What is a Prepper? and Why all the Hype?

The majority of my followers understand what a prepper is but there is the hand full that may read this as they stumble upon the site and move on without really knowing who we are and possibly why we do what we do.

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Anyone who is anybody has seen at least previews of this show. My family thinks they are insane and always ask if I am that bad. Time will tell. Basically a “Prepper believes in taking steps to protect themselves and their family when SHTF (Shit Hits the Fan)  Protect themselves from what you ask? Depending on what site you visit, what television show you watch the reasoning for each individual prepper varies.

A couple reasons as to what folks are prepping for:

  1. Pandemic- (Ebola and others)
  2. Nuclear Reactor Meltdown
  3. Floods
  4. Tornadoes
  5. Hurricanes
  6. Drought
  7. Inclement Weather
  8. Fires and Wildfires
  9. Earthquake
  10. Economic Collapse – Fall of the dollar, Hyperinflation
  11. Solar Flare- EMP- Electronic Magnetic Pulse
  12. American Grids go down
  13. Cyber Attack and Terrorism
  14. Asteroid Impact
  15. Comet Collision
  16. Yellowstone Super Volcano
  17. New Madrid Earthquake
  18. Dirty Bomb
  19. Martial Law
  20. War World III, starts on our Soil

That is just 20 reasons some of us prepare for its easy for outsiders to look in, see the show, read a blog and move on laughing and poking fun, and that is how I used to be but slowly the more I read, the more research I come across in my opinion I don’t think we are that far off of something really bad happening. I don’t put my finances in danger by spending more than I should on prepping like a couple of folks on the TV show, I prep as I go little here little there, knowledge is key and I am always trying to learn something daily. It can be confusing because I run parallel prepping with survival skills. In my opinion the two are separate.

Prepper I defined as- Prepper believes in taking steps to protect themselves and their family when SHTF- stockpile enough goods to maintain current lifestyle.

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Survivalist defined as- A Survivalist typically focuses on learning primitive and other woodsmen skills and have very little focus on actually stocking up supplies and building an extensive repository of every needful thing.  Whereas Survivalists prepare and learn to live off the land, Preppers prepare to maintain their current lifestyle as much as possible.

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Prepping if your wanting to start or become one, keep in mind that it is a lifestyle and not a checkbox on a list. A prepper will never be done, never satisfied and never in their mind prepared for every event that is out there. Its fun and interesting the more you look into it. I encourage those who come across this article at least get a bug out bag together equipped with a first aid kit.

In closing, I believe this has gained momentum in the average folks because even with a 6% trust value of Mass Media we do see the Floods, and Natural Disasters destroying family’s, there is economically a lot of questions that cannot be answered. The Hype? I just think there is more people awake but scared to talk about it, we all know that Shit Will Hit The Fan Soon, unfortunately!

 Good Luck and Cheers! Cardinal Prepper

2 thoughts on “What is a Prepper? and Why all the Hype?

  1. Then you have the prepper/survivalist whom not only prep in case the SHTF, but backs up his preparation with skills to ensure the continued comfort of living if things exceed the normal short period that prepping gets you ready for. Basically prepping is for short term (days, weeks, or maybe months, but after a year or 2 (unlikely to need to better to be prepared than not) survival skills start become my necessary, sure you can farm most your food and raise quite a bit, but stockpiles can become low, someone could rob you of your supplies (U.S. military is actually authorized to under Martial Law), or any other number of things may occur where survival skills will be the difference between life and death for those under your protection or reliance upon you.

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