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Doomsday Preppers

Updated on November 21, 2011

Recently, National Geographic Channel ran a (documentary?) on survivalists, entitled Doomsday Preppers. The families who participated were portrayed as rather extreme in their activities to prepare for the end of the world as we know it. The mother in one family was heard to say that they had no other purpose in life but to prepare for the end of the world. Another family, one with young children, was shown having a practice drill for putting on gas masks and biohazard suits. The third group included four families who were putting together their own prepper community complete with an undisclosed, 55 acre, bugout location where the families would meet up and live in the event that the economy collapsed and the break down of civilization ensued. The final segment introduced the audience to an older gentlemen who had a complete fallout shelter, stocked and ready for his family in the event of a nuclear holcaust. The special did an excellent job of giving these families a dramatic and perhaps sensational portrayal. But in light of many recent events such as recession and natural disasters, just how crazy is it to prepare for catastrophy?

First of all, there is a certain amount of editing involved in the depiction of these families. Lisa Bedford, the suburban mother and "prepper" who was heard to say that they had not other purpose in life other than to prepare for the end of the world, writes a blog, which can be seen at http://survivalmom.com. After seeing the show, she posted that, among other things her comment was edited to suit the tenor of the show. Her actual comment had been that she could see why some people might think that they had no other purpose in life but to prepare for the end of the world. She tried to explain that preparedness is a part of her family's life, but not the extent of it. They like to do all of the things other families do, they just happen to have enough supplies set aside to carry their family for a time, should they need it.

Second, many people have the notion that preppers are gun toting extremists, living in the middle of the woods, who are preparing for the end of the world. While that may be true of some, many preppers live in suburban settings and some don't even own a gun. In fact, some of them are not even preparing for the end of the world. Rather, they are setting aside a years supply in case of emergency.

Are preppers crazy extremists? I suppose that would depend on the individual. But lets take a look at recent history. One of the biggest complaints about Hurricane Katrina, was that it took FEMA so long to take action. Severe weather has been the cause of major devestation in places like Asia, Haiti and even the midwest. In the U.S. we have also seen a recession that we are told is over, but is certainly dragging its feet. Unemployment is high and there have been many home forclosures. Even if the end of the world is not eminent, there are enough people suffering personal disasters as to make preparedness look a lot less like fringe lunacy, and a lot more like sound advice. Consider this: people purcase insurance to protect homes and vehicles. They even purchase insurance to replace income and care for loved ones should the unforseen occur and this is not considered morbid; it is considered good common sense. How much more sense does it make to set by provisions to care for one's self and family in the event that there is job loss, natural disaster or, yes, even major economic collapse?

Are you preparing/prepared for emergency?

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    • Hendrika profile image

      Hendrika 

      6 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      I think we all should be a little more prepared for emergencies. Those do not even have to be for natural disasters here we I stay it may even be for political disasters! The thing is though, you have to keep at it and constantly change supplies with new ones and use the old ones nearing "use by" date.

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      Scottie Futch 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Hmm.. yes.. I like that idea. Maybe I should use exploding potatoes!

    • BrightMeadow profile imageAUTHOR

      BrightMeadow 

      8 years ago from a room of one's own

      I've heard potato guns are especially effective against zombies.

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      Scottie Futch 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      A good selection of preparations! I might want to consider more for the inevitable Zombie Apocalypse.

    • BrightMeadow profile imageAUTHOR

      BrightMeadow 

      9 years ago from a room of one's own

      I agree that it is good to be prepared. I have a few things, but am certainly not where I would like to be, especially with all of the wild weather the world has seen in the last few years. Thanks for stopping.

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      LABrashear 

      9 years ago from My Perfect Place, USA

      Very interesting. It's always good to be prepared. We had some nasty blizzards that prevented travel a couple of years ago. We fared well through those. We are not as prepared as I would like. I would like to be better prepared as far as tornados, flood, fire, etc. Voted up.

    • BrightMeadow profile imageAUTHOR

      BrightMeadow 

      9 years ago from a room of one's own

      Agreed. Items stored can be used anytime. A lot of people rotate their storage to keep it fresh, so it does get used.

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      lisa.bom 

      9 years ago

      Many people think preppers are insane. But if the world as we know it does comes to pass they will be ready. If not, they can use the stored items. So, it's really not a waste.

    • BrightMeadow profile imageAUTHOR

      BrightMeadow 

      9 years ago from a room of one's own

      So glad you enjoyed it. I find the topic interesting too. After seeing the television special, I knew I had to write about it.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      9 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Interesting and awesome hub...very well done....I voted up and awesome and interesting..debbie

    • BrightMeadow profile imageAUTHOR

      BrightMeadow 

      9 years ago from a room of one's own

      I think some do. I've got some food storage, but I have no desire to bring any guns into my house. I couldn't imagine having to use them.

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      Haee 

      9 years ago

      I think it's fine to have a storage of dried goods and stuff, but honestly, preppers surely suffer from a kind of mental obsession

    • BrightMeadow profile imageAUTHOR

      BrightMeadow 

      9 years ago from a room of one's own

      I keep the basics also. I thought some, like the man with the fall out shelter, were a little extreme. There is a lot of time, energy and money put into that. I don't want to live on that side of fear either.

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      Brenda Barnes 

      9 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      we keep the basic, candles, canned foods, containers for water, etc. That is all. I just refuse to get into a fear mode and keep gas masks and all that. God has promised us protection and I shall turn to Him if the day of terror ever comes. I agree that wise people plan ahead, but hoarding ahead is not for me. Your presentation is common sense and not doom and gloom. Thank you for that.

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      d-richie93 

      10 years ago

      Interesting hub. I like the content that you have put on it . Please visit one of my hubs and leave a comment

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