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Are Preppers Really Crazy?

Updated on July 23, 2014

Are Preppers Crazy?

Crazy or Self-Insured?

While doomsday preppers are viewed by many as a lunatic, paranoid fringe group that makes for great entertainment, are they really crazy?

For those of you who would answer that they are indeed crazy, let me ask you how many things are you insured for in your life, such as auto, home, health, disability, and life insurance? Don't you usually insure for these possible disasters or incidents for as much as is necessary or affordable?

First of all, you might say that insurance for your car and home is mandatory for your bank loan, but even if those things are paid off, it would still be sensible to prepare for any catastrophes that are likely to occur. So even though you aren't planning on your home or car being destroyed, just to protect yourself, your family, your bank, as well as your own investments you insure these items against catastrophe.

Depending on what area of the country you live in, certain events are likely to occur, such as hurricane Issac that just tore through the gulf coast areas of Mississippi and Louisiana. Even though it wasn't a high category hurricane, it would have been sensible to have food, water, money, and other things stored for this possible event.

Thank God that this storm was no more severe than it was, and my prayers go out to those whose lives were affected by it none the less. Most people are aware that many natural disasters have been more severe in recent years; such as hurricanes, earth quakes, droughts, etc...

Getting back to preppers, those who are certain of nuclear devastation or the end of the world may just be somewhat on the "crazy" side of the issue. Having said that, preparing for events that are likely to occur is just good common sense. Those that feel that our current economic situation and our government's trustworthiness are solid enough to count on in case of major disaster might be closer to delusional than the average prepper, at least in my humble opinion.

I have to agree with the fellow in the above video, that it's truly American to be self-reliant and ruggedly individualistic about taking care of your own in case of emergency. Most Americans know that you can't count on the government in these type of situations, nor should you have to.

Although FEMA and many other agencies recommend having three days supply of food, water, and medicine for an average emergency, they now recommend two weeks worth of supplies in case of power failure. Some other groups recommend having three months supply of these items on hand for your family, just in case something unimaginable happens.

Things like a U.S., E.U., or world economic collapse that many seem to think may be coming soon! If this isn't probable, why are billionaire insiders such as George Soros and others dumping all their stocks and treasuries to purchase tons of gold?

Another thing to consider as reason to prep is the poor food crops this year due to droughts, along with the sky rocketing prices on remaining food stores. If you can, it only makes good sense to store some food for any difficult days ahead from the things that you can already see on the horizon.

Those that are awake to where the world is headed should already have made some preparations, if you haven't started prepping, look at long term storage foods and other survival equipment at the Amazon store.

It is rather peculiar that our government and mainstream media now attempt to demonize preppers, even to the extent of labeling them as mentally-disordered in order to confiscate their firearms. Indeed, those who are truly mentally unstable should not have access to firearms, but to store food, water, and a means of defending yourself in a disaster situation should not be considered a mental disorder. Here's a look at how preppers are demonized.

Don't forget this in your prepper stores, Honey!

NASA's Warnings for U.S. power grid

Clean Drinking Water is Life's Main Essential

For a great hub on purifying drinking water in a survival situation, I can't do better than my fellow hubber Lauren Wright in his hub Drinkable Water: Survival During a Collapse. He gives great details with videos on how to ensure you have good drinkable water in many situations. The only thing that I would add to his list is how to purify water with pool shock, as it's cheap, easier to carry than gallons of bleach with a longer shelf life, and one package will purify thousands of gallons of water for drinking.

For exact instructions on using pool shock for purifying drinking water, check out this link for step by step info. Tidbits of knowledge such as this can save your life in an emergency survival situation. Remember, that it only took four days for the city of New Orleans to turn to total anarchy, which is why survival preppers say, that we could only be nine meals away from chaos.

For those of you that choose to make fun of people who prepare for dire emergencies, even while you buy tons of insurance for various aspects of their lives, go ahead and laugh. It's ok, and if SHTF, I'll probably still be alive and kicking it out in the woods drinking prepper kool-aide made from pool shock. I won't hold it against ya, come on over and ask for some advice then on how to survive. I'll save ya a drink of the prepper kool-aide.


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      slcockerham 5 years ago from Tallahassee, Florida

      Hey Mhatter99, Thanks for your comments. You're right, great changes are coming! Most are unaware and totally unprepared for radical changes. Problems are imminent with our economy, food, and water supplies, bringing other issues of self-protection, shelter, and healthcare.

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      slcockerham 5 years ago from Tallahassee, Florida

      Hey Will, Thanks for your comments on this issue. It only makes sense to prepare for the things that can be seen on the horizon, and you are right that sanitation is also critical.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. I believe the world is going to change, but in a way that is not yet apparent. The way "things" are is no longer working. What will work is change.

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      They may be, but it's also crazy not to be prepared. Everyone should have food and drinking water for at least a month, and a place to dig a sanitary facility (without running water, sewer systems will back up almost immediately.