An Interview With P.R.E.P. – Personal Readiness Education Programs (www.readygoprep.com)
Prepping… It’s something that more and more of us are now doing because we’re finally starting to realize just how fragile our world really is. Storms and other natural disasters can wreak havoc without warning, solar flares can literally wipe out our entire power grid, unemployment rates are skyrocketing and our economy is on the brink of collapse. People are becoming more concerned and want to put together their bug out bags, learn needed skills and become more self-sufficient. I found that many of us have at least one issue in common: we don’t really know where to start… Just because someone has a bug out bag with clothes and some survival items doesn’t mean they’re any more ready than their neighbor. We need to have the proper mindset, tools, training and skills.
To help us with all of those issues we have our friends at P.R.E.P.!
I had asked them for an interview and they were more than willing to give us and all of our readers an inside peek about the company so we can find out what they are all about and see how they can help us on our prepping journey!
Here is what they had to say:
I.N.C.H. – When was P.R.E.P. founded, what does it stand for and what prompted you to start this company?
PREP stands for Personal Readiness Education Programs, LLC. We started the company when we realized at the start of hurricane season of 2011 just how many people had no idea what they needed in case of a storm. It sort of snowballed from there, because we began to see that people were interested in learning more about self sufficiency and off grid living. We decided that based on our years of experience, and the desire to share my passion for learning with others, that we would start a company that would have two objectives, to 1. Help others begin to live a more prepared lifestyle and 2. To make sure they were getting more than a superficial understanding of what it really means to be “prepared”.
We also wanted to let people know that prepping can be overwhelming, especially with the recent boom in the market of so called experts. There’s this big rush to go out and spend thousands of dollars on a year’s worth of food or on that survival bunker, but we want our clients to understand that prepping is a lifestyle, not a competition. It’s also ok to take baby steps, and the first step that one should take is learning how to plan for a disaster. All of the freeze dried food in the world isn’t going to help you if you haven’t properly planned for things like water, shelter and security.
I.N.C.H. – What types of courses do you offer and what kinds of skills can someone expect to learn from them?
Our main focus is on the planning stage, because in our mind, that’s the most important part of preparedness! You can spend your thousands of dollars on long term food storage systems, your survival bunker, and the best of the best pre-fab bug out bags, but none of that will do you any good if you don’t know how to use those items, or if you’re looking at them for the first time while you’re in the middle of a disaster. We teach people how to take a look at their lives and develop a personalized plan for their families. Just because someone out in Colorado has a checklist of items for their family doesn’t mean that it’s the same list you should have here in Florida. We teach people to think for themselves, and to make sure they are taking a well rounded approach to preparedness. We use this example a lot. You can have 10,000 rounds of ammo, but you can’t eat bullets, and you can’t assume that you’ll just be able to hunt or steal from others (especially if they also only have bullets!). You can have 3 years worth of food, but without a way to protect it, it’s useless. You have to take a look at the bigger picture, and plan for what we call, the 7 areas of preparedness. Too much of any one thing…is never good.
I.N.C.H. – What makes you different from other survival schools?
Over the last 2 years, our company has grown and evolved, and we’ve been able to see what works in the survival industry and what doesn’t. What we’ve noticed is that there are a ton of new companies cropping up, and their so called “experts” just don’t have the real world experience. We’ve also noticed that there is a very very superficial understanding of what it means to be prepared. How many times a day do you see the ad “Just click here for the list of 972338473643 things that you need for survival”, or “Store these 274648383 items instead of these 384646273 items.” What the consumer is doing is spending money on stuff, without understanding why these things are important. We aim to truly teach people how to create an action plan and stick to it. We want you and your family to prepare not out of fear that you don’t have everything on a checklist,but because you want to create a fun and engaging atmosphere for your kids all while giving yourself the peace of mind that should any number of disasters occur, you’ll be fine.
I.N.C.H. - What type of events or situations do you teach people to prepare for and how many people are in a typical class?
We teach people that “disaster” can mean anything from a flat tire on the highway to a complete and total EMP/grid down situation. It’s not always the mega disaster that you have to prepare for. For instance, would you be prepared if your spouse or roommate lost their job today? What if your local power company hit a cable line and you’re without power for 4 days? These are the kinds of situations that lead you to start preparing, and then before you know it, you’ve got a year’s worth of food and rain barrels in the backyard! Typically we hold small classes, between 10-20 students, because we want to be able to give personalized attention to everyone. We also do private family and business consulting.
I.N.C.H. - I noticed that you are located in Florida. Do you offer your courses throughout the United States and Canada?
We do travel, and Charley has several speaking arrangements lined up throughout the US. We’re in the process of putting together classes in Canada, so if anyone is interested please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll put a package together.
I.N.C.H. – We live in a troubled world with a bleak looking future. Natural disasters are on the rise, tensions between countries are escalating as we speak and our world economy is at the brink of collapse. What advice can you give to people who think that there’s no need to prep because nothing will ever happen to them or that the government will be there to help them in a time of crisis?
We always tell people that preparedness is not always about mega disasters. Tsunamis, hurricanes and nuclear attacks aside, the preparedness lifestyle helps keep you and your family safe in any type of crisis. Even something as simple as teaching your kids situational awareness when they walk to the bus stop every morning is teaching your kids to be more prepared. You buy car insurance right? Do you plan on being in an accident? You have smoke detectors. Do you plan on your house catching fire? Why wouldn’t you prepare?
Whether you have started prepping or not, I would highly recommend that you get in contact with these guys (P.R.E.P.) and book yourself into one of their upcoming courses – It’s definitely something you won’t regret and the more knowledge you have, the better off you will be in a time of crisis. Remember, knowledge is power!