My name is John Walter and I am your typical, average, everyday family man. With one exception: I LOVE prepping. For my day job, I work as a first responder. I love what I do but all too often I come across people who have had to deal with the worst life has to throw at them. People who have lost everything. Some people can keep it together, pick up the pieces and carry on. While others simply can’t.
So one day I began going out of my way to talk to some of these people and really find out what separated those who collapsed into a helpless ball on the ground at the sight of everything they had going up in flames, and those who said they would just pick up the pieces and carry on.
The biggest difference, I discovered, was simple. Not all of these people I came across had really “lost everything.”
The ones that I initially perceived as stronger and better at dealing with the loss were really just better prepared to have a life-changing disaster occur.
These people had insurance policies, money set aside, other places they could move to, and a network of people they could rely on to help them when times got tough. This is what initially got me intrigued with what exactly goes into being prepared for any type of disaster. Through my research, I learned how truly vulnerable we all are. I also discovered how common major society-changing disasters really are in the world’s history.
Learning this frightened me, scared me, and ultimately woke me up. Disasters, even large scale ones, were a lot more common than I had thought. Almost every person you talk to who is in the later part of their life will have some story of a life-changing disaster or hard times that they struggled through. I soon came to realize, it was only a matter of time before my family was directly affected. That is when I became a full-fledged prepper.
When my Wake-Up Call Happened
Sometime in 2012, I met a gentleman by the name of Ron who had just lost everything he and his family owned (or so I thought) in a horrific blaze that consumed his entire house. I remember seeing Ron staring at the flames in awe as they consumed his home.
I had just met Ron for the first time as he stood there staring at his house. I remember being surprised by how he was just watching intently and although he looked upset, as everyone would, he didn’t have the look of fear in his eyes that I normally see. Ron was lucky enough to have been out of the house when the fire broke out. His family, with the exception of his dog, was all away from home. Ron’s wife was working late at work and their one young son was staying with family.
I’ve been to countless calls like this but never have I seen someone without that trademark look of fear in their eyes. That’s why I decided to talk to Ron, and I am so glad I did. I remember introducing myself, and asking Ron if he was doing ok. He said he was and that he was a little upset, mainly about his dog, but he knew that he and his family were going to be alright.
You see, Ron had (in his own words) become “a little obsessed” a few years back with the Y2K scare. Prior to the year 2000 coming along, he had spent considerable time preparing both himself and his family for any disaster that could come along. Financial collapse, rioting, civil unrest, societal collapse, famine, you name it. Ron was prepared.
Ron had off-site caches of supplies, clothes, food, water, and money. He had even rented an entire storage unit that was stocked to the brim with additional supplies. He rented this unit for $60 a month and had the equivalent of his own grocery store filled with non-perishable foods that he could go to if things “ever got rough” (in Ron’s words). Ron told me this was his form of an insurance policy. Ron even had a network of prepper friends who all had an agreement to help each other out in any disaster. Whether it was localized just to their one family such as this one, or a major disaster that affected everyone.
Ron had already made the call and had a guest room waiting for him and his family one town over with one the preppers in his network.
After that day, I decided I wanted my family to have the same freedom Ron and his family must have felt by always knowing that we too, were prepared for anything.
I Started Prepping
How I Became Known as “Super Prepper”
Alex, a good friend of mine came to my house a few months after I started prepping. I wanted to discuss with him a generator project I was working on. It was simple really, basically, a car’s alternator hooked up to a small windmill I had built. The alternator was connected to a car’s battery and in essence, the wind would keep the battery charged. Then I could hook up any 12-volt powered device or even an inverter and run some small 110v devices.
Since this was Alex’s first time to my house since I started prepping, I showed him around some of what I had done. By this time I had over 550 gallons of fresh water, food, supplies, and various little devices I had been working on. This included my windmill generator, water purifiers, air filters, and a whole lot of other cool projects. Alex started referring to me from that point on as “Super Prepper.” Whenever I would call him he’d answer by saying, “What’s up Super Prepper? What are you working on today?” and the name stuck.
Along Came SuperPrepper.com
After spending an ungodly number of hours online, reading, and talking to friends, I realized that people were continuously reaching out to me with questions about prepping. How do I effectively store water for the long term? What are the best types of food to store for a disaster? How can I purify water in an emergency? I was answering an endless slew of questions and I found myself repeating things over and over to different people.
That’s why I decided to make this site—I wanted to help make other people into “Super Preppers” too. So I started throwing up tidbits of information that I wanted to share and found it very satisfying! I could learn from people who would comment on my articles and then I could update my articles with the best knowledge available from those I connected with. Soon, my prepping articles were bursting with good information. Now I have the SuperPrepper YouTube channel where I post information and videos online that are for people to share and enjoy.
I encourage others to link to my site and share the information here with as many people as possible. My philosophy is simple: the more people I can help to be prepared, the fewer people who will be in dire need when the time comes. Sharing my knowledge feels great because I get to help all of you, but in this way, it is also self-serving. It’s a win-win!
Thank You for Visiting!
I truly hope that you’ve gained some useful knowledge on my site that will help you and your family to be prepared for any type of disaster. You don’t have to be a Super Prepper if you don’t want to be, but at least try to shift your thinking towards preparedness. If you’re here reading this, then you already have.
Remember, disasters can be pretty bad, but sometimes the aftermath is worse. Be prepared for not only the initial shock of the disaster but the aftermath as well.
Always remember: When you’re a Super Prepper… “No crisis is too tough.” – John Walter