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If I were to ask you what the first thing is you think about when you hear the word "Prepper", you will probably say something along the lines of someone dressed in full tactical gear, sat in a bunker filled to the brim with food and water, clutching an assault rifle, waiting for a the apocalypse.
Even the internet defines Prepper as:
a person who believes a catastrophic disaster or emergency is likely to occur in the future and makes active preparations for it, typically by stockpiling food, ammunition, and other supplies.
"there's no agreement among preppers about what disaster is most imminent"
Well, this could not be further from the truth, but as per usual that 1% who think that, if and when SHTF you need to set your priorities to protect above all else and get armed to the teeth.
Let me tell you, being a Prepper is so much more than having a basement full of food and weapons.
"I kind of like my "easy" life where I can turn a tap on if I want a drink of clean water or nip to my local shop if I want something to eat."
"I have electricity to run my fridge freezer and I can sleep at night happy in the knowledge that my family and possessions are safe."
"The only real worry I have is paying my bills on time and what kind of mischief my kids are up to. That's really about it."
While this seems like the easy route to take throughout life, it is not wise, especially since disaster can strike at any time. Remember, our lives have become dependent on modern technologies, whether we care to admit it or not. If a natural disaster were to strike and the power grid is knocked down, then how would you be able to heat normal food (like frozen dinners)? You wouldn't be able to, as there would be no power to run your microwave or oven.
Furthermore, as demonstrated in Hurricane Irma, looters can be a real problem in emergency situations. If you are not prepared to defend yourself and your property, then you may end up at the mercy of thieves.
Misconception 2: "Preppers have basements or bunkers stocked full with food, water, guns and other emergency supplies."
While most preppers do have a stockpile of foods and water, it is nowhere near a bunker full. The switched on Prepper will be learning as much as they can about bushcrafting and living off grid.
Saying that, staying put at home is always the most ideal plan, you should always stay home if it is safe, which is why we store foods and water with long shelf lives, as well as the means to cook food without the comforts of home that we have.
Misconception 3: "Preppers are all about dressing up in tactical gear, knifes, guns and killing stuff"
Again, not true. Around 99% of preppers will say that when SHTF the ideal place to be would be in your own home, it's safe and you know where all the exits and weak points are, this is known as "Bugging in".
Chances are in a SHTF scenario that your home will become unsafe at some point and you will need to "Bug out" and go off grid.
This is where the tactical gear and knifes come in. You will need to blend in to your new bug out location, set up a shelter and prepare to possibly stay there for a while.
It would be impossible to carry weeks worth of food and water with you unless you're lucky enough to own a 4x4, so you will need to be prepared to find water and hunt for your meals.
Being a Prepper is a whole lot more than waiting for that catastrophic event or the collapse of society just so we can say "We told you so!"
You will usually find that preppers are skilled or are learning about the following:
Food preparation, safe food storage, food and water shelf life, nutrition, fitness, weight management, first aid, emergency and field first aid, navigation, hunting and fishing, how to prep and start a fire with and without fire lighting equipment and so much more..
Some countries are even actively promoting the idea of being preparing for an emergency situation. Think about it, if you have stocked food, water and first aid supplies and have a bug in/bug out plan, should the s**t hit the fan, you're prepared for it, you could even help your neighbors (if you like them) until rescue arrives.
You don't have to go all Doomsday Prepper but it would be in your advantage to be ready should something really bad happen whether that be a flood, unexpected heavy snow storm which cuts you off, the national grid going off line for a couple of days or weeks or even longer, hurricane, a pandemic, the collapse of the economy, collapse of society, meteor shower, alien invasion or a zombie apocalypse.
(yes, I did add those two scenarios as a bit of a joke, of course I don't think that the economy and/or society will ever collapse).
I want to thank the following people for their help in writing this post.