How did you get started with prepping?

I’m curious and would like to hear from some of the readers here. How did you get started with prepping and survivalism? Was it with 9/11, Y2K, or even earlier?

Was there a specific event that prompted you to start putting some stuff aside, “just in case?” Or is it just how you were raised?

Do you identify yourself as a prepper or survivalist?

C’mon folks, share your stories. Inquiring minds want to know.

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

5 thoughts on “How did you get started with prepping?”

  1. I really started to prepare after taking CERT training. Before we retired we moved fairly often and moving food storage would have been a problem. Our Church has always told us to prepare and I kept some storage but not a years supply. Now I’m not only prepared as far as food storage but most other needs could be met. A preplanned location etc. I’m thankful for websites like yours to help me continue to think about other needs and preparing for what may and will come.

  2. Sammiec, that’s interesting. I know a lot of people who started out with prepping, then sought out more formal training in programs like CERT but not too many that went the opposite direction. Very cool that you did that!

  3. I would love to get CERT training. Also, if only I could afford the Tom Brown school; how cool would that be?!?

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