After the last economic crisis back in 2008, rising inflation, potential changes to gun laws and the television show “Doomsday Preppers” there is a lot more people thinking about emergency preparedness. People are stocking up on supplies and moving towards a prepper lifestyle. Being a prepper is more than just storing guns, ammo and wearing camouflage clothing. Prepping means being prepared for the worst case scenario and having what you need to survive. Here’s how you can prepare like a survivalist.
What’s a Prepper?
When you mention the words ‘prepper’ or ‘survivalist’ it often conjures up images of the bearded man living in a log cabin storing up guns and ammunition. When that stereotype is far from the case, in fact most preppers are concerned with safeguarding their families. They are concerned with economic and social survival, making ends meet and ensuring their family has everything they need. While most Americans have less than three days worth of food in their homes and little or no emergency supplies including a basic first aid kit.
Preppers are primarily concerned with having everything they need on hand during a natural disaster, power outages or other things like job loss or run away inflation. This is not so different from our grandparents who lived through the depression; they had to learn to be prepared. Having a few months of food stockpiled in the event of an emergency is no different than having enough money in the bank to survive a few months of unemployment. Most preppers don’t consider themselves survivalists or the stereotypes attached to that word.
Survivalist or Prepper
While the terms are often used interchangeably but there are subtle differences. Most survivalists are preparing themselves for an emergency, not just a weather event but the breakdown of society both at the local level and globally. They often stockpile food, water, medical supplies and partake in self defense training. They build shelters including underground shelters that will allow them to withstand any kind of catastrophic event.
Preppers do many of the same things which is what makes the differences a little blurry, the change is largely in the mindset. Survivalists are getting prepared for the end of the world, whereas a prepper is preparing for an emergency. You may not share the belief that the end of the world is nigh, but the truth is the American economy and political situation is more fragile every day. Preparing yourself for any event is better than wishing you had done something before the fact.