Those on the outside looking in commonly wonder if preppers are crazy. In this article I will do my best to answer the question objectively while changing some hearts and minds. Contrary to opinion, and undoubtedly against the common thread in our loosely stitched community, I believe public opinion needs to be on our side. For those who are wondering whether preppers are crazy, or simply smarter than the flock, hopefully I can sway your opinion and allow you the opportunity to make an informed decision.
What are preppers?
Preppers are people who have concluded at some point in time a manmade or natural disaster poses an indefinite threat to their way of life who believe being prepared for such an event is an absolute necessity. Each prepper has their own unique method to how they prepare, and no two preppers are alike.
When you think about preppers you most likely have a mental image of Hard Ass Harry jerking off to Guns & Ammo inside his lead lined bunker, surrounded by a thousand MREs and a mountain of grenades. While this mental image couldn’t be further from the truth, it surely wasn’t helped by the popular TV series ‘Doomsday Preppers’, which shows a very small minority within the prepper community.
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Preppers are a diverse group of Americans ranging from soccer moms, retired veterans, and computer programmers, all with their own reasons and methods for prepping. You’ve got your baseline preppers who simply keep a couple extra weeks of food and water, while keeping their medical supplies stocked. Then you’ve got your hardcore preppers who stockpile months (even years) of food, water and tactically train with firearms while fortifying their home. From the base to the extreme there’s several levels at which people approach their preparedness.
Who are preppers?
Believe it or not, the media as a whole has lied to you when it comes to preppers. Mainstream media has made it their mission to convince you preppers are all ‘right-wing extremists’. Preppers have a wide range of political beliefs that includes but is not limited to liberal, conservative, and much to my dismay anarcho-communists (a patently absurd political belief), while I’m a staunch constitutionalist finding myself disagreeing with a lot of other conservatives’ beliefs which can be unsettling at times but to each his own. The only commonality preppers truly have is their unifying belief in preparedness.
What are preppers preparing for?
Nuclear War because we’re all going to die when man meets God’s final judgement. No, not really! Most preppers prepare for extremely rational reasons, such as someone who lives in a northern state that is at a high risk for white outs where food, water, heat and power is regularly cut off. Location, location, location, is what typically dictates one’s decision to be a prepper because natural disasters are the most prominent events they prepare for. Think about it, you haven’t been to the grocery store for a couple weeks, and you just finished a long shift so you skip the store to get caught up some much deserved rest. You wake up and your car is buried in the snow, the roads have been shut down, and the power was knocked out. How long will you last without being prepared?
Are natural disasters the only reason we prepare? Of course not. We all have our concerns about this or that, most are logical but they are not as finite as natural disasters. Economic collapse, World War III, and yes even the possibility of a nuclear attack are entirely good reasons to prepare. You’ve heard it as much as I have – it’s not a matter of if, but when..
What has history taught us?
To look back in time is to gain an insight as to why the prepper movement exists. In the past century we have lost the ability to survive without Wal-Mart. August 29th 2005 we watched what happens to those who don’t believe in preparedness as almost 2,000 people died in Hurricane Katrina, while the survivors were corralled into a stadium with no food or water. Hurricanes, heatwaves, earthquakes, all disasters that have left their mark on this great country.
“Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable.” – Gen. George S. Patton
When you add up the ten greatest natural disasters to happen on American soil over a million lives were lost. The sad truth is that many of those lives could have been saved with a little preparedness…
Are preppers crazy or what?
As a whole most preppers are logical people who are very grounded. Much like any other movement, there are those who are slightly unhinged and more extreme than most, but those who shout the loudest get heard the most this day and age. Fortunately for us those guys are a minority. So no, preppers are not crazy, they simply want to protect their friends and families just like you.. If you’re new to prepping check out prepping basics.
Ryan has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Emergency Administration and Management from the University of Kentucky, and has been the primary handler for usCrow.org since it’s founding.
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