privacy policy


Who we are

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What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Who we share your data with

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.


Your privacy is very important to us. Although most companies say that but then ignore it in practice, we actually feel that way and make the hard calls to live up to it — our founder even lost his career in government in part because he sided with Apple in the FBI vs. Apple encryption debate.

The Prepared will never:

  • Spam you
  • “Out” you as a prepper
  • Take any actions on your social media profiles (or any other third-party service) without your explicit permission
  • Sell your personal information
  • Work with third parties that sell your personal information
  • Take any actions on your social profiles (or any other third-party service) without your explicit permission
  • Comply with optional government requests

You may use many of The Affiliate Hub’s public services without providing any information beyond the basic things collected while browsing the web, such as your IP address. Cookies are used for industry-standard practices across our services, including remembering when you’re logged into your account and measuring how many readers see an article.

When you choose to, we collect personal information solely for delivering our services to you. For example, you may give us your email address, password, username, picture, credit card information, name, billing address, or shipping address when choosing to buy something.

Such info is stored securely and generally not accessible to anyone outside of The Prepared. Exceptions are when it’s necessary to securely transmit info to third-party vendors for actions you take, such as a credit card processor.

Any third-party vendors we work with have strong data protection agreements and follow all laws, including GDPR, CCPA, and PCI compliance. Some of those partners require us to paste the messages below:

We partner with Rakuten Marketing, who may collect personal information when you interact with our site. The collection and use of this information is subject to the privacy policy located here:

GDPR: We make every effort to comply with all privacy laws (and have helped write a few of those laws ourselves!) If you are subject to the GDPR privacy laws, and any or all of The Affiliate Hub’s services (including third-party vendors) are not in compliance, then you may not use our services or you expressly waive any damages/recourse if you continue anyway. We are a small startup, please be kind.


Medical and general “don’t be an idiot” disclaimer

It’s impossible to teach people about emergency preparedness without discussing things like medical and survival situations.

Unfortunately, the realities of our modern legal system mean that a few bad apples ruin it for everyone else by reading something on the internet, something going wrong, and then blaming other people for their own decisions and circumstances.

By using this website or any materials we create, you agree that:

  • Any information provided is not meant to be definitive or to replace more-qualified sources. When in doubt, treat it as “infotainment.
  • You understand things you read on the internet should not override advice you receive from your doctor, legal authorities, etc.
  • You will not hold “” or “Affiliate Hub” or anyone associated with it responsible for your own decisions and circumstances.
  • You understand that advice you see here is not perfect — even though we always do our best to be the most accurate content around.