About HomeSurvivalSystems.com | Who we are & what we do
We started HomeSurvivalSystems.com to help families prepare themselves.
We are an ecommerce website with a mission: we want all families to be equipped with everything they need to live comfortably, at home–for up to 72 hours or longer–without electricity or running water. In addition, we urge all families to be prepared for outbreaks, medical emergencies and epidemics.
Our website is our “product.”
HomeSurvivalSystems.com was built to be a convenient, online tool that organizes everything families need for home survival and displays it all in one place.
The items we offer on this site, including product details and prices, are provided in real-time, directly by Amazon.com. We operate as an Amazon Affiliate website, so we never mark prices up. Ordering through our site is just like ordering directly on Amazon.com. All orders through this site are processed by Amazon.com and its fulfillment teams and distribution partners. There is no charge for use of this site. Our site visitors will enjoy numerous advantages by joining the Amazon Prime program.
We only sell products that we believe in, we have used, and/or we have tested.
The equipment and supplies we sell on this site represent extensive research and analysis. We select products for sale on HomeSurvivalSystems.com based on our belief in the product’s excellence, reliability, durability and long-term value. We are not paid to list products on this site. Our inventory selection team is closely advised by licensed electricians and first responders and we only sell items that meet our team’s highest standards for performance.
Everyone needs home survival systems.
Over the past 20 years, there has been an alarming increase in utility service outages affecting millions of people every year. America’s power and water supplies are often run on antiquated, outdated and retrofitted technologies that are inefficient and highly vulnerable.
When the electricity or running water suddenly goes off, with or without warning, the vast majority of America’s families are not adequately prepared to deal with it. People take electricity and running water for granted, and when a sudden outage occurs they can suddenly find themselves in uncomfortable, and even dangerous, situations.
To some extent, we are all guilty of utility complacency. But the fact is, electricity and running water are very fragile systems that can be unexpectedly interrupted.
Add to that the very real specter of epidemics, pandemics and international “outbreaks” like ebola and bird flu, and you come to realize that, in this day and age, families need to prepare themselves in a whole new way.
About this journey
From the Founder
The formation of this business aligns with my passions, interests, and professional background.
I have always been fascinated by Quaker communities, probably because my dad grew up in one, Oneida, NY, the home of the famous (and failed) “Utopian communities” from the 19th century. Quaker communities display an interesting mix of collectivism and autonomy. They help each other, come to pray together, but there are no preachers, and leadership tends to be derived by skill-set every bit as much as piety.
All Quakers….to a person…believe that life is precious, but more importantly, that all life is equal….that no one life is better than any other. This instills a sense of, for lack of a better word, spontaneous and democratic concern for others that most other religions also embrace. That is, you are raised, somehow, to look at the world around you, and to want to help! To look for barns to raise. Now this springs out of both an impulse to help, but also out of a desire to GET help down the road. It’s largely unspoken, but Quakers tend to organize around shared interests, and I’ve always thought it’s a sensible world view. Cooperation is a good thing. Consciousness is a good thing!
With that said, several years ago these (unconscious?) concerns came to a head around the subject of municipal services, and how fragile they are. Further, I clearly saw that America’s electrical power grid and water systems are under threat. I also became aware that American citizens are not prepared for any of it. As you will read in this website,
“Over the past 20 years, there has been an alarming increase in utility service outages affecting millions of people every year. America’s power and water supplies are often run on antiquated, outdated and retrofitted technologies that are inefficient and highly vulnerable. When the electricity or running water suddenly goes off, with or without warning, the vast majority of America’s families are not adequately prepared to deal with it. People take electricity and running water for granted, and when a sudden outage occurs they can suddenly find themselves in uncomfortable, and even dangerous, situations.”
So back to the Quaker idea. I made a decision to use MY skill-set to do a barn raising on America, to the best of my ability. The first thing I did was to start thinking about how to convince Home Depot, Lowes, and Ace Hardware (and later Amazon.com) to start a formal national business category called Home Backup Systems. I believed that these stores should aggregate the products they are already selling into an organized aisle, with signage, and provide equipment and supplies that support the purchase of backup water systems, food systems, lighting systems, energy systems, and survival gear…all into one place. That way, people would be prompted to think about it, and would have access to what they (didn’t realize?) they needed.
The second thing I decided was to build my own Home Backup Systems aisle, and do it online. After about 18 months of prodding, I was finally able to convince my step-mother to give me a small amount of seed money. With that I was able to form an LLC and build a site wireframe and proof of concept, which I was able to use to prod a second investor to fund me out until our launch (2017).
I have consulted with firemen, electricians, plumbers, and have read extensively on the subject. I didn’t start out as an alternative energy products or home backup systems expert, I just wanted to help families prepare. In the process of doing this, we have come to see this business category as a complex, vibrant, fast-growing, and intellectually stimulating “space” to do business. We are not preppers. We are simply trying to help people get into compliance with FEMA’s suggested 72-hour preparedness level (for all U.S. families).
Several individuals have been involved with this project from the start, and to a person they have been exceeded my expectations. This team has been, and will continue to be, responsible for the amazing inventory (and technology) we have assembled. We look forward to engaging with audiences as a digital publisher, and we are delighted to be able to offer this service to the world.
I close by reminding the reader that this entire undertaking has been borne out of a desire to help families be ready in case the lights go out, or the water suddenly turns off, or you can’t leave your home, for whatever reason. We genuinely come at this enterprise from the perspective of “service to others.”
There is no excuse for being caught off guard. Please heed my advise, whether you purchase through us or somebody else.
Make sure your family is prepared to live without electricity, running water, or being able to leave for at least 72 hours. Use our checklist or FEMA’s checklist and make a plan. Get the equipment and supplies you need. AND DON’T DELAY.
Venice Island, FL (2017)