even fell victim to it, I know I have. Here are a few lines these people will try to use on you.
“Get the information they don’t want you to know”
Believe me, these people do not have access to top secret information. If “they” don’t want you to know you won’t.
“This could save your life”
While this might be true, you can probably find all the information they will try to sell you for $47 on the internet for free. Most of the time you regret your purchase and feel like you just got scammed.
“Buy this before it’s too late”
As far as I know no one has a crystal ball, and none of us know when and what might happen in the future, we just want to be ready if it does.
These people do this because they don’t want you to actually think about it before you buy it because you will probably change your mind.
Lisa and I decided we wanted to create SurvivalistPrepper.net, the Academy, the Podcast and the SHTFShop.com to show people that the majority of preppers and survivalists are not the people you see on TV.
We are average everyday people that have opened their eyes to how fragile society really is, and the reality that not everyone is preparing for a nuclear attack, some people prepare for natural disasters, or for when life throws them a curve ball.
The Survivalist Prepper Podcast
I did the first few episodes by myself, but when I finally talked Lisa into being a cohost with me the show really took off. Together we take a realistic approach to preparedness and share ideas about what we are doing, and what we have learned along the way.
We tackle every subject when it comes to preparing from why to do it in the first place, to how to get everything done.
Along the way we have met so many great people, this includes the listeners of the podcast to the guests that we have had on the show. Have a look at the reviews on iTunes and listen to the show, I promise you won’t be disappointed.
The Survivalist Prepper Academy
We created the Survivalist Prepper Academy as a place for people who are new to prepping to get the information they need with the comfort of knowing that they are going to be led in the right direction to become more prepared and not have to sift through misinformation and sales pitches.
To be completely honest (and this is something you won’t hear from others selling information products) there is nothing new at the academy. All the information you need to know about prepping or survival can be found online. No one has top secret information, and no one has every answer, it’s a journey we all need to take by ourselves.
What the academy does offer is convenience. All the information you need is in one place and you can be sure that the information you get will lead you in the right direction. We even offer resources to other preparedness bloggers that we know and trust.
Some people even join the academy as a way of supporting Survivalist Prepper and saying thank you to Lisa and I for what we do for the preparedness community.
Why we Created the SHTFShop
When Lisa and I first decided to get online we needed to figure out a way to do it honestly and with integrity. We didn’t want to have one of those websites that are plastered with ads, we wanted to keep the podcast commercial free and we didn’t want to promote products that aren’t in the preparedness community’s best interest.
In order to do this we needed some way to generate income to cover all the costs of running the website and continue to grow and get better week after week. We decided to create the Survivalist Prepper Academy and the SHTFShop.com to sell physical products that preppers and survivalists could actually use at the best price we could offer.
At the SHTF Shop you can be comfortable knowing that everything there is for preppers by preppers. Occasionally we will offer products that other members of the preparedness community have created, and we even have a few or our own like the Bug Out Bag First Aid Kit.
And finally we wanted you to get the customer service you deserve. I don’t know how many times I have ordered something online and sent email after email to get my question answered only to hear nothing back.
We value every single customer here at the SHTFShop the same whether your purchase was $1,000 or $10. We wouldn’t be able to do any of this without the preparedness community, and we don’t take that for granted.
Our goal here is to build a community of like minded people and learn from each other and teach each other. Please join our mailing list for the latest information about current events we feel could have life changing impact on us as United States citizen, as well as our thoughts about what we can do about it.
We gladly extend an invitation to join our community to anyone who feels the same way about surviving events such as an economic collapse, natural disaster or any other unforeseen event that could turn our world upside down.
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Hey guys, nice website!
I just want to thank you for your podcast, I always look forward to the next episode! I appreciate all the tips and helpful info about prepping, it was also good to hear the interview “prepping in the UK”.
It took an unexpected health U turn and emergency surgery for me to change my outlook on preparedness, and now, just a few months on, I have never been so organized and prepared! I’m still a long way off from where I want to be but the important thing is I have made a start!
Thanks again, all the best to you both, God Bless!
HI Dale and Lisa,
Am new to prepping and I found your Podcast very helpful and interesting, what you guys talk about makes you think abit, I listen to all your Podcast every morning when driving to work, but one of the problems is that prepping it not really big or shows interest here is Australia. I have joined a oz prepping site but to find people to talk too or join a prepping community here in Sydney is very difficult. I was wondering if you guys any ideas how I could start a prepping Sydney community?
Also have you guys done a Podcast on canning?
Thanks once again for all your time and with all the info you have given, i think you will help save alot of people lifes.
Keep up the great work.
Hope to heard from you.
Hi guys! Just wanted to say that I love Your podcasts! I listen to the episodes everyday driving to work!
Best regards from a Norwegian prepper
Just wanted to say thanks.
My wife and I both grew up in divorced homes and our parents did a poor job of preparing us for many simple preparedness items like how to keep actual food in the house, first aid, financing and many other basic skill sets. Don’t get me wrong, our parents are great, just not prepared.
After a year and a half of marriage we both agreed we needed life coaches! How could we evolve into competent young adults who weren’t just “making” it. I launched an all out online investigation and after watching a hundred bug out bag videos I happened to stumble across your podcast. Zombies and the apocalypse make for good reading but we needed real advice for real threats!
What we found! Real information for real people. I’ve been binge listening and feel like I’m drinking out of a fire hydrant.
I am a pastor and my wife is a teacher so learning how to become prepared on a budget was key. Your show is awesome and informative, and honestly, you need to add into your bio, “we do this because we have the skill set of professional radio hosts.”
So many podcast and videos are low quality productions. Lots of good information, but it has been refreshing to listen to a well put together production.
Anyway! Thanks for what y’all do!
Hi Dale, Hi Lisa,
I’m new to your website and new to Survivalism overall but I wanted to let you two know you’ve got me on board. I like the fact that you two are not attempting to sensationalize being a prepared human being or romanticize the end of the world as we know it.
I think that that mindset is toxic and fear-based, which isn’t productive.
People either choke and freeze when overexposed to fear or do or say something really, really stupid. I feel that love is better. Loving your life, and the lives of those you love enough to calmly face the world and do what needs to be done to support that life regardless of what the world brings. I think that’s true survivalism.
I think this is what you guys are all about, so count me in as a subscriber.
See ya around.
Great podcast! You two make it extremely entertaining and very informative at the same time. Great job, keep it up!
Daniel Walsh says
Hey guys first off I have been listening for a few months now and have listened to all the back podcasts. And I have to say I look forward to listening to the topics.
Let me tell you a little about myself. I was a Senior Sniper in the army for 6 years and have had 2 deployments in that position. I also was on the combat personal security team. So I understand the security and combat side of the possibility of a shtf situation.
So I am looking forward to expanding my horizon in the prepper world. But I didn’t know it you could point me in the right direction of what else to learn and also selling the mindset to my wife?
I have another skill that in my opinion could make it very simple to barter with. I have been a home brewer for about 10 years and can make an exceptional brew. How much stock could be put into that?
Well thank you for your time and I am looking forward to hearing more podcasts and back from this email! Have a great blessed day!
Dave Claar says
In the last few podcast episodes you talked about expanding your Ham radio knowledge and Cert training. I am a ham myself, W8TUX. Through my ham radio club I have attended Cert training along with weather spotter training. Find a local ham club and you can achieve these goals through one source.
I have been a ham for 2 years and it took me a year and a half, but I am an Amateur Extra class. It wasn’t easy but it is a good goal and you can learn a lot doing it. If you want any other help or information please let me know.
Please keep the podcasts coming. There are many who offer the same or similar info that you do, but the way they present it is boring. I enjoy listening to the banter between the two of you and it keeps me from zoning out so I am learning more as well.