When I was growing up, my parents and grandparents used to can a lot of food. This was a way of preserving their crops to use during the winter. It was also “prepping” but wasn’t called that back in the days.
Today that term has gotten a bad connotation. “Preppers”, as they are known as, are seen as kooks or crazy people; people who are preparing for the end of the world or the zombie apocalypse. These people are not to be confused with “survivalist” – people who have “bushcraft” skills for living in the wild.
Survivalist are admired for their ability to live in the wild using just their skills and knowledge by making use of what’s available in the wild.
Preppers on the other hand stock up on food and supplies to last them during disasters and civil disturbances. For preppers, the two can overlap with preppers learning buschcraft skills to make their stocks and supplies last longer.
There is a another group called “off-gridders” – people who want to live “off the grid” by living in remote areas. Off-gridders want their freedom more than anything else. They tend not to have a phone, company supplied electricity or the Internet. These people tend to make or raise most things themselves and combine survivalist skills with prepping.
With the recent floods and blizzards around the world, Preppers are starting to look not so crazy. Of course it’s always been that way, but the media, as is their want, took a few extreme cases and made all Preppers look out of the ordinary. When in fact, all Preppers are doing is what we all should be doing!
We’ve had some bad flooding here where I live and I’ve heard of people borrowing candles, flashlights, batteries, water, food, etc. – supplies they should already have had! People today simply rely too much on their neighbors or the emergency services. During the recent flooding here in the UK, I read where in one town over 2,000 people had to be rescued. However, one of the residents had prepared, was well stocked and didn’t need to leave. Don’t misunderstand me, if the emergency services say you need to evacuate for safety reasons, you should take their advice. There’s a risk of gas explosions during floods. But that’s not the case all the time (and usually not in a blizzard) and if you can sustain yourself, you allow the emergency services to help those in more need.
Similarly in a civil disturbance situation, it’s better if you are prepared to sustain yourself inside your home than to venture out. Besides, even if you made it to the shops, they might be closed or empty. I got a chance to see what that might look like yesterday after the New Years celebrations. The chiller section of my local shop was almost bare! Two packs of hamburgers was about all they had. Deliveries had not been made due to the holidays. That would be the case in a civil disturbance too. I’m well stocked at home and would have been ok even if they were completely out.
So, where to start prepping? I’m glad you asked! Here’s my recent post on where to begin and how much to stock. Give it some thought. Besides being prepared for disasters, prepping means you don’t have to run out to the shop in a storm for some AA batteries!
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