TruePrepper was founded by Rusty in 2016 as a blogging experiment and rapidly developed into the fastest-growing prepping site. We take time to dive deeper into prepping topics in our articles and thoroughly review survival gear.
Our mission is to ‘spread the prep’ by getting more people involved with their own preparedness. We do this by looking at prepping from unique angles in our articles, thoroughly reviewing survival gear, and providing giveaway gear to our readers.
Importantly, we also strive to clarify the difference between the public perception of preppers and what preppers actually are and do.
Writers are the backbone of TruePrepper, and we have several good ones. Each brings a unique perspective to their articles and reviews. Check out the bios below and click their portrait to see all posts they have contributed.
Rusty Collins, Founder & Head Writer
I am an engineer by day, but a prepper 24/7. I am an Air Force veteran that developed emergency and disaster plans as an emergency manager and responded to many attacks and accidents as a HAZMAT technician. I have been exposed to deadly chemical agents, responded to biological incidents, and dealt with natural disasters around the globe. I developed TruePrepper to share a prepping resource grounded in risk analysis. You can check out my life story here: Rusty’s Story.
I have experience from years of prepping, including survival food, tools and weapons, and even a buried bunker. I am an Air Force veteran that began thinking about surviving disasters during the Cold War when the Soviets threatened mutually assured destruction. I am trained in Red Cross disaster assistance, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and radio communications.
I am a scientist that studies how human activities affect water quality and quantity. As well as being a science and technology enthusiast, I am also an avid hiker, camper, and outdoorsman. My love of the outdoors was fostered through my participation in the Boy Scouts of America. I bring a scientific and environmental perspective to TruePrepper to help practical preppers utilize their natural environment during emergencies.
I am an expert in all things nautical and an avid urban prepper. I am currently serving in the United States Coast Guard saving lives and protecting high-value assets. I have worked all over the U.S. and now provide a unique and fresh perspective to the TruePrepper team. I am a certified CPR and First Aid instructor as well as a certified lifeguard. I am a fitness freak and sports enthusiast. As a Federal law enforcement officer, I am proficient at multiple weapon platforms and de-escalation techniques.
Why Gas Masks?
What’s with the masks? Yeah, we get it- you don’t see too many people with thumbnails of themselves in masks (well, up until the pandemic). The masks serve a few purposes:
- We use pen names for anonymity, reinforcing our gray man principles. Protective masks are topical to prepping and help us remain anonymous and reinforce the importance of protecting your information and image on the internet.
- Protective masks serve a purpose in prepping. While gas masks are not needed for every prepper, it is a strong image of preparedness. They are often associated with ‘crazy’ doomsday preppers, but we emphasize that gas masks have a place in practical preparedness.
Our most important asset is our reader base, and for that, we’d like to thank you. I assure you we learn more from all of you than you do from us. We are thankful for the chance to serve our readers in a way that will help them be more prepared for the toughest times in their life.