About Us

Getting to know Jonathan and Kylene Jones – The Provident Preppers

Jonathan is a licensed civil engineer and an avid enthusiast of alternative energy sources; especially solar  and wind power. He has served on the advisory board and on the board of directors as vice president for The American Civil Defense Association (TACDA), as secretary/treasurer for a local chapter of Civil Defense Volunteers, as an emergency preparedness and communications specialist, and as a city councilperson, was tasked with developing the city emergency plan in his own community.

He has coauthored numerous articles published in The Journal of Civil Defense on emergency preparedness topics with his wife. He is the owner of Your Family Ark, LLC, an educational and consulting business designed to assist individuals and families in preparing for an uncertain future.

Kylene has an educational background in business management as well as in family studies. She has also served on the advisory board and on the board of directors for TACDA.  Kylene recently resigned her position as the the editor for The Journal of Civil Defense  to focus on writing quality content for The Provident Prepper.

She has a passion for researching and experimenting, adding a sense of real life to their writing and teaching. A firm believer in hands-on learning, she involves her family in emergency training for everything from fire drills, to living off food storage and garden produce, to turning off the power in the dead of winter just to see if they can survive it.

Many powerful lessons are learned from these experiences, the best lesson being that we are tougher than any challenge. We will not only survive, but we will emerge better, stronger people as a result of the adventure.

Jonathan and Kylene make a dynamic combination. They are authors of The Provident Prepper – A Common Sense Guide to Preparing for Emergencies. Together they have presented in a wide variety forums including; community education courses, educational seminars, preparedness fairs, employee education programs, and community classes. With Jonathan’s extensive knowledge and Kylene’s high energy personality, they have a unique talent for taking a relatively boring topic and turning it into an exciting quest, motivating audiences to join the ranks of the provident preppers.

Best of all … we are just real people who love our family. We have a yours, mine and ours family of 11 absolutely amazing children. As of today, we have 15 adorable grandchildren. Our preparedness efforts are born from a deep love for our family and our friends. We realize that we are not prepared unless our neighbors are prepared. It takes a community to live the good life and thrive.

We are doing everything we realistically can to teach and prepare our family along with others (YOU!) for a challenging future. We do not fear what the future holds. We love life and move forward with faith and gratitude for all that God has blessed us with. Join us in our grand adventure to become self-reliant and to live the provident lifestyle.

You can choose to be part of the problem or part of the solution. Thanks for being part of the solution!


We have been honored to be guests on Civil Defense Radio with Preston Schleinkofer. To listen to the podcasts click on the links below.

 Civil Defense Radio – The Provident Prepper

 Civil Defense Radio – Emergency Cooking Without Power

 Civil Defense Radio – Food Storage 101


Radio Health Journal 

Host, Nancy Benson, interviews civil defense experts Jonathan Jones and Kylene Jones, co-authors, The Provident Prepper: A Common Sense Guide to Preparing for Emergencies 

Deseret News Utah Prepare

Jonathan and Kylene teach classes on designer food storage plans, emergency cooking without electricity, and emergency heating when the power goes out.


Faith Pinho interviewed Jonathan and Kylene to share with readers what they can do to be better prepared for future events. It was a great opportunity to share how being prepared helps us to be part of the solution during challenging times. Thanks Faith!

We had a delightful interview with Lee Benson while social distancing in a secluded park.  Lee is a talented columnist for the Deseret News. We were very impressed with the great job he did writing this article. Thanks Lee for a truly enjoyable time!