Why You Should be a Prepper
The year was 2005, Hurricane Katrina, a category 5 hurricane, plastered the city of New Orleans, busting the dikes that protected the city and causing an estimated $125 billion in damage. FEMA, the government’s disaster response unit, slowly rushes to the scene, brining aid and plenty of red tape. Six weeks later there are people still without electricity and others looking for food in dumpsters.
Fast forward seven years and FEMA has another chance to show their mettle when Hurricane Sandy hits the New Jersey seashore and New York City. But it appears that FEMA hadn’t learned much from Hurricane Katrina, because they didn’t do much better; people were without electricity and food, just as long as they were after Hurricane Katrina.
The truth is, the very idea of expecting the government to bail us out in the case of a disaster would be looked at with incredibility by most of our ancestors. People have dealt with the setbacks disasters disrupting their lives and having to rebuild after them for millennia. It has only been in recent times that we have somehow decided that it’s the government responsibility to bail us out and absorb our loss. And while the government is great at coming in with red tape and throwing money around, that may not even help us survive the disaster.
Yet the vast majority of the US population is highly dependent on the government doing just that, if any disaster come their way. They are unprepared to survive even a few days, but rather wait with baited breath for someone to come bail them out. It’s so bad, that most are upset when that help doesn’t come fast enough or bring everything they want.
Prepping is about taking back the responsibility for your own life and being prepared to survive whatever disaster might come your way, without the aid of the government. That’s not to say that preppers won’t accept help if it is offered; but we will be just fine without it.
When the COVID scare started, it wasn’t preppers who were buying the grocery stores out of toilet paper, bottled water, disinfectant, medical masks and essential food items. Preppers already had plenty of those things in their homes. Nor are they the ones who clean out Wal-Mart every fall of flashlights and bottled water at the beginning of every hurricane season. Those things are in their stockpiles. Over time, the average prepper builds up their stockpile of available equipment and supplies, so that they are ready for whatever disaster might come their way.
You might wonder “Why bother?” considering all the aid that floods a disaster area. There are two reasons for that:
The first is that having those things increases your chances of survival. You aren’t dependent on that aid arriving to make sure you have clean water to drink and plenty of food to eat.
The second is – what if that aid doesn’t come? We can count on aid arriving to help out with national disasters, which only have a regional impact. But what if a disaster is so widespread, there is nobody unaffected by it to send the aid?
Should a disaster of that magnitude hit out country, many will suffer or even perish. But the preppers won’t. We’ve all seen how difficult things got during the COVID pandemic and resulting lockdowns. But it didn’t get anywhere as difficult for those who were prepared. Oh, they were still inconvenienced; although not by standing in the line at the grocery store at 5:00 in the morning, hoping they could grab a package of toilet paper.