In 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. People were stranded without resources for days before they were reached by the government response effort. While watching this disaster play out, Daniel Kunz thought to put together a 72-hour survival kit for his family in case of an emergency. After many hours researching what was necessary for three days of survival, he began to assemble a pack from items he purchased at retail stores. As the pack began to come together, it became apparent that the cost of each item individually would make a survival kit incredibly expensive. This meant that few people would have the resources (time and money) to assemble survival kits on their own. While it would be possible to put together a less-expensive kit with lower quality merchandise, the last thing that a family needs in case of an emergency is second-rate gear. Daniel was inspired to establish Guardian Survival Gear, a wholesale company dedicated to creating quality survival kits. He turned to his father, Glenn Kunz, for the $1,000 dollars of initial seed money to create the company. Glenn was a decorated war hero who had served in Vietnam. Having overcome many trials following his service in the military, Glenn understood the value of preparedness and gladly invested in the company. From an original two-man operation in a 100-square foot California office, Guardian survived a major economic downturn and many other challenges to become a thriving company.