The practice of making active preparations for a possible catastrophic disaster or emergency, typically by stockpiling food, ammunition, and other supplies.
The word prepper is a very slippery slope. As soon as I bring up the word in casual conversation with new people I get that look. Expressions can say a lot, and this one says ‘nut job.’ I get questions; what do you think is going to happen? Zombies? What do you stockpile? Why?
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Some people prep for man made threats like dirty bombs, terrorist attacks, and EMPs. Others prep for natural disasters like tornados, hurricanes, and flooding. If you watch half a season of Doomsday Preppers, you’ll hear everything from solar flares and superstorms to zombie attacks and government takeovers. The truth is, preppers are a growing community of dedicated individuals taking steps to be ready for something. Practical preparedness isn’t just something preppers need to worry about — it can be life-saving to have some emergency supplies and a plan on hand if something was to happen in your area. Government agencies like the CDC are even taking the hint and gearing their preparedness information towards the zombie threat.
I don’t prep because I’m scared. I prep because I’ve been in situations where I wish I would have prepped. Just this past summer Michigan had the worst rain we’ve seen in over a decade. I got stranded, away from my family in Ohio because the roads home were under 13 feet of water. My parents car flooded, our basement had 3 feet of standing water and FEMA was called in to help. Combine that with a 3 day blackout, 2 tornadoes, and 3 record-shattering snowstorms in the last 5 years and you get someone who would rather have 72 hours of provisions and a hand crank radio in the closet. I don’t prep because I’m scared; I prep because I don’t want to be scared.
June 1 will kick off Maddy Creates’ Practical Preparedness Series. We’ll be talking practical prepping practices every Wednesday to get you prepared for the worst on a budget. If you’re already on board with prepping, what do you have set aside? If you haven’t started, what do you think of the prepping scene?
Our first few weeks of Practical Preparedness are up!
Practical Preparedness: 3 Tips to Budget Your Preps
Practical Preparedness: Creating a Storm Kit
Practical Preparedness: Creating an Emergency Car Kit
Practical Preparedness: Creating an Emergency Pet Kit