National Preparedness Month Wrap Up Event
I'm excited to be a part of a program this week where each day, a group of bloggers will answer a particular prepping question, and link to each others' sites so that our readers can compare our answers and be exposed to other ideas. We also invite our readers to participate by answering the day's question in the blog comments section.
Please also visit the other participants:
Sit down, strap in, and please keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle... Enjoy the ride!
When did you start prepping and why?
I touched on this the other day, but coming of age in the early 80s, I was acutely aware of the commies, nuclear war, and terrorists. Two TV shows that helped get me interested were the miniseries, The Day After (I still have vivid memories of Jason Robards' car cutting off and as he ducks down to check his wires under the dash, his car protects him from the blast) and a show that I can't remember the name of, but it was shortly after CNN came on the scene and this show was done as if it were a real emergency news break alerting us to terrorists having a nuclear weapon in Charleston, SC harbor and threatening to detonate it.
I started reading survival magazines and books at that time, and still have many of them. I did not grow up around guns, but starting in middle school, I was able to start building my collection and was able to go out to the country and shoot every now and then. Survivalism and guns seemed to go together, and my interest was grown that way. As I became an adult, my interest and activities ebbed and flowed over the years, but when my wife and I got married a week after Hurricane Isabel hit Virginia, and we were totally unprepared for it, I got back in to the lifestyle and have been going at it intensely ever since.
How did you start prepping and why?