Recently I bumped into a friend who said, “I hear you’ve gotten into the whole prepper thing.” Innocent enough question, only she had that “oh, you poor thing” look on her face. You know the look I’m talking about, right? Then it hit me, “OMG, she thinks I’m crazy!”
UrbanDictionary.com defines “Prepper” as, “someone who focuses on preparedness, generally for various worst-case scenarios like peak oil or Armageddon…”
Heck, even Oxford Dictionary on its website 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…”
Catastrophic? Armageddon? No wonder people think we’re nuts!
No offense to UrbanDictionary and the Oxford Dictionary, but this is a huge misconception.
Preparedness is so much more than just zombies and Doomsday!
Yes, there are some Preppers out there that are getting ready for some 'end of the world' event of their choice, but the average prepper is focused on being prepared for events that are more likely to become an issue. IMHO, the reality is that a snowstorm causing the electric to be out is more likely to happen than the zombie apocalypse.
There are many every day emergencies that could and have happened, that it’s foolish to not be prepared. Consider the following scenarios:
Major loss of income or loss of job. In an ever changing economy, no one’s job is ever really secure. Can you survive for months if you needed to find a new job?
Or even just a decrease in income. I had a medical procedure where the recovery should have only been a few weeks. Due to complications, I was off work for 4 months. That was an unplanned loss of income and thankfully, we had extra food stored to help make it through that time.
Death of you or your spouse. During this time, your family will be having a difficult time emotionally, but what about financially?
Tornados & Hurricanes. So much of the US is affected by some type of storm system, and it seems as if these storms get stronger each passing year. It makes sense to prepare.
My aunt lives on the outskirts of the area affected by Hurricane Sandy, and she was out of electricity for a while. I love my aunt dearly, but not even a candle on hand…really??
Major Snow Storm. Unless you live in an area always affected by snow, you really don’t think about just how dangerous it is.
There’s a news story from a few years back that I often think of about a major snow storm that left motorists stranded on the highway for 12 hours or so. What would you do if you were caught in your car in below freezing temperatures and had a quarter tank of gas, no means to stay warm, and no food or water? After that news story, I loaded a car kit in my trunk. I know what I would do....live through it.
No electric or other utilities for any length of time. Many years back, our area had an electric outage for a week. Taking cold showers in the dark just plain sucks. We now own a generator. Crazy? I don’t think so.
Another example, we had a water line break in our neighborhood last summer. For 24 hours our entire subdivision had no water…..except us. We got to brush our teeth, cook and flush the toilet. It’s the little things in life that make life worth living.
- House fire, man-made disasters, flooding, other natural disasters, etc. Any of these things can happen at any time.
The truth is these are all facts of life. We pray that they never happen to us, but we make preparations just in case they do. Does that make me crazy or sensible? (The correct answer is sensible!)
So the next time someone thinks you’re crazy for being a prepper, just give them that “Oh, you poor thing” look, and ask, “And why aren’t you?”