Hi MakingDo, welcome to the community! Great attitude, tolerance goes a long way and you are spot on, actually a couple of decades ago its was perfectly normal to be at least a prepper and most folks from the countryside knew the matching survival skills as well.
Probably since about age 9. I come from a long line of survivors and preppers, only they used to be called poor folk, or famers.
Alea iacta est ("The die has been cast")