Dennis Diaz is the Chief Editor of Survival Ready Blog. He is passionate about learning and teaching survival and preparedness skills and strategies. He is the author of the The 12 Month Prepper & Survivalist Playbook & Co- creator of many of the courses offered at Survival Ready Blog and The Bugout Network.
He enjoys helping others prepare themselves for multiple dangerous scenarios, by coaching them on how develop their own customized survival & preparedness plans and develop their survival skills.
He teaches his students and readers to make preparedness and survival knowledge part of their daily lives. He currently lives in New Haven, CT with his wife.
I was born in a small town on the north coast of Puerto Rico and to give you an idea of how my parents raised me, I had a bug out bag before I had a bicycle. Growing up I remember every year going through the hurricane season where losing power and water for a week was not really a big deal nor was it rare.
My grandparents had a small farm farther inland in the island, where they had chickens, grew plantain plants, papaya trees and several pretty awesome mango trees, that my cousins and I used to climb. My grandfather was also an avid fisherman who taught me to catch, clean and cook fish.
The first time it remember thinking how much stuff and how prepared we were during a storm compared to our neighbors, was during hurricane Hugo in 1989. I didn't know it at the time but this would be my introduction and the beginning of my survival and preparedness journey. My parents and uncles would stock up on food and supplies at my grandfather’s farm, and by the time I was in high school we had evacuated four times. Preparedness and being ready was something that was second nature for me and my family.
Fast forward several years I went to engineering school and then moved to Colorado. I transferred my love for the sand and the ocean to my love for the woods and the mountains. But the truth is that I also got complacent. When I first moved I started developing a preparedness plan but never put it in place. I was "too busy", "too tired" and a bit overconfident, so I never developed a plan and preparedness kinda took a backseat.
Then a big wake up call came a few years after when a big fire started to spread through the front range. The fires came within miles from our community and me and my wife had to evacuate. It was strangely familiar for me, except that we didn't have a place to go, where we had supplies or food. The feeling of vulnerability and lack of control was overwhelming. I actually felt like I had left my parents and grandparents down.
We were very lucky/ Our house did not suffer any damage, but some of our neighbors were not that lucky. From that day on I decided to go back to that preparedness mindset and do everything in my power to never feel that way ever again.
Over the next few years I became obsessed, I would literally read every survival and prepping course, website, book or ebook I could get my hands on. I literally spent hundreds of hours researching and reading and trying to put together all the pieces of my preparedness plan.
And while researching and trying everything under the Sun, two things became painfully clear.