Homesteading & Emergency Prep Classes
Defensive Specialties, LLC
"Why homestead and/or become one of those paranoid 'preppers?' Why have a large chunk of our living quarters set aside
for what MAY happen? Why should I waste my time/money/energy/fill in your blank here on activities that may not be
necessary? Especially when we're already so busy? And isn't it the government's job to take care of us when bad things
happen? Isn't that why I pay my taxes?"
Well... That's a rather complicated answer. (And paranoia is not on the list of things we want to pass on to you.)
So let's start with general definitions.
Homesteading is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. It is characterized by subsistence agriculture, home preservation of foodstuffs,
and it may or may not also involve the small scale production of textiles, clothing, and craftwork for household use or sale.
Disaster management (or emergency management) is the discipline of dealing with and avoiding both natural and manmade
disasters. It involves preparedness, response and recovery in order to lessen the impact of disasters. (Wikipedia)
Exercise; better tasting food that's better for you; fresher food than what you can purchase in any store; monetary savings;
stress relief; an activity to bring your family together; being able to face the future with a smile, knowing that you can take
care of your family and maybe even a few friends, if necessary. I'm sure you can think of other positive reasons.
Why spend your time/money/energy in emergency preparation?
Think about Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy, record flooding in the Midwest, fires, tornados, record ice and snow
storms, FEMA and state agencies being unable to help when it's needed the most, rioting, people shooting at the helicopters
coming to rescue them... And that's just some of the natural disasters and their results we've seen in the last few years.
Yes, the government wants to help. But with budget cut-backs, they're being stretched thin too. And even the government
recommends having at least 3 days worth of food and water on hand. (http://www.ready.ga.gov/Prepare)
Religion? That can enter the equation too. It's not our place to tell you what to believe. This country was founded on religious
freedom. We've had all of the major religions and quite a few of the minor ones come through our doors. In all of the sacred
writings I've studied through the years, one thing I've seen repeatedly is that we should be prepared for unexpected
circumstances and hard times.
Speaking of hard times... Have you ever been laid off? How about your significant other or a parent? Do you remember the
uncertainty and fear of wondering how your family would be able to stay in your housing and keep food on the table and the
Are we telling you to quit your job, go out and put up a chicken coop and a barn, get some sheep or goats or cows, put in a
huge garden and raise everything yourself, make your own clothes, and become a subsistence farmer?
No. Let's face it, most of us have neither the time, desire, nor knowledge to farm full-time. (And many subdivisions, cities,
& counties have ordinances that prohibit large numbers of farm animals, if you're allowed any at all.)
With the overload of information (good or dangerous) that's available on the internet, it's easier to ignore it all, bury our heads
in the sand, and hope it never happens. And we hope it never does. But we see homesteading and emergency preparedness
like car insurance: You fuss & fume when you pay it every month. But heaven help you if you need it and don't have it.
As we sift through all of the information out there, we'll probably add more classes. We will not teach what we don't practice
ourselves. (i.e. We will not be teaching classes on raising animals or how to build a barn. Nor will we teach spinning &
weaving, much less how to shear a sheep.)
With this in mind, we offer the following classes. They are not usually on the published schedule, but contact us to set a
class up for you and/or your family:
(These are not NRA-approved classes.)