There are a lot of misconceptions out there about what constitutes a prepper. The mainstream media likes to put an ugly spin on it, of course, trying to portray us as kooks and conspiracy theorists hoping for the end of the world. The general population may see ‘Doomsday Preppers’ and think we’re all building underground bunkers and stockpiling ammo and for some that maybe true. There are folks preparing for TEOTWAWKI or ‘The End of the World as We Know It,’ and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. What’s the harm? The worst-case/best-case scenario for them is that nothing happens. Heck the US Government suggests you have 3 days worth of supplies on hand (read here) and the German government is telling its citizens the stockpile 10 days worth due to the heightened terrorist threat (read here). However, I think most preppers, like my wife and I, are ‘lifestyle’ preppers. We see prepping as the commonsense practice of saving; yes, read that again – saving. I’m sure you’ve all heard the phrase ‘saving for a rainy day,’ we’ll that’s exactly what we’re doing. Having extra food, water, medical supplies and other survival gear is like having an emergency fund; like having savings in the bank. Having an emergency fund covers that unexpected financial emergency such as a large medical bill (thanks Obamacare!) the transmission goes out in the car, or a water pipe bursts flooding your man cave – you get the idea. Having a stash of prepper supplies covers you in case of a State, local, or even National emergency such as a blackout, flood, tornado, etc. Having a good stash of supplies at home gives us the same peace of mind that our financial emergency fund does, just for a different kind of emergency.
The desire to save and prepare has led us to learn new skills or skills that used to be common place, but that our society has lost for the most part. We’ve begun growing some of our own food, going to farms and farmers markets, juicing, canning, freezing and dehydrating food; doing things your parents or grandparents did. Each week we learn a little bit more and each new skill or experience makes us that much more prepared to face what ever the future may hold. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.