This is something I’ve been mulling over for a while now and thought I’d toss it out here for discussion. Obviously, in the last few years there has been a HUGE increase in the availability of information relating to prepping and survivalism. The causes for this could be debated for quite some time but for our purposes today, it doesn’t matter why. The fact is, prepping is sort of the new “in” thing to do.
Naturally, when something begins to become popular, people try to capitalize on it. Ten years ago, you’d have been hard pressed to find a book in a local bookstore that talked about any kind of survivalism except for wilderness stuff. Five years ago, websites containing good, solid information on prepping were few and far between.
Today, you can’t swing a dead cat in a bookstore without hitting a book with either “survival” or “prepper” in the title. A quick Google search on the word “prepper” got me over two million hits.
There are people out there who are trying to do nothing more than make a quick buck or two off the popularity of prepping. Others, like myself, are trying to share practical information in hopes of helping folks. I’ll be honest, if there were a way I could truly make a living doing it, I’d be in heaven. But, for me at least, the sharing of knowledge is more important.
My point is this — how can you determine whether someone is truly qualified to be any sort of instructor of prepping and survival? Sure, there are classes here and there on wilderness survival techniques, many of which are incredibly good. But, the living in a debris hut is only one small aspect of what I’d consider survivalism. I mean, there’s food storage, water storage, first aid techniques, security, natural disasters, pandemics, civil unrest, the list goes on and on.
I’ve mentioned before that FEMA offers several classes online that are of interest to preppers. But going through those classes doesn’t really give you anything official. The knowledge you’ll gain is great, to be certain, I’m not dissing on those programs at all.
I guess what I’m getting at is, should there be some sort of organization or entity that could “certify” people as being truly experts in various aspects of survivalism? I mean, I consider myself to be a “disaster readiness expert” based on my three decades of experience and knowledge. I figure if a guy spends 30 years doing something, he’d better be an expert in it by that point, right?
What do y’all think? Do you think some sort of recognized organization might be beneficial to those seeking to learn from true experts, rather than just some dude in his parents’ basement hoping to make a few quick bucks on a slapped together website?