About TPJ

Prepping, Survival and Common Sense

The Prepper Journal is a daily survival blog devoted to a wide variety of preparedness, survival, self-reliance and personal defense topics for readers who want to protect themselves and their family from seen and unseen disasters in our future. The Prepper  Journal was started in January of 2013, with the goal of helping people become more prepared for life’s curve-balls. It is our belief that anyone can take steps to be more prepared for natural or man-made disasters regardless of your age or physical ability. With that in mind, we want to do anything we can to motivate people, share lessons learned, actually learn from lessons, and continue to learn along the way. All to provide a platform for others to speak out about preparedness topics and to share their own personal experiences.

Since starting the Prepper Journal we have published well over 1,700 articles which have been viewed more than 12.1 million times. We have had visitors from over 180 countries and are fortunate to be featured on such industry favorites as SHTF Plan, Survival Blog, The Daily Sheeple, Survival LifeDC Clothesline, Prepper WebsiteReady Nutrition, Activist Post and so many more!

Who is “in charge” of the Prepper Journal?

Yes, those are my real sunglasses.
Yes, those are my real sunglasses.

Originally started by Pat Henry, a pen name chosen by him because he wished to keep his identity confidential, well as much as possible and still be on the internet. He was the editor of the Prepper Journal website until June of 2017.

At that time he sold TPJ to us knowing we would keep it going and growing and relevant. The new moderator, Wild Bill, is still wild but not as lean and as mean as in the picture below, but just as dedicated to being ready to face whatever life throws our way.

Back when the site was started the going phrase for people learning the topics we were interested in was survivalist and most of the information at the time was for living in the woods if you were stranded on some vacation from hell. There was a healthy dose of content geared toward more of a Militia audience as well and we think these two mindsets merged with practicality and formed what is now referred to as Prepping. Nat Geo probably helped push that term into the spotlight a little too…but then decided ratings were more important than content and leaned heavily towards the radical fringe of “Doomsday Preppers”…doing as much harm to the image as good.

We believe prepping has become more mainstream now because, it is based upon common sense. For so many years we have watched scenes of disaster and destruction on our TV sets and have witnessed very ‘normal’ weather events that turned life upside down unnecessarily for those unprepared for the aftermath. The world has been waking up to the simple truth that bad things happen all the time and when they do, you are your best bet for survival. You are the number one person you should depend upon for survival and you, more than any government agency in the world care more about your family’s safety and survival.

I, with the pen name Wild Bill, am a veteran who proudly served in the Army, mostly overseas. I saw combat and I buried brothers. I am just one of over 21,000,000 living veterans in the USA as of this writing.  I was also a PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors Association) Certified Instructor in Adaptive Techniques where I taught for Disabled Sports USA. I am still a member of three Sailing organizations (Oasis Sailing, Sailing Fascination and the American Legion Yacht Club) which all support various handicapped programs such as Sailing for the Blind. I have lectured on Avalanche Survival, and used to resupply warming huts along the Pacific Crest Trail. I have traveled the world, been on every continent except Antarctica (not on my bucket list.)  I am a father and now a grandfather and I have lost the best thing that ever happened to me to cancer.  I have degrees in both math and physics and spent the majority of my life working on large weapon systems and all aspects of space and satellite systems for a Federally-Funded Research and Development Center, as well as on grants from the National Institute of Justice to transition military technology into the hands of first responders. While we don’t own an underground bunker or a remote cabin in the woods guarded by clay-more mines, at least that I am aware of, I personally have a number of friends that do, and do so for family first, God and Country second.  Hopefully that comes through in my writings on the Prepper Journal.

If you ever want to reach me, please use the contact form on our site. Be safe out there.

Mailing Address:

The Prepper Journal
1902 W. Union Hills #43585
Phoenix, AZ 85027 USA