It’s not likely that a disaster scenario will surface. But, this doesn’t mean that it’s impossible.
As we’ve seen with the chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic, though, the entire world can experience radical change overnight.
Those who choose to prepare for a worst-case scenario are known as ‘preppers,’ but they’re often misunderstood.
Not sure where to start? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Let’s take a look at everything you need to know about prepping and what’s involved.
1. They Aren’t Gun-Crazy Isolationists
Unfortunately, many people view preppers as a group of survivalists who live in remote areas far away from society. They also tend to perceive them as people who are obsessed with owning guns and ammunition.
The first thing wrong with this point of view is equating an enthusiast to a fanatic simply because the subject in question may be controversial.
For example, nobody thinks twice when they hear of someone who owns Chicago Bulls memorabilia than spans decades. In fact, some people may admire it despite that collection has no inherent function.
Since the topic of firearms can be so polarizing in the US, though, many people criticize preppers’ tendency to own multiple guns. This sentiment is strengthened further by the fact that the average person will most likely never interact with the archetypical “prepper” unless they live in a remote area.
In fact, people who own and collect guns are often the people who handle them with the most discretion.
2. There’s Nothing Wrong With Being Prepared
As previously mentioned, there seems to be a stigma that surrounds wanting to prepare for a disaster. With this logic, anyone who’s ever purchased car insurance or health insurance is equally as paranoid.
The truth is that preppers are regular people just like everyone else and have many of the same responsibilities and obligations. Providing for their families, paying bills, etc. are all regular occurrences in their lives.
Since they value their own safety and the safety of those they care about, though, they choose to prepare for a disaster scenario so that they have a better chance of survival.
Given the tumultuous political state that the world is currently in, it’s entirely possible for a large-scale terrorist attack or a nuclear war to devastate the entire country. This is especially true if the country’s power grids or water supply is targeted.
Such an event would leave many without access to basic resources, such as food, water, shelter, and communication. Depending on the severity of the incident, it could be weeks (or even months) before proper aid arrives from the government (if it does at all).
3. Preppers Are Often Willing to Take Others In
Prepping isn’t founded on a ‘me against the world’ mindset but rather a ‘how can I make it through this situation’ way of thinking.
During a true disaster scenario, preppers who have space on their land or in their home will often be willing to accommodate friends and neighbors. Depending on the incident, this could potentially be lifesaving.
For example, most people will be fine during a flash flood if they’re able to get to cover at a higher elevation. A city that’s hit by a bioterrorism attack, however, will have thousands of people looking for shelter and ways to satisfy basic needs.
Since preppers will likely be the only ones with the means to survive during particularly severe scenarios, it’s worth taking note of the fact many of them will help those in need if they have the capability to do so without putting themselves or their loved ones in danger.
This doesn’t mean, though, that you should rely entirely on someone else to take care of you during a disaster— it’s important to be prepared on your own.
4. Stocking Up on Goods Isn’t Hoarding
One of the biggest criticisms that preppers receive is for their purchase behavior— they tend to buy food, ammunition, water, etc. in large quantities and then immediately store it away.
But, this isn’t the same concept as hoarding, which is a far more vanity-driven form of stockpiling.
For example, a hoarder may collect a large quantity of something in order to gain satisfaction for the fact that they have it. Or, they may seek to own the majority of something to gain satisfaction from the fact that nobody else has it.
Prepping involves stockpiling goods for use in the event of a disaster scenario, meaning the purchases still serve their intended function— just at a later date.
Otherwise, even something as simple as buying clothing for different outfits could be seen as hoarding since you’ll technically have more clothing than you need.
The number-one argument, however, is that the average person would purchase mass quantities of goods during a disaster if they were able to. We’ve already seen this practice as a result of the ongoing pandemic.
Mass buying goods would leave the average person with just as much of a stockpile as a prepper, albeit with a far worse impact on the community since it was gathered all at once.
Understanding Prepping Can Seem Difficult
But it doesn’t have to be.
With the above information about prepping in mind, you’ll be well on your way to understanding the utility that it provides those who choose to take part in it.
One of the ways we at BulkMunitions help you prepare is by selling ammo in bulk quantities at wholesale prices. That way you can stock up with something that is very valuable during a worst-case scenario: something that can get you food and shelter (hunting or trading) and protect your food, shelter, and family.
Remember, you only have to be right once to make it all worthwhile.