Welcome Branden from Dallas TX. Good to see young people get involved. I was raised by survivalists. they were great parents and grandparents along with uncles and aunts. Don't let yourself get discouraged. Keep on preparing and make good friends. Use you mind most of all. If you lose all your gear and preparations you still have your mind to get you through. Get your education. Be a leader. remember the people who survived the twin towers were the ones who said to heck with the order to return to their offices and got out. they knew it was time to get out of Dodge. Don't follow blindly like in what we do learn to glean out the best info and advice. Don't get caught up in rumors and stuff that will get you off track. Get prepared. See you in the posts.