At Equip2Survive, it is our passion to do whatever we can to help you prepare for any kind of hardship that may come your way in the future. We are passionate about equipping you and your family with the tools you need not only to survive that crisis, but to actually thrive during that crisis in relative comfort! Our desire is to equip you with the critical knowledge, understanding, skills, attitudes, expectations, character, fortitude, vigilance and gear that will help you get through your crisis (whatever form it may take) as safely, quickly, comfortably and easily as possible!
Most of us at some point in our lives experience some sort of “disaster” or “crisis” in our lifetime… usuallymorethan once, unfortunately. The sad reality is tragedy usually catches up with us all at some point, but we don’t have to let it beat us! Making simple preparations before these tragedies strike can be a real “game changer” in terms of how these tragedies ultimately affect us. Making some basic and simple changes in your life can make a world of difference in how you and your family fare in a crisis.
For example, the vast majority of us have experienced at the very least a “short-term” power outage resulting in few hours with no lights or television. Not really a huge crisis I realize, but if you don’t have at a minimum a few flashlights, candles or lanterns at the ready, your small children can quickly become frightened and the situation can start to get stressful and begin to unravel! And most of us have experienced our share of car trouble. A good number of us have been laid off or been fired from a job at one point or another, and most of us have seen the destruction hurricanes, tornados, wild fires, floods, blizzards, ice storms, droughts, earthquakes can have on a local community… you get the idea.
Events like this can at a bare minimum be a bit frightening or perhaps inconvenient, but for many individuals these events can get downright ugly and turn their lives into a living hell! Some may only lose a freezer full of food during a crisis while others may actually lose a family member, friend or loved one, their home, their car, their pet and/or other precious possessions.
As responsible adults, we take certain measures to ensure the safety and security of our families. We wear seatbelts. We lock our doors before we go to bed. We locate fire extinguishers around the house. Most of us save/invest money for the future. We wear life jackets on boats. We put surge protectors in front of our electronics. We install smoke detectors. Some of us install home alarm/surveillance systems. We put pepper spray and Tasers in our purses or on our key chains. We put things like jumper cables and Fix-It Flat in our cars in case of a break down. We all purchase various types of insurance (auto, health, home, life, flood, etc). Some of us even get big intimidating dogs to help us guard our homes. And many of us have firearms to protect our homes with.
All of the aforementioned measures are measures that we take for the sake of our families on a daily basis, and each of these measures is typically regarded by most as "fairly normal". Yet seldom do any of us actually burn our house down, get in a car accident, get burglarized, or randomly fall out of boats… but for some strange reason that doesn't seem to matter. Most of us still wouldn't dream of driving around without car insurance or wearing a seatbelt. Nor would we neglect to keep our fire extinguishers and our smoke detectors in terrific operating condition. And it would be unthinkable for us to neglect our retirement/401K "nest egg", would it not?
If you have invested in any of the measures above at all, then whether you realize it or not, by definition you are already what we call a "prepper"… perhaps just not to the same degree as you could/should be. And to those of us in the "prepper"/ "survivalist realm"… those prudent measures that you took for your family? We call those "preps". And to us "preps" like putting together a 72 hour kit, putting rechargeable flashlights in convenient locations around the house, stocking up on a few extra canned goods in the pantry, putting a "car kit" in our vehicle, getting CPR/first aid training, etc. are "no brainers"… just like seatbelts and car insurance.
Many in our society have decided (foolishly, in our opinion) to rely solely on the government to "come and rescue them" in the event of a crisis, but a growing number of individuals find the prospect of putting their fate 100% in the hands government a frightening one. But even if the government does come to your rescue, even they themselves are completely upfront about the fact that it may take as long as 72 hours for them to finally get to you. Three days.
So… what are you and your family going to do for water for those three days? And food? How will you cook that food? How will you stay warm? Cool? How will you see in the dark? Where will you go to the bathroom? How will you communicate with friends and family? What if the disaster strikes while you are at your job, your wife is at her job, and your kids are all at different schools? What is your plan then? Where will you go? How will you get everyone there? What will you take with you? These are questions that we all should be asking ourselves.
Think about it… how hard is it to really to set aside a few extra gallons of water? What about some extra cans of food? How hard would it really be to set up a simple bag that you can grab on your way out the door with a few basic necessities (and maybe even a few comfort items) to keep your family taken care of for a few days while this "crisis" blows over? Answer: It isn't hard at all!
Please don't take this the wrong way… we are really proud of you for wearing your seatbelt and having medical insurance, but let's be honest… neither of those is going to do you a lick of good to help get you and your family get through the next 72 MISERABLE and EXHAUSTING hours (or more) with no water, food, light, heat, air conditioning, communication, and so on. You are not going to enjoying your self at all during those three very long days… that is unless you were smart enough make some very easy "preps". Trust me… your family will really be grateful that you did!
About E2S and the People Behind It:
Let us be very clear about something: we do NOT consider ourselves survival “experts” on any level. We believe that the word “expert” is an awfully strong word that gets thrown around a bit too freely by so many these days. We are not even sure what a survival expert is anymore (what kind of credentials must you possess to be a “survival expert”?)… but we are honestly not really too concerned about it. We are not even one hundred percent convinced that there is such a thing as a “survival expert”. After all, do any of us ever really get to a point where we stop learning about survival? We hope not. No, we prefer to think of ourselves as “survival enthusiasts” and ongoing students of survival, bushcraft, and preparedness.
You aren’t going to find any former Navy Seals or Army Snipers here (we LOVE our Navy Seals and Army Snipers… we just don’t happen to be either) at E2S. Nobody here has long blond braids or gone barefoot for the past 20 years of their life. That’s not us either. We are just regular practical folks who are really passionate about survival and preparedness!
One could argue that we at E2S are a terrific “survival resource” and… that’s OK with us. We just aren’t really comfortable with the term “expert”. After all, aren’t we all learning new tricks, tips and techniques together every day? Isn’t that the fun part of all of this? We at E2S are just regular people like who are extremely interested in all kinds of survival related topics. We simply went a step further and made a decision to assemble everything we have learned (and are continuing to learn) and put it all one central resource so that you all can tap into our collective discoveries, experiences and passions and hopefully share your own! We hope you enjoy this resource and make some contributions of your own!
No one knows everything there is to know about survival, and if anyone tells you they do, they are lying. I see many survival resources on TV, the internet, in the media and in books that are all giving us advice… and ALL OF IT must constantly be evaluated on a case by case basis without exception. You only have to be wrong once to end up dead, and each of these experts are wrong at one point or another, even if they are right most of the time. When it comes to survival, your life is going to depend on what information you choose to rely upon and what information you choose do disregard.
That being said, there are a lot of terrific men and women out there who we admire a great deal for their incredible knowledge and experience in these areas. Some of these personalities are famous, and some are not. Some of them are regarded as “experts” by many, but we will ultimately let you decide who is an expert and who isn’t. We don’t 100% agree with any of these individuals and we can (and do) criticize (constructively) any and all of them for one thing or another, but we also admire most of them to varying degrees. We advocate that you consider doing the same.
About the Information on this Site:
Much of the information on this site is not 100% original or unique to Equip2Survive. Advocating that people assemble a 72 hour kit, for example, is not an original idea here at E2S, but we will share information like this with you anyway because it is totally worth repeating… over and over again. Most of the information on this site has been gleaned from various/multiple other sources (to whom we are very grateful) at one point or another and we are very open about this. It is our intention to credit the sources of unique information or ideas whenever possible/practical. We truly want to give credit to where credit is due!
Let’s be honest… most survival concepts and practices are not new. The fire bow, slingshot, trapping, fishing, bow and arrow, gardening, cooking over a fire, primitive shelter, etc. … Many of these tools and techniques have been around for decades if not centuries or even millennia. Very few of the survival concepts that we discuss on this site are completely new or original concepts. Most of them have been passed on from generation to generation, but they are still worth passing on to you!
We at Equip2Survive consider ourselves “students” of survival, bushcraft, camping, fishing, hunting and prepping, and we want to share what we have learned from others on this site you might learn something too! At times we may share a link or video directly, or we may do a “response” video or article adding our own perspectives, criticisms, improvements, and so on. It is not our intention to present any this information as though it all 100% originated from us. This site is intended to be an assembly of all of the great information that we have discovered via books and magazines we have read, courses we have taken, and resources we have discovered on the web. We will absolutely add our own contributions to this information, offering opinions, criticisms, critiques, suggestions, tips, reviews, and ideas of our own.
We have also created this site so that viewers can contribute their own thoughts, ideas, critiques and suggestions to any and every page of this site as well. We want visitors to feel at home and make contributions of their own… let’s just make sure that we keep them civil and constructive!
Our goal is to share each and every one of these terrific resources with you and openly recommend them to you. When someone has pioneered a particular subject matter and has become a valuable asset in my learning on that topic, it is our desire to fully give them credit and reward them by recommending their contribution to others. It is our intention to give credit where credit is due when it comes to ideas, techniques, concepts, and the like. We have absolutely no desire to tread on anyone else’s original ideas or intellectual property. On the contrary, we enjoy giving credit to others for their ideas.
We hope that you enjoy this site and the information, tutorials, reviews, instructional videos, user comments and various other types of resources found here!