David Nash started the Shepherd School in 2003 as a firearm training company. At that time we focused on handgun permit and armed security classes.
As our experience grew the focus changed, the school began to see firearms as a smaller piece in the self-reliance picture. As David and the Shepherd School began focusing on personal preparedness and individual responsibility we quickly realized that the normal focus in this field was on gathering “stuff”. The problem is that property can be lost, stolen, destroyed, or damaged. Skills, mindset, and mental flexibility can never be taken from you. Therefore we choose to focus on helping the public gain those skills.
The Shepherd School provides training and consulting in the areas of:
- Urban Homesteading
- Emergency Kits
- Personal Protection
- Personal Preparedness
The key tools we use to provide our services are:
- The Shepherd School website, that focuses on DIY articles, videos, and free downloads
- YouTube Channel
- Classes and workshops
- Informational DVDs
- Speaking engagements
- Media Interviews
- Books and articles
David Nash is a former U.S. Marine Corps non-commissioned officer, correctional supervisor and law enforcement firearms instructor for multiple state government agencies. Currently he is a full time emergency management planner, as well as the owner of The Shepherd School.
David earned a BS in Emergency Management with a minor in Homeland Security from Jacksonville State University in Alabama. In addition to his academic training, he has taken over 2000 hours of formal, in person, training covering multiple emergency response and disaster preparedness topics. David has also taken hundreds of independent study courses to keep abreast of changing technology in adult learning. David is a lifelong student, and is committed to increasing his knowledge base so that he can pass that knowledge to those who need it.
David is a state certified Hazardous Material Technician, and has earned the Emergency Management Association of Tennessee’s highest level of certification, Emergency Management Professional. He holds several instructor ratings from the Department of Homeland Security, State Government, and the private sector
David Nash. Understanding the Use of Handguns for Self Defense, Looseleaf Law Publications, 2011
David Nash. 52 Projects for Self Reliance, Skyhorse Publishing, 2013
David Nash. 52 Food Preservation Projects, Skyhorse Publishing, upcoming 2015
David Nash. 52 Prepper Projects for Kids, Skyhorse Publishing, Contracted
David Nash. “The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency” International Association of Emergency Managers Bulletin, Vol. 24 No. 6, June 2007
David Nash. “The Critical Incident Stress Debriefing: An Operational Guide.”
9-1-1- Magazine, July 2008
Triune: If disaster strikes, how well would you survive?
Baxter, Sandy; The Tennessean; Aug 29, 2012; pg. n/a;
More Tennessee women carry guns
Christian Bottorff; The Tennessean; Mar 7, 2007; pg. A.1;
Run and hide or defend yourself
Vivi Hoang; The Tennessean; Feb 13, 2006; pg. D.1;
Phil Valentine; The Phil Valentine Show; October 30, 2012
Doomsday Preppers; No One Will Be Ready, Season 3, episode 13
A priceless education for new handgun owners. An important refresher for experienced carriers.
If you own-or are considering owning-a handgun, this book is a must, covering:
- Tips for selecting the right gun for you