What Are Preppers Preparing For?
“Prepping” simply means to prepare for the unknown or unexpected, and it’s seen a big boom in activity these past few years in America. A surge in the desire for complete independence from others has spiked the growth of the prepper population. More people are now wanting to be able to produce their own food, filter their own water, and create their own sources of power instead of having to rely on others to do it for them. It’s a great skill to have if you’ve got the “If you want something done right, you’ve gotta do it yourself” mentality.
Now I have to say, prepping is awesome, but I feel like the term “prepper” always gets a bad rap. You don’t have to be an alien-fearing loon, living in your super secret underground bunker with enough dehydrated food to last you 20 years to consider yourself a prepper. Leave that mumbo-jumbo for the movies.
Prepping is so much more than that.
What Are Preppers Preparing For Anyway?
A few years back, my step-father created a Go Bag Survival Kit and kept it in his basement. I came across it one day in the corner behind the recliner and was immediately confused (and a little freaked out, honestly). The first thing I saw was a huge machete strapped to the side of the bag, so naturally my first thought was, “Has this guy finally lost his mind?”. However, after a little more digging with the help of my finely tuned, Nancy Drew sleuthing skills, I was able to determine that he in fact, had not lost his mind – well, not yet!
After my detective work, I asked my step-dad to explain to me what exactly he was doing with his bag full of necessities. After all, it looked like he was getting ready to ditch home and skip town! But clearly that wasn’t the case. He was joining the prepper movement.
My step-father is an ex-marine so he takes his personal safety and the safety of his loved ones very seriously. He created his survival kit to protect against the unknowns of the world. He figured that he couldn’t keep himself or anyone else safe if he wasn’t prepared, so he did just that.
Preparation is key in order to overcome obstacles. It gives you a leg up on the competition and can ease your mind a great deal.
Some obstacles preppers prepare for:
- terrorist attacks
- natural disasters (hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires, earthquakes, snow storms, etc.)
- power outages
- food or water shortages
- home invasions
- disease outbreak
- health problems
- losing a job
- financial struggle
- the end of the world
Yes, I did include the end of the world in the list. It might sound crazy, but there are thousands of people getting ready for it! Regardless of your opinions, if any of the things on this list frighten you a bit, you might consider becoming a prepper yourself!
You Can and Should Become a Prepper
Again, I’m going to ask you to leave that super secret underground bunker mumbo jumbo behind. Yes, it’s real and yes, many people partake in that type of prepping, but it’s just not practical for the average person. I just want to help educate people about the benefits of prepping and why I think it’s important to prepare for unexpected situations.
Some benefits of prepping:
- create peace of mind
- increase independence
- boost self-esteem
- bond with others
- provide yourself with a self-made insurance policy
Imagine living in a world where your are the sole provider for your family and suddenly lose your job. How about a category 4, 5, or 6 hurricane tearing through your home and neighborhood. Imagine a terrorist attack striking your city, causing a state of emergency. Or what about a snow storm leaving you trapped in your home for a week?
Are you prepared for the unexpected?
If you’re like me and millions of others in the world, you’ll understand the importance of having backup plans, emergency savings accounts, and an extra food supply. It’s so simple to become a “prepper” that anyone can do it – and everyone should do it.
How to Become a “Prepper”
First of all, let’s get this out of the way; you don’t have to call yourself a prepper. There is no law book that says you have to conform to the stereotypes of being a one, so don’t worry – nobody is coming for your reputation.
There are a few steps you could consider taking in order to ease your way into learning how to better prepare yourself. There’s actually a lot of basic information you should grasp before delving too deep into the prepping world. And it’s pretty surprising that a lot of this information, such as food storage, self-defense, and first-aid, remains pretty uncharted to most people. You’d think they would make you take some of these classes in high school right? Seems to me that being able to properly clean out and dress a wound might be more important than being able to list the names of the wives of Henry VIII of England, right?
Here are a few steps you can take to get yourself ready:
- Do your research. It’s a lot easier to take advantage of the millions of ideas around you instead of having to create them on your own. The internet is chock-full of great information (and some not so great) that is at your beck and call. Get some inspiration for yourself by seeing what other people are doing.
- Decide what you need to prep for. Differing geographical locations, financial situations, and number of family members will likely affect the reasons you’ll need to prep for. Make decisions for you and the ones you want to protect, not the guy down the street
- Create emergency plans and contacts. Make up an evacuation plan for your home in the case of an emergency and communicate it with your family. Locate all exit points in your home and educate your family members on which to use in different scenarios. Also create an emergency contact list with the phone numbers and email addresses of family members, police, fire department, and friends. Make sure everyone has access to this list.
- Store food and water. No matter where you are or who you are, you will need to have food and water. Find a place in your home, garage, or shed to store some extra food and water. Buy nonperishable food and keep the water completely sealed. Learn how to filter water as well.
- Put together a go bag survival kit. In case of emergencies, it’d be a great idea to have a go bag on hand somewhere in your home.
- Learn the basics of first aid. Not only is first aid important for emergencies, but even simple accidents. Being able to take care of yourself and family members is an invaluable skill to have. You should also put together a nice kit with bandages, medicines, and other small tools.
- Talk to your family. Make sure you tell your family what you’re doing. Don’t freak them out, just let them know that you’ll be ready to protect them if any type of emergency happens.
I hope it’s safe to say that you can now successfully respond to the question “What are preppers preparing for anyway?”. It is also my hope that you are inspired to take action for yourself. Don’t just sit around like a lame duck pretending that you live in a perfect world. If the world goes to sh*t, you’ll be on your own. Get prepared for those situations so you can take care of yourself if ever the case.
Leave your comments or stories below if you’ve ever experienced the unexpected!