My name is Scott Royle and I live in northwest Georgia. Forrest has invited me to add some of my experiences and current thinking to the PrepperNet website.

I retired from Federal Service recently and have now resumed work as an independent real estate appraiser. While working for the Dept. of Veterans Affairs in Washington DC, I worked as an appraiser and analyst. During this time, I plied my skills as a writer, creating whitepapers, executive briefs, circulars, and defining current policy. While I was much younger, I served 8.5 years in the U.S. Army earning the rank of Staff Sargent.

While my home is not far from the Walking Dead TV series filming location, this post is not about preparing for a zombie apocalypse. But I do subscribe to the motto “Be prepared.” One way I have endeavored to do that is through Emergency Communications. I have been an amateur radio operator for almost 25 years, and I have been involved in emergency communications almost as long. One organization I participate with is AmRRon, The American Redoubt Radio Operators Network. You can find out more information about AmRRon at AmRRon’s organization is well suited for preppers. I believe AmRRon and PrepperNet would be a natural fit for each other.

Recently, combining analysis with my love for weather, I assisted the Cajun Navy by providing weather briefs through Fox Company during Hurricane Florence. Many long hours were spent acquiring data and transforming it into usable information. Much of the time was spent prioritizing information and weeding through what was real and what was not real. It was amazing how much disinformation was out there.

On the home front, my family lives on about three acres. We store food and water, and practice other skills in preparation for bad times. I will say that apocalyptic events are not necessary for you to appreciate preparation. There were times in my life when I was without work and still had a family to feed. By being prepared, having savings and food, I was able to concentrate on finding a job, and not worry about how to feed my wife and 5 kids. The kids are grown and gone, but we still prepare and each week we learn something new. Being a part of PrepperNet is a great way to gain and share information.

I tend to be pragmatic in my approach to prepping, centering around the following mantra:  Do you have food, do you have water, can you maintain sanitary conditions, and can you defend your family? I don’t get wrapped up in apocalyptic doomsday scenarios. It doesn’t matter what triggers the event, what matters is if you are prepared. I know I will learn from members of the PrepperNet community and I look forward to sharing a nugget or two to help you with your preps.