The word “prepper” became part of the general public’s vocabulary with the introduction of the TV show Doomsday Preppers, which is aired on The National Geographic Channel. If you’ve seen the show, you have probably noticed that it seems to be slanted a little more towards ratings and entertainment than actual education and understanding. I have seen a small amount of interesting information presented on the show, but they also seem to be seeking out more extreme (and possibly not so real) members of the community who perpetuate the idea that preppers are a little (or a lot) on the unstable side.
How many real preppers have you met who are 350 pound morons, like the one pictured to the right, whose idea of preparing is “teaching” themselves to perform a C-section on their pregnant wives while practicing methods to steal other people’s stockpiles of food, water, and supplies. Or how about a group of firemen building a “Trojan horse” out of an old propane tank, banking on the fact that the invading Russians will find it and bring it into their encampment so the 3 or 4 cramped firemen hiding inside can sneak out and wipe out all the Russians. Really????
This show airs on a network that used to be about education, but it does so much more to sensationalize and stigmatize preppers than it does to educate people. Those who already believed we were all crazy now have this show to bolster their argument, and those who didn’t really have an opinion before are now more likely to lean in that direction as well. Now more people than ever view all preppers as delusional and paranoid. Congratulations National Geographic on a job well done. Luckily, I have created this site to educate and inform about the realities of prepping.
So, are real preppers delusional and paranoid like so many people think? I think the best way to answer that question is with another question. Is it delusional or paranoid to make sure you have working flashlights and fresh batteries on hand just in case the power goes out, even though power outages don’t happen very often and usually don’t last more than a few hours at the most? Why is it considered responsible to be prepared for rare events that are only minor inconveniences, but crazy to be prepared for rare events that are serious and life threatening? Remember the old adage “better safe than sorry”?
The vast majority of preppers are simply responsible people who believe in keeping themselves and their families prepared for unlikely but possible disasters. I would much rather be prepared for the disaster that never happens than be caught unprepared for the disaster that does. The stakes are far too high. That seems completely rational to me, especially with recent events making many of these possible events seem a little more likely than we used to believe. I’m talking about the fairly recent increase in the number and frequency of devastating natural disasters, both geological and meteorological, and also the global increase in economic and governmental instabilities.
For a good general overview of these different types of devastating disasters and to be absolutely convinced why you should actually be preparing for them, check out my “What Are Preppers So Worried About” page from the menu at the top of this page.