Please read this to save us both time, as >95% of the contribution inbounds we receive aren’t a fit.

Our mission is to have the best content on the web that helps sane people get ready for emergencies. We care greatly about accuracy and being practical — two things often lacking in preparedness websites — but our team can’t be an expert in every topic, so we need help to build that best-in-class knowledge base.

You should reach out if:

  • You’re knowledgeable enough about a preparedness or survival topic that you find yourself teaching others about it (even informally or on social media).
  • You might not already be an expert on a topic, but you’re passionate about preparedness and would enjoy doing research that you then share with the community.

You should not reach out if:

  • You have an existing article that you’re trying to promote or improve SEO / backlinks for. eg. We won’t link to your generic “Five ways to buy car insurance” post.
  • You want to pay for a sponsored post/link.
  • You’re a generic freelance writer just looking for gigs.

You bring the brains — we’ll do the writing

Think of TP more like a curated wiki than a blog. Contributing to The Prepared works differently than other sites. Namely, we rarely run “guest posts” authored entirely by third-parties.

Instead, we work with people to turn their expertise into articles. The first aid kit list is a great example.

That means you don’t have to worry about polished writing, lots of work, or fitting in the TP style — and you can go as deep or shallow as you want.

It could be as simple as you writing us an email or informal word document with a “brain dump” of what you know/find about a topic. Or maybe we talk on the phone, share our article drafts with you for feedback before publishing, you send a list of your favorite/hated products, and so on.

We’re flexible, and the point is simple: If you want to contribute knowledge on a topic, we’ll work with you to make it as easy as possible, and then we’ll handle the final writing.


Although many people want to contribute for the fun of it and for the sake of the community, we want to promote and possibly compensate those who make strong contributions.

If your work directly helps an article, you can be named (if you want), including a link to somewhere you chose. We’re happy to pay (in cash or gear) for meaningful contributions.

Topics we’re looking for

Although you can reach out about any topic related to preparedness, we’re particularly looking for help with these areas (updated November 2019):

  • Wildfires
  • Flooding
  • Extreme heat
  • NBC / CBRN scenarios
  • Pandemic / bio scenarios
  • Backpacks
  • Water purification
  • Footwear
  • Hammocks
  • One-person free-standing tents
  • Flashlights
  • Food stores other than freeze-dried food
  • Canning, preserving, etc.
  • Small-scale farming or livestock (indoor hydro, meat rabbits, roof gardens, etc.)
  • Inner workings of FEMA, Red Cross, CERT, and other related orgs
  • Household electricity, plumbing, and handy work
  • Fixed household solar or wind installations
  • Bushcraft (shelters, fires, etc.)
  • Hunting
  • Fishing
  • Midwifery
  • Dentistry

Get in touch

Just say hello(at)theprepared(dot)com or use this form.