Hi! I’m Lisa Bedford. Maybe I’m better known as The Survival Mom!
I’m the mother of two spectacular homeschooled children, now both teenagers, and wife to a kind and patient man who has been my husband for 20 years.
I’ve always been a news junkie, but in early 2009, news headlines hit a little too close to home with stories of an American economy that was near to rock bottom, layoffs and bankruptcies everywhere, and with just a quick look around my neighborhood I saw how those stories were affecting everyday people like me. So many good, hardworking people lost their jobs, homes, and financial security, almost overnight.
I knew it could happen to us.
That’s when I began digging around the internet for information about how I, an average suburban mom, could protect my family and our lifestyle. It didn’t take long before I ended up in the realm of the doomers, survivalists with tips for food storage, purifying water, and dealing with snipers!
I sorted through mountains of information, found what applied to my family, and got busy “prepping”. I had no idea what preppers were. I only knew that I could be proactive and prepare for emergencies by doing what moms have always done — taking charge and getting things done!
Now I’m a prepper
In late 2009, I started The Survival Mom blog and, coincidentally, preppers hit the news in a big way. I was interviewed by a reporter from Newsweek magazine, just 4 months after my blog started. She had heard that prepping was a big trend. Many other interviews followed, but the problem for many of these reporters was that I was so…normal.
We didn’t have a bunker. We didn’t have drills to see how fast we could don gas masks and Tyvek suits, and we weren’t teaching our kids how to forage for edible insects. In fact, we were so much like every other family that one reporter said, “You seem so…happy and normal.”
Why, thanks! I like to think of myself as just a very smart and very aware mom who will do whatever it takes to safeguard her family.
6 Years later and counting
My blog is now 6 years old, with 1600 articles on just about every topic you can imagine. I usually write about:
Why read my blog?
Technically, the future has always been uncertain. I mean, a massive earthquake could take out half of the United States at any moment, I suppose. What makes right now different is the uncertainty on so many levels: the economy, national security, natural disasters, and a world increasingly filled with threats against our country.
If you’ve been stashing away a few groceries every week or researching how to make a solar powered generator, you’re not alone! I hope you’ll find reassurance and practical help here on my blog. Our concerns for the present and future can be channeled into actions that will help provide for and protect our families while still enjoying the heck out of life!
And then, there’s the book…
Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst Case Scenarios. Looking back, I wrote the book that I wish I had read back when I first realized the importance of having a prepared home and family. My book is full of humor, checklists, family activities, specific and easy-to-follow instructions, and even a fun quiz to get you started! Plus, there’s an Appendix full of information that I just couldn’t quite cram into the book! You’ll love it!
Let’s stay in touch
One of the best blessings to come from my blog, book, and speaking engagements has been getting to know my readers and followers. I enjoy your questions and learning about your concerns and challenges. That’s why I stay active on social media.
I welcome your comments and questions. Contact me at lisa @thesurvivalmom.com.