1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I’ve been interested/involved with prepping for about three decades or so.
In recent years, my focus has turned from just keeping my own family prepared to helping educate others in disaster readiness.
To that end, I’ve written several books, started SurvivalWeekly.com, and started a consultation business found at DisasterPrepConsultants.com.
In addition to the disaster readiness endeavors, I’m also a private investigator, licensed in two states. I’ve been working full-time as a PI for over 15 years.
2. How did you discover your passion for survival topics and how did survivalweekly.com came to be?
I’ve always felt being better prepared for life’s curve balls was just a matter of good common sense.
Beginning at a very young age, I’ve spent decades educating myself, and now others, on how to be ready for disasters.
SurvivalWeekly.com was originally a joint endeavor between myself and a few friends, an attempt to fight against all of the bad information that was, and still is, being posted online.
Over the years, SurvivalWeekly.com has become one of the most popular prepper websites on the web.
3. What type of products do you usually review on you site?
While we’re interested in just about anything related to survival, we’ve done quite a few reviews on knives, books, flashlights, and a few packs.
4. What is the best multi tool in your opinion?
Everyone has different needs and there isn’t really any single item, multi tool or otherwise, that is “one size fits all.”
I tend to favor Leatherman products, for whatever that’s worth.
5. What is your preferred survival gear and what tools would you pack?
The GNS knife made by LT Wright, with the Condor Bushlore being a close second, is my preferred knife.
One of the original Leatherman tools is my favored multi tool.
The Waka Waka Power is what I carry for providing a quick charge for my cell or tablet.
For a flashlight, I like Fenix or Foursevens. For packs, I’m a fan of Hazard4.
6. Please tell us a little more about your book “Prepper’s Home Defense”.
Prepper’s Home Defense was my first book.
It takes a very practical and common sense look at home security and defense, both for today as well as after a major disaster.
I talk about everything from weapons to early warning devices, mutual aid groups to perimeter defense.
It spent well over a year being the #1 bestselling book on home defense and security on Amazon.
7. Give us 5 main tips on how to be prepared for a survival situation?
- Avoid panic and use common sense and logic to make decisions.
- Pay attention to your surroundings.
- Skills trump stuff every time. The best survival tool is what rests between your ears.
- Don’t risk a lot for a little, meaning be aware of what you stand to gain by a given course of action and determine ahead of time if the risk is worth it.
- Bugging out should be your last resort, not your first plan, for almost all scenarios.
8. Who is your favorite survivalist?
I can’t narrow it down to just one but the survival writers I particularly enjoy include Dr. Bruce Clayton, John D. McCann, and Charley Hogwood.
9. A message to your readers and fans.
Prepping should be fun and educational, not boring nor a financial hardship.
Enjoy the journey and take time to appreciate life rather than devote every minute of every day to trying to predict the future.