My name is Biff Brannon, and I never thought I would have become what is known among the survivalist community as a ‘prepper’.
A person who is a prepper is somebody who tries to be prepared for any emergency or catastrophe that comes along. A Boy Scout could be labeled as a prepper… “be prepared” is their motto.
I had a great childhood: Cub Scout, Boy Scouts, hunting, fishing, camping, Atari 2600 video games, a big family, and just the right amount of close friends.
And then I grew up: A few years of college taking conservation classes, earned my private pilot’s license along the way, department manager in a retail store, background investigations on mental health providers, senior field security officer for private contract security, attended a merchant marine academy and sailed as a mariner for three years, sales manager for a laser marking job shop… yep, I have a wide variety of skills sets and hobbies that range from reading, writing, studying history, travel, personal defense, and of course retro video games from the 1980s to name a few.
To this day I still hunt and fish and camp and spend a lot of times in the great outdoors, which has provided me with skills that allow me to be self sufficient in the outdoor environment. So when hurricane Katrina hit and I saw how it displaced so many thousands of people, it got me thinking about what I would do if a natural disaster struck where I lived. What would I do? Where would I go? Food? Water? Shelter? What about a major pandemic, or major terrorist attack with nuclear, chemical or biological weapons?
Over the years my knowledge base on the subject of survival awareness grew and grew. Much research and hundreds of hours of discussion with like minded people brought me to the conclusion to share my knowledge.
I hope that any followers of this blog will come away with a better understanding of what it means to be a prepper, and how to go about becoming one.