Article submitted by Brian S. Kiefat @ The Ready Center
The truth is that you are more than likely a prepper already and don’t even know it. And if you’re not, you should be…
A prepper is an individual, or group of individuals, who make preparations in advance of any situation that may force them to operate outside of their normal lifestyle or circumstances. These situations can be long term or short term and may range from international world events to “neighborhood only” events. A recent example of one of these situations would be the communities on the east coast that were detrimentally affected by hurricane Sandy. A great multitude of people were left without electricity, heat, food, water, gasoline, as well as personal protection against unwanted looters. However, the preppers living within that community are doing quite well in comparison to their unprepared neighbors. And I’m sure they would tell you that the peace of mind they received from their prepping was well worth it.
Most of the time you here the word “prepper”, it is some how attached to other words like “doomsday” or “apocalyptic” as if the word “prepper” would fail to stand on its own. This of course is simply not true. Despite what we often hear spewed from the mainstream media, prepping isn’t just about preparing for the end of the world, it’s about doing your best to prepare yourself and your loved ones for real world emergencies that can affect any one of us. Wouldn’t you rather be be prepared rather than unprepared when life throws you an electrical outage, health pandemic, ice storm, hurricane, or sudden unemployment? These are very reasonable things to be concerned about and prepared for. I know I’d rather have something to fall back on.
I would estimate that approximately 90% of Americans today are a prepper to some degree and I’m willing to guess that you’re part of that 90%. Don’t believe me? Well, do you happen to have a fire extinguisher in your house? I bet you do. If so, it would seem that you have preparations in place in the event you may have to deal with a fire related emergency. Do you use the lock on your front door? If so, it would seem that you have preparations in place to keep out unwanted persons. Do you have more than one roll of toilet paper in your house….? Well, I’m sure you get the idea.
A prepper is someone who takes responsibility for themselves and their loved ones seriously. I don’t know about you, but I’d say that’s a good thing. So if you haven’t taken your prepping seriously, I challenge you to start today. If you don’t know where to start, keep checking in with us or fill in the “Follow Blog Via Email” section to the left and we’ll help you step by step in our future articles.
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