Author Robert Winter studied psychology in college and owned his own construction firm with a General B-1 license in California before spending 25 years as a contract FEMA inspector and three years as a certified building inspector. In 1989 when he set out on his first disaster, his life became a “living adventure.” This era of his life changed him to his core.
Within one year of beginning the work and telling friends and relatives his experiences, he began to repeatedly hear, “Robert, you MUST write a book!” Because he had focused so much time and energy helping victims of the devastation and destruction that only Mother Earth herself could inflict:
Hurricanes—Hugo, Iniki, Georges, Katrina, Floyd, Andrew, Ivan, Sandy, Charley, Frances, Jeanne; Cyclones—Ofa, Heta; Northridge Earthquake; Floods in Texas, Washington, California, Missouri
And others… it is only now—more than twenty years later—that he actually sat down to write that book.
Some people are just born to protect others— Robert Winter is one of them. Whether it’s “A-list” celebrities in the midst of Los Angeles and Las Vegas crowds or “everyday people” trying to recover from the horrors and destruction of a natural disaster, “Frecks” is the man for the job.
As a three-time world karate champion, and third degree black-belt, he teaches rape prevention techniques to women; he has traveled the country working as a bodyguard to a single American flag that was part of one of the most famous incidents in professional baseball history.
Of course, a lot of people might think Robert needs to be protected from himself instead of the other way around. He is a daredevil and confirmed adrenaline junky who happily dives for abalone amongst great white sharks (he was once a commercial diver), bungee jumps, water skis and he even spent half a year living in Antarctica, where he also went diving beneath the polar ice! (For this last activity he received the Antarctica Service Medal by the National Science Foundation, 1991 and the Antarctica Service Medal by Department of the Navy, 1991 for his contributions to the exploration of Antarctica.)
Adventurer, friend to many, protector of all he meets, Robert chose the words “Help, Hope, and Comfort” as his business motto, but they are also the words that best describe his life’s work and the goals of his very first book.
Today, he always has two bags packed and is always prepared to fly into a disaster zone.
“I’ve got hours and hours of stories. I’ve seen the human condition at its best and it its worst. I’ve personally bent the rules to the breaking point to help disaster victims when no one else would.”