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Introducing The Prepared: Why we exist and how we’ll help you get ready for anything

Hello world! We are The Prepared and this is our humble introduction about how we’re making emergency preparedness better and easier for everyone.

The Prepared is a list of the best gear, skills, and plans for people who want to get prepared for emergencies quickly and correctly. We are experts who obsess about the details and only make well researched, well tested recommendations that are free of any bias or stigma. We analyze our recommendations to the point of obsession so that you don’t have to – after all, getting it right might save your life!

The Prepared is a modern, different kind of prepper website. You won’t find lewd advertisements, name calling, politically charged commentary and propaganda, endless lists of worthless content someone cranked out in a hurry, or info so wrong and hard to digest it makes you less prepared than before!

If you agree with our mission, please join us!

We spend a lot of time crafting each post, so we don’t put out new content every day and spam your newsfeed. This site is for you and we want to hear from you, so share any ideas you have!

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We believe everyone has the right and responsibility to get prepared.

Looking back over 2007-2017, prepping (and its websites, communities, and even TV shows) was mainly an interest of the right wing and rural communities – people who were alarmed by the crash of 2008 and disagreed with the following politics. Which is fine, and they did a great job maturing this important community. Thank you to those who’ve taken us this far!

But now prepping has gone more mainstream. People of all types – young and old, urban and rural, lone wolfs and families, liberals and conservatives – everyone is realizing that being self sufficient and ready for emergencies is not only responsible, but critical in our ever changing world.

We love prepping and have been active for an average of 10 years per person.

Our team has spent literally thousands of hours (and probably too much money) getting personally prepared. We’re active in our local communities and teach people skills like firearms, indoor gardening and canning, field medicine, outdoor survival, and more.

Our experts already include amazing people like instructors from the US military’s survival training program, instructors at major urban fire and rescue departments, and former advisors to the Department of Defense and White House on emergency and field technology.

The Prepared is dedicated to a rational, accurate, easy, and fun approach to prepping for everyone.

Unfortunately there’s a TON of wrong and poorly put together information in prepper land. It’s been too hard to parse through all the conflicting info about how to get prepared, what to buy, how things work, what skills to develop, what to prepare for, and on and on.

Which has made it far too hard, far too costly, and far too time consuming for most people to get involved.

For example, if you’re thinking about buying your first and only firearm for self / home defense, after some quick googling you’ll be weeding through endless and pointless internet debates about what caliber has more “stopping power” and whether a pump action shotgun is good because the “click clack” noise will scare away intruders (hint: nope!)

We believe in great, well researched content that is accurate, easy to digest, and trustworthy. The content we’re building for you is meticulously created after many hours of research, field testing, and speaking with relevant experts and emergency survivors.

You’ll see real names and faces of our authors and experts. We stand behind our recommendations and promise to always do or promote what is best, not what is easy or makes us the most money.

Ready to get started? Check out our prepping basics for beginners.

  • pops

    Site looks good!
    I’m left and have been a prepper since before it was a right/left thing, since before it was even a thing, actually. My folks were ditch-bank Okies and great-grand-parents in the run on the Cherokee Strip, I was raised to “put by” when time are flush because they likely won’t always be such. I’ve been around lots of sites (I was the original prepper guy @ PO.com in the early oughts, before that I was like the Uneasy Rider around Frugals and TB2k and even further back at various strange little BBSs on the edge of the survivalist thing in the 90s)

    Back a generation or two, especially in the country, folks took some level of interest in their own well being and made provision for whatever glitch might come along, because no one else was likely to do it for you. We in the rich world and especially in town, have lately grown kind of bored with mundane concerns like food, water, shelter and moved up Maslow’s hierarchy to the more esoteric goals of increasing Twitter followers and picking fantasy football teams.

    But it seems like somewhere in the back of the mind our basic instincts just can’t get comfortable with trusting to JiT delivery to provide our every need. I think building resilience from whatever misfortune is not only prudent, it is kind of a fulfilment of the basic survival instinct, kind of that subconscious mental itch that the paycheck alone fails to scratch.

    Tho sometimes it’s just another useless pastime.

    Good luck on your venture.

    • Thanks pops! Well said. I know a few preppers like you who’ve been around the community for a long time, but who pulled back over the last decade when it got politically silly and are only just now reemerging.

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