Preppers: Which Type Are You?

The term Prepper, is defined through Wikipedia as; “A “survivalist” or “prepper” is an individual or group that prepares or makes preparations in advance of, or prior to, any change in normal circumstances or lifestyle without significant reliance on other persons or without substantial assistance from outside resources”. There is more to the definition, but I just wanted to give you a brief synopsis. It is my belief that there are different types of preppers out there and they cannot be thrown into one category. Some folks have some essentials ready to G.O.O.D. (get out of dodge) in a hurry, and some folks have enough to provide for multiple families. There is nothing wrong with either scenario, but would you consider them to be one in the same? In my opinion, no.

Here is why. Though both are preparing for an adverse event or situation, the person who only has a bug-out bag filled with enough supplies for 72 hours is preparing for short-term discomfort or change. Our friend who has been stocking food to provide their group with enough for 9 to 12 months, has invested more planning and an entirely different mindset . As I said earlier, there is nothing wrong with this. There are factors that contribute to how you prepare, such as demographics, lifestyle, and resources. Here is a breakdown of the three:

Demographics: A person who lives in an apartment on the 15th floor of a high-rise in New York, will not have the same game plan as someone living on multiple acres in Colorado. The person living in an apartment will have limited resources as they will not be in control of their water access, electricity, etc. Now, if they have a small generator, and have stocked up on water, then it could work for a short period. If you do live in an apartment, you should check out The Apartment Prepper’s Blog for some great advice. Now if you live in a wide open rural area, then you would be more apt to stay put and survive or thrive on your own or in a group. This is why the level of planning and preparation is very different. A great example of this would be the retreat discusses in J.W. Rawles’ book Patriots. If you have not read it yet, it should be on your list.

Lifestyle: Now this is very subjective. Surviving is part of human nature, but preparedness is not on top of everyone’s priority list. People do prepare (sometimes at the last minute) when the hurricanes, snow storms, etc., are on their way. But sometimes it is too late as the store shelves are barren of the necessities you need. One lifestyle aspect that some may find it odd to stock up on essentials. Because of the negative stereotypes, it may not be socially acceptable for some.

Resources: Yes, money plays a huge factor in what you can do. But, if you do your homework, you can prep on a budget. Over a period of time you can build up enough resources that could save you and your loved ones a lot of grief. I am a firm believer in when there is a will, there is a way. Another aspect of resources would also involve demographics. Food and other necessities for long term storage may not be readily available or even reasonably priced in some areas. Check the Internet as there are many places you can order from and even save some money in the process.

So in the end, which type of prepper are you? Proactive or reactive? Short or long term?

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