Doom? Schmoom. Preppers have your back

  • Article by: Kim Ode , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 25, 2013 - 3:14 PM

Preppers, irked by extreme TV characters readying for doomsday, want you to think of them as really good Boy Scouts.

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mohawk1953Jan. 26, 13 3:57 PM

What a bunch of goofballs! You could be spending your time helping others, but your narcissistic attitude prevents you from doing anything for anybody but yourself.

jarlmnJan. 26, 13 6:07 PM

Having actually worked in disaster services, I must totally disagree with Mohawk1953. The more that people are prepared to take care of themselves, frees-up responder resources to take care of other people. The people needing rescue are themselves, often too narcissistic and self-involved to have set aside personal emergency resources. Narcissism? It's a matter of what your priorities are. I know plenty of people that have a big-screen TV and all the latest electronic gear, etc., but habitually have nearly-bare cupboards and not even a working flashlight. Sheesh, even FEMA these days has latched-on to the "Zombie Apocalypse" metaphor to try to cajole folks into at least a modicum of prepping. In event of a disaster, I'd much rather have some resourceful "Be Prepared" neighbors around me, then folks waiting for 'the authorities' - often risking life and limb - to come to their rescue.

reader2580Jan. 26, 13 9:18 PM

Folks who cook a lot of meals from scratch tend to have a lot more basic ingredients on hand. I suspect the reason the folks with all the fancy electronics have bare cupboards is more because they don't cook than anything else. I doubt it is because they can't afford the food.

elrodpsnoyJan. 27, 13 2:08 AM

I watched a snippet of the "Prepper" show on TV recently in which two of them were carefully filling a ditch with sharpened sticks to insure they didn't have to share their hoard with others when the big day comes. I'd sure hate to have a neighborhood kid accidentally ride his or her bike into that little moat. I think that we may need more protection from these fruitloops than the zombies. Our society seems pretty pitiful at times (or should I say often).

bgronniJan. 27, 13 7:39 AM

“People are trying to be more self-sufficient,” Olsen said. “We don’t live in fear our whole lives. We’re prepared.” Then, after a pause, he added: “What we fear, and no offense intended, are people like you.” People like Mohawk. those that are not prepared and certainly try to take what the preppers have stored. One thing that was not mentioned but is a must is a gun(s) to protect yourself.

mn2niceJan. 27, 13 9:35 AM

For other tips on how to be prepared, you can go to ready dot gov or to the american red cross web site to learn more. Being prepared for emergencies is part of being responsible for yourself and your family.

davehougJan. 27, 1310:10 AM

I want that guy with the vest in the movie TREMORS as my neighbor.

beegerJan. 27, 1310:43 AM

After Katrina & Sandy, I think we know what the government can actually do. Everyone should have at least a two week stockpile of food & water.

wildcraftJan. 27, 13 1:50 PM

Economic collapse in the US is a mathematical certainty, and preparing for it is the sanest thing you can do. I am really glad this article was written. There is a huge movement of people becoming 'preppers' because lets face it, the US is bankrupt and it ripples through every level of our country from the Federal, State, Counties, Cities, and individuals. But economic collapse is not the only concern. Americans are essentially a very sick nation of people from everything from overuse of anti-biotics compromising immune systems to eating cheap carbohydrates with little nutrition and rampant obesity. The CDC should be concerned; we are ripe for a pandemic of epic proportions. In every scenario of collapse you face the biggest problem you'll face is getting enough to eat. Once that just-in-time trucking systems stops, there is only 4 days worth of food in the supermarkets which will be gone in a twitter flash mob. This is not fear mongering. This is pointing out the very real reality we live in. Get prepared. Marjory Wildcraft

swmnguyJan. 27, 13 6:00 PM

I grew up on a farm in SW MN, 10 miles over gravel from the nearest town. Whenever the wind kicked up (all the time), the electricity went out. Plus we were poor.

Yes, I get teased for being a "prepper." But I just don't feel comfortable without a lot of supplies on hand. I don't expect basic utilities to work all the time, and I expect them to go down at the least convenient time. And why would I want to think about toilet paper every week, when I can buy a couple month's worth just as easily and think about it only a few times a year? I like having my own garden and canning and freezing produce. I like cooking meals from actual food ingredients, and having plenty on hand.

I'm not stockpiling an arsenal, but I have an idea in mind how to deal with a breakdown in social order. I can't read the paper every day and keep faith that the financial system will continue to work as it has indefinitely, and when things go wrong with basic access to money, do you think things will go in your favor, or work toward the banks' convenience?

What's funny is that I resemble my grandparents, and our old farmer-neighbors, in my attitudes far more than militia-types. I think it's very telling that the corporate purveyors of mass-consumption culture who point and laugh. That's fine with me. They're the ones I don't trust in the first place.


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