NOTE: For anyone who might be reading this that is wondering what prepping really is, this article will explain a few things about who we really are. If all you have heard about prepping is from television and shows like Doomsday Preppers, you might think we are all over the top conspiracy theorists hiding in our bunkers.
The truth is, most of us would never make it on that show (or want to) because we are far too boring. Most of us are just like you, average everyday people, we just choose to prepare for unforeseen events.
What is Prepping…Really
Instead of explaining what prepping really is, it might be better to explain what prepping isn’t. There are quite a few misconceptions out there, and because television networks need rating, they make the most extreme cases seem mainstream.
Everyone is Different
Not everyone who is interested in preparedness is the same. Some of us are business men and women, some are doctors, lawyers or factory workers. The majority of us don’t live in the middle of nowhere, doing shooting drills with our AR15’s, wearing full tactical gear…although some of us wish we could.
We are Not “Scared”
There is a different between being afraid, and being fearful. We prepare because we fear something could happen, and we want to be confident we can protect our family and ourselves if it does.
We Don’t Hope For a Disaster
The truth is, most of us hope nothing like this ever happens, and we hope we never have to use what we have in that type of situation. Prepping is about much more than beans and rice.
Conspiracy Theory Isn’t Prepping
While there is no shortage of conspiracy theorist involved in prepping (my wife included) That isn’t (or shouldn’t be) the main reason for becoming prepared. It’s also important not to disregard everything as conspiracy theory just because the mainstream media tells you it is.
Fear Based Marketing
This type of marketing really gives preppers a bad name. This type of marketing preys on your fears, and makes you think the world is going to end tomorrow unless you buy their product. If you ever run across something like this, do yourself a favor and run. I have a guide that is ABSOLUTELY FREE, and has more information than these.
The Different Types of Prepping
Another misconception about prepping is that all preppers have a house full of supplies, and we are all preparing for the world to end. The truth is, everyone prepares for different event, and stores different supplies. Some people prepare for natural disaster, some for larger scale disasters, and some just want a little extra food and water just in case.
FEMA on Steroids
The only difference between preppers and some of these federal organizations is that we take emergency preparedness to the next level. Having food and water stored for 3 days is great, but some disaster scenarios call for more than that.
SPP191 What is Prepping? Some Common Misconception’s
In this weeks Survivalist Prepper Show, Lisa and I talked about some misconceptions about prepping, and how we are not all the same. We also talked about if there are some things we could be overreacting to a bit, and even whether or not stashing cash is a good idea.
Are We Overreacting
Is a “Mad Max” scenario possible in America? Although unlikely, in extreme cases it could be. The power grid going down could set us back 100 years, and reduce the population by 90%. With that being said, we are a developed country, and would begin to rebuild fairly quickly.
The average person might think that preppers are overreacting because most people are reactionary, most people wait until something bad happens before they act. Preppers are proactive and plan in advance because we see how bad things are getting. This doesn’t just include nuclear bombs and terrorist attacks, this includes the economy, personal finances, natural disasters and planning for a better future.
In short, I think sometimes we do overreact, but for good reason. I would rather overreact and be wrong, than not prepare at all and be wrong.
Also From the Show…
During this weeks podcast we also talked about avoiding prepper burnout and whether stashing cash is a good idea or not.
Prepper Burnout: At one point or another we are all going to go through this, and how we handle this is crucial. There are quite a few ways to handle prepper burnout, but the easiest way is to avoid it in the first place. I have an all or nothing personality, I tend to keep going until my gas tank is empty…I’m learning to pace myself a little better.
Sometimes money gets in the way, and sometimes life gets in the way. Learning new skills is free, and focusing on hobbies we enjoy will help get that fire burning again. At times it can seem like we have so much to do and no time to do it, but sometimes we need to give ourselves a break.
Stashing Cash: One question I hear quite a bit in the preparedness community is whether or not to keep your money in the bank. I think there are 2 sides to this coin. The money we have in the bank could disappear instantly because of hackers or an economic collapse. On the other hand stashing cash at home could make us a target.
I’m not sure if there is a “right” answer to this because they both pose a risk, but this thread from the SurvivalistBoards forum will give you some idea’s if you decide to stash some cash.
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