Author: JJ Johnson

As a child I grew up in the Midwest on a small farm and fell in love with the outdoors.  In the fifth grade I routinely checked out old US Army Survival manuals and took them into woods on weekend camping trips to try out the techniques, shelters, traps, fires, etc.  I later went to college and then enlisted the USAF.  In the USAF I became a Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) Instructor (class 97-02).  As a SERE Instructor I was trained to survive in all types of environments: Temperate, Arctic, Desert, Rain Forest and Mountains.  The basic instructor training course was 6 months long of fairly intensive training, followed up by an additional 6 months of OJT training before I was certified as a field instructor.  After graduation I attended the USAF Arctic Survival School in Fairbanks, AK and the Water Survival School in Florida.  While at the SERE School I instructed 36 different field training classes at Fairchild AFB and up in the mountains North of Spokane, WA in the Colville National Forest.  On those trips I would take groups ranging in size from 6 to 10 USAF Aircrew members out into the field for six days and teach them the basics of being able to survive and evade in both combat and non-combat environments.  I also had the opportunity to serve as a S.E.R.E. Instructor OJT trainer as well.  During the summer of 1998 (or 99?), I also had the privledge of teaching at the US Air Force Academy, Combat Survival Training (CST) Course in Colorado Springs, CO for a summer rotation where we taught about 400 Air Force Academy cadets wilderness survival and evasion.  I was also fortunate enough to participate in several Joint Search and Rescue exercises at Fairchild AFB and Fort Polk’s Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) with multiple high speed Army and Navy units.  After about four years in Charlie Flight in the field training section (teaching exclusively combat wilderness survival and evasion) at the SERE School, I decided to retrain into another position with DoD and later left active duty.  I am currently a civil servant employed by the Department of Defense.  I consider myself a realist and while I enjoy primitive survival and bushcraft type living, hiking, camping, and hunting for short periods.  I am very aware that living primitively is NOT fun or easy for long periods.  In tough times even a little preparation and training goes a long way.  Therefore, my posts on this site will try to provide you with a healthy mix of practical and logical survival techniques mixed with a dose of real world experience that can be used to survive and thrive in the worst of circumstances.

Contributing Authors:

JR Cook

JR grew up in the midwest and has spent thousands of hours in the wilderness hunting and on the range.  He has been both a state and federal law enforcement officer with nearly 20 years of combined experience.  His expertise and knowledge of firearms is truly amazing.   JR is a certified Firearms instructor and one of the best shots I have seen.

JR authored the following articles:


Dave Jones

A retired Special Agent with the Department of Defense, Dave served for over two decades in multiple capacities from Criminal Investigations to Counterintelligence to Anti-Terrorism.  He has deployed eight times to hostile fire locations and has lived abroad in Europe and the Mideast. Dave’s last assignment with DoD was the Superintendent of USAF Special Investigations Academy Detachment One, where he oversaw the tactical training of 750 federal agents annually.  Since his retirement he has served as a municipal police officer in Wisconsin and is now the Criminal Justice Program chair at a University.       

Dave has authored the following article(s):

Scott – “TheFishooks”


Scott has a great YouTube Channel named “TheFishooks“, check it out and see some of the cool survival related projects he has done.

Scott authored the following article:



Craig is an Eagle Scout and attributes Boy Scouting to his love of the Great Outdoors and as the motto says “Being Prepared.”

Craig has over a decade of experience as an Outdoor Educator and Park Naturalist/Ranger. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Forest Recreation Management and an Associates in Criminal Justice and is a certified Texas Peace Officer. He lives with his wife who is an EMT and son who is a Jr in High School in East Texas. Craig has many diverse interests but really enjoys teaching others about Firearms, Outdoor Skills, Plants, and Wildlife.

Craig has authored the following articles:



GhostPrepper ran the website from 2010-2012 and due to unforeseen circumstances was unable to continue his blogging efforts.  As such he offered to allow me (JJ) to take his blog over and wanted to keep his content out on the web so that other preppers may use his posts as a resource for getting prepared and becoming more self reliant.  All posts that were originally posted on will be put under the “GhostPrepper” Category for all to be able to continue to find his works for free.