We All Must Be Preppers

Sandy madness and the NYT are bringing prepping mainstream—this week’s magazine cover story frames preparing for disaster with gardens and food storage and guns as not only normal, but sensible. And Ron Douglas, who they profile, makes a great point: “This is exactly what we’re trying to prepare people for … Everybody talks about doomsday, the end of the world — apocalypse nonsense. This is New York’s doomsday right now.” GOOD POINT.

One hot tip from Sandra W. at Survival Blog, in a post on how her family has starting prepping slowly: “Now whenever we go to Wal-Mart we buy essentials and a box of ammo. Say it with me now: milk, bread, eggs, toilet paper and ammo. Try it again, diapers, wipes, and ammo. See how easy it is?”

I have some canned beans. And three gallon jugs of water. No ammo. E tu?

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wearitcounts (#772)

as long as i have a bottle whiskey and some candles i’m cool.

(i also have some backup water and canned goods, but i live in a harbor so would probably have to evacuate before i used them.)

Logan, you skipped the part in the article where they said people are prepping BECAUSE OF OBAMA’s WIN.

Fig. 1 (#632)

Sounds like the next disaster is going to be accompanied by a large upswing in the deaths of “looters”.

Ugh I am so bad at this. I’ve been drinking all the bottles of water I bought before Sandy in order to free up my kitchen cabinets. I don’t have the space to hoard ammo, or anything else for that matter!

I do have a little go-bag at work, though: CLIF bars for 3 days, a first-aid kit, flashlight, baby wipes, tissues, whistle, map and water. All in a backpack along with some cash and a photocopy of my ID.

@cuminafterall PS if you’re a Mike Dang type, you can join the Citizen Emergency Response Team in your area. Prepping doesn’t have to be every person for him/herself!

OhMarie (#299)

Definitely no guns or ammo, but I do have a totally sweet Red Cross radio that doubles as a flashlight and cell phone charger, and that charges by either solar or crank.

What if we all got together and organized a huge, interconnected set of institutions, staffed by professionals and paid for by a small percentage taken out of each our paychecks, that could provide basic security and emergency services for communities over a large portion of North America?

Neat idea right?

@stuffisthings What if we recognized that even with this in existence, we’d be more comfortable and put other people at less risk if we put some thought into taking care of ourselves?

EM (#1,012)

Pretty much everyone just read The Zombie Survival Guide; good in non-zombie apocalypse scenarios too!

I wonder, in the entire history of the world is there a single recorded case of one family surviving total social breakdown due to having a bunker full of beans and ammunition and a solar flashlight?

Every story of courage and survival during natural or man-made calamity that I’ve encountered involves communities coming together to help each other, not successful hoarding.

wearitcounts (#772)

@stuffisthings exactly.

@stuffisthings Absolutely true. But the basis of that working also requires individuals to take some responsibility for themselves. Read this link: http://scienceblogs.com/casaubonsbook/2012/11/01/but-what-if-nothing-happens/
My favorite quote from it:

The message of “I prepared and nothing happened” is not “I wasted my time and resources” as our culture so often tells us. Instead, it is ”I was ready. I was ready to care for myself, ready to step up and aid others. I did all I could to avoid being a victim and thus endangering others (rescue workers) and placing demands on what could have been a strapped emergency system. I stepped up, so that those who cannot step up due to poverty, lack of a home, disability, age, ill-health can be protected.”

Derbel McDillet (#1,241)

@stuffisthings Not even remotely total social breakdown, but having plenty of food and water stored, along with a propane heater and stove, has made being occasionally snowed in/flooded in/totally out of money much less stressful. Also, it enables me to do exactly what you suggest. I’m able to help out other members of my community when local food pantries aren’t open/available/stocked.

Oh I’m not against prepping for brief interruptions of daily life due to natural disasters. That’s a good thing to encourage, especially for people with the means. But the “preppers,” even the liberal-friendly ones profiled in this article, are not “prepping” for a long weekend being snowed in.

Logan actually zeroed in on a pretty good way to distinguish good emergency preparedness practices from crazy survivalist tendencies: does your “preparation” plan require large quantities of ammunition?

NoReally (#45)

Maybe you only need guns of you’re the kind of person who says shit like “non- mother, father, and God-centered family.”

@NoReally At least she avoids media bias by only reading RedState and the Daily Mail.

Keck (#2,466)

I am appalled that the first instinct appears are be the purchasing of weapons – ’cause I’m pretty sure the intent is NOT subsistence hunting. We are only making this harder for ourselves people!

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