I'm a long time "survivalist" (since the late 70's/early 80's), but new to the whole "prepping" thing. I kind of got out of it for a while just before "Reno's Raiders" started cracking down on the survivalist/para military groups. The survival mentality never completely left me though, I just wasn't as hard core. Now, I feel that things are deteriorating more rapidly, and I need to start doing something to be ready. I do have a lot of DIY skills, EMT training, auto/motorcycle mechanics (older cars & bikes), electronics repair, welding and metal work, and a basic knowledge of all phases of home construction (my father and step father were both contractors, and I grew up working with them). Currently, I'm studying gunsmithing and blacksmithing to add to my post SHTF skills. I worked my way through school as a hand-to-hand combat instructor and field medic for a merc. outfit, and received doctorates in Religion and Psychology, and I am an ordained Christian minister. I'm in Tyler, not too far from the East Texas Islamic Center, and I'd really like to find a place a bit farther away, preferably with a few acres to make a permanent homestead. Anyway, I just thought I'd introduce myself.