About me


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Passionate About Helping Families Prepare for Potential Disasters and Emergencies in Simple and Inexpensive Ways


I have spent years learning, doing personal research and simply trying things out in order to determine what my family needs to be reasonably prepared for emergencies and disasters. You’re probably reading this because you, too, have the desire to take reasonable steps to prepare your family. This site is not about making sure that every member of the family is outfitted with a gas mask and radiation suit so that they can make it to the family’s underground bunker. I have no criticism toward people who do go to those types of lengths to prepare their families, but I’ve decided that it’s not practical for me and my family to take those types of measures.


In addition, I don’t want to move my family out of the greater Seattle metropolitan area as part of our disaster preparedness strategy. I like living near to where I work and the social, cultural, and entertainment opportunities that being near a major city offers. As a result, I’m dedicated to providing simple and inexpensive strategies for preparing families and individuals for disasters. If any of the following resonates with you, you’re in the right place:


  • You want straightforward tips, guidance, and strategies for preparing your family.
  • You want preparation expenses to be minimized.
  • You want to maintain the type of lifestyle you currently have in the place you currently live while still becoming better prepared.


A little more about me…


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I grew up in Pacific Northwest earthquake country while surrounded by active and dormant volcanoes. I didn’t give much thought to either of these threats until I experienced a magnitude 6.8 earthquake while I was in college. I still remember that day vividly and I took it as a warning to start taking disaster preparation a little more seriously.


After college and in my early to mid-twenties, I was starting out on my own, living by myself and started collecting some extra food, water, and other supplies in case of a disaster. However, I didn’t have much of a coherent plan and looking back now, while I was better prepared than most, I wasn’t nearly as prepared as I should have been. After a much larger than normal winter storm that left my neighborhood without power for almost a week, I started realizing the urgency of having a good plan to get prepared. Fast forward about a half a dozen years and I found myself married, with a child on the way. While we were reasonably prepared, I had to start figuring out ways to better prepare for emergency disasters, taking into account the needs of not only my wife and I, but of my infant as well.


I’ve spent years backpacking, hunting, and climbing mountains in the Pacific Northwest.  In doing so, there were many times that I only had the gear in my backpack and the knowledge in my head to rely on had I been faced with a survival or emergency situation. Combining my experience outdoors with the research I’ve done to prepare my family, I hope to pass along some of the knowledge and wisdom that I’ve gained so that your family can become better prepared as well.


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Jeremy McFarland